Srinagar Old City Tour – Srinagar Heritage Walk

by Vargis.Khan

Srinagar old city tour

Srinagar old city tour, also known as the old Srinagar heritage walk, is one of the many tourist attractions for people visiting Kashmir. It is a recent addition to the list, an effort to boost tourism in the valley and attract more visitors.

How long does it take? It will be a day-long affair as you travel through the narrow streets of the old Srinagar town, also known as downtown. Is it worth it? In my opinion, yes. But is it for everybody? Now that is where the catch is.

In this post, I will provide details on what exactly is the Srinagar old city tour and what you get to see if you went on it. We completed this tour on the second day of my recent winter trip to Kashmir. To read the last part of the travelogue, you can follow the link below.

I have been to Srinagar a few times before but never had the chance to visit the old city. I had an idea about it and the places I would see during the tour, but for one reason or another, it did not happen until now.

Below is a video of our Srinagar old city tour. You can continue reading the travelogue below or you can also take a look at the video to get the details visually.

Tour of the Old Srinagar City

Srinagar is a historical city. It is a timeless landscape consisting of centuries of Kashmiri heritage laid out on the banks of the river Jhelum. There are several historical monuments located throughout its alleys and bylanes and that is what the old city tour is all about.

You walk or drive through the narrow streets of the city, and see its historical heritage, monuments that were built centuries ago by different dynasties that ruled Kashmir still standing strong in all their glory.

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Decades-old houses, crowded bazaars, old mosques and temples from a bygone era, shrines of famous saints – this is what you primarily target to see during the Srinagar old city tour. In the end, it truly gives you a taste of Kashmiri life and culture.

There are several places that you can include in this tour, the list of which I will provide further in the article. You basically start from one point, move from one place to another, drive or walk around in the city and try to cover as much as possible.

Depending on the places you have on your list, this tour can last for a few hours or an entire day. A lot will also depend on the day of your tour and your mode of commute. If you need a tour organizer to arrange this for you at the best possible rates, you can contact Faisal @ 9596410670.

Is It Worth It?

Is it worth the time and the money? Well, that actually depends on what kind of a tourist or traveler you are and what exactly were you looking forward to seeing.

If you have an interest in historical monuments, heritage places, and photography and would not mind making your way through the crowd, then yes, the Srinagar Old City tour is something that you should experience.

On the other hand, if you just want a relaxed trip, only want to enjoy nature, see the valleys and do not care much about historical monuments, then visiting the old part of the city is not something that you would enjoy.

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What to See in Srinagar Old City Tour

There is really a long list of places that you can include in this tour. The majority of the places are either religious temples, shrines, or historical monuments.

In order to visit them all, you will need at least 2 days. If you can only spare one day for this tour, you will have to pick the places that interest you the most.

Let me provide a list.

  • Aali Masjid
  • Pathar Masjid
  • Zaina Kadal Bridge
  • Khanqah-e-Moula
  • Dumath/ Mazar-e-Salateen
  • Jamia Masjid
  • Mulla Akhoon Mosque
  • Ziyarat Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom Sahib
  • Dastgeer Sahib
  • Khanqah Naqshbandi Sahib
  • Shergarhi Palace
  • Mangaleshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Sarika Devi Temple
  • Ganpatyar Temple
  • Purshyar Temple
  • Sheshyar Temple
  • Raghunath Mandir
  • Batyar Temple
  • Rupa Bhawani Temple

These are just some of the places that I know of.  I am sure there are numerous other shrines and temples in the old city other than this list. Since we just had one day for this tour, even we could not cover all of them.

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How to Plan a Srinagar Old City Tour

As I mentioned previously, this tour will have you navigate through the narrow streets and old markets of Srinagar city. Now let us take a look at a few important tips that will make your tour a lot easier and manageable.

Plan it for a Sunday

The most important thing to remember is that you should plan your tour on a Sunday. This is when the market remains closed. This will help you in several ways.

The first is that you will be able to avoid the crowd. The second is that you will be able to cover more places since moving from one place to another will become easier.

You will be able to take shortcuts through the narrow streets and won’t have to circle staying on the main roads. The last and the most important one is that you will be able to do this tour in a car if planning on a Sunday.

Rent a Bike / Scooter

If for some reason, you were not able to plan it on a Sunday, then you should either rent a bike or an automated scooter like Activa for this trip.

You should not hire a taxi or bring your car from Monday to Saturday. You will not be able to enter the streets, will have to turn around at several places, and will mostly have to leave the car parked on the main road.

Heritage Walk

This tour is also known as a heritage walk which means that you just walk around in the old town. How much you want to walk entirely depends on you and it is really for someone who won’t mind walking around all day long.

