Srinagar Travel Blog› entry 17 of 36 › view all entries
I've been in Srinagar one week now. The jeep journey up was long (8 hours) but very interesting and def better option than the bus which took me 17 hours last time! I'm staying on a house boat on Dal Lake with a family, having a really nice time and seeing many places.
This week I have visited Old Srinagar and Roza Bal, the crypt/shrine of Yuz Asaf, also known as Jesus - many resources confirm that Jesus fled to Kashmir after the crucifizion. It was a moving experience - can't really be put into words.
I also have seen Lal Chowk, known as New Srinagar and surrounding areas. On Saturday I climbed the Shankaracharya hill to see the Hindu Tempe, built on a site known as the new Takht-I-Sulemein. On Monday I travelled to Harwan, a village 12km North of Srinagar to see a 2000 year old religious site - attributed to buddhist monks, was a beautiful walk to the site and nice gardens/parks nearby also and the baute reserve and lake there.
The Mughal gardens (Shalimar) and Pari Mahal are very beautiful and worth the trip, its also refreshing to pay the same price as everyone else for entry (not the usual: indian price 10 rupees/foreign tourist price 200 rupees).