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Srinagar became the capital of Kashmir around 960 CE, under the rule of the Hindu Shahis of Kabul. Truly a paradise on earth, the city is known for its lakes and houseboats. Lakes around the city include Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake. The lake city is also famous for Wular lake, one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. Srinagar has many Mughal gardens, forming a part of those laid by the Mughal emperors across the Indian subcontinent. They include Chashma Shahi  (the royal fountains); Pari Mahal  (the palace of the fairies); Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring); Shalimar Bagh; the Naseem Bagh. Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden was set up in 1969. The Indian government has included these gardens under ‘Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir’ in the tentative list for sites to be included in World Heritage Sites.

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