Everlasting Srinagar - 03 NIGHTS / 04 DAYS

Everlasting Srinagar

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Explores the richness and diverse cultural heritage of Kashmir. This tour is designed to take the visitors on an enthralling journey of rediscovering the architecture of Srinagar & its rich handicraft & culture. Tour is focused on the Sheher-e-Khas (Old Srinagar) which is developed on the banks of river Jehlum. The river served not only as primary means of transportation, but bazaars and workshops around are the hub for social, cultural and commercial activities. This tour weaves a fascinating story of painstaking labor of love present in architecture of Sheher-e-Khas and handcrafted Pashmina shawls, Paper Mache, Carpet’s, Wood carving, metal engraved craft. etc.

  • 4 days fully guided heritage & craft tour.
  • 3 nights accommodation on a twin share basis deluxe houseboat / Guest house / hotel.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.
  • All transfers through comfortable a/c cabs.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees to monuments listed

Package Itinerary:

  • Day 1 :
    Arrive at Srinagar in morning flight, checkin at your hotel. Afternoon visit the master weaver’s studio in Sheher-e-Khas (Old Srinagar) to understand the process of Pashmina spinning, weaving into the finest fabric know to man. Visit the master crafts man acclaimed for their artistry in making Paper Mache. In evening have a soulful & peace full visit to Madin Sahab shrine & Ali Masjid.
  • Day 2 :
    Morning Visit to Sheher-e-Khas (Old Srinagar) in river cruise from Zero Bridge , on the way we see the new & old city. We stop at Khanqah of Shah Hamadan, then visit Pather Masjid, Spice, Thread & Dry Fruit Market, Budshah’s mother’s tomb, Maharajgunj. Visit master copper beaters & fine engravers, Wood carving workshop, Tilla workshop. A walk through the Sheher-e-Khas lanes towards Jamia Masjid, Naqshband Sahab, Dastgeer Sahib.

  • Day 3 :
    Early morning we leave visit Kani Shawl weaving workshops (woven twill tapestry technique).Visit master embroiderers, who’s painstaking labor of love develop finest Jamavaar shawls with intricate designs and motifs on the fine pashmina fabric. Afternoon visit to Imam Bargah in Hasnabad on the bank of Dal Lake, visit old Rainawari. Shikara ride from Rainawari to Hazratbal Shrine on banks of Dal lake. Visit Willow wicker workshop. A walk from Gurdwara Chatti padsha through Khati darwaza to Sufi shrines of Makdoom sahib on the hill overlooking the city. You can also have the closest view of Hari Parbat Fort on the top of hill. Have dinner in the middle of Dal Lake on the houseboat.

  • Day 4 :
    Early morning at 5am visit floating vegetable market in the Dal lake. After Breakfast visit Mughal gardens, Sri Pratab Singh Museum, and go around Srinagar for shopping. Drop at Srinagar airport to catch your late evening flight to New Delhi..

Available Attractions

Dal lake

Dal lake

Dal Lake is a lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The urban lake, which is the second largest in the state, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the Jewel in the crown of Kashmir or Jewel of Srinagar. The lake is also an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting. The shore line of the lake, is about 15.5 kilometers (9.6 mi), is encompassed by a boulevard lined with Mughal era gardens, parks, houseboats and hotels. Scenic views of the lake can be witnessed from the shore line Mughal gardens, such as Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir and from houseboats cruising along the lake in the colorful shikaras. During the winter season, the temperature sometimes reaches -11 °C (12 °F), freezing the lake.

Khanqah of Shah-i-Hamadan

Khanqah of Shah-i-Hamadan

This mosque, situated on the right bank of the Jhelum River, is an excellent example of indigenous wood architecture that draws inspiration from Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic architecture. Constructed by Sultan Sikandar and dedicated to the memory of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamdani, a Muslim saint from Hamadan, Persia, this mosque also serves as a khanqah. In the Ain-i-Akbari of Abul Fazal, there is mention of a saint living in Srinagar and founding this monastery in his name. The mosque has been raised to the ground and rebuilt three times. Ravaged by fire in 1480, it was reconstructed and expanded by Sultan Hassan Shah. In 1493 it was demolished and rebuilt as a two-story structure. Again in 1731 fire destroyed the mosque; Abul Barkat Khan reconstructed it.

Pathar Masjid

Pathar Masjid

Pathar Masjid, the biggest surviving Mughal structure in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is located across the Jhelum river and faces the Shah-e-Hamdan mosque. The mosque, built by Noor Jahan in 1623 AD, consists of nine arches horizontally constructed. It is believed that the construction was supervised by the renowned architect and a well-known Mughal historian Malik Hyder Chaudhary. The masjid is in ruins today & of great interest to archaeologists and historians to get a closer look at the Mughal architectural styles.

