Things to do in Srinagar

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Blessed with a natural beauty, Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is a haven from the noise and bustling city life. From sightseeing to shopping, Srinagar Things to do are full of fun and amazement to make your trip an unforgettable experience.

An Overnight Stay on Dal Lake

Srinagar boasts of the inimitable beauty of Dal Lake. Encircled by lush green mountains, Dal Lake looks heavenly when the lotus flowers are in full bloom. Dal Lake is famed for the enchanting houseboats and Shikaras beautifully decorated with flowers. Completely built of cedar woods, all the houseboats are equipped with sophisticated wooden furniture. Tourists can spend a night in houseboats among peace and tranquility, with ripples of water being the only sound to disturb their sleep.

The Shankaracharya Temple

Situated at an altitude of 350 meters on the hill called Takht-e-Suleiman, the Shankaracharya Temple is considered to be the oldest shrine in Kashmir. The temple is a must visit for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Even if you are not an ardent worshiper of Lord Shiva, you should still pay a visit to this shrine. The temple has a great architectural value. About 100 stairs are to be climbed to appreciate the Persian inscriptions upon the walls of the temple that will remind you of the Mughal era. The temple also offers an outstanding view of the surrounding landscapes.

Mesmerizing Gardens

Srinagar boasts of its vast collection of eclectic gardens admired and awed for generations. Comprised of three famous gardens, the Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Gardens and Chashmasahi, Mughal Gardens is the most visited place for tourists. Built and expanded during the Mughal era, the gardens are home to a variety of bright flowers, not to mention the stunning fountains that heighten the aura of the gardens. Alongside the Mughal Gardens, you must not forget to visit the gardens of Pari Mahal, which is another reason for Srinagar's pride.

Shopping

Shopping in Srinagar will be a different experience for you if you're used to shopping only in malls and upscale shopping stores. Carpets, Pashmina shawls embroidered in crewel work, papier-mache boxes and walnut woodcarvings are some of indigenous items of Kashmir that you will not find anywhere else in the world. Even if these things are found elsewhere, you would not get them at such a cheap rate as you can here. You can buy a pocketful of dry fruits and spices like almonds, walnuts, saffron, shah zira and Kashmiri chillies. Srinagar also has plenty of handicraft stores where you can collect a souvenir of this wonderful trip.

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March 01, 2010 change by ashmita

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