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Famously known as ‘Heaven on Earth’, Srinagar is every bit the epitome of paradise on earth. As picturesque as the most stunning painting to ever be painted, Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, lies on the banks of the Jhelum river, and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round, contributing to the perpetual influx of tourists visiting this city which offers a plethora of gorgeous scenic vistas.
From the ferocious waters of Pahalgam to the serene pastures of Gulmarg, everything about Srinagar will give you goosebumps, no matter where you’re looking at. Once you visit Srinagar, the first thing you do is close your eyes and breathe in lungfuls of the clean, fresh mountain air. The second thing you do is hire a houseboat and pay a visit to Dal Lake. Hills surround the most famous tourist spot in all of Kashmir, Dal Lake, and as long as your sight takes you, you can see the mountains reflected in the water. Taking a Shikara ride on Dal Lake is also a must-do activity. Bedecked with colourful rugs and carpets, these gondola-type rowboats take tourists to see attractions like the Floating Vegetable Market, and the Mir Bahris – a lively community of people who live on the lake itself. You can also spend a night in one of the houseboats, and wake up to a magnificent sunrise that will take your breath away. Dal Lake also offers water sports such as kayaking and skiing, for those interested.
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Srinagar offers a great blend of city life and natural beauty. Remember that prepaid sim cards usually do not work in the entire state; it is better to have a postpaid connection. Make sure you visit the floating market on the Dal Lake – you can either stay overnight on a houseboat or enjoy a day time Shikara ride. The Mughal Gardens offer great photo ops.
Sheltered by the snowy White Mountains, Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The heady combination of natural beauty, charming people and delightful living attracts salivating intrepid tourists from all around the world. The crown of Kashmir valley situated on the banks of Jhelum River offers bliss and serenity to its travellers. Boating in Dal Lake, spending leisure days in houseboats and devouring into hot and mouth-watering delicacies is an experience that no place else will serve you better. With deep and mesmerising valleys cascaded in sky-scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, this heaven on Earth leaves you absolutely mesmerised. Right from Chashm-E-Shahi to the exotic Shalimar garden, Srinagar offers bountiful of places to visit. Surrounded by mountains for the adventurous lot to lakes for photoholics to shopping markets for the spendthrifts, Srinagar does not disappoint anyone. The Dal lake is among the most beautiful and most popular lakes in India and a Shikara ride there would be an unforgettable experience. Srinagar is also an important religious destination with the Hazratbal Mosque which enshrines 'Moi-e-Muqaddas' (the sacred hair) of the prophet Mohammed. Srinagar is also important as a base location to reach to various other areas of Jammu & Kashmir including Ladakh region, Kargil, Dras, Dachigam National Park and Baramulla.
- Srinagar has been severely affected by politically motivated violence over the last months. Demonstrations and rallies can rapidly turn violent. It is vital for travellers to maintain good situational awareness.
Beautiful shikaras and houseboats. Lustrous sceneries.
Terror threats in Kashmir make it unsafe. Winters are extremely cold.
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.