Srinagar lies in the beautiful Kashmir Valley, a heavily disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar is J & Ks summer capital, whilst the city of Jammu, farther south on the plains is the winter capital. Sitting on Dal Lake and the picturesque Jhelum River, the city has a distinctively central Asian flavour.
The Mughal rulers of India were always happy to retreat from the heat of the plains to the cool, elevated and verdant green heights of Kashmir. Amongst Kashmir’s greatest attractions were the Dal Lake houseboats. During the Raj period, Kashmir’s ruler would not permit the British (who were just as fond of the cool climate as the Mughals) to own any land in the region. To overcome this sticking point, they built houseboats in traditional English architectural styling to float on Dal Lake. Dal Lake with its maze of waterways lies east of the city. Dal actually comprises a series of lakes, including Nagin Lake beyond the city centre. There are also some famous Mughal gardens on the far eastern side of Dal Lake. The old city of Srinagar comprises a tangle of streets and alleyways, mosques and houses, whilst the more modern part is further up the banks of the Jhelum River.
Jammu and Kashmir have been subject to increased political unrest since the 1980s. The main reason India and Pakistan remain bitter enemies after more than 50 years of Independence and Partition is Kashmir. Since then, Pakistan has considered Kashmir the unfinished business of Partition, wanting this territory proclaimed part of Pakistan.
If you are planning a Srinagar holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Srinagar Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Srinagar.