Srinagar was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. As you approach Leh for the first time, via the sloping sweep of dust and pebbles that divide it from the floor of the Indus Valley, you'll have little difficulty imagining how the old trans-Himalayan traders must have felt as they plodded in on the caravan routes from Yarkhand and Tibet: a mixture of relief at having crossed the mountains in one piece, and anticipation of a relaxing spell in one of central's Asia most scenic and atmospheric towns. Spilling out of a side valley that tapers north towards eroded snow-capped peaks.
|Area||105 sq km|
|Altitude||1730 metres above sea level|
|Temperature||Summer-10.0 C-29.0 C Winter-2.0 C-15.0C|
|Languages||Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi, English|
|Rainfall||660 mmaverage yearly|
|Best Time to Visit||September to March|
How to get there
1. Air :-Numerous airlines fly to Srinagar from New Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jammu and there are flights operating from Srinagar to Leh and back. Flights are more frequent during the summer Tourist Season
Places to Visit
|Shankaracharya Temple||Dal Lake|
|Mughal Garden||Hari Prabat|
Srinagar in Kashmir is a handicraft lover's delight with a rich and distinct variety of crafts. There is great beauty in Kashmiri artifacts -which include - papier mache, lacquered and painted in floral designs; wood carvings and screens; fine carpets in typical oriental designs; silks and woollen shawls embroidered in traditional paisley and crewel work. There is a whole string of Government Handicraft Emporiums scattered around Srinagar but the main one is housed in the fine Old British Residency buildings by the Bund. Here one will find a representative selection of reasonably good quality items at reasonable prices. Even if one doesn't buy anything, and take advantage of the government's quality guarantee, it's a good idea to familiarise oneself with what's available here. The bazaars of Srinagar are packed with handicraft stores, street vendors there add their own charm. The J&K Handicrafts Corporation has a large display of handicraft items, carpets, etc. at the Government Arts Emporium.
|Hotel The Lalit Grand Palace||Hotel Paradise||Hotel Zahgeer Continental|