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Top Choice Mosque in Srinagar

Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

This distinctively spired 1730s Muslim meeting hall is one of Srinagar’s most beautiful. It was constructed without using any nails and both frontage and interiors are covered in papier-mâché reliefs and elaborately…
Top Choice Lake in Srinagar

Dal Lake

Over 15km around, Dal Lake is Srinagar's jewel, a vast, mirror-flat sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains. Flotillas of gaily painted…
Mosque in Srinagar

Hazratbal Mosque

Backing onto Dal Lake several kilometres north of the Old City, this large, white-domed 20th-century mosque enshrines Kashmir’s holiest Islamic relic, the Moi-e-Muqqadas, supposedly a beard hair of the Prophet Moham…
Mosque in Srinagar

Jama Masjid

Looking like the movie set for an imagined Central Asian castle, this mighty 1672 mosque forms a quadrangle around a large fountain garden courtyard with monumental spired gatehouses marking each of the four cardina…
Islamic Shrine in Srinagar

Makhdoom Sahib Shrine

Hindus believe that towering Hari Parbat Hill was the island where Sharika (Durga) defeated the lake demon Jalodabhava, while Muslims pay homage at the vast Makhdoom Sahib Shrine, dedicated to a Sufi saint who helpe…
Sacred Site in Srinagar

Naqshband Sahib

This beautifully proportioned but uncoloured 17th-century shrine was built in Himachal Pradesh style with alternating layers of wood and brick to dissipate the force of earthquakes.
Gardens in Srinagar

Nishat Bagh

Of all Srinagar's Mughal Gardens, Nishat Bagh is arguably the most appealing with terracing that's steeper than better known Shalimar Bagh framing a lovely lake-panorama between fragrant blooming magnolias. It's on …
Gardens in Srinagar

Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal (literally 'Palace of the Fairies') is a 17th-century folly of arched niches and stone walls set high above the lakeshore with great views. The multi-level terraced ensemble looks most intriguing viewed f…
Islamic Shrine in Srinagar

Pir Dastgir Sahib

This large Sufi shrine had an interior that was colourfully faceted with some very beautiful papier-mâché work until ravaged by fire in 2012. Reconstruction is well underway but the inner walls are as yet uncoloured…
Gardens in Srinagar

Shalimar Bagh

Built for Nur Jahan by her husband Jehangir, Shalimar Bagh is the most famous of Srinagar's Mughal Gardens but it can get very busy and is arguably less impressive than Nishat Bagh.