Srinagar is a colourful city with a Central Asian flavour. Dal lake:There are two picnic spots - 1)Sona Lane (Silver Island) and 2)Rupa Lane (Gold island) Jhelum River and Bridges:This wide,swift-flowing and picturesque river is famed for its nine old bridges.There are a number of interesting mosques and other buildings near it. Museum:The Shri Pratap Singh Museum is in Lal Mandi.It has an interesting collection of exhibits relevant to Kashmir,including tiles from Harwan. Shah Hamdan Mosque:This Mosque is shaped like a cube with a pyramidal roof rising to a spire. Pather Masjid: This is the fine stone mosque. Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin: The tomb shows a clear Persian influence in its domed construction and glazed tiles. Shankaracharya Hill: Its a pleasant stroll to the top,from where you have a fine view over Dal Lake. MOGHUL GARDENS Nishat Bagh:These are the largest of the Moghul gardens. Other Gardens: Chasma Shahi, Pari Mahal, Shalimar Bagh, Nasim Bagh. HAZRATBAL MOSQUE: It is most interesting for its stunningly beautiful setting on the shores of the lake. NAGIN LAKE: The 'jewel in the ring' is held to be the most beautiful of the Dal Lakes and is ringed by trees. HARI PARBAT FORT: At this fort, there is a shrine to the sixth Sikh Guru. PANDRETHAN TEMPLE:This is a small but beautifully proportioned Siva Temple.



SRINAGAR TO LEH Alchi: Famous for massive Buddha statues and lavish woodcarvings. Lekir & Basgo: It is noted for its Buddha figures. Mulbekh:There are two gompas on the hillside above the village of Mulbekh Rizong:Beyond Khalsi,is the nunnery of julichen and the monastery of Rizong Lamayuru:It is the first of the typical Ladakhi gompas perched on a hilltop with its village at the foot of the hill. Other Places:Zoji La,Drass,Kargil,Shergol. LEH Leh Palace:The Zanskar mountains,look close enough to touch. Leh & Tsemo Gompas:It stands above the palace and houses manuscripts and paintings.It contains a fine three-storey-high seated Buddha image. Sankar Gompa:The gompa has electric lighting so an evening visit is worthwhile. GETTING THERE AND AWAY AIR : Indian Airlines has flights from Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu and Chandigarh. BUS : There are two overland routes into Leh: the road from Srinagar and the road from Manali (Himachal Pradesh).



GETTING THERE AND AWAY Indian Airlines has daily flights to Delhi, Amritsar and Jammu. There are flights on Monday and Saturday to Chandigarh and on Tuesday and Thursday to Leh. BUS The routes between Jammu and Leh are reserved for the Jammu and Kashmir Road Transport Corporation buses which go from the Tourist Corporation buses which go from the Tourist Reception Centre. For Leh, J&KRTC buses leave from the Tourist Reception Centre at 8 am. If the buses around the Kashmir Valley are running, they go from the Batmalu bus stand, which has two sections : buses to Pahalgam, Sonamarg and the Mughal gardens depart from the Eastern bus stand; buses to Gulmarg, Tangmarg and Wular Lake leave from the Western bus stand. TRAIN There is no railway line to Srinagar, but train reservation can be made at the railway booking office at the Tourist Reception Centre for train departures from Jammu.

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