Spread on both sides of the river Jhelum, Srinagar is famous for its gardens, waterfronts, houseboats and natural beauty. The city is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and is nicknamed the ‘City of Lakes’ and the ‘Venice of the East’ due to its glittering lakes surrounded by houseboats, Shikaras and Mughal architecture, all set against a picturesque Himalayan backdrop.
The quaint tumbledown houses add to the charm, and the adventurous will enjoy the opportunities to go hiking, mountain biking, and rafting. Srinagar is also famous for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits.
Things to do in Srinagar
Some of the great things you can enjoy in Srinagar include:
The shimmering Dal Lake is nicknamed the ‘Jewel in the crown of Kashmir’ or ‘Srinagar’s Jewel’. As well as being a mesmerising tourist destination, the lake is also important for fishing and water plant harvesting.
Shalimar Bagh is a Mughal garden in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India, connected to Dal Lake via a waterway. In 1619, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir created the Bagh for his wife Nur Jahan. Nicknamed the ‘Crown of Srinagar’, the Bagh is thought to be the pinnacle of Mughal gardening. Nishat Bagh, also known as ‘The Garden of Delight,’ is another well-known waterfront garden in the area.
Known as the ‘Jewel In The Ring’, Nagin Lake is another of Srinagar’s beautiful waters. Its name comes from the many maple and willow trees which encircle the waters. It is much quieter than Dal Lake if you’re looking to escape the crowds.
The best way to see Srinagar
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