Delhi to Srinagar Trip: Dal Lake, (Tulip Garden) & Aur Valley

Delhi to Srinagar is a dream journey for any traveler in India, and probably the World. Visiting Srinagar is like a dream for many people. Srinagar lies in the beautiful Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River.

Srinagar is the largest city in the territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The city is famous for its gardens, houseboats, natural environment, and waterfronts. Srinagar is also known for its traditional Kashmiri handicrafts like Pashminas (Kashmiri Shawls) and also for dried fruits.

Delhi to Srinagar Trip

The places in Srinagar offer breath-taking views and panoramic locations. The ancient fortress and the old wooden mosques of history make a mark at the center of the city in the era of remembering all that once existed. Pleasant weather, downy flake, and the promises to keep between the frozen lake and the woods are waiting for you to enjoy the beauty of the place.

Delhi to Srinagar Trip

Distance between Delhi to Srinagar

By road, the distance between Delhi to Srinagar is around 815 km which could take the time about 20 to 22 hours. The aerial distance between Delhi to Srinagar is around 650 km which can be covered about in 2 to 3 hours depending on the airline service.

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How to Reach Srinagar from Delhi?

There are several ways to reach Srinagar from Delhi such as by road, by train, and by air. All transportation ways are very convenient to reach Srinagar from Delhi.

Delhi to Srinagar Bus

The first bus from Delhi to Srinagar leaves at 07.00 in the morning and that bus service is operated by JKSRTC. 12 buses running between Delhi To Srinagar on daily basis out of which 4 are AC buses and the rest are Non -AC. Delhi to Srinagar bus service is only operated by JKSRTC. The bus is the most affordable way to reach Srinagar from Delhi, which costs you around Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 and takes up to 19 hours. The last bus from Delhi to Srinagar leaves at 07.00 in the evening and that bus is also operated by JKSRTC.

Delhi to Srinagar Bus Fare (Ticket Price)

  • Delhi to Srinagar (Non- Ac) Seating Bus Fare INR1260/- Approx.
  • Delhi to Srinagar (Non- Ac) Sleeper Bus Fare INR1400/- Approx.
  • Delhi to Srinagar (Ac) Seating Bus Fare INR1400/- Approx.
  • Delhi to Srinagar (Ac) Sleeper Bus Fare INR1650/- Approx.

 You can also hire a cab to reach Srinagar from Delhi which costs you around Rs 8000 to Rs 9000.

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Delhi to Srinagar By Train

There is no direct train from Delhi to Srinagar. But it is possible to reach Srinagar by including small road wise travel. You can take a direct train from Delhi to Udhampur which can be a 12 hours train journey, after that you have to hire a cab or use public transport to reach Banihal from Udhampur that can take 5 hours and then you have to take a local train from Banihal to reach Srinagar. The last train from Banihal to Srinagar is at 7 pm every day it would take up to 2 hours.

Delhi to Srinagar By Air

Named Sheikh ul Alam Airport is the international airport of Srinagar. This airport is connected to all major airports of the country as well.

Several airlines offer regular flights from Delhi to Srinagar which can take up to 2 to 3 hours and costs you around Rs 4000 to Rs 6000 depending on the airline service to take.

Best Places to Visit in Srinagar

Here is the list of the top tourist places to visit in Srinagar:

Dal Lake Srinagar

Dal Lake Srinagar

Dal lake is the famous lake that is also known as ‘The Jewel of Srinagar’. It is the largest lake in Jammu & Kashmir. Dal lake spreads across an area around of 26 sq km. This place is one of the most famous and most visited places in Srinagar. Dal lake is the hillside lake that flaunts colorful Shikaras (gondolas), traditional wooden houseboats, and also floating markets. Tourists visiting Dal lake, Mostly love to take rides in the beautiful Shikaras that are wooden boats decorated beautifully with canopies overhead.

The ride in that houseboats gives you the panoramic scenes of the beautiful lake which gives you a lifetime experience. Shikaras are equipped with single rooms and luxury suites and offer comfortable accommodation to the visitors. You can also enjoy shopping from the floating markets which offer authentic Kashmiri items. These markets lay amidst the lake and sell the famous Kashmiri items like the most famous Kashmiri saffron and Kashmiri handicrafts. In the winter season, tourists can enjoy ice skating on the frozen Dal lake.

The best time to visit Dal lake is between May to November.

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Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden

Shalimar Garden is known as the ‘crown of Srinagar’.This is the largest garden among all of the three gorgeous Mughal Gardens. This garden is amazingly laid out Shalimar Bagh makes for one of the most attractive tourist sites to visit in Srinagar. Historically, Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden was constructed by Jahangir in the year 1619 for his wife Noor Jahan. The whole premise of the Mughal has been beautifully carpeted with green grass. This garden has varieties of colorful flowers and trees of almonds and walnuts. This garden presents an exquisite amalgamation of artificial structures and natural marvels. Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden opens from 09.30 am to 06.30 pm on all days of the week. There is an entry fee of Rs 10 per person. The best time to visit this Mughal Garden is from mid-February to mid-April and from September to October.