The important fact to consider here is that you will not be able to cover all of the attractions if you go on foot. That is just not possible.

First, you will have to pick the places that are located close to each other. Then you will reach a point that is accessible by car, leave your vehicle parked on the main road, and then enter the old town on foot.

You will then walk around, cover all the places you have on your list and circle back to the point where you left your vehicle.

Hire a Local Guide

While you can plan this on your own as well, my recommendation will be that you have a local accompany you. That way, you will be able to take shortcuts and move from one place to another easily.

A local guide will also know of some good places where you can grab a bite. In case you need help somewhere, you will have a local with you to seek assistance from.

Keep an Eye on the News

Last but not the least, keep an eye on the news. The old part of Srinagar is that gets affected the most by the entire unrest in the valley. That is where most of the protests and stone pelting happen.

So if there was any news of unrest or protests in Kashmir, you are better off avoiding the old Srinagar city and sticking to the main tourist areas.

This is also one of the reasons why I mentioned bringing a local guide with you. In a situation like this, they will be able to get you to a safe place quicker.

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Srinagar Old City Tour

Coming back to the travelogue, let me now talk about our experience of the Srinagar old city tour. We reached Srinagar on a Saturday and decided to go to the old town the very next day, on a Sunday.

It was a winter trip to Kashmir and we planned our entire itinerary according to the snowfall prediction. As per the forecast, it was supposed to snow all over Kashmir on our day of arrival and the next day but it did not happen. The weather remained dry and cloudy but there was no sign of snow anywhere.

It was not my first trip to Kashmir. I had been there several times before and had seen the majority of the tourist attractions already. The entire idea of this trip was to see those places again but this time covered in snow.

The snowfall prediction had now shifted to Tuesday and Wednesday. So we also had to change our itinerary and a trip to places like Gulmarg and Pahalgam was moved to later in the week after it had snowed there.

This left us with 2 days in hand, Sunday and Monday, and we decided to use one of the days for the Srinagar old city tour.

Sunday Morning

Days in Srinagar start late in the winter season. Shops do not open until 9 am and the streets look deserted before that. Thanks to the cold weather, even we did not feel like getting out of bed. By the time we did, it was already 9.30 am.

I really had no idea how we were going to execute our tour of the old Srinagar town. This is where Mohsin came to the rescue. He runs a hotel in Sonamarg, Hotel Barzman, and that is where I met him for the first time.

After that, I stayed at his hotel a couple of times more and became friends with him. While I was in Srinagar, I called him to ask if he wanted to meet and catch up. I told him of our plans for the Srinagar old city tour and he agreed to accompany us.

This was a great help. Now I would not have to worry about where to go and which way to take. He was a Srinagar local, knew the town well, and could help us stay navigate through the narrow streets, saving a lot of time.

Lal Bazaar

We were staying in Hotel Grand Valley Inn, located in the Shalimar area of Srinagar, right next to the Shalimar Bagh. By the time we got up, got ready, and got out of the hotel, it was already 10.30 am.

Mohsin met us near the small market area in front of Shalimar Garden. We caught up and chit-chatted for a while over a cup of tea. Finally, we started our Srinagar old city tour at 11 am.

Our first break was at Lal Bazaar. I wanted to buy a jacket for our trip because the ones I bought from Delhi were failing to match the freezing temperatures of Kashmir.

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So I asked Mohsin if he knew of a shop where I could get a good jacket at reasonable rates and he recommended a shop in Lal Bazaar. That is where we went first.

The next 30 minutes were spent looking at different jackets and sweaters and trying them on. Finally, I found a jacket that I liked and it felt warm enough as well. Lavish picked up a sweater.

We finished our shopping and continued our sightseeing through the narrow Srinagar streets. Our next destination was Aali Masjid.

Aali Masjid / Eidgah

Aali Masjid, also known as Ali Masjid, was constructed in 1471 A.D. It is the largest existing mosque within the premises of Eidgah Srinagar. It is also the second-largest mosque in the Kashmir Valley after the Jamia Masjid.

Planning this trip on a Sunday proved to be a great decision. We navigated our way through the narrow streets quite easily because all the shops were closed.

We were in a Duster and I knew that driving through these streets would have been impossible on any other day when the market was open.

I have an interest in historical monuments and photography and liked spending time at Aali Mosque from both perspectives. The mosque sits in an open area with a large ground right next to it that also serves as the Eidgah.

srinagar old city tour

It was a winter trip so most of the trees were dry. But I could tell that the mosque would look even prettier when there is plenty of greenery all around.

We spent about half an hour at the mosque observing its architecture and clicking pictures. From there, we moved on to J.J. Foods to have lunch because it was noon already and we haven’t had anything to eat since morning.

