John Friends Guesthouse

Guesthouse in Srinagar

Reached from Foreshore Rd by a plank-and-stilt walkway, John Friends' signature attraction is its apple-tree garden and direct access to backwater canals (although they're somewhat stagnant and mosquito-nibbled here). The 12 bargain-value rooms have been entirely rebuilt since the 2014 floods, and there's a mat-on-floor dorm. Self-paddled boat hire costs just ₹30 per hour.