Pilgrimage Tourism in Srinagar District
Hazratbal Shirne: Hazrathalbal Shirne, which is situated on the left bank of the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. This holy shirne is known by several names including Hazratbal, Assar-e-Sharief, madinat-us-Sani and Dargah. The construction of the present marble structure was started by the Muslim Aquaf Trust headed by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in the year 1968 and was completed in 1979. The Moi-e-Muqqadas is displayed on various occasions associated with the life of the Prophet and his four holy companions.
Shankaracharya Temple: It is located at 1100 ft above the surface level of the main city on the Shankaracharya hill, also known as Takht-e-Suleiman. The Shiva temple was constructed by Raja Gopadatya in 371 B.C and it is one of the ancient holy sites in Kashmir. Dogra ruler, Maharaja Gulab Singh, constructed stone stairs up to the temple. The temple is a prominent religious place of the place and is of great archaeological importance. The temple commands a magnificent panoramic view of Srinagar city.
Khanqah-e-Molla: The shrine of Shah-e-Hamdan or Khanqah-e-Moulla is one of the oldest Muslim shrines in Kashmir situated on the bank of Jhelum River in the old city
Jama Masjid: It is one of the oldest and the most spacious of all the mosques in Kashmir, situated in the heart of the city. The foundation of the mosque, an architectural wonder was laid by Sultan Sikander in 1398 A.D. The area of the mosque is really spacious and is enough for over thirty thousand people to offer prayer at a time
Imambara Hassanabad: The 2nd oldest shrine in Jammu and Kashmir is Imambara Hassanabad situated in south west of city centre Lal Chowk. The Imam Bargah is surrounded by world famous Hazratbal shrine on one side, Temple of Mata Sharka Devi and Gurdawara Chatti Padshahi on other side.
Chatti Padshahi: Chatti Padshahi, one of the most important Sikh Gurudwaras in Kashmir. The sixth guru of Sikhism travelled through Kashmir, stopping to preach occasionally. It is situated just outside the southern gate of Hari Parbat fort.
Leisure Tourism in Srinagar District
Cheshma Shahi and Pari Mahal: Cheshma Shahi or the Royal Spring was laid by Shah Jahan in 1632 A.D. It is 9 km from the city centre and is famous for a spring of refreshment water. Two kilometres uphill from Cheshma Shahi is situated the Pari Mahal, a school of astrology founded by Dara Shikoh. The Cheshma Shahi-Pari Mahal area has been developed into a tourist village.
Nature Tourism in Srinagar District
Nishat Garden: This garden is situated on the banks of the Dal Lake in the backdrop of the Zabarwan hills; 11 km from the district headquarter of Srinagar. The Garden commands a magnificent view of the lake.
Shalimar Garden: The garden, 15 kms from the city centre, was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife, Nur Jahan. The garden with four terraces is 539 by 182 metres and gets water from Harwan through a canal lined with fountains. The fourth terrace was once reserved for royal ladies.
Dal Lake: The world famous water body described by Sir Walter Lawerence as the 'Lake par-excellence', half a kilometre from the city, is the jewel in the crown of Kashmir eulogised by the poets and hugely praised by the travellers and tourists. The lake of late has unfortunately, considerably shrunk in size causing concern to environmentalists. Two islands, Sona Lank and Ropa Lank, within the lake add to its beauty. Nagin Lake is the loveliest part of the Dal Lake separated by a causeway.
Dachigam National Park: Dachigam National Park is a wildlife sanctuary which is home to the endangered Hangul species of Deer in the country. Dachigam is also the habitat to other wildlife of the state namely Black Bear, Musk Deer, leopards and several migratory birds. There is also a Trout fish farm in Dachigam. It is big natural reserve which requires permissions from the Wildlife Authorities for exploration. The dense forests of Dachigam offer a brilliant view along with a Glacier fed rivulet flowing right through the middle.
There is no dearth of tourist spots in Srinagar District and all these sites attract a large number of tourists from far and wide.
(Last Updated on : 10-10-2014)