Craving a vacation to a place that feels like paradise? Then the city of lakes Srinagar, also known as the ‘Venice of the East, is an ideal destination. Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar mesmerizes the visitors with its spectacular and beguiling beauty. From enjoying the houseboat in Dal Lake to taking leisurely strolls in the orchards, from getting lost in the scent of the colorful flowers in the Mughal Gardens located at the Zabarwan mountain range overlooking the city to relishing the scrumptious delicacies of the state, Srinagar is an enthralling experience that can never be forgotten and must be in everyone’s travel book.
The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is located at a height of 1730 meters above sea level and is spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. With the unique confluence of culture, heritage, and different art forms along with the magnificent natural beauty that the city is endowed with, Srinagar has made its place in one of the best travel destinations, especially for the love birds. The city adores its own old-fashioned lifestyle that takes you on a panoramic fairytale tour through the snow-covered mountains, Chinar trees, and lakes while relishing the adventure rush of hiking, mountain biking, and rafting. Take some time out from the adventure lust and enjoy the traditional folk performances – Bhand Pather and Chakri.
For seeking blessing and trekking together, visit the Sankaracharya Hill that has the sacred, the Sankaracharya Temple, and when the hunger calls for some delicacies, the authentic local cuisines of Srinagar such as Modur Pulav, Yakhni, Dum Olav, Goshtaba, etc., will keep your hunger at bay. For adventure buffs, activities such as skiing, snowboarding, river rafting, and trekking are offered to be enjoyed by tourists. The city is also known for its traditional Kashmiri handcrafted items and dried fruits that you must buy and take home with you.
Srinagar is an all-round destination and can be visited at your leisure. The summer months of March to June have a pleasant weather to enjoy sights and lively festivals, July to September has windy weather with cool temperature that makes the views even more scenic. The winter start from October to February and the city experience snowfall with temperature falling to 0 degree Celsius which makes it perfect for snowboarding and skiing. The lakes are frozen at this time which gives the place a distinct aura.
It may sound cliché but a shikara ride in Dal Lake or any other lake has its own romantic charm and must be experienced when you visit Srinagar.
While enjoying the shikara ride you can also have the benefit of shopping in the floating market and the floating shops which is a unique experience in itself.
Skiing and snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding
Kashmir is the 7th best skiing and snowboarding destination in Asia. Situated in the Baramulla district and in Gulmarg, not very far from Srinagar, the natural slopes of the valley provide an easy floating experience in the soft virgin snow.
Dry fruits, spices, and tea
Dry fruits, spices, and tea
Kashmir is renowned for its fine quality of dry fruits like blueberries, raisins, almonds, cashews, and spices such as red chilies, and cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom and the most famous of them all is saffron which must be bought home. The tea which is called Kahwah and the Noon chai are the two popular tea varieties made using dry fruits and spices for which it is necessary that you visit Srinagar, Kashmir.
While there is a wide variety of stuff to buy in the Srinagar market, a few of the definite buys include Pashmina, Walnut wood decors, Kashmiri baqerkhani, and sheermal bread.
Witness the colorful sea of flowers in their full bloom in the famous Mughal Gardens comprising Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Achabal Bagh, Chashma Shahi, Pari Mahal, and Verinag which are the six walled Mughal Gardens that Srinagar boasts of.
A very popular tourist spot in Srinagar, Dal Lake is an 18-22square kilometer urban lake fed by the Jhelum River where the iconic shikara rides can be enjoyed. It also is famous for the beautiful houseboats and floating market.
Admire the majestic Hari Parbat Fort and offer prayers at the Sharika temple, Makhdoom Sahib Shrine, and Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi in the mighty Hari Parbat.
This is another picturesque sight to visit in Srinagar which is nestled on the slopes of the Zabarwan Ranges and is enclosed by willow and poplar trees. You can stay a night at the stunning houseboats or indulge in activities such as shikara rides, sailing, water skiing, and motor rides.
Also known as Takhat-I-Sulaiman, the Shankaracharya Hill is a forest-enclosed hill that nestles the sacred Shankaracharya Temple and offers a majestic panoramic view of the Kashmir valley.
This mesmerizing lake is one of the 27 Indian wetlands designated as a Ramsar Site. Varying in size according to the seasons from 12 to 100 sq. miles, the distinct silhouettes and colors of the lake will surely keep you awe-struck.
A paradise on the banks of Jhelum, also known as the ‘Heaven on Earth’, Srinagar is the magical confluence of breathtaking landscapes, snow-clad hills, alluring weather, serene lakes with dreamy houseboats, and scrumptious food. Wake up with the pre-dawn prayers when the moon still hangs pale over the Dal Lake and the fragrance of flowers from the Mughal Gardens permeates your senses, Srinagar awaits you to dream beyond a dream and explore its marvelous wonders.