History of Srinagar
 
 
Srinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. The Dal and Nigeen lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors around the year. Kalhana, the author of 'Rajtarangini', states that Srinagri was founded by Emperor Ashoka (3rd Century BC). The present city of Srinagar was founded by Pravarasena-II, and Hiuen Tsang, who visited Kashmir in 631 AD, found it at the same site as it is today. Laltaditya Muktapida was the most illustrious ruler of Kashmir in the Hindu period, which ended in 1339 AD. King Zain-ul-Abidin (1420-70 AD), popularly known as 'Budshah', was a great patron of Sanskrit. Akbar captured Kashmir valley for the Mughals, who endowed Srinagar with beautiful mosques and gardens. The Sikhs overthrew the last Muslim ruler in the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1819. In 1846 the Dogras secured the sovereignty of Kashmir from the British under the Treaty of Amritsar, and in 1947 the state of Jammu and Kashmir with Srinagar as its capital, became part of the Indian Union.
Today Srinagar is a resort for the tourist who can experience, at first hand, the peculiar beauty of the valley that has attracted the Chinese, the Mughals and the British to it.

Its waterways with their own quaint lifestyle, the unique Houseboat, the blossoming gardens, water sports activities, shopping for lovingly handcrafted souvenirs .
   
 
(a) Hari Parbat Fort
To the West of the Dal Lake, on the mount of famous and natural wonder Hari Parbat, an ancient Mughal Fort known as Hari Parbat Fort is located it is just 5 mintues by walk from the hotel. This historical fort is assumed to be built during the 18th century by an Afghan Governer, Atta Mohammad Khan. A long stretch of walls is seen around the hill and was constructed in 1590 by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar.

Archaeological department is maintaining this fort and is an attractive historical monument of Srinagar. State Archaeological Department issues the required permission to visit the fort. Other attractions nearby are Lalmandi Square and Sharika Devi Temple.

 

   
(b) Nigeen Lake & Dal Lake

This lake is 5 minutes by walk from the hotel.Nigeen Lake, with its name derived out of the name of the trees surrounding the lake, is popular as the 'Jewel in the Ring’ and is considered as one of the impressive lakes in Srinagar. This is a small lake looking pretty in deep blue. This lake is separated from the Dal lake by a thin causeway and is an exciting tourist
spot with number of houseboats dwindling in the calm water. Nigeen is a perfect place to go for swimming as it is less crowded and deeper. Water Skiing is another water sports one can venture out in this lake, skiing facilities and fiberglass sailing boats are available for hire

   
 
(c) Mughal Gardens

MUGHAL GARDENS: Just onthe out-skirts of Srinagar lie Chashmashahi ("The royal spring"), Nishat ("abode of peace") and Shalimar ("abode of love") where Mughal emperors once relaxed with their exquisite queens. When you are going for sightseeing in Srinagar, then the tourist attractions that you must never miss are the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar. The Mughal Gardens in Srinagar reflects the sense of beauty and the lavish styles of the Mughal era in India.

 
   
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