Srinagar Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021
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Last Updated: 19 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to SRINAGAR?

Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.

  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel.
  • Lockdown & curfew has been lifted in Srinagar although it still remains in the containment zones
  • No restrictions on inter-state and intra-state travel.
  • Wearing masks and following social distancing is mandatory in public.
  • Shopping malls, markets , etc. have been reopened
  • A COVID-negative test will be done on arrival.
  • Institutional quarantine is mandatory irrespective of the test result being positive or negative for 4 days.
  • This will have to followed by a 14-day home quarantine.
  • An ICMR health form will have to be filled on arrival

The Srinagar airport is functional and receiving flights from Delhi.

Local Transport

Local transport is functional including buses and taxis.

Thrillophilia recommends you follow safety guidelines issued by the government and practice goof personal hygiene to stay extra safe.

No permissions or passes needed to enter Srinagar Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Under the new guidelines of Unlock 4, no e-passes, certificates or permission will be required to enter Srinagar.

Hotels in Srinagar open for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Hotels, home stays and resorts in Srinagar have been allowed to reopened with appropriate safety measures in place to keep their guets safe.

Lockdown in Srinagar lifted except for containment zones Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Lockdown in srinagar has been lifted under the newly issued guidelines in unlock 4. Although, lockdown still remains at the containment zones.

Silk-sunset, certain shades of white, tar on the roads, gloom beyond the oil lamp floating over the lake, ripples in the water, fog on the mirror, garden of the spring, the palace of the fairies, subject of the poems, emptiness in the eyes, absence of words, forever in ordinary things and the old roses on a breeze, where love arrives in memories of forever to liberate us into life – Srinagar! The tourist places in Srinagar offer breathtaking views and mesmerising locations to die for.

Srinagar wakes up with Fajr (pre –dawn prayers) and zikr where life sings winter melodies on nine bridges, connecting the city that smells of heaven on both sides of Jhelum River, a river that passes through the city, meanders through the valley, deepening into the traveler’s paradise – Dal Lake.

The city takes on the morning light mirroring the mountains, when the moon still hangs pale over the tranquil Dal Lake, which ornaments an array of alluring houseboats where the lovers’ find home watching a promise of the snow filling up the woods. The lake’s less urbanized eastern shore is decorated with the Mughal gardens that speaks of history strung out for several kilometers. The subdued fortress and the familiar wooden mosques of the old times makes a mark at the center of the city in this era of remembering all that once existed. Easy wind, downy flake and the promises to keep between the woods and frozen lake, Srinagar awaits for you, to dream within a dream. So, come and explore the best tourist places in Srinagar.

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"Filled with exhilarating sights, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks. A very good experience from the trek expedition organizers."
As you enter the hotel you immediately see the Kashmiri style wooden interiors. The rooms are so well maintained and they take proper care of hygiene. The food was so delicious, Rooms are quite good with almost all modern amenities. The staff is very helpful and cooperative, we had a good experience at the stay. Thanks, Thrillophilia for such a beautiful experience.
03 January 2020
Celebrating the wedding anniversary at this beautiful hill station was the best decision made so far. We loved our resort. It was well equiped in itself there was no need to step out for the entertainment. The spa was a must try. Highly recommended.
My whole tour to Kashmir was planned by Thrillophilia and really their work & planned is very commendable, Everything has been taken care of... The local-operators were nice and all the places we visited were simply awesome. I recommend Thrillophilia.
Exciting tour it is! This is the first time I visited Kashmir I was WoW by the natural beauty of the place with lots of picturesque-opportunities...The tour organized by this booking-platform was always turn out to be the best of the best as they know exactly all the important needs on the tour...An unforgettable-experience in Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam & Sonmarg...
16 January 2020
Me and my partner had a great romantic time at this resort. Do try Kashmiri food here you will love the richness of food. Also the jaccuzzi was the best memory of our trip. Thanks to the friendly staff and Thrillohilia for such a perfect go to package.
14 December 2019
Srinagar is a beautiful place in India, so we have decided to celebrate the new year's eve in a very special way. And than come across this resort with unique concept of house boat stays. We really loved it. Also booking it through Thrillophilia has not only provided a great deal but also a lot of complimentary activities our favourite one was the Shikara ride. Must visit once.
09 February 2020
I am a gym freak and I never prefer to miss the opportunity to hit the gym. I really liked the resort much for that. Also, the resort has beautiful gardens and it was so peaceful here and food was delicious and the services were up to mark. The spa was relaxing. It's a must-visit place for everyone. All thanks to Thrillophilia for arranging such a beautiful experience at the best price available online.
16 December 2019
The stay in Orchard Retreat & Spa is soulful. The garden is so beautiful, planted with apple trees. The staffs are attentive and warm. Our room was cosy and warm during winter. I will come back to this place again!
30 November 2019
As you enter the hotel you immediately see the Kashmiri style wooden interiors. The rooms are so well maintained at this resort and they take proper care of hygiene. The food was so delicious. I would recommend to try their authentic cuisine it was tasty. Rooms were quite good with almost all modern amenities. The staff is very helpful and cooperative, we had a good experience at the stay. Thanks, Thrillophilia for such a beautiful experience at such a pocket friendly price with great deals on activities..

People Also Ask About Srinagar

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
    • 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.
  6. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Srinagar?

    Srinagar provides you ample options to travel around the city.


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


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


    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.


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

  7. 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.


    • 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
  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.

  14. 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.