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"The Paradise on Earth"

Srinagar Tourism

Famously known as ‘Heaven on Earth’, Srinagar is located in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, on the banks of river Jhelum. As picturesque as the most stunning painting to ever be painted, Srinagar is known for the stationary houseboats and colourful Shikararas on Dal Lake.

The gondola-type rowboats, Shikaras are used by the tourists to see attractions like the Floating Vegetable Market, and the Mir Bahris – a lively community of people who live on the lake itself. Known as the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar is home to some of the most exquisite Mughal-age gardens in India, with the top draws being Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Chashm-E-Shahi Garden. Kashmiri cuisine is famous all over the globe, so when in Srinagar, trying out the local dishes, which are rich in unique fragrant spices, is a must.

Heavy snowfall affects the connectivity of Srinagar during the winter months of December to February. Communal tensions also lead to frequent curfews in parts of the city. Make sure to check the situation before visiting.

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What to Buy in Srinagar

Srinagar is very well-known for its shawls and scarves, but the markets in the city offer a wide range of other souvenirs you can take back home too, such as locally-made silver jewellery, intricately designed wicker baskets, papier mache, exotic spices, and of course, the famed Kashmiri carpets.

History Of Srinagar

The name Srinagar originated from two Sanskrit words – ‘Sri’ meaning wealth and ‘Nagar’ which means city. Prehistoric people used to refer Srinagar as ‘Siri – nagar’ which was a local alteration of ‘Surya – nagar’ or City of Sun. King Pravarasena II found this city 2000 years ago, formerly named Parvasenpur. Soon it became a part of the Mughal Empire, one of the largest Empires on India at that time. After the disintegration of Mughals, Srinagar was under the control of Durranis who ruled for several decades on the valley. In 1947, the struggle to gain dominance over Srinagar started between India and Pakistan. This led to the beginning of the Indo – Pak War. United Nations started cease fire on the situation due to which some parts of Kashmir went into the territory which is now called ‘Azad Kashmir’. The rest of the territory is an integral part of India and tells its story through the glorious beauty of its land to all the travellers.

Culture of Srinagar

Most of the people are lured by the elegant lifestyle of the city, medieval – looking backstreets and glistering white Himalayan villages. The multiple cultures and rich heritages have emerged from the Indo – Aryan Civilization from years ago, bearing the cultural aspects of Islam this place which can be seen in their food, traditions and lifestyle. The people are great craftsmen who practice many of the lost art forms in the world. Most of the population constitutes of Hindus and Muslims, as common languages spoken are Koshur, Kashmiri and Hindi. Women wear colourful sweater made dresses and men wear gurgabi. Religion in Srinagar is very diverse, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism are commonly followed by the people. Muslims are divided into two major groups – Shyias and Sunnis. These cultural differences have majorly contributed towards the multicultural lifestyle adopted by the people today.

Restaurants and Local Food in Srinagar

Srinagar is colorful and beautiful in all its sides. Cuisine follows the same idea, with dishes that are rich, unique and significant enough to create a food culture around themselves. Kashmiri kebabs found are famous worldwide and you just cannot step out of Srinagar without trying these.
Also this is the place for the authentic green tea and Kawah. While here, one can also indulge in popular local breads available here with a sip of 'Pink tea'. Tsot is a local bread with sesame and poppy seeds and is quite popular in menus for breakfast.
Local cuisine include tabak maz, or flat pieces of meat cut from the ribs and fried till they acquire a crisp crackling texture, Gushtaba, which are meatballs moulded from pounded mutton like large-sized Rista (meat balls) but cooked in thick gravy of fresh curd base, Yakhni, a cream colored preparation of delicate flavor, is made with curd as a base, seekh kababs, Roganjosh, chaman- fried paneer (cottage cheese), in a thick sauce, dum-aloo - roasted potatoes in curd-based gravy.
Places to try Kashmiri Food

Matamaal - It is a Kashmiri Pandit household food station where you can relish on some traditional cuisines along with great music. The restaurant has a very classic feel to it, the menu is limited but every dish is worthwhile to try. Mutton Kanti is one of their most ordered items.
The Chinar - Situated in the valleys, this is an exotic food palace for some delight food. The food is a bit expensive but if you want to try some of the rich varieties of Kashmiri food, this place is top recommend. Some of the things you should try are Kashmiri Guchhi and Grilled rainbow trout.
Mughal Darbar - If you want to try some mutton-based cuisines, this place has its best to offer. From the best Wazwan in town to some mouth-watering traditional dishes, the floor carpet sitting is what attracts visitors to this place.
Shamyana - Roagn Josh and Wazwan are two things this place is famous for, serving some authentic delicacies in a great ambience dining. Located on the boulevard street, it offers a wide menu and great service.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Srinagar. Check-in a hotel or a houseboat. In the evening, take Lake trip to 'Char Chinar' and 'Floating Gardens' by Shikara.

Day 2: Visit Pari Mahal and Shankaracharya Temple followed by a visit to Hazratbal.

Day 3: Visit Mughal Garden, Nishat Garden and Shalimar Garden followed by a visit to Chashme Shahi in the evening.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Beautiful shikaras and houseboats. Lustrous sceneries.

What's Not So Great?

Terror threats in Kashmir make it unsafe. Winters are extremely cold.

For Whom?

Srinagar is for everyone who loves to visit hill stations that are surrounded by serene beauty. There are many tourist attractions here such as the Dal Lake, where you can take a ride on the shikaras and houseboats.

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How To Reach Srinagar

Many people take the train to Jammu followed by a taxi or bus ride to Srinagar. State buses are safe but a little uncomfortable. Foreign travelers on visas are required to register upon arrival at the airport or to their hotel or houseboat. Jammu has an excellent airport which has many flights from Delhi and Leh. Spice Jet, Jet Airways, Air India and Goair have flights from Delhi.

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Q. Is Srinagar, Gulmarg good for travel between 10 December to 17 December? Please tell me

Tinku Yadav 3 months ago
No if you looking snow fall so going to 20 December to 20 January

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Kanchan Poddar 6 months ago
I want to go Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg & Pahelgaon on 2nd October 2019. I am a tourist. I shall go with my family. Is it safe to visit Kashmir?
arup deep 6 months ago
Please tell me I have go Srinagar in December month, will it be safe?
narayana srikar bonda 8 months ago
Best place i have visited till date. People here are so friendly and their hospitality is wonderful. Right from airport cab driver, auto driver, shilara, hotel staff everyone everyone impressed me with their love and treatment. People trust me it is safest place and must visit place.
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