Srinagar Travel Guide | Tourist Information for planning trips

Srinagar – the land of picturesque landscapes, beautiful Mughal gardens and mesmerizing Dal Lake. It’s one of the most sought out places for honeymoons and romantic getaways, bringing lovers closer to each other with its mystical and beautiful attractions. The capital city Srinagar of Kashmir is well connected by air, road and is often the first destination for tourists. The word Srinagar is a combination of two Sanskrit words, ‘Sri’ meaning wealth and ‘Nagar’ meaning place meaning the city of wealth'. It is popularly known as "Heaven on Earth". You may skip to any of the particular section below:-


 

Travel Tips for Srinagar

  • Plan at least a week-long trip
  • Go for Shikara ride at Dal lake around sunset
  • Spend at one/ two night in Pahalgam
  • Share more travel tips on shopping, transport, and sightseeing at Srinagar

Why should you plan a Srinagar Trip?

It will be hard to distinguish between pictures of Kashmir and Switzerland. Srinagar is one of the most beautiful cities of India and you should visit this place for its tranquil lakes, mesmerizing valleys, and surrounding mountains. Within 50 to 150 Km, are beautiful towns of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonmarg, which makes "Srinagar" as one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India.


What are the best times to visit Srinagar?

April to September is the best time to visit Srinagar. However, Srinagar has something special to offer every season as listed below:

  • October to February - If you love snow clad mountains, skiing, and temperatures much below zero degrees.
  • March to April - The snow in the mountains just start melting in Spring season and the valley is in full blossom. You must visit Tulip Garden Festival in Srinagar if you are visiting in April.
  • May to August - If you have found your love in green meadows and flowing streams of Pahalgam, this is the season for you. Beat the heat of your city by visiting this place for summer vacation.
  • September to October - This is a shoulder season to catch Kashmir at it's best at discounted hotel rates. You must catch up with Saffron farming and apple orchards if visiting in this season.

 

How to reach?

Srinagar is well connected by Air, Train as well as bus.

  • You may take a flight to Srinagar Airport from all major cities in India.
  • Srinagar Railway Station will be completed by 2017. Presently, you may reach Jammu or Udhampur by train and reach Srinagar by road thereafter.
  • Bus or Taxi is available from Jammu, Udhampur as well as Leh to reach Srinagar.

What are the Places to Visit?

Shalimar Bagh

  • Timings:
    • Summers - 9 AM to Sunset
    • Winters - 10 AM to Sunset
  • Ticket: Rs. 20 Adults, Rs. 10 Children, Rs. 200 Foreigners
  • Time Required: 1 - 3 hours
  • Activities : Photo Shoots, Street food

 

Nishat Bagh

  • Timings:
    • Summers - 9 AM to 8 PM
    • Winters - 10 AM to 7 PM
    • Closed on Friday
  • Ticket: Rs. 20 Adults, Rs. 10 Children, Rs. 200 Foreigners
  • Time Required: 1 - 3 hours
  • Activities: Photo Shoots, Street food

Temples in Srinagar

  • Shankaracharya Temple
  • Kheer Bhawani Temple
  • Sharika Devi Temple
  • Jwala Mukhi Temple
  • Loduv Temple
  • Rameshwaran Shiva Temple
  • Manasbal Temple
  • Buteshwara Temple

Which nearby destinations to Srinagar are recommended?

Pahalgam

  • Why Go? Green Meadows, Beautiful views
  • Money required:
    • Car from Srinagar - Rs. 2950
    • Local Sightseeing Car - Rs. 1500-2000
    • Local Pony Ride - Rs. 1500-2000
    • Rafting - Rs. 800 - 1500
  • Drive: 3 Hours one way, 90 Kms from Srinagar
  • Attractions: Baisaran Valley, Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Chandanwari, Rafting

Gulmarg

  • Why Go? Gondola, view of mountains.
  • Money required:
    • Car from Srinagar - Rs. 2050
    • Gulmarg Gondola- 700 + 900
  • Drive: 2 Hours one way, 55 Kms from Srinagar
  • Top Attractions: Gulmarg Gondola
Srinagar to Gulmarg Tourism

Srinagar to Gulmarg Travel Guide

Sonmarg

  • Why Go? View of Beas river, Thajiwas glacier
  • Money required:
    • Car from Srinagar - Rs. 2850
    • Pony Ride: Rs. 700 -1000 (optional)
  • Drive: 2.5 Hours one way, 80 Kms from Srinagar
  • Top Attractions: Thajiwas glacier
Sonmarg from Srinagar Tourism

Srinagar to Sonmarg Travel Guide


Connections to Srinagar

Most of the travelers combine their trip to Srinagar with Jammu or with Leh as the city is well connected by road.

  • Srinagar - Jammu : State Govt. buses (JKSRTC) are available in price range 250-450 Rs from Jammu to Srinagar. Also, you may take 'Shared Sumo' (500-700 Rs) per person or Private Taxi Rs. 6000 - 7000. You can hire taxis from Katra, Patnitop as well as Udhampur for Srinagar.
  • Srinagar - Leh: Srinagar is connected to Leh through scenic Srinagar-Leh highway (one of the most iconic road trips in India). Taxis are available for hire from Srinagar, Leh as well as Jammu for this trip.

 

Travel Scams in Srinagar, Kashmir

  • Houseboat Scam
  • Pony Ride Scam
  • Driver Commission Scam
  • Local Taxi Scam
  • Gondola Ticket Scam
  • Unwanted Gudie Scam

Srinagar Tour Packages

  • 100% refund on Cancellation due to present situation in Kashmir
  • Starting Rs. 5500 per person
  • Car-only tours at cheaper rates than Srinagar Taxi rate cards.
  • Cheaper than do-it-yourself or any online tour

Srinagar Packing List

  • Identity Proof
  • Clothes for religious places.
  • Jackets
  • Medicines & more