Srinagar, Kashmir

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Roza Bal, inside, the tomb of Jesus, the prophet Isaf

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).

 

rotorhead85 says:
Awesome! Did they give you a flower at the temple on Shankaracharya Hill? I still have mine - pressed into a journal from 1976. Nice blog, thanks for great memories!
Posted on: Feb 09, 2009
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Roza Bal, inside, the tomb of Jesu…
Roza Bal, inside, the tomb of Jes…
Outside Roza Bal
Outside Roza Bal
The streets of Old Srinagar
The streets of Old Srinagar
The mosque in Old Srinagar
The mosque in Old Srinagar
Me by the River Jhelum
Me by the River Jhelum
The River Jhelum
The River Jhelum
Dal Lake
Dal Lake
Takht-i-Sulemein, temple on the hi…
Takht-i-Sulemein, temple on the h…
Old disused church in Dal Gate
Old disused church in Dal Gate
View of hills in Srinagar
View of hills in Srinagar
Me at Pari Mahal (Fairy Gardens)
Me at Pari Mahal (Fairy Gardens)
View of Dal Lake
View of Dal Lake
View over Dal Lake
View over Dal Lake
Shalimar Gardens
Shalimar Gardens
Shalimar Gardens
Shalimar Gardens
Shalimar Gardens
Shalimar Gardens
Shikara ride back to my houseboat
Shikara ride back to my houseboat
Pulling up the Hil grass/weed th…
Pulling up the 'Hil' grass/weed t…
Pulling up the Hil grass/weed th…
Pulling up the 'Hil' grass/weed t…
The lake grass being dried for usi…
The lake grass being dried for us…
Srinagar
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