Srinagar, summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) amidst the beautiful and humongous mountains of Himalayas, lying on the banks of Jhelum river is a city ready to beguile you down into its beauty 24×7 and all the 365 days of the year. With houseboats, gardens and its natural pulchritude its pride, it also holds a significant importance for the Indian Defense Forces as it connects one of the 2 links connecting Leh Laddhak with rest of India. The other one is through Manali. In case you missed it, read Backpacking in Kullu Manali!
Jammu and Kashmir, due to its extreme weather conditions, has 2 capitals, Srinagar for summer season and Jammu for the winter season. During the change of season, entire state government moves to the new capital. Srinagar also holds status of being the largest city of Jammu and Kashmir.
With bright and sunny yet a cold weather in summers to the multiple layers of snow covering the entire city in winter, from clean and beautiful gardens to the cold frozen lakes this city carries its own charm and gives an ambivalent experience of staying in a hill station and also in a busy city altogether at a single time.
So below are some of my favorite to-do-things while you are in Srinagar
HOUSE BOATS IN DAL LAKE
Interior of houseboat
To begin with, I will take my favorite one: The house boats. These majestic, artistically built boats steadily floating on the waters of the lake contains an entire house set up inside them. Multiple rooms including dining hall, bed rooms, bathroom (with attached bathtub), terrace, they have everything a perfect house would have in it. These house boats have a winsome carvings on its walls. Bonny from outside, and snugged and comfortable from inside, these houseboats are definitely worth living in!
Imagine yourself living on a houseboat in a beautiful lake with misty and snowed mountains surrounding you, heaven! Isn’t it? I would suggest instead of staying in a hotel, one should definitely stay in these houseboats for at least a day to experience the beauty of heaven while you stay on Earth.