Practical Information in Srinagar

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Srinagar practical information is important to know before you plan your trip. Srinagar has been a popular destination throughout history. It has a rich cultural diversity and many religious sites. The natural beauty in the surrounding area and the wildlife add to the lure of Srinagar.

Location

Srinagar has the coordinates of 34.08972N 74.79E. Srinagar is located in Kashmir Valley and is situated in the part of Kashmir that is under India's control. It is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar is surrounded by Kargil, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Budgam and is 1585 meters  higher than sea level. The Jhelum River flows through the area and bridges connect parts of the city that are divided by the river.

Kashmir Products

Srinagar plays an important role in Kashmir's economy. Important agricultural products include wheat, rice, almonds and fruit. The area is also well-known for crafts such as woodcarving, wool, silk and carpets. Throughout history Srianagar has been popular among visitors including rich Mughals, British and Indians.

Tourist Attractions

Significant tourist attractions include lakes, house boats, Cheshma Shahi, Pari Mahal, Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden, Dal Lake, Nagin Lake, Mughal Gardens, Chasma Shahi and Pari Mahal.

Origins of Srinagar's Name

Srinagar's name means "a city of wealth." Sri is also the name of a goddess. There are many legends surrounding the name and creation of the Kashmir Valley.

Climate
 
Srinagar has a subtropical climate with extreme ranges of temperature between summer and winter. The temperature ranges from 37 C to -14 C. Summer falls in the months of June until August and winter is December until February. In winter the area may experience snow. Srinagar has 675 mm of rain every year.

Wildlife

Hokersar Wetland is close to Srinagar and this area is host to an abundance of wildlife. Birds migrate to this area from Ciberia and Central Asia.  September until October and spring are the best times to view the birds in this area. Some of the birds that you can see include Brahiminy ducks, Mallards and Northern Pintails. Dal Lake is another area rich in wildlife where you can see Kingfishers and Piriah Kites. Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary is a noteworthy attraction and here you can see Hangul deer and leopards.

Religious Places

Srinagar has a variety of important religious sites including Hazratbal Shrine, Shankaracharya Temple, Khanqa-e-Molla, Jama Masjid and Chatti Padshahi.

ATMs

The state banks of India are Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd. and Canara Bank.

Safety

Check the political situation in the area before traveling and check if there are any travel warnings. Do not go outside at night. Be careful with your personal belongings and money.

Languages

The main languages are Urdu, Hindi and English.

Time Zone

Srinagar's time zone is GMT + 5:30.

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February 24, 2010 change by jenna storm

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