If paradise exists in this planet Earth, it is undoubtedly in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)! And among all the scenic destination in J&K, Srinagar is known as the crown of this paradise. The summer capital of the state, this gorgeous city is the abode of many natural marvels and wonders!
Considered as one of the most appealing tourist destinations, not only in India, but in the entire world, Srinagar is the perfect blend of fact and fantasy! Located gracefully on the banks of the Jhelum River, this city truly makes for a wonderful tourist destination in the country. Jotted with scenic hills and mountains, fascinating lakes and colourful gardens, charismatic fountains and warm hearted locals, Srinagar is also known for its rich history, diverse cultures, handicrafts, dry fruit production and lot more.
Adding more to the quintessential beauty of this city, there is its pleasant climate that attracts a large number of visitors every year. It is due to the remarkable and mystique beauty, Srinagar has earned the fame of being called as the ‘Venice of the East’ or the ‘Kashmiri Venice’! Whether you visit this exuberant city with your family members, friends or with colleagues, you will always find this city in its full glory and your vacation will surely get etched in your memory forever!
Best Time to Visit
The geographical location and topology of Srinagar is the reason, this city is blessed with a pleasant climate; be it the summers or the winters, the temperature here remains pleasant. Though in winters; from October to March, temperature might fall to 0 degrees or can reach the maximum of 15 degrees, the city has its own charm during this season. With the advent of winter, Srinagar gets cossetted with the enchanting blanket of snow and showcases the white colour of the nature in its most alluring form.
Summer in Srinagar usually begins in April and continues till September. During this span of time, though temperature might vary from 14-30 degrees, the climate however, remains pleasant and bright. On the other hand, between July to October, the city experiences a touch of the monsoons. Atmosphere remains quite calm, clear and the city experiences its best colours during this period.
Places to Visit in Srinagar
01 Dal Lake:
A mystical lake, without which Srinagar would not be as gorgeous as it is, Dal Lake is the main attraction point in the city. Also called the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir’ or ‘Srinagar’s Crown’, this stunning lake is the second largest lake in the entire of Jammu and Kashmir.
With the shores of the lake jotted with scenic gardens and parks, this is the lake that has been featured in more than score of Bollywood movies till now! Known for its magical beauty, the shikaras in this lake is yet another not-to-missed attraction. Without a shikara ride in the Dal Lake, your Srinagar visit will never be complete!
02 Shalimar Bagh:
One of the most beautiful Mughal Gardens in the entire country, the Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar is truly a colourful gift of the nature. Built by the Mughal Emperor Jahangi, this lush and green garden is jotted with rare as well as exotic species of flora and dates back to the 2nd century.
Located on the right bank of the Dal Lake, this Persian modelled garden is a three-terraced garden is a testimony to the architectural grandeurs of the past and is laced with several landmarks and structures that once served the royals. Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Zenana Terrace, Black Pavilion, Shah Nahar and the magnificent 410 fountains within the premises are the main attraction points of this garden.
03 Nishat Bagh:
Located on the eastern side of the scenic Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh is the second largest Mughal Garden in Jammu and Kashmir. Also known as the ‘Garden of Delight’ or ‘Garden of Joy’, this magnificent garden is nestled amidst captivating hills and mountains and is also one of the major attraction points in Srinagar. With the Zabarwan Mountains forming as the backdrop, this twelve-terraced garden also offers astounding views of the great Pir Panjal Range.
04 Chashme Shahi:
Overlooking the gorgeous Dal Lake, this Mughal Garden in Srinagar is perched in the Zabarwan Range and is also called the ‘Royal Spring’. Measuring around 108×38 metres, this tranquil garden is a mixed blend of Mughal and Irani architecture.
05 Pari Mahal:
Around five minutes away from Chashme Shahi, Pari Mahal is also one of the must visit gardens in Srinagar. Located on the south-western part of the Dal Lake, this flamboyant garden overlooks Srinagar and is also known as the ‘Abode of the Fairies’.
06 Nagin Lake:
Another quintessential lake in Srinagar, the Nagin Lake is also known as the ‘Jewel in the Ring’ and is amongst the most scenic lakes in Jammu and Kashmir. Encircled with lush trees, it is an ideal place where you can spend tranquil moments in a houseboat and make the best of your Srinagar holidays. For the thrill seekers, they can also indulge in swimming, water skiing and fibreglass boating in this lake.
07 Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden:
The largest tulip garden in Asia, this lush and verdant garden in Srinagar is located at the foothills of the captivating Zabarwan Range and overlooks the Dal Lake. Opened during 2006-2007, the garden was initially named as ‘Model Floriculture Centre’, but was renamed as Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden.
08 Other important places to visit in Srinagar includes:
Hazratbal Shrine, Jama Masjid, Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi, Aali Masjid, Hamza Makhdoom, Kheer Bhawani, Hari Parbat, Sharika Mata Temple, Shankaracharya Temple, Harwan Garden, Dastgir Sahib, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Shrine, Challi Point, Parihaspora, Wular Lake, Ziarati Hazrati Youza Asouph, Martand Sun Temple
Things to do in Srinagar
- Shikara Rides
- Leisure Activities
- Historical Tours
- Garden Visits
- Houseboat Stay and Experience
- Himalayan Excursions and Trekking
- Market Tours
- Art and Cultural Tours
- Wildlife Tours
Other Nearby Tourist Attractions
- Pahalgam (95 km)
- Gulmarg (50 km)
- Vaishnodevi (320 km)
- Sonamarg (79 km)
- Suru Valley (131.45 km)
- Zanskar (201 km)
- Karsha (205 km)