Srinagar Travel Guide

  • Jama Masjid, Srinagar, Kashmir
    Jama Masjid, Srinagar, Kashmir
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  • Dal Lake at Srinagar, Kashmir, India
    Dal Lake at Srinagar, Kashmir, India
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Srinagar Highlights

  • Pro
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     Full of natural beauty, architecture, culture etc 

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     Unwelcoming feel and curfew 

  • In a nutshell
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     A truely unique and romantic experience among the Himalayans 

Srinagar Things to Do

  • River Jhelum

    The River Jhelum is life line of Kashmir, Srinagar city is situated on the both banks of River Jhelum. Now there are numerous parks on the both banks of Srinagar. A stroll on the banks of the river is suggested to see the life of Srinagar. The River Jhelum is sourced through Verinag Springs. The river ends at Pakistan. Many poets have written about...

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  • Mughal Gardens of Srinagar!

    The Mughals who also ruled India for three centuries also ruled Kashmir from Akbar's time. After the end of Hindu rule in 14th century , it came under the rule of several Muslim rulers. But it was during the time of The Mughal ( Akbar to Sahjehan) these beautiful gardens were created namely Shalimar Bag ( Garden), Nishat Bag and Chasma Shahi. The...

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  • Visit to An Apple Orchard

    It was our misfortune that we visited Kashmir during full winter in the last week of November. The apple season ended in Mid October. What we could see is only a few apples left in the trees of the orchards and packed in the box. It may be they are not grown in the field e visited near Srinagar or the produces that are shown were kept in a cold...

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  • Saffron Fields of Kashmir

    I am putting this tip in Things to Do , not in Shopping Tip as this forms an important part of Kashmir's economy. The economy of Kashmir, is many times better than other Indian states due to it's agricultural products. Apart from Apples , it also grows one of the finest varieties of Saffron, which also most expensive herb/ spice in the world. It...

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  • Visit to Cricket Bat Industry

    Kashmir is very famous for it's willow wood. This is soft but very strong used to make Cricket bats. Cricket is very popular in India and in the Sub Continent. In India cricket bat industry is an unorganised industry with thousands of people involved. This industry is more organised in Jallandhar in Punjab than Kashmir. They remain mostly raw...

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  • Avantiswami Temple, Avantipur with more...

    This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple has been subject to vandal in the past. The Govt. of India has tried to protect all the ancient structures and temples by posting an Army Band at the site. There have several been moments to blow this temple out in the last 20/25 years. Though, no one is going to frisk you at the site but there...

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Srinagar Restaurants

  • traditional snacks

    traditional kahwa (tea) + biscuits/cakes and other snacks, are served (very generously) at every house if you visit a local.

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  • Don't Miss Gustaba at Srinagar!

    Since, I visited Kashmir after 33 years, I wanted to try out two main dishes again I savored 33 years back. One was the exotic meatball dish called Gustaba and the second was lamb meat Skewer at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. On the day of arrival at Srinagar, I expressed my desire to taste Gustaba to Mr.G.M.Khandey, General Manager of Hotel Grand Mumtaz, he...

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  • Don't Miss this Skewer at Srinagar!

    I shall put this tip on the top of the list of my Kashmir Restaurant page as it brought me instant nostalgia after 34 years of my first visit in 1977. The Lal Chowk was totally different then, it was wide, with many food joints on the street. There were many Skewer shops serving delicious Lamb Boti Kebabs. But this time , I found only one after...

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  • Good fast food

    As far as standard vegetarian fast foods go, this one is pretty alright. Fast service, hot food, clean, and well lit - it is hard to ask for more. Prices are reasonable. It is only 3 stores off the main Boulevard road, near Hotel Shah Abbas. It does attract tourists at peak hours but not nearly as bad as Nathu's or the Punjabi Rasois on the main...

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  • Tourist magnet

    Both Nathu's and Punjabi Rasoi (there are 2-3 Punjabi Rasoi's) on the Boulevard are perenially filled by domestic tourists. I think mainly because they both offer only vegetarian food and most Indian travelers prefer not to step into a place that offers any meat. That has lead to a noisy dining experience with zero ambiance; Nathu even has a...

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  • bakery and restaurant, the winner is...

