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The capital during the summer months, and size-wise, the largest, Srinagar is very important to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The city decorates the banks of the Jhelum river, the Dal and Nigeen lakes, the Valley of Kashmir’s pride and joy is the city of Srinagar. The gardens, waterfronts, and houseboats are some of the things it is famous for and constitute an important part of best things to do in Srinagar. Apart from these, traditional handicrafts of Kashmiri origin and fruits which have been dried for long periods of time under Kashmiri sun are famous.

Folk etymology shows that the name comes from two different Sanskrit words, which are: “Sri”, which is used to denote the Goddess Lakshmi, and “Nagar”, which is used to denote the word, “city”. Therefore, Srinagar is also known as the “City of Lakhsmi”, or a city which is blessed by the goddess Lakshmi, a city that always prospers.

The earliest of the mentions of the city, states that the word, “Srinagar” comes from the word, “Surya- Nagar”, which means, “Home of Surya” or “city blessed by the Sun God”.

The climate experienced at Srinagar is Humid Subtropical, therefore making the place experience much colder weather than most the other parts of the subcontinent. This, however, is because of the very high elevated areas.  The valley and the city have been surrounded by the Himalayas on all sides, thereby giving access to travelers to take part in the best things to do in Srinagar. Srinagar experiences cool winters and the temperatures with an average of 2.5°C in the daytime, coming down to below 0°C during the night. The highways which connect Srinagar to the rest of the country experience several blockages because of snowfall which normally ranges from medium to extremely heavy. The summers experienced can be called warm, with temperatures rising up to 24.1°C during the day. The city receives mediocre rainfall annually, that is, about 72 cm.


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12 July 2018
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey.
12 July 2018
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey. We passed through all the ranges of the Great Himalayas, starting from the Shivalik, Karakoram & Pir Panjal. The memories of “late night road journey from Jammu to Srinagar risking our life while crossing South Kashmir (Known for Terrorist activities), early morning (4 am) shopping at Awantipora, Dal Lake, Shankracharya Temple, Srinagar Market, Lunch @Lal Chowk, Eid Celebrations, Shalimar Garden, Noon & Kahwa Tea, Sonmarg, War Zone (Kargil, Drass &Batalik), Oldest Gompa Lamayuru, Rafting at World’s highest point (Zanskar river), Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Leh Palace, gruelling terrain & passes(Zoji La (3528 Mtrs), Namki La (3815 Mtrs), Fotu La (4108 Mtrs),World’s highest Motorable road – Khardungla (5359 Mtrs), Nakee La (4739 Mtrs), Tanglang La ( 5328 Mtrs), Bara-lacha (4890 Mtrs) & Chang La (5360 Mtrs)), Crazy bath in Pangong Tso lake (-4 °C), cute Marmot, Yak, Deer & Pashmina Goats at Changthang Wildlife sanctuary, snow-capped Karakoram Ranges, Sand dunes at Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, the Gata loops (22 hairpin bends) at 4190 Mtrs elevation on Pang – Sarchu road, Suraj Taal, Whiskey & Brandy Nallah, Picturesque Jispa, Hiking at 4350 Mtrs Himalayan ranges and driving alongside the rivers across the two states” are never gonna fade away !! Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this trip awesome & memorable one.
"Filled with exhilarating sights, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks. A very good experience from the trek expedition organizers."
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.
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..
04 February 2021
My family and I envisaged a tour of Kashmir and thankfully that trip was made a reality by Thrillophilia with such finesse, that I don’t think I can ever be associated with any other tour company. Right from arrival in Srinagar to getting transferred to an incredible houseboat in Dal lake, our trip was every bit fascinating. We relished a delicious breakfast in the Panjal Range’s lap and headed off to Gulmarg for a soul-stirring experience. The pre-booked hotel at Pahalgam was a beautiful one and made our night stay a comfortable one. We will cherish the gondola cable ride at Gulmarg, the short day excursions to Anantnag Sulpher Springs, Avantiswami, and Avantishwar Temples. Thanks a ton to Thrillophilia, for making the Kashmir tour, a nice blend of adventure and travel by incorporating a fair share of outdoor activities with oodles of sightseeing. If you fancy visiting heaven on earth but are pressed for time, allow Thrillophilia to make a trip worth your while!
29 January 2021
I and my friends always made Kashmir a topic of our coffee table conversations and who would have known that our long-awaited dream would bear fruits this very year. I absolutely adore the fact that Thrillophilia literally turned out to be our hero by arranging everything from airport transfers to a dozen shikhara rides and excursion tours. Four of us had a gala time indulging in nature walks at Gulmarg, and participating in the water sports at Manasbal Lake’s Ganderbal. Thanks, Thrillophilia!
23 February 2021
A 6 day trip with my family to Kashmir will always be special to me. I am in total awe of how the cheerful representatives welcomed us at the airport and escorted us all to a luxurious houseboat. We had the most fabulous lunch and relaxed, only to set out for an evening tour to the Nehru Park on a shikara. The trip from Gulmarg to Pahalgam on the fourth day will be the closest to my heart because we were in awe of the nature trail that went through the pine forest along the Lidder River. Sonmarg by every means had my heart with its flowery meadows, pristine lakes and glaciers. And the fact that we could all visit the Khir-Bhiwani and Narayan temples on such a short trip, is beyond commendable. Kudos!
16 March 2021
Our trip was an adventurous affair this year as we went to Kashmir for 6 days, from Mumbai. Me and my partner, we both are working professionals and needed a short break and a short trip like this one really did well to charge our batteries. We spent some memorable days in Kashmir in hotels that the team at Thrillophilia pre-booked for us, and loved our houseboat stays besides stunning stopovers at the baghs. Way to go Thrillophilia fam for fulfilling the wishes of busy trippers like us!
01 March 2021
There is nothing like embarking on a Kashmir tour that involves everything you have ever dreamt of. I and my partner loved being on such a trip that was arranged by Thrillophilia where we never had to bother about making any sort of pre-bookings in resorts or planning for meals. They made proper arrangements in a well-sanitized hygienic hotel. From the pony rides to the short hikes along the dense pine forests and gondola rides or arranging water sports at Ganderbal in Manasbal Lake, Thrillophilia has really given the new normal a new spin.

