Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and the largest city in the Kashmir region. Srinigar is a modern waterworld, dominated by Dal Lake and its twisting waterways, tree-lined Nagin Lake, and the Jhelum River.Famously known as ‘Heaven on Earth’, Srinagar is every bit the epitome of paradise on earth. As picturesque as the most stunning painting to ever be painted.Once you visit Srinagar, the first thing you do is close your eyes and breathe in lungfuls of the clean, fresh mountain air.Filled with cascading mountains, natural evergreen beauty and delicious food delicacies, Srinagar proves to be a great tourist spot providing a peaceful yet gorgeous setting.Srinagar features a humid subtropical climate, heavily influenced by the Himalayas which surround the city on all sides. It is the coldest major city in India.The city is also not affected by the summer monsoon. Overall, Srinagar is a place that you can visit year-round (if you don’t mind the chilly weather in the winter) and it is very good gateway from the extreme heat and high moisture of the rest of India.
How to reach-
By Air:- Sheikh ul Alam Airport is commonly known as Srinagar Airport. It is an international airport. This airport is well connected and airlines offer regular flights from Srinagar to Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh. The airport is placed just 15 km away from the center of the city.
By Train:- There are no operational railway stations in Srinagar.To reach Srinagar by train, one has to reach either Jammu Tawi or Udhampur railway station. The stations are well connected with different parts of India
By Bus:- J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC) operates fairly comfortable buses from Jammu and do the journey in around 12 hr. 2 day buses run between Srinagar and Leh staying overnight in Kargil.
Self Drive:- The city is well connected with major cities like Delhi (876 km), Chandigarh (646 km), Leh (424 km) and Jammu (258 km).. The drive to Srinagar is famous for its enchanting views and the strategic importance it holds for being close to the Line of Control (LOC).
Things to do:-
Go for a Shikara ride in the Dal lake, enjoy the thrills of paragliding in Srinagar,Trekking and many more activities.
Places to visit-
Dal lake:- The jewel of Srinagar,the Dal Lake is the most celebrated and important lake amongst all in Srinagar.The Dal Lake has appeared in many Bollywood blockbusters like Aandhi, Lamhaa, Mission Kashmir and Silsila. More recently, the song Jiya Re of Shahrukh Khan starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan has been shot here.
The Mughal Gardens:- During Mughals rule, they began to build several types of gardens in Persian architecture, and the combination of these gardens is referred to as the Mughal Gardens.Shalimar, Nishat ,Shalimar and Chashm-e-Shahi constitute the famous Mughal Gardens of Srinagar.
Char Chinar, Srinagar:- Dal Lake is marked by an island which houses ancient and beautiful Chinar trees. Don’t forget to ask your Shikara to be steered in this direction to catch a view of this island.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden:- Situated in the foothills of the snowcapped Zabarwan mountain range, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden contains countless colorful tulips–it’s the largest such garden in Asia.
Shankaracharya Mandir:- Is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on a hilltop.
Nagin Lake:- The numerous lakes and gardens of the city lend it its famous charm. A small distance away from the Dal Lake is the Nagin Lake where you can boat, swim and attempt water skiing.
Pari Mahal:- (Close to Chashmashahi, some km uphill). a several hundred years old garden overlooking the Dal lake. Don’t miss the breathtaking views of the city from here.
Hazratbal Mosque:- The white mosque is breathtakingly beautiful but be careful, as women can enter only the first part of the mosque. Also take a walk through the adjacent market area with a range of great fresh food.
Sonmarg:- Also known as the ‘Meadow of Gold’, is a popular base for trekking to nearby locales. It is as much a preferred family destination as it is for the adventure enthusiasts. The Indus River offers fresh trout and mahaseer (freshwater carp fish) and glistening rapids for whitewater rafting.
Kheer Bhawani Temple:- Kheer Bhawani Temple is a celebrated Hindu shrine, situated in the Tulla Mulla village near Srinagar. The temple is constructed above a sacred spring, which is said to change its colours. Goddess Ragnya Devi – an incarnation of Goddess Durga – is the presiding deity of this temple
Many more spots to visit such as wular lake, manasbal lake, apple orchards, nilagrad river, yusmarg, hariparbhat, etc
Best time to visit-
Srinagar’s weather is pleasant throughout the year which attracts tourists from all over the world. The city only experiences two types of seasons – summers and winters. Due to its natural setting, Srinagar does not experience a proper monsoon season. Hence, monsoons are quite dull here. The best time to visit Srinagar is from the month of April to the month of October. This time is perfect for sightseeing as the weather is pleasant and people can admire its flora in its full glory.
Winter Season in Srinagar:- This magnificent city offers a cool and pleasurable winter. During this period, the minimum and maximum temperature range between 0°C and 15°C respectively. Winter begins in October and continues through till the month of March.
April to June:- The most popular time for tourists to visit as the weather is cool and temperatures range between 10 degree Celcius and 30 degree Celcius.