Srinagar Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2023

Silk-sunset, certain shades of white, tar on the roads, gloom beyond the oil lamp floating over the lake, ripples in the water, fog on the mirror, garden of the spring, the palace of the fairies, subject of the poems, emptiness in the eyes, absence of words, forever in ordinary things and the old roses on a breeze, where love arrives in memories of forever to liberate us into life – Srinagar! The tourist places in Srinagar offer breathtaking views and mesmerising locations to die for.

Srinagar wakes up with Fajr (pre –dawn prayers) and zikr where life sings winter melodies on nine bridges, connecting the city that smells of heaven on both sides of Jhelum River, a river that passes through the city, meanders through the valley, deepening into the traveler’s paradise – Dal Lake.

The city takes on the morning light mirroring the mountains, when the moon still hangs pale over the tranquil Dal Lake, which ornaments an array of alluring houseboats where the lovers’ find home watching a promise of the snow filling up the woods. The lake’s less urbanized eastern shore is decorated with the Mughal gardens that speaks of history strung out for several kilometers. The subdued fortress and the familiar wooden mosques of the old times makes a mark at the center of the city in this era of remembering all that once existed. Easy wind, downy flake and the promises to keep between the woods and frozen lake, Srinagar awaits for you, to dream within a dream. So, come and explore the best tourist places in Srinagar.

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People Also Ask About Srinagar

  1. When is the best time to visit Srinagar?

    Srinagar manages to wear its beautiful attire in different shades all around the year with every season holding its own colors of love.

    April to September:

    Srinagar finds fragments of the Sun with temperatures from 10°C to 30°C Celsius in summer. The most popular weather not just for the humans but for the tulips too as they smile hope when they find a home in Asia’s largest tulip garden in the springs. Srinagar smiles in the warmth of summer with best of its beauty encircled in the likes of Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden, Shankaracharya Temple and Dal Lake.

    October to March:

    When the temperature hovers around 0°C to 15°C, snow starts falling over the woods and you are bound to witness the picture-perfect vistas of the snow-covered slopes, children playing cricket over the frozen waters of the Dal Lake and the golden shades of Srinagar. Visit this land of the natural world, of snow, smells and sweet sounds, of colors and light at any time of the year. Srinagar is a wonder that opens up to show its shades in layers of colourful mysteries from season to season reinventing its own language of sinuous beauty.

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  2. How to reach Srinagar?

    The summer capital of Kashmir, Srinagar, situated at a height of 1730 meters above sea level, the amazing holiday destination will win your heart over. This beautiful land could be reached via air, road or train from any part of the country as it welcomes you with open arms.

    Br Air:

    Some of the major airlines like Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate out of Srinagar Airport, connecting it to cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi.

    By Train:

    Jammu is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 290 kilometres. Jammu Tawai railway station is well connected to the Indian railway network. It connects Srinagar to other cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh

    By Buses:

    Srinagar is connected by a network of well-maintained roads. It can easily be accessed from Chandigarh, Gulmarg, Jammu, Sonamarg, Delhi and Pahalgam via road.

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  3. What are the different things/activities to do in Srinagar?

    The breeze in your hair when you will open up the window of your room to the sun in Srinagar will take you to explore so much in so little. Srinagar is a house of experiences when you start walking down the road.

    • Visit the most celebrated Dal Lake and take a shikara ride.
    • Take a boathouse and enjoy the calmness that this city carries in its warmth.
    • Travel across the Mughal gardens – Shalimar, Nishat known for their architectural exquisiteness as for the history that surrounds them.
    • Explore Chashm-e-Shahi Bagh, known for its fresh water springs.
    • Watch the Mughal Gardens covered with fallen red golden leaves – a walk with your beloved is a memory that will last forever.
    • Walk the only domed mosque - Hazratbal Mosque- situated near the Dal Lake – a place of serenity.
    • Feel the Wular Lake – Asia’s largest lake and then reach the Nagin Lake for a boat ride.
    • Visit the Apple orchards with the children to let them enjoy plucking apples from trees.
    • Build a snowman in winters.
    • Pay homage at Jama Masjid – which looks like a movie set for an imagined Central Asian castle.
    • Enjoy the Crescent Lake View Restaurant – a backpacker-oriented house of with a good taste of coffee.
    • Floating Vegetable Market - In the maze of channels at the edge of Dal Lake, the dawn vegetable market is a must to experience.

