Srinagar is known as the summer capital city of Jammu and Kashmir and it is also the largest city of Jammu and Kashmir. It resides at the height of 1730 metres above sea level. It gives you a glimpse of Mughal Architecture and always remains very popular among the tourists due to its Himalayan view, natural lakes and its shikhara boats, and the natural garden which spreads the beauty of Srinagar.
Wular Lake is located in the Bandipora district of Srinagar and with a covered area of 200 sq. kilometres is recognised as the largest freshwater lake in India also in one of the 26 wetlands of India. Wular lake filled up with the water of river Jhelum and the small island spotted amidst the Wular lake known as 'Zaina Lank'.
The surrounding atmosphere with the average weather of 5 degrees Celsius of this lake is very breezy and cool and looks very calm, natural, and beautiful as well. Tourists can also enjoy the activities like boating, water sports, and water skiing and it is also a very popular sunset point and local people do visit here with family and friends due to its popularity as a picnic spot.
Shalimar Bagh is the royal garden preserved by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619 and dedicated to his beloved wife Nur Jahan and also called as Mughal Garden and it is the largest of the three Mughal Garden in Srinagar as compared to other two gardens Nishat Bagh and Chashme Shahi. The term Shalimar is derived from the Sanskrit language which means 'Abode of Love' and this garden is also known as Faiz Baksh and Farah Baksh.
The chini khanas just placed behind waterfalls and the chinar trees of the garden present this garden exemplarily beautiful and this garden is an ideal example of Mughal sense of architecture. The beauty of this garden is very famous among tourists all over the world and it is recognised as the "Crown of Srinagar". Visit time varies as per the season from April to October it is open 09:00 am to 07:00 pm and from November to March, it is open 10:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Shankaracharya Temple is located just on the top of the Shankaracharya Hill and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is known as one of the oldest shrines in Kashmir. Shankaracharya Temple is named after the Hindu philosopher Shankaracharya who was believed to have visited here about ten centuries ago and the Shiva Linga he worshipped was set in the temple and this temple is also known as the Jyesteshwara Temple.
This location is related to the philosophical belief of the spiritual enlightenment of Adi Shankaracharya, after attaining this spiritual enlightenment he formed the Hindu school of Advaita or the philosophy of non-dualism. Shankaracharya Temple is built on a high octagonal platform that can be reached via 243 steps and the top of the temple gives you a picturesque view of Srinagar. Many tourists and pilgrims also visit this temple on their way to Amarnath Yatra. It can be a perfect visit for tourists to enjoy the calmness and lovely view from the temple.
Salim Ali National Park is located in Srinagar and named after the ornithologist Salim Ali in 1986 and it covered an area of 9 kilometres and priorly known as the City Forest National Park and later on modified into the Royal Springs Golf Course between 1998 and 2001, carried out by the former chief minister Farooq Abdullah.
It is credited with being one of the three national parks of Jammu & Kashmir, the other two are Dachigam National Park and Kishtwar National Park. It is a house of several endangered animals and birds. It would be worth a visit for nature and animal lovers. Some stay options are available as well nearby this park. But it is open to visitors only from April to November.
Tarsar Marsar Trek has nourished the Aru Valley of Kashmir, loaded with the adventure and the experience to adore nature’s beauty with the glimpse of wonderful landscapes, this trek would be one of the most memorable treks of Jammu and Kashmir.
This location is surrounded by big mountains and grassy landscapes is the perfect spot for nature lovers to enjoy the experience of trekking with their family, friends, and loved ones.
Sinthan Top is a mountain pass in Pir Panjal mountain ranges and connected with the National Highway of Kokerng-Sinthan Top-Kishtwar Road and connects Jammu and Kashmir.
However. This non-residential spot is very popular among the tourists due to stunning views and pleasant atmosphere and tourists can enjoy the calmness and freshness of this location and also engage in the activities like mountaineering, trekking and skiing along with it some of the tourists do enjoy the camping session here as well.
