|Panoramic view of Srinagar|
Aside from relaxing in a houseboat on the Dal Lake, we also took this time to explore some of the interesting places in Srinagar. Srinagar is famous for its Mughal gardens. These gardens were built by the Mughal kings, who used to travel here during summer, to escape the hot weather of Delhi.
The first garden we visited was the Shalimar Garden. This was the summer residence of Emperor Jehangir.
|Fountains in Shalimar Garden.|
|Wide-angle view of Shalimar Fountains.|
|Damaged pipes that create the natural fountains at Shalimar.|
|Flowers in Shalimar Garden|
|Another beautiful flower.|
|Wild flowers growing on the road side.|
|Close-up of wild flowers.|
|A type of Kashmiri Apple|
|An apple about to ripen.|
|A random image I shot in the garden.|
|Chashme Shahi garden, in the shadows of the Himalayan mountains.|
|View of Golf Course and the Dal Lake - from Pari Mahal.|
The 3rd royal garden we visited was the Nishat Garden. Like the other gardens, it uses the same concept of terraces to create natural water fountains.
Our final visit was to Shankaracharya Temple. This temple sits on top of the mountain overlooking the whole of Srinagar (about1000 meters above Dal Lake). Unfortunately, cameras are not allowed inside the temple. On the way down, I saw a small opening in the forest that allowed me to take some nice panoramic shots of Dal Lake.
|Sikharas and house boats in the calm Dal Lake.|
A 3-shot panorama that you can zoom into.
Conclusion: If you want to escape the summer, there is no better place than Srinagar. I only hope that the security situation in the region improves soon - so that more people get to visit and enjoy this place.