The very mention of Srinagar conjures up images of a picturesque lake with houseboats and shikaras, surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks. But Srinagar is much more than that. With its rich Mughal heritage, lovely landscapes, adventure activities, great shopping and wonderful food its a real paradise on earth.
Let’s find out about the top things that you should not miss while in Srinagar.
1. Enjoy a Shikara Rides on Dal Lake
Of course this is the top thing to do in Srinagar and also one of the most romantic experiences. Enjoy scenes of breath-taking natural beauty, have a look at the Floating Vegetable Market and catch a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Mir Bahris- a community that live on the lake for generations.
2. Wander Through the Narrow Lanes of Srinagar
The lanes of Srinagar can present you with some of the most beautiful scenes, amazing wooden houses,hand craved balconies, ancient temples and mosques.
3. Go For A Walk at the Famed Mughal Gardens
The terrace gardens of Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh are the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar and offer a magnificent view the surrounding mountain ranges and Dal lake. A walk through these gardens will take to the paradise on earth.
4. Tip-Tie Through Lovely Tulips
Come to Srinagar and fall in love all over again – Yash Chopra – style at the largest tulip garden of Asia. You need to see it to understand its beauty.
5. Visit the pagoda-style Shah Hamadan Masjid
Admire an amazing architecture which reflects Buddhist, Islamic and Hindu architectural styles. Built in 1400 AD this is the first mosque ever to be built in Srinagar city.
6. Enjoy the Awesome View of Shankarachya Temple
Look at the brilliant panorama from the Shankaracharya Temple that has been a sacred seat for Buddhists since centuries . Get a birds eye view of Srinagar- its mesmerizing.
7. Stay in a House Boat
Stay in house boat at least for a night to understand the luxury of these floating hotels. You get to enjoy wonderful views with every comfort. Its the perfect way to relax and get rejuvenated in Srinagar.
8. Visit the Floating Post Office
Visit India’s one and only floating post office,on a houseboat in Dal lake. There is a philately museum too and a shop that sells postage stamps among other things inside this unique post office.
9. Visit the Apple Orchards
For a unique experience, a visit to the apple orchards during the summer season, specially in the month of May is a great idea. Kids will surely love plucking ripe apples from trees.
10. Play Golf at the most picturesque setting
Play golf in Srinagar at the Kashmir golf Club that offers 18 holes with common fairways at the most picturesque setting.
11. Visit Wular Lake
Visit this picturesque lake- its one of the most beautiful and largest freshwater lake of India. This lake is known for fierce weather and lovely surroundings. It regularly hosts water sports for locals and tourists.
12. Shop Till You Drop
Shopping in Srinagar is something you cannot miss out on. Shop for shatoosh and pashmina shawls , woolens, hand woven carpets, walnut wood carving, Papier Mache, Saffron and dry fruits.
13. Eat Like A Local
When in Kashmir you must eat like a local. The typical Kashmiri feast – Wazwan has more than 36 delicacies. Try everything local – you are sure to enjoy it.
14. Try Para gliding
Take a thrilling 15 minute ride or the 60 minutes plus XC Cross country ride. The takeoff is from Astanmarg near Harwan Gardens at 7400 Ft and enjoy the best views ever.
15.Spot Wildlife at Dachigam National Park
An amazing place to spot wildlife with nature all around. You can also go trekking inside the park, stay at the Forest Department accommodation inside and get a close look at animals like Hangul, bear and leopard.