Top things to do in Srinagar & the Kashmir Valley

Top Choice Lake in Srinagar

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 (go…
Top Choice Kashmiri 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 me…
Top Choice Mosque in Srinagar

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 reliefs a…
Top Choice Gardens 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 hour…
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, but…
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 Adi S…
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 fact …
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 centrepi…
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 spired…