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Introduction

Srinagar is a city of great antiquity. Srinagar is the summer state capital of Jammu and Kashmir and is the pride of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Srinagar is renowned for its simmering lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. "The Lake City", is a city of great antiquities and the summer capital of Kashmir. This paradise vale reflects the moods of the changing seasons. Walk down Sonwar or Residency Road and you will see half timbered houses and brick churches surrounded by magnolia trees in the garden. Enter a houseboat and you are instantly transported to another world. Spring breathes life into a frozen world and the air is heady with the fragrance of a million flowers that bloom on trees, shrubs and creepers . Srinagar is at the North of Delhi via Pathankot and Jammu. It is on both the sides of River Jhelum and is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, which includes Jammu. The God has graced this city with such a beauty, which is often compared to Venice.

Area 105 sq km
Altitude 1730 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-10.0 C-29.0 C Winter-2.0 C-15.0C
Language Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi, English
STD Code 0194
Rainfall 660 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to March

Srinagar MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :- Numerous airlines fly to Srinagar from New Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jammu and there are flights operating from Srinagar to Leh and back. Flights are more frequent during the summer Tourist Season
  2. Rail:-Srinagar's railhead is Jammu, which in turn is connected to all parts of the country, including Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai and Kanyakumari
  3. Road:-Srinagar is connected by an all weather road to Jammu, which in turn is connected to many parts of North India.

Places to Visit

Shankaracharya Temple Dal Lake Mughal Garden Hari Prabat
Hazratbal Jam Masjid    

Excursion

Gulmarg Pahalgam Sonamarg

Shopping

Srinagar in Kashmir is a handicraft lover's delight with a rich and distinct variety of crafts. There is great beauty in Kashmiri artifacts -which include - papier mache, lacquered and painted in floral designs; wood carvings and screens; fine carpets in typical oriental designs; silks and woollen shawls embroidered in traditional paisley and crewel work. There is a whole string of Government Handicraft Emporiums scattered around Srinagar but the main one is housed in the fine Old British Residency buildings by the Bund. Here one will find a representative selection of reasonably good quality items at reasonable prices. Even if one doesn't buy anything, and take advantage of the government's quality guarantee, it's a good idea to familiarise oneself with what's available here. The bazaars of Srinagar are packed with handicraft stores, street vendors there add their own charm. The J&K Handicrafts Corporation has a large display of handicraft items, carpets, etc. at the Government Arts Emporium.

Accommodation

Hotel The Lalit Grand Palace Hotel Paradise Hotel Zahgeer Continental