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J J Foods

J J Foods is a restaurant located in the old Srinagar town, famous for its Wazwan. Since I had never been to old Srinagar city before, this was the first time I was hearing of this place.

But on Mohsin’s recommendation, we decided to have lunch here. All three of us ordered Wazwan and I can tell you that it was one of the best that I have ever had. This place immediately shot up in my list of best places to eat in Srinagar.

j j foods

It had a good Kashmiri heritage ambiance and looked great. It is not too big, just a small restaurant and I think most of their work was of takeaway. But what they lacked in size, they made up for it in terms of taste.

If you want to try good Wazwan in Srinagar, the two places that I will recommend are Kareema near Lal Chowk and J J foods in old Srinagar city.

Nevertheless, we had lunch and with our bellies full, moved on to our next destination, Mazar-e-Salatin, also known as Dumath and Badshah’s Tomb.

Mazar-e-Salatin / Dumath / Badshah Tomb

Mazar-e-Salatin is the tomb of the mother of Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin. He was one of the most popular kings of Kashmir whose reign spanned over 50 years of peace and prosperity.

He was popular and respectfully referred to as the ‘Badshah’ and that is why this tomb is also known as Badshah Tomb. It is located on the right riverbanks of the river Jhelum, close to the Zaina Kadal bridge.

This tomb is noted for its architectural style which is very different than the other tombs or monuments of that era. While the other structures are typically made of wood, this tomb is entirely a brick structure.

badshah tomb

Unfortunately, though, we could not see the tomb closely because of two reasons. The first one was that we could not locate the entrance. We kind of circled around it in the streets but were not able to find a place where we could park our car and go see the tomb.

Finally, when we did find a spot, I noticed that this tomb is surrounded by a graveyard. I was not too keen on walking around in a graveyard for sightseeing purposes. Hence, we just clicked some pictures of the tomb from distance and moved on.

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Zaina Kadal

Zaina Kadal is a bridge located quite close to Badshah Tomb. It was in fact built by Zain-ul-Abidin himself and was the first bridge built on the river Jhelum, connecting the two halves of the city.

The bridge provides a magnificent view of the old city. On one side of the bridge is Khanqah-e-Moula and on the other side is seen the top of the nearby Budshah tomb.

There is of course not much of the old bridge left now. But it is historically noted as the first bridge that was built on River Jhelum in Srinagar.

From Badshah Tomb, we reached Zaina Kadal, clicked a few pictures, and moved on to its other side. Our next destination was Khanqah-e-Moula.


Khanqah-e-Moula, also known as Shah-e-Hamadan Masjid and Khanqah, is a mosque built by Sultan Sikandar in memory of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani.

Khanqahs are mosques associated with specific saints. Khanqah-e-Moula is considered to be the first Khanqah in Kashmir. It is located on the right bank of the river Jhelum and is best noted for its Kashmiri wooden architecture, decorated with papier mache.

srinagar old city tour

Photography and videography were not allowed inside the mosque so we had to leave our cameras in the car. I did manage to get a couple of shots from the outside though, that I will post below.

We spent quite a bit of time admiring the beauty of the Khanqah and the papier mache work inside. After almost an hour, we finally got back in the car and decided to move on to the next destination, Jamia Masjid.

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Jamia Masjid

The Jamia Masjid of Srinagar is a beauty in itself. I have been to several such mosques but the one in Kashmir is something different entirely. It is so peaceful and so beautiful that I just wanted to sit there for as long as I could.

This mosque was built by Sultan Sikandar in 1402. It is regarded as one of the most important mosques in Kashmir. While I was there, the caretaker of the mosque told me that it can accommodate over 30000 people at the same time during the prayers.

The mosque is heavily influenced by Persian architecture. It has a courtyard inside the mosque based on the traditional Chaar Bagh plan and a water tank in the center.

srinagar old city tour

There is also a long series of wooden pillars through its prayer halls. There was something of note about these pillars that the caretaker told me but I do not remember what it was now.

The mosque has a separate section for women to offer prayers. The entrance and exit of that section are completely different than the ones that the men use.

Surprisingly, you are not allowed to carry cameras inside the mosque. This includes all kinds of cameras, be it a large DSLR or a small action camera like GoPro.

But at the same time, you are allowed to bring your camera phone inside and shoot as many photos or videos as you want. I have no idea what the rationale behind this restriction is but that is how it is right now. Maybe in the future, they will change the rule because it makes no sense.

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Mangaleshwar Mahadev Temple

It is not only the mosque and shrine of Sufi saints that the city of Srinagar is known for but also its ancient temples. There are a lot of them in the old town which may actually surprise some people.

