Srinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of
1,730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. The Dal
and Nagin lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing play
of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally
attractive to visitors around the year.
Today Srinagar is a resort for the tourist who can experience, at first
hand, the peculiar beauty of the valley that has attracted the Chinese,
the Mughals and the British to it.Its waterways with their own quaint
lifestyle, the unique Houseboat, the blossoming gardens, water sports
activities, shopping for lovingly handcrafted souvenirs and the nearby
resorts make it a cherished spot among those looking for a memorable
Getting there :
By Air : Srinagar is well connected by air with Delhi. There is a daily flight to
Delhi via Jammu by Indian airlines. There are weekly flights operated by
Indian Airlines for Leh from Srinagar.
By Rail :
Srinagar does not have a railway station and the nearest railhead is Jammu
Tawi, which is 305 km from Srinagar.
By Road :
Srinagar is well connected by road to important places like Chandigarh
(630 km), Delhi (876 km), Jammu (298 km), Leh, Kargil, Gulmarg, Sonamarg,
and Pahalgam. Touristplacesinindia can arrange for you all types of land
transport for your comfortable journey in Srinagar and throughout the
Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Magic of the house boats :
Srinagar's largest lake, the Dal, has the maximum number of houseboats, a
unique feature of Srinagar. These houseboats are accessible by smaller
boats called shikaras. The most amazing feature of staying in a houseboat
is that you can shop while staying in the boat, as tiny wooded shops on
shikaras carrying vegetables and fruits, flowers, tailors, doctors,
bakers, etc. keep calling.
Attractions of the town :
The valley of Kashmir :
in which Srinagar is located, is also referred to as being a heaven on
earth. The Mughal emperor Jehangir was so captivated by the beauty of this
valley that he exclaimed "Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin
asto, hamin asto" (If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here,
it's here). There are a number of tourist places in and around Srinagar.
The Dal Lake :
is an important tourist attraction of Srinagar. It is located on the
eastern end of the city. The Dal Lake comprises of a series of lakes,
including the Nagin Lake some 8 km from the city center. One can enjoy the
panoramic view of the mountains surrounding Srinagar from this lake.
Travelers can enjoy taking a ride on traditional Kashmiri boats or the
Shikaras to explore the intricate maze of waterways of this lake.
The other major attractions of Srinagar city are the well laid out Mughal
The Shalimar Bagh and the Nishat Bagh :
are beautiful gardens located to the far eastern side of the Dal Lake. One
can take a stroll amongst these green and attractive gardens and enjoy the
waterworks within them.
The temple of Shankaracharya :
is another important place to visit in Srinagar. Jaluka, the son of
emperor Ashoka, built it in the 3rd century BC.