Srinagar plays a pivotal role in the economy of Kashmir Valley. For centuries, it has attracted people from far and wide to its scenic locales. So, it is no wonder that tourism forms a substantial element of the city's economy. For decades, massive contribution to the economy has come from tourism. However, in the recent past, a downslide came with the insurgent activities by some terrorists and unsocial elements. However, the good news is that the situation has improved manifolds. Tourists are again coming to Srinagar in huge numbers.
Reaching Srinagar is quite easy as it is well connected via air, rail and road. Mini-buses and Auto- rickshaws form an integral part of the intra-city transport. The best time to come to Srinagar is between October and June. However, each season brings its own beauty. Marvelous Spring, enjoyable Summer and frosty Winter, all have their characteristic beauty to offer.
Apart from visiting the tourist destinations in and around Srinagar, interacting with the local people will give you an insight into their lives. The people of Srinagar take pride in their heritage and love to put their best foot forward when it comes to attending to their guests.
They will take you around the place and show you things with love and care. In case you are lucky, you may also get an invitation to dine with them in their own homes. The traditional and homely ambience coupled with the delicious local cuisine will be indelibly etched in your mind. You will also enjoy the dry fruits and beautiful Kashmiri handicrafts. The traditional pots to keep themselves warm, the popular Kashmiri folk music called Chakri etc. will mesmerize you for sure.
People of Srinagar are great patrons of performing arts. The traditional folk theatre namely Bhand Pather shows social evils in a satirical fashion. The Kashmiri music of Sufiana genre is also very melodious. This music uses Kashmiri Saz, Santoor, Tabla, Sitar and Wasool. The dance form of Hafiz Nagma performed along with Sufiana music is also a treat to watch.