10 Best Places to visit in Srinagar 2021 and trip plan

WHY SRINAGAR IS PARADISE ON EARTH?

Srinagar,Dal Lake
Srinagar,Dal Lake

Today we will talk about a famous city in Kashmir”Srinagar” which is called Paradise on earth,Here you will see many lakes and gardens for which Srinagar is called the Land of lakes and Gardens.

DAL LAKE
SUN SET AT DAL LAKE

Srinagar is a very beautiful city which was earlier the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.Those of us who live in India have been listening to Kashmir since I was a child,and we wish we could go to Kashmir and staying for some days in Srinagar and explore the city.

HOUSEBOATS IN KASHMIR
HOUSEBOATS IN DAL LAKE,SRINAGAR

My challenge to you is that Srinagar is more beautiful than you can imagine.Many people from all over the country and abroad come here to visit, this is also a best honeymoon place in india.Let’s take a look at some Spectacular and wonderful places here.

PLACE TO VISIT IN SRINAGAR

1)DAL LAKE:

DAL LAKE,SRINAGAR
DAL LAKE,SRINAGAR

When you reach Srinagar,First of all you have to come here to this lake,The famous houseboats of Srinagar are built on this lake,Dal Lake is called the jewel of Kashmir, it is the confluence of three lakes,Dal Lake is the second largest lake in Jammu and Kashmir,It covers an area of ​​26 square kilometres.All the tourists stay near Dal Lake and travel all over srinagar from here.If you are coming to Srinagar, don’t forgot to stay in the houseboat here and it is the best places to visit in srinagar.

Famous for: most iconic and attractive place in srinagar.

HOW TO REACH DAL LAKE FROM SRINAGAR:

SRINAGAR,DAL LAKE
BEAUTIFUL VIEW SRINAGAR,DAL LAKE

BY TRAIN: If you are coming to Srinagar Railway Station then Dal Lake is located just 9 kilometers away from the railway station.Taxi fare from the station to Dal Lake about 50-100 rupees,But they will tell you the price is much higher you need to bargain this time,if you get a bus from there, That would be great for you but buses is not always available. Bus fare is only 12 rupees.

BY FLIGHT: If you are coming from Srinagar Airport, (Sheikh ul-alam international Airport) The distance from the airport to Dal Lake is about 20 to 22 kilometers,Taxi fare is around 600 to 800 rupees and it will take you 40 minutes to 1 hour to reach here.

2)GULMARG:

GULMARG, KASHMIR
GULMARG, KASHMIR

Gulmarg, it is one of the best places to visit in srinagar, about 50 km from Srinagar, is a very beautiful and very attractive place, Gulmarg means the valley of flowers which was discovered by the British in 1987.they used to come here during the summer season and spend some time here Because the temperature here was the similar as in Britain,This place is located at an altitude of 2730 meters,Before this place was named Gaurlmarg.

The last independent ruler of Kashmir Yakub Shah chak seeing the beauty of this place, named it Gulmarg.winter activities like snowboarding and skiing here in December-January,Hiking and trekking are done here in summer,It snows here in winter and you can see snow in summer too,Here is located the largest golf ground in the country.

The gondola ride here is very famous,Gondola is a type of cable car that will take you up the hill,It will cost you 700 rupees to go up the first stage of the hill and 900 rupees to go up the second stage,It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

GULMARG, KASHMIR
GULMARG, KASHMIR

Famous for: Snow mountains gondola ride and beautiful view.

Entry fee: NIL.

HOW TO REACH:The distance from Srinagar to Gulmarg is about 50kms,If you want to come to Gulmarg from Srinagar, you have to come to Tangmarg road first,To get to Tangmarg you will get a car from Srinagar you have to spend 100 rupees here,Then you have to change car from tangmarg and from here fare is 50 rupees you will go to Golmaal hills.

There is no direct car or bus service from Srinagar to Tangmarg. You can rent a private car if you want It will take 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Gulmarg.

3)INDIRA GANDHI MEMORIAL TULIP GARDEN:

tulip garden srinagar
tulip garden srinagar

The garden is located on the zabarwan mountain range on the banks of the Dal Lake.It is 8 km away from Srinagar,the garden covers an area of ​​about 75 acres,It was built in 2007 by Gulam Nabi Azad.Every year in the month of April, Tulip festival is celebrated here to welcome the arrival of spring by displaying approx 70 variety of the tulip flowers. it is also include the best places to visit in srinagar.

And this tulip garden is the largest tulip garden not only in India but in the whole of Asia.If you are in Srinagar then definitely come here because it is close to Srinagar.

tulip garden srinagar
tulip garden srinagar

Famous for: different and unique variety of Tulip flower or Tulip festival.

Entry fee: Rs. 50 for adults and Rs. 25 for children to enter Tulip Garden.

HOW TO REACH :This garden is located just 10 kilometers away from Srinagar,You can take a taxi or private car from Srinagar to Tulip Garden,Taxi fare is around 80 rupees per head.

4) SHALIMAR BAGH:

Srinagar_Shalimar_Gardens
Srinagar_Shalimar_Gardens, BY Vinayaraj Image SOURCE Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0

Shalimar means abode of love.In 1619, Mughal ruler Jahangir got this garden constructed for his wife Nur Jahan.After it was fully built, Jahangir said that if anywhere is heaven in the world, it is here and here. Shalimar Bagh is one of the most populated Mughal garden here and it is one of the best places to visit in srinagar.

Which has been divided into three terraces 1)The lowest terraces is diwane aam, 2) the middle terraces is diwane khaas, 3)And at the top part is reserved for royal women, Spread over 31 acres, the park is surrounded by chinar tree.

Famous for: beautiful view, mountain and dal lake.

Entry fee: INR 10 for every person.

