Srinagar is the largest city in the Kashmir region, and an old summer capital of beautiful gardens and a serene lake, Dal Lake, on which bob colourful houseboats, and around which you'll find some of the best places to stay in Srinagar. This long, still lake runs between the city centre, now a busy, commercial capital, and the old city of Srinagar to the northwest.
The three Mughal Gardens, which represent the Mughal Emperor's idea of paradise with their impressive fountains and brightly coloured flower boxes, are probably Srinagar's most famous sight. They're right on the lake with spectacular views of a snow capped mountain range behind them.
There are also several exquisite mosques and a collection of peaceful temples. Srinagar is also the perfect base for short expeditions into the Himalayas.
Most visitors travel to Srinagar in the summer months, because during winter it's often snowy - and not everywhere has hot water. Bearing this in mind, book early, as the best places to stay in Srinagar will be popular!
A quaint haven of verdant lawns, paved pathways and flowerbeds bursting with roses, situated in the heart of Srinagar. Rooms are clean and comfortable, but the welcome and hospitality are second to none. Come here for a real home from home experience and to soak up genuine Srinagar.
Srinagar (Nandpora, Rianawar)
Whilst the interiors could do with a some updating, the picturesque setting, right beside the Nigeen Lake (much less frequented than Dal Lake), more than makes up for this. The gardens are filled with roses and tulips and plenty of nooks to relax with a good book. Rooms are large and wood panelled.
Srinagar (Dal Lake)
Sukoon is the first amongst equals on the Dal Lake. A comparatively new property they employ green credentials making it a stylish and sustainable stay. Intricately carved Kashmiri woodwork covers the walls and rooms feature bright pop colours, plus luxury bathrooms. There is a rooftop restaurant.
A collection of houseboats moored on the Dal Lake, moments from Emperor Akbar's famous Mughal Gardens. Decorated in a traditional style with wood panelling, chandeliers and locally made handwoven rugs. Serving indulgent Kashmiri dishes as well as European there is even a private garden.
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)
Built in 1910, Grand Palace was the former residence of Kashmiri royal family. True to its regal roots rooms are decorated in an opulent, yet not ostentatious style: quilted bedspreads, artwork and some four posters and fireplaces. There's a walnut clad bar and North Indian cuisine at The Chinar.
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)
1730 feet above Srinigar with far reaching views of the Dal Lake. Possessing all the style & service expected of a Taj: there's a top class spa. Restaurant-wise Latitude makes the most of those vistas whilst Jade Dragon serves Sichuan cuisine. Rooms are luxurious modern meets Mughal.