Top 5 Places To Visit In Srinagar

Top 5 Places To Visit In Srinagar

There is a famous quote by Amir Khusro about Kashmir– 

“Agar Firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, Hameen ast-o, hameen ast-o, hameen ast” 

which roughly translates into– 

 “If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.” 

Kashmir is the most beautiful place in the world. Everyone should experience Kashmir at least once in their lifetime. Tourists visiting Kashmir usually visit Srinagar, Sonamarg, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam areas. Your Kashmir visit will most likely start from and end at Srinagar which is where the airport is.

This blog will discuss the top places to visit in Srinagar, how to get there, where to stay, when is the best time to visit Srinagar and Srinagar travel costs.

Places To Visit In Srinagar

Srinagar is full of gorgeous parks and gardens, breathtaking lakes, and picture-perfect houses. Here is a list of the top 5 places to visit in Srinagar:

Dal Lake

Dal Lake is the second-largest lake in Kashmir. It is the most-visited area in Srinagar where tourists come to roam around the lake and spend a night or two in the famous houseboats. Dal Lake is stunningly beautiful in both Summer and Winter. Tourists can roam around the lake and enjoy the views on special boats named Shikara.

There is a floating market on Dal Lake from where the locals buy their daily food items. Local vendors also sell food, tea/coffee, pieces of jewellery, clothes etc to tourists from their boats. During summer, they grow vegetables on the lake. During winter, the lake gets frozen and you might even see snowfall from your Shikara. The view and ambience of Dal Lake are so soothing and peaceful.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden

Another primary tourist attraction of Srinagar is the Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden. It was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Nurjahan. Jahangir and his wife regularly visited Kashmir, especially during summer. During Summer, It was used as the official residence and operated as the Royal Court of Emperor Jahangir. Later, Emperor Shahjahan ordered an extension of the garden.

There are three terraces in the garden. The first terrace is for the public called Dewan-a-aam, the second terrace was for noblemen and Royal guests and it has a canal, the third terrace is called Zenna Garden where the women used to live. The third terrace has a beautiful snowy mountain view behind Bara Dari- a tiny palace made of black marble. The water features of the garden have beautiful fountains in them and the water reflects the sky and mountains which looks stunning.

Hazratbal Masjid

Next on our list of places to visit in Srinagar is Hazratbal Masjid. It is a Muslim mosque and shrine in Srinagar which is placed on the northern bank of Dal Lake. Dal Lake looks breathtakingly beautiful from here. You can take a Shikara ride in the lake if you want. 

Hazratbal Masjid is considered the most sacred Muslim shrine in Kashmir. It is believed that Hazratbal Masjid contains strands of Prophet Muhammad (SM). The relic is exhibited on special days e.g. Muhammad (SM) and the 4 Caliphs of Islam’s birthdays.

Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal or the Palace of Fairies was built by Moghal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is seven-terraced and overlooks Srinagar and the southern-west side of Dal Lake. It is a great illustration of Islamic architecture and gives off a glimpse at the mighty Mughal architecture. It was also an observatory for astrology and astronomy. The place has great historical and political significance from all ages.

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

If you want to see a mesmerising view of a field of flowers, then go visit Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden. The whopping 74-acre area of the garden is full of colourful tulip flowers. The garden is the largest in Asia. The seven-terraced garden overlooks Dal Lake. There are around 1.5 billion multiple-coloured tulips of 68 varieties in the garden along with 46 varieties of hyacinths, daffodils and ranunculus. All of these flowers were brought here from Holland. Fun fact: Yash Chopra’s film “Silsila” was shot here.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Srinagar

You can visit Srinagar any time of the year. There are different charms of Kashmir in Summer and Winter. In Summertime, Kashmir Valley is full of lush green trees and blooming flowers. In Winter, Kashmir wears the veil of thick white snow. It looks bewitching and is an out-of-the-world experience to visit Kashmir in winter. 

The best time to visit Srinagar is between April and October when the temperature remains moderate and is ideal for sightseeing. Whether you visit Srinagar in summer, winter, or autumn, you will surely be mesmerised by the unblemished beauty of the land.

How To Go To Srinagar

To visit Srinagar, you need to apply for an Indian visa online. For visa-related help and inquiries, call us at +88-09617-111-888 or contact us for visa processing services. 

Popular airlines flying from Dhaka to Srinagar are Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Air India, Vistara, Indigo Air, etc. Most of them offer daily flights from Dhaka to Srinagar via Delhi Mumbai or Kolkata. Check prices and book the cheapest tickets through Flight Expert. Try to book the tickets at least 15 days before your visit to ensure the best price.

It takes approximately 11 hours to reach Srinagar. Try to spend at least 2 days in Srinagar if you want to experience the true beauty of the city.

Where To Stay

The best place to stay in Srinagar is a houseboat on Dal Lake. Houseboats are basically huge boats made for the purpose of staying by the lake. They are not portable which means you can’t roam around the lake on them. You’ll have to use Shikara for that purpose.

Houseboats have become a historical and cultural heritage of Srinagar Kashmir. Some of these houseboats were made in the 1900s. They are made of cheddar wood and each houseboat is a piece of art. They have up to 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a dining room. Each houseboat is different in design and includes beautiful intricate Kashmiri furniture. 

How Much Does It Cost To Visit Srinagar

Srinagar travel cost from Bangladesh looks something like this-

Return Plane Fare - 35,000 BDT (approx.) per person 

Houseboat Room Rent Per Night - 3,000-4,000 BDT (including breakfast and dinner)

Sim Card - 1,200 BDT

Food- 500 BDT per day (Breakfast and dinner is complimentary on the houseboat)

So, the total cost for your Srinagar trip (excluding transport costs and entry fees) will be approximately 45,000-50,000 BDT (per person).

To Conclude,

Now you know which are the top 5 best places to visit in Srinagar. I hope we’ve answered all your questions regarding your Srinagar trip. Visit to check for flights from Dhaka to Srinagar. Call us at +88-09617-111-888 or contact us for flight booking and visa processing services.

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