Srinagar ( (listen)) is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchar lakes.
The city has become safer to travel since 2003, however the streets are still lined with armed soldiers. Any building of value will also have a sandbag bunker and razor wire for protection. If arriving from the airport, you will also notice hundreds of large, Western style vacation homes. These were built before the current conflict when domestic travel to Kashmir was booming. Currently most of these homes are empty, being squatted in or have been usurped for military use. Most people visit the city in the summer months. The temperature at this time is cool to pleasant. Light sweaters may be needed for occasional cool nights in the summertime. In winter, you will need full winter gear and expect snow and few places to have hot water. Climate: Srinagar features a humid subtropical climate, heavily influenced by the Himalayas which surround the city on all sides. It is the coldest major city in India, as winters are very cold for the country's standards. Temperatures range from -2°C (28°F) to 7°C (44°F) and with occasional cold waves that can push nighttime lows below -5°C (23°F). The lowest recorded temperature is -20°C (-4°F). By wary that the city faces frequent snowfalls and the highway to the rest of the country can be blocked due to icy roads and avalanches. Summers are pleasantly warm, in sharp contrast with the rest of India, and afternoon temperatures usually top 30°C (86°F). Heat waves are very uncommon, as the record high is only 38°C (100°F). The city is also not affected by the summer monsoon. Overall, Srinagar is a place that you can visit year-round (if you don't mind the chilly weather in the winter) and it is very good get away from the extreme heat and high moisture of the rest of India.