    They both offer an impressive variety of Mughalai meat entrees but also some for the vegies, which is what I covered. Everyone's favorite seems to be Mughal Darbar but here is a breakdown:Mughal DarbarOn Residency Road. Relatively spicier food with huge portions and reasonable prices. Larger menu than Ahdoos. Mostly busy with locals and tourists....

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Srinagar Nightlife

  • People and Market watching at Srinagar!

    There is not much of night life at Srinagar, the markets closes early. But there are numerous shawl shops and dry fruit shops that is kept open for the tourists till 8.30 or till 9.00 PM. What you can best do, window shopping at Lal Chowk or have a skewer at Lal Chowk with the locals. There is no bar where you can sit and sip your favourite drinks....

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  • on the shikara...

    Every night, when we`d return from the shoot to our `houseboat', we had to hop onto one of the waiting `shikaras'. Shikaras are the gondolas of Srinagar... The ten minute ride was something i looked forward to always... the mountains- shilouetted against a sky full of stars, the silence- which was only broken by the sound of the oars as they...

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Srinagar Transportation

  • Jammu to Srinagar by Bus.

    It takes about 10 hrs to reach Srinagar from Jammu. The road is beautiful , smooth and hassle free as it's being maintained by BRO ( Border Road Organisation) the road wing of Indian army. Now there are several bus options available for travel to Srinagar. Right from Air conditioned Volvo buses to taxis that go to Srinagar and back. You also get...

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  • Best way to travel to Srinagar by Air

    There are only two ways now that takes you to Srinagar the first and the choice of the affording class is by air and the other is by road. The flight from New Delhi takes about 1.45 hrs to Srinagar. It offers breathtaking views from air. You can see The Greater Himalayas or The Pir Panjal range for nearly an hour or so. Try to take the window seat...

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  • Bored? Read the signs

    If you get bored witless on your 13+ hour trip to Srinagar from Jammu Tawi, why not read some of the signs along the road admonishing reckless drivers. Like these real signs:Life is a journey. Complete it.Life is short, don't make it shorter. This is a highway, not runway.If married, divorce speed.Heed heed, don't go to sleep.

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Srinagar Shopping

  • Terrific for bags

    If you are looking to buy white embroidered bags, that seem to be at almost every store, this would be the best place. Why? They are easy and friendly (no fake coy talk), carry a nice variety, and give good prices. They also have shawls, kurtas, and other fabric related stuff. Sadly, I forgot to get the name of the two men who we had met; all I...

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  • the drill

    You know the drill. Bargain for the price. Don't go to govt. crafts emporiums because they are overpriced... but the air conditioning is nice =)For shawls, kurtas, stoles, papier-mâché, and other local crafts, there is really no one vendor. You have to look around. But there is one location! Walk on the Boulevard at evening to meet the sellers who...

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  • Traditional handicrafts and souvenirs

    Kashmir is famous for its traditional handicrafts and the following items (which are famous in Kashmir) are worth buying if you are interested:- Kashmir carpets (very famous and beautiful)- Products made from famous Kashmir goat wool (known as Cashmere) e.g. showls, clothings- Paper marche products (which comes in all shapes, sizes, colours etc)-...

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Srinagar Local Customs

  • No flower shops

    Something cool mom (my sport of a travel companion) observed was that there are no shops selling cut loose flowers in Srinagar. I think that says a lot. It's not as if they don't appreciate them because they certainly have tons in their numerous gardens that not even kids pluck. I think Kashmiri Muslims don't like to cut flowers Because they like...

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  • Floating farms at Dal Lake

    Dal Lake is home to many local people, who built their houses on islands on the lake itself. As part of their daily life, these people actually have floating farms on the lake itself, where they grow vegetables. These floating farms are mobile and can be moved along the lake from place to place (interesting indeed). During summer, the Dal Lake is...

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  • Architecture - Traditional Buildings

    Srinagar is a rather old city, and many of the old houses and architecture (mainly brownish in colour) can still be seen in the old town area of the city, including the areas surrounding the Jama Masjid (biggest mosque in the city). I was told by my guide that one of the key features of the buildings are the beautifully designed traditional windows...

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Srinagar Warnings and Dangers

  • Please keep it in proportion

    I won't lie, there are some dangers in Kashmir. I try not to pay attention to all the hype and hearsay regarding Kashmir because as explorer Simon Reeve once said, risk is relative. But it did not help reading the headlines on a local paper the very day I was to arrive in Srinagar that a 5 kilogram bomb planted near a wine store had been defused by...

