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What You Should Know More About Srinagar

  • When is the best time to visit Srinagar?

    Srinagar manages to wear its beautiful attire in different shades all around the year with every season holding its own colors of love.

    April to September:

    Srinagar finds fragments of Sun with temperatures from 10°C to 30°C Celsius in summers. The most popular weather not just for the humans but for the tulips too as they smile hope when they find home in Asia’s largest tulip garden in the springs. Srinagar smiles in warmth of summers with best of its beauty encircled in the likes of Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden, Shankracharya Temple and Dal Lake.

    October to March:

    When temperature hovers around 0°C to 15°C, snow starts falling over the woods and you are bound to witness the picture perfect vistas of the snow-covered slopes, children playing cricket over frozen waters of the Dal Lake and the golden shades of Srinagar. Visit this land of natural world, of snow, smells and sweet sounds, of colors and light at any time of the year. Srinagar is a wonder that opens up to show its shades in layers of colorful mysteries from season to season reinventing its own language of sinuous beauty.

  • How to reach Srinagar?

    The summer capital of Kashmir, Srinagar, situated at a height of 1730 meters above sea-level, the amazing holiday destination will win your heart over. This beautiful land could be reached via air, road or train from any part of the country as it welcomes you with open arms.

    Br Air:

    Some of the major airlines like Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate out of Srinagar Airport, connecting it to cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi.

    By Train:

    Jammu is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 290 kilometers. Jammu Tawai railway station is well connected to the Indian railways network. It connects Srinagar to others cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh

    By Buses:

    Srinagar is connected by a network of well-maintained roads. It can easily be accessed from Chandigarh, Gulmarg, Jammu, Sonamarg, Delhi and Pahalgam via road.

  • What are the different things/activities to do in Srinagar?

    The breeze in your hair when you will open up the window of your room to the sun in Srinagar will take you to explore so much in so little. Srinagar is a house of experiences when you start walking down the road.

    • Visit the most celebrated Dal Lake and take a shikara ride.
    • Take a boathouse and enjoy the calmness that this city carries in its warmth.
    • Travel across the Mughal gardens – Shalimar, Nishat known for their architectural exquisiteness as for the history that surrounds them.
    • Explore Chashm-e-Shahi Bagh, known for its fresh water springs.
    • Watch the Mughal Gardens covered with fallen red golden leaves – a walk with your beloved is a memory that will last forever.
    • Walk the only domed mosque - Hazratbal Mosque- situated near the Dal Lake – a place of serenity.
    • Feel the Wular Lake – Asia’s largest lake and then reach the Nagin Lake for a boat ride.
    • Visit the Apple orchards with the children to let them enjoy plucking apples from trees.
    • Build a snowman in winters.
    • Pay homage at Jama Masjid – which looks like a movie set for an imagined Central Asian castle.
    • Enjoy the Crescent Lake View Restaurant – a backpacker-oriented house of with a good taste of coffee.
    • Floating Vegetable Market - In the maze of channels at the edge of Dal Lake, the dawn vegetable market is a must to experience.

  • Which are the famous attractions to see in Srinagar?

    A traveler’s paradise, a snow-covered country in a city, where reality is magical that so effectively cuts out through the bones of past carved in the snow built in the shadow of heaven’s delight, offering you enough to explore and feast your eyes with wonder.

    • Dal Lake
    • Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan
    • Badshah Tomb
    • Jama Masjid
    • Nishat Bagh
    • First Row Houseboats
    • Shankaracharya Mandir
    • Hari Parbat Fort
    • Rozabal
    • Floating Gardens & Lake Villages
    • Pari Mahal
    • Sri Sharika Temple
    • Sri Pratap Singh Museum
    • Badamvaer
    • Cheshmashahi Garden
    • Tulip Garden
    • Pir Dastgir Sahib
    • Naqshband Sahib
    • Botanical Garden
    • Hazratbal Mosque
    • Chinar Bagh
    • Shalimar Bagh

  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Srinagar?

    A place is worth a stay if you find a home in its ambience and it finds a space in the travel diary of your young holidays:

    • THE LALIT GRAND PALACE SRINAGAR – The upscale hotel on landscaped grounds
    • THE GRAND PLAZA
    • Fortune Resort Heaven
    • Vivanta by Taj
    • Hotel Ahdoos
    • Hotel Mumtaz
    • Mandalay Houseboats - Stay in the beautiful and huge wooden house boats floating in the marvelous Dal Lake, an experience of Venice in Srinagar.
  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Srinagar?

    Srinagar provides you ample options to travel around the city.

    BUSES:

    There are buses available which are cheap but not so convenient.

    AUTO-RICKSHAWS:

    The auto-rickshaws will charge you heavily but you can always try to use google map and bargain.

    TAXI:

    You have the costly snow cabs to travel around or you can also try to get some private taxi via some contacts and settle the rate on your own.

    SHIKARAS:

    Synonymous with romance, shikaras are the best way to experience the beauty of the valley engraved in the mystical walls of old Srinagar.

