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The Jewel of Srinagar, the Dal Lake is synonymous with a visit to Srinagar and is almost a visual definition of the town. Spread over 15 km, it is the second-largest lake in Jammu & and Kashmir.
The mirror-like Dal Lake reflects the snow-dusted peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains while the colorful shikaras (gondolas) float around. The houseboats and shikaras are its main attractions.
Char Chinar is an island in the Dal Lake of Srinagar, surrounded by the Chinar trees on all four sides of it.
Also known as Char Chinari (char chinari means four sides) and Rupa Lank, it was constructed by Murad Baksh, the brother of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
The Char Chinar is best explored during a shikara ride in the Dal Lake.
Stay in a Houseboat
Staying in a houseboat amidst pristine waters of the Dal Lake, is one of the most essential things to do in Srinagar.
Made in wood and adorned in a typical Kashmir style decor, the houseboats are a perfect way to experience the quintessential local life in the luxurious way.
You will also be mesmerised by the surrounding atmosphere and the interior decor. Plus, it is a very calming and soothing activity to experience and you will leave fully rejuvenated.
The Shankaracharya Temple in Srinagar, located on top of the Shankaracharya Hill, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest shrines in Kashmir.
Also known as Jyesteshwara Temple, the temple is named after the great philosopher Shankaracharya who is believed to have visited Srinagar about ten centuries ago.
The Shiva Linga he worshipped is located in the temple.
Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden
Shalimar Bagh is a beautifully laid out Mughal garden, the largest of the three Mughal gardens in Srinagar (the other two being Nishat Bagh and Chashme Shahi).
This pristine attraction was built in the year 1619 by the Mughal emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan and lies overlooking the scintillating waters of the Dal Lake. It is now a public park and is known as the "crown of Srinagar".
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