Places to Visit in Srinagar

Travellers are preffering these places in Srinagar

Experience Time: 2-3 hours

Distance: 7 kms

Dal Lake

The jewel of Srinagar, the Dal lake is synonymous to a visit to Srinagar and almost a visual definition of the town. Spread over 26 square kilometres, it is the most photogenic stretch of paradise on earth and undoubtedly also the most sought after attraction. It is situated in the midst of beautiful lush green mountains and is the most pristine view of nature in all its glory. Facilities such as shikara boat rides, house boats and lake markets make this place a favourite among tourists. Srinagar has always been a pleasant place to visit in summer, therefore, making it one of the favourite places the Mughals and the Britishers liked to go during summer. One of its main attractions was the Dal Lake which was not left unnoticed. The Dal lake consists of four main char chinars in the middle of the lake which is a means of its recognition. The Mughals saw the potential in the Dal lake and surrounded it with beautiful gardens and pavilions and also built the Shalimar and Nilshad Gardens exactly at a place where the beautiful outstretched lake can be seen in all its glory. The Britishers brought forward the concept of boat houses in the Dal Lake, which further promoted tourism to the lake. A tourist hub, one should not miss the pristine beauty of Dal Lake.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 6 kms

Mughal Gardens

Mughal Gardens which have truly changed the face of the Mughal Empire is one of the most popular and the most visited tourist attractions of Srinagar. During their rule, the Mughals began to build several types of gardens in Persian architecture, and the combination of these gardens is referred to as the Mughal Gardens. The natural beauty of the place filled with lush green grass and the scented flowers is a stress-buster and pleasing to the eyes. The tourists who come here take long strolls in the garden or sit and admire the beauty of the place. The Mughal Gardens in Srinagar comprise of Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Pari Mahal, Achabal and Verinag Garden. The grandeur of the gardens is dedicated to Emperor Jahangir who always had an undying love for Kashmir. Jahangir was responsible for the selection of the site and planning the requirements of the paradise gardens. It is always a lot of fun in exploring the history behind these gardens. They follow a Persian style of architecture and have been influenced by the Persian gardens. Some typical features of Mughal Gardens which are a treat for its visitors include canals, pools and fountains.

Experience Time: 2-3 hours

Distance: 10 kms

Shalimar Bagh

Located in the sublime beauty of Kashmir, Shalimar Bagh is a beautifully laid out garden which is the largest of its kind in the valley. This pristine attraction was built in the year 1619 by the Mughal emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan and lies overlooking the scintillating waters of the Dal Lake. The term 'Shalimar' is a Sanskrit word meaning 'Abode of Love' and is known by several other names such as Faiz Baksh and Farah Baksh. Exhibiting the exemplary craftsmanship of Mughals in horticulture, the place is quite popular with tourists from all over the world. Sprinkled generously with well-trimmed gardens and exquisite architecture, Shalimar Garden is a gentle blend of natural allure and man-made structures. The entire premise is carpeted with lush green grass with endearing blossoms popping every now and then. Not only does the garden have a variety of blossoms, it also has fruit trees such as almonds and walnuts. Currently, maintained and managed by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department, Shalimar Bagh is an outstanding paradigm of Mughal Horticulture receiving tourists in extremely large number from all over the world.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 9 kms

Nishat Bagh

The Nishat Bagh in near Kashmir's Dal lake is a 12 terraced garden filled with endearing flowers and beautiful trees. It is the second largest Mughal garden in the Kashmir Valley after Shalimar Bagh. It has a splendid Mughal central water channel with several fountains, which is surrounded by tall Chinar trees. The Bagh was designed and built in 1633 by Asif Khan, who was the elder brother of Nur Jehan. With the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, Nishat Bagh is a garden of bliss that overlooks the lake beneath the snow-covered Pir Panjal mountain range to the west of the valley. The garden is very photogenic and attracts a lot of young couples and families. Even though the layout of Nishat Bagh was based on the design of the Persian gardens, the actual landscaping of the garden was done in accordance with the terrain and water patterns unique to Kashmir Valley. The garden is sprawled over a vast area that gently ascends as one moves towards the interior of the garden. A stream of standstill water divides the garden into two halves, and each level of the garden is marked by a raised embankment which has its collection of kaleidoscopic flowers waiting to be photographed. Lush green grass carpets the garden floor which is embellished with flowers of all conceivable colours and trees such as chinar, Cyprus and almond. You can catch a magnificent view of the Dal Lake as it looks over the sublime view of the Kashmir Valley. Today the Nishat garden is one of the historic and popular destinations of Srinagar valley.

