One of the most famous garden in Kashmir valley, Shalimar garden is situated on the shores of serene Dal Lake built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan, around 400 years back. The lush green and well-maintained Garden of Srinagar designed with terrace lawns, fountain pools and flower beds combined with mighty chinar trees and pavilions. The interior of Shalimar Bagh contain four terraces in which the top most terraces was originally reserved for the royal ladies and is considered to be the most beautiful section.
Also known as “the garden of bliss”, Nishat Garden in Srinagar is set on the banks of the beautiful Dal Lake. The garden is set at the backdrop of the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range and it offers a great sunset view of the Dal Lake. A beautiful water channel flows right in the middle of the garden. Nishat Bagh was designed by Asaf Khan, the brother of Nur Jahan back in 1633 AD. The garden has 12 terraces, one for every zodiac sign and they keep on rising up the mountain side. All the terraces are filled with different colored roses, lilies, geraniums and asters.
Chashme Shahi Garden
Chashme Shahi garden is a terraced lawns, fascinating fountains and floral beds on the banks of Dal Lake. Beautifully terraced garden and colorful flowers make Chashme Shahi beautiful than any other garden of Kashmir. Originally Shah Jahan's creation the year 1632 but has undergone a number of renovations to retain its remarkable beauty. Shah Jahan named the garden after a mountain spring that waters it and so it has the name Chashme Shahi.
Dal Lake is 6.4 km long and 4 km wide, and within its periphery, four enormous expanses of water - Lokut Dal, Bod Dal, Gagribal and Nagin. Hence, Dal Lake is not a flat, continuous mass of water, but an intricate maze of waterways, making for a spectacular sight and an even more enchanting locale to explore. To the delight of the visitors they can enjoy fascinating rides on traditional Kashmiri Houseboats and Shikaras.
Nestled at the foothills of Zabarwan ranges in Srinagar, Nagin Lake is one of the prime tourist attractions in the city that must not be missed. Basically it is an offshoot of the parent Dal Lake. Being surrounded by mountains-Hari Parbat on the west and Shankaracharya hill on the east, the location of the Nagin Lake proves to be an adoring sight.
One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations in Srinagar, the Shankaracharya Temple is located atop a hill known as 'Takht-e-Suleiman'. The ancient temple stands at a height of about 1100 feet above the surface level of the main Srinagar city. A visit to this sacred temple involves a trek to the top of the hills.
Kheer Bhawani Temple
The Kheer Bhawani Temple in Srinagar is one of the important places of worship in Kashmir. It is associated with Ragnya Devi and located in Tulamula in Srinagar. An important Hindu shrine, it is visited by a number of Hindu pilgrims on Jesht Ashtami when the annual festival is held. Established by Maharaja Pratap Singh in the year 1912, Kheer Bhawani Temple is one of the historical monuments of Srinagar.