Srinagar is one of the most loved Indian hill stations. Located in the northernmost state of India, Jammu Kashmir, Srinagar is situated on the banks of the Jhelum river. It has been a favorite summer getaway for several centuries. From Mughal royalty to British aristocracy and Indian tourists — everyone flocks to Srinagar in the summers. Often called Venice of the East, Srinagar  is home to the splendid and mesmerizing Dal Lake that attracts tourists from across the globe. Several contemporary Bollywood movies — like Jab Tak Hai JaanHighway and Haider — as well as classics — like Junglee, Kashmir Ki Kali and Silsile have been shot with the picturesque city of Srinagar in the backdrop. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and crystal clear lakes and rivers, Srinagar makes for a perfect summer getaway. Here are 15 pictures of Srinagar that will definitely inspire you to travel there! Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: 2 Hizbul Terrorists Shot Down, Encounter Underway in Srinagar; Mobile Internet Suspended

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Srinagar is surrounded by the Pir Panjal range, the biggest mountain range in the lower Himalayas.

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It is also home to stunning gardens — Shalimar Garden, Nishant Garden, Chashmeshahi Garden, Nehru Garden and Tulip Garden — that will make you feel like you’re in heaven!

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The vast mustard fields are reminiscent of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge!

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A shikara ride is an absolute must!

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Imagine a place from where all you can hear is the wind and see vehicles look like ants moving in synchrony.

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Pari Mahal in Srinagar was built by Prince Dara Shikoh and was his personal library and home. It is now home to a colorful garden and the monument is a tourist attraction.

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

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Though Srinagar is the biggest city is Jammu and Kashmir, the weather and the people make it a fantastic getaway!

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These places will take you back in time, all the way to the Mughal era!

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Srinagar is the gateway to Leh-Ladakh, another emerging travel destination in north India.

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Srinagar is situated 1730 m above sea level with the Jhelum flowing on the northern end of the city.

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It offers one of the most beautiful views of the mountains Srinagar is surrounded by.

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The Dal, Nigeen, Anchar, Khushal Sar, Gil Sar and Hokersar lakes are where you’ll find the most colorful shikaras in Srinagar.

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Mosques in Srinagar are a perfect example of Mughal architecture from Shah Jahan’s era.

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On your visit to Srinagar, also visit the floating market on the Dal Lake

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And lastly, we leave you with this gorgeous photograph of a house boat. Imagine waking up to this view!

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