The uniqueness of Srinagar is that apart from being the capital to the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the summer months, the place is a glorious representation of nature. Lying in the Kashmir valley, Srinagar is at an altitude of 1585 meters. It is dotted with lakes and beautiful gardens. With the sun kissed peaks of the mountains in the backdrop and the peaceful waters of the lakes, Srinagar is a paradise on the planet.
The alluring Shikara or the wooden boats that float on the beautiful waters impart a view of the circumference of the lake that promenades the Mughal gardens. The colourful hues of the nature and the sunrise and sunsets from the lake are impeccable. The lofty mountains, the blues both of the sky above and water below and the fragrances of the fresh flowers from the edging gardens makes the entire lake serene and calm.
A recent addition to Srinagar is the Tulip Garden. The largest of its kind in Asia, Tulip garden houses about 60 variants of tulips. When in the bloom the tulips sprawl in about 12 hectares of area and provide a mesmerising view.
The multi-terraced garden is built at an elevation and offers splendid views of the Dal Lake. It has velvety green gardens and has a historic importance that is much older than the Mughal Era. The view just gets majestic from each terrace and surpasses the other.
In contrast with the Dal Lake, Nigeen lake is is quieter and calmer and separated through a causeway from the Dal Lake. While the centre of the lake has clean blue placid waters the edges reflect the trees that are rowed along the shore line.