Tomb of the Mother of Zain-ul-Abidin

Tomb of the Mother of Zain-ul-Abidin

Hidden away in the bazaar streets between Zaina Kadal and the river, this unusual brick mausoleum, the Tomb of the Mother of Zain-ul-Abidin marks the final resting place of the favorite wife of Sultan Sikander. This is interesting in a couple of ways, the first being in the architecture of the main mausoleum itself, and the second in the evidence of it having being built at the site of an earlier Hindu temple. The main mausoleum (containing the tomb of the eponymous mother of Zain-ul-Abidin) is a 15th c brick masonry structure decorated with glazed blue tiles. The shape of the structure is unusual though, being reminiscent of church architecture.

Aali Masjid

Aali Masjid

At the extreme end of the Eidgah ground in Srinagar stands the historical Aali Masjid, a grand mosque constructed during 15th century for the sole purpose of offering Eid prayers. It is believed to be the second largest mosque of Kashmir after Jamia Masjid. The masjid is believed to be built by Kashmir ruler Sultan Hassan Shah in 1471 AD. Since then it has seen various developments from being gutted to being rebuilt again. The place is believed to have got its name from a famous Mughal Engineer Ali Mardan Khan who is said to have rebuilt this mosque during 1650-57 AD. This mosque has withstood four periods in the history of Kashmir which started with Sultanate to Mughals, Afghans, and finally Dogras. The mosque is an example of architectural marvels of Kashmir. The total area of the mosque is approximately 14,000 square feet, and the ceiling of the mosque stands on 156 deodar columns each 16 feet tall and 3 feet in girth. These columns stand erect on stone foundations which are carved with different designs.

Madin Sahab shrine

Madin Sahab shrine

Tomb of Madin Sahib, one of the most attractive tombs in Srinagar, was constructed in memory of the saint Madin Sahib and is situated north of the Madin Sahib mosque at Zadibal. The exterior of the walls embellished with glossy tiles, is an attractive style of 15th century Kashmir architecture. There are many inscriptions on the walls and lintels of the mosque, highlighting its period of construction and religiously important sermons. A carving showing a beast with the body of a leopard is adorned at the entrance. The tile work seen usually on masonry buildings in Kashmir is visible in the archway jambs. Exploring this tomb will take around one hour.

Hari Parbat

Hari Parbat

Hari Parbat also known as Koh-e-Maraan Coordinates: 34°6'19?N 74°48'58?E is a hill overlooking Srinagar, the largest city and summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the site of a Durrani fort, built in 1808. It has the famous Shakti Temple on the western Slope and Muslim shrines of Khwaja Makhdoom Sahib and Akhund Mullah Shah on the southern slope. On the southern side of the outer wall there is a Gurudwara, which commemorates the visit of Guru Hargobind. The first fortifications on the site were constructed by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1590. He built an outer wall for the fort, and planned a new capital called Nager Nagor to be built within the wall. That project was never completed. The present fort was built in 1808 under the reign of Shuja Shah Durrani. Hari Parbat Fort, now occupied by the Indian Army. Around the base of the hill are the remains of the old city walls, built by Akbar in the 1590s.

Imam Bara Hussnabad

Imam Bara Hussnabad

Imambara Hasanabad is the 2nd oldest shrine and is a world known place of mourning and worshiping of one million shia population of Jammu and Kashmir. Located near to Lal Chowk (2.6 km from Srinagar), the Imambara is sited near the Mughal graveyard, which is the resting place for the elite Kashmiris. The site is accessible through local transports within 20 mins. The Imambara is surrounded by Hazrat Bal Shrine on one side and the temple of Mata Sharka Devi and Gurdawara Chatti Padshahi on the other.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

Jamia Masjid is a mosque in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India. The Jamia Masjid of Srinagar is situated at Nowhatta, in the middle of the old city. An important mosque in Srinagar, it was built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD. Later, the son of Sultan Sikandar, Zain-ul-Abidin got the mosque extended. The attractions of the Jamia Masjid of Srinagar, Kashmir include beautiful Indo-Saracenic architecture, a magnificent courtyard and 370 wooden pillars fashioned from the trunk of a single deodar tree. Jama Masjid has room for 33,333 devotees. Another feature of the mosque is the peace and tranquility inside it, standing out against the hustle of the old bazaars around it. Thousands of Muslims assemble at the mosque every Friday to offer their prayers.

