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Srinagar - A Historic Town

The historic town of Srinagar is cradled on the pristine banks of Alaknanda River. It is seated at an average elevation of 560 metres above sea level. The pristine town of Srinagar is an important cultural and educational centre. 

It lies on the foothills of the Himalayas and is bestowed with the munificence of nature attracting tourists from everywhere. It is an important point of stay during Badrinath, Kedarnath and Char Dham Yatra.

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Why Visit Srinagar?

Srinagar is also an important tourist attraction for its natural beauty and several temples. One of the important temples of Srinagar is Kamleshwar Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva. Another important temple is Kilkileshwar Mahadev on the banks of the Alkananda River. This temple was established by Adi Shankaracharya.

The Dhari Devi temple is located 19 kms from Srinagar on the Srinagar-Badrinath highway upto Kaliya Saur.The idol of Dhari Devi is kept under the open sky and taking photographs of the idol is also prohibited. Baikunth Chaturdashi mela is the most popular festival of this region celebrated in the months of October and November.

Cultural shows are organised as part of this festival. It is a four day festival and the whole town is illuminated with lights and decoration. The best time to visit Srinagar is from Mid September to March end as in the remaining months the temperature of Srinagar remains hot and humid.

Activities in Srinagar

Shopping: Srinagar is an important market in the valley for the hill folks. One can buy locally crafted handicraft items including like shawls, cardigan, jacket and edible items jams, marmalade and pickles from the market.

Village Tourism: There are few hamlets and villages in and around Srinagar which are situated amidst the lap of nature. Maletha is a beautiful village located near Srinagar. One can explore the beautiful villages learn about their rustic way of life, customs and beliefs of the hill folks. 

Srinagar Travel Tips

  • The temperature soars during summers in Srinagar due to its lower elevation. May to July is especially hot with mercury often crossing 40 degrees mark. 
  • During the monsoons months (July-August), it is better to check with weather and road conditions with the local authorities and tour operators before travelling to hilly regions.
  • Nearest railway station to Srinagar is situated at Rishikesh (100 km) while the nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, situated 155 km from Srinagar. 

Being the largest town in Garhwal hills, there are enough accommodation facilities in Srinagar. One can easily budget hotels and guesthouses with basic amenities peppered all over the town that offer tourists comfortable stay at an affordable prices. Apart from that, there is also a government-owned tourist bungalow (GMVN) in Srinagar and GMVN in Srikot. Check Hotels in Srinagar.

There are quite a few roadside dhabas and roadside food stalls mushroomed at Srinagar where north Indian vegetarian food is served along with few popular Chinese dishes like noodles and momos. Apart from that, tourists can find variety of cuisines to choose from at the hotels and guesthouses which have in-house restaurants. 

For years, Srinagar has been the capital of the Garhwal kingdom till the arrival of the British. It was also devastated twice by two earthquakes that swept the town completely. Srinagar was rebuilt by the British during 1897-99 and was given the urban status in 1931. Today, Srinagar is an important center if learning and culture. It is home to the HNB Garhwal University or the Garhwal University as it was known formerly.

Srinagar derives its name from Sri Yantra, an evil and mythical giant rock. It was believed that anyone who set his eyes on the rock would die immediately. It is said that the rock was responsible for taking thousand lives before the intervention of Adi Shankaracharya. 

In the 8th century AD, Adi Shankaracharya took upon a journey across India to rejuvenate Hindu religion all over India. He visited Srinagar and turned the rock Sri Yantra upside down and hurled it in the nearby Alakananda. 

Festival  in Srinagar

The Baikunth Chaturdashi Mela is celebrated with utmost fervor in the town of Srinagar. This pompous festival falls between the months of October to November. It is four-day fair where cultural festivals are organized and the whole town is illuminated by colourful lights.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Srinagar is from mid-September to March end as the weather remains pleasant during these months.


Srinagar Photo Gallery

Scenic view of Sringar and Kirtinagar town. (Garhwal Himalayas).
Alaknanda River in Srinagar
View of Alaknanda river/Srinagar hydro electric project, near dhari devi Srinagar.
Srinagar on the bank of Alaknanda River.
Ariel View of Srinagar and Kirtinagar towns.
Birds Eye View of Srinagar
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What is Srinagar famous for?

Srinagar is famous among tourist as Educational Institutes, Business Hub.

Srinagar is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Business Hub, Char Dham Route, Others.

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