Srinagar is a world famous hill station in Kashmir.
It is a land of beauty and serenity! It is often referred to as ‘Heaven on Earth’ and it’s not hard to see why.
Nestled in the Kashmir Valley, Srinagar is a city that sits on the banks of the mesmerizing Jhelum River, surrounded by the serene Dal and Anchar lakes.
The city boasts of its enchanting natural environment, stunning gardens, tranquil waterfronts, and the famous houseboats. Houseboats in Srinagar are not just a place to stay, but they offer a unique experience that you’ll cherish forever. And while you’re here, make sure to take a ride in one of the iconic Shikaras and witness the beauty of the floating vegetable market, the lively community of people living on the lake, and more.
If you’re a fan of Mughal-era gardens, Srinagar has plenty to offer. From the stunning Nishat Bagh to the tranquil Shalimar Bagh and the picturesque Chashm-E-Shahi Garden, there’s no shortage of breathtaking sights to take in. And if you’re a lover of tulips, the Asia’s largest tulip garden is here, waiting for you.
When it comes to food, Srinagar is famous for its rich and flavorful Kashmiri cuisine or Wazwan. So make sure to try out the local dishes while you’re here and indulge in the unique fragrant spices. The city is also famous for its Kashmiri shawls, dried fruits, and locally grown apples. Don’t forget to visit the Lal Chowk Market and take back a piece of Srinagar with you.
When it comes to shopping, Srinagar has a lot to offer. From the Zaina Kadal Road to Lal Chowk and Residency Road, there are plenty of places to pick up unique souvenirs. One can buy shawls, carpets, copperware, tea and spices.
The Kashmir Government Arts Emporium is a great place to start if you’re looking for authentic Kashmiri handicrafts. From locally made silver jewelry to intricately designed wicker baskets, and the famous Kashmiri carpets, there’s something for everyone. Just make sure to check for double knots when buying a carpet and visit the Kashmir Shawl Museum to learn how to identify pure Pashmina shawls.
Do keep in mind that the city is prone to heavy snowfall during the winter months, and there have been instances of communal tensions in the past. But, things have improved significantly in recent years, so make sure to check the situation before visiting.
So, pack your bags and head to the ‘Heaven on Earth’, Srinagar. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!”