Timings : The shops in Lal Chowk open late in the morning, usually around 9:30 AM and close around 8:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
The historic and strategic importance of Lal Chowk has been ever present in the Indian history books since the struggle for freedom that the country overcame in 1947. Named after the much famed Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Lal Chowk translates to the same name. The name was given by left-wing activists. Located in the centre of the city of Srinagar, it has witnessed several historical moments in its lifetime - from the unfurling of the national flag here in 1948 by former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to the infamous attacks on the then BJP president Murali Manohar Joshi by Pakistani militants in 1992. It houses the famous Ghanta Ghar - Clock Tower, which was built here in 1980.
The city square is renowned for its share of political meetings, rallies, and addressing by influential political figures. Though its fame rose due to the political instability in the area, Lal Chowk is also a notable destination for shopping. The market area here sells authentic jewelry, ornaments, wedding items, and silverware. It is one of the most visited and popular shopping sites in Srinagar. You can also buy pretty Kashmiri paintings and traditional ethnic wear that are known for their embroidery and intricate designs such as pherans, fantastic pashmina shawls, and pathani suits. Lal Chowk is a special landmark that oozes a rich political and cultural history in one spot.
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