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The Venice of the east

Spread over 15 kilometers dal lake is the second largest lake in Jammu and Kashmir. The houseboats and shikaras are the major attraction of Dal Lake. 

Another popular attraction of Dal lake is the floating Market also known as Raad. Where vendors have their shikaras. You can collect souvenirs for yourself or your loved ones from the floating Market of Dal Lake. The vendors offer saffron, edibles, and handicrafts. One can also enjoy ice getting during winters on the frozen Dal Lake. The island of Char Chinar, Nagin Lake, Chashme Shahi, Shankaracharya temple, Hari Parbat, Hazratbal Shrine, and Mazar-e-shura cemetery are the important attractions around Dal lake. 2 to 3 hours are enough to explore Dal Lake. 



Shankaracharya Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the top of Shankaracharya hill is one of the oldest shrines in Kashmir. Shankaracharya Temple is also locally known as Jyesteshwara Temple. One needs to take a flight of 243 steps made up of stones to visit the temple. The top view of the temple offers you great sightseeing of the valley as well as Dal Lake below. 2-3 hours are enough to explore the temple and surroundings. Cars are not allowed after 5:00 pm. People visit the temple between 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. 


One can visit the famous Indira Gandhi memorial tulip garden which is the largest tulip garden in Asia, located in the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range in Srinagar. 

You can get to see 45 varieties of tulips as well as roses, daffodils, iris, etc. The garden's major attraction is the tulip festival which is organized by the government of Jammu and Kashmir during the spring season between March and May. Approx 1 to 2 hours are required to explore the beauty of the tulip Garden. Tourists are allowed to visit the garden between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. an entry fee of INR 50 is charged for adults and INR 25 for children. 


Srinagar weather offers you a pleasant summer from March to June. The average temperature during these months ranges from 30 degrees Celsius to 14 degrees Celsius. It's also the peak season. Srinagar is a cool place so you will find 30 degrees Celsius also uncomfortable. Boating in Dal Lake will be perfect in summer. You can also witness the famous beloved festival of Srinagar, Baisakhi which is celebrated in April. You can enjoy it more by visiting Badamwari where Baishakhi is celebrated with full joy and culture. Before visiting remember to plan a perfect summer when the weather is not very hot. It is advised to carry enough sunblocks. 


One can also enjoy the adventure of hot air balloons available in Srinagar at Zabarwan Park. Hot air balloons provide you with breathtaking sightseeing of Dal Lake, Zabarwan park, and Srinagar city. A maximum of four people can accommodate in the hot balloon at a time. The provides you the right which lasts for 10 minutes and goes up to 28 to 32 feet. 


Srinagar welcomes monsoon from July to September. The average temperature during this month ranges from 15 degrees Celsius low to 12 degrees high. Srinagar does not receive high rainfall. You will find golden and copper hues all around you see. During monsoon or you can also say autumn Srinagar doesn't feel too hot nor too cold. This is a favorable time for tourists. If You are planning a trip to Srinagar in the monsoon try to book your hotels or accommodation in advance. It is advised to carry winter wears even if the days are not cool but nice get chilly.


Srinagar witnessed winter from October to February. The average temperature ranges during this period are 15 degrees Celsius to minus 4 degrees Celsius low. Winter is the most beautiful time in Srinagar you can see the white snow surrounding all around. If you want to experience good snowfall in Srinagar visit between December and January. But you can find disturbance because of blocked roads, crowded spots, and Steep prices. You can enjoy Shivratri, celebrated in February, in the famous Shankaracharya temple. Nuroz is the second important festival for the people of Srinagar, which is celebrated in the winter season usually in March. 


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