Things to Do in Srinagar

What to Do in Srinagar?

The land of mesmerizing mountain valley, crystal clear blue lake with scenic view of Himalayan landscapes doesn’t leave scarcity of planning some exciting things to do in Srinagar. Popularly known as 'Paradise of Land’, Srinagar is the new destination for adventure seekers. Tourists from all over the world always keep an eye on this place to visit at least once in a lifetime.

From experiencing trekking on the sterile roads of mountains to flying on the sky with thrilling sports of paragliding, and enjoying the scenic view of Dal Lake on a shikara ride, there are plenty of adventures activities to do in Srinagar. Don’t worry! The fun expedition on this heavenly beautiful place doesn’t end here. Besides exploring such exciting activities in Srinagar, you can visit numerous unique tourist attractions such as Dal Lake, Jama Masjid, Lal Chowk that portray the rich culture of Kashmir and please your eyes with breathtaking views.

Once known for beautiful landscapes and serene mountain views, Kashmir is now on the bucket list of every traveler who loves to have a thrill on their journey. Hence, enjoying the amazing activities and visiting mesmerizing places in Srinagar will be the experience to cherish for a lifetime.

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Shankaracharya Temple

Visit the Shankaracharya Temple, a special place in Srinagar that sits high on a hill. Climb 250 steps to reach the temple and admire its breathtaking beauty. The temple is very old, with a unique design and inscriptions on its walls. From the top, you can see amazing views of Dal Lake and the Jhelum Valley. Inside, there is a cave where Adi Shankara, a wise scholar, meditated. The temple has a rich history, and it is believed that it was repaired by King Gopadittya. Visiting here can provide you with a mix of adventure, history, and peaceful moments.

Dal Lake
Serene Shikara Rides
Floating Gardens
Kashmir Beauty
Houseboat Haven

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
Historical Elegance
Architectural Marvel

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
Floral Grandeur
Historical Splendor
Spectacular Views

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Breathtaking Landscape
Largest Tulip Display
Vibrant Spring Showcase

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
Serene Waters

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
Historic Elegance

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.

Aru Valley
Hidden Paradise
Trekking Trails
Panoramic Views
Wildlife Haven

Offering incredible beauty and charm, the world-famous Aru Valley happens to be one of the most exquisite tourist places in Srinagar. Calling on to a huge number of fun and thrill enthusiasts from across the globe, this place offers a plethora of exciting adventure activities to experience with our Kashmir tour packages.

Jamia Masjid
Architectural Marvel
Cultural Heritage
Historical Sanctuary

Lying in the central part of the city, Jamia Masjid happens to be one of the most ancient places to visit in Srinagar. Explore the mosque’s architecture with the well-created Kashmir tour packages, and witness its resemblance to the Indo-Saracenic architectural style. It also showcases certain similarities to the traditional Buddhist pagodas. In addition to its rich historical significance, Jamia Masjid is even famous as Kashmir’s largest mosque. The place can accommodate around 33,333 individuals at one time.

Pari Mahal
Terraced Beauty
Mughal Architecture
Historic Retreat

Step into the serene world of Pari Mahal, located at the top of the Zabarwan Mountain in Kashmir. Built by Dara Shikoh, it is also known as the 'Abode of Fairies.' Pari Mahal combines Mughal architecture with mesmerising views of Dal Lake. The mahal (palace) is a symbol of history and beauty, offering a peaceful escape. Its lush gardens and Islamic designs offer a glimpse into a royal past. A visit here is not just a walk through the gardens but a journey back in time.

Char Chinar
Architectural Marvel

Polo View Market

Polo View Market, situated in the heart of Srinagar, is a bustling commercial hub that exudes the vibrant essence of the Kashmir Valley. With its scenic backdrop of snow-capped mountains and the shimmering Dal Lake, it is a spectacular place to stroll around while travelling with our Kashmir packages.

Lal Chowk, Srinagar

Lal Chowk, located in the heart of Srinagar, is a major attraction spot for tourists to explore while travelling with our Kashmir packages. It is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, and is a bustling and iconic square that holds a special place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike. Literally translating to "Red Square," Lal Chowk is not only a major commercial hub but also a significant political and cultural landmark.

Wular Lake
Tranquil Beauty
Lakeside Serenity

Botanical Garden, Srinagar

The Botanical Garden in Srinagar, Kashmir, is a captivating attraction that delights visitors with its enchanting beauty and diverse collection of flora. Nestled amidst the serene surroundings of the Zabarwan Range, this lush oasis provides a refreshing escape from the bustling city life, and is the perfect attraction to visit for enjoying a serene experience on your trip to Kashmir.

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What are the best things to do in Srinagar?

1. Boating on Dal Lake: If you are wondering what to do in Srinagar, the very first thing that should come to your mind is the Shikara ride on Dal Lake. There are very few people on the planet who don't know about Dal Lake’s beauty and a Shikara ride on Dal Lake will let you explore the exact beautiful valley from the closest. While riding on a Shikara (boat), you will get to visit prominent tourist attractions such as Char Chinar Island, and Nehru Park and explore the fascinating view of the whole Lake.

