"The Paradise on Earth"
Srinagar is an epitome of romance and sublime nature. The summer capital of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, it is situated perfectly at the heart of Kashmir Valley. Inarguably picturesque and surprisingly humble, Srinagar is a decent host for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
The series of paradoxes that it follows make it one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country. Expect scenic landscapes, majestic historical structures and divine places of worship like River Jhelum, Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens and Jama Masjid along with other attractions that mark the resplendent beauty of the land.
The vast meandering Dal Lake let the visitors enjoy boating on the dainty shikaras. and comfortable waterborne houseboat hotels. This 8 km long sparkling lake adds grace to the picture of Srinagar. Holidays in Srinagar seems incomplete without an ideal boat ride in the sparkling water of the lake.
The melting pot of culture and natural beauty, Srinagar is a home to resplendent architecture and scenic landscape. The well-created Mughal Gardens namely Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Garden. Chashma Shahi and the grandeur of Pari Mahal reminds one of the resplendent Mughal era, whereas, the mesmerizing beauty of Dal and Nagin Lake cannot be neglected. Protecting Srinagar from the frailty of time, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal and Shankaracharya Temple embraces the city. The awe-inspiring floating vegetable market and the verdant Dachigam National Park highlight the versatility of the city.
The attractions in Srinagar comprise of lovely rivers and lakes, with charming rows of houseboats floating on them, beautiful blossoming gardens, and lush green, thriving woods. The Land of Lakes and Gardens, Srinagar is blessed with several enchanting tourist places that can attract even the most discerning traveler to this magical land.
The Dal Lake is the most important of all the lakes in Srinagar. From beautifully carved wooden houseboats and gondola-like “shikaras”, to the vibrant floating gardens, the Dal lake can offer a unique experience. The Dal Lake is surrounded by beautiful Mughal Gardens and pavilions. One can take a shikara ride and visit the floating markets, and watch the golden sun rays hit the beautiful mountain ranges.
The Mughal Gardens were built in the Mughal era. They are filled with greenery and artistic architecture. The gardens are a combination of the Shalimar Gardens, Nishat Bagh, and Chashm-e-Shahi. The gardens are full of beautiful fountains and flowers which are a must-see for every traveler.
One of the reasons why people come to Srinagar is for the relaxing shikara rides. Tourists often stay in the houseboats and then take a ride across the scenic Dal Lake in the shikaras. With the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, it is indeed an experience both enjoyable and unparalleled.
Moderately pleasant weather during the months from April to October are the best months to visit Srinagar, as it is the perfect time for sightseeing and other activities.
The weather during the summer season remains calm and pleasant. The temperature ranges between 14 to 30 degrees Celsius.
Srinagar experiences extremely cold winters. The temperature ranges from 0 to 15 degrees Celsius. It is the best time to witness snowfall.
The Srinagar International Airport is well connected to must major cities in and outside India.
Srinagar is connected by a network of roads to Chandigarh, Gulmarg, Jammu, Sonamarg, Delhi and Pahalgam.
The closest railway station to Srinagar is in Jammu Tawai. This is a main railhead for the region.