  • Which are the best places for shopping in Srinagar?

    Woven in intensely felt details, an expression of masterpiece, an old book of sixties and seventies, antiques from the history, an attire for the movies and a desire for the weddings – all that would make you buy more than you can fit in your suitcase. Walk along the Polo View to find the rarest of the rare designs and beautiful unparalleled work of arts made from the hands of experience and expertise.

    - POLO VIEW

    • G M Shah: Famous for designing Nargis Fakhri’s outfits in the movie Rockstar, it specializes in hand embroidery on wool, cotton, silk and even prints and net.
    • Kashmir Fancy Art: This store offers traditional Kashmiri apparel for the entire family: salwar kurtas and pherans for women, Pathani suits for men—and even tilla-work kurtis in children’s size.
    • Saklain’s Coterie: store sells gorgeous-smelling essential oils made from local produce such as lavender and walnut, and handmade soaps such as Almond Honey and Royal Saffron.
    • The Bund: They are reviving the Kashmir shawl and sozni traditions by creating collections in cashmere, silk and cotton, in contemporary designs and color palettes.
    • M Sadiq & Sons
    • Sunbeam
    • Suffering Moses
    • Sadiq’s Handicrafts: Persian carpets and rare pashmina shawls.
    • Asia Crafts
    • M Shah

    - Residency Road

    • Gulshan Bookstore: Fall in love with the wonderful collection of political, botanical, coffee-table and travel books about Kashmir that I found here, and could have browsed for hours.
    • Ahdoos Bakery: This delightful place sells the famous Kashmiri breads—baqarkhani and sheermal—and a variety of puffs.

    - Old City

    • Aziz Ahmad Kozgar: famous for distilled rose water is stored in decanters and is incredibly refreshing on a warm afternoon.
    • Zaina Kadal Street: Copper utensils form an integral part of every Kashmiri bride’s trousseau, and every kitchen will have a set.

    - Others

    • Farmers’ Market
    • Kashmir Essence
    • Global Sports
    • Kashmir Government Arts Emporium
    • Woodfort
    • Andraab

  • Which are the best biking routes in Srinagar?

    Travel through the mighty Himalayas across the most extreme landscapes witnessing the most starkly beautiful terrains in India – Srinagar Leh Motor biking trip. Help the weather to treat you nicely, so chose the months of mid-May to June or July with chilly evenings and clear sunny days, and the high passes are usually clear of snow.

    The ideal spots for mountain cycling are Srinagar to Gulmarg, Gulmarg to Pahalgam which takes about 2 hours to explore the terrain, Pahalgam to Srinagar and back to Srinagar. The ideal time to explore the rugged terrains are from June to November.

  • which is the best season to stay in houseboats in Srinagar and what is the cost?

    Srinagar Houseboat is accessible to tourists for most time of the year. However, the best time to spend a fulfilling holiday in Srinagar Houseboat is during the winter time. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities Srinagar Houseboat has to offer. During the winter time, you can enjoy the outdoor activities without getting dehydrated or feeling the pangs of heat.

  • What are the activities in Gulmarg? How far is it from Srinagar?

    Surrounded by forested hills and meadows, snow-capped peaks, deep ravines and valleys, the picturesque town Gulmarg is located about 40 km from Srinagar and regular buses and tourist vehicles are available from Srinagar to Gulmarg to take you through the meadows of flowers covered with snow.

  • What are the activities in Pahalgam? How far is it from Srinagar?

    Pahalgam – A shepherd’s village with beautiful scenic river banks and a perennial Lidder river. A travel of 88 km via road from Srinagar, this place will make you stay a little longer and will gift you some of the most memorable moments of your trip.

    • Visit the Auri Valley to get astounded in its scenery
    • Hop on the horses to Kashmir Valley
    • Camp in the Betaab Valley
    • Feel the Tulian Lake
    • Enjoy the Dabyan Valley

  • What are the activities in Sonamarg?

    Covered with a sheet of flowers during spring, the land well called as “Meadow of Gold”

    Sonamarg is the last stop of Kashmir that leads to the driveway from Srinagar to Leh.

    A delight to trekker with plenty of trekking trails traced on the map, this place gives you a sight of mountain ranges, pristine lakes, and plateaus.

    • Gangabal Trek
    • Krishnasar Lake
    • Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
    • Thajiwas Glacier
    • Zoji-La Pass
    • Vashansar Lake
    • White River Rafting
    • Nilagrad River
    • Baltal Valley

  • What is the best time to experience snow fall in Srinagar?

    The best time to make snowman in Srinagar is winters. You can get to watch the snow-capped mountains in December and January when Srinagar wears a white shawl of calmness.

  • Where can I buy the authentic pashmina shawl in Srinagar?

