Things to see and do in Srinagar:
Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state of India. In the seventeenth century the Mughal emperor Jahangir set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir. He said that if paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here, while living in a houseboat on Dal Lake. "Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast." If there is ever a heaven on earth, its here. In Jammu and Kashmir the most important tourist places are Kashmir, Srinagar, the Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Jammu, and Ladakh.
A sunset shikara ride on dal lake :
Shikara rides in Kashmir are one of the most captivating aspects of Jammu and Kashmir tourism. A relaxing ride while enjoying the surrounding views around Dal Lake and Nagin Lake is truly a worthful pleasure. Shikara boat rides are also used for sightseeing attractions that are located close to Dal Lake like Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden and the Hazratbal Mosque.
Visit pari mahal :
Pari Mahal, also known as the name of ‘The Abode of Fairies’, is a seven terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan Mountain in Srinagar and south west of Dal Lake. It is as much a monument as garden and is just a five minutes drive from Chashmasahi. An ancient Buddhist monastery located inside the garden has been converted into a school of astrology. The garden was established by Dara Shikoh, the son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid of 1600s on the ruins of the Buddhist monastery. He dedicate the garden to his Sufi teach Mullah Shah. Now, the garden has become a property of the government of Srinagar.
The Hazratbal Shrine is a Muslim shrine set on the left bank of the Dal Lake. The shrine is considered the holiest Muslim shrine in Kashmir valley. The shrine was actually built as a pleasure house by Sadiq Khan, Subedar of Shah Jahan. Later, the pleasure house was converted into a house of prayer with the orders of Shah Jahan. Today, the place is a well known shrine which is visited thousands of people every year.The Hazratbal Shrine takes its name from Kashmiri language where the word ‘Hazrat’ stands for holy and ‘bal’ stands for place. The shrine is considered extremely sacred among the Muslims.
Floating market on dal lake:
Srinagar's floating vegetable market is one of the few such market in the world, and other one is in Vietnam.
Just as all aspects of life for people living in the Dal lake are centered around water, so is shopping, especially vegetable shopping. Hence this daily floating market gains high importance - this is sort of a wholesale market where small and big shopkeepers (floating boat-shops) buy vegetables from vegetable growers and then go off in their boats to houseboats and other small villages within the lake and sell these to them. Apparently most of these are grown within and around Dal itself.