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Famously known as ‘Heaven on Earth’, Srinagar is every bit the epitome of paradise on earth. As picturesque as the most stunning painting to ever be painted, Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, lies on the banks of the Jhelum river, and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round, contributing to the perpetual influx of tourists visiting this city which offers a plethora of gorgeous scenic vistas.From the ferocious waters of Pahalgam to the serene pastures of Gulmarg, everything about Srinagar will give you goosebumps, no matter where you’re looking at. Once you visit Srinagar, the first thing you do is close your eyes and breathe in lungfuls of the clean, fresh mountain air. The second thing you do is hire a houseboat and pay a visit to Dal Lake. Hills surround the most famous tourist spot in all of Kashmir, Dal Lake, and as long as your sight takes you, you can see the mountains reflected in the water.
Srinagar was ruled by the Mauryan empire till around the 14th century and it was emperor Ashoka, who had introduced Buddhism to the valley of Kashmir. The Kushans believed to have controlled this region during the first century who ruled over this place from their stronghold at Pakistan and Afghanistan. Even King Vikramaditya from Ujjain, ruled over this place before transferring the reigns of control to a nomaid tribe named Huns during the 6th century. One of the most terrified rulers of the city was Mihirkula who belonged to this tribe.After the 14th century, the city came under the Mughal rule and was ruled by the Muslim Kings. This city was made the capital during the rule of Yusuf Shah Chak who was then tricked to death by Akbar who set up his dominion on the city post the fall of Yusuf Shah Chak. It was in the year 1707 that the Mughal dominion came to en end with the death of their last King, Aurangzeb and then Srinagar came under the reign of the Durrani Empire. This empire was the leader of the Pasthun tribe and they ruled on Srinagar for multiple decades. It was in 1814 that the rule of Sikhs was established and Maharaja Ranjit Singh ruled over Kashmir. It was ruled by the Sikhs till the British Raj came into India. Till the year 1947 Srinagar was considered as a princely state in the British India.
However, April to October is the best time to visit Srinagar. With freezing winters and hot summers, Srinagar is best visited during the Autumn months from September to November however, monsoons are also a great time that transforms this beautiful place into a magnificent landscape.
Srinagar is one of the largest cities of Northern India and the biggest city of Jammu and Kashmir. It is well-connected to all the major cities of India by air, rail and road.
The Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport in Srinagar is an international airport. The airport is well-connected and has regular flights to all the major cities. Cabs are available at the airport to take your destination in the city.
The nearest railway stations are the Jammu Tawi (271 km from Srinagar) and the Udhampur Railway Station (200 km from Srinagar). The stations are well-connected to all the major cities of the country. Private cabs and State Government buses can be boarded from the stations to reach Srinagar.
Srinagar is well-connected by road to cities like Jammu, Delhi and Chandigarh. You can take JKSRTC buses to travel to and from the city.
1.Chandigarh to Srinagar - 561 km
2.Delhi to Srinagar - 808 km
3.Leh to Srinagar - 418 km
4.Pahalgam to Srinagar - 88 km
5.Jammu to Srinagar - 266 Km
To pamper and entice the shopaholic in you, Srinagar in Kashmir has much to offer. From apparels to home décor, it’s got something for everyone and the bargaining and stealing the best offer from the local markets makes Srinagar shopping all the more fun. If you wish to shortlist what to buy in Srinagar, here are some of the famous items one can pick.Pashminas: Don’t ever think of leaving Srinagar without buying real and beautiful pashmina shawls, stoles, sweaters, and jackets. The varied colors, designs and weaving pattern of real Pashmina apparels will surely spoil you with choices.Kashmiri Tea: One of the most popular and high in demand shopping items in Srinagar is Kashmiri Tea. Though it is slightly different from the tea we have every day, but the varied flavors and fragrance of Kashmiri tea are truly hypnotic and enthralling. Be it Kashmiri Kahwa or salted pink tea or noon chai or oolong tea; every taste and aroma will make you fall for it.
Here in Kashmir nature has an identity all its own. It enthralls and seduces in equal measures. If you fly to Srinagar, you will notice that it is easy to find incredible panoramas and drives everywhere you go. We’ve included some of our favourite suggestions for things to do in Srinagar in this article. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to take the time to talk to the people and listen to their stories. Kashmiris are warm and hospitable and regale visitors with sumptuous stories by the dozen. Of course, there is an unavoidable subtext of political conflicts and violence that mars many a tale, but that is what makes interactions with locals in Kashmir so enlightening. In fact these interactions will definitely be the highlight of your trip to Srinagar.