Our next destination was one such temple called Mangaleshwar Mahadev Temple. The interesting thing about this temple is that it is located on a small island in the center of a lake. Take a look at the picture below.

srinagar old city tour

The only way to get to this temple is on a Shikara. You will leave your car parked on the road, board a Shikara to go to the temple, offer prayers, and come back on the same Shikara.

I was really excited to visit this temple but luck did not favor us. The temple was being renovated when we reached there. The only people around were the workers ferrying construction work to the island and that is it.

We could not find a Shikara to take us to the island where the temple is located. I was told by the workers that the old temple doesn’t exist anymore as it is being replaced with a new one now.

There are actually several other temples in this particular area. A couple of others that I know of are the Sarika Devi temple located on a hillock and Ganesh Ji temple in Ganpatyar. There was another old temple close to Mangaleshwar Mahadev that I do not remember the name of now.

I asked them if they could at least take us to the island on their Shikaras but they refused. Disheartened, we decided to move on to Ganesh Ji temple in Ganpatyar. A visit to Mangaleshwar Mahadev was left for another trip at another time.

Ganesh Ji Temple

Once again, we moved through the narrow streets and reached Ganpatyar. From what I was told, Ganpatyar is the area where the majority of the Kashmiri Pandits used to reside. This was something that I just learned when I was there though, I could be wrong.

Finally, we reached a particular spot that was under heavy security. If it wasn’t for Mohsin, I probably would not have even realized that there was a temple there. It was surrounded by houses and buildings on all sides and it was hard to tell the temple apart from those buildings.

This temple is maintained entirely by CRPF and even the door looked like a door to the Army base. I wasn’t sure if we would be allowed to go inside but we decided to take the chance anyway.

We knocked on the door and it was answered by a couple of CRPF jawans. We asked them if we could go to the temple and they immediately let us in. Our names were entered in a register though.

It was a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh. There were actually two temples in the complex, one dedicated to Lord Ganesh and another one to Lord Shiva.

ganpatyar temple

The CRPF unit posted lives in that same complex.  We had an interesting conversation with the officer in charge there. He was pleasantly surprised to see tourists visiting a temple so deep in the old Srinagar town.

Visiting Ganpatyar was an experience. It reminded me of Chandni Chowk but with a bit of tension in the air. Or maybe it was just me who felt a bit tense after seeing such high security around a temple, not something that we usually see.

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Patthar Masjid

Nevertheless, we spent about 30 minutes in the temple, offered prayers, and moved on to our last destination for the day, Patthar Masjid.

It was a winter day and the sun was setting fast. While we were going to Patthar Masjid, I knew that this would be our last destination for the day. I had plans to go to Hari Parbat fort as well but that was not going to happen.

After a short drive, we reached the beautiful Patthar Masjid. It is a Mughal-era stone mosque located on the left bank of the River Jhelum, just opposite the shrine of Khanqah-e-Moula.

Patthar Masjid was built by Mughal Empress Noor Jehan, the wife of emperor Jehangir, in 1623. It has some distinct features that separate it from the rest of the mosques in the Kashmir Valley.

patthar masjid

Unlike other mosques, it does not have the traditional pyramidal roof. Furthermore, the mosque has nine mihrabs (arches), with the central one being larger than the others.

Being winter season, there was no greenery around and the trees in the courtyard of the mosque were leafless. It still looked beautiful though but I am sure that in Spring or monsoon season when it is green all around, Patthar Masjid would look even more beautiful.

Srinagar Old City Tour – Conclusion

After Patthar Masjid, we dropped Mohsin at his home and came straight back to the hotel. The lunch at J J Foods was so heavy that we still were not hungry and decided to skip dinner.

Now came the question of what to do the next day, and where to go. We had postponed our plans of visiting Gulmarg and Pahalgam later in the week so now we had no idea which places to cover the next day.

While we were discussing this, I thought to check the weather forecast and was surprised to see that it was snowing in Gulmarg that evening. The forecast was that it was going to snow there all night.

This changed our plans once again. We now knew that we will be visiting Gulmarg the next day and also covering Drung Waterfall on the way. Please click on the link above to continue reading the next part of the travelogue.

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David S. January 4, 2021 - 7:43 pm

HI Vargas, thanks for your helpful article. My group will fly from Delhi to Srinagar then take a taxi to Leh over 2 days. Can I get the taxi directly at the Srinagar airport or do I need to go into town to get one? The earliest flight gets us into Srinagar at 8:25. We’ll need to collect our bags and complete the airport processing. Does that leave us enough time to catch a taxi that morning to head to Leh or should we plan on getting the taxi the following day? Thanks

Aditya August 13, 2023 - 12:01 pm

Hi Varghis ji, we called Kunal on the number you have shared to help us organise a tour of the old city but he said he doesn’t do anything like that. Just wanted to let you know about that. Is there a different number / person we can contact for the same?