People Also Ask About Srinagar Things To Do

  1. Which are some of the best things to do in Srinagar?

    The best things to do in Srinagar are:

    •     Houseboat Dal Lake
    •    Take a shikhara ride through the Nigeen lake and the Dal lake
    •    Visit Shankaracharya Temple
    •    Marvel at the Hazratbal Mosque
    •    Check out the Jama Masjid
    •    Go Birdwatching at the Manasabal Lake
    •    Have a field day at the Cricket Bat factories
    •    Go skiing at Gulmarg
    •    Go rafting at Sonmarg 

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  2. What all adventure activities can be done in Srinagar?

    Other than sightseeing and romantic getaways, Srinagar provides its visitors with many adventure activities. Some of them are:

    •    Go on a Himalayan Excursion
    •    Trek to the Shankaracharya Temple
    •    Go Paragliding
    •    Go onto the Aero Balloon
    •    Go skiing at Gulmarg
    •    Go rafting at Sonmarg
  3. Which are some famous treks in Srinagar?

    With the various hills and mountains available in the northern end of India, Srinagar has loads of treks which it offers to its tourists:

    •    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 2017
    •    Leh-Manali Trek June
    •    Jammu and Kashmir Tour
    •    Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh
    •    Tarsar Marsar Trek
    •    Ladakh Adventure and Monastries

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  4. What is the best time for Srinagar to Leh bike trip? How long is the highway and how many days required to complete it?

    The bike trip from Srinagar to Leh cannot possibly be taking place during the six winter months. The highway from Srinagar to Leh is closed off during winter, that is, from Late November to Mid-May. The best time to take a bike trip from Srinagar to Leh is in the Late September, Early October times. Here is a month vise timetable of the highway from Srinagar to Leh:

