Visiting Srinagar and not entirely falling in love with it is next to impossible. There are numerous places to visit in Srinagar and countless best things to do in Srinagar, which will leave you with stories long after you have returned. Here are 10 items you must put on your to do list while planning your trip, which will make you fall in love with this beautiful paradise on earth.
#10 Stay in a houseboat
It’s not everywhere that you would get the opportunity of staying in a houseboat, and specially when you do it in Srinagar, you just would want to own that houseboat forever. Wake up in the middle of the lake every morning and sip your Kashmiri kahwa, while gazing at the sun’s rays and listening to the chirping birds. It’s so surreal; you would totally want to forget where you came from! Aside from being one of the many reasons why Srinagar is famous, houseboats are also the lifeline of the locales.
#9 Shikara Ride
While it sounds similar to the houseboat experience, but a ride on a Shikara is a completely different experience to enjoy. Feel like a royal rowing on the famous Dal Lake on a Shikara clad with local flowers that are not only beautiful and fragrant but also herbal.
#8 A visit to the Mughal Gardens
You might have visited many Mughal gardens in India but the real beauty of Chashm-e-Shahi and Shalimar Bagh cannot be explained in words. You have to see it to believe it.
#7 Beautiful weather
You know you are travelling to the mountains and are fully prepared for the unpredictable weather, but what you witness here is beyond all travel guides and blogs. The blowing winds will carry a song, the clouds will have a story to tell and the rays of the sun at dusk on the lake form a painting that will stay embedded in your memories forever. Isn’t that love?
#6 Incredible Experiences
You will love the local experiences on offer – from haggling with the shopkeepers, to listening to the folklore from the Shikara rower, to hearing the hotel team’s own stories – there is much to see, hear and do here.
#7 The food
While Kashmiri Kahwa and Kashmiri Dum Aloo are famed across the country, if not the world, Srinagar is the perfect place to experience authentic Kashmiri cuisine. Enjoy a plethora of rich and flavourful local favourites, each of which will leave you wanting more
What you bring back home from Kashmir will remain some of your treasured artefacts. Don’t forget to shop for chai, carpets, shawls, copper, spices and willow baskets while you’re here.
#5 The people
Kashmiris are some of the most warm and hospitable people you’ll ever meet. Every meeting and interaction will leave a lasting impression, and every time you meet a Kashmiri in your life, your memories of Srinagar will return back afresh.
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Kashmir has some of the most adventurous and difficult treks around. Try it and you will love this exhilarating experience.
#2 Other adventures
No other place will offer such variety of outdoor sports the way Srinagar does. Try your hand on mountaineering, paragliding, skiing, angling and fishing, rafting, camping, snowboarding and mountain biking.
You wouldn’t need the filters in your camera anymore. Srinagar is such a photogenic place that every picture turns out to be beautiful and exquisite.