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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

Srinagar which includes a river or creek

Dal Lake

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

Dal Lake is noteworthy for its lake views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Royal Springs Golf Course and Shankaracharya Reserved Forest.

Dal Lake
Mughal Gardens showing a fountain and a garden

Nishat-Shalimar

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Unique features of Nishat-Shalimar include the lake views and restaurants. Make a stop by Mughal Gardens or Shalimar Bagh while you're exploring the area.

Nishat-Shalimar

Top hotels in Srinagar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Pinnacle Site, Near Gondola, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

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
Houseboat
Houseboat
DAL LAKE, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Located in Dal Lake, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Lal Chowk, Nigeen Lake and Shankaracharya Reserved Forest. Hari Parbat Fort and Royal Springs Golf ...

Houseboat
Four Points By Sheraton Srinagar
Four Points By Sheraton Srinagar
3.5 out of 5
Badami Bagh Cantonment, Sonwar Bagh, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
The price is Rs3,759 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

Located in the heart of Srinagar, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Lal Chowk and within 6 miles (10 km) of Royal Springs Golf Course and Hari Parbat Fort. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (10 reviews)

"Everything was very good..me,my family and my friends loved our stay here"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2019

Four Points By Sheraton Srinagar

Top Holiday Rentals in Srinagar

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lake Victoria Houseboat
Lake Victoria Houseboat
3.5 out of 5
Dal lake Ghat NO 9 Boulevard Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs1,999 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

Located in Dal Lake, this houseboat is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Lal Chowk and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Nigeen Lake. Hari Parbat Fort and Royal Springs Golf Course are ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Best houseboat in dallake

"This is the best houseboat in dallake i stayed twice in this boat and enjoyed alot n the service n the view is awesome i recomended to everyone to stay"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2018

Lake Victoria Houseboat
Lily of Nageen
Lily of Nageen
3.5 out of 5
Nageen Lake, Hazratbal (Dargah) Road, Near Nigeen Club, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs3,859 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

This family-friendly Srinagar houseboat is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nigeen Lake and Hari Parbat Fort. Shalimar Bagh and Mughal Gardens are also within 6 miles (10 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"Great service, hospitality and stay. Houseboat is clean and very well maintained. The staff - Meharaj was very helpful, friendly and a great person. He made our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Many thanks to him."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2019

Lily of Nageen
Mascot Houseboats
Mascot Houseboats
5 out of 5
Opposite Nigeen Club, Nigeen Lake, West Side, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
The price is Rs7,820 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

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 Lal Chowk are ...

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

Popular places to visit in Srinagar

Gulmarg Gondola
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Gulmarg Gondola

5/5(1 review)

Hit the slopes in Gulmarg with a visit to Gulmarg Gondola. Make time to visit the spas and temples while you're in the area.

Mughal Gardens
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Mughal Gardens

5/5(1 review)

Walk the polished paths of the "Garden of Bliss" and enjoy tranquil landscapes with fountains and measured Mughal architecture. 

Nigeen Lake
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Nigeen Lake

5/5(1 review)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Nigeen Lake during your travels in Srinagar. Wander the lakeside and gardens in the area.

Shalimar Bagh
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Shalimar Bagh

5/5(1 review)

Take a leisurely stroll through one of the Mughal Empire's lasting beauties, a royal garden overlooking Srinagar's Dal Lake. 

Botanical Garden
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Botanical Garden

Bring the family to one of India's prime gardens and play in the hedge-lined miniature plots, boat on a tranquil lake or spot native Himalayan orchids.

Hari Parbat Fort
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Hari Parbat Fort

5/5(1 review)

Ascend Sharika Hill to this commanding fortification to discover columned shrines, colorful temples and sweeping views of Srinagar along the way.

Reviews of Srinagar

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Christopher

15 Feb 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2019

Paradise on earth

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