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Srinagar
Travel Guide

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

Hotel Zahgeer Continental Gulmarg
Hotel Zahgeer Continental Gulmarg
3.5 out of 5
First Point, Main Road, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
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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
The Floating Heritage Group
The Floating Heritage Group
4 out of 5
Boulevard Road, Ghat #9, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs2,160 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

Located in Dal Lake, this houseboat is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lal Chowk, Botanical Garden and Chashma Shahi Garden. Hari Parbat Fort and Nigeen Lake are also ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Best houseboat in dallake

"Best houseboat in dallake, location is excellen, rooms were spacious and clean, breakfast was also tasty,"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2021

The Floating Heritage Group
Shaw Inn
Shaw Inn
3 out of 5
District Baramulla, Alambal Road, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs7,499 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Situated in Gulmarg, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gulmarg Gondola, Gulmarg Golf Club and St Mary's Church. Mt. Apharwat is 27.6 mi (44.5 km) away.

2/5 (1 review)
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"It was a very bad experience to start with staff was rude, food wasn't upto the mark, heaters weren't on all time, n major turn off was that we were standing out in snow n no 1 was opening door around 12 am ."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2021

Shaw Inn
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The Floating Heritage Group
The Floating Heritage Group
4 out of 5
Boulevard Road, Ghat #9, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs2,160 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

Located in Dal Lake, this houseboat is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lal Chowk, Botanical Garden and Chashma Shahi Garden. Hari Parbat Fort and Nigeen Lake are also ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Best houseboat in dallake

"Best houseboat in dallake, location is excellen, rooms were spacious and clean, breakfast was also tasty,"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2021

The Floating Heritage Group
Mascot Houseboats
Mascot Houseboats
5 out of 5
Opposite Nigeen Club, Nigeen Lake, West Side, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs8,700 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr

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)
Wonderful stay

"Fabulous hospitality. Top notch service and a memorable experience"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Mascot 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 Rs6,950 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

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
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15 Feb 2020

Srinagar is really a paradise, its safe, the people here are very sober, i enjoyed my stay in srinagar.

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