Population : 725,000
Languages Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri, and English
STD Code: 0194
Located at a height of 1,730 metres in the Kashmir valley, the hill resort Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Its natural splendour with enchanting lakes filled with traditional houseboats along with Mughal gardens and a picturesque settings with the mighty Himalayas make it a popular tourist destination of north India. Its picture perfect surroundings with a pleasant climate provide a relaxing and salubrious retreat from the heat and dust of plains.
Jammu Kashmir India
Tourist Attraction Srinagar Hill Station :
Lakes : Also known as the city of lakes, Srinagar has a number of beautiful lakes, which are offering boat ride on the traditional houseboats. A boat trip on this lake by a houseboat provides a soothing and relaxing experience. The most prominent among them are the Dal Lake and Nagin Lake.
Dal Lake: The prime feature of the lake is the trading of flower and fruits grown on the islands in the lake. The lake also offers facilities for kayaking, angling and water surfing.
Nagin Lake : is believed to have been a part of Dal Lake. This small and beautiful blue lake is known also known as the â€œJewel in the Ringâ€.
Mughal Gardens : Set some distance back from the lake, but reached by a small canal, the Shalimar were built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan, 'light of the world' in 1616. The Nishat Bagh is another lovely garden with its 12 terraces representing the 12 signs of the zodiac, which descend gradually and seem to almost merge into the lake. Smallest of the Srinagar Mughal gardens, measuring just 108 metres by 38 metres, the Chasma Shahi, or 'Royal Spring', are well up the hillside, above the Nehru.
Nasim Bagh: Only a short distance beyond the Hazratbal mosque, the Nasim gardens, the 'garden of tepid airs' or 'garden of the morning breeze', were built by the Mughal emperor Akbar after his conquest of Kashmir in 1586. He had 1,200 Chinar trees planted in the garden, which is the oldest of Kashmir's Mughal gardens.
Shalimar Bagh : This garden was setup by Mughal emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan, in 1616.
Nishant Bagh :It is another beautiful garden with twelve terraces representing 12 signs of zodiac signs.
Best Time :
In Summer - June To Early November
In Winter - December To February.
Nearby Toursit Destination :
Gulmarg(54 km), Pahalgam(86 Km), Sonamarg(87 Km), Dachigam National Park(22 Km)
Visiting Srinagar :
In terms of air transport, the Srinagar Airport is connected to Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Jammu and Leh by regular flights.
Jammu Railway Station is the nearest railhead and is connected to all the major towns and cities of the country including Delhi, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Pune, Mumbai and Kanyakumari.
An excellent road network links the city with other parts of north India by frequent bus services of government and private operators. Private coaches and taxis are available from Jammu to reach Srinagar.
Srinagar has various hotels of all categories ranging from luxury to budget class to cater the accommodation needs of its tourists. But the most pleasurable accommodation is available in Houseboats run by families on the Dal Lake. These houseboats offer well appointed rooms with luxurious interiors and all kinds of basic facilities. In order to make your holiday in this hill station more enjoyable more various hotels, resorts, lodges and guest houses offer the right kind of accommodation to its tourists. Following are some of the prominent hotels in Srinagar.