The Mughal Gardens -are located on the far east of the Dal Lake . The first two gardens, the Chashma Shahi (Royal Spring) and Pari Mahal is to the right of the famous Boulevard Road that circles the Dal Lake . A crystal spring bubbles out of a stone vase at Chashma Shahi. The two larger gardens, Nishat and Shalimar are located much farther down the Boulevard. This is Kashmir at its royal , best with the beauty enhanced by the backdrop of lake and mountain and carefully sited for the best views of both.
Nishat Bagh is another lovely garden with its 12 terraces representing the 12 signs of the zodiac, which descend gradually and seem to almost merge into the lake. With its flowerbeds, trees, fountains, the Nishat presents a dramatic sight. It has an impressive plantation of huge Chinar trees on the highest terrace planted by perhaps the great Mughals themselves.
Shalimar Bagh has an air of seclusion and repose, and its rows of fountains and shaded trees seem to recede towards the snowcapped mountains. One of the attractions is the Black Pavilion, meant for the ladies of the court, set well to the back of the highest of its three terraces. It is more famous because of the celebrated romance between its builder, Emperor Jahangir and his queen Noorjahan.
Another popular tourist attraction of Srinagar is the Nagin Lake . Placid water of the lake, surrounded with manicured flowerbeds and groves of chinar, popular and willow, is enough to capture your heart.
Perched on the Takht-e-Suleiman hill, the Shankaracharya Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is supposed to be the oldest shrine of the Kashmir valley.
Situated opposite the Nishat Bagh on the banks of Dal Lake , the Hazratbal Shrine houses the Moi-e-Muqqadus (preserved sacred hair) of Prophet Mohammad. It is one of the most popular shrines in Srinagar , revered by Hindus as well as Muslims.
Shikara is a Gondola type light rowing boat. The two hour boat ride takes tourists on a relaxing sightseeing tour of interior parts of the calm and placid waters of Dal Lake , to see the market and the floating Gardens .