Srinagar travel guide

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You're Going to Love Srinagar

Dal Lake, Mughal era gardens, majestic mosques nestled in the mountains, summer festivals and winter sports: this and more make up the region of Srinagar. Its proximity to Jammu and Leh make it the perfect place to venture for a few days and it's unique position as a melting pot between Hindu and Islamic cultures make it historically rich and ethnically diverse.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Srinagar

1. Cruise Around the Unforgettable Dal Lake

You can't visit Srinagar without spending a day paddling around Dal Lake. Take a shikara (gondolas) and jet around with the mountains as your backdrop.

2. Visit the Majestic Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

Don't miss the colorful and sacred mosque that was built entirely without nails. It truly is an architectural wonder.

3. All Aboard...a Houseboat?

Don't miss the unique opportunity to spend a few nights living in a houseboat on Dal Lake. When in Srinagar...do as the locals do!

4. Spend A Day Afloat

Dal Lake is densely populated by more than just floating shrubbery. Its unique surface is where floating villages and markets open daily. Take a boat and spend the day exploring.

5. Shalimar Bagh

The famous Shalimar Bagh is a collection of beautiful gardens that have survived from the Mughal era to today. It was initially built for Nur Jahan, an Empress consort of the emperor Jahangir.

Where to Eat in Srinagar

You don't want to miss sampling authentic Kashmiri cuisine at Mughal Darbar. Enjoy vegetarian and non-vegetarian mains for ₹105-₹340 or order wazwan, a multi-course Kashmiri dining experience, for 4 for ₹640-₹2875.

When to visit Srinagar

Srinagar in December
Estimated hotel price
$18
1 night at 3-star hotel
Srinagar in December
Estimated hotel price
$18
1 night at 3-star hotel

Though each season in Srinagar comes with its own charm, the most popular time for travelers' sojourns is from April to June. Temperatures at this point range from 50°F to 86°F.

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How to Get to Srinagar

Plane

Land at the Sheikh ul Alam Airport International airport in Srinagar and take a taxi for 8.45 miles into the city center, which costs around ₹550.

Train

The Rail network of India is currently working on building a Srinagar Railway Station, scheduled to open in 2017. Until then, to reach the city by train, stop at Jammu Jammu Tawi or Udhampur railway station and take a taxi.

Car

Depending on where you're coming from, there are a variety of routes. From Leh or Kargil, for example, use the NH1. From Jammu, use the NH44.

Bus

Getting in from nearby cities like Jammu or Leh, you can use J&KSRTC buses. Fares start at ₹350.

Airports near Srinagar

Airlines serving Srinagar

United Airlines
Good (69,526 reviews)
Air India
Good (7,060 reviews)
IndiGo
Good (690 reviews)
Vistara
Excellent (157 reviews)
SpiceJet
Good (360 reviews)
FlexFlight
Excellent (4 reviews)
GoFirst
Good (121 reviews)
AirAsia India
Good (63 reviews)

Where to stay in Srinagar

If you want to stay in style while in Srinagar, rest up at The LaLit Grand Palace Srinagar, which is a heritage hotel. Or, for real novelty, try a houseboat like the House Boat Taj Mahal. Budget travelers will love Noor Guesthouse.

Popular neighborhoods in Srinagar

Rainawari - This district is one of the main hubs in Srinagar and encompasses half of the beautiful Dal Lake, small shops and plenty of modest but delicious eateries.

Shalimar - When you're here, check out the Shalimar Bagh, a well-curated garden built in the Mughal Period.

Muja Gund Ghat - This picturesque neighborhood is home to incredible sloping mountains, misty sunrises and the ever-blooming famous Tulip Garden.

Where to stay in popular areas of Srinagar

Most booked hotels in Srinagar

Vivanta Dal View
Excellent (8, 158 reviews)
$356+
Fortune Resort Heevan - Member Itc's Hotel Group
Excellent (8, 94 reviews)
$242+
Walisons Hotel
Excellent (8, 62 reviews)
$18+
Hotel Kashmir Inn
Good (7.7, 32 reviews)
$20+
Hotel Centre Point
Good (6.7, 10 reviews)
$46+
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How to Get Around Srinagar

Public Transportation

There are buses around Srinagar but these are hop-on-hop-off. Fares depend on how far you're going and tickets are sold on the bus.

Taxi

You can grab a taxi from the streets or you can pre-book. Pre-booked taxis costs between ₹100-₹250. The per mile rate for taxis is ₹13.

Car

Car rentals in Srinagar usually come as a package deal from companies like Kashmir Car Rental. A 4-day package, for example, start at ₹7,000 for non-AC and ₹8,200 for an AC car.

Car rental agencies in Srinagar

The Cost of Living in Srinagar

Shopping Streets

Those who love shopping will find plenty of smaller shops selling jewelry and clothing at Lal Chowk Ghantaghar.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs ₹34 and dozen eggs costs around ₹57.

Cheap meal
$2.33
A pair of jeans
$31.07
Single public transport ticket
$0.17
Cappuccino
$1.29
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