Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Located in the centre of the Kashmir Valley on the bank of the Jhelum River, it is the largest city in the Kashmir region. The breath-taking landscape and astounding beauty of the lakes surrounded by mountains makes Srinagar an attractive tourist destination. The most famous tourist destination of Srinagar is the Dal Lake. The house-boat stay on the Dal Lake can be a unique experience. A ride on Shikara (Gondola type rowboats) adorned with colourful carpet or rug on the Dal Lake is a must. Nigeen Lake which is sometimes considered to be part of Dal Lake is a major tourist spots preferably for its more pristine water than Dal. The three magnificent Mughal gardens, namely Chasma Shahi, Shalimar and Nishant were built on the bank of Dal Lake in 1632 A.D. The gardens are comprised of beautiful terraced lawn, cascading fountains and colourful flowerbeds along with the panoramic view of the Dal Lake. Hazratbal Mosque is the most prominent and revered shrine in Srinagar. The Shankaracharya Temple on a hilltop dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Kashmir Valley.
Other places to be visited are the Nehru Garden, Tulip garden, Parihaspora, Pari Mahal, tomb of the Zain–ul–Abidin’s mother, Hariparbat fort and Dachigam National Forest. Srinagar is well accessible by all three modes of transport.