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SrinagarIndia

Set in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas, Kashmir and Jammu’s summer capital is a city bursting with colour and tradition. 

Srinagar’s numerous attractions and picturesque location on the shores of Dal Lake have made it a favourite with visitors both from India and further afield.

Srinagar is most famous for its charming houseboats which sit peacefully on the calm waters of Dal Lake. Rent a houseboat and spend a tranquil few days touring around the lake. For the best price, negotiate on arrival instead of booking ahead. If living afloat does not appeal, exploring the lake via a rented shikara, a smaller boat, is a great alternative.

Back on land, beautiful gardens dating back to the Mughal era feature local flowers and fountains. Many offer panoramic views of the lake. The best known of these is Shalimar Bagh but the quieter Nishat Bagh is more immediately impressive and the Zabarwan Mountains make for a stunning backdrop.

Don’t miss the many beautiful mosques in Srinagar. The lakeside location of the Hazratbal Mosque and the excellent nearby market could be what makes it a hugely popular attraction. Admire the breathtaking white exterior and impressive structure. Bear in mind, however, that women can only enter the first area of the building.

A visit to the Jamia Masjid mosque, in the Nowhatta area, provides the perfect opportunity to take a step back in time into the bustling old city where you will also find the vibrant Lal Chowk Bazaar. Haggle with the market sellers for food, crafts and more.

Away from its sights, smells and sounds, a trip to the Kashmir region would not be complete without purchase of a pashmina, a textile which has been manufactured here for thousands of years. If you want to make sure you get a genuine pashmina, a visit to the Kashmir Shawl Museum in the centre of town can be extremely worthwhile.

A cool to warm summer climate makes Srinagar an excellent choice for Western tourists who find the tropical temperatures of some parts of India uncomfortable. Much of the elegance of the city is maintained through the winter. However, some of the excellent restaurants and bars on the waterfront may close their doors.

Where to stay in Srinagar

Top hotels in Srinagar

Hotel Zahgeer Continental Gulmarg
Hotel Zahgeer Continental Gulmarg
3.5 out of 5
First Point, Main Road, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs5,500 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

Situated in Gulmarg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gulmarg Gondola and Gulmarg Golf Club. St Mary's Church is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

Hotel Zahgeer Continental Gulmarg
Kolahoi Green Heights Gulmarg
Kolahoi Green Heights Gulmarg
3 out of 5
Gulmarg Rd, Near Ice Rink, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
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Situated in Gulmarg, this resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gulmarg Gondola and St Mary's Church. Gulmarg Golf Club is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

Kolahoi Green Heights Gulmarg
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Pinnacle Site, Near Gondola, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs30,474 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

This family-friendly Gulmarg resort is located in the mountains, within a 10-minute walk of St Mary's Church and Gulmarg Golf Club. Gulmarg Gondola and Mt. Apharwat ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (67 reviews)

"Loved our stay. Great facilities and service, friendly staff and excellent location."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2019

The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Srinagar

Butt's Clermont Houseboats
Butt's Clermont Houseboats
3 out of 5
Naseem Bagh, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Situated near the airport, this houseboat is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Nigeen Lake and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Shalimar Bagh. Mughal Gardens and Hari Parbat Fort are ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Houseboats with history & character

"Not cheap, but well worth the money - historical indulgence from a bygone age. I wanted to experience Kashmir as set down in 'The jewel in the crown' and got it. Mr Butt is on hand to brief you on all the boats' history and brief you on Srinagar and nearby places of interest. Kaka his cook come butler ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2014

Butt's Clermont Houseboats
New Jacquline Heritage Houseboats Nigeen Lake
New Jacquline Heritage Houseboats Nigeen Lake
3.5 out of 5
Nigeen Lake, Hazratbal Road, Ghat No.1, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs4,850 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

Situated in Srinagar, this houseboat is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nigeen Lake and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Hari Parbat Fort. Lal Chowk and Shalimar Bagh are also within ...

New Jacquline Heritage Houseboats Nigeen Lake
Mascot Houseboats
Mascot Houseboats
5 out of 5
Opposite Nigeen Club, Nigeen Lake, West Side, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs8,394 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

This family-friendly Srinagar houseboat is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Nigeen Lake and Hari Parbat Fort. Shalimar Bagh and Mughal Gardens ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Our 3 night stay with Mascot Houseboats

"A magical 3 night sojourn on board one of the three Mascot Houseboats, a full moon on the last night adding to the allure & turning the lake silver..the courtesy and at tentativeness of our two house boat stewards Guzar & Halil was touching & very appreciated, the tour of the old Srinagar with host ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2018

Mascot Houseboats
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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