Trip to Srinagar, City of Lakes and Gardens

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6th Oct 2015
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Srinagar – largest city of the Kashmir Valley and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, famous for its gardens, waterfronts and houseboats.

We are here in Srinagar after spending a week in Leh Ladakh. Took an Innova from Leh around 4 PM and reached Srinagar by early Morning 5 AM.

We planned our trip in off-season in October, where you don't find much snow and winter is just starting.

Leh-Srinagar Highway is one of the most scenic road in India, which will pass through Sonmarg, Zoji la, Drass, Kargil and Lamayuru. During the time we travelled, the road was full of rocks falling in and it was scary, though enjoyable. Don't miss this road drive, if you have time for travel.

Places must to visit in Srinagar

Sonamarg

Gulmarg

Pahalgam

Beautiful gardens - Mughal Gardens, Cheshma Shahi (Royal Spring), Nishat (Garden of Pleasure), Shalimar (Abode of Love)

Adi Shankaracharya temple

Street Shopping in Lal Chowk

Shikara ride in Dal lake / Nagin lake

Took a Royal Boat house to stay for 4 nights in Dal lake and it remained as the most memorable experience in our life.

Our House Boat in Dal lake.

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Inside view of Boat house.

Dal lake water @ morning 9 AM

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A beautiful sunrise view from the mountains

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Shopping in Dal lake. Enjoy the local traditional shopping with wide varieties of jewellery. But you need to bargain!

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Some spectacular views of Dal lake.

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Boat houses in Dal lake.

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Don't miss the beautiful gardens in Srinagar. Took a Opentop bus offered by Srinagar tourism, which will give the view of entire Srinagar and also takes us to the gardens in Srinagar.

Opentop Bus offered by Srinagar tourism.

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Spectacular views of gardens in Srinagar

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Don't miss the sunset from Dal lake. Also the best time to take the Shikara ride in Dal lake. Trust me, the ride was so relaxing.

Shikara rides in Dal lake @ 5 PM

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Spectacular sunset view from Dal lake.

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Beautifully decorated Shikaras will tempt you to have a ride, enjoy the shikara rides in calm water of Dal lake.

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View of Adi Shankaracharya temple, situated at a height of 1100 feet above the Srinagar city. The temple is on the summit of the same name at a height of 1,000 feet (300 m) above the plain and overlooks the city of Srinagar.

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Don't miss Gulmarg, Sonamarg & Pahalgam which has lot of snow activities and offer spectacular views. As we already covered snow in Ladakh, we skipped these places. But if you are travelling only to Srinagar, these are the must visit places.

Srinagar has became our favorite holiday destination after this trip. Waiting for a chance to visit this place again in perfect winter to enjoy the snow!

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