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"If there is a heaven on earth, it is here… it is here… it is here."


"If there is a heaven on earth, it is here… it is here… it is here."


(Agar Firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast)


If heaven's on earth, they claim it's in Kashmir, and they're correct. The valley is located in the middle of the massive Himalayan Mountains and has magnificent tourist attractions. Srinagar, being the summer capital and most significant city throughout history, is home to a variety of historical and architectural sites in addition to natural wonders; it is located in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the river Jhelum and is considered to be one of the most attractive tourist attractions. It is a popular destination worldwide for family vacations, thanks to its lush green pastures, lovely gardens, tranquil lakes, shikara and houseboats, among other attractions. In addition, Kashmir has pleasant weather all year round; thus, summer is the most incredible time to visit Kashmir for sightseeing, while winter is perfect for snowfall.


One must visit the following locations while in Srinagar to get the most out of their visit.

#1: Dal Lake: It is the second biggest lake in Jammu and Kashmir and provides a picturesque view of the Mughal gardens, making it an ideal location for Srinagar tourism and leaves every traveller spellbound. When the lake freezes over in the winter, it creates an ice skating rink. Dal Lake is one of the greatest locations to visit in Srinagar due to its gorgeous setting. It extends approximately 26 sq km and is internationally recognized for its houseboats and Shikaras.

brown wooden houses near body of water under blue sky during daytime Dal Lake is one of the greatest locations to visit in Srinagar due to its gorgeous setting. Photo by Divya Agrawal on Unsplash


#2: Shalimar Bagh: Shalimar Bagh is a 31-acre garden designed in the Persian style. Shahanshah Jahangir constructed the garden on the outskirts of the Dal Lake to please Queen Noor Jahan. It is also called "Abode of Love." The park attracts tourists from all over the world because of its horticultural appeal. It has several architectural structures that exhibit outstanding Mughal artistry.

Shalimar Bagh Shalimar Bagh is a 31-acre garden designed in the Persian style. Wikimedia


#3: Nishat Bagh: Built-in 1833 by Nur Jehan's elder brother Asif Khan, Nishat Bagh is the greatest Mughal garden in Jammu and Kashmir. Nishat Bagh, deriving its name from Urdu, means Garden of Gladness or Garden of Delight or Joy. With its magnificent Chinar trees, abundant vegetation, and various fountains, this place also offers an intriguing view of Dal Lake. The garden is divided into two halves by a stagnant stream of water.

Nishta Garden With its magnificent Chinar trees, abundant vegetation, and various fountains, this place also offers an intriguing view of Dal Lake. Wikimedia


#4: Chashme Shahi: Chashme Shahi, the third Mughal garden in Srinagar after Shalimar and Nishat Bagh, was built in 1632 on the command of Ali Marda Khan, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's administrator. The garden was dedicated to Shah Jahan's son, Dara Sikoh. The garden, with its Persian architecture, presents a storey of imperial Mughal heritage. The garden, which is brimming with nature, history, culture, and legacy, is a sight to see and ranks among the most famous Srinagar tourist attractions.

Cheshmashahi Cheshmashahi, which is brimming with nature, history, culture, and legacy, is a sight to see and ranks among the most famous Srinagar tourist attractions. Wikimedia


#5: Makhdoom Sahib: Makhdoom Sahib, one of the valley's holiest shrines, is located in the southern portion of Hari Parbat's magnificent Fort. It is named after Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom, a prominent Sufi saint and spiritual teacher also known as Hazrat Sultan, Mehboob-ul-Alam, Makhdoom Sahib, and Sultan-ul-Arifeen. It is a two-story mosque with intricately carved pillars. Apart from its religious significance, its advantageous position makes it one of the most sought-after Srinagar sightseeing attractions.

 Pigeons at Makhdoom Sahib Shrine It is named after Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom, a prominent Sufi saint and spiritual teacher. Wikimedia


#6: Hazratbal Shrine: Hazratbal Shrine, which is embedded on the northern bank of Dal Lake and translates to "a holy place", is today recognized across the world as one of the most heavenly and auspicious sanctuaries in the world. Additionally, it is referred to as Dargah Sharif, Madinat-us-Sani, and Assar-e-Sharief. Its advantageous location at the shores of Dal Lake provides a breathtaking vision of beauty and resonates with spirituality throughout the year.

Hazratbal Shrine Its advantageous location at the shores of Dal Lake provides a breathtaking vision of beauty and resonates with spirituality throughout the year.Wikimedia


#7 Shankaracharya Temple: It is a prominent stop on the well-known Hindu pilgrimage to Amarnath Yatra, attracting devotees worldwide. Perched on the hill of Shankara, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva of the Hindu Deity. The great Hindu Saint, Adi Shankaracharya, who gained heavenly and spiritual enlightenment by adoring Lord Shiva in this temple when he visited Srinagar ten centuries ago, has found it as his name suggesting. Located on a solid rock base with an octagonal base, the temple is accessible through a staircase of 243 stairs that leads to the top.

Shankaracharya Temple Located on a solid rock base with an octagonal base, the temple is accessible through a staircase of 243 stairs that leads to the top. Wikimedia


#8: Hari Parbat: Hari Parbat testifies to the religious variety and spirit of secularism inherent in Srinagar, the holy and heavenly city. Renowned for being established by the Durrani Empire in the 19th century for the Fort, this site attracts history, culture and environment enthusiasts all year round and worshippers from all over the world. Beaming with spirituality, beauty, and tranquilly, this reveals an unheard of Kashmir worthy of being heard.

Hari Parbat Beaming with spirituality, beauty, and tranquilly, this reveals an unheard of Kashmir worthy of being heard. Wikimedia



#9: Tulip Garden: It is located in the foothills of the Zabarwan Hills near Dal Lake. Additionally, this world-famous garden is home to an array of vibrant Tulips, creating a charming atmosphere. An annual Tulip Festival that lasts seven days is hosted here. During the event, the garden attracts a large number of tourists. Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest sites to see in Srinagar and should be on your bucket list.

field of tulips beside trees An annual Tulip Festival that lasts seven days is hosted here.Photo by Arif Khan on Unsplash


#10: Pari Mahal: Pari Mahal, literally translates to "castle of angels" or "palace of fairies," is located atop the Zabarwan mountain ranges. It is peppered with vivid, colourful, and exotic flowers and fruit orchards and is influenced by traditional Mughal architecture. Pari Mahal lives up to its designation as a fairies' dwelling, as its enamouring beauty transports you to a realm of imagination.

Pari Mahal Pari Mahal lives up to its designation as a fairies' dwelling, as its enamouring beauty transports you to a realm of imagination. Wikimedia



Keywords: Srinagar, Kashmir, tourist, summer, gardens, tranquil lakes, shikara and houseboats, Pari Mahal, Dal lake, Chashme-shahi


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