Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is popularly known as ‘Mini Switzerland’. Every season here has its own charm. From tulips in April to apples and saffron in September, to snow clad mountains in December, this place has it all. This beautiful valley is a gastronome’s haven and a shopper’s delight.
While you’re exploring and assessing your options of accommodation in the valley, an abundance of boutique hotels are available with numerous amenities. These holiday lodgings are a blend of modern design and traditional Kashmiri crewelwork. Srinagar has something to offer everyone. To know more, read on.
For Adventure Enthusiasts
Gulmarg, the meadow of flowers, is a famous skiing destination. The best time to visit Gulmarg is from December to March. To witness the beauty of snow-capped mountains, adventure lovers can go trekking, skiing, or mountain biking. However, one of the most well-known tourist attractions of Gulmarg is the Gondola ride to Apharwat Peak. Numerous holiday lodging options are available near Gulmarg Golf Course. All rooms are thoughtfully designed with a rustic yet modern décor, with wooden panelling and good ventilation.
Srinagar has a lot to offer, from historical monuments to ancient temples, from beautiful lakes to famous Mughal gardens. Whether it’s for leisure or business travels, boutique stays near Dal Lake are the perfect choice. This lake is popular among travellers because of the Shikara rides and the floating market. All the rooms are fully furnished, along with thermal insulation to keep you warm during winters.
Boutique stays in Raj Bagh are a good option when travelling in large groups or with family. These rental properties offer good value for money and are a few minutes’ walk from Residency Road - the fashionable city street.
If you’re living in one of these spacious and luxurious properties make sure you explore the local markets. They are the best place to buy oxidised jewellery, pashmina shawls, carpets, and Kashmiri handicrafts.
Boutique hotels are also located within walking distance from the famous Mughal gardens—Nishat and Shalimar. Shalimar Bagh was built by Jahangir in 1619 for his wife whereas Nishat was built in 1634. These gardens offer a panoramic view of the valley and Dal Lake. Chashme Shahi popularly known as ‘the Royal Spring’ is home to numerous species of flowers.
For Nature Lovers
Your trip to Srinagar is incomplete if you don’t visit Pahalgam - the Valley of Shepherds. This place is famous for its scenic beauty and alluring views of the Himalayan range. Betaab Valley is named after the Bollywood movie Betaab, starring Amrita Singh and Sunny Deol, which was shot here. Many Bollywood blockbusters have been shot here. The beauty of this place is enhanced by the Lidder river and deodar trees on all sides. Pahalgam is also known for trout fishing, rafting, and trekking. Boutique accommodations are ideal for a romantic getaway and are located in the heart of Lidder Valley. Every property has a lawn so you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains with a cup of warm Kashmiri kahwa. Pahalgam also serves as a base camp for pilgrims travelling to Amar Nath.
Other than that, budget lodgings are also located in areas such as Sonwar Bagh, Dalgate, Nageen West, and Shankarcharya Road. Rooms are available at affordable prices starting from INR 2400.