(Winter view of Dal Lake in Srinagar city, Kashmir, India, with beautiful mountains in the background.)

If you haven’t visited Srinagar, you haven’t visited Kashmir! Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is synonymous with natural beauty and is strategically located on the banks of the Jhelum River. The word Srinagar is derived from the Sanskrit words “Sri” meaning “wealth” and “Nagar” meaning “city”, indicating its historical significance as a wealthy trading center.

Popular places to visit in Srinagar

Beautiful view of colorful Shikara boats floating on Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.

Popular places to visit in Srinagar

Beautiful view of colorful Shikara boats floating on Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.

  • Dal Lake
  • This is a stunning lake famous for its Shikara rides. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, the lake is loved by tourists and locals alike who spend their evenings capturing the warm colors of the sunset over the water with the mountains as a backdrop. Everyone who visits Srinagar looks forward to this experience. The floating market on Dal Lake makes the shopping experience fun and exciting!
  • • Tulip Garden
  • We guarantee you’ll be amazed by the 30 hectares of colorful tulips at this world-famous garden. You will feel like you are in heaven! Surrounded by mountains, it is the largest tulip garden in Asia, open from March to April every year. The garden is dotted with 15,000 tulips of 68 different varieties. On one side of the garden is Dal Lake and on the other side is Mount Zhabarwan.Shalimar Bagh

 

  • Shankaracharya Temple

 It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The great saint Adi Shankaracharya attained spiritual enlightenment here and thus attracted people from far and wide. The temple is located on the Shankaracharya hill at an altitude of 1100 feet and offers a bird’s eye view of the city.

  • Nishat Bagh

Nishat Bagh, also known as the Garden of Bliss, is one of the famous Mughal gardens, perfectly set against the backdrop of mountains. Visit this garden on the banks of Dal Lake and you will be spoiled for choice with its beautiful terraces, fruit and cina

  • Nigeen Lake
  • On this lake you can expect pristine, deep blue water and an enchanting atmosphere! Just hop on board the houseboat and explore its beauty. The lake’s name, also known as the “Jewel of the Ring,” comes from the dense growth of tall trees that surround it.
  • Srinagar travel tips
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  • (Aerial view of fallen leaves on the ground at Nishat Bagh (Garden) in Srinagar in autumn)
  • • April to October is the best time to visit Srinagar as it is still full of flowers and stunning scenery. It is not recommended to visit during the extreme winter months (December and January) as heavy snow may block the roads.
  • • Plan an exciting overnight experience on an iconic houseboat on the pristine Dal Lake.
  • • Recharge your batteries and visit the world-famous Tulip Gardens, home to hundreds of colorful tulip varieties. Open from March to April every year, it is the largest tulip garden in Asia.
  • Visit Polo View Market to buy handicrafts like phren, pashmina shawls, saffron, wooden crafts, carpets, paper mache crafts, kahwa (cashmere tea) and walnuts. While shopping at Polo View, you can also visit some of the bakeries where you can find amazing walnut treats.
  • • Treat your taste buds to Wazawan, a traditional Kashmiri food.
  • Main Highlights of Srinagar
  • • Srinagar is home to stunning lakes such as Dal Lake (famous for its beautiful scenery and Shikara rides) and Nigan Lake (characterized by its pristine deep blue waters and charming ambience).
  • • It is the perfect place to experience the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir.
  • • Srinagar has a pleasant climate throughout the year with mild summers and cool winters. Srinagar can be visited at any time of the year.
  • • Receive blessings at Shankaracharya Temple, the oldest temple in Kashmir named after the great Indian philosopher Shankaracharya.
  • The Shankaracharya Temple, the oldest temple in Kashmir, is a sacred place where one can seek blessings. Named after the renowned Indian philosopher Shankaracharya, this temple is situated on a hill at an elevation of 1100 feet.
  • Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it holds great significance as it is believed to be the very spot where he attained enlightenment.
  • Srinagar, known as the gateway to various revered Hindu pilgrimages such as Amar Nath Yatra, also offers access to breathtaking valleys like Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam. During the harshest winter period known as ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’, the famous Dal Lake freezes, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.
  • Adding to the charm of Srinagar, the Dal Lake floating market holds historical significance as India’s first floating market, established back in 1854.• Adding to the charm of Srinagar, the Dal Lake floating market holds historical significance as India’s first floating market, established back in1854