Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and
Kashmir and the largest city in the Kashmir region.The city has
become safer to travel since 2003, however the streets are still
lined with armed soldiers. Any building of value will also have a
sandbag bunker and razor wire for protection. If arriving from the
airport, you will also notice hundreds of large, Western style
vacation homes. These were built before the current conflict when
domestic travel to Kashmir was booming. Currently most of these
homes are empty, being squatted in or have been usurped for military
use. Most people visit the city in the summer months. The
temperature at this time is cool to pleasant. Light sweaters may be
needed for occasional cool nights in the summertime. In winter, you
will need full winter gear and expect snow and few places to have
How to go Srinagar? Mode of Transportation to Srinagar.
A new terminal for arrivals and departures with air bridges and
other up to date operational facilities was inaugurated on 14
February 2009. International, domestic and seasonal Hajj pilgrimage
charters to Jeddah are operated from Sheikh ul Alam airport.
Flights are operated by Jet Airways, Air Deccan, SpiceJet,
Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Jet Lite and Indian Airlines from Delhi
and Mumbai to Srinagar, with or without a stopover at Jammu. The
frequency is once or twice a day by each airline. The cost is approx
Rs 2,500 from Jammu, Rs 2,500-5,000 from Delhi one way and higher
from Mumbai, depending on the season.
The airport is still heavily patrolled and you may see many soldiers
or other armed security detachments. Winter flights can easily be
canceled due to weather conditions. Tickets are easy to purchase in
the city. The airport requires a ticket for entrance. A taxi into
town should be Rs 550 and direct to Gulmarg is Rs 1,500-2,000
When departing Srinagar by air, make sure you have a printed copy of
your ticket at hand, otherwise you will not be able to enter the
airport. Additionally, allow approximately 1 hr to get from Srinagar
to the airport. Security checks can cause traffic to bank up if
there are a few flights leaving at around the same time.
Hiring a TATA Sumo SUV (fits up to 9 people, or 5 comfortably plus
luggage) from Jammu costs approximately Rs 1,900-2,700 depending on time
of year or even time of day. To reduce costs many people choose not to
take an exclusive taxi, and share the Sumo taxi with other travelers.
This costs about Rs 150-400 per person. For a comfortable trip, try for
a seat in the middle row - the front bucket seat is (sometimes
uncomfortably) shared by 2 people, and the far back could be quite bumpy
as the highway is full of mountainous roads. The journey takes around 8
J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC) operates fairly
comfortable buses from Jammu costing around Rs 150 and do the journey in
around 12 hr. 2 day buses run between Srinagar and Leh staying overnight
Place to Visit /
Sightseeing places / Place to see in Srinagar.
The Mughal Gardens With terraced lawns,
cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the panorama of
the Dal in front of them - the three Mughal Gardens of Chesmashahi,
Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal Emperors' concept of paradise and are
today very popular places for picnics and excursions. The beauty of
these gardens is at their best during spring but the Mughal structure of
these gardens lends them a unique sense of beauty even when the flowers
are not blossoming.
Nishat Bagh - Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the
Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, (11 km. from TRC), this 'garden of
bliss' commands a magnificent view of the lake and the snow capped Pir
Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley.
Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan.
Shalimar Bagh - the Mughal garden in front of the Dal lake built
by Emperor Jahangir.
Chashmashahi - is another beautiful Mughal garden.
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 and a thousand things deep fried.
Ziarati Hazrati Youza Asouph - in the Khanyar area, about
150 m NW of Dastgir Saheb mosque & shrine. This tomb, also known as Roza
Bal, is believed by some to be the tomb of Jesus (part of the larger
theory that he survived the crucifixion and made his way to Kashmir
where he lived until at least the age of 100). It has been made popular
by recent books such as Jesus Lived in India by Holger Kersten among
others. It's down a little side road - ask around, pretty much anyone in
the area can point you in the right direction.
Shankaracharya Mandir - Is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
on a hilltop. It can be reached by a car or taxi. No cameras or
cellphones are allowed within the temple and you are supposed to leave
them in the vehicle before entering the temple premises. Cigarattes,
liquor are to be deposited with the police personnel before the ascent
of the hill as these items are against Hindu religion.
Pari Mahal - Don't miss the breathtaking views of the city from
Hotels accommodation in
Srinagar city. You can book from hotels booking engine for instant
* Swiss Hotel Kashmir. +91 0194
2472766, +91 0194 2477640.(In the foot hills of Shankrachraya Temple and
stones throw distance from world famous Dal Lake is this beautifully
located hotel. It is a commission free hotel.
|Hotel Ishfan -
Kohnkhan, Dalgate, Srinagar. Mid-range hotel with double room
starting at Rs 2,500. In off-season, rooms can even be bargained
upto Rs 400. The in-house restaurant serves North Indian food as
well as chicken delicacies.
Blooming Dale Dalgate - near Dal Lake. A small
place with a lush green lawn suitable for families and
individuals. Typical kashmir hospitality.
Hotel Sadaf - The Pearl, 45, Exchange Road,Regal
Chowk,Srinagar. checkin: 12 noon; checkout: 12 noon. Centrally
located hotel. Quiet with mountain views, 3 min drive from the
Dal Lake and the local bus stand and 7 km from the airport.
* United Continents Group, Bishember Nagar, RIEC, Near Ikhwan Hotel,
Srinagar 190001 Kashmir, India, +91 194 2474814. Rs 3,500.00. edit
* Butt's Clermont Houseboats. Moored on northwest edge of Dal Lake
nearby to an old Mughal Garden believed to have been built by Emperor
Akbar and called Garden Of Breeze. Butt’s houseboats have had some very
famous guests, including Ravi Shankar, Galbraith, Rockefeller, and
* New Shaheen, A house boat at Raj Bagh Ghat is a luxury and economical
and as well as serene for those who wish to stay in house boat yet far
from noisy area. In off season you can bargain to ~Rs 600 for a double
room with breakfast and dinner included.
* House Boat Taj Mahal: Houseboat located offshore in the open area of
Dal Lake gives a view of mountains and the life around the lake. +91-941
9061672, +91-941 9060091, +91-941 9062480271
* Young Bombay, 00 91 99 06 38 03 27. A houseboat in the middle of the
Dal Lake, in the Golden Lake part (close to the Boulevard). Actually a
complex of several boats of various classes, from deluxe to C, with
varying classes. Spacious rooms with bathrooms, lake views, cable TV,
internet, original Kashmiri cuisine and European food prepared by the
owner's family. Advance reservations and airport or bus station pickups
are available. Land line: 00 91 19 42 47 70 94 edit
There are also some houseboats on quieter Nagin Lake.
* Peacock Houseboats - These houseboats are on Nagin Lake across from
the Nagin Club. Made of cedar and furnished with antique wooden
furniture. Carpeted sitting room and dining room. Bedrooms have western
bathrooms attached. Cushioned veranda looks out over lake. Western
breakfast and choice of Kashmiri, Indian or Western lunches/dinners are
served by the houseboy. Can arrange tours.
Other houseboats can be found on Jahlul river near Information center
and Bus station.
* New LaLa Prince 00 99 06 47 51 33. Houseboat owner Yousuf is a
friendly and wise man who respects your freedom. Trekking and camping in
Kashmir can be arranged. Prices are around 700 - 800 rupees including
breakfast and dinner