Srinagar - Places To See| May 21, 2012
Lakes: Lakes of Srinagar are very popular with tourists. Apart from the famous Dal Lake, Nagin Lake towards the east of the city is also worth visiting. Floating on Shikaras on Dal Lake is an experience in itself. Nagin Lake lies at the foot of Zabarwan Mountain. Wullar, the largest freshwater lake, is just on the outskirts of Srinagar.
The Mughal Gardens: Amongst the must visit places in Srinagar, the three gardens at Chasmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar was the Mughal’s concept of paradise on earth. The gardens have a panoramic view of the Dal Lake. Amongst them, the most popular one is Shalimar Bagh built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife. Nishat Bagh offers a stunning view of Pir Panjal mountain range and the Dal Lake. It is also known as the ‘garden of bliss’.
Shankaracharya Temple: Home to Shankaracharya when he visited Srinagar, the temple was built in 250 BC. Earlier known as the Gopadri Temple, it was renamed by King Lalitaditya as Shankaracharya Temple in the sixth century.
Mosques: Hazratbal Mosque, Khanqah of Shah Hamadan and Jama Masjid are the most popular mosques of Srinagar that attract a lot of tourists. Hazratbal Mosque, located on the banks Dal Lake, is renowned as it has a relic connected with Prophet Muhammad. It has a hair of the Prophet.
Pari Mahal: Once a Buddhist monastery, it stands as school of astrology today.
Martand: Famous for the temple of Sun God, Martand is located on top of a plateau, close to Anantnag.
Chashma Shahi, Harwan, Makhdoom Sahib, Chattipadashi Gurudwara and Kheer Bhavani Temple are the other places worth seeing in Srinagar.