Srinagar, fondly called ‘Paradise on Earth’, has everything for a wonderful holiday experience. This valley is famous for its pretty lakes, beautiful houseboats, ancient monuments, and velvety gardens. Every season here has its own charm. From colourful flowers and clear skies in summer, apple orchards, and red Chinar leaves in autumn, to snow-clad mountains and barren trees in winter, Srinagar is the place to be.
To cater to the accommodation demands of travellers, Srinagar has a range of guest houses spread across the valley. These affordable holiday rental homes are not only easy on your pocket but also let you experience the local Kashmiri culture.
Most of these accommodations in Srinagar serve authentic Kashmiri food (Wazwan) which is prepared by a special chef known as Waza.
These guest houses are located in the areas such as Raj Bagh, Jawahar Nagar, Nigeen Lake, Chandpora, and Nehru Park among others. The rooms are available at affordable prices starting at INR 690 and can go up to INR 2,400. The rooms are well maintained and all the essential amenities required for a comfortable stay are available.
Tourist destinations in Srinagar that you can’t afford to miss!
Dal Lake: One of the busiest tourist sites in Srinagar, Dal Lake is home to beautiful houseboats and Shikaras. You can enjoy a Shikara ride to witness the breathtaking views of the valley. You can also go shopping at the floating market. Guest houses near Dal Gate are an ideal place to stay as most of the famous shopping centres and restaurants are located near this area. Rooms are available from INR 1,800.
Mughal Gardens: Chasma Shahi, Nishat, and Shalimar are the three baghs, popularly known as Mughal Gardens. They are famous picnic spots among both travellers and locals.
Hazratbal Mosque: It’s the only dome shaped mosque in Kashmir. Hazratbal is famous for its scenic beauty and the alluring view of the Nagin Lake in front of the mosque. It’s also an important shrine for all the Kashmiri Muslims.
Pari Mahal: This beautiful terrace garden located at the top of the Zabarwan Mountains was an observatory in the past.
Shankarcharya Mandir: This ancient temple is situated at a height of 1100 feet on the Shiva Hill. From here you can have the most amazing view of Kashmir valley and the Jhelum river.
Places to Eat in Srinagar
Ahdoos Hotel: When it comes to Kashmiri food, Ahdoos hotel is the most popular restaurant in the city. You must try Nadru Yakhni, Rogan Josh, kebabs, and Gustaba.
Mughal Darbar: When in Srinagar you must visit Mughal Darbar. This place is known to serve the best Kashmiri Wazwan in the city.
Krishna Dhaba: It’s one of the best vegetarian eateries in Srinagar. Everyone should try their delicious Rajma Chawal loaded with ghee.
When it comes to street food, old city is the best bet. You must try Tujj and Mutton kebabs with Naan (flat bread).
Srinagar is a shoppers’ paradise. Residency Road is its most well-known market for handicrafts and Kashmiri dresses (Phiran). For oxidised jewellery and dry fruits, you must visit Lal Chowk.
To shop for your favourite carpets and Pashmina shawls, Badshah Chowk is the perfect choice. Their handwoven carpets are famous all over the world.