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Dal Lake: This could well be Srinagar's lifeline and the favourite site of all honeymooners. And why not? Its claim to fame is the Victorian-style wooden houseboats built as hotels, and shikaras that are perfect to take a tour through the waters. In fact, these shikaras plying the length of the lake are actually floating markets, selling everything from vegetables to fruits and flowers. The lake itself is full of flora that includes lotus and water lilies, and avifauna including kingfishers and herons. Get onboard one of the shikaras to go around the lake - they come with really pretty names, example - Honeymoon Lovers, The Paradise, Love Heaven and the likes! Along the shoreline is the boulevard that is home to numerous shops, hotels, gardens and parks. Pather Masjid: Located on the bank of Jhelum across the Shah Hamdam Mosque, this is a typical Mughal construction built of limestone. The mosque itself is not in use anymore, though you can take a walk through its gardens. Shah Hamdan Mosque: This is one of the oldest surviving mosques in Srinagar. Made in wood, it is located on the bank of Jhelum and is noted for its papier-mâché work that adorns its walls and roof. Another striking observation is that no nails or screwes were used for its construction. Jama Masjid: Definitely one of the most active mosques in Srinagar, Jami Masjid owes its origin to 3 Mughal rulers. It is also created in wood and is noted for its 370 towering pillars supporting the roof, each pillar made of one deodar tree truck! Enter the mosque through its south gate and take a walk through the spacious green garden. Hari Parbat Fort: Another Mughal construction, it stands on the hill by the same name and commands an awesome view of the city. It speaks the legend of how the demon Jalodbhava was crushed under this hill, when Goddess Sati dropped a pebble on his head, which expanded to become the massive Hari Parbat. As such it is also home to several religious shrines, including the shrine of Makhdum Sahib. Located a little away from this is the Masjid of Akhund Mullah built in limestone. So revered is this site that locals believe that over 30 crores Hindu Gods and Goddesses reside here! Nagin Lake: Literally meaning, Jewel in the Ring, Nagin Lake is located a little away from Dal Lake, at the foot of the Zabarwan Mountains. It is bordered by willow and poplar trees and offers good options to hire a shikara and take a ride through its deep blue waters. Hazratbal Mosque: Undoubtedly the most important Muslim shrine, the white marble Hazratbal shrine is located on the left bank of the Dal Lake, and is reflected in its waters. Its significance comes from the fact that it is home to a hair of the Prophet, which is displayed to the public only on special occasions. Hazratbal has a distinct architecture and is the only domed mosque in Srinagar. Shankaracharya Temple: Located on the Shankaracharya Hill, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is accessible by a flight of stairs. It overlooks the Kashmir Valley and its inner sanctum has Persian inscriptions. The original dome-shaped ceiling has been replaced by a more modern ceiling. Other Temples: The Khanqah of Shah Hamadan is located on the banks of River Jhelum and is a beautiful wooden structure. Its interiors has carved eaves, brightly painted walls, antique chandeliers and hanging bells. Chhatti Padshahi Gurudwara is especially important for Sikhs and was built at the site where the 6th Sikh guru preached sermons. Don't miss a trip to Martand Temple, which is a temple dedicated to the Sun God. The complex has 84 coloumns, a colonnaded courtyard and commands a breathtaking view of the Valley. Located at Tula Mala Village, Kheer Bhawani Temple is a marble temple dedicated to Ragnya Devi, who is symbolized as the sacred spring that flows here. It derives its name from the kheer offerings made to the spring by pilgrims. Awantipur is home to two imposing temples - one Siva-Avantisvara, which today is reduced almost to ruins, and the other Avantisvami-Vishnu, which is a better preserved temple. Shalimar Bagh: Built by Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan, Shalimar Garden is a wonderful combination of gardens and lakes. It has four terraces, rising above each other as steps and has a canal, built with polished stones, that is supplied water from the Harwan. Harwan: Located near the Harwan Village, this garden has remnants dating to the Buddhist era. The ornamented tiles placed here have depictions of the attire of people, as trousers, caps and turbans.