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Srinagar

About Srinagar

Srinagar- The Valley of Houseboats is the capital city of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Mughals aptly called Kashmir and it was the peculiar beauty of the valley that attracted the Chinese, the Mughals and the British to it. It is the largest town in Kashmir and is unique because of the Dal, Nagin and Anchar lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them.

Srinagar district is situated in the centre 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 metres above sea level.The district with a population of around 9,00,000 souls(1991- census), is sperad 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.The population density in the district Srinagar is 401 per Square Kilometer which is highest in the state. The literacy rate of the district was 33.80%in 1981.

According to a popular legend which is mentioned in Kalhana's Rajtaringini Kashmir valley was a vast lake. Kashyap Rishi drained out the water and made it habitable. It is said that originally Yakshas, and Pisacas tribes inhabited the valley at the higher reaches and did not allow the inhabitants of the valley to live in peace. King Ashok brought Budhism to Kashmir which was strenthened by Kanishka. In 6th century Huns came to rule the valley and Mihirkul was one of the infamous Hun ruler. The area attained freedom in 530 AD which was shortlived.

According to Sir Aurel Stein the famous interpretor of Kalhana the chronicler of Kashmir the city of Srinagar had big market and mansions made of wood touching the clouds. Hieun-tsang the famous Chinese traveller visited Srinagar and has described it his memoirs.

Various capitals were established by the latter kings but ultimately the city of Srinagar was destined to be the capital of the State. These capitals are now found only in ruins or history. Some of the famous capitals are Prvaerpora of Praversen, Prihaspora of Lalitaditya, Jayapida's Jayapora, Avantivarman's Avantipur and cities of Kanishkapura and Juskapura.

During muslim rule Sultan Sadar-ud-din founded Rinchenpur and Ala-ud-din founded Alauddinpura near Hariparbat Hill. ZainulAbideen founded Nowshera as the capital while Akbar founded Naagar Nagar and raised 28ft tall wall around it.

Getting in, Around & Away

AIR : Srinagar is well connected by air with Delhi. There is a daily flight to Delhi via Jammu by Indian airlines

RAIL : Srinagar does not have a railway station and the nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi, which is 305 km from Srinagar.

Tourist Information Center

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The Director Tourism
Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar

J & K Government Tourist Reception Centre, Shervani Road,

J & K Government Tourist Reception Counter, New Airport,

J & K Tourist Development Corporation, Tourist Reception Centre,

When to Visit

BEST TIME TO VISIT
April–June

TEMPERATURE
Summer - Max: 29.5oC Min: 10.6oC

Winter - Max: 7.3oC Min: -1.9oC

CLIMATE
Summer is pleasant. However the winters are extremely cold and damp with a good deal of snow.

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