Lying on the course of River Jhelum, Srinagar is undoubtedly one of the most recognized destinations of Jammu and Kashmir State. It is not wrong to call it the heart of Kashmir Valley. Known for scenic gardens, beautiful lakes and regional handicrafts, Srinagar is the place where the imprints of Mughal and British period still linger on in its architectural wonders. The city is also commonly known as ‘summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir State’.
With a name that means ‘City of Wealth’, Srinagar signifies its meaning very well. With the Himalayan Mountain Range forming a picturesque backdrop and lush green meadows blessing this hill station with beauty, Srinagar is truly one of the most dazzling destinations in India. A large number of globetrotters, ranging from honeymooners to family vacationers, from different parts visit the city every year.
Blessed with several beautiful destinations such as Dal Lake, Nagin Lake and Nishat Bagh, these attractions in Srinagar are the precious jewels of Jammu Kashmir tourism. The sparkling Dal Lake and the rows of colourful houseboats and Shikaras on its banks give tourists several memorable Kodak moments. Some other popular tourist attractions in Srinagar are Shalimar Bagh, Mughal Garden, Hari Parbat, Chashma Sahi Garden and Salim Ali National Park.
Like other places of the state, Srinagar too has its own cultural treasure that is well reflected in the holy places situated in and around the city. There are various pilgrimage centres in Srinagar that are quite popular among both locals and tourists. Prominent among them include Shankaracharya Temple, Hazratbal Shrine, Hari Parbat, Jama Masjid and Kheer Bhawani Temple. Besides having a wonderful time visiting these attractions in Srinagar, tourists can also enjoy shopping at Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Badshah Chowk and floating market in Dal Lake.
It doesn’t matter in which season you’re visiting this lovely destination of Kashmir Valley. Each season has its own charm and hues, making Srinagar a round-the-year tourist place. With snow-covered peaks in the background and heavy snowfall, Srinagar looks amazing during the white glow of winters. Winter season is ideal for those who love the chill in the air and a dip in the mercury. While during summers, tourists can enjoy several activities like Shikara rides and horse riding.