Nishant Bagh Srinagar

Nishant Bagh is the second largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir after Shalimar Garden. It is a 12 terraced garden located near Dal lake. This garden is also known as the ‘Garden of Bliss’ having a splendid Mughal central water channel with many fountains, that is situated in between the tall Chinar trees. This garden is built in 1633 by Asif Khan, the elder brother of Nur Jahan. You can enjoy the beauty of Dal Lake from this garden. The layout of this garden was based in the Persian gardens, with the terrain and water patterns, a stream of standstill water divides the Nishant Bagh into two halves.

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Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is opened to the public in the year 2007 to improve the floriculture as well as tourism in this area. This garden is blessed with even the rarest of rare tulip varieties, such as ‘Queen of the Night’. Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is famous for its enchanting annual festival which is held spring between March to May. The initiative to open this garden proved to be a huge success in the year 2017, this garden is one of the world’s top 5 tulip gardens.

This garden is open from 7 am to 7.30 pm on all days of the week. There is an entry fee of Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children. The best time to visit this beautiful place is in the months of March, April, and May.

Hari Parbat Srinagar

Hari Parbat is a magnificent mountain having rich religious and historical significance. This is the top religious place to visit in Srinagar, this mountainous site is home to a plethora of beautiful shrines that are dedicated to several deities. There is a temple called Sharika Devi Temple which is dedicated to Goddess Jagdamba. In addition to this Hindu Temple, this mountain also having a gurdwara and a mosque showcasing secularism in this region. Hari Fort is one of the major attractions of Hari Parbat that was constructed in the 19th century under the Durrani Empire. This mountainous place is one of the major tourist attractions mainly for spiritual seekers, peace lovers, and history fanatics throughout the year.

This place is open from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm on all days of the week. The best time to visit here is in the months of March and April.

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Yusmarg Srinagar

Yusmarg is at a distance of 47 km from Srinagar. It is also known as the Switzerland of Srinagar. Yusmarg is a beautiful place and a mini hill station is one of the most romantic places in the territory. It has forest trees all over. It is the undisturbed landscape, a less frequent but extremely gorgeous hill station, this place is now well connected by a very good motorable road.

Yusmarg to Srinagar (Non-Ac) Seating Bus Fare INR220/- Approx.

Aru Valley Srinagar

Aru Valley is the most famous tourist attraction in Srinagar. This place offers opportunities to enjoy camping, horse riding, and fishing here in between the incredible charm and beauty to their visitors. Aru Valley also forms the beginning spot to the popular Kolahoi Glacier and Sonamarg trek and facilitates trekking for trekkers of all expertise levels. This place is also famous for skiing in the winter season. This place is open to tourists for 24 hours. The best time to visit Aru Valley is between the months of July to September.

Chashme Shahi

Chashme Shahi is a part of the famously known Mughal Gardens of Srinagar. This place is popular all over the world for its mesmerizing natural spring. This beautiful garden was constructed in the year 1632 by the emperor’s governor, Ali Madan. This garden is commissioned by Shah Jahan as a dedication to his son. It is believed that this place is firstly discovered by Rupa Bhawani, Kashmir’s renowned female saint. The name of this place is inspired by the Sahib clan of Kashmiri Pandits, Rupa Bhawani also belonged to the Sahib clan. This garden shows the Persian style architecture features with the well-manicured triple terraced garden. A two-story hut has been positioned at top of the garden’s top terrace and this structure is considered as the source of origin of the natural spring. This garden is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 7.15 pm and on Sunday it is open from 2 am to 9 pm. This place has an entry fee of Rs  10 per person.

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Baramulla Srinagar

Baramulla is a famous tourist place or city located close to Srinagar. This place is enveloped by the Himalayas all around and resting on the banks of the Jhelum river. This city has many scenic attractions like Wular lake, Gulmarg and Khilanmarg. Baramulla is also known for its historical monuments like Buddhist stupas and religious places like temples, mosques, and monasteries that draw the attention of visitors from far and wide. The breath-taking natural beauty is a constant source of inspiration for religious priests and eminent scholars. The weather of this place is pleasant and it remains quiet as well. Baramulla does not have too much to offer their visitors but it is a good spot for quick stopovers on the way to Gulmarg.

Best time to Visit Srinagar

Delhi to Srinagar Trip

Srinagar is a place that has pleasant weather throughout the year with a soothing temperature range. But the best time to visit Srinagar is from April to October. Srinagar is the best place to visit during the Autumn months in between September to November. Winters in Srinagar can be too cold to roam around. Monsoon is also a great time to visit here that is the time when this beautiful place transforms into a magnificent landscape.

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