Located in the beautiful valleys of the Kashmir “Srinagar” is the destination that is called ‘Paradise on Earth’ by many. Tourists and travelers from all across the globe visit Srinagar due to the pleasant weather that it has to offer all around the year. The two main seasons that Srinagar witnesses are winter and summer. Since it is located on the high altitude Srinagar does not have a proper monsoon and it does not have much rainfall. Due to this people often ask what is the ideal time to visit Srinagar and the answer to that is the summer season as it is perfect weather for sightseeing.
If you want to travel to Srinagar in summer then April to September is the ideal time. Throughout the entire summer season, the weather remains calm and pleasant. The temperature of Srinagar in summers ranges from 14°C to 30°C. If one wants to experience the natural beauty of Srinagar then the Srinagar trip in summer is the best. As it is located in the hilly region, Srinagar experiences extreme cold weather and heavy rainfall during the winter season.
9 Places To Visit In Srinagar In Summer
Some of the best places to visit in Srinagar in summer are:
1. Nigeen Lake
Nageen is one of the hotspots of Srinagar; it is single handedly carrying the legacy of Kashmir as the place where one can enjoy Shikara ride or a houseboat stay. This serene and majestic lake destination has some of the best and comfortable houseboats of Kashmir. It is an ideal place for couples as it offers several romantic activities as well. Natural escapades and historical structures around this lake are the reason why this place is at the top of our list.
Highlights: Houseboat stay and Shikara ride
Tourist attractions near Nigeen Lake: Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Hazratbal Mosque, Pari Mahal, and Jama Masjid
The valleys of Kashmir has so much to offer that even the most avid explorers and travelers haven’t seen it all. One such hidden destination that often goes under the radar of most of the travelers is Chatpal which is located in the Shangas district of South Kashmir. With its beautiful greenery, serene peaks, and gushing river streams flowing through the forests Chatpal is an ideal destination for nature lovers.
Highlights: Walnut and Apple trees
Tourist attractions near Chatpal: Mamleshwar Temple, Thimran Village, Pahalgam Golf Course
3. Aru Valley
Srinagar or should we say entire ‘Kashmir’ is known for its beautiful and majestic valleys. Aru Valley is one of these valleys that is located 100km away from Srinagar. It is a popular destination among trekkers since it is the starting point of Kolahoi Glacier and Sonamarg Trek. The beautiful mountains and pines make the Aru valley one of the best destinations that you can visit in Srinagar during summers.
Highlights: Horse riding, hiking, trekking, and camping
Tourist attractions near Aru Valley: Baisaran, Chandanwari, and Betaab Valley
4. Betaab Valley
Located at a distance of 15km from Anantnag and Pahalgam district Betaab is a beautiful valley whose name was inspired by Sunny Deol blockbuster movie Betaab. It has everything a traveler asks for breathtaking weather, Romantic climate, and serene river streams flowing through. All of these are things that make the betaab valley one of the most exceptional destinations in the Srinagar.
Highlights: Breathtaking views and natural greenery
Attractions near Betaab Valley: One can enjoy a soothing and peaceful stay in the cottages and hotels. Forest hill resorts, Hotel Himalaya House are some of the most popular places to stay.
5. Mughal Gardens
Mughal architecture has left its mark on the world and there are plenty of great examples of that. Gardening used to be one of the most beloved activities of Mughal royals and the Mughal gardens are a fine example of that. Mughal garden of Srinagar is an ideal tourist attraction with its beautiful picturesque Persian style architectural design. One can get the perfect shot of Dal lake and beautiful flowers from the Mughal gardens. It is considered to be a UNESCO world heritage site with its flourishing greenery and different flower species.
Highlights: Deodar forest hills, Nishat Bagh and Shalimar and Tulip flowers
6. Shalimar Bagh
Similar to the Mughal gardens Shalimar Bagh is another outstanding garden of Srinagar. It was built in the early 16th century by the Mughal ruler Jahangir as a present for his wife Nur Jahan. This site attracts thousands of travelers from within the country and from across the globe every year. If you are traveling in Srinagar then you can’t miss out on this place.
