Best things to do in Rainawari and sightseeing in Rainawari
Dal Lake - Rainawari
Dal Lake also known as Manimahesh Lake is a spot, which tourists cannot afford to miss out on due to its picture-perfect scenery in Manimahesh Kailash Peak in Chamba district. On one side the Manimahesh Lake Lake is surrounded by a range of majestic mountains.
A Shikara ride on this azure blue lake will undoubtedly be a blissful experience.
1. Dal Lake – I have not experienced anything as beautiful as the Dal Lake in my life. It is not just because of its splendor, but because of the amount of adventures I have had there. In my three years in Srinagar, I have made the most memories in the Dal Lake. It has so much life to it. Sitting in a Shikara, listening to the water splashing against the oar, and looking at the mountains visible at a distance, there is no better meditation than this. The experience is enhanced at night, under the moon, the darkness, and the quietness. The Shikara moves along the lined up houseboats – well decorated floating abodes – and moves towards the exquisite garden of Char Minar and further takes you through a floating garden of the lotus flower. After you have relished the peacefulness and natural beauty, the royal boat then takes you to the market and colony built on the lake waters. The whole experience is overwhelming and romantic. Spend a night in one of the extravagant houseboats. Watch the setting of sun as you enjoy a beer in peace or in company. Dal Lake also offers some water sports like water skiing and kayaking.
Another option for either the luxury or budget traveller is renting a houseboat on Srinigar’s Dal Lake. Sitting on the deck of a houseboat is an invitation to relax. For those inclined to watch birds, the lake offers some prime birding with swarms of eagles and multiple varieties of kingfishers and waterfowl to gaze at. For those who don’t care to watch birds, the enchanting and varied bird songs deliver a charming soundtrack that naturally invites peace and calm. The houseboats on Dal Lake are parked, but that isn’t much of a problem. For the adventurous, canoes are provided for those wanting to explore the labyrinthine maze of waterways that cut through islands of vegetation. And for the laidback traveller, there’s never a shikara (brightly coloured gondola-like passenger boat) far away to paddle you around the lake on a romantic “Venice in India” boat tour.
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Shalimar Bagh - Rainawari
Shalimar Gardens - Rainawari
A major part of Sringar and Kashmir in fact, has sprawling lush green gardens with the most beautifully landscaped flower beds and fountains amidst structures which date back to almost the late 16th century. I decided to see a few for myself and visited Shalimar Garden first. Situated 15 Kms from the city centre, it was built by Emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife, Nurjahan. Shalimar gets water from Harwan through a canal lined with fountains. These fountains were the main attraction for the tourists and children alike. Next I moved to Cheshma Shahi, or the Royal Spring was laid by Shah Jahan and Pari Mahal. The spring is famous for refreshing digestive water. After refreshing myself with water from the spring, I went 2kms uphill to reach Pari Mahal. The different views from the 7 terraces Srinagar felt surreal and I stood admiring the natural beauty for many a minutes.
Tulip Garden - Rainawari
You can spend a day visiting all the gardens in Srinagar - Tulip Gardens, Shalimar, Nishat and Chashmeshahi. The gardens are well maintained and beautifully landscaped. It is enthralling to be surrounded by such greenery and riot of colors. However, if you want to see the gardens in full bloom, the best time to visit is May-June. When we were there, the flowers had just started to bloom, so even though they did look beautiful, we couldn't see them in all their splendor.