Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Travel guide to Srinagar


Srinagar, the summer capital of the northern most Indian state Jammu and Kashmir is one of the must visit tourist destination in India tourism. It is situated at an altitude of 1,730 meters above the sea level and remains to be the one among the top 10 hill stations in India.

It is a worth visiting hill destination and in no doubt it is a dream destination to both international and domestic tourists. Srinagar is no less than a part of heaven, the unmatched beauty; limitless charm of the nature, lush greenery, and blissful ambiance of the nature makes itself an ideal location for holidaying. It is often referred as the “Land of Lakes and Gardens”. Srinagar is known for its natural beauty and remains to be the most visited place by the tourists. The gardens of Srinagar displays the Mughal influence as half of them were planted by the Mughal emperors. It is a paradise for nature lovers and honeymooners. 


Tourist attractions

Houseboats:  Houseboats in Srinagar are available on the bank of Dal Lake and Nagin Lake. Tourists can take on hire that fit their budget as they are of various categories like luxurious, deluxe, superior and standard. Houseboats in Srinagar are slow moving boat having all kinds of need and living facilities inside it. 

Mughal Gardens: The Mughal gardens addressed at a distance of 13 kilometers from the Srinagar are the major tourist attraction visiting J&K. The garden was built in the Mughal period and it shows the love over the nature and its beauty. Mughal gardens consist of three major gardens named as Shalimar garden, Nishat Bagh and Chashm-e-shahi. 

Shankracharya Temple: Shankracharya Temple built by the son of Emperor Ashoka, Jaluka around 200 BC has now become the major tourist attraction. It is the ancient shrine nestled in the Shankracharya hill at an altitude of 1100 feet high at the south east of Srinagar. Tourists can have the splendid views of the gorgeous valley and the mountains of pir panjal range. The ancient shrine can be easily accessible by taxis.  

Dal Lake: Dal Lake is an enchanting Lake and is captivating. The Lake is a real retreat to the eyes and of courses a houseboat destination of Srinagar. A visit to the Lake is an opportunity for visitors to explore the beautiful picture perfect vistas.

Srinagar festival: The annual Tulip festival held in the first week of the month April is the highlight of the year in Srinagar. Various cultural events are been held and tourists get a chance to see millions of blooming tulips in the Asia’s biggest tulip garden.

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Srinagar side trips

The domestic tourists prefer to make a trip to Vaishno Devi shrine. It is possible as there are helicopters from Katra located at a distance of about 50 kilometers from Jammu. Gulmarg is a popular destination for skiing. Tourists can enjoy day trips by bus and jeep which takes about 2 hours from Srinagar. The world’s second highest cable cars, gondola at 3,800 meters high offers panoramic views. Tourists can even experience the thrill of river rafting, and fishing at Pahalgam. Sonamarg is another major destination from where you can explore the spectacular view of the mountain glacier and it takes about 2 hours of drive from Srinagar.

Srinagar travel tips

If you are planning to make your tour to Srinagar that, make sure you do visit the renowned and trustworthy travel company. In today there are numbers of fake travel agents and companies so, do not go blindly for the offers published on or recommended by unknown person. Tourists interested to visit the popular destinations of Srinagar and the state itself must make advance booking. Make sure what facilities and services you will get in their packages; it is up to you to book the budget category.

Best time to visit 

Srinagar experiences two major season’s winter and summer. Winter begins from the month of October and remains till March. Srinagar receives heavy snowfall and the minimum temperature goes below o degree and maximum only about 15 degree Celsius. Winter is followed by summer. It is from April to September. The minimum temperature is 14 degree and maximum is 30 degree Celsius. The best time to visit is from the month of April to October. 

How to reach

There are regular flights from all the major states of India to Srinagar. The recently opened Srinagar Airport is well connected to almost all the major cities of the state. Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar and is located at a distance of 290 kilometers from Srinagar. Tourists can hire the taxi from the station and reach up to Srinagar. Numbers of state bus runs from the airport to the tourist reception center of Srinagar. On the way to Srinagar explore the scenic locations, landscapes, Himalayas and many more.

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