Srinagar, the most visited destination of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is known for the world's most charming and seductive natural beauty. Its major attractions, including the Dal lake, Nagin lake, temples, Mughal gardens and several water-adventure sports, draw lakhs of tourists from all around the globe every season. People love to spend their vacations in the lap of the snow clad Himalayas, around breathtaking landscapes and crystal clear waters, far away from the noise and pollution of urban areas. Being the pride of Kashmir valley, Srinagar offers a number of star rated and budget hotels:
1. California Group of Houseboats
2. Meena Group of Houseboats
Located at Dal Lake, about 15 km from the Srinagar airport, both these five star rated groups run a number of luxurious houseboats in Dal Lake. While on a trip to Srinagar, one cannot imagine missing out on a houseboat ride. These houseboats provide an out-of-the-world experience of living on water. This group of floating houses offers several single/double bedded houseboats with proper living area, drawing cum dining room, carved wooden furnitures and beautiful interiors made of Kashmiri handicrafts.
Built in Victorian style, these houseboats are equipped with every modern facility, along with a kitchen that serves awesome Kashmiri, Indian and Continental dishes. While floating in the calm lake surrounded by steep hills, one can have a wonderful view of the Mughal gardens with its countless blooming flowers. Providing an opportunity to stay as close to the nature as possible, these floating houses are the identity of Srinagar.
Intercontinental The Grand Palace
Overlooking the famous Dal lake, Intercontinental The Grand Palace was earlier the residence of the Maharajas of kashmir. Surrounded by the majestic Himalayan range, the hotel boasts of having 115 extraordinarilly spacious and beautiful accommodation units, categorised into palace suites, palace rooms and palace cottages. Guests are provided with world class facilities - indoor heated swimming pool, health club, sauna, whirlpool and massage, beauty parlour and shopping arcade.
Intercontinental The Grand Palace has a 24 hour multi-cuisine restaurant, The Chinar, which serves almost all kinds of Indian and continental dishes. Besides, the Durbar Hall is a grand and royal restaurant that is opened only on special occasions for a formal maharaja style sit down meals. The outdoor Bar-Be-Que and Dal Bar are the bar areas surrounded by stately gardens, colourful flowers and Chinar trees. For leisure activities, one may opt for the tennis court, cycling, trekking, fishing, photography, golf courses and the billiards lounge. The hotel has excellent arrangements for business parties and other functions in its banquet hall.
Five Star Hotels
Centaur Lake View Hotel
Located near the renowned Chashmashahi gardens, the Centaur Lake View Hotel is surrounded by the Dal lake on three sides. Considered among the leading A Class Hotels in Srinagar, it has set a benchmark by providing international standards of services and facilities. The overall architecture and its 242 well furnished cozy rooms provide a refined and royal feel to the guests. The multicuisine restaurant serves almost all kinds of Indian, Chinese and local Kashmiri dishes. To keep your spirits high, the well stocked bar serves a wide range of exotic drinks.
Along with high-end business failities, the hotel offers superlative recreational facilities comprising of Billiards, Game Room, Golf, Tennis and Health Club. The hotel is easily accesible from the airport (11 km) and bus stand (5 km).
Broadway is an ideal five star hotel from every point of view, in relation to services/facilities, space and location. The hotel is at the city centre, 12 km from the domestic airport. Being centrally placed, the hotel offers assistance for tours and trips to the major attractions or destinations in the nearby areas. Its tastefully appointed 105 spacious rooms and suites, with the latest amenities, are perfect for leisure as well as business travellers. Each room provides a view of the picturesque valley outside.
Tafaree, the in-house multi cuisine restaurant, serves an outstanding menu of Indian, Chinese, Continental and Kashmiri dishes. The Tea Room provides a perfect venue and space for family gatherings or spending peaceful mornings/evenings. One can visit the Masti Bar, on the roof top, to enjoy the evening with friends. Hotel Broadway is also admirable for business, banquet and recreational facilities. At Broadway, comfort is the top priority.
A few other famous hotels in Srinagar are: