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 ChoiceKashmiri in Srinagar

Ahdoos Restaurant

This historic restaurant (a century old in 2018) is the classiest place in town to try meaty wazwan (traditional Kashmiri multicourse meal) dishes such as methi maaz (mutton with fenugreek) and rista (minced lamb...

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.

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...

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...

Kashmiri in Srinagar

Mughal Darbar

This upstairs restaurant is a great place to try a full spread of Kashmiri cuisine, though good Indian veg dishes are also served. A special room with carpet floor seating and copper serving dishes is available...

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....

Multicuisine in Srinagar

Lhasa Restaurant

This small, cosy place for Tibetan, Indian and Kashmiri food suffers a little from mosquitoes but the garden area and giant sunflowers are a pleasant escape from the Boulevard hassle. It's one of the only...

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.

Arts & Crafts in Srinagar

Kashmir Government Arts Emporium

Kashmiri crafts and saffron at fixed prices are displayed in the century-old half-timbered former British Residency Building (gutted by fire in 1998, restored in 2004), set in a splendid park. There's a similarly...

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.

International in Srinagar

14th Avenue Cafe & Grill

This fashionable, five-table coffee-cube overlooking the Jhelum River serves a selection of traveller-pleasing European snacks and offers free delivery of its thin-crust pizzas within a 5km radius. Or just drop...

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...

Bar in Srinagar

Dal Bar

Even if you're not staying at the indulgent Lalit Grand Palace Hotel, consider ordering a drink at its little bar and sipping it on the hotel’s glorious lawns. Add 41.5% tax/service to bar prices.

Multicuisine in Srinagar


Comfortably air-conditioned, this reliable, smart eatery is slightly set back from the Boulevard and serves a particularly good range of pan-Indian options, plus shakes and smoothies.