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Beat the heat in the hill resort of Srinagar. Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The scintillating hill resort is ideally located in the Kashmir valley. Srinagar offers the spectacular sights of the lovely lakes and the houseboats on them. The dry fruits and the traditional Kashmiri handicrafts are the other major attractions of the hill resort. The natural beauty of the hill resort of Srinagar will surely sweep you off your feet. Jahangir, the Mughal emperor was left spellbound by the beauty of Srinagar. He exclaimed "Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto" i.e. If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here in Srinagar. Get ready to be captivated by the Chinar trees of Srinagar.

There are several spectacular sites that must be visited in Srinagar. The hill resort has often been referred to as paradise on earth. The hill resort is also referred to as the land of lakes and gardens owing to the abundance of both.
One of the major landmarks of Srinagar is the Dal Lake. There are several lakes that comprise the Dal Lake in the eastern side of Srinagar. The Nagin Lake is the most renowned of these. The tourists at Dal Lake enjoy the wondrous vistas offered by the spectacular surrounding of Srinagar. You must take a ride in the traditional Kashmiri boats, often referred to as ‘shikaras’ to explore the intricate waterways of the lake. The shikara ride at sunset on the Dal Lake is an unforgettable experience.

In the city of lakes and gardens there are the well laid out Mughal styled gardens of Chashme Shahi, Shalimar Bagh and the Nishat Bagh. Chashme Shahi means ‘the royal spring’, Shalimar Bagh implies ‘the abode of love’ and the Nishat Bagh denotes the ‘pleasure garden’. These gardens lay on the eastern side of the Dal Lake. The waterworks in the gardens add to their beauty.
The adventure seekers and animal lovers may plan a safari to the Dachigam National Park. The wildlife reserve is just 22 km from Srinagar. You may check out the unique Himalayan flora and fauna at Dachigam. Dachigam is home to leopards, cinnamon sparrows, black and yellow grosbeak, black bulbuls, pheasant and the Himalayan grey langur.

You may even travel to Pahalgam, 95 km east of Srinagar. Pahalgam is located in the quiet Liddar valley, at a height of 2130 m. It provides an ideal setting for activities like hiking, trekking and fishing. It is also the starting point of the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath.

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