Srinagar is known as the summer capital of India. Located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar lies in the Kashmir valley on the bank of the River Jhelum, a tributary of the River Indus. The city is known for its beautiful landscape, Dal Lake and houseboats! It takes an hour to reach Srinagar from Delhi. If you are planning a trip to Srinagar, then here are some options for you to consider.
Staying in a houseboat
One of the top attractions of Srinagar is Dal lake and its houseboats. The houseboats are like mini floating hotels that offer a unique stay experience. The houseboats give you a glimpse of the Kashmiri tradition yet the comfort of a modern hotel room. Admire the natural beauty of the place from the balcony of the houseboat, relax in a private bedroom or just take a ride on the famous ‘shikaras’ or local traditional boats on the Dal lake. Shikara rides are open on all days a week between 5 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Explore the Mughal gardens
Srinagar is dotted with greeneries and beautiful Mughal era gardens. Start with Chashme Shahi which is the smallest Mughal garden overlooking the Dal lake. From here you can head on to the second largest Mughal Garden – the Nishat Garden. Shalimar Garden is the largest of all the three Mughal gardens and is just 10 minutes’ walk.
Shop till you drop
The Polo view market at Srinagar is a place to go to for shopping. From Kashmiri handicrafts to dry fruits, saffron, and honey, you will get everything in one place. There are some boutique shops as well in and around the Dal lake.
A visit to the Jamia Masjid
A trip to Srinagar is incomplete without visiting the Jamia Masjid mosque in the old city. The mosque is built in Indo – Saracenic architecture and includes a spectacular courtyard and over 350 beautiful wooden pillars. On your way back, do visit the bustling bazaars just opposite to the mosque. The mosque remains open all days a week from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M.
See the city from the top
Go paragliding to catch a glimpse of the entire city from the top! Paragliding is open all days between 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. The price for the trip varies depending on the nature and duration of the flight.
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