Dal Lake Srinagar
Sri Nagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
land of hills and dales construed with much care and intricacy by the
Creator is Kashmir - the erstwhile "Paradise on Earth". The Dal
Lake meanders through this paradisiacal valley carrying with it elongated
shikaras or houseboats.
Lacing The Valleys
Jammu and Kashmir's second largest lake, the Dal, meanders through a course
that is flanked by lush Mughal gardens and monuments, plummetted orchards,
the University of Kashmir and what not to meet the river Jhelum . Elegant
and elongated Shikaras or the Venician gondola look-a-like float through the
lake carrying curious visitors, who at times feel benumbed by the serenity
of the locale and perhaps wonder - can this same valley echo the gun-shots?
Overlooking the lake are two hillocks that house the famous temples of
Shankaracharya and Hari Parbat.
More than hundreds of houseboats animate these tranquil waters
ferrying around tourists, vendors and fishermen. Salesmen paddle from boat
to boat, selling every thinkable ware like fresh flowers and fruit from the
valley, nuts, Kashmiri handicraft, handmade carpets and many more items that
can be either carried back home as souvenirs or spice yourself or your rooms
with an enviable Kashmiri flavour.
A cruise through the lake can be one of the most romantic sail through
beauty in its most ethereal abundance.
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At about 141 km from Srinagar is Amarnathji, one of the
major pilgrimage centres of the Hindu world. Hordes of pilgrims trek up the
mountains to visit the caves at Amarnath where is housed the naturally
formed ice-stalagmite of Lord Shiva.
» Hazratbal Shrine -
The white edifice of Hazratbal
Shrine stands on the northwestern bank of Dal Lake. With the backdrop of the
snowcapped mountains, this is one of the holiest Islamic shrines that
preserves a strand of Prophet Mohammed's sacred hair.
» Gulmarg -
At Gulmarg you can stroll across the
lush lanes of world's highest Golf Course at 2,650 ft. Winters come alive
with skiing activities and tourists.
» The Mughal Gardens -
The summer capital of Jammu
and Kashmir, Srinagar, so fascinated were the Mughals with its natural
abundance that they decided to frill the city with numerous gardens like
Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Chashma Shahi Gardens, to name a few. These
continue to hypnotize beholders with the multi-colored diaspora of flowers
and flitting butterflies.
The domestic airport is serviced regularly by several flights from all the
major cities of India. Srinagar does not have a railway station. the nearest
railhead is at Jammu which is well connected. To reach Srinagar by bus, you
can travel from Jammu (290 km), Leh (434 km), Gulmarg (48 km) and Pahalgam
(96 km). From the Indian capital it is 876 km by road.