BEST THINGS TO DO IN SRINAGAR


Srinagar, the "Jewel of the Crown" of Kashmir, beckons you with its snow-capped peaks, emerald valleys, and glistening lakes. But beyond the breathtaking scenery, this city boasts a rich cultural tapestry, thrilling adventures, and soul-stirring experiences in Srinagar waiting to be unveiled. So, pack your bags, lace up your shoes, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through Srinagar with Kashmir Online’s curated packages. So, what are you waiting for hurry up and book your slot today for exciting offers.

Sail through paradise on a Shikara ride on Dal Lake

Immerse yourself in the serenity of Dal Lake, Srinagar's crown jewel. Glide on a traditional Shikara boat, witnessing the vibrant life on the water, from bustling markets to floating gardens. As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink, capture the magic in your memories.

Timing: Allow 1-2 hours for a leisurely Shikara ride.
Best time to visit: Early morning or late afternoon for the most pleasant weather and stunning views.
What to expect: Glide on a traditional Shikara boat, witness life on the water, floating markets, and vibrant sunsets.
Key places: Embark from Ghat No. 16 or Ghat No. 17 near Nehru Park to get the better view.
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Hike to the Shankaracharya Temple for a divine panorama

Ascend the 2,800-ft Shankaracharya Hill, a challenging yet rewarding hike. At the summit, be greeted by the majestic Shankaracharya Temple, a pilgrimage site offering stunning panoramic views of the city and the surrounding valley. Absorb the spiritual aura and soak in the breathtaking vistas.

Timing: Allow 2-3 hours for the moderately challenging hike.
Best time to visit: March to May or September to November for comfortable weather and clear skies.
What to expect: Enjoy panoramic views of Srinagar sightseeing and adventures.
Key places: Start the hike from the base near the Pari Mahal complex.
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Wander through the Mughal Gardens

Step back in time as you explore the Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, and Chasma Shahi Gardens, collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. Marvel at the meticulously designed terraces, cascading fountains, and vibrant blooms, reminiscent of the Mughal era's grandeur, making these gardens must-visit places in Srinagar.

Timing: Allow 2-3 hours for the moderately challenging hike.
Best time to visit: March to May or September to November for comfortable weather and clear skies.
What to expect: Enjoy panoramic views of Srinagar Valley and the surrounding peaks.
Key places: Start the hike from the base near the Pari Mahal complex.
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Witness a million tulips bloom at the Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

In spring, be mesmerized by the vibrant spectacle of Asia's largest tulip garden. Over 60 varieties of tulips paint the landscape in a rainbow of colors, creating a breathtaking sight that lingers in your memory, truly a unique thing to do in Srinagar.

Timing: From 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Allow 1-2 hours to explore the vast garden.
Best time to visit: Mid-March to mid-April for the peak bloom season.
What to expect: Immerse yourself in a vibrant display of over 60 varieties of tulips.
Key places: Located on the foothills of Zabarwan Range near Botanical Garden.
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Go on a wildlife safari in Dachigam National Park

Embark on a jeep safari through the verdant wilderness of Dachigam National Park. Keep your eyes open for elusive hanguls (Kashmiri stag), musk deer, and a diverse range of birds, making this a nature lover's paradise and one of the top outdoor activities in Srinagar.

Timing:From 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Allow 3-4 hours for a jeep safari.
Best time to visit:March to May or September to November for pleasant weather and wildlife sightings.
What to expect: Spot hanguls, musk deer, birds, and diverse flora in the verdant wilderness.
Key places:Entrance gates at Zabarwan Range, near Khanmoh.
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Seek blessings at Hazratbal Mosque

Experience the serenity of Hazratbal Mosque, perched on the banks of Dal Lake. This revered shrine, believed to house a hair of Prophet Muhammad, exudes a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for cultural experiences in Srinagar.

Timing: Any time of the day. Allow 1-2 hours for a peaceful visit
Best time to visit: Any time during the day, but avoid prayer times for a quieter experience.
What to expect: Experience the serene atmosphere of the mosque believed to house a hair of Prophet Muhammad.
Key places: Located on the banks of Dal Lake, accessible by Shikara or road.
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Shop for Kashmiri treasures at the local markets

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture at the bustling markets of Srinagar. From hand-woven carpets and shawls to traditional spices and Kashmiri handicrafts, discover unique souvenirs and lose yourself in the colourful chaos.

