Srinagar and the Gorgeous Dal Lake, Kashmir
The city of Srinagar is one of the biggest cities in the state of Kashmir and Jammu. The city is situated near the Gorgeous Dal Lake which is the reason it attracks many tourists on an annual basis.
The name Sri Nagar means City of Prosperity and that is not a surprise if you see how the city is situated in between the beautiful hills and around the gorgeous lake.
Sri Nagar – City of Prosperity
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Srinagar is also called the Venice of the East or the Kasmiri Venice. This is of course because of the activities on and near Dal Lake, the many houseboats and all the boats that are crossing the lake. The second reason that the city is familiar to tourists are the many Muhgal gardens.
There is a lot to see and do in this old city near Dal Lake. I have visited 5 days and stayed on a houseboat on the beautiful lake. I was invited by a good friend of mine, Latif, to withness the celebration of a Muslim Festival, Eid Ul Adha. That was a great experience to withness!After that I ofcourse visited this city too.
I made a top 5 of must visits when you are in Srinagar:
Exploring Dal Lake with a Shikara – Srinagar
1. Exploring the Dal Lake with a Shikara
Going for a tour on the lake is a must. The typical boats they use are called a Shikara. The are great and totally relaxing with their covers. It is hard to sit because it is kind of a lounge area. So, take off your shoes and lean back to enjoy the surroudings. The boat always comes with a driver/guide to take you around the lake and to tell you about the history and activities. You’ll get to see the gardens where vegetables are grown and ofcourse a Lotus garden.
When you’re on the big lake you get a great view at the surrounding mountains.
We got some great chai at a floating bar on the lake, how great is that?
As if time stood still – Srinagar
2. The Old City of Srinagar
Spending an afternoon in the old city gives you the feeling of stepping back in time as it does in many Indian cities. It shows you how the people lived many years ago and how they do exactly the same at this time with aaddition of a car and a celphone.
You see so much just walking around, I wanted to stand still and take pictures at almost every step I took.
Jama Mashid – Srinagar
In the old City there is the Jama Mashid and that means as much as big mosque. And it is a big mosque. I was told it can house up to 32.000 people. It is a square building with in the middle a opening/garden and a fountain. When it is full people are seated in the garden too.
To get in there as a woman you get a dress with a hoody so you are covered from head to toe. The entry was free. It is not open while praying. We just waited for 10 minutes and got in.
The Famous Mughal Gardens of Srinagar
3. Mughal Gardens
Panorama View over Srinagar
4. Shankaracharya Temple
You will always miss a great spot
5. Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan
How did I arrange this?
Srinagar – Kashmir – India
I arranged this through a local agency. You can arrange this too if you want check Jandk Tourism Car Rental. If you arrange your trips and hotels local you’ll save money. You get other hotels, more local and great authentic ones. The ones I had were really great decorated.
I can recommend to you to arrange your trip with Latif.
What to expect of Latif’s services?
He will not only arrange a car with driver but also arrange great local hotels and give you tips on where to go every day. Still you have got the freedom to go where you want and can ofcourse use your driver and car for it!
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This is a great place to visit. There you can see many things that depict the era of British rule. It was once the summer capital of India. So you should visit this place.