Surrounded by rolling green mountains, Srinagar lies in the Kashmir Valley, along the banks of river Jhelum. Here, you will find scenic beauty that is quite inimitable, which is why the famous Persian poet, Amir Khusru, dubbed it 'paradise on earth'.
Also known as the 'Venice of East', in Srinagar you will find verdant Mughal gardens, panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, and the famous Dal Lake, where you can relax on a stationary houseboat and enjoy the colourful scenery. The city has also recently become a hub for honeymooners.
If you’ve added this gorgeous destination to your travel bucket list, there are some places to visit in Srinagar that you absolutely must not skip. In fact, we've decided to plan a five-day trip for you, to make sure you enjoy everything that this beautiful destination has to offer.
Day 1 - On your first day here, you can drive through the heart of Srinagar, which will take you across the popular Abdullah Bridge. Later, you can visit the Nishat and Shalimar gardens, which reflect the Mughal’s influence in India. We'd recommend ending the day with an hour-long Shikara ride, so that you can truly soak in the mesmerising beauty that surrounds you.
Day 2 – Cherish the memories of a day well spent in Srinagar as you head to Gulmarg the next day morning. The 14-kilometre drive will lead you to the quaint town of Tangmarg. Once you reach your destination, you can enjoy a Gondola Cable Car ride, or indulge in some horse riding.
Day 3 – You can explore beautiful places to visit near Srinagar, like Pahalgam, which is a hill station that is popular for its scenic landscapes, and the village of Bijbehara, also known as the bread basket of Kashmir. While you are here, you can also check out famous places like Betaab Valley and Chandanwari.
Day 4 – The next day, plan an excursion to the scenic slopes of Sonmarg, also known as the Gateway to Ladakh. You can go on a sightseeing trip around the area and then travel back to Srinagar, where you can spend the night on a beautiful houseboat.
Day 5 – On your last day, you can go on a shopping spree and purchase antique carpets and Kashmiri shawls that are exclusively handmade here.
A trip to this beautiful destination promises to be an exciting and memorable one for the entire family. So, when in Srinagar, treat yourselves to the most comfortable stay. While there are plenty of resorts in Srinagar, it is advisable to select one like the Club Mahindra Houseboats in Srinagar, which has a host of modern amenities – plus easy access to local markets and other popular tourist attractions. If you need affirmation, check out the Club Mahindra reviews, where you will find detailed information about the resort from a member’s point of view.
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