Timing: From 9 am to 6pm. Allow ample time to browse and bargain, especially during peak hours.
Best time to visit: Mornings are less crowded, but evenings offer a vibrant atmosphere.
What to expect: Find hand-woven carpets, shawls, spices, and unique Kashmiri handicrafts.
Key places: Lal Chowk, Maharaja Bazaar, Hari Singh Street, Residency Road.
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Shop for Kashmiri treasures at the local markets

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture at the bustling markets of Srinagar. From hand-woven carpets and shawls to traditional spices and Kashmiri handicrafts, discover unique souvenirs and lose yourself in the colourful chaos.

Timing: From 9 am to 6pm. Allow ample time to browse and bargain, especially during peak hours.
Best time to visit: Mornings are less crowded, but evenings offer a vibrant atmosphere.
What to expect: Find hand-woven carpets, shawls, spices, and unique Kashmiri handicrafts.
Key places: Lal Chowk, Maharaja Bazaar, Hari Singh Street, Residency Road.
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Indulge in a Kashmiri Wazwan

Savour the rich flavours of Kashmiri cuisine with a traditional Wazwan feast. This multi-course meal features dishes like Rogan Josh, Rista, Gushtaba, Tabakh Maaz. Kashmiri pulao, nadru yakhni, and much more. prepared with local spices and slow-cooked to perfection.

Timing: Allow 2-3 hours to savour the multi-course meal.
Best time to visit: Lunch or dinner, depending on your preference.
What to expect: Enjoy a traditional feast featuring Rogan Josh, Kashmiri pulao, nadru yakhni, and other local delicacies.
Key places: Mughal Darbar, Ahdoos, Lhasa Restaurant, Paradise Restaurant.
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Go on a Shikara ride on Nigeen Lake

Experience the tranquillity of Nigeen Lake, Dal Lake's smaller, quieter end. Take a Shikara ride, soak in the natural beauty, and visit the floating vegetable gardens, offering a glimpse into the unique way of life here.

Timing: 1-2 hours
Best time to visit: Early morning or late afternoon for a peaceful ambience.
What to expect: Explore the quieter cousin of Dal Lake, visit floating vegetable gardens, and witness beautiful scenery.
Key places: Embark from Ghat No. 10 or Ghat No. 11 near Hazratbal Shrine.
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Experience a houseboat stay on Dal Lake

Experience the charm of living on the water with a houseboat stay on Dal Lake. Drift along the serene waters, savour local delicacies on board, and witness the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset, making it an unforgettable experience.

Timing: Overnight stay or multi-day experience depending on preference.
Best time to visit: March to May or September to November for pleasant weather and comfortable nights.
What to expect: Experience the charm of living on the water, savour local delicacies onboard, witness mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets, explore nearby markets and islands.
Key places: Choose a houseboat moored near Ghat No. 16 or Ghat No. 17 near Nehru Park for easy access to Dal Lake attractions. Browse houseboat options on platforms like getmyboat.com.
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Go paragliding in Astanmarg

Soar above the breathtaking valleys of Srinagar with a paragliding adventure. Witness panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and meandering rivers, leaving you awestruck by the beauty of Kashmir.

Timing: From 8 am to 6 pm. 15-20 minutes flight time, with additional preparation and briefing.
Best time to visit: March to May or September to November for calmer winds and clear skies.
What to expect: Breathtaking panoramic views of Dal Lake, snow-capped peaks, and Srinagar. Tandem flights with experienced pilots ensure safety.
Key places: Operators are located near Paragliding Takeoff Point Road, Astanmarg, Harwan Dhara, Srinagar. Book your slot with Kashmir Online.
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Visit the Pari Mahal for stunning views

Ascend to the Pari Mahal, an enchanting octagonal garden overlooking the city. Explore its architectural marvels, stroll through the terraced gardens, and capture breathtaking panoramic views of Srinagar and the surrounding valley.

