Looking more Bulgarian than Kashmiri, the multi-domed 15th-century brick tomb of King Zeinalabdin’s mum was built on the plinth of a...
This beautifully proportioned but uncoloured 17th-century shrine was built in Himachal Pradesh style with alternating layers of wood and...
Looking like a movie set for a Central Asian castle, this mighty 1672 mosque forms a quadrangle around a large fountain garden courtyard...
Even if you can’t afford to stay at the Lalit Grand Palace Hotel, consider sipping a drink at it’s little bar or, better still, on the...
Khawaja Bazaar area · interesting places nearby
Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan information
This distinctively spired 1730s Muslim meeting hall is one of Srinagar’s most beautiful, with both frontage and interiors covered in papier-mâché reliefs and elaborately coloured khatamband (faceted wood panelling). Non-Muslim visitors can peek through the door but may not enter. The building stands on the site of one of Kashmir’s first mosques, founded by Persian saint Mir Sayed Ali Hamadani who arrived in 1372, one of 700 refugees fleeing Timur’s conquest of Iran. He is said to have converted 37,000 people to Sufi Islam, and it’s likely that his retinue introduced Kashmiris to the Persian art of fine carpet-making. The saint is buried in what’s now Tajikistan.