Top ChoiceLake in Srinagar

Dal Lake

Dal Lake

Over 15km around, Dal Lake is Srinagar's jewel, a vast sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains. Flotillas of gaily painted shikaras...

Top ChoiceMosque in Srinagar

Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

This distinctively spired 1730s Muslim pilgrim hall is Srinagar’s most beautiful mosque. It was constructed without any nails, and both frontage and interiors are covered in exuberantly painted paper mache...

Top ChoiceGardens in Srinagar

Nishat Bagh

Of all Srinagar's Mughal gardens, Nishat Bagh is arguably the most appealing, with beautiful water features that frame a lovely lake panorama. It's on Foreshore Rd, 7.5km from Nehru Park.

Glacier in Sonamarg

Thajiwas Valley

Five fingers of glacier descend from a fine array of Alpine peaks in the parallel valley behind Sonamarg. The scene is best appreciated from a small footbridge across a gurgling mountain stream that's around an...

Fort in Srinagar

Hari Parbat Fort

On the strategically and spiritually significant Koh-e-Maran hill, north of the city centre, is this powerful qila (fort), which dates to the 6th century. The hill was further fortified by Emperor Akbar in 1590,...

Hindu Temple in Srinagar

Shankaracharya Mandir

On top of thickly forested Shankaracharya Hill, this small Shiva temple is built from hefty blocks of ancient grey stone. Previously known as Takht-i-Sulaiman (Throne of Solomon), it’s now named for Hindu sage...

Ruins in Naranag

Naranag Shiva temple ruins

Naranag has two enigmatic 8th-century Shiva temple ruins in a beautiful valley setting that gives one the impression of having stumbled across a great secret find. The design suggests that the temples might in...

Hindu Temple in South of Srinagar

Mattan Sun Temple

The impressive ruins of this 8th-century Sun Temple built by King Lalitaditya sit in peaceful, well-tended gardens on a hill above Mattan. The site feels more complete than those of Awantipora, with a hefty...

Mosque in Srinagar

Jama Masjid

Looking like the movie set for an imagined Central Asian castle, this mighty 1672 mosque (built on an earlier 1394 construction) forms a quadrangle around a large garden courtyard with fountain and monumental...

Mosque in Srinagar

Hazratbal Mosque

Backing onto Dal Lake north of the Old City, this large, white-domed 20th-century mosque enshrines Kashmir’s holiest Islamic relic, the Moi-e-Muqqadas, believed to be a beard hair of the Prophet Mohammed, hidden...

Architecture in Srinagar

Badshah Tomb

Looking more Byzantine than Kashmiri, the multidomed 15th-century brick tomb of King Zeinalabdin’s mother was built on the plinth of a much older former Buddhist temple. It sits unvisited within an ancient...

Market in Srinagar

Floating Vegetable Market

In the maze of channels at the edge of Dal Lake, the dawn vegetable market is a photogenic sight, even if vendors flogging souvenirs and saffron can outnumber the vegetable boats. By 7am it's all over....

Hindu Shrine in Sonamarg

Amarnath Holy Cave

Amarnath's natural stone lingam becomes opalescently encrusted with ice and is believed to wax and wane with the phases of the moon. Seen as symbolising Lord Shiva, it's in an isolated mountain cave at 3888m,...

Museum in Srinagar

Sri Pratap Singh Museum

It's worth visiting this richly endowed historical museum for its fine 7th-century Buddhist statues, Mughal paper mache work, 4th-century tiles from the Buddhist site of Harwan, plus the normal weaponry and...

Landmark in Srinagar

First Row Houseboats

For guests, the first-row houseboats can prove noisy and lacking in privacy. However, as an attraction they collectively form Srinagar's signature image.

Gardens in Srinagar

Shalimar Bagh

Built for Nur Jahan by her husband, Jehangir, Shalimar Bagh is the most famous of Srinagar's Mughal gardens, but it can get very busy. It's 10km beyond Nehru Park.

Islamic Shrine in Srinagar

Pir Dastgir Sahib

This large, popular Sufi shrine was ravaged by fire in 2012 but the colourful paper mache interior work for which it was renowned has been restored. The shrine is particularly popular with women and bustles with...

Harbour in Srinagar

Mirzabagh Veg Boat Dock

Much of Srinagar's fresh produce is brought in from 'floating gardens' and landed at this tiny dock, making for photogenic scenes.

Hindu Site in South of Srinagar

Awantipora

Beside the Srinagar–Jammu highway in Awantipora, 30km south of Srinagar, lies the chunky ruins of the 9th-century Avantiswamin Temple. The stone blocks are massive, with numerous column bases, but most carvings...

Islamic Shrine in South of Srinagar

Char-i-Sharif

This sprawling hilltop pilgrimage town celebrates Kashmir’s ‘patron saint’ Sheikh Nuraddin-Wali (1377–1438). His shrine is covered by a vast new mosque with a nine-storey minaret, which replaced a structure that...