30 Places to Visit in Srinagar, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Tourist Places to Visit in Srinagar

Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden, Nishat Bagh, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Nigeen Lake, Chashme Shahi, Hari Parbat, Aru Valley,  Jamia Masjid, Anchar Lake, Pathar Mosque and many more.

Featuring lofty snow-clad mountains, lush pastures, historical structures, charming gardens, and dancing rivers, Srinagar is packed with a plethora of spectacular tourist destinations. Oozing romance, spirituality, and scenic beauty from all their corners, the tourist places in Srinagar are bound to lure all kinds of travel enthusiasts.

Suitable for families, couples, friends, and even solo travelers, the umpteen varieties of spellbinding places in Srinagar have something in store for everyone. While the shimmering Dal Lake will offer you a surreal Shikara ride, the Mughal Gardens will please your senses with the sweet scent of its colorful flowers. As the Shankaracharya Temple will take you closer to spirituality, the Aru Valley will let you explore your adventurous side amidst the wilderness. Letting you experience a truly dreamy holiday, the surreal tourist sites of Srinagar are waiting to offer you the best of vacationing pleasure you are seeking. 

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Here are some of the best places to visit in Srinagar:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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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Lal Chowk, located in the heart of Srinagar, is a major attraction spot for tourists to explore while travelling with our Kashmir packages. Situated in the capital city of Srinagar, Lal Chowk is a significant historical as well as political location. This is the place where our former Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the Indian flag after independence in 1948.

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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.

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Inspired by the name of Sunny Deol’s Bollywood movie Betaab that was shot here, the picturesque Betaab Valley is known all over the world for its breathtaking location, dancing streams, and romantic climate. You can experience the aura of this place and delve into its magic with our very special Kashmir tour package. This spellbinding valley is surrounded by lofty mountains packed with pine forests and deodar trees and is adorned by the serene Lidder River flowing through it.

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Presenting a combination of several wonderful gardens, the Mughal Gardens is counted among some of the most brilliantly engineered places to see in Srinagar with the Kashmir travel packages. Built by the Mughals, all these gardens feature the beautiful Persian architecture and are filled with lush grasses and colorful flowers. The site of these gardens and their planning was made by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and hence, the place’s grandeur is dedicated to him.

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Situated 22 kilometres from Srinagar, Dachigam National Park is a wildlife haven in the Zabarwan Range. Home to the rare Hangul deer, also known as the Kashmiri Stag, it spans hundreds of acres of land. you can find stretches of forests and grasslands here that are a treat to the eyes. It is a symbol of nature's strength and beauty and offers an unforgettable escape into the wild.

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People Also Ask About Srinagar

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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12 July 2018
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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.
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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.
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