One of the most beautiful places in India. Pretty safe now to go there. Make sure you return to your hotel by sunset.
We absolutely loved our stay! People were incredibly friendly and hospitable, we always felt very safe.
The views are incredible as the city is surrounded with the breath taking Himalayas. Weather was absolutely incredible .
Not the most visit-worthy of cities or towns in India. But as a staging point for the rest of Kashmir, it is the best spot.
Srinagar has so much potential to become the Interlaken of India: picturesque surrounds, access to the Himalayas and its beautiful trails and hikes, some history, and the many adventure sport worthy features (rapids, meadows and hills). If not for the political reality of the situation, it can surely be better developed to attract tourists of an adventurous ilk (ala Interlaken in Switzerland)
Srinagar as a city has nothing more to offer rather than a transit point to gulmarg, pahalgam or sonamarg.
Travel agents, shikara drivers, taxi drivers are all in a rush to huge money out of travellers while using juicy andd sweet luscious words and ways. Srinagar is overrated when it comes to site seeing , in short site seeing scenario is quiet sad when it comes to seeing gardens and dirty dal lake which could be much better in winters. Traffic jam is the biggest problem in srinagar at Pantha Chowk and Lal Chowk. There are no authorities present to regulate traffic, so it take more than 01-2 hours to get out of srinagar which is ridiculous.
SRINAGAR IS A VERY NICE CITY AND NATURAL ATHMOSHPHARE, MANY PLACES FOR SIGHTSEETING SO MANY GARDENS, AND LAKES BEAUTIFUL PLACES AND SUCH A HEAVEN IN THE SRINAGAR.
The hustle & Bustle of the city, including its traffic jams, works as a deterrant for a tourist who comes with an idea of a peaceful stay in the lap of nature.
The real beauty of Kashmir lies outside the city of Srinagar & if one really wants to be in peace with nature, spending a quite holiday, he/she needs to look outside the city of Srinagar.
Srinagar has the Lakes,and the Gardens to offer to it's tourists. Apart from that the city does not have much to offer.
You should plan for a 2 day stay in Srinagar, whereas the rest could be in places like Sonburg, Pahalgam, and Gulmarg.
The traffic requires to be more managed.This God gifted town is being polluted. Lal chawk is also a good area.
No tense prevails now. You can visit with family. In gulmarg some guides/agents behaviour is not good. They tease very much. So visit Pahalgam instead of Gulmarg. Srinagar is ofcourse a best place. Dont forget to enjoy night seen of Dal lake.
Srinigar is endowed with natural beauty because it is at the foot of the Himalayas and with several big lakes.
Unforturnately, the people who live in Srinigar appear to take for granted the jewel that they have. They have made Srinigar another dirty city, motorist do not have any regard to the pedestrian safety, people spit left and right and throw trash anywhere, anytime. The toilet in the restaurants and public places are dirty. As a solo traveler I was constantly on the guard. Too bad that the natural beauty of the place is being destroyed by its own residents.
So many places you can go at Srinagar. Experience Skiing at Gulmarg, and eat super delicious Kashmiri foods.
The people there very friendly.
still need to improve tourism in term of roads to the nearby towns such as pahalgam, sonamarg and gulmarg
Many armies and soldiers standing on the street. But not to worry. This city is very safe. Better rent a car for one day sightseeing the city.
The the next day we can go to Gulmarg or sonamarg or pahalgam for 1 day trip.
A peron should spend atleast 6-7 days to explore new places there are lot of places which as beautiful as gulmarg and sonmarg, transportation is costly all should go by his own car if possible.
Srinagar is a sad example of once desirable and now depressed tourist region. Beware that due to the current economic and political situation the number of visitors to the region is negligible making the locals extremely aggressive when selling blatantly overpriced goods and services.
The sites (e.g. historical gardens) made popular in the Bollywood movies of the 50s/60s are now in a state of neglect and disrepair. Day trips to the mountain attractions can easily turn out to be a hassle due to extremely aggressive locals selling overpriced goods and services.
Best time to be in Srinagar is off season, before early May after Aug/Sep as otherwise it could be very crowded.
It is capital of Kashmir, it has 1 35 kms Dal Lake, it is very cold during December to February, it has good sightseeing points, however, pollution within the city is bad during May-September, there are quite a few interesting places around sringagar like Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg.
The srinagar is centrally located place, according to my experience one has to plan tour in such a way that they can spend one night each at sonmarg, gulmarg, yousmarg, pahalgam keeping sringar in centre.
in kashmir lot of gardens are present, all of them are having unique beauty and history. surronding places to visit are pahalgam, sonmarg and gulmarg.
in pahalgam ride horse and see the most beautiful Baisaran also known as Mini Switzerland. you can book resorts near the pahalgam and sonmarg as well. in sonmarg to reach zero point you will have to hire local taxi but it is better to go by horse for going nearby thaziwas glacier as taxi leaves you at the distance of 1-2 km from the snow.
overwhelming I would recommend all people traveling to Srinagar if possible must have a Stay in Houseboat
There are many places of historical significance. Takht-e-Sulemaan,museum,Hazrat Bal mosque,Akbar's fort.
Shikara trip around Dal Lake is must.
It's a beautiful place , the weather is amazing, depends what are you looking at as far is sightseeing is concerned.
If you want to visit the tulip gardens, it only opens in march end till April end, it's an overwhelming experience, otherwise the place is best to visit in June July, for the main city day or 2 is enought you need one day for the highest cable car in Asia and gulmarg, and minimum 2 days at pahalgam. Kesar, badam, shilajeet and shawls are famous buys.
I suggest 2 days in Srinagar is enough as the city is quite crowded and extremely dusty. The beauty of Kashmir are in the locations outside Srinagar eg.
Pahalgam, Sonmarg/Baltal etc.
Love the scenery and views. Mountains, lakes, beautiful people all around you be it mans and women. Do visit Gulmarg, Sonamarg.
In and around Dal Lake,it is safe and people are very cordial, but avoid straying in old areas without a local escort.
Going around Srinagar,it is advisable to hire a cab,taxi from Dal with the help of Houseboat owners. Security is very good and police officials are cordial and helpful to tourists. Overall,it is a place worth never missing.