Places to stay near Lal Chowk
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Shopping in Kashmir : There are an array of items which are unique to Kashmir. Kashmir is famous for its Pashmina shawls and stoles. So make sure you get one for your loved ones. A spice-lover should visit Maharaja bazaar to get hold of some authentic Kashmiri spices and red chillies. Kashmir is one of the few places in the world which grows saffron,so you can buy some pure saffron. Lal Chowk,the main market in Srinagar has a number of bakeries. Mughal Darbar bakery is my personal favorite,they make excellent cookies and cakes. Visit the bakery on the last day of the trip so that you can pack some cookies for home.Adventure in Kashmir : Adventure junkies can try skiing in Gulmarg and white water rafting Pahalgam and can enjoy sledging in Sonmarg.
4. ShoppingVisit the famous Lal Chowk for your winter shopping spree. Kashmiri Pashmina shawls and local dry fruits are the main items that you can buy for your family back at home. you can also buy other handicraft works like paper mache, wood carving work, etc. It is recommended that you bargain for prices to get the best deals.5. Experience local culture.
3. Exquisite Kashmiri cuisine - A mouth watering combo in winters.Kashmiri Wazwan is world famous for its multi-course dishes that pamper your taste buds. Ranging from Kashmiri pink tea with Harissa in breakfast to a full traditional "Trami" (large copper plate) with multiple dishes of mutton and chicken. Don't forget the aroma of famous seekh kebabs of Khayyam chowk that attracts people from miles. Khayyam Chowk is just 3 kms from Lal Chowk and can be easily reached by cab or local transport.
2. Stay in a hotel with a beautiful view of Dal Lake.In winters the view of Dal lake is mesmerising. The roofs of house boats and shikaras laden with white snow will present a whole new view of the Dal Lake that you won't see in any other place. You can get good deals for your hotels as in winters hotels offer cheaper rooms than in spring season.
Often referred to as Ghanta Ghar, it is the busiest commercial centre of Srinagar with hotel lined streets and a bustling market in Boulevard Street.
good for shoppers
As a Shopaholic I found this market a perfect blend of modern architecture as well as traditional heritage. It forms the concentric point of modern and traditional life. The central market boasts of modern capitalist influence with its branded showrooms and cuisine specific cafes, but further down the market, there are the narrow alleys which cater to the taste of those tourists who are looking for exclusive Kashmiri shopping experience as I did. It boasts of a variety of products from artifacts to spices to jewelry to name some. Hence, this market stands as an emblem of its rich variety. The market also boasts of famous local cuisines from the Kashmiri khawas to the shawarmas and the kebabs. It is both a shopper’s paradise and a gastronomical delight.