Lal Chowk, Srinagar Overview

Lal Chowk, located in the heart of Srinagar, is a major attraction spot for tourists to explore while travelling with our Kashmir packages. Situated in the capital city of Srinagar, Lal Chowk is a significant historical as well as political location. This is the place where our former Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the Indian flag after independence in 1948.

Lal Chowk has also witnessed major historical occurrences like attacks by Pakistani militants, rallies and meetings with influential politicians. Additionally, it houses the famous Ghanta Ghar which stands as a historical landmark and an icon of Srinagar. 

Apart from its rich history, Lal Chowk is also renowned as a popular shopping destination in the city. You can shop from a huge variety of items such as jewellery, handicrafts, handlooms, wooden furniture, artefacts and paintings. Tourists particularly visit Lal Chowk to shop for Kashmiri pashminas and pathani suits which are a speciality of this region. Additionally, you can treat your taste buds with the delicious local cuisine and try dishes like Dum Aloo, Yakhni, Rogan Josh and Kahwa. 


• Explore the streets of Lal Chowk where major rallies and political events took place in the history of India. 
• Shop for souvenirs like pashminas, dry fruits, jewellery, saffron, handicrafts and hand-embroidered items.
• Treat your taste buds with delectable Kashmiri dishes such as Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Dum Aloo and Modur Pulao.
• Marvel at the 25 metres tall Ghanta Ghar which is a prominent landmark and historical monument of Srinagar. 
• Enjoy a stay amidst the bustling streets of Lal Chowk and experience the lively culture of Kashmir. 

How To Reach

By Road: Lal Chowk is located at a distance of around 2 km from the city centre of Srinagar. You can reach your destination in approximately 10 minutes via the Karan Nagar Jehangir Chowk Road. You can easily get a taxi from any corner of the city that will drop you off at Lal Chowk. For an even more budget-friendly option, you can also choose to travel by auto-rickshaws. 

Best Time To Visit

Lal Chowk is a popular tourist attraction in Srinagar that can be visited throughout the year.

1. Best Season: Visit Lal Chowk between April and October to experience pleasant weather conditions and mild temperatures. 

2. Best Day of the Week: You can plan your visit to Lal Chowk on the weekdays if you wish to avoid the weekend crowds.

3. Best Time of the Day: Plan your visit to Lal Chowk either during the early morning or late afternoon to comfortably explore at your own pace with smaller crowds. 

Other Essential Information

Visitor Tips:

1. Make sure to wear light clothes and flip-flops for a comfortable shopping experience. 

2. Maintain the cleanliness of the environment by disposing of garbage in the dustbins.

3. Remember to bargain your best before buying a good to grab the best deal. 

4. Carry sufficient water bottles to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.

5. Make sure to carry sufficient cash for shopping, snacking and local transportation.

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