Vargis.Khan August 20, 2023 - 9:43 am

Hi Aditya – Please try talking to Faisal. 9596410670

MAHESH February 23, 2020 - 4:43 pm

Please give me cab/taxi details from Leh to Srinagar for family members total 4 Nos. persons. Give details of One way taxi cost,total travelling hours, taxi type and additional details by you

Sudha January 2, 2020 - 12:12 pm

Hi Vargis…I would like to visit Srinagar during 3rd week of January. I have booked a bus to Jammu from Delhi. Which is the best and safest way to reach Srinagar from Jammu? Will the highway get blocked frequently? How soon they will clear the block? Please suggest..

Vargis.Khan January 3, 2020 - 1:21 pm

Hi Sudha – The best way is to catch a bus from Jammu to Srinagar. The highway is all open right now but can get blocked if it snowed heavily on the route. There is no telling how long it may remain blocked. Sometimes it can be for a couple of days.

GOWRISANKAR` March 4, 2020 - 7:20 am

Hi Vargis, is Bus service available from Jammu to Srinagar? if yes can you give brief about time table and from where we can get the buses.

Tarasish Mohanty August 2, 2019 - 8:33 am

Hi Vargis.

In October i am planning LEH LADAKH .



Darius July 30, 2019 - 7:48 am

As I realize on Leh Srinagar route there is no buses traveling at the day as Srinagar Leh route.
I can only take shared taxi tour or just shared taxi in terms to admire landscape around Leh Srinagar Highway. Or maybe I can catch just bus Leh Kargil and the next day Kargil Srinagar. Is it possibility like that?

Vargis.Khan July 30, 2019 - 12:49 pm

Yes, it is possible. Take a shared cab from Leh to Kargil and then Kargil to Srinagar.

talatshaikh29 June 7, 2019 - 8:57 am

Hi Vargis,

We are a group of 3 people and we are reaching Jammu at 6 in the morning. We want to leave for Banihal as soon as possible. We want to go by shared cabs. Do you have any contact? Are the shared cabs available so early in the morning?


Prashant May 8, 2019 - 12:22 pm

I need to go Srinagar from leh .want all the details like fare of taxi in sharing and private

Dhaval May 6, 2019 - 11:33 am

Hi Vargis,

We are group of 8 Friends and what to travel from Shrinagar to Leh via Road in June End. We are looking for transport which accommodate us all in one along with luggage. Is Tavera would be ok or we need bigger vehicle like tempo traveller? What will be charge for one way dropping ? Do we need to do advance booking ?

Vargis.Khan May 6, 2019 - 1:37 pm

Hi Dhaval – A tempo traveler would be better with all the luggage for 8 ppl. Please talk to Faisal in Srinagar @ 9596 410670 and he can give you a cost estimate.

SAURABH TRIPATHI April 26, 2019 - 7:07 am

HI Vargis I wish to travel Srinagar by own cab. Can I get an driver for Srinagar to Leh travel??

Vargis.Khan April 26, 2019 - 2:22 pm

Hi Saurabh,

Yes you can. Please contact Faisal in Srinagar at 9596 410670.

ABU April 25, 2019 - 7:43 pm

Hey Khan, i will reach srinagar end of may around 1 PM, planned to go Gulmarg, Is shared taxi or public bus service is available ? If then is there any choice to book bus tickets early. Can you please help me on this. I dont want to go on private taxi.

Vargis.Khan April 25, 2019 - 10:09 pm

Hi Abu,

Please see the post below. Should answer your questions.

Kavitha Sharma February 3, 2019 - 9:20 am

Hi Vargis, I am Kavith. Planning a trip to Leh. I wanted to understand more on What are the Permits you have mentioned that will be required in Leh?

Vargis.Khan February 3, 2019 - 2:50 pm

Hi Kavitha – Please take a look at the article below.

Sunil Agarwal January 15, 2019 - 1:24 pm

Hello vargis sir hum 24 feb ko jammu aana hai waha se srinagar sonmarg. Gulmarg pahalgam. & Return jammu via patnitop ya phir katra. Aap koi cab booking ka no ho to dijye. Inova chaiye. 4 person hai

Vargis.Khan January 15, 2019 - 6:21 pm

Aap Faisal se baat kar lijiye … 9596 410670

142vallabh Nagar November 27, 2018 - 6:30 am

Bhai mujhe english nahi aati he hindi me baat kar sakta hoo kya

Vargis.Khan November 27, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Bilkul Bhai. Puchhiye kya pucchhna hai.

