Srinagar is the summer capital of the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir and the largest city in the Kashmir region too. Never failed to attract people with its charm and beauty, the city has attracted people since the time immemorial. Set against the backdrop of the Himalayan Mountains at a height of 1730 m on the bank of river Jhelum, the city is a dream destination for travelers, adventure seekers, shopaholics, food lovers and photo fanatics.
HOW TO REACH
The city can be easily reached both via road and plane, as the valley is well connected to other parts of India. One more way which people often take is that they book a train to Jammu followed by a taxi or bus ride to Srinagar, but this can a time consuming and a bit uncomfortable.
Sheikh ul Alam Airport or the commonly known as Srinagar Airport is approximately 14 kilometers away from the city. Fights are operated by Indian Airlines and other private airlines like Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Go Air and others from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu.
Jammu Tawi, the nearest railhead for Srinagar is approximately 305 kilometers far. People coming from Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai and other cities get their first glimpse of this heaven by arriving at this station only.
National highway 1-A is the main highway connecting Srinagar with Jammu. J&K State Road Transport Corporation and other private busses & taxis operate in the state.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Well Kashmir is an all-season destination, every season has its own charm here. Though, May to November or Mid December is considered to be the best time to visit Srinagar and temperature ranges between 26 degree Celsius and 10 degree Celsius.
PLACES TO VISIT
Snow-clads Mountains, freezing temperature, shikara rides, apple gardens and nature’s true beauty Srinagar has so much to cajole you. Here are few places you must visit if you are planning to go there:
- Lakes: Srinagar gaye aur Shikara pe nahi ghume to kya gaye! This sums it up all. One of the highlights of the trip is spending time on its living lakes; Dal Lake, Nagin Lake, Manasbal Lake and Wular Lake. Innumerable houseboats float upon these lakes and these make a lifetime experience. And how can you miss the signature ride-Shikara!
- Mughal Gardens, Lal Chowk, Rose Garden, Tulip Garden and Apple Orchids: All of these can be wrapped up into local sightseeing destinations. The Mughal gardens with terraced lawns, cascading fountains, bright flowerbeds are very popular places for picnics and excursion.Lal Chowk is considered the heart of Srinagar and is the capital’s town square and surrounding bazaar.
- Shrines, Mosques and temples: The city is a house to some of the most revered shrines, mosques and temples of the country and attracts tourists and pilgrims from around the world. One should definitely visit Hazratbal Shrine, Zeshta Devi Shrine, Roza Bal shrine, Shankracharya Temple and Jamia Masjid Mosque.
- Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg: The Valley of Shepherds, Meadow of Flowers and The Meadow of Gold respectively present yet another spectacular facet of Kashmir. Stop here to enjoy horse riding, gondola ride, cable car, etc. These places are truly a storehouse of beauty. Hire a cab and embark on this mesmerizing journey of the paradise on earth.
THINGS TO DO IN SRINAGAR
- If you plan to visit during winters then the winters sports are a must, indulge in winter sports like skiing, ice skating, heli-skiing, etc.
- Go for a Shikara ride in the Dal Lake.
- Enjoy the thrills of paragliding at Astanmarg (7400 Ft) and fly down to Chandapora Grounds (5300 Ft) in Harwan Srinagar. The view from the top is simply breathtaking.
- Srinagar serves as a base for many trekking expeditions which lead to Himalayan alpine high altitude lakes of Kashmir valley.
WHAT TO BUY
Kashmir’s handicrafts are famous around the world, as are its dry fruits. There’s lots of interesting things to pick up while you are searching the streets, some of them are listed below:
- Dry fruits and spices
- Antique silver jewellery
- Pashmina Shawls
- Papier mache products
- Willow works
Take home some of the exquisite items from Srinagar and we guarantee you won’t regret spending.
WHAT TO EAT
There are a number of good restaurants, bakeries and cafes in Srinagar, located in Lal chowk and on Boulevard along the banks of Dal Lake. Most of the restaurants here serve Kashmiri, Indian, Mughlai and Chinese dishes.
When in Srinagar, make sure tour try some of these famous Kashmiri delicacies like
- Rogan-Josh ( meat cooked in red gravy)
- Gushtaba (soft meat balls cooked in yoghurt)
- Rishta (Meat balls in Gravy)
- Tabakmaaz (deep fried ribs of a lamb)
- Seekh-tuji ( freshly barbequed marinated meat which is eaten with chutney)
- Wazwaan (royal multi-course meal with 36 courses)
- Kahwah ( the traditional green tea is made from green tea leaves with saffron strands cinnamon bark and cardamom pods)
- Namkeen Chai or Noon chai or The Pink Tea (made from black tea, cardamom, spices and bicarbonate of soda)
The best time to visit Srinagar is now because it snows in winters to make picture perfect vistas. Explore the new Srinagar and recreate your own paradise on earth.
If this tickles the wanderlust gene in you, make sure you make your bookings well before. Book for a comfortable stay at RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar and make the most of your trip.