Lying on the banks of River Jhelum with deep and mesmerizing valleys cascaded in sky scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, Srinagar blends together the tints of nature, beauty, harmony and romance.
With deep and mesmerizing valleys cascaded in sky scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, this heaven on Earth leaves you absolutely mesmerized. Right from Chashm-E-Shahi to the exotic Shalimar garden, Srinagar offers bountiful of places to visit. Surrounded by mountains for the adventurous lot to lakes for photoholics to shopping markets for the spendthrifts, Srinagar does not disappoint anyone. The Dal lake is among the most beautiful and most popular lakes in India and a Shikara ride there would be unforgettable experience. Srinagar is also an important religious destination with the Hazratbal Mosque which enshrines ‘Moi-e-Muqaddas’ (the sacred hair) of the prophet Mohammed. Srinagar is also important as a base location to reach to various other areas of Jammu & Kashmir including Ladakhregion, Kargil, Dras, Dachigam National Park and Baramulla.
Directions by road from the nearest airport
Closest By Air
18 Kms 30 mins
Closest By Rail
215 Kms 7 hours
Closest By Road
300 Kms 8 hours 30 mins
350 Kms 8 hours 30 mins
With beautiful housboats anchored off shore in beautiful lakes, Srinagar makes an excellent place for a stay. Houseboats are accessible either by road, or by a short “Shikara” boat ride. Plenty of off shore hotels( flexible budgets) are also avaiable. One must make the bookings in advance as they turn out to be cheaper.
Srinagar is colorful and beautiful in all its sides. Cuisine follows the same idea, with dishes that are rich, unique and significant enough to create a food culture around themselves. Kashmiri kebabs found are famous worldwide and you just cannot step out of Srinagar without trying these.
Also this is the place for the authentic green tea and Kawah. While here, one can also indulge in popular local breads available here with a sip of ‘Pink tea’. Tsot is a local bread with sesame and poppy seeds and is quite popular in menus for breakfast.
Local cuisine include tabak maz, or flat pieces of meat cut from the ribs and fried till they acquire a crisp crackling texture, Gushtaba, which are meatballs moulded from pounded mutton like large-sized Rista (meat balls) but cooked in thick gravy of fresh curd base, Yakhni, a cream colored preparation of delicate flavor, is made with curd as a base, seekh kababs, Roganjosh, chaman- fried paneer (cottage cheese), in a thick sauce, dum-aloo – roasted potatoes in curd-based gravy.
Indian, Mughlai, Kashmiri
INR 200-350 For Two
Offering some great dishes of Mughlai cuisine along with Kashmiri non-veg, Mughal Darbar is a popular restaurant in Srinagar. Delicious Kashmiri Wazwan is a benchmark of this restaurant. A ‘not-so-expensive’ eatery and good quality of food.
Residency Road, Srinagar, Kashmir INDIA 190 001
Cafe de Linz
INR 300-400 For two
With a very unusual cozy ambiance and dim lighting, this is a semicircular restaurant that serves a typical range of Indian and Chinese dishes. Try Rogan josh here.
INR 280-350 For Two
A very well known and popular joint in the city, Ahdoos is located on Residency Road and offers some authentic Kashmiri delicacies at decent rates. Apart from lamb dishes, there is also a good variety for foodies in terms of Chinese and vegetarian options. There’s also a bakery downstairs serving good desserts.
Ahdoo’s Hotel, Residency Road, Ahdoos Hotel, Srinagar 190001, India
INR 500-700 For Two
This bistro behind a half-timbered place, is deceivingly spacious! It sports a fresh blend of cuisines in a city like Srinagar. Pizzas, Momos, Cakes, Milkshakes all are available here. Overall, it’s nice place to hangout.
Krishna Vaishno Dhaba
INR 100-150 For Two
Krishna Vaishno Dhaba serves authentic Indian food. It’s the perfect place for bag packers or even tourists to enjoy some good vegetarian preparations.
INR 200-250 For Two
Located near the shore of the majestic Dal Lake, Lhasa has a convivial walled garden or a low-ceilinged oriental dining room with elements of Buddhist design and style. It serves the best Chinese and Tibetan dishes in the area and is a hot favorite among the youth.
Lane 2, Boulevard Road, Srinagar190001, India
Taxis are easily available to cover the town. Walking is a therapeutic option