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Srinagar
Srinagar lies in the pretty Kashmir Valley, a heavily disputed region of Jammu & Kashmir. Srinagar is J & Ks summer capital, whilst the city of Jammu, farther south on the plains is the winter capital. Sitting on Dal Lake & the picturesque Jhelum River, the city has a distinctively central Asian flav

The Mughal rulers of India were always happy to retreat from the heat of the plains to the cold, elevated and verdant green heights of Kashmir. Amongst Kashmir’s greatest attractions were the Dal Lake houseboats. In the work of the Raj period, Kashmir’s ruler would not permit the British (who were as keen on the cold climate as the Mughals) to own any land in the region. To overcome this sticking point, they built houseboats in traditional English architectural styling to float on Dal Lake. Dal Lake with its maze of waterways lies east of the city. Dal actually comprises a series of lakes, including Nagin Lake beyond the city centre. There's also some famous Mughal gardens on the far eastern side of Dal Lake. The elderly city of Srinagar comprises a tangle of streets and alleyways, mosques and houses, whilst the more modern part is further up the banks of the Jhelum River.
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