Budget Travel Ideas in Srinagar

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Srinagar Budget Travel

Srinagar is the picturesque capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Popularly known as the "summer capital" of the state, the city is blessed with lakes, Mughal gardens, magnificent monuments, temples, and mosques standing along the river Jhelum.

The following is a comprehensive list of budget-friendly ideas for any traveler who wants to experience this beautiful "Land of Lakes” without spending a fortune on the trip.

How to Reach Srinagar

Srinagar is well connected to most Indian cities by air. There are regular flights from Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Chandigarh, and Amritsar. Domestic airlines like Spice Jet, Air Deccan Airlines, Jet Airways, and Go Air operate cheap flights from Delhi to Srinagar.

There are also many inexpensive express trains from Jammu Tawi Rail Station. The trains connect Srinagar to all major cities of India. Plus, there is a regular bus service connecting Srinagar to many Northern Indian cities, including Chandigarh (630 km), Delhi (876 km), and Jammu (298 km). Lal Chowk is the main bus terminal in Srinagar. 

Srinagar Lakes

The beautiful Dal Lake, Nagin Lake and Anchar Lake are easily accessible by swiftly flowing houseboats and Shikaras (special Kashmiri boats). These boats offer breathtaking views of the city, and are a very affordable mode of transportation. Shikara rates are set by the local union.

Tourist Attractions

Srinagar budget travel is dotted with many budget-friendly tourist attractions. Pather Masjid, Sha Hamdan Mosque, Jamia Masjid, Hari Patbat Fort, Harwan, Pari Mahal, Shalimar Bagh, and Nishat Bagh are all worth a visit. The Shankaracharya Temple is one of the most revered temples of Srinagar, which is visited by throngs of devotees throughout the year.

Hotels and Lodges

Srinagar offers great accommodations options for all types of travelers. There are many budget hotels, cheap lodges and economy-class hotels located near the bus stand and throughout the interior of the city. The prices for these hotels are quite reasonable, and although the services offered are usually basic, these lodgings generally offer a comfortable, enjoyable stay.


Aside from Srinagar hotels, you can also choose to stay in beautiful houseboats, which are equipped with all necessary amenities and offer you a memorable and personalized experience. Houseboats should not cost more than 2,000 Rupees per night, including meals.

Nature and Wildlife

Make a point of seeing the standard "Gardens;" they are quite stunning. If you like animals, try out the Daachigam Sanctuary. It is surprisingly close and very untouched by civilization: you will see Himalayan bears and amazing birds.

With all these ideas, you're sure to experience the best of Srinagar budget travel.

March 16, 2010 change by joekabuya

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