Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, you will find many lakes and gardens in Srinagar, that is why Srinagar is also called the Land of Lakes and Gardens.
Places to visit in Srinagar
Dal Lake is also known as the Jewel of Kashmir. Dal Lake is a union of 3 lakes. Dal Lake is the second biggest lake in Jammu.
Dal Lake is spread over 26 square kilometers, there are many hotels and gardens on the banks of Dal Lake, the most famous of which is Shalimar Garden, houseboat and Shikara is the main attraction of Dal Lake.
Dal lake freezes completely during the winter season.
Gulmarg means valley of flowers. Which was discovered by the British in 1887. The British used to come here to spend their time in summer.
This place is located at an altitude of 2730 meters, to reach there you have to sit on your cable car. Gulmarg is around 65 km from Srinagar.
There is skiing in Gulmarg in the winter season. And in summer there are activities like trekking in the month of June-July. The world’s largest golf ground is present in Gulmarg
Pari Mahal is located at a distance of 11 km from Srinagar. It was built by Shah Jahan’s son Darashiko in the 17th century.
There used to be a Buddhist monastery here, later it was used for astrology. Pari Mahal is built on the banks of Dal Lake and just above the Chashme Shahi Garden.
Chashme Shahi Bagh
Chashme Shahi Bagh is the first Mughal garden of Srinagar, which was built in 1632 by Shah Jahan, the governor of Kashmir province.
Spread over 1 acre, this garden is the smallest Mughal part, which is also known as Royal Spring, from this garden the view of Dal Lake is worth seeing.
Due to its clear blue water, this lake is known as Nagin Lake. The lake is surrounded by trees. This lake is a part of Dal Lake. This lake is also well known for swimming and water sports due to its less depth and less polluted water.
Nishat Bagh is the garden of happiness. This garden is located on the eastern side of Dal Lake, which was built by Hussain Asif Khan, brother of Nur Jahan in the year 1633.
This garden is spread over 46 acres. This garden is the largest Mughal garden of Srinagar. This garden is 11 Kilometers away from Srinagar.
Hazrat Bal Shahrin is a famous dargah located in Srinagar and at the same time, it is also considered the holiest Muslim pilgrimage in Kashmir.
Built-in the memory of Prophet Muhammad, this place is a symbol of the faith of the Muslim community.
Shankaracharya Temple is situated on Shankaracharya hill. It is believed that it was built by Raja Gopal Dutt in 371 AD, this temple built at a height of about 1100 feet above sea level is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It is believed that earlier its name was Gopadhari, then Adi Guru Shankaracharya stayed at this place during his visit to Kashmir, since then it was named Shankaracharya Temple.
Shalimar means the abode of love, this thing was composed by Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahan in 1619 and after its complete construction.
Jahangir had said this Persian expression that “if there is a heaven on earth, then it is this”.
Among the gardens present in Srinagar, this is the most popular Mughal garden, which is divided into 3 sections, in which the lowest part is Deewane Aam, in the middle comes Deewane Khas and at the top comes a separate part for royal ladies .
This thing spread in the area has been protected by poplar trees from all sides.
Tulip Garden is arranged on the banks of Dal Lake. Spread over 75 acres, this garden is located at a distance of 8 km from Srinagar.
Tulip Garden was built in the year 2007, at this place every year in the month of April, a 7-day long tulip festival is held. In which more than 70 different varieties of tulips are found.
This tulip garden is the largest tulip garden not only in India but in Asia.
How to reach Srinagar
The distance from Jammu to Srinagar is 268 km.
The distance between Katra to Srinagar is 240 km
The distance between Udhampur to Srinagar is 201 kms.
You can also go to Srinagar by bus, you will get this service from different places of the country to Srinagar, you will get direct bus from Delhi to Srinagar, you can make an online and offline reservation all the way in the bus.
You can book an online ticket by visiting the website jksrtc.co.in.
Banihal to Srinagar
The best way to go from Udhampur to Srinagar is by bus or taxi from Udhampur, you have to come to Banihal. Banihal is a place where there is a railway station and every 1-hour train from Banihal railway station runs to Srinagar.
The train journey from Banihal to Srinagar is very attractive, in this train journey you can enjoy the valleys of Srinagar.
The train ticket from Banihal to Srinagar is rs. 35 and it takes one and a half hours to reach Srinagar from Banihal.
If you want to come to Srinagar by train then your nearest railway station is Jammu Katra Udhampur Railway Station.
If you want to go by flight, then there is a direct flight to Srinagar from all the major cities of the country, a direct flight from Delhi to Srinagar will give you an hour from Delhi to Srinagar.
On a direct flight from Delhi to Srinagar, you will get a ticket from 5000 to ₹ 7000 and you will reach Srinagar in one and a half hours.
Stay in Srinagar
You will find many hotels to stay in Srinagar, but the most popular place to stay in Srinagar is the houseboat.
You will find many houseboats in Dal Lake where you can stay, here the charges are not very high, you will get a chance to stay in the houseboat even for just rs.400 to rs 800. Apart from this, you will also find many expensive houseboats here.
Best time to visit Srinagar
The best time to visit Srinagar is considered to be from February to July and if you are a golf lover then this place is no less than a paradise for you as there are many golf courses available here.
Along with this, Srinagar is also considered the best hill station in India.