142vallabh Nagar November 27, 2018 - 6:29 am

Bhai mujhe english nahi aati hindi me baat kar sakta hoo

Vargis.Khan November 27, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Bilkul Bhai. Puchhiye kya pucchhna hai.

Satyajit November 21, 2018 - 3:06 pm

sonemarg,gulmarg & pahelgam completed from srinagar, however 2 days

Vargis.Khan November 23, 2018 - 4:41 am

You did all that in 2 days Satyajit?

Parth Patel September 14, 2018 - 5:12 pm

Hello Vargis,

Thanks for the all the help and support you are giving to everyone of us here.

Wanted to know about your thoughts on our itinerary

We are a group of 5 Friends planning to visit LEH by road from Srinagar on 29th Morning till 7th October in leh. We have 8 nights 9 days for the journey, following is our itinerary-

Srinagar Airport – Kargil (1 Night) – Leh (1 Night) – Nubra (1 Night) – Pangong (1 Night) – Hanle (1 Night) – Tso Moriri (1 Night) – Leh ( 2 Nights )

Does it sounds good – as of now have heard that snowfall has started there in leh, and some issues are going on in pangong camp sites and Tso moriri , so m thinking not to book any hotels as of now and do all the bookings after reaching there, since i doubt we will not be able to go at all the places,

Do you have any resources there who can help/guide us for our whole trip and a taxi too.


Vargis.Khan September 14, 2018 - 10:36 pm

Hi Parth – Your plan looks good but may have to add a day in between after you arrive in Leh to arrange for permits. And yes, not booking in advance is a good idea. You need a taxi where, from Srinagar or Leh?

Parth Patel September 15, 2018 - 7:14 am

Thanks for the Prompt revert Vargis, m thinking to ask for permits to hotel people only in leh have shortlisted The Silk Route hotel. will it work !

We Needed Innova taxi for whole trip from Srinagar airport on 29th September till our drop at Leh airport on 7th October (Including sightseeing and all).

Are Srinagar taxi’s allowed for sightseeing in Leh including Nubra, Pangong ,Hanle and Tso moriri ???

And Will we be able to complete all the places since winter has started over there, camps are started getting closed from this month onwards, Bcoz some people are saying that staying at Pangong lake has been banned by supreme court, Hanle & Tso moriri are also closed for tourists now.

Can you provide some information on it.


Vargis.Khan September 16, 2018 - 2:48 am

Hi Parth,

1. Yes if the hotel agrees to keep the permits arranged.
2. Please contact Faisal in Srinagar at 9596410670 for taxi in Srinagar.
3. No. Srinagar registered taxi will not be allowed in Ladakh.
4. Yes you will be able to visit all places.
5. For Pangong stay, see this post.

Parth Patel September 16, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Sure Vargis will contact faisal, will visit all the places as per itinerary and thanks for pangong post too, it’s really helping brother.

Once again thanks a ton for all the help brother, Means a lot.

Vargis.Khan September 16, 2018 - 6:28 pm

You are welcome brother !!!

Tarvinder September 25, 2018 - 8:48 am

Hi. Even i am planning same trip on same dates. We are 2 families with 3 kids about 10 years old. Is it advisable to stay in pangong.

ANJANA July 13, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Hi Vargis, we are a group of 4 people and we are planning to travel Ladakh in July 2018. Please help us in finding a good cab service provider for travelling from Srinagar to Ladakh with a stop at kargil.


Vargis.Khan July 13, 2018 - 1:22 pm

Hi Anjana – Please speak with Faisal in Srinagar @ 9596410670

Insha mir August 11, 2018 - 8:28 pm

Anjana u need car i will do best for u

Vinod July 10, 2018 - 3:21 pm

Hello mr Khan.
I coming from Delhi to leh via flight. Bt return flight is from Shrinagar, so how I come back to Shrinagar from Leh. And how many time it will be take, and fare??
Bus/Taxi? Which one is affordable.
I’m single in trip.

Abhishek Jain July 6, 2018 - 5:41 pm

I will be traveling this October, an you pl. tell me what will be approx. cost for cab for following plan:

Pax: 5 Tavera

Day 1: Arrive at 2, local Srinagar. Rs. 1200
Day 2: Gulmarg, return. Rs. 2200
Day 3: Sonamarg, return. Rs. 3300
Day 4: Pahalgam, return. Rs. 3300
Day 5: local Srinagar till 12 to Airport. Rs. 1000

Vargis.Khan July 6, 2018 - 7:08 pm

Please have a word with Faisal in Srinagar at 9596410670. Give my reference and he will provide you the lowest cost estimate. Taxi rates in Srinagar are not really bound to union and open for negotiation.

Abraham June 27, 2018 - 4:59 pm

Hello Vargis,
We are a group of 12 people and we are planning to do a circuit from Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Manali – kullu – Dharamshala – Gulmarg – Srinagar.

