Calm, contemplative, and colourful, Srinagar is the most fitting preamble to the rest of Kashmir’s inimitable splendour. No matter how prepared you are to be blown away by the city’s sky-spearing mountaintops peeping from behind placid lakes and sprawling Mughal gardens, Srinagar will find a way to exceed your expectations.
Apart from Dal Lake, which is its crown jewel, Srinagar also owes its tourist value to an extensive shopping circuit that frequently draws a throng of travellers. The city is freckled with several markets, each one offering unique Kashmiri souvenirs. The most significant marketplaces worth visiting include Kokar Bazar, Polo View Market, Lal Chowk, Kashmir Government Arts Emporium, and Badshah Chowk.
Kokar Bazar is famous for selling spices whose aroma will lure you to the shops from nearby areas. Make the spice rack in your kitchen more interesting by adding classics like Kashmiri red chillies, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, and of course, saffron.
Situated right beside the Polo Ground, Polo View Market is the commercial hub of Srinagar. The area is packed with haphazard shops laden with a variety of paraphernalia, ranging from authentic handicrafts and clothing to delicate papier-mâché boxes and jamawars, a kind of shawl. It is the best place to buy mementoes for your loved ones back home.
The resilient Lal Chowk is one of the most crowded places to visit in Srinagar due to the sheer diversity and high quality of the merchandise sold here. Among the array of exquisite artefacts on display in the market’s flamboyant shops, you should look out for the pure cashmere and pashmina shawls, jewellery boxes with elaborate designs, and carved walnut wood furniture.
The Kashmir Government Arts Emporium is an exhibition of the most beautiful handicrafts of the state, and definitely one of the finest things to see in Srinagar. From chain stitches and crewel to Namdha and Phool Kari, the market is flowing with an abundance of arts and crafts products. You can also buy things like leather bags, lamp shades, and flower vases at highly economical rates.
If you have your heart set on the renowned hand-knotted rugs of Kashmir, you should head straight to Badshah Chowk. These intricately-embroidered novelty items are sold in standard as well as personalised sizes. You will also find an attractive assortment of pashmina shawls and Indian salwar suits rich in hallmark Kashmiri patterns here. You are bound to be exhausted by the end of the day after all that shopping. By planning your trip to the City of the Sun with Club Mahindra, you will be guaranteed a cosy and comfortable place for you and your family to rest and recover for the next day’s adventures. We take great pride in pampering the guests in our resorts by treating them to heavenly views and warm hospitality. To get a glimpse of how our members enjoy their holidays, have a look at these Club Mahindra resort reviews.