Srinagar General Information
The state of Jammu and Kashmir is without peer in India. On the borders of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan and the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, the northernmost area of the country has a spectacular backdrop in the Himalayas. From the dramatic scenery of the Kashmir Valley to venerable Hindu temples, the magnificent Tibetan Buddhist shrines of Ladakh to Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve, Jammu and Kashmir is unlike any other place in India.
Srinagar is a good place to start in the state. As the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the city of close to 1 million people is a vital commercial and cultural hub. Srinagar, in fact, is Sanskrit for “wealthy city” and has a history that dates back well over 2,300 years. For hundreds of years, the city has been a desirable summer escape with everyone from Mughal emperors to British aristocrats. Contemporary visitors come for heritage architecture and gardens, photogenic scenery and Kashmiri culture and cuisine. Major points of interest in Srinagar include Jamia Masjid, Khanqah of Shah-i-Hamadan, Makhdoom Sahib Shrine, Sri Pratap Singh Museum and the Tomb of the Mother of Zain-ul-Abidin. Dal Lake and many fine Mughal Gardens lure countless tourists throughout the year.
- Khanqah of Shah-i-Hamadan
- Naqshband Sahib
- Makhdoom Sahib Shrine
- Sri Pratap Singh Museum
- Tomb of the Mother of Zain-ul-Abidin
- Mughal Gardens
- Dal Lake
- Cricket at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium
- Dachigam National Park
- Kashmir Golf Club
- Shamyana Restaurant
- Vishal Punjabi Vaishno Bhojanalaya
- Mughal Darbar
- Lhasa Restaurant
- Café de Lintz
As a predominantly Muslim city, Srinagar’s nightlife is limited to coffee and chai shops.
Srinagar has a humid subtropical climate, with cold winters and very hot summers.
- Winter (December to February) -2-9°C
- Spring (March to May) 3-24°C
- Summer (June to September) 12-31°C
- Fall (October to November) -1-22°C