If you have been following me on social media, you would be aware about my small respite to the hills. Srinagar has always been a place, I wanted to visit from my childhood days but finally we took a small break and lived those beautiful five days.
Where to stay: When you are visiting this largest city of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, your first stop has to be Srinagar’s Dal Lake. Dal Lake is famous for it’s houseboats (Shikaras), floating market and the beauty all around. We spent a night at the house boat in Dal Lake, but Srinagar now being overtly commercialised, you will find humongous number of tourists popping in, so it’s better you pre book it and opt for houseboats that are on the broader side of the lake. But if you are looking for peace go for houseboats on Negin Lake.
Tourist Attractions: Srinagar’s beauty lies in its gardens, lakes and the picturesque scenes. One can visit numerous numbers of gardens from Shalimar Bagh to Nishat Garden to Mughal Gardens. All of them are rich in flowers and the attraction may please your senses, though personally I am not much of a garden person especially when it is too crowded. Out of all the best were Pari Mahal and Chashme Shahi Garden. If you are going to Srinagar these places are a must visit because of it’s beauty and something different then rest of the gardens.
Other than that your trip to Srinagar is incomplete without visiting to Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
Do keep my word and never visit Gulmarg during monsoon or even when it is slightly raining. Had the most adventurous and risky time till yet. We trekked in high pouring rain because we had to as we have already half way and it rained. Our horses crossed the waterfalls at the brink of falling. Also, on foot journey or a cable car is always preferable over horses but I was accompanying some people who love horses beyond any degree. Even our jockey’s (horse wale bhaiya to be precise) disclosed at the end that we were aware that it was risk of life but we have to earn at the end of day. :/ Like seriously?
Other than this adventure, Gulmarg is beautiful. Stay in a hotel there for at least one night to explore and love the beauty around.
It is around 1.5 hours away from Srinagar.
It is seriously a heaven on Earth. Pahalgam is a place that is called mini Switzerland. Must visits are Aru Valley and Betab Valley. We stayed at hotel Grand Mumtaz, though the view and the ambience was pretty sinking with the hilly vibes but the food was pathetic. So it is highly not recommended. I loved Hotel Pahalgam from it’s exteriors as it is always situated on the mall road and have cafe’s with yummiest food.
It is around 3.5 hours away from Srinagar.
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