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Saloni Goyal
1. Shankaracharya temple
Sreshti Verma
How to Reach: Located at the Sulaiman Hill close to Srinagar marketMythology: Adi Shankaracharya visited the temple whose foundation is said to date back to 200 BC. You know long back that is? The Great Wall of China was completed in 200 BC.Need more wanderlust like this in your life? Become a part of the Tripoto community by sharing your own travelogue.
After a few more days and short trips to Shankaracharya hill, Moghul gardens and some shopping we were ready to leave the paradise. You can buy the world famous Kashmir willow, saffron,handicrafts, Pashmina shawls, Hand embroidered fabric ,so on and so forth. We spent our last day in Srinagar at Dachigam National Park and were fortunately introduced to two leopard cubs and a Himalayan Black bear, all the three so kindly posed for our cameras,making it a memorable day! ''AGAR FIRDAUS BAR ROO-E ZAMEEN AST, HAMEEN AST-O HAMEEN AST '' (If there is a paradise on earth,it is this, it is this ) -Amir KhusroThis post was originally published on Didicoilens.
Cox & Kings
Shankaracharya Temple, situated at a height of about 1,100 ft. on a hilltop on the southeast of the city, offers splendid views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains of the Pir Panjal range. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is believed that this Hindu temple was built in 371 BC, making it one of the oldest in the valley of Kashmir.
Cox & Kings
Shankaracharya Temple, situated at a height of about 1,100 ft. on a hilltop on the southeast of the city, offers splendid views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains of the Pir Panjal range. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is believed that this Hindu temple was built in 371 BC, making it one of the oldest in the valley of Kashmir.
Gauri Naik
Day 8: Local sightseeing at SrinagarWe left early with Umar Bhai taking us to the Shankaracharya hill which was visible from our houseboat. It has 290 steps to climb to get to the Shiva temple at the top. The temple precincts are very peaceful and offer a 360 degree view of the valley. Then we visited the Pari Mahal, which is also atop a hill.
Shubhangi Jeswal
Sightseeing and Shopping in SrinagarSrinagar is famous for its Shankaracharya Temple which is located at top of the city and gives a panoramic view of the city. To reach the temple you have to take a flight of approx 150 steps but once you are up there the view of Jhelum river and entire Srinagar will mesmerize you.It was a temple of 9th century and stands tall and strong. No camera is allowed at the temple to take any picture of that view.Also Kashmir is a paradise for shopaholics. People who loves handicrafts and articrafts they must definitely save a lot of time to shop in Kashmir.From Pashmina to Paper Mache you get a large variety of such handicrafts.Shikara Ride in Dal Lake is the most peacful activity you can opt for. But in extreme winters the lake get frozen and shikara ride gets really impossible to do.
Nancy Agarwal
Shankaracharya temple- a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It was at the hill top at a height of approx 1000 ft. I was sceptical to climb so many stairs but finally made it. I was curious as to how many stairs I climbed, so while coming back I counted them- total stairs up and down was 500. It was freezing cold and we had to take of our shoes to enter the temple- it felt as if we were walking on the ice slab. It was the small temple with a huge beautiful Shivling inside. From top of the temple we got the breathtaking bird's eye view of Srinagar (Unfortunately the camera was not allowed there because of security reasons).
Smiti Maini
On our last day in Kashmir, we visited the Shankaracharya Temple. It is situated on top of a hill and is a few centuries old. The drive to the top of the hill was very scenic and the entrance to the temple was heavily guarded by the army. We climbed some hundreds of steps (yes we counted but i forgot the number) and reached the temple. The temple structure was built in stone and looked very old yet very strong. The top of the temple gave a full panoramic view of the Dal lake and the entire city of Srinagar. It was strange to see army quarters and a lot of military personnel inside the temple premises. And thanks to our lucky stars we got mild snowfall here as well. After traveling downhill we went shopping on the banks of Dal lake. Finally we proceeded to the airport for our flight back to Delhi. There are a lot of thorough security checks at the Srinagar airport. As expected, our flight was a few hours late and we spent some quality time at the waiting lounge.
Aftab Singh
Sringar also boasts of a very diverse religious representation along with it's incomparable natural and scenic beauty. I was pleasantly surprised to visit temples, mosques and gurudwaras in close distances of each other. Yet, the beauty and exclusivity of each was better than the other and in a league of it's own. I first visited the Shankaracharya Temple, also known as Takht-e-Suleiman. It was constructed in 371 B.C. and as such is the oldest shrine in Kashmir. The location commands a magnificent panoramic view of the entire Srinagar city. Then I moved on to visit Imambara Hassanabad, which was a developed city during the Mughal rule. It is the 2nd oldest shrine and is a world famous place of mourning and worship of one million shia population of J&K. Like I mentioned earlier, on one side of the Imambara was the Chatti Padshahi Sikh Gurudwara which is a must stop for all the sikhs coming to Srinagar.