Suvbharat Times: Scenic Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state sprawls elegantly on both sides of the river Jhelum. This city of lakes and gardens was originally named as Srinagari and was founded by Ashoka in 3rd century B.C.
Persian influence over the city’s art and culture was introduced by the Afghan Badshah, Zain-ul-Abidin (1420-70). But most of the city’s formal beauty and it’s fine mosques are a result of the patronage provided by the Mughal rulers.
Srinagar was the summer resort of the Mughals, who built gorgeous gardens with fountains, waterways, pavilions and terraces placed between groves of chinar and willow.
Delightful Dal is the largest lake of the city. It’s indeed the icon and focal point of Srinagar. The lovely lake is divided by four parts as Gagribal, Lokutdal, Boddal and Nagin.
Lokudal and Boddal, both have an island in the centre, called as Rup Lank or Char Chinari and Sona lank respectively. Nagin Lake at the foot of Sridhara (Zabarwan) mountain is the smallest and the most beautiful part of the Dal. You can also enjoy Shikara rides, staying at houseboats, swimming and water skiing at the Dal.
The beautiful terraced garden was laid by emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jehan. It has fine fountains in between and a canal runs through the middle of the garden. The white marble Hazratbal Mosque on the north-west shore of the Dal Lake, enshrines a holy hair (bal) of Prophet Mohammed and is regarded as one of the holiest mosques of Kashmir.
The Shalimar Bagh is the beautiful terraced garden. It was laid by emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jehan. Another beautiful garden Nishat Bagh is near to Shalimar. The grand palace perched atop a hill near the Cheshma Shahi garden was originally a Buddhist monastery. The so called Pari Mahal was a royal observatory and a school of astrology. It was established here by Dara Shikho.
Shankaracharya Temple is the ancient temple on the Takht-i-Sulaiman hill. It is dedicated Lord Shiv Ji. Adi Shankaracharya stayed during his visit to Kashmir. Historians believe that the first edifice on this site was built by emperor Ashoka’s son Jaluka around 200 B.C. and was later rebuilt in the 6th century by King Gopaditya.
Alluring Achabal near Anant nag was the pleasure retreat of Nur Jehan. Jahangir laid out a fine Mughal style garden over here. Aharbal, Charar-i-Sharif, Dechigam National Park Gulmarg, Kheer Bhawani Temple, Sonamarg and Pahalgam are also the famous visiting places.
Sonamarg the ‘Meadow of Gold’ nestles at an attitude of 2730 metres in the valley. The beauty of the blooming valley full of alpine flowers leaves a lasting impression on the minds of the visitors >14/3/2019, Bhubaneswar