Situated around 7 km from Srinagar, Pandrethan was originally built by Emperor Ashoka and maintained as the capital of Kashmir. The word Pandrethan roughly translates to ‘Old capital’ in English. The chief attraction here now remains the impressively constructed stone temple near a water spring.

Although the temple was built much later around 935 AD, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was named Meru Vardhana Temple by the then ruler of Kashmir- King Partha.