Dal Lake It is the remnant of the inflowing Jhelum river and is one of the best spots in Srinagar at an amazing elevation of 1500 meters above the sea level. This lake is famous in the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir for its boat houses of various kinds and styles and fountains emerging from the middle of the lake. There is another lake called the urban lake that is the second largest in the state is a recreational point for tourists. There are two islands in this lake called Char Chinar and Sona Lank which houses small hotels and wonderful people. Nishat Bagh This is a remnant of the Mughal architecture, but built with trees and plants instead of red sand-stone. It is the second largest garden built by the Mughals in the Kashmir Valley. It is a terraced garden, more like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, that is known as The Twelve Terraces. It was built on the eastern bank of Dal Lake by Asif Khan, the father of Noor Jahaan in 1633AD. Shalimar Bagh It is filled with the essence of Mughal architecture embarked with trees, flowers, plants, fountains and many more. It is situated towards northeast of Dal Lake on its right bank. This is the largest garden in the Kashmir Valley. It is located in Shalimar, in Rainwari in Srinagar. It is one of the most beautiful hill gardens made by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619AD in the memory of his wife Noor Jahaan. It is one of the remarkable showcase of Mughal horticulture. Chasme Shahi This is also called as Chasma Shahi and was another Mughal garden ordered to be built by Ali Mardan Khan, the governor of Shah Jahaan during 1632AD. It is located in Chasma Shahi in Srinagar built around a natural spring. It is surrounded with varieties of flower plants and fountains. This natural spring is the main attraction with healing powers due to its mineral content. This garden is also a terraced formation with three terraces running down the hill. Shankaracharya Temple It is built on the top of the Zabarwan mountains, located on the very peak of Sulaiman Hill or Shankaracharya Hill. The temple is believed to be one of the oldest surviving temples in the country built around 321BC. It is also called as Pas-Pahar by the lcoal buddhists monks. It takes you back to some of the oldest surviving remainants of ancient Indian architectural skills. The hill is also called as “Takt-e-Sulaiman” meaning the throne of Sulaiman. Shankaracharya was one of the oldest and greatest Sanskrit Philosopher. It is considered more like a pilgrimage site rather than a tourist spot. Hari Parbat This is another religious site, a temple, locally known as “Koh-e-Maran”. This is also situated at the top of a hill and provides a stupendous view of the Srinagar valley, like the Shankaracharya Temple. Hindus call it as the Sharika Peeth and consider it as a pilgrimage site. Ironically, it also served as the locations of the Durrani Fort built by the Mughals in 1808AD. Jama Masjid Srinagar This mosque is situated in Nowhatta, exactly in the middle of the old city. This is also a place of religious significance for the Muslims of the entire region. This was known as the Oldest Grand Mosque in Srinagar built centuries ago by the Great Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD. It was ruined by invaders many times and the present structure is the refurbished look built by Aurangzeb. It serves as the second most important mosque for the Muslims. Hazratbal Shrine This is yet another religious site for pilgrimage or shrine for the Muslims that contains a relic, believed to be the hair of the Great Prophet Muhammad. It is located just opposite to the Nishat Bagh on the banks of Dal Lake. The relic is called as “Moi-e-Muqqadas” and makes this place a sacred piece of land. Its pristine white marble adds elegance to the structure and was constructed by the Subedar of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahaan, Sadiq Khan in 1623 AD, and was later constructed into a prayer house in 1634 AD. Kheer Bhawani This is another religious site for Hindus built to worship Goddess Kheer Bhawani, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. It is also constructed over a sacred spring just like the Chasme Shahi. It has gained the popularity as “Kheer Bhawani” because of the thousands of devotees who offer "sweet made of milk and rice" ” or “kheer” as offerings to the goddess. This historic temple was built about 100 years ago in the Tullamulla village by the Maharaja Pratap Singh in 1912. Gulab Bhavan This used to be the former residence of Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir who belonged to the Dogra Dynasty. This place also lies on the banks of the Dal Lake on the eastern side of the Srinagar. It is located at Gupkar Road in Srinagar. The Lalit Grand Palace is a very famous and beautiful hotel in this area known for their hospitality and customer service. It was built by their royal family in early 1910 AD and serves as one of the most prominent locations for foreigners. Sher Garhi Palace This also served as the former palace of the Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir, located in Nohata in Srinagar on the bank of River Jhelum. The kings from Dogra Dynasty used to rule here and have constructed quite many palaces around the Summer capital. It is surrounded by an artificial water body which makes it look very beautiful and enchanting. The name is in Hindi that means “Tiger”. Salim Ali National Park This is also called as the City Forest National Park and covers an area of 9 square kilometers. Salim Ali, also known as the “Birdman of India” was a famous ornithologist and once built in 1986, was named to commemorate his contributions to the society and nature. The park features animals like musk deer, hangul, Himalayan black bear, leopard and the Himalayan serow. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1976, the second highest civilian award. It has been converted into Royal Springs Golf Course.