HOW TO REACH: Shalimar Bagh is located about 17 km from Srinagar, you can take a taxi or private cab from here,Taxi fare is around 100 rupees per head from Srinagar,

5)Shankaracharya Temple:

shankaracharya temple srinagar
shankaracharya temple,by Anurag kumar Image source Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0

The Shankaracharya temple is located on the Shankaracharya hill, This temple is located on a very high hills so you can see it from anywhere in Dal Lake, And this temple was built twenty centuries ago by King Gopaditya, around 372 BC.

About 1100 feet above from sea level, this temple is dedicated to Hindu god Lord Shiva.Earlier the name of this temple is Gopadari and then,Adi Guru Shankaracharya was then at this place during his journey to Kashmir so the name was changed to Shankaracharya Temple.

Entry fee: NIL.

Famous for:This temple is famous for its ancient history,And it’s a beautiful Temple located on a hill.

HOW TO REACH:To reach this temple, you have to go 11.5 km from Srinagar,And it takes you about half an hour,You can hire a taxi or a private car from here. The fare will be around 50 to 100 rupees per head.

6) NISHAT BAGH:

Srinagar_Nishat_Bagh_Mughal_Gardens
Srinagar_Bagh_Mughal_Gardens, by Mckay savage Image source is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

The word Nishat Bagh means gardens of happiness.This garden is located east of Dal Lake The garden was built in 1633 by Nurjahan’s brother Hassan Asif Khan.Spread over 46 acres, it is the second largest Mughal garden in Srinagar,Located on the shores of Dal Lake in Srinagar, this garden is the very beautiful and has a variety of flowers and beautiful decoration as well.

Entry fee: The entrance fee to the garden is only 10 rupees per person

Famous for: It is the second largest Mughal garden in Kashmir after Shalimar Bagh,And this park is surrounded by tall very beautiful chinar trees,

HOW TO REACH: Nishat Bagh is about 13.5 kilometers from Srinagar. To get here you have to take a taxi or a car for which you have to spend Rs. 150 to Rs. 200.And it will take you 25 minutes to 30 minutes to get here.

7) HAZRATBAL SHRINE:

Hazratbal_shrine
Hazratbal_shrine_srinagar,BY Adeelyousuf00 Image Source Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0

This mosque was built by emperor Shah-jahan and Subedar sadiq Khan in 17th century,In Kashmiri languages,bal means to stay,so that Hazratbal means where Hazrat stay.

Hazrat Bal is a famous mosque Located on the banks of the Dal Lake at Srinagar,And this mosque is also known as the holiest mosque in Kashmir Many believe that here is a hair of the beard of the main islamic Prophet Muhammad, this mosquito is very beautiful and eye catching. I recommend you if you are in Srinagar must visit this holy mosque and it is also the best places to visit in srinagar.

Entry fee: Free for everyone.

Famous for: It is a very sacred place for Muslims,it is very old and beautiful.

HOW TO REACH: Hazrat Bal Mosque is located about 8 kilometers from Srinagar,You can rent a taxi or a private car here. The taxi fare will be around 50 rupees.And it takes about 25 to 30 minutes to arrive, depending on the traffic.

8)NIGEEN LAKE:

nigeen lake srinagar
nigeen lake srinagar

This Lake also known as jewels in the rings.The Lake is surrounded by hills and Plants,This lake is known as Nigeen lake for its crystal clear and blue water.This lake is part of Dal Lake This lake is very deep and pollution free. so there different types of watersports like swimming done here.It is spread over a vast,area and the view from here is very great.

Famous for: beautiful view and crystal clean blue water.

HOW TO REACH: nagin lake is located about 7.5 km from Srinagar.Are you renting a bus or car to get to Nagin Lake from here.Bus fare is only 10 rupees and taxi fare is around 50 rupees.

9) PARI MAHAL:

Pari_Mahal_-_Srinagar
Pari_Mahal_-_Srinagar,by Subhashis Pattadar Image source Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0

Pari mahal is located about 13 km from Srinagar,This palace was built by Shahjahan’s son Darashiko in 1650 AD. this is one of the best places to visit in srinagar Everyone says there was a Buddhist monastery here before.Parimahal is located on the banks of Dal Lake and just above the chashme Shahi garden.This is the best option for you if you are coming to Srinagar In summer,You can see different types of flowers here and in winter you will not see these.

Entry fee: You enter the pari mahal to see Dal Lake’s amazing view from top of the palace, The entrance fee for adults is only 20 rupees and children is only 10 rupees which I think is very low for this incomparable beauty.

Famous for: From here one can see a very beautiful view of Shankaracharya temple and dal lake,It is famous for its variety of flowers and old Mughal architecture.

HOW TO REACH: Parimahal is located 13 km away from Srinagar,Parimal is located 13 km from Srinagar It will cost you around 50 to 100 rupees And it will take you 30 minutes to reach Parimal.

10)CHASME SAHI BAGH:

Chashme_Shahi_kashmir
Chashme_Shahi_kashmir,by Mili Ghosh Image source Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0

Chasme Sahi bagh is the first Mughal garden in Srinagar,This garden was build in 1632 AD by Shahjahan’s state of Kashmir’s governor Ali martam Khan.Spread over 1 acre of land, this garden is the smallest Mughal garden in Srinagar This is also known as royal spring. Dal lake looks very beautiful from this garden.

Famous for: Surrounded by hills, this garden is very beautiful,It is very attractive smallest Mughal Garden.

Entry fee: The entrance fee for children and adults is only 10.

TIMING:The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

HOW TO REACH: Chasme Sahi bagh is located about 12 km from Srinagar.Book a private car or taxi to get here,Taxi fares are only 50 to 100 Rs It only takes 20 to 30 minutes to get here.

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