This walk is primarily centred around Jamia Masjid in the old part of the Srinagar City and links different social and cultural spaces. The walk will highlight the architectural and cultural traditions of Kashmir linked with various Sufi orders that were established in the city. Jamia Masjid, being the principle mosque in the Srinagar City, constructed in the 15th century, includes a historic market that has remained a major social and cultural hub of Srinagar.
The walk will start from Mazar-e-Shuhada, the royal cemetery of the Shahmiri Sultan of Kashmir who ruled Kashmir from the 14th to the early 16th century. It also contains the mausoleum of Sultan Zain Ul Abidin’s mother, Dumath, which is the oldest historical monument of Kashmir. With its typical construction style, it bears huge significance with respect to the architectural evolution of the city.
The walk shall also include a visit to the shrine of Peer Haji Shab, the cenotaph of Sultan Qutb-ud-din, ruins of the tomb of Malik Jalal-ud-din Thakur (a courtier of King Zain-ul-Abideen), the shrine of Naqshband Sahib (an earlier madrasa and palace of Sultan Hassan Shah), while winding through areas depicting the culture and typical lifestyle of the people living in the Shehar-e-Khaas: the old city of Srinagar. Overall, the participants are expected to gain a fair insight into the historical and contemporary evolution of the city in the backdrop of its rich cultural treasures.
This guided tour is free.