Accommodation

You may have read many reviews about places to stay in Kashmir. Unfortunately many of the reviews and itineraries are written by people who hardly have an idea of the place. In this article we have carefully listed and described the places to stay in Kashmir. You will find the given information more useful, instead of wasting your time and energy reading reviews in travel guides and portals.


Kashmir valley is a part of a large state, Jammu and Kashmir, which is divided in three provinces – Jammu, Kashmir and Leh-Ladakh. Jammu lies to the extreme south of the state and has topographical features resembling other North Indian states. Ladakh lies in the North and at a higher altitude than the other two provinces. It has abundant rocky mountains and ridges and is less populated. The valley, Kashmir, lies sandwiched between the two and is surrounded by mountain ranges. The first lesson for the tourist or traveller is to decide as where exactly he or she wants to stay. The choices are the mountain outback of Leh-Ladakh, the province of Jammu or the beautiful valley Kashmir.


Since this article is about places in Kashmir, we will focus on the valley only. Every year thousands of tourists travel to Kashmir and find their first destination to be Srinagar. It is quite justified as Srinagar is the city centre, the capital and lies in the heart of the valley. Besides that, Srinagar city has some of the best provisions for tourists and travellers including hotels, restaurants, local markets, means of transportation and places which are worth visiting.


Of the best places to stay in Kashmir, most of them lie near the city centers, Lal Chowk and Dalgate. Tourists mostly prefer the Dalgate area because of a number of reasons. One, that there are some of the best hotels in Dalgate, two – the area is close to famous Dal Lake, three – houseboats and shikaras are nearby, four – the Boulevard Road, the Mughal Gardens and the Sulaiman Hills makes it more appealing to stay near Dalgate.


Tourists also can find great accommodation and houseboats at Nigin Lake, which is about 8 kms from city-center. Traveller may also find it worth staying near Nigin Lake as the famous shrine Hazratbal, Naseem Bagh in the University Campus and NIT (National Institute of Technology) are nearby.


Some of the popular hotels in Srinagar are Grand Palace, Centaur Hotel, Hotel Broadway, Grand Mumtaz, Imperial View, Hotel Welcome, Shah Abbas Hotel, Hotel Shangrila, Kashmir International, Hotel Pine, Hotel Standard, Ahdoos Hotel, Le Meridien, Dar-es-Salam, Hotel Pacific, Mamta Hotel, Hotel Wigwam, Royal Palace Inn, Hotel Akbar, Lake Isle, Hotel Ruby, etc.


Besides hotels, travellers can also find numerous guesthouses in Srinagar, mostly near the above mentioned places. Many economic hotels and accommodation facilities have been recently provided in Rajbagh area, East of the New Zero Bridge.

Places to stay in Kashmir can further be those located in other districts and attractive destinations like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Tangmarg, Mansbal, Islamabad (Anantnag), Baramulla, Shopian, Badgam, Ganderbal, etc.