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About Srinagar

Explore the captivating charm of Srinagar, where the Silk-sunset, ethereal shades of white, and the scent of tar on the roads weave a tapestry of enchantment. Beyond the oil lamp floating over the lake, the gloom adds a mysterious allure. Our Kashmir tour packages invite you to witness the ripples in the water, the fog on the mirror, and the enchanting Garden of the Spring. Uncover the allure of the Palace of the Fairies and immerse yourself in the subjects of poems that come to life in Srinagar. Discover the breathtaking views and mesmerizing locations that make Srinagar's tourist places truly unforgettable.

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 the Jhelum River, a river that passes through the city, meanders through the valley, deepening into the traveler’s paradise the 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 speak of history strung out for several kilometers. The subdued fortress and the familiar wooden mosques of the old times make 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 you, to dream within a dream. So, come and explore the best tourist places in Srinagar.

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Attractions

Dal Lake
Serene Shikara Rides
Floating Gardens

Known to be “The Jewel of Srinagar”, Dal Lake spreads across an area of around 26 square kilometers and is one of the major attractions included in our Kashmir tour packages. Popular as one of the most spellbinding places to see in Srinagar, this hillside lake flaunts colorful Shikaras, traditional wooden houseboats, and floating markets. Tourists visiting Dal Lake love to take a ride in the beautiful Shikaras, which are basically wooden boats decorated beautifully with canopies overhead.

Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden
Royal Garden Retreat
Mughal Grandeur

Forming the largest garden of the 3 breathtaking Mughal Gardens, the amazingly laid out Shalimar Bagh makes for one of the most sublime places to see in Srinagar. According to history, this stunning garden was constructed by Jahangir back in the year 1619 for his beautiful wife Noor Jahan, thus making it a historically significant attraction to explore with our special Kashmir tour package.

Manifesting the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Mughal horticulturists, this garden overlooks the mesmerizing Dal Lake and showcases surreal architecture.

Nishat Bagh
Mughal Garden Beauty
Lakeside Serenity

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Breathtaking Landscape
Largest Tulip Display

Opened for public in the year 2007, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden was built with the aim of improving floriculture as well as tourism in Kashmir. The initiative proved to be a huge success and in the year 2017, this beautiful garden had its name among the world’s 5 best tulip gardens. On your visit to Kashmir, you can explore this famous attraction at its best with the special Kashmir tour packages. This garden is blessed to have even the rarest of rare tulip varieties, including the “Queen of the Night”. The main highlight of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is the enchanting annual festival, which is held in Spring, between March and May.

Nigeen Lake
Houseboat Haven
Mountain Mirror

Lying on the eastern part of Srinagar, Nigeen Lake is considered to be a part of the beautiful Dal Lake. Although separated from it by a narrow causeway, it offers an equally magnificent view to marvel at while touring with the well-crafted Kashmir packages. Also referred to as “The Jewel in the Ring', the name of this lake is inspired by the plethora of tall trees that surround the deep blue waterbody.

Chashme Shahi
Royal Spring
Mughal Charm

Popular all over the world for its mesmerizing natural spring, Chashme Shahi happens to be a section of the famous Mughal Gardens of Srinagar, and is a must-visit attraction on your trip to Kashmir. Commissioned by Shah Jahan as a dedication to his son, Dara Sikoh, this stunning garden was constructed back in 1632 by the emperor’s governor, Ali Mardan. According to popular beliefs, this place was first discovered by Rupa Bhawani, Kashmir’s renowned female saint. The name of the site is thus inspired from the clan to which the saint belonged, that is the Sahib clan of Kashmiri Pandits.

Srinagar FAQ's

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

October to March:

When the 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 the frozen waters of the Dal Lake and the golden shades of Srinagar. Visit this land of the 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 colourful mysteries from season to season reinventing its own language of sinuous beauty.

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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 kilometres. Jammu Tawai railway station is well connected to the Indian railway network. It connects Srinagar to other 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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What are the best public transport modes to commute around Srinagar?

Srinagar provides you with 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 a private taxi via some contacts and settle the rate on your own.

SHIKARAS:

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

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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

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.

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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.

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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

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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. A 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.

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Which are the best places to visit in Srinagar in December?

Dal Lake: One of the most beautiful lakes in not only Srinagar but the country becomes a magnificent spectacle in the winters as its surface freezes to look like a resplendent glass. Views of snow-covered peaks surrounding the lake add to its majestic beauty.

