Srinagar

Travel Guide
Gulmarg which includes hiking or walking, snow and mountains

Set in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas, Kashmir and Jammu’s summer capital is a city bursting with colour and tradition.

Srinagar’s numerous attractions and picturesque location on the shores of Dal Lake have made it a favourite with visitors both from India and further afield.

Srinagar is most famous for its charming houseboats which sit peacefully on the calm waters of Dal Lake. Rent a houseboat and spend a tranquil few days touring around the lake. For the best price, negotiate on arrival instead of booking ahead. If living afloat does not appeal, exploring the lake via a rented shikara, a smaller boat, is a great alternative.

Back on land, beautiful gardens dating back to the Mughal era feature local flowers and fountains. Many offer panoramic views of the lake. The best known of these is Shalimar Bagh but the quieter Nishat Bagh is more immediately impressive and the Zabarwan Mountains make for a stunning backdrop.

Don’t miss the many beautiful mosques in Srinagar. The lakeside location of the Hazratbal Mosque and the excellent nearby market could be what makes it a hugely popular attraction. Admire the breathtaking white exterior and impressive structure. Bear in mind, however, that women can only enter the first area of the building.

A visit to the Jamia Masjid mosque, in the Nowhatta area, provides the perfect opportunity to take a step back in time into the bustling old city where you will also find the vibrant Lal Chowk Bazaar. Haggle with the market sellers for food, crafts and more.

Away from its sights, smells and sounds, a trip to the Kashmir region would not be complete without purchase of a pashmina, a textile which has been manufactured here for thousands of years. If you want to make sure you get a genuine pashmina, a visit to the Kashmir Shawl Museum in the centre of town can be extremely worthwhile.

A cool to warm summer climate makes Srinagar an excellent choice for Western tourists who find the tropical temperatures of some parts of India uncomfortable. Much of the elegance of the city is maintained through the winter. However, some of the excellent restaurants and bars on the waterfront may close their doors.

Where to stay in Srinagar

Clarks Inn Srinagar
Clarks Inn Srinagar
3 out of 5
203, Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is ¥4,430 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Srinagar, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Lal Chowk and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hari Parbat Fort and Nigeen Lake. Royal Springs Golf Course and ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Clean and cozy rooms, VFM in my opinion"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Clarks Inn Srinagar
Fortune Resort Heevan - Member ITC's Hotel Group
Fortune Resort Heevan - Member ITC's Hotel Group
4 out of 5
Gupt Ganga, Ishber Nishat, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is ¥16,802 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Nishat-Shalimar, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mughal Gardens and Shalimar Bagh. Botanical Garden and Royal Springs Golf Course are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
Small beautiful boutique hotel in heartof Srinagar
"We stayed at this hotel for one night from 8th September to 9th September before starting o our trek in Sonmarg. It is a boutique hotel having 39 rooms. Location is just perfect very close to Dal lake and Nishad garden. The staff is very friendly,, from front desk to room service to restaurant. They ..."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Fortune Resort Heevan - Member ITC's Hotel Group
Hotel The Montreal Srinagar
Hotel The Montreal Srinagar
3.5 out of 5
Shalimar Campus, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,001 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17
Located in Nishat-Shalimar, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Shalimar Bagh and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Mughal Gardens. Botanical Garden and Nigeen Lake are also ...
Hotel The Montreal Srinagar
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Golden Flower Heritage Houseboat
Golden Flower Heritage Houseboat
3 out of 5
Nigeen Lake, Shikara Ghat No. 2, Hazratbal Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is ¥4,124 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated near the airport, this houseboat is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nigeen Lake and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Hari Parbat Fort. Lal Chowk and Shalimar Bagh are also ...
Golden Flower Heritage Houseboat
Houseboat Lake Thao
Houseboat Lake Thao
2.5 out of 5
Boulevard Road, Ghat No.9, Dallake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is ¥6,289 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Dal Lake, this houseboat is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Springs Golf Course and Botanical Garden. Chashma Shahi Garden and Mughal Gardens are also ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Houseboat Lake Thao is the best houseboat on dal lake they provide the best serivice and food quality is awesome."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Houseboat Lake Thao
Golden Crest Houseboats
Golden Crest Houseboats
3 out of 5
Dal Lake, Ghat No. 12 Boulevard Road, Srinagar, Srinagar
The price is ¥5,346 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Dal Lake, this houseboat is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Lal Chowk and within 6 mi (10 km) of Botanical Garden and Hari Parbat Fort. Nigeen Lake and Mughal ...
Golden Crest Houseboats
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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