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Distance: 7 kms

Char Chinar

Dal Lake is marked by an island which houses ancient and beautiful Chinar trees. Don't forget to ask your Shikara to be steered in this direction to catch a view of this island.

Experience Time: 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 4 kms

Shikara Ride

The paramount reason why people come to Srinagar is for the relaxing and memorable Shikara rides. Taking the ride across the scenic Dal Lake at the backdrop of the majestic slow clad Himalaya's is indeed an experience in itself both enjoyable and unparallel. Shikara rides can be taken in one of the circuits from Nehru Park past Hazratbal, Nagin, Rainawari and back.

Experience Time: 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 8 kms

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

Lines of tulip cultivation in every possible colour with a backdrop of the majestic Zabarwan Hills, is the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden and a view which one must not miss while in Srinagar.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 4 kms

Shankaracharya Temple

The Shankaracharya Temple is a beautiful and mesmerising temple that is situated on the Gopadari Hills on the south-east of Srinagar at the height of 1,100 feet above the sea level. Built in the dedication of Lord Shiva, the temple is also known as the Jyesteshwara Temple or the Pas-Pahar by Buddhists and overlooks the entire magnificent city of Srinagar. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees every year, especially for worship and during the Amarnath Yatra. A visit to the Shankaracharya Temple is a must for anyone who wants to experience pure divinity and ecstasy and spend some time in blissful solitude. The ancient temple is named after the great philosopher Shankaracharya who had visited the valley about ten centuries ago. Shankaracharya used to worship the Shiva Lingam, which is still found in the Sanctum Sanctorum of the temple. Information boards that are erected in and around the temple tell the visitor that Adi Shankaracharya attained spiritual knowledge at this particular place. It was after this enlightenment that he went out and formed the four Hindu schools of Advaita, or the philosophy of non-dualism. The hill on which the temple is situated was initially known as Jetha Laraka, and then later on renamed as Gopadari Hill. The structure of the Shankaracharya temple is constructed on a high octagonal platform that is approachable by a flight of steps. The architecture and style of construction of the entire temple are quite charming. In fact, it is built in the traditional style of architecture that prevailed in those times, and this is precisely why the Shankaracharya Temple is a fascinating place for religious devotees as well as architecture students alike.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 37 kms

Wular Lake

One of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, the pristine beauty of Wular Lake is in Bandipora district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The majestic lake has a breathtaking view and attracts a huge number of visitors around the year. Wular Lake's basin was formed as a result of tectonic activity, due to which the area covered by the lake varies throughout the year, a phenomenon which is unique to this destination. The lake, calm in its appearance, is known for the fierce winds that sometimes blow heavy currents all through its way. However, when the waters are serene and collected, this destination plays host to a number of events such as boating, water sports and water ski. A favourite picnic spot among locals and tourists alike, Wular Lake is replenished by the water of the mighty Jhelum river and is one of the 26 wetlands of India. This attraction is the perfect place to sit back and revel in the beauty of nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The beautiful landscape of the lake is one of the major for garnering huge amount tourists. A walk around the lake is very peaceful and uplifting, and when you've had enough of walking you can explore the place by hopping on a boat and peddle your way through the waters.

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Distance: 31 kms

Yusmarg

Considered by some as the best place in Jammu and Kashmir, mostly because of its undisturbed landscape, a less frequented but extremely beautiful hill station, Yusmarg is now connected by a very good motorable road. With the government working on its roads and connectivity, Yusmarg too, will soon become a tourist hub. At the moment, for those who enjoy trekking long distances and in the remotest of area, Yusmarg has forests with maple trees in them. Overall, Yusmarg is a beautiful place and can actually be called a mini hill stationed is a one of the most romantic places in the state. At a distance of 47 kms from Srinagar, it can also be called Switzerland or at least something close to it. It's the quietest place out of all tourist destinations in Kashmir and is also an amazing trek spot. Trek enthusiasts would definitely love it here! If you want to enjoy some greenery and peace.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 53 kms

Hazratbal Shrine

Considered to be the holiest Muslim shrine in the Kashmir Valley, the Hazratbal Shrine is a Muslim shrine that is located on the left bank of the spectacular Dal Lake. Situated in Hazratbal in Srinagar, India, the shrine takes its name from the Kashmiri language, where Hazrat means 'holy', and the word bal stands for 'place'. Hazratbal thus literally means the 'Majestic Place' and is particularly famous since it houses a relic known as the Moi-e-Muqqadas, which is believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be a hair of Muhammad, the Prophet. The hair has been preserved safely in the shrine and is brought before the general public only on specific occasions. The shrine is thus considered to be sacred amongst the Muslims and attracts thousands of tourists to it from all across the country. In fact, the shrine is a symbol of the love and respect that the Muslims have for their Prophet Muhammad. The Hazratbal Shrine was initially constructed as a pleasure house by Sadiq Khan. Later on, the place became a house of prayers and ultimately came to be used as a shrine. Known by multiple names such as Assar-e-Sharief, Madinat-us-Sani and Dargah Shari, the Hazratbal Shrine is a beautiful structure made of white marble. Visitors get a chance to witness the beautiful Dal Lake and the captivating Himalayas in the background, and the beauty of the shrine is as appealing as the spiritual aura of the place, giving visitors more than one reason to visit the magnificent shrine again and again.

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Distance: 44 kms

Baramulla

Baramulla is a small city in Jammu and Kashmir that is blessed with uninhibited natural beauty. Enveloped by the magnanimous Himalayas on all sides and resting on the banks of the mighty River Jhelum, this city has been endowed with a mesmerisingly scenic landscape like nowhere else. This city has many scenic attractions like Gulmarg, Khilanmarg, Wular Lake, etc. which are endowed with a beguiling and riveting natural beauty. The city also houses historical monuments like Buddhist stupas and religious establishments like monasteries, temples and mosques that draw the attention of the tourists from far and wide. The weather here is perfect, and since not many tourists know about this place, it remains quiet as well. Baramulla doesn't have a lot to do but is a good spot for quick stopovers on the way to Gulmarg.However, its breathtaking natural beauty has been a constant source of inspiration for some religious priests and eminent scholars. Baramulla is a perfect getaway destination- be it a busy man's much-needed break to soak in nature's wondrous beauty, a history buffs curious travel or a devotee's trip to offer his blessings to the lord. Baramulla packs it all and leaves every visitor yearning for more.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 5 kms

Jamia Masjid

Located in Nowhatta in the heart of the city of Srinagar, the Jamia Masjid is a famous mosque that is more than 600 years old. The quaint mosque is located in a historic area which has witnessed numerous historical events of great importance. In fact, it can be stated with confidence that the history of the Jamia Masjid is a reflection of the history of the political uprisings of Kashmir. The mosque was built by Sultan Sikandar Shah Kashmiri Shahmiri in the year 1394, under the orders of Mir Mohammad Hamadani, who was the son of Said-ul-Auliya Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani. Sultan Sikandar's son, Zain-ul-Abidin, later on, extended the Jama Masjid by including turret in the primary structure. The architectural style of the Jamia Masjid is inspired by the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, and also bears similarities to Buddhist pagodas. The Jamia Masjid is also the largest mosque in Kashmir that is known for its peaceful atmosphere, and the mosque becomes especially crowded on Fridays when thousands of people come here to pray.

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Distance: 4 kms

City Shopping

Srinagar is the place to shop for all that the state is famous for. Essentials include Cashmere Shawls, leather products, carpets, rugs, mats, dry fruits and more. Paper mache products that include jewellery boxes, wall hangings etc of a special style and design particular to the Kashmir, are a specialty here, and one cannot leave the state without getting their hands on some.

Experience Time: 7 days

Distance: 33 kms

Tarsar Marsar Trek

A trek that not only gives you a thrill of adventure but also a glimpse of nature’s beauty so spell bounding is one of the most memorable trips of Tarsar Marsar Trek. Nestled in the lap of Aru Valley of Kashmir, the trail is of quite a magnificence adorned with variety of landscapes. A riot of colours of flowers dotting the vast valleys is a sight to behold while the gushing streams falling to create small swimming pools bounded by grassy mounds accounts for a sheer sight of beauty. The mighty mountains standing tall all around adds to the charm of the landscape along with verdant meadows, pristine blue lakes and lovely valleys are simply splendid. The place is perfect for those who are nature lovers and always bound for some adventure.

Experience Time: 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 5 kms

Nehru Garden

Providing you the best view of the Dal lake is Nehru garden. With its well maintained landscapes, you can head out to this garden on a lazy Sunday morning for a picnic or simply relaxing.

Experience Time: 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 4 kms

Challi Point

Challi Point is one of the most trendy and popular places in Srinagar. With the Dal lake in the backdrop, this place bustles with both tourists and locals spending some enjoyable time amidst breathtaking sceneries. There are small stalls dotted in the area selling seekh kababs and corn that you can relish on to while you spend a pleasurable and balmy evening

Experience Time: 2 to 3 hours

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Chashm-E-Shahi

With spellbinding beauty and aesthetic fountains, The Chashmeshahi Garden is a famous tourist destination. The garden consists of a pavilion and three terraces and is famous for the natural spring that flows from it. Its location, being at an elevated plane above the city, provides a panoramic view of the city.

Experience Time: 2-3 hrs

Distance: 7 kms

Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal is a mesmerizing historical monument located above the beautiful Chashme Shahi Gardens near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. It is also called the abode of fairies or the home of angels with its six terraced gardens constructed on top of the Zabarwan Mountain Range. The gardens that surround the magnificent structure of Pari Mahal are exceptionally well maintained and are a treat for sore eyes. Nature lovers are sure to find this attraction fascinating. The architecture of the Mahal is traditional Islamic type of architecture and is considered to be a significant historical monument in India. It is now managed by the Archaeological Survey of India and is open for tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir. The stunning Pari Mahal overlooks the beautiful city of Srinagar and the magnificent Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir. It was built by Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. The structure and its six arched terraces are frequently visited by architecture enthusiasts as well. The gardens have numerous colorful flowers and exotic fruit plantations and offer a dazzling venue straight out of a fairytale. It is also believed that the Pari Mahal was once a Buddhist monastery. Later on, the Mahal served as a school of astrology for prince Dara Shikoh. The view from the top of and the atmosphere of the grand structure is sure to give you a glimpse of the Mughal lifestyle and their love for nature.

Experience Time: 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 5 kms

Nagin Lake

Engulfing you in its blue serene waters is the Nagin lake located on the eastern side of Srinagar city (6 km reachable within 11 mins by taxi). Also known as the "Jewel in the Ring", it is separated from the Dal Lake by a thin causeway. Being less crowded, the lake is ideal for swimming. Water Skiing & sailing on fiberglass boats can also be enjoyed here. Best time to visit here is from May to September. Hazratbal Mosque is a close by attraction to visit.

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Distance: 2 kms

Chinar Park

Chinar park is a recent addition to the tourism scene in Srinagar. Housing three island, old Chinar trees, flowers, musical fountains, kiosks, an open air theater for cultural programs and swings, the park is quickly making its way to the list of favorites of the town. One can also enjoy swimming, camping and more here.

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Distance: 2 kms

Khanqah of Shah Hamdan

Built on the sandy banks of the Jhelum river in Srinagar, is the Khanqah Of Shah Hamda. It is bustling with activity and people on the sixth day of Dul-Haj (the last month of the Islamic Lunar calendar), on the death anniversary of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani.

Experience Time: 1-2 hours

Distance: 23 kms

Dachigam National Park

Literally translating into the 'ten villages', a possible reference to the ten settlements that were relocated to have the National Park here, what was initially constructed to take care of the drinking water supply of the town, is today a habitat to a number of species of wildlife. One can spot in its landscapes Leopards, Musk Deers, Hill fox, Jackals, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Grey Langur, Otter and many more.

Experience Time: 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 2 kms

Sri Pratap Singh Museum

The Pratap Singh Museum is home to ancient terracotta heads dating back to the 3rd century, found at the Buddhist site at Ushkur & molded terracotta plaques of the 4th & 5th century from Harwan. Accessible by taxis, auto rickshaws and buses, it is praise worthy museum to visit. Tourists need to present their passport before entering this museum.

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Distance: 51 kms

Anantnag

The capital of commerce of J&K, Anantnag is filled with hot springs, lakes, temples and shrines. The place is known for its religious tolerance and there are shrines that belong to both the Hindus and the Muslims. Some of the shrines that can be found here are the Hazrat Baba Rashi, Goswami Gund Ashram, Shilagram Temple, Khanna Baranain Triposundari Astapan Devsar, Nila Nag.

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Sinthan Top

Sinthan Top is a mountain pass in the Pir Panjal Mountain Ranges enroute the National Highway of Kokernag-Sinthan Top-Kishtwar Road that connects Jammu and Kashmir. The snow laden hilltop is lately emerging as a new tourist destination owing to the beautiful views and the idyllic setting. It is also popular for mountaineering, trekking and skiing.

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Kheer Bhawani Temple

Situated in Tul Mulla village near Srinagar, Kheer Bhavani Temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Bhavani- incarnation of Goddess Parvathy. The temple was originally named Bhavani Mandir but eventually came to be known as Kheer Bhavani due to the delicious rice pudding offered as prasad. It is built over a holy water spring in between tall chinar trees.

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Badamwari Garden

Believed to have been built during 14th century, Badamwari Garden is a piece of heaven tucked away in Srinagar. Sprawling over the hills of Koh-e-Maran, the enchanting garden is replete with vibrantly blooming bushes and shrubbery. It is houses a magnificent dome at the centre and has trails carved for tourists to walk on.

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Khanqah Shah-e-Hamdan

Shah-e-Hamdan is one of the most popular heritage buildings of Srinagar. The monument is dedicated to Mir Sayyed Ali Hamdani who was a prominent Muslim scholar; he preached and propagated Islam here. The building boasts of striking architecture; the interior walls have beautiful Arabic inscriptions and carvings on wooden panels. The entry is allowed only to Muslim visitors.

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Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara

Situated right out the Hari Parbatês southern gate in Srinagar, Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara is the most important and probably the largest Sikh gurudwara in all of Kashmir valley. The shrine has a sanctum sanctorum in middle of a large rectangular hall. It also has accomodation facilities and langar food is offered to all visitors every day of the year.

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Apple Orchards

Srinagar is counted among the most beautiful places of India owing to its lush green orchards, free flowing rivers and paradisal locales. Also, 80% of the countryês apple supplies are managed from here. So visit the emerald carpeted meadows full of green trees sprinkled with shiny red apples and let the picture perfect scene be etched in your memory forever.

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Makhdoom Sahib Shrine

Located towards the south of Hari Parbat in Srinagar, Makhdoom Sahib Shrine is an Islamic shrine dedicated to Sufi saint Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom aka Makhdoom Saheb aka Hazrat Sultan aka Mehboob-ul-Alam aka Sultan-ul-Arifeen. Built in Mughal style architecture, the sturdy shrine rests on innumerous pillars and is thronged by pilgrims all through the year.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 16 kilometres

Burzhama Ruins

Burzhama Ruins is situated in Burzahom in Srinagar. It is archaeological excavation site where numerous relics and remnants have been discovered suggesting the existence of an ancient settlement hundreds of years before. The excavations include skeletons, pottery, dwelling pits, mud brick houses and bone and stone tools.

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Distance: 5.2 km

Kathi Darwaza

Kathi Darwaza is the main entrance gate of the famous monument Hari Parbat Fort in Srinagar. A rare specimen of Mughal architecture, the high domed gate is flanked by bays and has tiny Mughal and Persian inscriptions etched on the interior walls and ceilings. The gate, no doubt, accentuates the grandeur and splendour of the fort.

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Distance: 34.1 km

Charar-i-Sharif

Charar-i-Sharif is a Muslim shrine dedicated to Hazrat Sheikh Noor-ud-din Wali, situated around 30 kms from Srinagar and built around 600 years ago. Sheikh Wali was the first person to preach Rishism in the valley and propagated non-violence, vegetarianism, communal harmony and tolerance. His remains were buried at this shrine and ever since it holds significant religious importance.

Experience Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 4 kms

Jyeshtheswara Temple

Jyeshtheswara Temple is a popular Hindu temple in Srinagar. It is believed that the temple was built by Pandavas in the 5th century and was later revamped and renovated in the 8th century by King Lalitaditya Muktapida.

Experience Time: 1 hour

Distance: 6.3 km

Hari Parbat

The majestic mountain overlooking the city of Srinagar is called Hari Parbat. Besides the famous Hari Parbat fort, the mountain also has various shrines dedicated to several deities, the most prominent of which is Sharika Devi Temple enshrined by Goddess Jagadamba Sharika Bhagwati. You can either trek or choose to climb up the stairs to get to the top.

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Distance: 2.2 km

SPS Museum

SPS Museum is situated at Lal Mandi in Srinagar and is popular for its had crafted products and notable archaeological artefacts collected from across the state. The museum has been divided into separate sections including archaeology, manuscripts, enamel ware, decorative art, natural history, paper mache and the like.

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