Known as the Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir and Srinagar’s Jewel, Dal Lake is the most important landmark of Srinagar. It figures high on tourist itineraries and every tourist to the Kashmir valley makes it a point to visit the water body. There are two theories for the origin of the lake – one states that it is a post-glacial lake that has undergone a lot of changes in size over the years. The other theory of the origin of the lake states that the Dal Lake was formed due to flood spillage from the Jhelum River.
Pari Mahal, which means ‘faries’abode,’ is a majestic seven terraced garden situated at the top of Zabarwan Mountains over-looking the South-West part of Dal Lake and the Srinagar city. Pari Mahal is just five-minute drive from the beautiful Cheshma Shahi Gardens
Located on the banks of Dal Lake, Hazratbal Mosque is considered to be the holiest Muslim shrine in Kashmir. Hazratbal, which means “respected place,” is a white-domed mosque at the heart of the main university area of Srinagar.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
If you wish to watch two million tulips over 20 acres of the Kashmiri Landscape at 5600 feet altitude, you must visit Asia’s largest Tulip Garden – the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden. Sprawling over an area of about 12 hectares at the foothills of the towering Zabarwan Mountain Range, and overlooking the beautiful and the world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar, the tulip garden is one of Kashmir’s most famous tourist attractions. There are many varieties of Tulips here. The sight is simply delightful.