Highlights: Mughal Architecture
Attractions near Shalimar Bagh: Nishat Bagh, Dal Lake, Hazratbal Shrine
7. Chashme Shahi
For those who wish to capture the ideal shot of the picturesque beauty of Srinagar Chashme Shahi offers the ideal spot. It is located at just the right elevation to give that serene look that sticks to your memory for the lifetime. It also has a beautiful waterfall that leaves many visitors in awe with their stunning views. All of these things are the reason why this small spot in Srinagar has made its way in our list of places to visit in Srinagar during summer.
Highlights: Waterfalls and serene views
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8. Nehru Garden
Nehru Garden is yet another beautiful garden that adds to the beauty of this city. This garden is located at just the right spot to give you the most amazing view of Dal Lake. It offers a quiet and soothing experience to all its visitors so it is a place that you should not miss out on during your Srinagar trip.
Highlights: Almost fifteen thousand Oak and plant varieties
Attractions near Nehru Garden: Nelo Arts, Chashma Shahi garden, and Tulip garden
9. Challi Point
Challi point is another great place to hangout in if you want to experience the beauty of Dal Lake while enjoying the mouth-watering kebabs and corn. This tiny point is known for its amazing kabab stalls and the view that every traveler and local asks for.
Highlights: Corn and seekh kebabs Stalls
Attractions Near Challi Point: Dal Lake
3 Places To Stay Near Srinagar
Some of the best places for travelers to stay in Srinagar in summer are:
1. Radisson Srinagar
Radisson Srinagar is an ideal place to stay for leisure and business travelers of Srinagar. This hotel is secured and situated centrally and is at close proximity to the international airport and the tourist attractions of the Srinagar makes it an ideal place to stay in Srinagar.
2. Hotel Chachoo Palace
Located within that 2.7Km radius form the Lal Chowk Ghantaghar and 2.9Km of Nehru Park, Hotel chachoo palace offers great accommodation facilities with a free wifi facility at an affordable price.
Location: New Khona Khan Road, Karapura, Rainawari, Srinagar, 190001
Price per night: INR 500
TripAdvisor Rating:: 4.5
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3. Rose Petal
Rose petal Srinagar is a 4-star premium Hotel situated near Jhelum, Rajbagh. It is located in close proximity to Dal Lake and is almost 25km drive away from the international airport.
Tips For Traveling To Srinagar In Summer
- Carry warm woolen clothes while traveling to Srinagar
- Book accommodations in Srinagar in advance
- If you are willing to stay in a houseboat then make sure that it is has an HOA approved logo.
- Always be aware of your surroundings while walking on the streets
So, these are some of the few destinations that you can explore in the Summer Srinagar tour, besides this, there are plenty of other destinations and things to do in Srinagar in summer. If you want to explore them in an efficient way to make the most out of your time then you should consider getting a Srinagar trip planned. A pre-planned tour plan can help you a lot on your trip when it comes to commuting and making bookings in restaurants and hotels.
Frequently Asked Questions About Srinagar In Summer
A) As we have already mentioned above, summer is the ideal time to visit Srinagar. Summer starts in April and ends by October and throughout this time of the year the weather is ideal for sightseeing and enjoy all the activities that this city has to offer.
A) Every destination can be considered to be a mini-paradise of its own in Srinagar, so we cannot pick which one is the best out of all.
A) If you are traveling in summer then the roads of Srinagar are the best for a road trip. You can enjoy the cold breezes of forest on a road trip with your loved ones in Srinagar.
A) By Air: Srinagar Airport is connected with several international and domestic airports so if you want to go there by flight then you can easily do so.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Srinagar is the Udhampur Railway station. Private vehicles buses run from this railway station to the city on a regular basis. So you don’t need to worry about commuting from the station to the city.
By Road: As already mentioned above, there are several great roads that lead to Srinagar and there are plenty of options to travel to Srinagar through road.
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