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Srinagar District

The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar District lies in the middle of the great peaks of the Karakoram, Zanskar and Pir Panjal ranges. The city of Srinagar, the state's summer capital and the district's headquarters, is located on the banks of the Jhelum, at an elevation of 1,730 m. Srinagar shares its boundaries with the districts of Kargil in the north, Pulwama in the south, and Badgam in the north-west. It is spread over an area of 2,228 sq km, and is home to about 0.9 million people. Kashmiri, Urdu, and Hindi are the main language spoken. Majority of the people follow Islamism.

Srinagar has temperate climate most part of the year. Winters are severely cold, with sub-zero temperatures at night and heavy snowfall.

Srinagar is a unique blend of culture. Bhand Pather is a traditional folk theater style combination of play and dance, performed by a group of 10 to 15 artists in their traditional style. Chakri is a popular form of Kashmiri folk music. A classical music form of Kashmir, Sufiana came from Iran in the 15th century.

Carpet weaving is one of the chief occupations of the people. Kashmiri shawls are famous for their fine material and delicate embroidery. Papier-mache objects covered with gold leaf or painted with natural colors, carved wooden furniture made of walnut wood, and silver-ware and copper-ware are among other handicraft products.

The Dal lake, Nishat Garden, Shalimar Bagh, Chashmashahi, Pari Mahal, Harwan garden, Hari Parbat Fort, Shankaracharya Temple, Rozahbal Mosque, Pathar Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, Nazim Bagh, tomb of Sheikh Noor-ud-din-Noorani, and Khanqah-e-Moulla are some of the tourist spots in Srinagar.

Updated on 18th July, 2005

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