Srinagar is known as paradise on Earth due to its marvellous landscapes, natural beauty, hillocks, lakes and culture prevailing over there. It is spread out along the banks of the river Jhelum and is quite famous with respect to postcard tourist spot. The two portions or parts of the cities are connected via 9 bridges. The Shankar Acharya hills and the Hari Parbat are lying on the either side of the city. It is known as the summer capital for Jammu and Kashmir and city is quite famous for lakes, gardens, houseboats etc. It is also famous for the dried fruits and Kashmiri handicrafts. The gardens are having distinctly Mughal influence as lots of them are cultivated by the emperors of Mughal. The kind of experience you are looking for would determine the suitable time for travel.
How to reach Srinagar?
They are having a complex cultural fabric as there are lots of historical constructions and worship places which are standing from ages, which are evident of the historical unity of Srinagar despite of various religious denominations. UNESCO has recognized many of the locations as the cities heritage and some of them which could be mentioned are- Martand Sun temple, Shankaracharya temple, Kheer Bhavani temple etc.
- Via Air
Srinagar Airport is having a regular domestic flight to Jammu, Leh, Delhi and Chandigarh and in some cases the international flights as well. The International flight terminal came into existence in year 2009 with an Air India flight from Dubai. Hajji flights are also operating from this airport to Saudi Arabia.
- Via Train
It is a station on 119Km long Kashmir railway which was started in year 2009 and is connecting Baramulla to Srinagar, Anantnag and Qazigund. It is also connecting tracks to Banihal across the Pir Panjal Mountains via a newly constructed 11km long tunnel. Even there has been proposal set for building the metro station.
- Via Road Car
The city is served with numerous highways which does includes National Highway 1A and National Highway 1D.
Top 10 places to visit in Srinagar
- Dal lake
- Wular lake
- Hazaratbal shrine
- Shalimar Bagh
- Nishat Bagh
- Chashm- E- Shahi
- Harwan Garden
- Jama Masjid
- Pari Mahal
Where to stay and eat?
Checking out on different kind of cuisines are always an exciting and considered as part of travelling activity. Almost every of the states are having their staple or trade mark for the food. It is predominantly a Muslim location so you need to be sure that when you land up over there you would be greeted with non-vegetarian foods like that of Kebabs. Lalchowk is the famous location food street at the Khayyam chowk which over the time has become synonymous to barbeque market. Some of the famous restaurants near the Regal chowk are Mughal Darbar and Coffee Arabica. Even visitors could find some mouth watering restaurants along Boulevard lane. But in case if you are checking out for more ethnic food then you could dine out at old city which is also known as the downtown. For the tea drinkers, it is having a new meaning over here along with the interpretation. The famed Kashmiri tea is known as the sheer chai or noon chai.
Some of the renowned locations for staying are- Vivanta Taj, Hotel New Prince Inn,Hotel Royal Batoo,Hotel Pine Spring,Hotel Centre point, Hotel Grand mamta etc. But one recommendation is given that when you are travelling during the peak seasons then do get your booking done in advance else there could be issues with your stay.