A brief about Srinagar


Interiors of Khankah-e-Moula,the first mosque of Kashmir considered as a cultural and architectural marvel
Culture Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu Kashmir, is a fantastic spot on earth worth visiting at least once in your life. It is located on the banks of the Jhelum River.

Srinagar has a spellbinding culture. The people in this town are really generous and nice. History, dress, language, food, and music all contribute to the greatness and uniqueness of Srinagar's culture. Especially in arts and crafts, one can see the highest respect and appreciation for living culture.
People Srinagar's residents are friendly and charming. People of all faiths coexist together and have positive connections. Srinagar's loving and inviting culture is outstanding, and it makes you feel like part of the family.

From the locals, discover the authentic and never-seen-before Srinagar in the form of love and compassion. The people of Srinagar think of you as their own and even accompany you to the City’s neighborhood without missing anything.
Language Srinagar's official languages are Urdu and English. Locals, on the other hand, speak Kashmiri and Urdu.
Religion Srinagar is the cradle of many different religions. People of all faiths coexist together under one roof. Srinagar is home to people of diverse faiths, including Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, as a result of various ruling regimes. Although there are many different religions, Srinagar's culture promotes respect for all.
Scores of people offering congregational prayers on Eid at Jamia Masjid
Festivals Srinagar features a number of festivals and fairs that are marked by great revelry. Festivals such as Ramadan, Eid, Urs, Lohri, Navroz, and Baisakhi are marked by the peaceful coexistence of people of all faiths and are celebrated with great religious fervor.
A street food stall stationed outside a shrine
Food Srinagar's culinary traditions are a mix of geographical, historical, and cultural influences, making it royal and rich in taste. Rice has long been a mainstay of the local diet. However, present-day voracious meat dishes cravings extend back to the 14th century, when Silk route migrants, primarily from Samarkand, used to bring their chefs along. Wazas are their descendants, and Wazwan cuisine includes Tabakh Maaz, Rista, Gushtaba, Kabab, Pulao, Yakhni, and other dishes.

Apart from that, the people have a long-standing tradition of drying vegetables in the summer and storing them for use in the winter when severe snowfall closes the main routes to Kashmir. Sun-dried vegetables unique to this region include 'Aale Hatche' (dried bottle gourd), 'Wangan Hatche' (dried brinjal), 'Ruwangan Hatche' (dried tomatoes), 'Gogji Aare' (dried turnip), 'Haech Palak' (dried spinach), and fresh 'Nadir' (lotus stem). A must-try for tourists visiting the area.

In bread, Shirmal, Kulcha, Kander Cheochwoer, and Bakirkhani taste delicious when taken with a cup of salt tea, Nun Chai or saffron, and Gulkand (dried rose petals) stuffed Kahwa.

Aside from these, some of Srinagar's rural areas are known for growing organic strawberries, cherries, walnuts, almonds, apples, pears, and kiwis. Srinagar is also known for its local fast-food culture, which includes dishes such as 'Nader Monje' (sliced lotus stem fried in gram flour), 'Alwe Pakode' (sliced potatoes fried in gram flour), and others.
A group of children wearing a traditional dress known as Pheran
Dresses Depending on the climate and culture of each place, different clothing styles are used. Men wear traditional attires like Kurta-Salwar (Khan Dress), while women usually wear dresses like Salwar Kameez and cover their heads with either dupatta or headscarves.

Traditional women's clothing, such as Pheran with tilla embroidery, are embellished with lifelike floral patterns and stitching. In the winter, men wear Pheran to keep warm when the temperature drops below freezing.
An elderly man weaving carpet at a loom
Craftsmanship Arts and crafts are inevitably linked to the foundation of any culture. Each region has its own unique arts and crafts.. In this case, Srinagar is the name for handicrafts and various forms of dance and music, literature, painting, etc. The genesis of handicrafts dates back to the 14th century when Sufi Saint Shah-e-Hamadan reached the Valley. He'd visited Kashmir three times before. On one of his trips, he brought 700 artists with him who assisted locals in learning the craft.

Srinagar's craftsmen are noted for weaving Pashmina shawls, Kashmiri carpets and rugs, chain-stitch embroidery, walnut-wood carving, papier-mache, copper work, and Sozni (needle) work, among other things. So significant were these artisans' creations that various interiors in Srinagar are named after their professions and are famed as Bandook Khar Mohalla, Sazgaripora, Naqashpora, Zainakadal, Bohri Kadal, etc. Thus, the local architecture is a fascinating fusion of handicrafts, architecture, and designs that results in distinct aesthetics.
A local playing traditional musical instrument, Rubab on banks of Dal
Music The varied musical forms of Srinagar are absolutely lovely, melodious, and vibrant. Srinagar residents have grown accustomed to many types of music throughout time. Rouf, Wanvun, Chaker, Ladishah, and Bandh Pather are the best types of music. Pather and Sufiana Kalam (Sufi music) are well-known for conveying love, revolution, fairy tales, morality, and other themes. Tumbaknear, Rabab, Sitar, Noet, Nai, and Santoor are some of the most popular musical instruments.

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