The fresh air of Kashmir and a roadside Jilebi can get you high here! Srinagar caters to the needs of every travel enthusiast : Romantic, Religious and Adventure.
Srinagar is a city of surviving artifacts from the past which reflects onto the variation in the seasons. Come spring and the world of ice breathes life with air smelling of flowers that have just blossomed. This effect is at its peak in Summer and, in Autumn, the colors of self-contemplation are quite touchy. Winter is the time when the lakes in and around Srinagar are frozen. The Dal lake and Nagin lake dominate the scene with lovely houseboats through which one can explore Srinagar into the heart way past the channels and canals. You can find shops, cottages, work-places clustered all about the waterfront when on your Srinagar holidays in Jammu and Kashmir
Tourists are captivated by the snow-capped Hari Parbat hill in the backdrop and, the river Jhelum that flows through the heart of the city which pretty much depicts a dream location for the perfect getaway. One can enjoy Srinagar as a lazy getaway or an aquatic sports enthusiast by trying out kayaking, water surfing, canoeing and angling! The best time to book Srinagar tour packages is from March to October.
Most visited holy placesThe holy places in Srinagar are:
- The Hazrathalbal Shrine – The Sacred hair or Moi-e-Muqqadas of the Prophet Mohammad is preserved here.
- Shankaracharya Temple – Provides an amazing view of the city and is of great archaelogical importance.
- Khanqah-e-Molla – Oldest muslim shrine, of Shah-e-Hamdan or Khanqah-e-Molla situated on the banks of the river Jhelum.
- Jama Masjid – Oldest and biggest of all mosques in Kashmir.
- Imambara Hassanabad – Around one million shia population mourn and worship this 2nd oldest shrine in Hassanabad.
- Chatti Padshahi – Situated outside the Hari Parbat fort, it is the one of the most important Sikh Gurudwara.
The places of tourist interests within Srinagar are:
- Cheshma Shahi and Pari Mahal – Developed into a tourist village now, the former is also called the Royal Spring and the latter, a school of astrology.
- Nishat Garden – Situated in the backdrop of the Zabarwan hills and on the banks of Dal lake.
- Shalimar Garden – Built by Jehangir for his beloved wife.
- Dal lake – World famous lake, approximately a mile away from the main city, is the jewel in Kashmir's crown.
A floating houseboat stay is a must in Kashmir tours in North India
as it brings out the charm of the valley. This is one such experience which can be boasted as they are articulately decorated with flowers and what not. One day devoted to this, is time and money well spent. Apart from the houseboats, the hotels on land provide private suites, guest houses, cottages, huts etc which suits every budget. Approximately 3 days are required to enjoy Srinagar to the fullest with one day spent on the houseboat capturing green rice fields, bridges and splendid Mughal gardens. One day to visit all the temples, shrines and nearby hotspots in Srinagar. And the last day to visit all the beautiful gardens and relax and get to terms with all the fun you had!
To enjoy the view en route Srinagar one must travel by road and also because the nearest railway track is 250 miles away! The airport is about 20 miles in Badgam district where regular flights from Delhi are chartered. One can avail cabs within the city with ease as there are a lot of travel agencies. Numerous packages from Delhi too are available.
Multi-cuisine restaurants are found in every nook and corner of the city which are equally good. Roadside dhabas are becoming a favorite as well and one should try out the specialties ranging from spicy chats to sweets and savories like “Gulab Jamun”, “Jilebi” etc.
Handicraft lover's delight and rightly so as it displays a rich and widely varied designs of available crafts. The beauty lies in the artifacts such as the carpets, sarees, shawls, wood carvings and a lot more. The city is filled with bazaars that add to the livelihood of the people.
Experience the snow-covered peaks, till-the-eye-can-see rice fields in all its glory in Srinagar and walk away with happy memories.
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