We are planning to take 1 car and 4 bikes. How many days do you recommend to do this circuit. And how to manage the car hires in each region.


Vargis.Khan June 27, 2018 - 5:03 pm

Hi Abraham – I will recommend 2 weeks for the entire circuit. Are you planning to rent both bikes and cars for the journey?

Joy Bagish June 16, 2018 - 3:31 pm

Hi Mr.Khan, we are 7 people will be reaching at Jammu by Himgiri Express around 12 PM on 15th Oct, 2018. Will we get any cab to reach Srinagar on that day or do we have to stay that day at Jammu.

Please help.

Vargis.Khan June 18, 2018 - 2:16 pm

You will have to stay at Jammu that day Mr. Bagish. Most of the public transport to Srinagar starts in first half of the day, not after noon.

Abid hasan June 4, 2018 - 8:16 am

Sir aapka contact no.kuch information chahiye Srinagar ghumne ke liye

Poulami sarkar June 3, 2018 - 12:20 pm

Hi vargis
I want to visit leh during mid October 2018..
My question is…

May I able to reach leh through manali leh highway arnd 15th October?

If not..can it be possible to enter leh through srinagar -drass- Lamayuru- Leh route?? In this route the same can.. which I will hire from srinagar..will be with me in entire leh trip covering nubra-hundar-pangong-hanle- tsomoriri??

Can you please provide some car contacts for both the routes pls

Thanks much

satyendra Kumar May 22, 2018 - 11:15 am

Hi Mr. Khan

My return ticket for Delhi from Jammu by duranto exp. At 7:20 pm. 30 may.
How can I reached Jammu by share taxi form Srinagar and which time to check out my hotel in the morning 30 may.

Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Hello Mr. Kumar,

There are several early morning buses and taxis from Srinagar to Jammmu that you can board. Please take sure that you are on your way as early as possible, check out of the hotel possibly by 5-6 AM. The road betweeen Jammu and Srinagar is a busy one and traffic jams on it are not uncommon so give plenty of time to yourself for the journey.

SK Sachdeva May 12, 2018 - 7:15 am

Vargis bhai, I along with my wife reaching Srinagar airport on 12 th June morning at 7.30am, will take a taxi to reach Gulmarg around 10,booked the gandola in 11-12noon slot(phase 1and 2)overnight stay at JKTDC one bhk hut and morning return to Srinagar so as to reach there around 12noon. Fine would like to know the reasonable car fare for this Airport – gulmarg-Srinagar (hotel Welcome dal lake).

Vargis.Khan May 12, 2018 - 9:09 pm

SK Bhai please talk to Faisal in Srinagar at 9596410670. He runs his own taxi. The price he will get you will be lower across Srinagar, this I can guarantee. Book with him and this guy can be a huge help in arranging a safe trip for you in case of any incidents in Srinagar.

parama guha May 16, 2018 - 1:31 pm

hello mr. Khan

since the rate chart is of last year could you kindly tell me what would be the cost of srinagar airport pick and drop from boulevard road dal lake?

please also let me know the one way rate from srinagar to gulmarg and gulmarg to pahalgam.

are there deluxe buses(like volvo or similar) available for travelling from srinagar to various places like gulmarg, sonmarg, yusmarg, pahalgam etc? or are the buses ordinay coaches. i will be travelling to srinagar with my father from 21st amy to 1st june 2018.

looking forward to your help and guidance.


Vargis.Khan May 16, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Hello Parama, Please see the post below for this year rates. There is no change though.

SK Sachdeva May 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

Thanks dear for sharing Faisal no.I will definitely contact hm before reaching there but will you plz share one or two more reliable contact nos. since during peak season he might be preoccupied, in that case we wl hv alternate options too.

Vargis.Khan May 13, 2018 - 5:09 am

Do not worry, In case he is preoccupied, he will ensure himself that he directs you to some other reliable person.

SK Sachdeva May 13, 2018 - 5:16 am

Thanks dear for ur valuable response

Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 6:04 pm

You are welcome !!!

Sia April 29, 2018 - 8:35 am

Solo budget trip to cover srinagar drass kargil leh.hw to go from sringr to leh ..and travel in leh ladakh…taxi rates appear to be 30k n al

Vargis.Khan April 30, 2018 - 7:31 pm

You can travel by Bus from Srinagar to Leh and then in Ladakh as well.

Prof Sushil April 23, 2018 - 9:39 am

Vergis Bhai,
What options could be there for a group of 8 adults to travel together from Srinagar to leh? A tempo traveller? or two taxis?? Thanks.

Vargis.Khan April 23, 2018 - 3:12 pm

Sushil Bhai both options are available. It entirely depends on your personal choice.

