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.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir is every bit the epitome of paradise on earth and has a pleasant and cool climate all year round. Surrounded by the white snowy mountains, it offers a great deal of scenic views for those amazing insta pictures. Filled with cascading mountains, natural evergreen beauty and delicious food delicacies, Srinagar proves to be a great tourist spot providing a peaceful yet gorgeous setting. Spending our days and nights in the houseboats and getting Shikara rides in Dal Lake was truly one of the most amazing experiences of my life!
Dal Lake is the heart of Srinagar. I stayed in a house boat that floats on the lake. The house boats are cozy and lavish. Every morning, people in small boats sell fruits, vegetables and jewelry. I had fun buying things from a boat while sitting in another boat while drinking Kahwa tea. There is a floating market on the lake which is a must visit.
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.