Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Srinagar - Dal Lake, Sri Shankara Temple

Srinagar needs no introduction. We visited Dal Lake, Sri Adhi Shankara Temple (Camera not allowed inside) and Mughal Garden.

This wikipedia link gives more information.
Sri Adhi Shankara Temple

Shankaracharya Temple, assumed to be built by Jaluka, the son of Emperor Ashoka around 200 BC, is an ancient shrine located on the mount Shankaracharya Hill (Takht-e-Suleiman) in Srinagar. This site, situated at a height of about 1100 feet above the city,on a hill,  is believed to be a sacred one and offers splendid view of the down valley and the snowy mountains of the Pir Panjal range. Local folks tell a story that saint Shankaracharya spent some of his time at this site during his visit to Kashmir to revitalize Sanatan Dharma.

There is a cave where Adhi Shankara meditated.
For security reason camera is not allowed here. I took a few snaps enroute.

For more interesting details on this temple click on the wikipedia link here.

Adhi Shankara temple on the hill from the entrance of the Hotel..

This is as far as I could zoom in..

This hill also has a small  military watch tower and is highly gaurded..We had a Tamilian Jawan who posed with us..!

Some Bhel puri after return..

Dal Lake

The lake covers an area of 18 square kilometres (6.9 sq mi) and is part of a natural wetland which covers 21.1 square kilometres (8.1 sq mi), including its floating gardens. ...
...... More on this huge lake here..

Seeing this , We also embarked on a boat ride..But went to choose a peaceful corner..! There are many boating corners along the shore of the lake..!

You thought only Ships float on water... You are wrong..Shops too do..!