Srinagar – A Heaven in the Lap of Nature

There is not any dearth of natural beauty in India that makes it a popular tourist destination frequented by travelers round the year. Boasting of rich geographical distribution, this country has a lot to offer, ranging from luxuriant hills of the north to lush vegetation of the southern region. There are a number of scenic cities here, where people can find ideal getaways from the stress and worries of their mundane routine. A number of couple and family package holidays are availed by people to have a comfortable visit, free of inconvenience. The northern part of the nation has several perfect destinations for those looking forward to having a memorable holiday.

 

Srinagar

 

Srinagar is the beautiful summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Kashmir Valley and Jhelum River. There is a lengthy list of things this place is famous for, including its gleaming lakes and scenic gardens. Presence of the Jhelum River has resulted in the popular activity of boating. Houseboats of Srinagar are its well-known attractions with people visiting the place especially to have a ride in them. Traditionally-made Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits are two other specialities of this famous travel destination of India. The city has an interesting chronicles history as it has been under some great dynasties.

 

Khanqah of Shah Hamadan

Khanqah of Shah Hamadan

Khanqah of Shah Hamadan

 

Apart from being famous for its landscapes, Kashmir delights visitors with its edifices, which are remnants of ancient cultures and civilisations, which bloomed here at some point of time. Travellers, who have a penchant for such quaint structures, can visit the Khanqah of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani, popularly called the Khanqah of Shah Hamadan. Popular traditions link it with the city called Hamadan in Persia, where Hamadani is believed to be born. He is considered prominent in spreading Islam in Kashmir, after he came here several years ago. A great scholar and poet, he played an important role in shaping the culture of this city.

 

Architecture

 

Although the structure has a modern-looking architecture, looking at the details gives hints at the presence of a mosque here at some point of time. Made largely of wood, it consists of cloisters, which were added to it later by its caretakers. Carefully-built bricks fill up the spaces in between the wooden parts while intricate wood carvings beautify the doors and windows of the structure. People must behold the wooden cornice inside it that is an exquisite example of fine workmanship. The interiors are divided into a large hall and 14 different chambers, which are used for the purpose of storing goods.

 

Today, the edifice stands as a prestigious dedication to Shah Hamadan, that also houses the room where he stayed during his visit. A blend of central-Asian and Kashmiri architectures, Khanqah serves as the sacred grounds for Friday prayers. A number of holy relics belonging to Hamadani are kept here that add to the value of this place. These tranquil locations of Jammu and Kashmir are sure to find a place in the itinerary of Srinagar tour for globetrotters.

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