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  4. Which are the famous attractions to see in Srinagar?

    A traveler’s paradise, a snow-covered country in a city, where reality is magical that so effectively cuts out through the bones of past carved in the snow built in the shadow of heaven’s delight, offering you enough to explore and feast your eyes with wonder.

    • Dal Lake
    • Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan
    • Badshah Tomb
    • Jama Masjid
    • Nishat Bagh
    • First Row Houseboats
    • Shankaracharya Mandir
    • Hari Parbat Fort
    • Rozabal
    • Floating Gardens & Lake Villages
    • Pari Mahal
    • Sri Sharika Temple
    • Sri Pratap Singh Museum
    • Badamvaer
    • Cheshmashahi Garden
    • Tulip Garden
    • Pir Dastgir Sahib
    • Naqshband Sahib
    • Botanical Garden
    • Hazratbal Mosque
    • Chinar Bagh
    • Shalimar Bagh

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  5. Which are the best resorts to stay in Srinagar?

    A place is worth a stay if you find a home in its ambience and it finds a space in the travel diary of your young holidays:

    • THE LALIT GRAND PALACE SRINAGAR – The upscale hotel on landscaped grounds
    • Fortune Resort Heaven
    • Vivanta by Taj
    • Hotel Ahdoos
    • Hotel Mumtaz
    • Mandalay Houseboats - Stay in the beautiful and huge wooden house boats floating in the marvelous Dal Lake, an experience of Venice in Srinagar.

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  6. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Srinagar?

    Srinagar provides you with ample options to travel around the city.


    There are buses available which are cheap but not so convenient.


    The auto-rickshaws will charge you heavily but you can always try to use Google map and bargain.


    You have the costly snow cabs to travel around or you can also try to get a private taxi via some contacts and settle the rate on your own.


    Synonymous with romance, shikara is the best way to experience the beauty of the valley engraved in the mystical walls of old Srinagar.

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  7. Which are the best places for shopping in Srinagar?

    Woven in intensely felt details, an expression of masterpiece, an old book of sixties and seventies, antiques from the history, an attire for the movies and a desire for the weddings – all that would make you buy more than you can fit in your suitcase. Walk along the Polo View to find the rarest of the rare designs and beautiful unparalleled work of arts made from the hands of experience and expertise.


    • G M Shah: Famous for designing Nargis Fakhri’s outfits in the movie Rockstar, it specializes in hand embroidery on wool, cotton, silk and even prints and net.
    • Kashmir Fancy Art: This store offers traditional Kashmiri apparel for the entire family: salwar kurtas and pherans for women, Pathani suits for men—and even tilla-work kurtis in children’s size.
    • Saklain’s Coterie: store sells gorgeous-smelling essential oils made from local produce such as lavender and walnut, and handmade soaps such as Almond Honey and Royal Saffron.
    • The Bund: They are reviving the Kashmir shawl and sozni traditions by creating collections in cashmere, silk and cotton, in contemporary designs and color palettes.
    • M Sadiq & Sons
    • Sunbeam
    • Suffering Moses
    • Sadiq’s Handicrafts: Persian carpets and rare pashmina shawls.
    • Asia Crafts
    • M Shah

    - Residency Road

    • Gulshan Bookstore: Fall in love with the wonderful collection of political, botanical, coffee-table and travel books about Kashmir that I found here, and could have browsed for hours.
    • Ahdoos Bakery: This delightful place sells the famous Kashmiri breads—baqarkhani and sheermal—and a variety of puffs.

