Srinagar
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Brief

Located in the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is the summer capital of the state. It is situated in the heart of the Kashmir Valley while the serene River Jhelum flows along the borders of the city. Srinagar is particularly famous for its lakes, houseboats and gardens. The city also provides a gorgeous collection of hand crafted goods and dry fruits. The city is known for its natural environment, gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. Being part of the Himalayan range, Srinagar has cold summers and even colder winters. The city is full of wonderful travel destinations and is a treat for all sorts of tourists. With mind blowing vistas and beautiful locales, a trip to Srinagar will always be memorable.

The uniqueness of Srinagar lies in the fact that every season has its own charm.

Urdu is the official language of the state. Most of the people speak the local language Kashmiri.

As the city is a major tourist destination, many people can also speak English and Hindi.

 

 

 
Travel Tips

The first and foremost travel tip would be, do not forget carrying warm clothes if you are visiting in the months of winter and light jackets if you are visiting in any other season of the year.

Kashmir is famous for its local hand crafted goods and also famous for its shawls and suits.  It's better not to travel alone late and preferably get a guide once you reach Jammu & Kashmir. Stay out of the banned locations.

April to June is the most popular for tourists to visit as the weather is cool and temperature range is between 10 degrees celcius and 30 degree celcius. 



When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
  • 17° Max
  • Min
  • 11.8 mm
  • Heavy woollen
 
Things to do

One can never run out of things to do or see in Srinagar. If you are going to Srinagar, the first place on your Go-To list has to be Dal Lake. Dal Lake is the biggest attraction of Jammu and Kashmir and one of the biggest attractions of India as well. The lake is occupied by beautiful wooden houseboats and is surrounded by the gorgeous Pir Panjal mountain range. On an average day you will find a number of quaint little Shikaras (Taxi boats) rowing on the lake. The lake is shining throughout the year and is the home ground of sellers, who row on boats and sell goods to travelers. Most of the people coming to Srinagar stay on the houseboats for days. In winters, Dal Lake freezes over and is like a glimmering slate of ice. When you are done enjoying the magnificent lake next up is Khanqah of Shah-i-Hamadan. Even though entry is restricted strictly to Muslims only, it is a beautiful sight nevertheless and should not be missed. With richly carved inlays and papier-mâché reliefs, this 18t century mosque is one of the most visited places in Srinagar. Do visit if you are fond of exquisite architecture and rich, colorful wood work.

One of the many marvels left behind by the Mughals in India is the Mughal Gardens.  As the name suggests these beautiful gardens were created during the Mughal era and include Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashma Shahi. These gardens are a major attraction of the city and pull a lot of travelers to it.  Another beautiful site worth a visit is the Hazratbal Shrine. This ancient mosque is revered throughout the world since it claims to have preserved within its confines, an actual hair of the Prophet Muhammad. It is on display for the public on special occasions. It is the only domed mosque in the city. Made out of white marble and stones, it stands out like a glittering crown at night.

 
Getting Around

Getting around within Srinagar is relatively cheap. You can find taxis within the city to travel around in, and the rates are bargain-able.  

The Shikara rates are flexible, most of the times they are set by the local union present. 

 
Places to Stay

Srinagar, being as popular as it is, hosts travellers from around the world. There are various hotels in Srinagar from luxurious 5 star hotels to low budget nature retreats, but if you really want to stay somewhere unique then try staying at one of the house boats in Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake. Deluxe, A Class, B Class Houseboats are available. Rates are flexible and bookings are heavy, so book ahead for convenience. 

Apart from houseboats, there are a number of great hotels available for accommodation in Srinagar. If you are looking for decent and comfortable options. Srinagar also has a number of budget accommodation options for those who do not wish to spend so much on hotels. 

 
How to Reach

  • If you wish to fly then, you can get a ticket for the Srinagar Domestic Airport. The airport receives flights from major cities of the country as well, like Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and the ticket prices are moderately low. International tourists can get a connecting flight from the Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi which is 876 km from Srinagar.
  • If you wish to travel in a train to Srinagar then the nearest Railway Station to Srinagar is Jammu. The Railway Station at Jammu is located at a distance of 290 km from Srinagar. Trains from most of the cities in India travel to Jammu. It is connected to all the metropolitan cities of the country like, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum etc. From the station there are taxis available that can take you to Srinagar at an average rate of Rs. 6000.
  • Travelers by buses also have a variety of options. There are many tour and travel services in India who provide various buses of different range from the neighboring cities of Srinagar. Regular buses that arrive at Srinagar are from Delhi (876km), Chandigarh (630km), Jammu (290km), Leh (434km) and Phalgaon (96km).

 
Surrounding Attractions

One of the best Surrounding Attractions of Srinagar is Gulmarg. Gulmarg  is one of the premier hill resorts of India, and was earlier said to be haunted by the spirit of Jehangir, the Mughal Emperor, who could not leave the place because of its marvelous beauty.  Today Gulmarg stands as one of the best Ski Resorts in India. It attracts tourists from all around the country and the world. Next on the list comes Pahalgam. In the early days Pahalgam was once a shepherd’s village and has now become one of the most travelled spots in Kashmir.

Even during the summer season you can feel the cool breeze here that lifts your spirits right up. After this if you have time in your hand then you shouldn’t miss visiting Sonmarg. Sonmarg is the head of the Sindh Valley. It provides its tourists with an extravagant view of the suburbs of Kashmir. Sonmarg is mostly covered with thick pine forests and wonderful mountains. In mark you can also enjoy a pony ride and trek preferably to the Thajiwas glacier.

 
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