Among the prominent places there are some well known gardens and waterfalls like Achadel, Anantanag and Kokarnag and Verinag; along with some ancient historical sights like Avantipuram, Burznhom and Chichari Slicirif; and sights for tourism like Gulmarg and Dachigam wild life sanctuary which attract a large number of tourists every year.
Tourist places around Srinagar include a unique place called "Achadel" which is one of the popular Mughal Gardens located at a distance of 6 kms from Srinagar. This is situated at a height of 1677 meters which was made for Empress Nur Jahan. This garden is well known for exhibiting nature's beauty in such a way that attracted Nur Jahan who was a great patron of beauty and gardens. Designed by Akashbal this garden is known for the Irout hatchery and the tourists' bungalows which attract the tourist who can enjoy a splendid holiday in this place.
Along with Mughal Gardens, there are other tourist spots around Srinagar which include places like Anantanag. This place is mainly known for the two fresh water streams that flow through Himalayan regions. The place is one of the most popular sights around Srinagar which is famous for a number of legends. Anantanag literally means the main stream which is made up of a number of streams. It includes some streams like Nag bal, Salak nag and Malik nag which flow towards the town. It is considered to be last stream of Kashmir valley which opens the way for Amarnath. Along with this Anantanag is also known as one of historical sights around Srinagar. Anatanag is famous for number of legends which has been mentioned in Bhagvat gita and chronicles of Nags and pichash. Overall the place is known for the temples of Lord Shiva and Radhakrishna which is situated amidst the two fresh water streams. Anantanag is an important archeological sight of India as well. With the ancient temple of Martand Temple this place reveals the cultural heritage of ancient past.
Among the historical sights around Srinagar there are some more places like the sites of Avantipur which has the popular shrine of Lord Shiva. This was developed by Hindu ruler AvantiVerman in 9th century who developed this area as the ancient capital of Kashmir valley. Along with this there are some sites at Burznhom which has been excavated by Archaeological survey of India. This area revealed the existence of ancient civilization in the area which can be dated back to 2500BC. This sight is located at a distance of 24 kms from Srinagar. Charari- Sharief is another site which is known for the celebrated shrine of saint Sheikh Noor-ud-Bin. While these are some of the historical sights which have been valuable sources that reveal the past of Jammu and Kashmir and the ancient civilization that resided in these areas, there are some tourist spots like Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Dachigam Wildlife sanctuary which attract a large number of crowd in every season.
'Paradise on Earth'- Kashmir also include some picturesque sites like Gulmarg which is one of the important tourist places around Srinagar. Gulmarg remains completely covered with snow during the winters and provide great facilities for picnic during the summer season. In both the seasons it attracts a large number of tourists who enjoy the scenic beauty of the area from an altitude of 2730 meters. The oval shaped meadows of Gulmarg are located at a distance of 51 kms from Srinagar.
Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary
Along with the Pine forests of Gulmarg there is the attractive wild life sanctuary of Dachigam that preserves the rare species of wild life. Overall the tourist spots located around Srinagar provide a lot of entertainment to its visitors who have a variety of places to visit. While some are known for the legends which are mentioned in various literary texts, the other places are known for the scenic beauty.
Thus the tourist place around Srinagar includes a variety of places. It also includes some prominent shrines like Amarnath and tourist spots like Pahalgam which can be usually approached from Gulmarg.