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A Rendezvous With Srinagar ?
Ritco ToursSrinagar, the crowning glory of hill stations, is the celebrated capital city of Jammu & Kashmir. Srinagar is also called the city of lakes, fascinating tourists from centuries, with its beautiful picturesque Himalayan backdrop, glittering lakes surrounded by houseboats and Shikaras and the grandeur of Mughal architecture. This summer capital of the state of Jammu & Kashmir is also a business center and a favorite holiday resort. With snow clad mountains and lush greenery, Srinagar truly represents Kashmir, the "Paradise on Earth".

Things You Can Do in Srinagar ?
» Sightseeing : Srinagar houses numerous beautiful gardens and lakes making it the favorite holiday destination in India. Besides the lakes and gardens, there is a temple of Shankaracharya, which is a must visit. Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg are some of the many places near Srinagar that are worth visiting. In addition, the natural surroundings and the salubrious climate are a treat for the visitors.

» Shopping : Srinagar is known for its beautiful handicrafts, that include, fine carpets, wood carvings, embroidered silk and woolen shawls. The Government Arts Emporium displays these items elaborately. Other things that one can shop from Srinagar are flower vases, spices like Saffron, Shah Zira, Kashmiri Chillies and dry fruits like walnuts and almonds.

» Eating Out : Kashmiri cuisine is considered as one of the most exotic cuisines, including dishes like Gustaba ( meatballs made of mutton), badam pasand ( meat with almonds), and Kashmiri Pulao with saffron. The famous Kashmiri tea or green tea flavored with spices, refreshes a tired body. Some places in Srinagar where you can enjoy a good variety of food are, Mughal Darbar, Ahdoos Hotel, Tao Cafe, Nathu's, Sultan bakery, etc.

» Boat Cruise at Dal Lake : This will surely revive and refresh you. Go for a houseboat ride on the Dal Lake, set amidst the picturesque surroundings and make your tour to Srinagar most entertaining.

Sightseeing in Srinagar ?
» Dal Lake : The Dal is famous not only for its beauty, but for its vibrancy, because it sustains within its periphery, a life that is unique anywhere in the world. The houseboat and Shikara communities have lived for centuries on the Dal, and so complete is their infrastructure on the lake, that they never have to step on land! Doctors, tailors, bakers- one can see them all in tiny wooden shops on the lake, near picturesque vegetable gardens and acres of lotus gardens.

» Nagin Lake : Nagin Lake, which is usually thought of as a separate lake, is also divided from Dal Lake only by a causeway. The causeways are mostly suitable for walkers and bicycles, they make a very pleasant way of seeing the lake without having to worry about traffic or Shikaras. The main causeway across the lake carries the water pipeline for Srinagar's mains water supply.

» Mughal Gardens : Kashmir was a favorite of the Mughal emperors who visited it as often as they could. Cool and refreshing after the plains of North India where the business of governance kept them busy, they planted gardens with stepped terraces and flowing watercourses. Cheshma Shahi is the first Mughal garden one will pass after Nehru Park. Built at a height above the city, its views are as stupendous as its layout.

» Monuments : Hazaratbal Mosque : Across the Dal from Shalimar is the mosque of Hazaratbal, the one of its kind in Kashmir. Made of white marble with a dome and a minaret, Hazaratbal is the repository of a single hair of the Prophet Mohammed, exhibited to the public on certain days of the year.

Excursions from Srinagar ?
Ritco ToursSrinagar, the city of lakes, houseboats and shikaras, extends its beauty to the nearby areas also. These areas are equally mesmerizing and exquisite. One of the most well-known destinations near Srinagar is Gulmarg, situated 52 km southeast of Srinagar, at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level. It is a popular trekking destination and boasts of the world's highest golf course, along with its lush green meadows and snow-clad mountains. Sonamarg is another destination, situated 80 km northeast of Srinagar, at an altitude of 2740 m. The flower-laden meadows, snow-covered Himalayan peaks, and a number of trekking and hiking trails have made Sonamarg a popular tourist destination. Pahalgam is 95 km east of Srinagar and is located in the quiet Liddar valley, at a height of 2130 m. It is the starting point of the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath and also a well-known destination for activities like hiking, fishing etc.

Most Ideal Time to Visit Srinagar ?
The climate of Srinagar is alpine. Summers (April-June) are mild and the temperature ranges between 29.5 °C - 10.6 °C. Winters (November-February) are extremely cold and the temperature ranges between 7.3 °C - 1.9 °C . The rainy season (March to May) in Srinagar records a rainfall of 650 mm. It experiences heavy snowfall in December-February. Thus, heavy woolens are required in Srinagar. The best time to visit Srinagar is during summers between April and June.

Getting There ?
» By Air : Many airlines fly to Srinagar from New Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jammu and there are flights operating from Srinagar to Leh and back. There is a daily flight to Delhi via Jammu by Indian airlines. There are weekly flights operated by Indian Airlines for Leh from Srinagar. From airport to the city center is a 40 minute drive.

» By Rail : Srinagar's nearest railhead is at Jammu Tawi (305 km), which in turn is connected to all parts of the country, including Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai and Kanyakumari. Taxis are available at Jammu railway station till 11 am for immediate transfer to Srinagar.

» By Road : Srinagar is connected by an all weather road to Jammu, which in turn is connected to many parts of North India. Some well connected important places are - like Chandigarh (630 km), Delhi (876 km), Jammu (298 km), Leh, Kargil, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam.

» Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of cars and coaches (ranging from luxury to budget and between) for the tourists from all over.

Anchoring in Srinagar ?
Ritco ToursSrinagar, the capital of Jammu & Kashmir, is an ultimate destination to visit. Srinagar is bestowed with all the natural gifts that one can think of. It has lovely snow-clad mountain peaks, Sprawling lush green meadows with Chinar trees encircling them, exquisite Mughal architecture and warm friendly people. Apart from these Srinagar is also famous of its calm and serene lakes, houseboats and shikaras, which are the highlight of the this heaven like city. The snow-clad peaks and the stupendous scene of the snow fall creates a magical atmosphere and thus makes Srinagar a dream destination for the tourists.

To reach Srinagar, you can hire an Auto-rickshaw or a Taxi, from the airport or the Jammu Tawi railway station. Taxis can be hired from the Tangbagh stand on the boulevard, from outside the Tourist Reception Center and from every hotel in the city.

To avoid any kind of difficulty book with us and enjoy your trip in the most comfortable way. We have a host of vehicles that provide personalized services, helping you to make your tour to this exotic place, memorable.

Accommodations ?
There are a number of luxury and budget hotels in Srinagar, equipped with warm hospitality and other facilities. Srinagar also has interesting houseboats that are a popular among the tourists.

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