Things to do - general

In the heart of Kashmir Valley is Srinagar the state Capital, It is situated at an altitude of 1,730 metres above sea level. No destination is quite so romantic, no setting as enchanting as Srinagar. Srinagar is a unique city because of its Lakes The Dal, Nagin and The Anchar Lake. The Dal is Kaleidoscope of color with its beautiful Housebouts, its Shikaras with their gay canopies, Most delitghful and fruitful of experience is to stay on a houseboat.

Each houseboat has anything between two and four bedrooms in it with attached bathrooms and a common sitting and dining room. The Dal is famous not only for its beauty, but for its vibrance, because it sustains within its periphery, a life that is unique anywhere in the world. The Dal is so central to the landscape of Srinagar, many places of tourist interest have, over the ages, been built in its vicinity. Nishat and Shalimar gardens as well as Hazaratbal mosque are directly accessible by shikara.

A shikara ride is one of the most soothing, relaxing aspect of a holiday in Kashmir. It can take an hour long ride to see the sights of the Dal, a shopping by shikara expedition to visit handicraft shops within the periphery of the lake, or a whole day trip to visit important city landmarks.

Srinagar allure changes with the passing of each season.
Spring, which extends roughly from March to early May, is when a million blossoms carpet the ground. The weather during this time can be glorious pleasant at 23Deg. C or chilly and windy at 6Deg C. This is the season when Srinagar experiences its rains, but showers are brief.

Summer extends from May and until the end August. Srinagar at this time experiences day temperatures of between 21 to 30 Deg C. At this time, the whole valley is a mosaic of varying shades of green -rice fields, meadows, trees and Srinagar with its lakes and waterways is a haven after the scorching geat of the plains.

The onset of autumn, perhaps Kashmir’s loveliest season, is towards September, when green turns to gold and then to russet and red. The temperatures can go upto a high of 23Deg C and night temperatures can dip to 10Deg C by the end of October.

Winter, December through to the beginning of March is the time when most of the snow fall takes place in Srinagar.

Country India
Languages spoken Kashmiri
Currency Rupee

Culture and history

Srinagar is the heart of the Kashmir Valley, still preserves the imprints of the Mughals and the British. The valley takes great pride in its lakes, gardens and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. Popular for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, kashmiri clothes and dry fruits, Srinagar is bordered by five districts. To its northern side is Kargil, in the south is Pulwama and in the north-west lies Budgam. "If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here", exclaimed the Mughal emperor Jahangir on his first visit to this place. Srinagar has the privilege of having a multifaceted and unique cultural blend, making it different from the rest of the country, not only from the cultural front, but in point of geography, demography, ethics and social entities. as well. With its beautiful picturesque Himalayan backdrop, the crowning glory of hill stations Srinagar is enticed by the colourful houseboats , shikaras and the grandeur of Mughal sense of style. Sri means Lakshmi or wealth and nagar a city. The summer capital of J&K State, Srinagar city has a vital role in the history of Kashmir. For this reason, Persian chronicles call it Shehr-e-Kashmir or City of Kashmir. According to Kalhana s Rajtarangini,Srinagri was founded by King Ashoka in 3rd century BC near Panderethan about 8 km from the present city Srinagri remained capital until the new city of Pravarapura was founded by Parvarasana II in AD 630 near Hari Parbat, which is the present city. Years after the new city also assumed the name of Srinagri since both cities were near to each other. Hiuen Tsang the Chinese traveler mentions Paravapura as the capital when he traveled to Kashmir in 631 AD. The choice of Parvarasana Il is considered impeccable as the present Srinagar city is supposed to be almost equidistant from Jammu, Rawalpindi, Leh and Gilgit through the old routes.

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