Muffle your body with the warm clothes in your wardrobe, feel the brisk air whispering into your ears, the snowflakes playing dodge with you; it’s the perfect time to be in Srinagar. Srinagar, a place known for its exotic natural beauty, extraordinary sceneries and chilling weather. Among others there are specific places one needs to visit to completely leave the city and its culture. Visiting Srinagar is once in a lifetime experience and if you are there, you have to visit these spectacular places in Srinagar. Let’s look at some of the best tourist places in Srinagar.
Kheer Bhawani Temple
Among the many tourist attractions in Srinagar, Kheer Bhawani temple is one known for its peace and religious prosperity. Although, the temple has many names starting from Rajni to Ragnya Bhawani and Maharagya Devi, it is famously known as Kheer Bhawani Temple. Situated almost 22 kilometers outside Srinagar, in a small village called “ Tul Mul”. The temple is devoted towards the goddess “Kheer Bhawani” who is famously worshipped amount the Kashmiri’s and the Hindus. The words Kheer Bhawani derived from kheer a Hindi word that translates into sweet rice dumplings and Bhawani the name of the of the goddess. The kheer is served to the goddess as a treat, which eventually became part of her name.
Shankaracharya Hill and Temple
One of the most referred places by many tourist and the Srinagar tourism itself is Shankaracharya Hill and Temple Takhat-i-Sulaiman, Koh-i-Sulaiman or the more widely used name, Shankaracharya Hill is a tourists delight. Famous for the Shankaracharya temple, situated at an altitude of 1000 feet above the ground, commanding a view of the main Srinagar city.
Pride of Kashmir tourism, Dal lake is the epicentre of both Kashmir and Srinagar’s beauty. The lake is enhanced with Mugal era gardens, parks, hotels and houseboats. Making it the perfect place for you in the summer. The lake is spread across an area of 18 square kilometers. Hence, the hotels and homes nearby give an on point scenery of the lake. A hysterical note to Dal lake is its name. When Dal is translated from Kashmiri to English becomes Lake.Hence, when you pronounce “Dal” Lake you actually mean Lake Lake, quiet hysterical.
Another one of the lakes in the countdown is Nigeen Lake. Some consider it as a part of Dal Lake, however connecting through a narrow strait; Nigeen Lake separates itself from Dal lake. Depicting calm and peaceful environment, one can rediscover its soul on a swift boat ride around the lake. It is considered as one of the top places to visit in Srinagar.
Not many tourist attractions in Srinagar is as ancient as this one. A infrastructure built by the Muglas in 1526, is the mesmerising Mughal Garden. Surrounded by pools, canals and fountains in the arena, the garden is meant for a blissful walk with your loved ones. It is open year round for tourists and the cherry on top is Dal Lake in the vicinity of the garden making it perfect for romantic evenings.
Derived from the urdu word Hazrat meaning “Respect” and the local Kashmiri bal translating into “place”, Hazratbal depicts a place of respect. Situated on the western end of the Dal lake, it outlooks a spectacular view of the lake and pleasant Nishat Baugh. It is also known as Hazratbal Shrine, contains a relic that is revealed only on religious occasions. Considered among the many religious Srinagar tourist places it is a must visit for tourists.
Dachingam National Reserve
Last but not the least Dachigam National Reserve also called as Dachigam National Park is an amalgamation of beautiful trees and water bodies stretched in an area of more than 20 kilometers. As the name suggest Dachigham or “Ten Villages” is a tribute to the these villages that got relocated during the World War 1.
Srinagar sightseeing experiences are one of a kind. From decades it has been tourist’s most favorite places from around the globe. These tourist places in Srinagar should always be visited; they really talk about the culture, tradition, history and future of the place.