Top 5 Must Do's in SrinagarEdit This
Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is famous for its outstanding natural beauty. Known as the ‘heaven of India’, Srinagar Top 5 Must Dos involve sightseeing, trekking and a day trip.
1. Dal Lake Boating
In Srinagar, the Dal Lake is known for the enchanting houseboats and Shikaras which can ferry you to the floating vegetable gardens at Mughals Paradise. Surrounded by towering Himalayan Mountains, Dal Lake, blanketed in lotus flowers, offers stunning views of the landscape. The houseboats made of cedar wood are aesthetically designed. The houseboats have dining rooms, drawing rooms and bedrooms all of which are well-furnished with exquisite wooden furniture. Besides, hand-embroidered tablecloths, curtains and bed sheets are used to decorate the houseboat.
2. Garden Tour
As the name suggests, Mughal Gardens, built in the Mughal era, are a group of gardens designed and constructed following the style of Islamic architecture. Besides Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bagh, located about 15 km away from Srinagar, is another beautiful garden to steal your heart. Built by Pravarsena II, the garden was later expanded by Jahangir and Shah Jahan. There is another garden called Nishat Bagh which is equally beautiful.
From Srinagar you may go out to explore the surrounding areas with lofty mountain range. You may go to Kishtwar district where you can trek through Kiar and Kibar valleys. From Kishtwar by bus or car you may reach Palmer village and there from head toward Sirshi village where the breathtaking view of Brahmah peak will keep you enthralled. Pahalgam to Kolahoi glacier is another trekking route that you must explore. The short trek from Aru to Lidderwat will take you to a small village called Shatlanjan where you may camp for the night. Since the Kolahoi peak remains clouded from mid-afternoon, it is wise to start early from Shatlanjan to reach this mountain peak on time.
4. Adventure Sports (Canoeing or Skiing)
In Srinagar, canoeing or skiing are definite must-dos for adventurous tourists. Srinagar has many awesome lakes including the famous Dal Lake and Nagin Lake. Canoeing upon Dal Lake will make you feel like you are in heaven. The experience cannot be described in words. You must go there to inhale the beauty of nature within yourself. Situated about 50 km from Srinagar, Gulmarg is known as as the ski paradise in India. Many types of the latest international equipments are available to rent. If you are novice at skiing, you may undergo a training of 10 to 21 days from Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering which provides training at the cheapest rate in the world. The best time to ski here is from December to April.
5. Trip to Gulmarg
Situated at an altitude of 2,690 meters, Gulmarg is an ideal hill station for day trip from Srinagar. About an hour's driving distance from Srinagar, Gulmarg offers breathtaking views of the bewitching beauty of natural landscapes. The famous gondola ride of Gulmarg will take you to the lap of nature on the shoulder of Afarwat peak. Gulmarg is also famous for skiing in winter. At 14,000 meters in height, Afarwat peak is the world’s highest ski point.