Kashmir : Kashmir is considered as ” Paradise on Earth”. Its overwhelming beauty is treat to eyes and Photographers . If you are a nature and adventure lover, It’s a must to visit place and you wouldn’t want to miss. It attracts tourists especially in Summer which enables the tourist to enjoy the Snowy Mountains.
How to Reach
Srinagar can be reached by Air/Train from any Major Cities of India. Best connection is through flight from Delhi to Srinagar & Chandigarh to Srinagar . I never travelled from Chandigarh, but connected from Delhi .
Places to Visit in Srinagar
1. Dal Lake
2. Sankaracharya Temple
3. Mughal Garden
There are more places to explore, but we had only 3 days trip and not able to cover more places. There are other Gardens in Srinagar and we didn’t cover those and if you are a lover of Gardens, June or July should be a good month as it would be more colourful.
Climate / Best time to Enjoy
I have been to Kashmir for Couple of times , one in March and another trip to Amarnath in August. The trip in March is very Enjoyable as the average temperature throughout the Journey would be less than 18C and almost in single digit during night. To enjoy the Snowy Mountains, March should be right time to Visit.
Stay & Food
There are Many affordable hotels in Srinagar and Restaurants. Its depend upon the Choice of the individual to select . When you book on package, stay and food(Only breakfast and dinner) will be covered. If you are Non-Vegetarian, no need to worry much about other than taking care of your “Stomach” 🙂 .. You got plenty of options to explore on Non-Veg food. There are also good options for vegetarian lovers as well with rice, veg curry, Aloo paratha,Kashmiri pulav and more. Taste of the food is completly authentic kashmiri.
In the Month of March , Mughal Gardens may not be that much attractive where you can spend more hours. But from the guide who said, Parks ( There are many other parks available but we visited only Mughal gardens) will be colorful in the Month of June .
Dal Lake is one of the Prime attraction in Srinagar. I would even call it a “life inside a Lake” You can see Boat houses, Markets, Small shops to buy dresses, Shops for eatables.
Never miss the boating in Dal Lake as we never wanted to miss at any places that afford boating, The boat ride is called as “Sitara ride” . Take the boating especially in the evening when sunset , We can enjoy the lightings and decorations in the boat houses and also the weather. I m not sure on the closing hours of boat ride, but before 6 PM should be good .
During the Lake Boat ride, you would also see sellers approaching you parallely to sell the Kashmir Jewels ( Fashion by the way) . It is costlier and depend upon the taste of the individual to buy them
You would also see Photographers approaching you for photographs during the Sitara ride with ” Kashmiri Dresses and Jewels “. It would be really funny and women will love it for sure 🙂 .. If you think about spending 6 to 8 photos with the rent for Kashmiri Dresses and Jewels for 500 to 600 is costlier, it’s not for you.. It’s just a simple fun to enjoy with your family to laugh out loud.
Never buy the Saffron’s during your Dal Lake Boat ride as it was really a cheap quality stuff.
Boat houses are available at rent and it is also affordable . I booked the boat house through Package where the stay was pleasant and food was excellent.
Adisankaracharya Temple is located in Srinagar town in a small hill around 500 steps (I don’t remember it right , Approximately) we need to climb. Camera not allowed , so not able to get the pictures .
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