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Srinagar Travel Guide


  • Srinagar
Srinagar At a Glance
  • Average Climate:10°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit:September - March
  • STD Code:01346

Introduction

Srinagar (Uttarakhand) is located on the banks of river Alaknanda. Before the British set foot in India, Srinagar was Garhwal's capital. Srinagar is situated at an altitude of 579 m and is spread over 9.659 sq. kms of land. The place is quite hot during the months of summer. However, the climate remains mild in winter. A tour to Srinagar will surely mesmerize you with its natural grandeur.

Abundant in natural beauty, there are quite a few places in Srinagar which are a must-see. The foremost place which features in this list is the divine slab of Sri Yantra.

According to legend, Sri Yantra was installed on a slab at this place. The Goddess used this Sri Yantra to kill demon Kalasura at Kaliyasaur, a place in the neighborhood. The name "Srinagar" has come from this famous Sri Yantra. In the yester years, many tantrics belonging to the school of Sri Vidya performed their rituals here. Till 8th Century, even human sacrifice formed an indispensable part of this ritual.

However, Adi Shankaracharya put an end to these rituals by displacing the slab and throwing it into river Alaknanda. Till date, this slab stays the most revered shrine of this area, positioned in the riverbed on the outskirts of the town.There are some famous temples in and around Srinagar which you may include in your itinerary. The temple of Keshorai Math is an architectural beauty. The way huge stones are used to construct this temple will surely set you thinking. On the main door, there are some words carved on the stone which tell that this temple was built by 'Keshorai' around 1682 A.D.

Kamleshwar Temple of Srinagar is one of the famous ancient temples of this place. Legend has it that Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva at this location. The ritual needed 1000 lotus flowers. However, when the total count fell short by just one flower, Rama made up for this loss by offering an eye. This explains why Rama is also celebrated by the name of 'Kamal Nayan', which refers to being lotus eyed. On Vaikunth Chaturdashi, this place draws many women devotees who come with lighted lamps to worship Lord Shiva throughout the night.

Some other places that you may visit are Shankar Math (3 kms. from Srinagar), Devalgarh (19 kms. from Srinagar through Chamdhar) and Dhar Devi (on the motor route of Srinagar-Rudraprayag, 16kms. from Srinagar).

So, make sure to book yourself for a Tour to Srinagar where you can have a glimpse of the natural beauty of the region.


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