Srinagar

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Kashmir - The Great Paradise

Soul of Kashmir

Perhaps no place on this planet reflects the diverse moods of every season better than Srinagar.  From the blooming fragrance and vibrancy of its Mughal gardens in spring and the reflections of the welcomingly warm sun shimmering on Dal Lake in summer, to the auburn and fiery hues of autumn and the stark white of the carpet of snow that blankets the region in winter. The paradox that is Srinagar is poignant, juxtaposing its serenity and quaintness with the almost eerie silence of a region torn and troubled amid constant conflict. Shimmering at the heart of this unique gem is its most precious jewel — Dal Lake, dotted with its iconic shikaras carrying locals selling their wares as well as tourists. It’s the hub and nerve center of business, politics and livelihood in Kashmir, but it doubles up as the heart of soul of Kashmir, the tourist destination, centrally and conveniently located for day trips around the region.

Be it the regal Chashme Shahi Mughal gardens, with its famed water from the glaciers believed to have healing properties for stomach ailments, or the floating houseboats and the water market, Srinagar is a veritable potpourri for every kind of traveler.

Altitude

5,200 ft

Climate

6℃–30℃

-3℃–22℃

Population

13,00,000 approx.

Shopping

  • Carpets, Pashmina shawls, Phirens
  • Woollen tapestries and cushions
  • Handcrafted walnut furniture
  • Papier mache products

Cuisine

  • Wazwan, Lavaash
  • Kashmiri naan, Tujji
  • Kahwah, Noon tea

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