Srinagar Hill Station Heaven on Earth:
Srinagar is a 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 beautiful and scenic. The City spreads out on both sides of the Jhelum River. The tourists are attracted to the beautiful lakes and the houseboats on them. Mughal gardens are another attractive place in Srinagar. The other attractions in Srinagar valley are the dry fruits and traditional Kashmiri handicrafts. It seems like heaven on earth.
History of Srinagar hill station:
In the 3rd century BC, the hill station was a part of the great Mauryan Empire; later, this region came under the rule of the Kushans in the 1st century AD. During Kushans, the place flourished with Buddhism. In the 6th century, Ujjain king Vikramaditya ruled Kashmir, and later, Hindu Kings and Muslims invaded and ruled it. For some years, the part was under the Mughal emperor. After the decline of the Mughals, Ranjit Singh defeated the king of 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. The Parvati temple is on the mountain’s western slope, and on the southern face is the Muslim shrine of Khwaja Makhdoom sahib.
Chatti Padshahi: This place is sacred for the Sikhs and is a historic Sikh Gurudwara.
Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin: This tomb of king Zain-ul-Abidin, and its construction were influenced by the Persian art style. Shankaracharya Hill: Ashoka’s son built the first temple around 200 BC. Now another temple was built during Jehangir’s time. From the top of the point, we can see the beauty of the famous Dal Lake.
Shah-i-Hamdan Mosque: This is a historical mosque built in 1395. In 1479 it caught fire and was destroyed; again, it was constructed in 1731 AD.
Razabal Tomb: This place is significant to visit for every tourist. Many believed that the grave of Yuz Asaf or Jesus Christ. According to legend, Jesus Christ survived the cross and came 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 built with wooden pillars and roofs, and each wooden post was made from a single deodar trunk.
Shri Pratap Singh Museum: Museum has many objects which belong to the old years. We can see here 200-year-old textiles and carpets. It opens every day and closes on Wednesdays. Entry is free.
Hazratbal Mosque: This mosque is situated on the northwest shore of Dal Lake and is set very beautifully on the shores of the lake, with snow-capped peaks as the backdrop.
Nishat Bagh (Garden of Gladness): These gardens were designed in 1633 by Nur Jahan’s brother and are the most extensive gardens of the Mughal Gardens. The chinar trees planted at the ‘spark edges are at their best in autumn.
Shalimar Bagh: These gardens are famous; Jahangir built these in 1616. In the middle of the park, ‘Zenana’ or ladies’ garden, surrounded by water, seems very beautiful. A public audience place, ‘diwan-i-Am, was constructed by Jahangir. A Sound and Light show describes Jahangir’s court from May to October.
Nasim Bagh: Akbar built these gardens in 1586. These gardens are the oldest in Srinagar.
Dal Lake: This is a gorgeous lake. It is 6.4 km long. The lake is 6.4 km long and 4 km wide and divided into three parts.
How to Reach Srinagar:
By Air: The nearest airport is Humhama, only 15 km from Srinagar City—the flight connections are from Jammu, Delhi, and Leh.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi.
By Road: The Road connectivity developed philately to Srinagar. The City is situated on National Highway, connecting all parts of India. Many cities of neighbouring states are running their Buses to Srinagar.