    Pashmina - popularly known as Cashmere in the west and Pashmina in the east exemplifies luxury and has been worn by the men and women of the elite across the globe. Though buying Pashmina has always been a dilemma for the buyers but here are the few options that could make it an easy buy for you:

    • Buy Pashmina Shawls with the Pashmina Mark - a non-removable mark placed by a government testing lab in Srinagar certifying that the piece is 100% Pashmina and is hand-spun and hand-woven (visit the Craft Development Institute's website), or

    from a reputed manufacturer and/or retailer of the Kashmir shawl. Few of the remarkable and trustworthy suppliers are:

    o Kashmir Loom, An Anglo-Indian manufacturing establishment.

    o Jos&fine, A French-Indian manufacturing establishment.

    o Shaw Brothers, Local Indian establishment, old timer retailers.

     

Traveller Tales from Srinagar

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Sheetal Sheetal

18 October 2016

The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is just amazingly beautiful, gorgeous beyond words. everyday it used to get better and beautiful. the pristine lakes, the endless meadows, the scenery, the view of twin lakes of gangabal and nandkul from 14000 ft zaj pass is all lifelong experience. this is the kashmir that one cant see on normal tourist itinerary and the hardwork is totally worth it . Our local operator has organized it pretty well, the trek lead and 2 guides were friendly, supportive and professional in their conduct. the food was just too good and never expected to have such yummy food on such remote high altitude trek. we were group of 13 n bonded really well. our batch was during the kashmir lock-down period but i'm glad that we didnt cancel it. the long walks were moderately tough so you definitely need prepare a bit for fitness but its totally manageable. the descent was daunting but thats always the case in my experience. we did face issues with accommodation n return transport on last day due to the curfew situation and operator could have done better job in co-ordinating it rather than just leaving us on our fate. that was the only sore point of the whole experience. I highly recommend this trek to anyone who wish to experience the real beauty of Kashmir and why its called jannat on the earth.

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Deepesh Namboothiri

05 January 2016

kashmir, the haven on earth is my favorite destinations and trekiing there was just like icing on the cake... really enjoyed my trek.. camping was also something I was looking forward to and it turned out to be awesome as well.... planning to go for another trek soon..

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Aanand Sharma

14 August 2017

Though we are familiar with the beauty of Kashmir from pictures and stories, watching them with the naked eyes was really exciting for me. I am not a regular traveler type but I like traveling. Last time, when I got one long weekend, I took three more days leave and went to Kashmir. Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake and one more lake were there in the package. We trekked to these places and many of the climbs were tough for me. I was feeling the adrenaline rush in me when I was looking from the top of a hill to the valleys down. But I should agree to a fact that, the entire location is a fairy tale kind of place. I was wondered to see the glittering mountain ranges and the utmost beauty prevailing in each village. Dal Lake was the most beautiful attraction in the whole region, I felt. Such an extensive lake with a lot of traditional boats decorated with flowers. That sight was really appreciable from the shores. We stayed in one of the hotels in Leh watching the nearby areas from the windows and the next days, we visited the monasteries located near to Leh. From Srinagar, we went to Sonamarg also. The availability of food was limited during the trekking trip to Sonamarg and the walking along the Sindh River was captivating. The river looked so pretty with many trees on its either side. Vishansar Lake is another bundle of beauty with full of flowers and green meadows around. There are a lot of hilly regions near to it. They make the lake so amazing in the middle. No doubt why people call Kashmir the paradise on Earth. Such beautiful places are not existing in any parts of the world.

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Buddhana Asan

16 March 2017

"Srinagar is beautiful more than what we heard. My family also wanted to join the trip but since it was bike trip I could not take them with me. But next season, I will take my whole family also. The entire region was so cold but the natural beauty was really a surprise and one of a kind experience also."

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Mukesh Agarwal

12 February 2015

Almost everyone knows about Kashmir and its scenic beauty. But this tour holds a lot more than this. Starting from the journey from Sonamarg to Naranag, the trek was filled with life and energy. In addition to all, the moderate level of difficulty involved added more fun to this trek last year.

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Paras Agarwal

09 February 2015

My girlfriend and I were looking for something romantic and adventurous and then I noticed this Kashmir Great Lakes Trek on Thrillophilia. We came across so many beautiful sights and lake. A favourite was the Dal Lake. Even crossing the Nichnai Pass was quite an experience.

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Vikas Panda

15 April 2015

I had no idea that other than Gulmarg there can be such beautiful places in Kashmir as well. Kashmir lake trek is just perfect for a romantic Bollywood song shooting. I had such a wonderful time there, this place definitely is on my repeat list…Good job Thrillophilia

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Kelman Chiang

13 April 2015

When you are on a trek like the Kashmir Great Lakes, even 8 days become short to enjoy the hills and mountains. This is what exactly happened with me and our entire group. Really, an amazing trek to trek and all good words for Thrillophilia. You guys really rock!

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Sanjay Semwal

04 May 2015

The magical beauty of Kashmir is further enhanced by this astounding trek. Over the course of the entire trek, we visited most of the desired locations and destination of India's crown. If I get another long break, I'm surely joining this trek again.

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