Attractions

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 Mosque in Srinagar

Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

This distinctively spired 1730s Muslim meeting hall is one of Srinagar’s most beautiful mosques. It was constructed without any nails, and both frontage and interiors are covered in painted papier-mâché reliefs and …
Top Choice Architecture in Srinagar

Badshah Tomb

Looking more Bulgarian than Kashmiri, the multi-domed 15th-century brick tomb of King Zeinalabdin’s mum was built on the plinth of a much older former Buddhist temple. It’s within an ancient graveyard hidden in Gadu…
Top Choice Mosque in Srinagar

Jama Masjid

Looking like the movie set for an imagined Central Asian castle, this mighty 1672 mosque forms a quadrangle around a large garden courtyard with fountain and monumental spired gatehouses marking the four cardinal di…
Top Choice Gardens in Srinagar

Nishat Bagh

Of all Srinagar's Mughal gardens, Nishat Bagh is arguably the most appealing, with terracing that's steeper than that of better known Shalimar Bagh and fragrant blooming magnolias that frame a lovely lake panorama. …
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.
Hindu Temple in Srinagar

Shankaracharya Mandir

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

Hari Parbat Fort

On the strategically and spiritually significant Hari Parbat, north of the city centre, is this fortress, which dates to the 6th century. The hill was also fortified by Emperor Akbar in 1590, but most of the upper f…
Religious Site in Srinagar

Rozabal

At the north end of the triangular patch of grass near the Sufi shrine of Pir Dastgir Sahib is a small, green shrine known as Rozabal. A highly controversial theory claims that the shrine’s crypt holds the grave of …
Gardens in Srinagar

Floating Gardens & Lake Villages

Much of Dal Lake is thick with foliage, lotus patches and large areas of cultivated vegetable gardens linked by channels and served by villages of stilted walkways. Before the 2014 floods, a great way to see these a…