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Srinagar – The City of Beautiful Gardens, Houseboats and Lakes
History of Srinagar
Located on the banks of River Jhelum is the beautiful city of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu And Kashmir State. The history of this city dates back to the 3rd century and is believed to have been established by King Pravarasena II, who then named it Parvasenpur. After that the city came under the rule of several kings from different local dynasties, until the city was acquired by the Mughal King Akbar, after tricking the current ruler Yususf Shah Chak. Later, after the death of Mughal King Aurangzeb, the city was taken over by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab and soon after Maharaja Gulab Singh was appointed as its sovereign king. When India gained independence, the Maharaja refused to merge with either of two newly created countries of India or Pakistan, but was forced to change his decision after the city was attacked by the tribal forces from Pakistan.

Famous Tourist Spots in Srinagar
Dal Lake: Spread over an area of nearly 26 sq. km with a shoreline that covers approximately 15.5 km, the Dal Lake is one of the most famous lakes of India. The lake houses numerous houseboats and shikaras and has four different sections, which are linked with each other with the help of four causeways. Visitors can enjoy various water activities such as boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, angling, and water surfing etc. Many times, during extreme winters, the lake freezes and people come here enjoy the mesmerizing scene.

Wullar Lake: This is India’s largest fresh water lake and acts as natural area for storing any extra water that flows into River Jhelum. In addition, the lake is also fed by waters of several streams including Pohru, Harbuji, Erin and the Aarah. The lake, which is located between the two town of Bandipore and Sopore, features the remains of a beautiful island in its centre, which was constructed by King Zain-ul-abidin. The lake is also for housing different varieties of bird, making it a favorable destination of bird watchers.

Nishat Bagh: This magnificent Mughal Garden was constructed by the brother of Nur Jahan and father of Mumtaz Mahal, Abdul Hasan Asaf Khan, in 1633. The garden, which is one of the largest Mughal Gardens in Srinagar, is situated on the shores of Dal Lake and has the majestic Zabarvan Hills in the background.  The garden is famous for its twelve terraces and numerous fountains, besides which it features countless flowerbeds having several rare species of flowers. The garden also has vast lawns and ancient artifacts.

Chashm-e-Shahi : This smallest Mughal garden of Kashmir, was constructed in 1632, and is 108m long and 38 m wide.   Also famous by the name of Royal Spring, the garden is located in the vicinity of Nehru Memorial Park and is divided into three main parts. Each of these parts features fountains, waterfalls and an aqueduct. The garden also has numerous flowers and fruits in addition to some rare species of plants. The garden also features a fresh water spring, the water of which is believed to have medicinal value and hence is capable of curing several ailments.

Famous Things to Buy In Srinagar
Srinagar offers numerous unique products made locally, which tourists like to take back home as a token of remembrance.

Carpets: The handmade carpets of Srinagar, having vibrant colors and intricate designs are famous across the globe.

Dry Fruits And Spices: Srinagar is renowned for its wide variety of high quality dry fruits and spices, prominent among which are almonds, walnuts, chilli powder and saffron.

Papier Mache Products: The beautiful papier-mâché products of Srinagar are famous across the globe as the perfect decorative and gifting items.

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