Naqshband Sahib

Naqshband Sahib

Naqsaband Sahab (also known as Mausoleum Hazrat Khawaja Naqsaband Sahib) is a Muslim shrine, or ziyarat, in Jammu and Kashmir, in India. This shrine is named after the well-known Bukhara mystic, Khawaja Syed Bha-u-Deen Naqsaband, the founder of a Sufi order. It is one of the important shrines, located amidst a large garden. It is in Nowhatta on the road between the Dastagir Sahib and the Jama Masjid. Part of its compound was converted into Martyrs’ Graveyard in 1931. The market in the vicinity is named after the saint’s shrine as Khawaja Bazar The mystic never visited Kashmir but his followers made a Khanqah in his name. In this Khanqah, the corpse of Mohi-u-din, one of his descendants lies buried in the mausoleum. This mainly wooden shrine has some fine panels done in the pinjra-kari style. The urs of Naqsaband Sahib is observed on the 3rd day of the Hijri month of Rabi-ul-Awwal. Recently a library has also been constructed in the compound of the shrine. This 17th-century shrine was built in the style of nearby Himachal Pradesh, consisting of alternating layers of wood and brick, to mitigate the impact of earthquakes.

Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal or The Fairies Abode is a seven terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan mountain range over-looking city of Srinagar and south-west of Dal-Lake. The architecture depicts an example of Islamic architecture and patronage of art during the reign of the then Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi, Srinagar. The gardens were established by Prince Dara Shikoh in the mid-1600s on the ruins of a Buddhist monastery. Dara, the son of Emperor Shah Jahan, followed the Qadiri order of Sufi Islam and made the garden for his tutor; it was further used as an observatory, useful for teaching astrology and astronomy

Nishat Bagh

Nishat Bagh

Nishat Bagh is a terraced Mughal garden built on the eastern side of the Dal Lake, close to Srinagar in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is the second largest Mughal garden in the Kashmir Valley. The largest in size is the Shalimar Bagh, which is also located on the bank of the Dal Lake. Nishat Bagh is Hindustani, which means Garden of Joy, Garden of Gladness and Garden of Delight. Located on the bank of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, Nishat Bagh is a garden of bliss that commands a magnificent view of the lake beneath the snowcapped Pir Panjal mountain range that stands far away to the west of the valley. The Bagh was designed and built in 1633 by Asif Khan, elder brother of Nur Jehan.

Shalimar Bagh

Shalimar Bagh

Shalimar Bagh, is a Mughal garden linked through a channel to the northeast of Dal Lake, on its right bank located near Srinagar city in the Jammu and Kashmir. Its other names are Shalamar Garden, Shalamar Bagh, Farah Baksh and Faiz Baksh, and the other famous shore line garden in the vicinity is Nishat Bagh. The Bagh was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahan, in 1619. The Bagh is considered the high point of Mughal horticulture.

Jalali House

Jalali House

The house was built in 1863AD using popular Taq (Arch) structure engineering. The original house had four wings with a courtyard in the middle. The Eastern wing was used as a kitchen Sulhar and dining. The Northern wing was used as family and living Mahal Khana space and the Western wing was used for Storage and miscellaneous purposes. This house harks back to a long tradition of dwellings with a central space open to the skies circumscribed by rooms on all sides, a model as much functional in keeping the house cool in the hot climate and warm in winters.

Sharika Temple

Sharika Temple

The hill is considered sacred by the Kashmiri Pandits due to the presence of temple of Sharika. Temple is of goddess Jagadamba Sharika Bhagwati. She has 18 arms and is regarded as the presiding deity (`isht`-Devi) of Srinagar city. The goddess is represented by a Swyambhu Shrichakra (Mahamaha Shrichakra), also called Mahashriyantra, which consists of circular mystic impressions and triangular patterns with a dot (bindu) at the center. Sharika Devi is believed to be a form of Durga Mata or Shakti.

Nara Nagh

Nara Nagh

Naranag (or Nara Nag) is a tourist village of Ganderbal district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located around 8 km from Kangan,6 km upstream from the Nallah Sindh. Noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Mount Haramukh 16,870 ft (5,142 metres) and Gangabal Lake. The village lies at the left bank of the Wangath river, which is a tributary of the Nallah Sindh. The Naranag temple is the main attraction for the tourists. It is one of the important archaeological sites of the country. The site consists of a cluster of temples facing each other at a distance of about 200 meters. Historians say that the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva by the 8th century ruler Lalithdatiya muktadiya. It is believed that the king Awantivarman paid a visit and donated a pedestal for bathing at Bhutsher. Its architecture reveals the art art of the 8th century.

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