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.
The Hazratbal shrine is known as an epitome of love and respect of Muslims for their Prophet Mohammad. Visitors get to have a great view of the Dal Lake and the mountains around. The shrine houses Moi-e-Muqqadus which are the preserved sacred hair of Prophet Mohammad. The hair is presented before the public only on religious occasions. Visitors know the shrine by different names including Assar-e-Sharief, Madinat-us-Sani and Dargah Shari. The Hazratbal Mosque is a beautiful structure which is made using white marble. The mosque looks more beautiful with that captivating Himalayan mountain range in the backdrop. Also, the mosque features a great blend of Mughal and Kashmiri architectural styles which were used during its construction back in the 17th century.