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Visiting Hazratbal
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VISITING HAZRATBAL

A conversation on visiting the mosque at Hazratbal, ten miles from downtown Srinagar. The mosque, in which a sacred hair of the Prophet Mohammad is preserved, is situated on the western bank of Dal Lake. It was built by Shah Jehan, and is an excellent blend of Mughal and Kashmiri architecture.

Ashok: Hello there, taxi driver!

Cab driver: Yes, sir.

Ashok: We want to go to Hazratbal. How far is it (from here)?

Cab driver: From here, Hazratbal is about five or six miles.

Ashok: How long will it take?

Cab driver: (It) will take just fifteen or twenty minutes.

Ashok: Where is Hazratbal located?

Cab driver: Hazratbal is close to Nigin Lake near Kashmir University.

Ashok: What is there at Hazratbal?

Cab driver: There is a famous mosque at Hazratbal where Muslims go each Friday to offer prayers. There is also the (sacred) hair of the Prophet Mohammad.

Ashok: Is Hazratbal on the bank of Dal Lake?

Cab driver: No, Hazratbal is on the bank of Nigin Lake.

Ashok: Can one go there only by taxi or tonga?

Cab driver: No, people go there by shikara, too.

Ashok: How long does it take to go there by shikara?

Cab driver: From Amira Kadal, it takes two or three hours.

Ashok: No, we do not have that much time. We shall go by taxi.

Cab driver: Please, get in.

Ashok: All right, let's go! 
 

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