Shankaracharya Hill, Srinagar

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Climb the 250 steps to the top of Shankaracharya Hill to enjoy panoramic views over Srinagar. Take in the peaceful atmosphere as you ascend the verdant, forested hill, on top of which sits a small Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Admire the ancient temple, built in the ninth century from massive grey stone blocks. Military personnel guard the steps, so you’ll have to deposit any electronic devices with them before you start climbing. Use our Srinagar travel itinerary planner to add Shankaracharya Hill and other attractions to your Srinagar vacation plans.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Worth a visit. The drive to the top of the hill was longer than expected (10 minutes). We paid 350rupees from our hotel (the grand mamta) in an auto rickshaw which had to work hard to get up the hil!!...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Nice weather atmosphere is Ava very cool Mein never imagine that the hill is looking like this everyone must watch this Hill  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Shankaracharya Hill has a hill top temple which can be reached after climbing around 300 steps. It provides serene view of Srinagar and Dal lake. Multiple security checks. Phone, Camera not allowed.  more »

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