Rediscovering Kashmir: A Walk Through Cultural Corridors

The hill Hari Parbat, also known as Kooh-e-Sulaimani, is the site of the famous Sharika Devi temple dedicated to Goddess Jagadamba Sharika Bhagwati who is regarded as the presiding deity (`isht`-Devi) of Srinagar city. The first fortifications on the site overlooking Srinagar were constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1590, who built an outer wall for the fort as part of his plans for a new capital called Nagar Nagar. The present fort was built in 1808 under the reign of Shuja Shah Durrani.

The walk will be conducted on and around the hill that is considered as the centre of religious diversity of Srinagar. The southern side of Hari Parbat features Makhdoom Sahib, the shrine of Hamza Makhdoom, a 16th-century Kashmiri Sufi saint locally known as Hazrat Sultan-ul-Arifeen. Another shrine on the hill’s southern slope is dedicated to Shah Badakhshi, a 17th-century Sufi saint. Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi, again on the foothills of Hari Parbat, is believed to have been the preaching spot of the sixth guru of Sikhism, Guru Har Gobind, making the place highly venerable in Srinagar. Mullah Akhoon mosque, Hamam Dara Shikwoh, Badaamwari, Kathi Darwaza will be some of the other important places that will be visited during the walk.

 This guided tour is free.


Umar Farooq
Walk Leader
Umar Farooq is an architect associated with INTACH Kashmir for two years. His interests and expertise include vernacular architecture of Kashmir, urban design and disaster management