Srinagar Hill Station Heaven on Earth:
Srinagar is very famous and attractive place in India. It is the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir. It spread with beautiful Lakes, beautiful valleys, greenery locations, snow grabbed areas and every part of Srinagar seems very beauty and scenic. The city spreads out on both sides of the Jhelum River. The tourists attract at the beautiful lakes and the houseboats on them. Mughal gardens are another attractive place in Srinagar. The dry fruits and traditional Kashmiri handicrafts are the other attractions in Srinagar valley. It seems a heaven on the earth.
History of Srinagar hill station:
In the 3rd century BC, hill station was a part of the great Mauryan Empire, in later years this region came under the rule of the Kushans in the 1 st century AD. During Kushans, the place flourished with Buddhism. In the 6th century Ujjain king Vikramaditya ruled Kashmir and later Hindu Kings later the Muslims invaded and ruled it. Some years the part was under the Mughal emperor. After the decline of Mughals Ranjit Singh defeated then kings Pathans and ruled Kashmir.
Tourist Attractions in Srinagar:
Hari Parbat Fort:
Mughal Emperor Akbar built this fort during his reign. Most of the constructions happened in the 18th century. It is on the bank of Dal Lake on top of Sharika hill. On the western slope of the hill located with Parvati temple and on the southern face is the Muslim shrine of Khwaja Makhdoom sahib.
Chatti Padshahi: This place sacred for the Sikhs and also a historic Sikh Gurudwara.
Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin: This is a tomb of king Zain-ul-Abidin and the construction totally influenced from the Persian style of art. Shankaracharya Hill: Ashoka’s son built the first temple around 200BC. Now another temple built during Jehangir time. From the top of the point, we can see the beauty of famous Dal Lake.
Shah-i-Hamdan Mosque: This is a historical mosque which built in 1395. In 1479 it caught fire and destroyed, again it was constructed in 1731 AD.
Razabal Tomb: This place is a very important place to visit every tourist. Many believed that the grave of Yuz Asaf or Jesus Christ. According to legend, Jesus Christ survived the cross and come to Kashmir, identified as the home of the lost tribe of Israel.
Other Attractive Places:
Jama Masjid: This Masjid is one of the largest mosques in Kashmir. It was totally built with wooden pillar and roof and each wooden pillar made from a single deodar trunk.
Shri Pratap Singh Museum: Museum has many objects which belong to old years. We can see here 200-year-old textiles and carpets. It opens every day and closed on Wednesdays. Entry is free.
Hazratbal Mosque: This mosque situated on the northwest shore of Dal Lake and set very beautifully on shores of the lake with snow capped peaks as the backdrop.
Nishat Bagh (Garden of Gladness): These gardens designed in 1633 by Nur Jahan’s brother and also largest gardens of Mughal Gardens. The chinar trees planted at the edges of the garden, which are at its best in autumn.
Shalimar Bagh: These gardens are very famous, Jahangir built these in 1616. In the middle of the garden ‘Zenana’ or ladies garden surrounded with water, which seems very beautiful. A public audience place ‘diwan-i-Am was constructed by Jahangir. From May to October there is a Sound and Light show which describes Jahangir’s court.
Nasim Bagh: Akbar built these gardens in 1586. These gardens are the oldest gardens in Srinagar.
Dal Lake: This is a very beautiful lake. It is 6.4 km long The lake is 6.4 km long and 4 km wide and divided into 3 parts.
How to Reach Srinagar:
By Air: The nearest airport is Humhama and only 15 km away from Srinagar City. The flight connections from Jammu, Delhi, and Leh.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi.
By Road: The Road connectivity developed sophicately to Srinagar. The City is situated on National Highway A1and the highway connects all parts of India. Many cities of neighboring states are running their Buses to Srinagar.