Srinagar : Paradise On Earth

Srinagar : ˈpæɹədaɪs/, /ˈpɛɹədaɪs/

Mughal emperors called it Paradise and no song in Hindi films of the 60’s or 70’s was considered complete without a prance through Srinagar’s gardens and lakes.

Settled in the wild untouched terrain of the state and there are fields of saffron and orchards of apples awaiting their full bloom. Ringed by an arc of green mountains, Srinagar's greatest draw card is mesmerizingly placid Dal Lake, on which a bright array of stationary houseboats form a colorful scene and a unique opportunity for romantic chill-outs.

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Famous Mughal gardens are strung out over several kilometers around the lake's less urbanized eastern shore; these contrast with a fascinatingly chaotic old city center that is topped by a fortress and dotted with historic wooden mosques. Add in a mild summer climate, feisty Kashmiri cuisine and loads of colors.

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With the towering Zabarwan Range, as the backdrop and picture perfect view of the Dal Lake, Hari Parbat and Hazratbal mosque.  The best time to visit Srinagar is from April to October

All this makes it so dreamy! A place so good, to be true. * _ *

Each morning you will wake up to homely vibes brimming with Kashmiri hospitality and friendship. Plan your day as you sip Kahwah with some new locales. Walk to Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh or Shalimar Bagh or just take a shared cab to wherever your heart desires.

10 Things you should do, when in #Srinagar

1) Explore the lush green Mughal Gardens

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Srinagar is home to Asia’s largest Tulip Garden. The city is known for its famous Mughal Gardens and their breathtaking beauty, which is why visiting them is one of the best things to do in Srinagar. Best time to visit here is from March to April. The Chashme Shahi, Shalimar, and Nishat Gardens so blissfully reflect the era gone by that it will make your visit worth it. So if not all, you can visit one of them in the evening and take a stroll amidst the lush green lawns, lovely fountains, and gorgeous flowers.

2) Enjoy a Shikara ride on Dal Lake

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When you’re in this summer capital of J&K, believe us, ‘what to do in Srinagar’ will never be your top concern. The gorgeous Dal Lake has just got the most surreal experience in store for you – the shikara ride. While rowing around the lake, you will not just be able to witness the sunset in all its glory, but also the city’s lifestyle at its best. This timeless experience in the city is worth every dime!

3) Visit Surreal Pari Mahal

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This charming monument is literally known as the abode of the fairies in local parlance. It’s easy to see why! The multi-tiered monument and its grounds boast of a spectacular view of the valley. You can see the entire city of Srinagar, its lakes, and surrounding meadows from this vantage point.

4) Pay a Visit to Hazratbal Shrine

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This dainty white shrine is located right by the shores of Dal Lake. Drop by on a weekday and you’ll be surprised at how peaceful it is! (Girls – make sure you carry something to cover your head and wear something that covers your elbows and knees. Otherwise, you might be denied entry!)

5) Visit the spectacular Shankaracharya Temple

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Also known as the Jyesteshwara Temple, this Hindu temple located on Shankaracharya hill is a must-visit in the city. Needless to say, the temple is beautiful and its divine vibes will make you want to stay here for longer than what you planned. Though, the most exquisite thing about it is the stunning view that it offers of the city & the mountains, which makes visiting here amongst the best things to do in Srinagar in winters.

6) Walk to Famous Points

This city is not all about gardens and temples, which makes it all the more worth visiting throughout the year. Apart from its adventure-fueling experiences like paragliding, skiing, and horse riding, long-walking is one of the major things to do in Srinagar for exploring the place like a local. You can trek through the lush green hills, and bask in the tranquil ambience of nature.

7) Shop like a Local

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Lal Chowk, Badshah Chowk, Residency Road, and Polo View Market, wait for you to bargain your ways.

Pashminas, papièr mâchè bangles, carved wooden boxes, embroidered scarves, wicker baskets, silver jewelry, spices, and Kashmiri carpets are some of the famous things to buy in Srinagar that make shopping here a must-experience for every traveler. Not just they make for a great buy, but also an incredible souvenir. So, you can visit any of the famous markets or stores, and buy everything that your heart desires.

8) Look for peace in Jama Masjid

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Situated in the middle of the old city and opposite to the bustling bazaars, the Jamia Masjid Mosque is the most surreal place in the city that you ought to include in your Srinagar sightseeing tour. The beautiful Indo-Saracenic architecture, the spectacular courtyard, and over 350 wooden pillars are some of the attractions inside that will surely leave you spellbound.

9) Indulge in the popular local cuisines

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The Kashmiri cuisines are world-famous for it's flavours and fusions, and why wouldn’t they be. A perfect amalgamation of spices, pepper, vegetables, and color, they rather look like a culinary art. So, treating your taste buds with the same is certainly a top thing to do in Srinagar. You can sample some of the local dishes at Mughal Darbar, Lhasa, Niramish, Alka Salka, Krishna Dhabha, Mahatta, Ahdoos and other such popular places.

There are also, little cafes that serve pretty good snacks and breakfast worthy foods like, Books and Bricks, Cafe Liberty,and many more.

10) Leave your phones and Enjoy the Beauty

Not everything can be captured in those cameras(I know, you know it!). Take some time to admire the painted sky and the unreal beauty of the land. Let the crisp air of Kashmir touch your soul in a way that it leaves a mark, so much; so that each time you think of it, you are in Paradise.

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Crafted By, Anushka Arora


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