I visited Srinager while returning from Ladakh. It was a frantic ride, crossing Drass, Kargil, snow filled road & rain. I reached Srinagar early morning & got a room right across Dal Lake. Most people are friendly & they know tourists are bread/butter for them.

I have tried to summarize my overall experience in simple notes.

  • Dal Lake is more beautiful during winter, although summer is peak tourist season.
  • Shikara ride is hugely recommended  & if you want more fun spend a day or two in house boat.
  • I was not lucky to enjoy Wazwan because none of my local friends were getting married at the time of my visit. 🙂
  • Spend one complete day visiting all the beautiful gardens.
  • Do visit Hazratbal shrine & feed the pigeons, if I remember correctly, you are not allowed to carry your cams.
  • An evening walk at Lal Chok is another great way of seeing and meeting locals.
  • Mughal Darbar at Lal Chok makes excellent kebabs.
  • Do drink Kahwah[local chai] from roadside shop.
  • I spent 4-5 hours at Shankaracharya Temple, its a good walk. The temple is very small & easily gets crowded so try visiting early morning. 
  • Also, thanks to Mir Nazim & iKraft team for Gulmurg trip I was unlucky so could not enjoy Gandola Ride. Although I enjoyed the whole trip. 🙂
  • Last not the least you can either take flight, train from Delhi to reach Srinagar or like me take state roadways bus.

Some Random Clicks

Dal Lake, romantic as ever. :)

Dal Lake, romantic as ever. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mughal Garden

Mughal Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow capped mountains, on the way to Gulmarg.

Snow capped mountains, on the way to Gulmarg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another pic from Mughal garden.

Another pic from Mughal garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They call this place mini Switzerland.

They call this place mini Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamal, my local guide, auto driver who took me around the city.

Jamal, my local guide, auto driver who took me around the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local horse pullers in Gulmarg.

Local horse pullers in Gulmarg.