Guide for booking hotels in Srinagar:
Srinagar, famously known as 'Heaven on Earth', is adorned with lakes, snow-capped mountains and some of India's most exquisite Mughal-age gardens, making it a dream destination for honeymoon and family holidays. In addition, Srinagar's moderate climate has made it a popular place to visit for locals during the summer, hence its vast collection of accommodations.
Most budget and luxury hotels sit alongside the main waterways and across from the city's many historic gardens. For group travellers, there are several homestays and villas offering a pleasant stay with homely amenities and hospitality. But, staying on a houseboat on Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake remains the most incredible way to enjoy your visit to the city. You can stay at a houseboat, but a Shikara will ferry you from one of the ghats. Houseboats are parked on the lakeside and they don't move. With options ranging from budget to high-end, the houseboats feature sophisticated rooms with intricate décor, contemporary in-room amenities and on-site restaurants serving local delicacies. However, there are limited options available on Nigeen lake, making it the best option for a tranquil experience.
If you don't fancy spending your nights in houseboats, the mid-range hotels in Raj Bagh, Dalgate and Nishat-Shalimar road make a few more relaxing and popular areas to stay in. The hotels are close to tourist attractions like Dal Lake, Shankaracharya Temple and Nishat Bagh and are easily accessible. More cost-effective accommodations, including backpacker hostels and guesthouses, sit on the side streets of Lal Chowk. The properties are the best bet for budget travellers with basic facilities and decent hospitality.
Furthermore, on Hazratbal Road, you can find several luxury resorts featuring lavishly furnished rooms with private balconies, manicured gardens and pristine pools. A few properties also have bonfire night-outs in the surroundings, making them perfect picks for honeymooners.