Summer Season in Srinagar stays from March to June and the Srinagar temperature ranges between 14 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. Srinagar weather in this season remains very comfortable and pleasant but sometimes it gets a little hot but generally, it is the suggested season to visit. It is a season when you can enjoy the various activities in Srinagar like boating at Wular Lake and Dal Lake, can have a trekking experience at Tarsar Marsar Trek and Sinthan Top and a beautiful visit to Shalimar Garden to enjoy the beauty of colourful flowers and Shankaracharya Temple is always a better option to visit for calm seekers.
Srinagar is also known for its celebration of Badamwari, a season of almond blossom and marks the beginning of New Year and Baisakhi is also the very beloved festival in Srinagar and tourists can enjoy the joy and positive atmosphere of these festivities. Travellers are suggested to check the weather reports of here before visiting and also make a pre-booking of their travel and accommodations.
Monsoon Season in Srinagar marks from July to September and Srinagar temperature in this season fluctuates between 15 degrees Celsius to 12 degrees Celsius. Srinagar weather in this transition season of summer and winter remains quite comfortable and pleasant for travellers due to the absence of heavy rainfall and the weather gives the sensation of initial cold but will not be as unbearable as harsh winters and light sunlight give you the perfect climate to go outside and enjoy sightseeing and picnic activities with your family and friends.
In this season you will find Srinagar to its purest and beautiful form like a paradise on earth and many activities like boating, sighting, and trekking can be enjoyed by the tourists. Srinagar's Autumn season is the most preferred season among tourists and can be named as peak season hence, tourists can find it difficult to get their favourite stays. So, it is suggested to book your accommodation priorly to avoid a rush.
Winter Season in Srinagar stays from October to February and Srinagar Temperature ranges between 15 degrees Celsius to 4 degrees Celsius. Srinagar weather stays cold and the months of December and January are suggested for those travellers who wish to visit in snowy conditions, but this season is also a cause of many road blockages and crowded spots. Morning in this season is desirably pleasant with the sun shining down brightly and warmly.
In this season Shivratri is a very well celebrated festival that occurred in February and the Shankaracharya Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is decorated and brightly lit up which looks very attractive and beautiful. Nuroz is an Armenian festival that is also one of the beloved festivals of Srinagar. Tourists can engage in snowy activities in this season and also can visit the Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, Pari Mahal and Character- I -Sharif. This season is also very popular among tourists so pre-booking accommodation and travel would be better to avoid the rush.
- Named Sheikh ul Alam Airport is an international airport and resided approximately 15 kilometres away from the centre of the city and is well connected to other major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh and airlines like Jet Airways and Vistara deliver regular flights from these major cities to Srinagar. Tourists can avail themselves of the services of taxi or cab from outside the airport to reach their hotels.
- Jammu Tawi which is located at a distance of approximately 290 kilometres or Udhampur Railway station are the nearest railway stations for Srinagar. These railway stations are very well connected to other major cities of the country like Delhi and Ahmedabad. And from the outside of the railway station, tourists can hire a taxi or cab or avail the state bus services to reach their destination.
- Srinagar is the capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir hence, it is well versed connected to other major cities of the country like Delhi which is at the distance of approximately 876 kilometres, Chandigarh with a distance of 646 kilometres Leh with the 424 kilometres distance and Jammu at 258 kilometres via road and numbers of state bus services and private bus services are available for tourists to reach Srinagar and local travellers can also make their journey from their private vehicle due to well maintained and smooth road connectivity.
Vivanta Dal View is located in Nishat-Shalimar, Srinagar is very spacious and elegant with the air-conditioned rooms in addition to a flat-screen TV and also gives the services of minibar, rooms with private balcony with the beautiful view of lake and mountains and decorated with the Jamawar artwork, it is certainly having the positive reviews and also resides on a great location.
The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar is located in Gupkar Road is also a very fine option to stay. With the positive reviews this is known for its kid and family-friendly services such as children activities and also gives you the services of airport transportation, babysitting, pool, rooms with private balcony, minibar, rooms with smoking and non-smoking preferences, secured parking, fitness centre, and bar and lounge as well with the services of other amenities as well.