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Things to Do in Srinagar

You have planned a visit to the ‘Paradise on Earth’, Srinagar in the near future. After you have planned the trip you are worried about how to spend your time in Srinagar. You are concerned about things you can do in Srinagar. But, we will suggest you not to worry regarding this since Srinagar have a lot to offer. In Srinagar you will find different recreational things for different set of people. You will get wide range of option to choose from.

Traverse through Srinagar

Traverse through Srinagar

In Srinagar, you will have a lot of choices for entertaining and refreshing yourself. Some of those options are mentioned in this section of the article.

Exploring Nature in Srinagar

When you visit Srinagar then you just cannot miss the beautiful natural entities that surround this district. In the first place you must take a proper look of the scenic beauty of Srinagar. Visiting the magnificent Dal Lake is just the best option with which you can start of your vacations. Famous as the second largest lake in the state Dal Lake is a common tourist attraction. If you are visiting Srinagar for the first time then you should definitely visit Dal Lake.

Exploring nature in Srinagar

The boat rides commonly known as Shikara rides are a famous source of attraction in Dal Lake. Shikaras are houseboats which you can avail for taking a proper ride of the entire lake. While riding the boat you will be enthralled with the surrounding beauty. The snow capped mountains on the background, the crystal clear blue water of the lake and the Shikara ride will just make your vacation more perfect and enjoyable.

Adventurous Srinagar

You feel enough of sightseeing will make you vacation boring? Then here come some of the most exciting options for you. If you love adventure then you know exactly how to use these beautiful mountains and lakes for some real adventure sports. The amazing mountains and lakes present in Srinagar not only act as a spot for sightseeing but also act as the heart and soul of different adventure games. Srinagar offers different adventure sports like Water rafting, Trekking, Skiing and many more.

Adventurous Srinagar

Water Rafting in Srinagar

Srinagar is famous for different lakes and rivers where water rafting is a major adventure sport. Pahalgam region which is nearly 80 km away from Srinagar is known as the capital for water rafting. Sonamarg which is only few kms away from Srinagar is also a popular area for water rafting sport. Tourists from all over the world visit these locations in order to get involved in this water sports.

Skiing in Srinagar

Gulmarg located 56 km away from Srinagar is the center for skiing activities. The tall mountain ranges located in Gulmarg offers as one of the most attractive and essential skiing center. Mount Apharwat located in Gulmarg is the main Skiing activity point. If you are interested in skiing then you must visit this beautiful place in order to enjoy skiing to fullest.

Amusing Srinagar

Srinagar is surrounded with different parks, gardens and amusement parks. While you pay a visit to Srinagar you can visit these gardens and parks. You must have heard about the famous Mughal Gardens which were constructed by the Mughal Emperors but the architecture was inspired from that of the Persian style. There are three Mughal Gardens located in Srinagar namely Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashme Shahi Garden.

Amusing Srinagar

Apart from these Mughal Gardens there are other famous gardens in Srinagar like Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden which consists of nearly 20lakh tulip flowers of more than 70varieties. Nehru Botanical Garden is another well known garden of Srinagar that promotes natural awareness to people. 

Eateries in Srinagar

When you visit Srinagar then you must try the famous and special Kashmiri cuisine. There are many restaurants and eat outs in Srinagar that offers Kashmiri food. You will love to be a part of these fantastic restaurants in Srinagar.

Famous Eateries in Srinagar

Hat Trick Restaurant

This is one of the largest restaurant chains in the district of Srinagar. Some of the lip smacking and best cuisines are the major attractions of this restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious foods. From Wazwan to Italian to Chinese this restaurant is famous for all types of food.

Shamyana Restaurant

Located in Boulevard Road in the vicinity of Dal Lake Shamyana Restaurant is one of the famous restaurants for serving the best wazwan in the town. The location and the setting of this restaurant is really good and you will enjoy the view of Dal Lake in your background while you enjoy your wazwan.

Mughal Darbar

As the name suggests this place offers delicious Kashmiri food and non veg Mughlai cuisine. Crisp tabak maaz, mutton rista and gushtaba are some of the super hit items of this restaurant.

Reataurants in Srinagar

The entire ambiance of the place is awesome and you will enjoy waiters serving your food in a royal fashion.


This is another well known restaurant of Srinagar. The main reason behind this is its location. Located in Lal Chowk which is a huge shopping complex of Srinagar this restaurant attracts huge amount of tourists. If you are visiting Ahdoos then must try Lahabi Kebab.

Shopping in Srinagar

Whenever you visit some place then you just cannot ignore shopping. Whether you like shopping or not you want to grab a token of remembrance from the place you visited. If you are a shopaholic then probably this is your favorite section. In this section some of the famous markets of Srinagar are mentioned.

Shopping in Srinagar

Lal Chowk

This is one the largest shopping centres in Srinagar. The shopkeepers occupy the streets for selling their products while the customers are seen enjoying the street shopping. Some of the popular items of this market are Pashmina items, structures made of walnut wood, jewellery boxes and many more. Traditional Kashmiri paintings are also available in this place. Customers are seen bargaining and the more you bargain the more you enjoy the shopping spree of this street.

Residency Road

If you are looking for Kashmiri handicraft items then you must visit Residency Road which is adjacent to Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Dry fruits and ethnic jewellery is also the centre of attraction of this market. Major dry fruits that are available in this market are apricots, walnuts, dates, raisins. Spices like cumin seeds are also available in this market.

Floating Vegetable Market

This market located in Dal Lake is well known in Srinagar for selling fresh fruits and vegetables. You can ride the Shikara in order to visit this market and buy fresh vegetables. This shopping place is unique since its floating. Sellers sell their products from houseboats and customers visit the shops in houseboats.

Markets in Srinagar

Even if you do not buy anything you must experience this kind of shopping once you are in Srinagar since you will not find this in any other place.

Badshah Chowk

You must have heard about Kashmiri carpets. This is the market from where you get the world famous Kashmiri carpets. This market is also famous for selling Pashmina handlooms. You can also get personalized carpets from this market. Buy these carpets at a much reasonable price and enjoy your shopping fiesta.

We hope this article was successful in solving your doubts about how to spend some time in Srinagar.

Also See:
Shopping in Srinagar | Restaurants in Srinagar | Shalimar Bagh | Nishat Bagh | Sports

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