| SRI NAGAR (KASHMIR) - If there is Paradise on Earth, It is This...
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Welcome to Srinagar. The capital city of Kashmir, Srinagar, is the soul and pulse of the state. Life in the city revolves around the river Jhelum and the Dal Lake. Its a very special corner of India. The top middle corner of the country - above the mountains, past the plains, away from the crowd. This was the summer capital of the British in 1793. The ruler of Kashmir let the British come but did not allow them to build - and the British took to the water. They lived in houseboats which have since then become a legend.
There is no better combination of wood, water and mountain anywhere in the world. Visitors come to this unique city sometimes only to enjoy a holiday of solitude on a houseboat. Wake up in the morning to the murmur of water, spend your day floating on a Shikara over the famous Dal lake is a experience not to be missed, tee off on the 18 hole golf course, lose yourself in the Bazaars of Srinagar, picnic in one of the fabled gardens of Nishat, Shalimar and hundreds more. Trek up to the Shankaracharya's temple a 1000 feet above the city. Behold the view, from Parimahal, a series of arched terraces picturesquely perched on the slope of Zabarwan Hill overlooking the Dal Lake, pay homage to the holy shrine of Hazratbal on the northwest bank of the lake, or watch a famous film star on location - shooting one of the many movies made in the picturesque valley every year.
The Shalimar Bagh built by Jahangir for Nur Jahan is one of the most famous Mughal gardens in India. Shah Hamdar mosque, shaped like a cube and Chasma Shahi, the smallest of the Mughal gardens are amongst the other places of interest. Kashmir is famous for its many handicraft including carpets, papier mache articles. leather, fur shawls and embroidery. Excursion include Pahalgam, the ideal base for a trek to Amarnath; and Gulmarg also a base for trekking & known as the 'meadow of flowers' in the spring season.
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