When Emperor Jahangir laid eyes on the beautiful land of Kashmir, he recited Amir Khusro’s Farsi couplet in appreciation: ‘Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast’; this translates to, ’If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this’. Srinagar, with its beautiful gardens, lakes, and picturesque vistas, does complete justice to the late Mughal emperor’s reaction.
A slice of paradise on Earth, the valley is famous for its saffron, apple orchards, shikaras, and tulips. The snow-capped mountains, chilly air, and a partially frozen Dal Lake will welcome you. Points of interest in the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir include Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Hazratbal Mosque, Shankaracharya Mandir, Nagin Lake, Wular Lake, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam−the Land of Shepherds. Undertake retail therapy and do not miss out on great papier-mâché objects, Pashmina shawls, and engraved copper items.
If the heavenly city of Srinagar, located on the banks of Jhelum River, is next on your travel bucket list, then choosing an alternative accommodation would add immensely to your experience. Ditching hotels will let you explore the valley like never before. You can choose from luxurious houseboats, comfortable boutique stays, offbeat tents, reliable apartments, romantic cottages, or affordable guest houses.
The most famous attractions in Srinagar are its houseboats. They are a great way to spend your vacation in the mesmerising valley and becoming familiar with the local culture. These houseboats flaunt traditional architectural design with intricate wood carvings and panelling. They even feature traditional Kashmiri crewelwork and are tastefully decorated. The balcony features lattice woodwork and the interiors flaunt jalidar artistry. The roofs display khatamband work, which adds immensely to the charm of the establishment.
Equipped with all the basic amenities, the houseboats in Srinagar ensure that you have a memorable stay. Some of the houseboats can accommodate up to fifteen people and the prices begin at about INR 1,300 and can go up to approximately INR 54,000.
Boutique stays are the perfect type of accommodation if you are looking for a budget stay option. They feature modern architecture combined with traditional woodwork, and are equipped with all the basic amenities such as parking, chef, and doctor on call. Commanding some absolutely delightful views, these boutique stays are located close to popular tourist attractions and local markets.
So, choose one that fits your preference and have an amazing travel experience. The prices begin from about INR 2,400 and go up to approximately INR 69,000. You can easily rent one in Dewan Bagh, Dalgate, Brein Nishat, Raj Bagh, Shankaracharya Reserved Forest, Harwan Dawa, Green Enclave, and Pahalgam.
If you’re a nature lover, then tent is the perfect accommodation type for you. Pitched amid lush greenery and expansive fields, tents offer a comfortable stay for you and your loved ones. They can accommodate up to three people and are priced at approximately INR 3000. You can rent one in Jayalgarh, Indra Nagar, Baghat Barzulla, or Sonamarg.
The service apartments here flaunt beautiful lawns and are ideal if you are travelling in a large group. Admire the colourful hydrangeas sitting in the garden area as you soak up some sun. Some of the properties can accommodate up to twenty-one people. The prices begin from INR 1,700 and go up to approximately INR 80,000.
Cottages in this beautiful city display a combination of contemporary architecture coupled with traditional Kashmiri woodwork. Located amidst rich greenery and breath-taking views, they are the perfect accommodation option if you are travelling with your partner. Some of these properties can accommodate up to ten people. The prices begin from about INR 1,600 and go up to approximately INR 11,000. You can rent a cottage in Zabarwan Park, Royal Springs Golf Course, Baital, Cheshmashahi Garden, and Green Enclave.
Guest houses offer a comfortable stay and are perfect if you are on a shoe-string budget. Equipped with all the basic amenities such as parking, power backup, and caretaker, guest houses in Srinagar make a great accommodation choice. Some properties can accommodate up to five people. The prices begin from about INR 690 and go up to approximately INR 2,300. You can rent a guest house in Nageen West, Srikot, Dal Lake area, Barbarshah, Patni Top, Nehru Park, Dal Gate, Khyam Chowk, and Raj Bagh.