Location: Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Price: The price range of Shikara rides varies from 150 to 600 INR per head.

2. Stay in Houseboats: How amazing it would be to stay on a floating houseboat while exploring the beauty of Lake covered with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains overnight! Believe us, it will be the best thing to do in Srinagar and the best experience to have for a lifetime. These houseboats are mainly luxury hotels disguised in a form of boat. With impeccable architectural structure and modern amenities, these houseboats can be the perfect place to spend a relaxing time on your trip to Srinagar.

Location: Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Price: It depends on which houseboat you are choosing and what type of room is your target. However, a standard room price of a houseboat starts from 1500 INR.

3. Visit Jama Masjid: Now, you can try reliving some historical moments in Kashmir. Situated in the middle of the old city Nowhatta, Jama Masjid was built by Sultan Sikandar in the 15th century and is a prominent historical place in Srinagar. The mesmerizing architectural historic structure,  flawless carvings, and wooden pillars will leave your jaw dropped. Hence, visiting this place will be worth your tour to Srinagar.

Location: Nowhatta Kathi Darwaza Road, Nowhatta, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

4. Ice Skating: Among various adventurous activities in Srinagar, Ice skating is the first thing you can try on your vacation. There are numerous spots available in Srinagar to enjoy these adventurous activities and Gulmarg is the best one among them for trying Ice skating. While experiencing the thrill of skiing through the frozen ice on the mountain valley of Gulmarg, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the area. Even if you have no idea about how to try this activity in Srinagar, they have all the arrangements to make you learn this sport.

Location: Gulmarg, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Price: The ticket price of Skiing in Gulmarg for one phase cost from 740- 1210 INR.

5. Paragliding at Ashtanga Marg: For the past couple of years, paragliding has been solving most people’s questions of 'what to do in Srinagar'. The activity of flying from the mountain peak and witnessing the surreal view of the whole Kashmir valley has succeeded to win the heart of adventure lovers finding some adventurous things to do in Srinagar. Hence, missing this activity on your trip in Srinagar will be a choice of regret for you.

Location: Ashtanga Marg, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Price: The ticket price of Paragliding in Srinagar starts from 150 to 600 INR per head.

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6. Trekking at Tarshat Marshar: If you want to include trekking as a prime activity to do in Srinagar, then you should consider Tarshar Marshar’ as your trekking point. Known to be one of the prettiest trekking spots in the whole of Kashmir, Trashat Marshar is located on the bank of Aru Valley in Kashmir. The magnificent mountains, blue lake, and scenic landscapes will not let you leave the place early.

Location: Pahalgam, Aru Valley, Jammu and Kashmir

Price: Trekking price at the Tarshat Marshar Valley starts from 12000 INR.

7. Shopping at the Local Market: Shopping markets in Kashmir have their own charm when it comes to bagging some best Kashmiri things. From pashmina shawls to Kashmiri carpets, markets of Srinagar present a unique vibrancy of Kashmiri culture. Prominent markets to shop from are Lal Chowk, Badshah Chowk, Raghunath Bazar, Polo View Market, and more.

Location: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Price: Depends on what you are buying from there.

8. Visit Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden: Considered to be the largest Tulip Garden in the whole of Asia, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is a paradise for flower lovers visiting Srinagar. Situated with almost 30 hectares of land, the garden is the perfect spot to enjoy the scenic view of Zabarwan Hills along with the beautiful Dal Lake. As a first-time visitor in Srinagar, visiting this garden should be the first thing to do in Srinagar.

Location: Jammu and Kashmir, Cheshma Shahi Rd, Rainawari, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Price: The ticket price for entering the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is 50 INR.

9. Plan a picnic beside Wular Lake: How about planning a picnic trip in front of the picturesque valley of Srinagar? Located in the Bandipora district, Wular Lake is the real definition of a heavenly view on Earth. From locals to tourists, the place is the first choice for people planning a picnic. Known as Asia’s largest freshwater lake, the majestic sights and soothing environment of Wular Lake have successfully caught the eyes of nature lovers in the world. Hence, if you are visiting Kashmir, planning a picnic on the bank of Wular Lake should be one of the prime activities to do in Srinagar.

Location: Located near Bandipora town, Bandipora district, Jammu and Kashmir.

10. Pay a visit to the Floating Vegetable Market: One of the most unique things to do in Srinagar is to visit this floating vegetable market. Located at a corner of Dal Lake, vegetable sellers trade their products by floating on a boat. The whole scenario of this market is exceptional and interesting. Besides attracting traders, the uniqueness of this market has succeeded to draw the attention of tourists visiting Srinagar.

Location: Dal Lake, Karapura, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

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Which are the best places for boating in Srinagar?

1. Dal Lake: When it comes to finding the best activities to do in Srinagar, Dal Lake tops the list with its offering of shikhara rides. While enjoying the shikhara ride, the beautiful lake allows you to visit a few popular places and witness the unparalleled view of a snow-capped mountain covering the whole lake.