Pukit Knp April 8, 2018 - 8:58 am

I am going with 5 adults and 3kids below 12 years…….so innova will be any problem for kids in high altitute….and to leh ladak we should take 1 day break

Vargis.Khan April 8, 2018 - 5:40 pm

Innova should be OK and yes Srinagar to Leh is minimum 2 days journey. For traveling with children, please take a look at the post below.

Ranjit March 30, 2018 - 11:19 am

I want to travel with my family to Leh from Srinagar with 2 children’s ( 9 yrs and 12 yrs) , want to travel by 20th May from Srinagar, please suggest is this time is OK as far as road condition.

Vargis.Khan March 30, 2018 - 10:04 pm

Hello Rajnit Bhai, Yes this time is quite OK to travel from Srinagar to Leh. Road conditions will be better and improved with no chance of any rain anywhere.

TANAY MITRA March 25, 2018 - 9:54 am

Hello Vargis jee
Please tale me rate of share taxi from Jammu railway station to Srinagar at 2pm on mid october’18.
Also tale me rate of Gulmarg,sonmarg,pahelgam tour
Share car taxi for two person from sringar

Ritu September 10, 2017 - 10:18 am

Hello vargis
Is there availability of sharing taxi from Jammu to Srinagar at night after 10 pm.. please reply asap..

Vargis.Khan September 10, 2017 - 3:51 pm

Hello Ritu – I am sorry but I do not have information about shared taxis from Jammu

UmaR August 1, 2017 - 8:36 am

also, how about getting a rented bike (avenger) on midway dropped from Leh to ride and leave at Manali, how are road as we’re not expert bikers , security and charges, I can see lots of followers to you

Vargis.Khan August 1, 2017 - 3:10 pm

Roads are a mix of good bad and ugly. Average rental of bike from Leh would be around Rs. 1500 per day. You can rent a bike from Leh and drop it in Manali but that may cost you an additional 15000 just for leaving the bikes at Manali, apart from the daily rental.

UmaR August 1, 2017 - 8:29 am

Hi Vargis,
we r 2 people will be traveling from Jammu -Srinagar – Leh – Manali, in mid September, would be looking for deluxe bus or shared cab, any help on this

Vargis.Khan August 1, 2017 - 3:08 pm

Hello Umar – For Srinagar to Leh Bus, take a look at the article below.
For shared cabs, go to Tourist reception center in Srinagar before noon and you will get a shared cab heading towards Leh or Kargil.

PS Goankar July 12, 2017 - 4:59 pm

Hi Vargis,
How is the scenario in Srinagar? any updates from that side?

Vargis.Khan July 12, 2017 - 8:02 pm

Hi PS,

Tourists are still traveling and visiting is what I can tell you. Things in Srinagar change by the day so there is no definite telling.

PS Goankar July 14, 2017 - 10:34 am

Got it… Thanks !!!

PS Goankar July 4, 2017 - 9:52 am

Hi Vargis,
How early in the morning can we hire a shared taxi from Tourist Reception Centre? or is it wise to speak to some shared taxi guy a night before? Pls advice.

Vargis.Khan July 5, 2017 - 2:31 pm

Hi PS – Yes, if you need a taxi early in the morning than it would be wise to make arrangements with a driver the evening before.

PS Goankar July 6, 2017 - 4:43 pm

Thanks Vargis, This info will help a lot. Now I will have to check a good accommodation near by.

Vargis.Khan July 6, 2017 - 6:05 pm

Thanks PS Bhai. Finding a hotel in Srinagar won’t be a challenge at all, plenty of choices there.

vishal naik May 8, 2017 - 9:22 am

Please share details about from where and how to get shared taxi from srinagar to leh? Will be traveling on 30-may-2017. We are two persons only. Which is much safer shared taxi or bus?

Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 3:47 am

Both are equally safe Vishal, all depends on your personal choice. Go to Tourist reception center at Srinagar and you will find both the bus and taxis over there.

Vargis.Khan May 9, 2017 - 3:48 am

It is the address mentioned in the image I posted in the article.

Mohan Raj May 7, 2017 - 12:01 pm

As am travelling on 17th june-2017 to sri nagar, will i get a shared taxi for 2 at 1pm 0r 2pm to kargil or one stretch to leh.

Vargis.Khan May 8, 2017 - 2:00 am

It will be hard to get a shared taxi at 2 but you should be able to get one between 12 to 1

Momo no August 9, 2022 - 2:22 pm

We are a group of 4. We are planning to visit Gurez valley from 28 to 30 Aug. What would be the taxi rates from Srinagar to Srinagar for 3 days. And what would be the preferred vehicle for the road.


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