    - Old City

    • Aziz Ahmad Kozgar: famous for distilled rose water is stored in decanters and is incredibly refreshing on a warm afternoon.
    • Zaina Kadal Street: Copper utensils form an integral part of every Kashmiri bride’s trousseau, and every kitchen will have a set.

    - Others

  8. Which are the best biking routes in Srinagar?

    Travel through the mighty Himalayas across the most extreme landscapes witnessing the most starkly beautiful terrains in India – Srinagar Leh Motor biking trip. Help the weather to treat you nicely, so chose the months of mid-May to June or July with chilly evenings and clear sunny days, and the high passes are usually clear of snow.

    The ideal spots for mountain cycling are Srinagar to Gulmarg, Gulmarg to Pahalgam which takes about 2 hours to explore the terrain, Pahalgam to Srinagar and back to Srinagar. The ideal time to explore the rugged terrains are from June to November.

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  9. which is the best season to stay in houseboats in Srinagar and what is the cost?

    Srinagar Houseboat is accessible to tourists for most time of the year. However, the best time to spend a fulfilling holiday in Srinagar Houseboat is during the winter time. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities Srinagar Houseboat has to offer. During the winter time, you can enjoy the outdoor activities without getting dehydrated or feeling the pangs of heat.

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  10. What are the activities in Gulmarg? How far is it from Srinagar?

    Surrounded by forested hills and meadows, snow-capped peaks, deep ravines and valleys, the picturesque town Gulmarg is located about 40 km from Srinagar and regular buses and tourist vehicles are available from Srinagar to Gulmarg to take you through the meadows of flowers covered with snow.

  11. What are the activities in Pahalgam? How far is it from Srinagar?

    Pahalgam – A shepherd’s village with beautiful scenic river banks and a perennial Lidder river. A travel of 88 km via road from Srinagar, this place will make you stay a little longer and will gift you some of the most memorable moments of your trip.

    • Visit the Auri Valley to get astounded in its scenery
    • Hop on the horses to Kashmir Valley
    • Camp in the Betaab Valley
    • Feel the Tulian Lake
    • Enjoy the Dabyan Valley
  12. What are the activities in Sonamarg?

    Covered with a sheet of flowers during spring, the land well called as “Meadow of Gold”

    Sonamarg is the last stop of Kashmir that leads to the driveway from Srinagar to Leh.

    A delight to trekker with plenty of trekking trails traced on the map, this place gives you a sight of mountain ranges, pristine lakes, and plateaus.

    • Gangabal Trek
    • Krishnasar Lake
    • Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
    • Thajiwas Glacier
    • Zoji-La Pass
    • Vashansar Lake
    • White River Rafting
    • Nilagrad River
    • Baltal Valley

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  13. What is the best time to experience snow fall in Srinagar?

    The best time to make snowman in Srinagar is winters. You can get to watch the snow-capped mountains in December and January when Srinagar wears a white shawl of calmness.

  14. Where can I buy the authentic pashmina shawl in Srinagar?

    Pashmina - popularly known as Cashmere in the west and Pashmina in the east exemplifies luxury and has been worn by the men and women of the elite across the globe. Though buying Pashmina has always been a dilemma for the buyers but here are the few options that could make it an easy buy for you:

    • Buy Pashmina Shawls with the Pashmina Mark - a non-removable mark placed by a government testing lab in Srinagar certifying that the piece is 100% Pashmina and is hand-spun and hand-woven (visit the Craft Development Institute's website), or

    from a reputed manufacturer and/or retailer of the Kashmir shawl. A few of the remarkable and trustworthy suppliers are:

    o Kashmir Loom, An Anglo-Indian manufacturing establishment.

    o Jos&fine, A French-Indian manufacturing establishment.

    o Shaw Brothers, Local Indian establishment, old-timer retailers.

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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
Sheetal Sheetal Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
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
Deepesh Namboothiri Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
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
Acaryatanaya Johar Gulmarg Tour Package
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
Agniprava Malik Gulmarg Tour Package
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.

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