2. Nigeen Lake: Nigeen Lake is also a part of Dal Lake. However, the mesmerizing view of the lake is nothing less than the beauty of Dal Lake. If you want to skip the chaos of tourist spots and enjoy the scenic view of the whole Kashmir Valley while enjoying the boat ride, Nigeen Lake can be the best option for you.

3. The Island of Char Chinar: Char Chinar is one of the iconic islands of Dal Lake from where you can enjoy a short boating ride witnessing the soundless beauty of a snow capped mountain valley. Surrounded by Chinar trees, boating around this island will be the best things to do in Srinagar during your romantic journey.

4. Nehru Park: Situated below the Zabarwan mountain range, Nehru Park is a beautiful park located in the area of Dal Lake. From here, you can enjoy numerous boating activities and even stay in beautiful houseboats floating on the lake.

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What are the best things to do in Srinagar on your honeymoon?

1. Shikara Ride on Dal Lake: Visiting Srinagar without experiencing the majestic experience of a Shikara ride on Dal Lake? You are missing a gem. Shikara ride on Dal Lake can make your honeymoon even more romantic by offering the breathtaking view of mountains covering the crystal clear lake. The feeling of romanticism the picturesque place presents is beyond imagination.

2. Visit the beautiful Mughal Garden: Enjoy the majestic environment of lush green views in Mughal Garden with your partner on your honeymoon. Built by the Mughal emperor in the 17th century, the garden is the best place to enjoy an intimate time in front of blissful nature. The unique architectural designs of the lake easily drive the attention of lovers visiting Srinagar.

3. Experience the adventure of Paragliding at Ashtanmarg: if you and your partner love to have an adventure on your honeymoon, Paragliding will be the best thing to do in Srinagar. Paragliding allows you to explore the beauty of this land of heaven from the top of the sky.

4. Spend a night on a Houseboat: How about spending a romantic night in a floating house? A houseboat on Dal Lake allows you to enjoy a romantic night with a mesmerizing view from a beautiful lake surrounded by majestic hills.

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Which are the famous things to buy in Srinagar?

1. Carpets: Known for unique patterns and exceptional design, Kashmiri Carpets are one of the prominent reasons behind Kashmir’s fame. Super light in weight, these carpets are enough to make your house shine brighter than ever. Therefore, almost every tourist bags a Kashmiri carpet on their tour to Srinagar.

2. Kashmiri Pashminas: There are very few people in the whole of India, who don't know about Kashmiri Pashminas. Made out of Kashmiri wool, Kashmiri shawls are a real example of elegance. The beautiful carvings, exceptional design of embroidery, and amazing patterns make it more gorgeous. Hence, never miss buying a Kashmiri Pashmina on your visit to Srinagar.

3. Kashmiri Tea leaves: Want to take the smell of Kashmir along with you? Kashmiri Tea will be the best thing to buy from Srinagar. The aromatic flavors and color of Kashmiri tea will drive you crazy to buy it again and again. That is why Kashmiri tea has made its name on the list of most famous things to buy in Srinagar.

4. Spices: Kashmiri spices are well known for the best flavors. From saffron to Kashmiri red chili powder, the region is perfect to enhance your taste bud with aromatic spices. Hence, buying some best spices should be in your bucket list while visiting Srinagar.

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How much does skiing cost in Srinagar?

Skiing is one of the most adventurous activities to do in Srinagar. It’s a great experience to enjoy the beautiful city of Kashmir from the closest. Gulmarg and Pulwama are the two most popular places to begin your skiing adventure, and both have different costs. However, the cost of enjoying this adventurous activity is quite reasonable starting from 500 to 1500 INR per head. Also, if you want to learn from experts you can purchase their courses worth 6000 to 12000 INR. 

Is it safe to visit Srinagar?

Yes, visiting in Srinagar is completely safe. Located beside Indo-Pak borders, the area is often shown as a sensitive place. However, Tourist places in Kashmir such as Pahalgam, Sonamarg, and Gulmarg are considered to be the safest tourist spots to make your trip in Srinagar. There’s nothing to worry about safety as long as you break any of the rules, try to cross borders, and go way too far without any guide.

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How can I spend 4 days in Srinagar?

If ‘what to do in Srinagar and how to spend a perfect 4 days Srinagar itinerary are stuck in mind, you should plan those days according to this plan:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Srinagar and explore the local tourist attractions.

  • Day 2: Drive from Srinagar to Pahalgam

  • Day 3: Drive from Pahalgam to Gulmarg and get back to Srinagar

  • Day 4: Depart from Srinagar.

How many days are sufficient for a Kashmir trip?

Starting with some adventurous things to do in Srinagar to exploring the natural beauty of this hill station via sightseeing in some prominent tourist places such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Sonamarg, it takes at least 7 – 10 days to explore the Kashmir valley.

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Just like every other travel enthusiast who keeps Kashmir on their bucket list I was no different. And, I am glad I made my Thrillophilia plan my entire Kashmir tour with much élan. The Shalimar Bagh captivated my senses and the spell-binding sunset views at the Pari Mahal, over the Dal Lake, transp... Read More
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