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Srinagar is the capital of state of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India, and has about 1 million inhabitants. Surrounded by the Great Himalayan range, on the banks of Jhelum river lies the land crafted by God's on own hand. A land filled with natural beauty, snow in the winter, a lake in the heart, mountains and people greeting the guest as God. Welcome to land of Sufi's, saints and great scholars. Srinagar, the summer capital of State of Jammu and Kashmir has been famous for its beautiful landscape and culture. Srinagar in Sanskrit means SRI: Venerable and NAGAR means TOWN. Since the city is lies in between the Great Himalayan range it is often called as "Paradise on Earth".
Srinagar has long history dated which is many decades old. According to many historians Srinagar was built by King Parvarsena II but the city became a major center on after King Ashoka introduced Buddhism in the region. For many years Srinagar was the major center for Buddhism. Later it was ruled by many different dynasties including Mughals, Duhrani Empire Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Even today one can see the monuments, gardens narrating stories of the gone eras.
The Mughal Gardens with terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal in front of them - the three Mughal Gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal Emperors' concept of paradise and are today very popular places for picnics and excursions. The beauty of these gardens is at their best during spring but the Mughal structure of these gardens lend them a unique sense of beauty even when the flowers are not blossoming.
Nishat Bagh is situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, (11 km. from TRC), this 'garden of bliss' commands a magnificent view of the lake and the snowcapped Pir Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan.
Located in the Khanyar area, about 150 metres northwest of Dastgir Saheb mosque & shrine, this tomb, also known as Roza Bal, is believed by some to be the tomb of Jesus (part of the larger theory that he survived the crucifixion and made his way to Kashmir where he lived until at least the age of 100). It has been made popular by recent books such as Jesus Lived in India by Holger Kersten among others. It's down a little side road - ask around, pretty much anyone in the area can point you in the right direction. It's out of bounds as on September 2011 as it is closed and sealed and photography and videography are not permitted.
Shankaracharya Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on a hilltop. It can be reached by a car or taxi. No cameras or cellphones are allowed within the temple and you are supposed to leave them in the vehicle before entering the temple premises. Cigarattes, liquor are to be deposited with the police personnel before the ascent of the hill as these items are against Hindu religion.
Performing arts of the city include:
Srinagar has a subtropical climate with relatively mild and dry conditions compared to much of India, mainly because of its northern location and higher elevation. Temperatures during the day range from around 8 °C from December to February and around 30 °C from June to August. Nights average just below zero and around 16-17 °C respectively. Average annual precipitation is around 700 mm with March being the wettest month and September to November the driest time of the year.
Srinagar Airport (SXR) offers flights to/from Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Leh, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Bangalore. Check Air India, Go Air, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Kingfisher Airlines and Spice Jet for schedules and prices.
Jammu Tawi railway station is the nearest railway station which is well connected to rest of India. Jammu city is about 290 kilometres from Srinagar. Thus hiring a taxi or getting on the bus are two suitable options.
Round the clock taxi service is available at Jammu. And it takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach Srinagar.
Daily two Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport buses leave from Jammu city to Srinagar. It takes about 12 hours to reach Srinagar in the bus. Cost per ticket per person is INR 150.
Rogan-gosht (meat cooked in red gravy), Gushtaba (soft meat balls cooked in natural yoghurt), Rishta (Soft Meat Balls in delicious Gravy), Tabakmaaz (deep fried ribs of a lamb) and Kanti (small chunks of meat cooked with a lot of onions).
Another popular local delicacy is called Seekh-tuji. It consists of marinated meat pieces which are freshly barbecued and eaten with chutney. Enjoy the grilled mutton available in Srinagar. This is referred to as a "tilli" or "tekh" and mostly eaten by locals. You can find this at one spot facing Dal Lake too.
Kahwah is a traditional green tea recipe from Kashmir. The tea is made from green tea leaves with saffron strands, cinnamon bark and cardamom pods. Some varieties are made as a herbal infusion only, without the green tea leaves. Generally, it is served with sugar or honey, and crushed nuts, usually almonds or walnuts. There is another form of tea that is quite famous amongst the locals, its called 'Namkeen Chai' or 'Nun Chai'. It is pink in color and is also called Pink Tea. It is made from black tea, cardamom, various spices, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Also people like nune toath and dum toath which are very famous among sufis. Nunetoath is nunechai without milk and Dumtoath is strong form of Kahwa.
|Comrade Inn||Comrade inn pvt ltd Raj Bagh Srinagar Kashmir 1900||Hostel||-|
|Dandoo Palace Group of Houseboats||Dal lake nehru park srinagar kashmir||Apartment||-|
|De-Laila Group of Houseboats||Opp Park Hotel Boulevard Road Dal Lake||hotel||-|
|Gemini Houseboat||opp zabarwan hotel Dal Lake||Hotel||-|
|Blooming Dale Hotel||Dalgate Buchwara||Hotel||90|
|Hotel Holy Night||Crossing Point Gate No. 1 Dalgate||hotel||-|
|Hotel Ibni-Kabeer||Opposite J&K Bank Air Cargo Branch Srinagar, Raj B Near Zero Bridge Srinagar Kashmir.||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Sadaf||45.Exchange Road Bar Bar Shah Lane||hotel||-|
|Hotel Zahgeer Continental||Behind Exchange Mugal Garden Zone Nishat, Shalimar Road||hotel||-|
|House Boat Young Alzira||Dal Lake Nehru Park srinagar Kashmir Srinagar||Hotel||-|
|Houseboat Young Bombay||Dal Lake||Guesthouse||89|
|Meena Houseboats||Dal Lake||hostel||-|
|New Lucky Flower House Boat||Dallake Golden Lake||HOTEL||-|
|New Lucky Star Group of Houseboats||Golden Dal Lake Ghat No.09, Baulvard Road||Guesthouse||-|
|Paradise Camping Resorts||Camping area Sonamarg Kashmir||Campsite||-|
|Persian Palace Houseboat||Dal Lake Nehru Park Kashmir||Hostel||82|
|Royal Group Of Super Deluxe House Boats||Guroo Manzil, Dalgate||guesthouse||-|
|Sikandra Palace||Dal Lake, Nehru Park,||Hotel||-|
|Swiss Hotel Kashmir||172 Gagribal Road Nehru-park,||hotel||85|
|United Group Houseboats||Bishember Nagar RIEC, Near Ikhwan htl||guesthouse||-|
|Veena Palace||Opposite Hotel Welcome Gate No 2 Dal Lake, Srinigar||Apartment||91|
|Majestic Group of Houseboats||Nigeen Lake Kashmir||HOTEL||-|
|Golden Hopes group of Houseboats||Nehru park Dal-Lake Behind hotel leeward||Guesthouse||92|
|Hotel Snow Palace||Raj bagh , New Zero Bridge||HOTEL||-|
|New Bul Bul Group of houseboats||Gate no 7 opposite Hotel Welcome Dal lake. Boulvaroad srinagar||Guesthouse||93|
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India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost 50rs to 200rs. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.
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