Timing: From 9:30 am to 7:30 pm. Allow 1-2 hours for exploring the gardens and enjoying the views.
Best time to visit: Any time during the day offers scenic vistas, but sunrise or sunset paints the valley in magical hues.
What to expect: Explore the octagonal garden's architecture, serene atmosphere, terraced gardens, and capture panoramic views of Srinagar and the valley.
Key places: Located on the Zabarwan Range foothills, accessible by road from Srinagar.
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Learn the art of Kashmiri carpet weaving

Immerse yourself in the local culture by learning the intricate art of Kashmiri carpet weaving. Witness the artisans' skilled hands transform colourful threads into exquisite carpets, and perhaps even try your hand at this age-old craft.

Timing: Half-day to full-day workshops depending on the chosen intensity.Best time to visit: Any time, as workshops are conducted year-round.
Best time to visit: Any time during the day offers scenic vistas, but sunrise or sunset paints the valley in magical hues.
What to expect: Learn the traditional techniques of Kashmiri carpet weaving from experienced artisans, witness their skilled hands at work, and try your hand at this age-old craft.
Key places:Workshops are offered by government emporiums and private artisans in Srinagar. Look for them near Lal Chowk or Hari Singh Street, or inquire from Kashmir Online customer services.
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Attend a cultural performance

Immerse yourself in the vibrant Kashmiri culture by attending a local music and dance performance. Witness the graceful movements of folk dancers, listen to the soulful melodies of traditional instruments, and gain a deeper understanding of the region's rich heritage.

Timing: Performances usually last 1-2 hours and are held in the evenings.
Best time to visit:During cultural festivals like Baishakhi or Lohri for vibrant celebrations and special performances.
What to expect: Immerse yourself in the rich Kashmiri culture through graceful folk dances, soulful music, and traditional costumes. Performances are often held at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre or the Tagore Hall.
Key places:Check local event listings or inquire via Kashmir Online customer services for upcoming performances and venues.
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Go on a birdwatching tour at Hokersar Wetland

Nature lovers, rejoice! Embark on a birdwatching tour at Hokersar Wetland, a haven for migratory and resident birds. Spot a variety of avian species, from herons and ducks to kingfishers and eagles, amidst the lush greenery of the wetland.

Timing: Allow 2-3 hours for a guided tour from Kashmir Online.
Best time to visit:Winter (December-February) for migratory birds or spring (March-May) for breeding birds.
What to expect: Spot a variety of resident and migratory birds like herons, ducks, kingfishers, eagles, and more amidst the wetland's diverse flora and fauna.
Key places:Hokersar Wetland is located 10 km from Srinagar, accessible by taxi or local buses. Check kashmironline.com for tour options.
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Explore the Harwan Gardens

Delve into the serenity of the Harwan Gardens, a Mughal-era masterpiece nestled amidst the foothills of the Himalayas. Stroll through manicured lawns, admire cascading fountains, and lose yourself in the tranquility of this historical gem.

Timing:From 7am to 8 pm. Allow 1-2 hours for a leisurely stroll and enjoying the gardens.
Best time to visit:Spring (March-May) for blooming flowers or autumn (September-November) for colourful foliage.
What to expect:Explore the Mughal-era.
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Experience the spiritual hush at Jama Masjid

In Srinagar's heart, Jamia Masjid stands tall, a blend of Persian and Buddhist grace. Built in the 14th century, its four grand turrets pierce the sky, guarding a vast courtyard where 33,000 worshippers can gather. Immerse in the rich history, and witness local artisans display their colorful crafts. Jamia Masjid isn't just a mosque; it's a cultural haven, waiting to be explored.

Timing: Any time of the day. Allow 1-2 hours for a peaceful visit.
Best time to visit:Generally anytime, avoid prayer times and Fridays for a quieter experience.
What to expect:Majestic Indo-Saracenic architecture, peaceful atmosphere, intricate details, cultural significance, and local crafts around the mosque.
Key Place: Nowhatta, Downtown Srinagar, India
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Tee Up in Paradise

Tee off amidst the breathtaking scenery of Srinagar, it offers golfers a unique experience, combining challenging courses with stunning Himalayan vistas. Whether you're a seasoned player or a casual swinger
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