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The Hazratbal mosque, Kashmir's holiest Muslim shrine, is situated in Srinagar district, on the western shore of the picturesque Dal Lake. Facing the beautiful Nishat Bagh, the mosque offers a spectacular view of the lake and the mountain afar. Some of the other names of the Hazrat Bal mosque are Assar-e-Sharief, Madinat-us-Sani and Dargah Sharif. Hazratbal Shrine of Kashmir dates back to as far as the early seventeenth century. The Hazratbal Mosque of Kashmir is a beautiful structure of immaculate white marble. The Muslim Auqaf Trust headed by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah started the construction work on this marble structure in 1968. The construction took about eleven years and the mosque was completed in 1979. The Friday prayers offered at Hazratbal attract the resident Muslims in huge numbers. Another attraction of Hazratbal is that it is the only domed mosque in Srinagar. The siege of the Hazratbal shrine in October 1993 to flush out militants was the longest ever in Jammu and Kashmir since the armed insurgency in the state began two decades ago.

How to Get There

Hazratbal lies in Srinagar. Every sort of transport to suit every budget from Buses to Taxis ply on this Highway. It Takes around 10 to 12 hours to cross this mountainous road which crosses some beautiful spots and the famous Jawahar Tunnel linking Kashmir Valley with India. Regular transport is available from various points in the Srinagar city with nominal charges. Route from Dal Lake can also be undertaken. The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu which is 300 Kms away and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with India. The nearest Airport is approx. 25 Km away. This Airport is connected with major cities of India.

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