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Oozing romance and beauty, the pristine city of Srinagar (also known as Venice of the East) is the perfect start to a honeymooner's expedition. Founded in 150 AD by King Pravarasen II, it literally means the city of wealth and abundance in Sanskrit. Scenic lakes, snow-clad mountains, well-manicured flower gardens, all make for a pretty picture and a dream destination for honeymooners. It is not for any reason that Srinagar is famous for being the Paradise on Earth.
Srinagar boasts of just two climates: pleasant summers and freezing winters. Summers, which last from April to September, sees a maximum temperature of 33°C and a minimum of 10°C. The chilly winters extends from October to March, with minimum temperatures consistently well below 0°C and a maximum only about 15°C. While winters are the perfect time for snow-capped mountains and enjoying the Kashmiri kahwa (tea), natural beauty is at its pinnacle during the summers, with the beautiful lakes and gardens.
A trip to Srinagar ought to begin with a a boat ride across the serene Dal Lake spread across 26 sq km. The scenic Dal Lake against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas will make you fall in love all over again. With a stunning collection of houseboats and shikaras, a trip down Dal Lake will remain a part of cherished memories forever. Book a luxurious houseboat for a few days and experience the elixir of beauty and serendipity. Stroll down for an hour's ride at the Dal on one of the vibrant shikaras with a friendly chaperone, lost in the warmth of each other beholding the marvels of nature all around. If you want to spice up the romance a little, sprinkle in some fair dose of adventure with water surfing, kayaking, canoeing, angling and the likes.
If the Dal Lake manages to entice you, you may also visit the other significant lakes Nagin and Anchar. While lakes and mountains are a beautiful sight no doubt, the exquisite flower gardens are another marvel. Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chasm-e-shahi, all part of the ancient Mughal Gardens are fine examples of the Mughal style architecture and design. Vibrant flowerbeds, terraced lawns and cascading fountains delight every visitor to the city. There are religious shrines as well to bring a well-roundness to your romantic honeymoon.
How to get there
Sheikh ul Alam airport, also known as Srinagar airport, is connected with many airports of the major cities in the country. Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km, and is well-connected to all major cities in India.
Romance is synonymous with Srinagar. Why not begin your nuptial journey from here itself?
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