Srinagar Travel Guide

TRAVEL GUIDE, SRINAGAR

OVERVIEW

The summer capital of Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar witnesses a huge tourist footfall at all times of the year. However, summer is considered to be the best time to visit this place when it blooms in its full glory. There are beautiful Mughal Gardens, religious centres sporting beautiful architecture, houseboats on the majestic Dal Lake, apple orchards and shopping areas that’d keep you busy all day. Go for a shikara ride, get to know about different types of flora and fauna of Dachigam National Reserve and spend a little time at the Shankaracharya Temple that rests at an altitude of 1000 ft. Our Srinagar travel guide contains an elaborate list of budget, mid-range and luxury hotels for you to choose from. Make the most of your time and try to visit all the attractions in our featured guides to experience the true flavor of Srinagar.

FAST FACTS

  • Nearest Airport: Srinagar International Airport
  • Best Time to Visit Srinagar: April-October
  • Currency: INR
  • Languages: Urdu, Kashmiri, English
  • Festivals: Baisakhi, Ramzan, Shikara Festival

There is no dearth of hotels in Srinagar and these are available in every budget; some a little away and some within the city. You can choose them as per your requirements but make sure that you book in advance as it becomes quite difficult to find good accommodation facilities in such high footfall tourist areas. While Swiss Hotel Kashmir, Hotel JH Bazaz and Hotel Park Plaza cater to budget travellers, Taj Vivanta, Hotel Dar-Es-Salam and Hotel Broadway are for those who carry big bucks in their pocket. Also, there are several properties for those seeking mid-range hotels like Heevan Resorts, Welcom Hotel and Hotel Grand Mumtaz Srinagar. People in search of peace, who wish to stay a little away from the hustle and bustle of the city, can choose to stay in resorts that are tucked away a little far but will make your visit to Srinagar delightful.

You are going to pass by myriad local eateries while roaming around in the city but as far as restaurants are concerned, there are only a few good ones in Srinagar. It’s important to know the good ones so that you know the authentic flavour of Kashmir. The locals prefer dining at The Mughal Darbar and Ahdoo’s for the very special Kashmiri delicacy, Wazwan. It’s a multi-course meal that is a must-have while you are in the city. In proximity to Dal Lake lies Lhasa Restaurant that delights guests with some lip-smacking chicken dishes. For a luxurious dining experience, you can also visit Shamyana Restaurant situated on the Boulevard Road. Although, these restaurants are widely famous for non-vegetarian fare, there’s no dearth of veg dishes and you can ask for chef’s recommendation for seasonal varieties.

  • Best restaurants in Srinagar

    Complete with authentic local spices and fresh produce, Kashmiri cuisine contains a strong influence of its location and culture. Though vegetarian delights are served in abundance, it is mutton-based dishes, served in restaurants in Srinagar that are most popular among tourists. The Mughal Darbar and Ahdoo’s on Residency Road are known for wazwan (a multi-course meal) and tourists and native from far and near vouch for its taste.

There are myriad places to visit in Srinagar; the city offers a potpourri of religious, adventure and sightseeing options that’d engage children and adults alike. The city of Srinagar rests in the Kashmir Valley along and around the famous Dal Lake. Famous for its blossoming gardens, lakes, houseboats and shikharas, Kashmir is known as paradise on earth. And when you’re not taking in the sheer natural beauty of the place, there’s lots more things to do in Kashmir you can partake of. The famous Dal Lake is undoubtedly the main attraction of the city, and Hazratbal further augments its beauty. Those who are spiritually inclined shouldn’t forget to visit the very beautiful Shankaracharya Temple and Jama Masjid. Srinagar also houses immensely beautiful Tulip and Mughal Gardens that have been and are seen in many movies. A few of the other prominent attractions include Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary and Wular Lake. The Mughal gardens are some of the best places to visit in Srinagar. With terraced lawns, cascading fountains, bright flowerbeds, and panoramic views of the vast Dal Lake, the three Mughal gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar were constructed back in the day for the pleasure of the Mughal emperors. These are also possibly the most well-maintained and litter-free gardens which you’ll find anywhere in the country.

From sailing in a shikara and living in a houseboat to shopping some of the most exquisite shawls and carpets, there are plenty of things to do in Srinagar. From terraced lawns and cascading fountains of the Mughal Gardens to snow-capped peaks bordering the city, it is home to many exotic locales that will leave you awestruck with their pristine beauty. Visit the apple orchards or saffron fields or spend time at Gulab Bhawan after you are done shopping at Boulevard Road Market. Hokersar is a treat for the birdwatchers as Nageen Lake is for peace lovers. You can also visit Manasbal Lake, specially travellers who love hiking or head to the beautiful Wular Lake for fishing.

For everyone who has ever dreamt to travel to Kashmir, Srinagar is a place he would definitely want to go. Sailing on the Dal Lake in a shikara or living in a houseboat are some of the things that come to the mind when someone mentions Srinagar. Shopping in Srinagar is one of those things that also makes a traveller fall in love with the place. This is because local shopping in Srinagar is an experience a shopaholic traveller would love to remember for a very long time. Srinagar as a shopping destination is famous for the Kashmiri handicrafts that the shops in this place sells. There are lots of interesting little bric-a-brac to pick up while you're browsing the streets of Srinagar as traveller, but there are also a few things that the city is famous for.

We tell you what's really worth spending on. Srinagar is known for its silverware with a range of items from ornamental jewellery to larger decoration pieces. In the meantime, it will be a sin not to bag some exotic Pashmina shawls from the Srinagar local markets. Papier-mache products are another item that you can carry back home without much hassles. Silk carpets are among Kashmir's most famous creations and it is worth every penny spent. When it comes to the question of where to shop in Srinagar, a few places like Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the shopping mall Srinagar and other popular shopping streets make for the perfect places for the purpose.

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    Popularly referred to as Paradise on Earth, Kashmir has a history that dates back more than 2000 years, and a culture that’s equally interesting. With tourism being a major contributor to its economy, it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country—for both international and domestic tourists—and rightly so. With beautiful snow-capped mountains, deep green valleys, vast lakes and blossoming gardens, one day in the valley needs to be well planned in order to cover ground; we help you make your way through the maze and make the most of your fleeting trip.

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