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Places to visit in Srinagar

Hari Parbat Fort & Temple of Sharika Devi:- The Mughal Emperor’s fort crowned the Hari Parbat. The fort is now in ramparts but its old apartments still convey the grandeur of Mughal‘s summer retreat paradise. The fort was later developed in 18th century by an Afgan Governor Ata Mohammad Khan. Hari Parbat is a sacred place for Hindus due to the presence of a temple of Sharika who is incarnation of Goddess Durga or Adi Shakti. A wall was built around the fort by Akbar in 1592-98 AD. The fort is surrounded by almond orchards which makes it a lovely sight in the month of April when trees blossom heralding the advent of spring in Kashmir.

Mughal Garden:- Srinagar is renowned in the world for its splendid terraced gardens . Mughal Garden in Srinagar is the name given to three renowned gardens namely Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashmashahi. The beauty and splendor of these gardens make the visitors spellbound and mesmerized. Shalimar Bagh was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Noor Jehan in 1619. The garden is considered to be the high point of Mughal architecture and horticulture. It has four terraces that draw water through a canal from Harwan. The highest terrace is reserved for king and Royal Ladies. The garden is illuminated with colorful electric lights and some 150 mountains that amaze the visitors. Nishat Bagh situated on the eastern side of Dal Lake is built by Asaf Khan the brother of Noor Jehan in 1633. The significant feature about the terrace is its twelve gardens representing twelve zodiac signs. Nishat Bagh also offer shopping facilities to the visitors as it has numerous stalls situated opposite to the garden. Chashmashahi is the smallest among the three gardens. It means Royal spring which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1632 AD. The garden is quite famous for its natural spring that has medicinal properties. The garden offer striking views of scenic Dal Lake and neighboring mountains. The other famous garden in Srinagar is Pari Mahal which was earlier on was a Buddhist Monastery that was later converted to a school of astrology. It was founded by Dara Shikoh the eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his Sufi teacher Mulla Shah. The garden is now under the possession of state Government and is fully maintained by it.

Wular Lake:- Lying about 32 Km to the northwest of Srinagr Wular Lake is the largest freshwater lake in India and is a must visit place to visit on a sightseeing tour to Srinagar. It is around 16 Km long and 10 Km wide spreading across the area of 125 Sq Km. The Jhelum River flows into the lake and then leaves it at Sopre. Thus the lake changes the character with every few miles of its course. Being devoid of any artificial feature it is a home to an enchanting marine life. The lake serves a winter site for many migratory birds. The alpine pastures, dense coniferous forests, extensive marshes and biodiversity add splendor to the wetland and make a perfect picnic jaunt.

Shankaracharya Temple:-The Shankaracharya temple is situated in the Srinagar district on the hill known as Takht-E-Suleiman. It is housed at a height of 1100 ft. above the sea level in the main city on the hill. According to a popular belief Raja Gopadatya got the temple constructed in 371 BC, giving it the name of Gopadri. The great philosopher Shankaracharya is supposed to have stayed here when he visited Kashmir to revive Sanatan Dharma. This incident, which took place ten centuries ago, led to the renaming of the temple as the Shankracharya temple. The temple is a revered place not in terms of religion but also from the architectural point of view. It is situated on a high octagonal platform that supports the temple and is approached by approximately hundred steps. The main shrine consists of a circular cell that provides a magnificent view of the valley. The walls of the temple are adorned with Persian inscriptions dating back to the times of Mughal Emperor Shah jehan.