    •    Mid-May: can be exceedingly inconvenient, due to the highway being subjected to six months of bitter cold, snow and unused.
    •    Early June: the roads being having been cleared only a weeks ago are in a terrible condition, there are a big number of water streams, and lots of slush on the street
    •     Late June: the streets are clear and have an overall better condition
    •    Early July: amazing time to take the journey, because the roads are in a much better state than before
    •    Late July: is when the monsoon starts to set in, which makes the occurrence of landslides quite common. The Amarnath Yatra starts during this time, which makes the highway busy with yatris, and army personnel is increased by a notch.
    •    August: is the worst time to travel on the Srinagar-Leh Highway. The monsoon is in full force. Amarnath Yatra being at its peak, and 15th August is when there is a lot of tension in the air. A lot of security measures will be followed strictly, therefore not letting you have the amount of fun you thought you would.
    •    September: is the best time to go for the Srinagar to Leh bike trip, what with the monsoon gone and the Amarnath Yatra over and done with. The vistas would be at their greenest. But the only downfall is that there would be no snow available.
    •    Early October: the weather is pretty much the same as September, just that the cold starts setting in.
    •    Late October: the weather is stormy, and there is an abundance of snow. The Road is open throughout the entire month but people traveling at the of the month would be faced with terribly cold weather and some wisps of snow.
    •    November: not the best time to take the trip. The tourist season is officially at its end, and the only upside of visiting during this month is the loneliness.

    The length of the highway between Srinagar and Leh is 422 km or 262 miles, and the bike ride takes about 10 days, 9 nights.

  5. Where can I do skiing in Srinagar? How much is the cost?

    The mountains that the State of Jammu and Kashmir is situated on, bless its capital city with a considerable amount of Skiing options. Some of them are:

    •    Gulmarg Ski Shop; $319 or Rs.20,867.39
    •    Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering;$91.72 or Rs.6,000
    •    Pine Palace Resorts;$188.32 or Rs.12,000
    •    Gulmarg Backcountry Ski Lodge;$76.88 or Rs.5000
  6. Where and when can I enjoy shikara ride in Srinagar? How much is the cost?

    Shikhara Ride is exclusive to the pretty lakes of the Jammu. The city of Srinagar offers Shikhara rides to its tourists in the following places:

    •    Dal Lake; $9.61 or Rs.400
    •    Shikhara Boat ride;$3.52 or Rs.250
  7. What type of jeep safaris available in Srinagar?

    With the beautiful terrain that Srinagar has, many jeep Safaris are found in Srinagar itself and around it. Some of them are:

    •    Trans Himalayan Ladakh Jeep Safari
    •    Manali to Leh Jeep Safari
    •    Ladakh Jeep Safari: Srinagar Leh Manali with Tso Moriri Lake
    •    Leh Sightseeing tour with Stay at Pangong
    •    Leh Escapade (all women tour)
    •    Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari
    •    Ladakh sightseeing trips including flights from Delhi, 2017
    •    Manali to Leh Jeep Safari
    •    Jeep tour to Srinagar from Manali
    •    11 days and 10 nights Ladakh Jeep safari and photo tour
    •    7 nights trip to Ladakh from Mumbai
    •    Ladakh Cultural Tour
    •    A Tryst with Ladakh
  8. What are must-see sightseeing attractions in Srinagar?

    Srinagar is the capital for the summer of Jammu and Kashmir. Naturally, it’s a hub of all things beautiful and is diverse in all that is sighted there. Some of the sightseeing attractions are:

    •    Dal Lake
    •    Shalimar Bagh
    •    Nishat Bagh
    •    Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
    •    Chasme Shahi
    •    Pari Mahal
    •    Hazratbal Mosque
    •    Shankaracharya Temple
    •    Hari Parbat
    •    Kheer Bhawani
    •    Roza Bal
    •    SPS Museum
    •    Kathi Darwaza
    •    Anchar Lake
    •    Sangeen Darwaza
  9. Can I do river rafting in Srinagar? What is the cost of rafting?

    Srinagar is situated in the mountainous state of Jammu and Kashmir. It has been graced with many spots of River Rafting. Some of them are:

    •    Pahalgam River Rafting; Rs.37,800 or $ 591.61
    •    River Indus Rafting; Rs. 29310 or $448.06
    •    Between Spitok River and Zanskar River Rafting; Rs, 36,000 or $550.33
    •    River Rafting in Ladakh; Rs. 39,280 or $ 600.47
    •    Rafting at Leh; Rs.38,500 ($587.74)per person
    •    Zanskar River Rafting, Leh 2017; Rs.1,200($18.17) per person for 14km
    •    Rafting between Chilling and Nimo; Rs.1,500($22.59) per person
  10. Where can I go for Gondola ride in Srinagar? What are the charges?

    District Baramulla, Alambal Road, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir 193403. This is the address to the Gulmarg Gondola. The charges to the Gondola is Rs. 700 for people above the age of 18, 3-10-year-olds are charged Rs.700 and people under the age of # are not charged.