Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is situated on the banks of river Jhelum. The nature has bestowed upon it all its magnificences, which makes it one amongst the most beautiful places of India. The city is also known as the 'Venice of the East' and is home to two popular lakes, namely Dal Lake and Nagin Lake.
The popular Srinagar tourist places include Mughal gardens, shrines and monuments. All these attractions depict city's history that dates back to the 3rd century. One of the famous local attractions is Hazratbal Mosque which gets its name from 'Hazrat', an Arabi word which means 'Holy'. A fact to know about this shrine is that the women's entry is restricted only to the first part of the shrine. Pari Mahal is another renowned tourist spot known for its captivating Islamic-style architecture.
Jama Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Kashmir and therefore should not be missed while enjoying Srinagar sightseeing. Other attractions which tourists must include in their sightseeing list are the Shankaracharya Mandir, Shalimar Bagh and Nehru Garden. Apart from these exciting places, tourists can pay a visit to the Gulab Bhavan, which mirrors the architectural proficiency of the bygone era.
While enjoying a Srinagar tour, tourists can plan an excursion to Hokersar, a wetland, which attracts different species of migratory birds, such as Brahminy Duck, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Garganey, Greylag Goose and Common Merganser. Those who are wildlife lovers can explore the Dachigam National Park to spot rare animals like Kamshiri Stag, Hill Fox and Himalayan Black Bear.