Hotels in Srinagar


Srinagar(Hindi: श्रीनगर, Urdu: سری نگر) is the summer capital of the northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in the Kashmir Valley and lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus. It is one of the largest cities in India not to have a Hindu majority. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits.

Srinagar has a long history, dating back at least to the 3rd century BC, and has been known by different names. The city was founded by the King Pravarasena II over 2,000 years ago, named it Parvasenpur. The city was then a part of the Maurya Empire, one of the largest empires of the Indian subcontinent. Ashoka introduced Buddhism to the Kashmir valley, and the adjoining regions around the city became a centre of Buddhism. In the 1st century, the region was under the control of Kushans and several rulers of this dynasty strengthened the Buddhist tradition. Vikramaditya (of Ujjain) and his successors probably ruled the regions just before the city fell to the control of the Huns in the 6th century, and Mihirkula was the most dreaded ruler of the city and the valley.

Srinagar became the capital of Kashmir around A.D. 960.

The Independent Hindu and the Buddhist rule of Srinagar lasted until the 14th century,some of the notable independent rulers were Lalitaditya, Avantiverman and Sangrama Deva when the Kashmir valley, including the city, came under the control of the several Muslim rulers, including the Mughals. It was also the capital during the reign of Yusuf Shah Chak, an Independent Kashmiri ruler who was tricked by Akbar when he failed to conquer Kashmir by force. Yusuf Shah Chak remains buried in Bihar in India. Akbar established Mughal rule in Srinagar and Kashmir valley.

 

With the disintegration of the Mughal Empire after the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, infiltrations to the valley from the Pashtun tribes increased, and the Durrani Empire ruled the city for several decades. Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab province, in the year 1814 annexed a major part of the Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar, to his kingdom, and the city came under the influence of the Sikhs. In 1846, the Treaty of Lahore was signed between the Sikh rulers and the British in Lahore. The treaty, inter alia, provided British de-facto suzerainty over the Kashmir Valley, and installed Gulab Singh as an independent and sovereign ruler of the region. Srinagar became part of his kingdom and remained until 1947 as one of several princely states in British India. The maharadjas choose Sher Garhi Palace as their main Srinagar residence.

Tourism is the most significant segment of the city's economy. The city of Srinagar is a gateway to some of the most scenic and beautiful places of the Indian subcontinent.

Srinagar is well known for its lakes. Dal Lake is known for its houseboats. Nagin Lake is another famous lake in the city.

 Houseboats were introduced accidentally to Kashmir: members of the Indian Civil Service serving in the plains who vacationed in Kashmir were not permitted to build permanent homes because of the then Maharaja's suspicion of a British presence in Srinagar. They thus chose to live in houseboats. The first such, named Victory, was designed by Mr MT Kenhard in 1888. There are now about five hundred on the Lake.

 

Srinagar has some Mughal gardens, forming a part of those laid by the Mughal emperors across the Indian subcontinent. Those of Srinagar and its close vicinity include Chashma Shahi (the royal fountains); Pari Mahal (the palace of the fairies); Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring); Shalimar Bagh; and the Naseem Bagh. The Tulip Gardens have been recently opened to public by Sonia Gandhi.

It has been called the "Venice of the East" or the "Kasmiri Venice"

The Sher Garhi Palace houses administrative buildings from the state government. Another palace of the Maharadjas, the Gulab Bhavan, has now become the Lalit Grand Palace hotel.

Srinagar as Tourist Destination

 

Agar Firdaus bar ru-e-zamin ast, Hami ast o- hami ast o- hami ast.
If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here it is here.

 

FACTS & FIGURES…

Language:

Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri, and English

Best time to visit:

April-June (Summer)

STD Code:

0194

Longitude:

Latitude:

74 51 E

34 08 N

 

 

INFORMATION ON SRINAGR…

Srinagar is located in the western part of the Kashmir valley. Jhelum River passes through Srinagar city. Srinagar is 876 KM North of Delhi (20 Hrs. drive approx.) & 300 KM North of Jammu (10 Hrs. drive approx.).

 

Summers (April-June)

Winters (November-February).

To experience heavy snowfall ideal months are - December-February.

 

Srinagar is the summer capital city of Jammu & Kashmir. Srinagar spreads out on both sides of the Jhelum River. The valley's beauty has enticed visitors from distant lands. Srinagar offers the spectacular sights of the lovely lakes and the houseboats on them. Dry fruits and the traditional Kashmiri handicrafts are the other major attractions of the Kashmir region. If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here in Srinagar.

 

 

PLACES IN & AROUND SRINAGAR
There are number of interesting places to visit near in & around Srinagar. Most of these places are located amongst picturesque settings of the mighty Himalayas. Apart from natural beauty, they also offer a number of adventurous activities to the traveller.

Gulmarg: is 52 km from of Srinagar and is located at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level. In summers, the meadows of Gulmarg are laden with flowers. In winters, the snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg turn into one of the World’s best skiing resort, which attracts thousands of international & national travellers seeking adventure and thrill. It’s one of the popular trekking destinations and also boasts of the world's highest golf course.

Sonamarg: is 80 km northeast of Srinagar and is located at an altitude of 2740 m. It is set in a valley amongst glaciers and placid lakes. It is also well known for Thijwas Galacier (Tourist Attraction). The flower laden meadows, panoramic view of the lofty snow covered Himalayan peaks, and a number of trekking and hiking trails have made Sonamarg a popular tourist destination. Sonmarg is also well known in domestic market as it’s a second base camp for pilgrims visiting Baba Amarnath Ji holy cave.

Pahalgam: is 95 km east of Srinagar and is located in the quiet Liddar valley, at a height of 2130 m. It provides an ideal setting for activities like hiking, trekking, rafting and fishing. It is also the starting point of the annual pilgrimage to the Baba Amarnath Ji holy cave. Pahalgam is also well known in Indian Film Industry. Many movies were shot in Pahalgam in early times.

The handicrafts repertoire of Kashmir is incomplete without woollen shawls and woodcarving. Travellers can purchase richly embroidered woollen shawls in all colours and intricate designs in Srinagar. Apart from regular woollen shawls, one can also buy Pashmina shawls (made from the hair of ibex) and shahtoosh shawls (made from the hair of the Tibetan antelope), which are highly valued shawls made in Kashmir. As Kashmir is the only state in India where walnut trees grow, craftsmen here create intricate carvings on walnut wood to make items like tables, chairs, stools, fruit bowls, partitions, etc., that have rich floral and trellis patterns carved on them.

HOW to REACH…
BY AIR (SXR – Airport code) - Srinagar is well connected by air with all metro cities in India. All low cost airlies and full frill airlies are easly available for Srinagar sector.

BY RAIL (JAT – Railway Station Code) - Srinagar does not have a railway station which is connected to rest of the cities / states. The nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi, which is 300 km from Srinagar.

BY ROAD - It is well connected by road to important places like Chandigarh (620 KM), Delhi (876 KM), Jammu (300 KM), Leh, Kargil, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam.

 

Travel expert india would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.

 

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