Srinagar district is situated in the center of Kashmir Valley, is surrounded
by five districts. In the north it is flanked by Kargil,in the South by
Pulwama,in the north-west by Budgam. The capital city of Srinagar,is located
1730 meters above sea level. The district with a population of around
9,00,000 souls(1991- census), is spread over an area of 2228 Sq.Kms.It
comprises three tehsils/ towns viz Srinagar, Ganderbal and Kangan, four
blocks (Srinagar, Ganderbal, Kangan and Leh), besides 175 villages.
Srinagar is a city of great antiquity. Particularly the old city of
Srinagar with its almost medieval charm has sights, smells and sounds to
enchant the most jaded traveler. Its beautiful surroundings tells the story
of the love of the Mughal emperors for this paradise vale; deep green rice
fields and river bridges, of gardens in bloom and lakes rimmed by
houseboats. It is the summer capital of the state as well as a business
center and holiday resort.
Srinagar has the distinction of having multifaceted and unique cultural
blend, making it exclusive from the rest of the country, not only from the
different cultural forms and heritage, but from geographical,
demographically, ethical, social entities, which forms a distinct spectrum
It is located at 1100ft.above surface level of the main city on the
Shankaracharya hill, also known as Takht-e-Suleiman. The Shiva temple,
besides being a prominent religious place of Hindus, is of great
archaeological importance. The temple commands a magnificent panoramic view
of the Srinagar city.
The Hazrathalbal Shrine, is situated on the left bank of the famous Dal Lake
in Srinagar. This was built in the love and respect for the Prophet
Mohammad, whose sacred hair is preserved here.
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.
Places Of Interest
Cheshma Shahi and Pari Mahal
Cheshma Shahi or the Royal Spring was laid by Shah Jahan in 1632 A.D and
two kilometers uphill from Cheshma Shahi is situated the Pari Mahal,a school
of astrology founded by Prince Dara Shikoh,Emperor Shah Jahan's eldest son.
Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, in the backdrop of the majestic
hills, these beautiful gardens commands a magnificent view of the lake. .
The Mughal gardens include Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashmeshahi Bagh.
The world famous water body described by Sir Walter Lawerence as the "Lake
par-excellence",half a kilometers from the city, is the jewel in the
crown of Kashmir. Nagin is the most lovely part of the Dal Lake separated by
a causeway. The lake of course is popular for its Houseboats ,Shikaras and
promenades and it is undoubtedly a bird watchers paradise.