Mughal Gardens: This stunningly beautiful garden is known for its acres of flowers, fountains, and lush landscape metamorphoses into a magnificent winter garden in December. It is a surreal experience walking the snow-covered beds amidst tall poplar trees in ethereal dream-like surroundings.

Lal Chowk: This iconic ‘Red Square’ that landmarks the state of J&K is a must-visit during winters to try piping hot and comforting Kashmiri food. Enjoy the huge Wazwaan spread teamed with flaky bread like tsot, sheermal, and kulchas. Wash down all of this with steaming cups of fragrant kehwa to beat the chill. 

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Which are the best places to visit in Srinagar in October?

Hazratbal Shrine: The holiest of all worship places in Srinagar, is said to contain a strand of Prophet Muhammad’s hair, known as the relic, that is displayed to the public on special occasions. Its massive Mughal-style stark white marble structure complete with a huge dome and minarets encased in lush gardens looks beautiful against the mountains in the backdrop.

Hari Parbat: Also known as Kooh-e-Maran, the construction of this 15th-century fort was started by Emperor Akbar and is known not only for its grand architecture but also as a symbol of peace. It houses the Sharika Temple considered sacred by Hindus and the Makhdoom Sahib shrine worshipped by the Muslims.

Shalimar Bagh: One of the best places to see the blazing golden-orange colours of autumn is this strikingly beautiful Mughal-style garden. Built in the 16th-century by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Noor Jehan, you can still feel the royal grandeur as you walk amidst tall chinar trees, Persian-style terraced gardens, almost 400 fountains and hear the soothing crunch of dry leaves beneath your feet. 

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What things attract tourists to Srinagar?

Srinagar, one of the most beautiful places on the planet, attracts people from all over the world for its glassy high mountain lakes, beautiful Mughal & Persian style gardens that are often compared to what heaven would look like, worship places, and its houseboat stays

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Is Srinagar safe for tourists?

Yes, absolutely! A place that thrives on tourism, Srinagar is completely safe for tourists. The tourist places and markets have ample police presence and CCTVs to make people feel safe. Whatever time of the day, Srinagar is also a women-friendly place perfect for solo travellers. 

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Which is the best time to visit Srinagar?

Every season is the best time to visit Srinagar! Summers are beautiful with golden sunshine and cool breeze while the autumn season is when the weather starts to take a turn, converting the place into a warm orange-brown hued paradise. Come winters, and Srinagar starts to look like a winter fairyland with powdery white shrouds perfect for cosy evenings beside a fireplace and skiing.

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Why is Srinagar famous?

This magnificent mountainside place is famous for its fabulous Mughal gardens, stunning lakes like the Dal, Nigeen, Wular, etc., and the stupendous architecture of Hazratbal Shrine, Hari Parbat, and the ancient Shankaracharya Temple. The rich spicy Kashmiri food, the warmth of the people, intricate Kashmiri wooden and woollen handicrafts & Pashminas, and experiences like houseboat stays, shikara rides, and world-class skiing pistes make it one of the most-loved tourist destinations. 

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Reviewed: 08 Jul 2023
5.0/5
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Hi, The experience overall was wonderful. Had a fun time and returned home with a lot of memories to cherish for life. The hotels, food and driver(Ali) were pretty good.
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Reviewed: 28 Oct 2023
4.0/5
The people of kashmir are very cordial and empathetic
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Vikas Awasthi
Reviewed: 19 Jun 2023
5.0/5
It was awesome experience with thrillophilia, special thanks to Ms Ayushi who helped across, would definitely opt thrillophilia for my next family trip. Thanks to all the team members who makes this trip a remarkable journey.
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Niloufer Pawar
Reviewed: 13 Jul 2023
5.0/5
Great Experience with Thrillophilia. Thanks to Nikita who introduced to this package. She is a good listener n helped us with all are queries. Ayush who prepared our itinerary was very proactive and ever ready to address any of our questions and concerns. Thanks to him making our trip a memorable on... Read More
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Nidhi Patel
Reviewed: 13 Dec 2022
4.0/5
Thrillophilia listened to all the places we wanted to cover, suggested modifications where required and planned a great and wonderful trip for us. Thank you for making our anniversary trip so memorable! Few areas we felt could have been better 1. Itinerary could be planned better. We were circling ... Read More
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Prashant Gupta
Reviewed: 03 Jun 2023
4.0/5
Overall , our trip was good. All points were covered properly and in time. Due bad weather conditions we faced some issues, specially in Gulmarg our Gondola ride was cancelled, for which our refund is yet to be initiated. Also, our first stay in Pahalgam was mis-managed it was not up to the mark and... Read More
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