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Srinagar Hotels and Travel Guide
Srinagar The Valley of Houseboats is the capital city of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Mughals aptly called Kashmir and it was the peculiar beauty of the valley that attracted the Chinese, the Mughals and the British to it. It is the largest town in Kashmir and is unique because of the Dal, Nagin and Anchar lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them.
Summer is pleasant. However the winters are extremely cold and damp with a good deal of snow.
There are number of interesting places to visit near Srinagar. Most of these places are located amongst picturesque settings of the mighty Himalayas. Apart from natural beauty, they offer a number of adventure activities to the traveler.
Gulmarg is 52 km southeast of Srinagar and is located at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level. In summers, the meadows of Gulmarg are laden with flowers. In winters, the snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg turn into a skiing resort, which attracts the traveler seeking adventure and thrill. It is a popular trekking destination and boasts of the world's highest golf course.
Sonamarg is 80 km northeast of Srinagar and is located at an altitude of 2740 m. It is set in a valley amongst glaciers and placid lakes. The flower?laden meadows, panoramic view of the lofty snow?covered Himalayan peaks, and a number of trekking and hiking trails have made Sonamarg a popular tourist destination.
Pahalgam is 95 km east of Srinagar and is located in the quiet Liddar valley, at a height of 2130 m. It provides an ideal setting for activities like hiking, trekking and fishing. It is also the starting point of the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath.
Dal Lake Srinagar
Srinagar Hill Station
Attractions and Places to Visit in Srinagar
Chatti Padshahi GurudwaraThe sixth guru of Sikhism travelled through Kashmir, stopping to preach occasionally and a gurudwara has been built at the exact site of each of these halts. The most important one being Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara near the Kathi Darwaza in Rainawari.
Kheer BhavaniThe Goddess Ragnya Devi symbolised as a sacred spring at Tula Mula village, 27 kms from Srinagar. It is believed that the goddess changes the color of the waters. The temple-spring complex is affectionately known as Kheer Bhavani. Devotees offer milk and kheer at this Durga mata temple, to the sacred spring that is said to change colour when warning of disaster.
Mughal GardensThese gardens were laid out by the Mughal emperors, hence the name. It was a favourite of the Mughal emperors. Laid out for their pleasure by the Mughal emperors, these gardens create a magical enchantment all their own.
Sharika Devi TempleTo the west of the city is the hill of Hari Parbat, on which is the temple of Sharika Devi, believed to be a form of Durga Mata or Shakti. The hill is considered sacred to the Hindus.
The third Mughal garden - the Shalimar/ The Shalimar Bagh built by Jehangir for Nur Jahan is one of the most famous Mughal gardens in India. Shaded by magnificent chinar trees, the Shalimar is a series of stone pavilions and flowing water with paint - box bright flowerbeds.
How to Reach Srinagar
Air : Srinagar is well connected by air with Delhi. There is a daily flight to Delhi via Jammu by Indian airlines. There are weekly flights operated by Indian Airlines for Leh from Srinagar.
Rail : Srinagar does not have a railway station and the nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi, which is 305 km from Srinagar.
Road : Srinagar is well connected by road to important places like Chandigarh (630 km), Delhi (876 km), Jammu (298 km), Leh, Kargil, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam.