Srinagar is indeed one of the most beautiful places on earth. The simplicity of the people, the pleasant weather, the lovely sights and the awe-inspiring mountains surrounding it are just some of the reasons why Srinagar tourism is so popular. The city lies on the banks of the Jhelum river and it is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. People coming here are often stunned by the views and cannot wait to capture it on their phones and cameras.
The fresh air is indeed a revelation to our city bred lungs and the aching beauty of this city cannot be described accurately in words. It is something that has to be experienced in person. Srinagar sees tourists from all over the country who are here to glimpse at the many famous spots such as the Dal Lake or to enjoy the quiet walks along the lush Mughal Gardens. If you want to have a proper Kashmiri experience, then do hire a houseboat for your stay. The stillness of the Dal Lake at night, the soft velvety darkness around you, the kangri to keep you toasty warm are reasons why Srinagar tourism continues to be in demand.
Srinagar is located on the banks of the Jhelum river. The capital of Jammu and Kashmir is famous for its lakes, canals and gardens. The river Jhelum also flows through a part of the city. The city is also famous for nine old bridges which connect both parts of the city as it is located on both sides of the Jhelum river. Srinagar also has a wetland – Hokersar which is famed for the numerous migratory birds that come here during winter.
Surrounded by the Himalayas on all sides, Srinagar faces a humid subtropical climate. Winters can be quite cold with temperatures dropping below freezing point at night. Snowfall often occurs during winter and Srinagar tourism is quite popular at this time for those who love the snow. Summers tend to be warm and it rains during the spring season.
Srinagar’s culture is part of the distinct Kashmiri culture and it is evident everywhere. The people are friendly and helpful and there is a lot of distinct cultural heritage that the city is steeped in, whether it is in historical or cultural monuments. There are also several religious and holy places in Srinagar which contribute to the culture of the city. From Hazratbal to Hari Parbat to Shankaracharya Temple, there are many places where the faithful go to worship.
The golden age of Srinagar Tourism was well before the 1980s when the state of Kashmir was peaceful and people queued up to go there, whether they were honeymooners or film producers who wanted to shoot in the exotic locales of the city. Despite the numerous troubles here, Srinagar is still a popular place for people to visit.
There are a number of things that delight tourists here – the iconic Dal Lake with its pristine surface reflecting the snow-covered Himalayas around it is one of the most popular places for Srinagar tourism. People who come here are often seen posing for photos against the backdrop of the lake and of course the colourful shikara rides are popular as they glide along smoothly over the lake, taking you past pretty spots such as Char Chinar or near the stationary houseboats at the edge of the lake.
The Mughal Gardens also feature among the Srinagar tourism hotspots. Lush and ethereally beautiful, spread over a gorgeous landscape, every single of these gardens has something special and unique. Nishat Bagh has the central water feature and numerous fountains that are pleasing to the eye. The other gardens include Shalimar Bagh and Pari Mahal to name a few.
Another garden that is famous here is the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden with its rows of tulips in all colours. The garden comes alive every spring and people who visit it at this time are often in raptures over the beautiful colours and sights.
Religious monuments and places of worship such as Hazratbal, Shankaracharya Temple and Jamia Masjid abound in Srinagar. With years of history behind them, these are some of the most-visited places around here. These religious places have a sense of serenity which gives you a break from the bustle of a lively holiday destination.
Not too far from Srinagar is the Dachigam National Park which is home to several different species of wildlife. A walk through this park right into the trout farm at the centre of the park is quite invigorating but the sights of the soaring mountains in the distance are something else altogether. Other places to visit when in Srinagar include Chinar Park which is around 2 kms from the centre of the city. During autumn, when the chinar leaves turn gold or rust, the park is spectacular.
The city of Srinagar has much to offer tourists in terms of beautiful and awe-inspiring sights. Each day is an adventure here, whether you’re sightseeing or visiting nearby tourist spots or walking through the city’s streets in Lal Chowk, shopping for saffron, nuts or eating hot roasted chestnuts from a vendor or simply sipping the hot and invigorating kahwa. Srinagar is the sort of city that gets imprinted in your heart, making you wish you would visit again and again.
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