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  • Thin ice on water

    Because of the cold winter, sometimes the water on the lake and other places can freeze if the temperature drops below zero degrees celsius for sometime. The ice that is formed can be very thin so it is best not to step onto the ice or else you may fall into the icy water.

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  • Cold weather and keeping warm

    Srinagar can get very cold during winter so you need to be prepared, especially if you are staying at the traditional boathouses at Dal Lake. Usually, the rooms of the boathouses will have heating system via the traditional buring of wood (see photos). Also, the boathouses may provide you with hot water bags for you to put beneath when you go to...

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Srinagar Tourist Traps

  • Fake saffron during the Shikara ride

    Don't buy any saffron while you are on your Shikara ride in the lake, especially from other boaters that glide close to you for a sale. It is fake. Instead buy your saffron from the store on the highway leading up to the city. I forgot its name, but you will see many parked cars next to it.

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  • Be Ready to pay Premium at Grocery/...

    This may sound funny, but true, in some of the parts of Srinagar ( it's a big city with daily supply) the shopkeepers will charge you premium over any thing you buy on the pretext that they pay transportation cost from plain land. I have noticed this tendency while buying medicines, pads, cigarette, cold drinks, chocolates or even chewing gums!...

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  • Be Careful of Auto Rickshaw or Tuk Tuk...

    This is surely a trap. Please be careful when you hire an Auto Rickshaw or Tuk Tuk, please ask very very clearly how much he is going to charge you for your destination and for how many persons. You will be surprised, when they ask for Rs.100/- for a destination of one kilometer or less. You will be surrounded by locals who will support the auto...

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Srinagar Off The Beaten Path

  • The Majestic Pir Panjal Range from...

    We had the great opportunity to view The Mighty Greater Himalaya from the aircraft, when it was hovering over Srinagar for more than 45 minutes for landing as the visibility was poor. The required visibility for landing 2300 meters, which was only about 2100 mts, so we enjoyed the great view of Kashmir valley as well as The Greater Himalayas. Why I...

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  • The Shankaracharya Temple

    Visit to the valley is not complete, without a visit to the oldest shrine of Srinagar. The Shankaracharya temple is believed to be the prayer place for the Panadavas of Mahabharata during their 12 years exile! Unfortunately, no photography is allowed at the top because of security reasons. The hill is full of vegetation and forest, you will not be...

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  • Avantiswami temple ruins

    30 km from Srinagar is the remains of the Avantiswami temple (similar to Martand near Jammu Tawi). It was a Hindu temple built in 880 A.D. which now sits next to a mosque :)Though it was only my 4th day in Kashmir I began to admire and appreciate the traditions of the Kashmiri Muslims; their respect towards women and subtlety of everyday life. So,...

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Srinagar Favorites

  • People of Kashmir

    I really don't know , where do I have these pictures captured as tips in VT. These pictures are very important to me as they reflect life of Kashmir and Kashmiri people. In my total five days of whirlwind tour of Kashmir, I took about 3500 Pictures at random as I felt like capturing the life of Kashmir! Out of these 3500 pictures about 300/400...

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  • Its People: the real reason to visit!!

    I think what Jehangir or the poet Jami could have meant by exclaiming Kashmir a "Paradise on Earth" was not for its landscape. If people can create a paradise, then they were completely right. The people of Kashmir, and Srinagar, are its star attraction. Nothing else. Don't get me wrong, the scenes are stunning but you might find something similar...

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  • Kashmir vs. Uttarakhand

    I know this is wrong on many levels but it might be good to sort out the two regions since they both are often lumped as "hill stations" along with all other northern states. And I cannot help it since I have been to both not too long ago. So here is my simple, and humble, way to differentiate the two.Uttarakhand1. More stark. Just more contrasts:...

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Sunrise at Dal Lake
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Beautiful Dal Lake of Srinagar!
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Ver Nag and delightful kids!
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Jawahar Tunnel - one of the longest in India!
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SHANKARACHARYA TEMPLE
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Kerala Pilgrimage
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Famous Dal Lake in Srinagar
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Flights to Srinagar (Part 2)
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Architecture - Traditional Houseboats
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Kabutar Khana
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Boat cruise along Dal Lake
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Shikara (traditional boats)
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