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If your trip to Srinagar is all locked in but your itinerary is looking a little empty, let us give you a few hints and tips.
Plan a stop at Garden of Char Minar. It's one attraction you'll find on most visitors' to-do lists. Pir Dastgir Sahib and Jama Masjid are also not far away and worth taking the time to see.
If you're after day trips around Srinagar, you certainly won't be let down! Pahalgam, just 31 miles away, is home to some terrific attractions that'll keep you busy. Want an excuse to check it out? Betaab Valley and Pahalgam Zoo ought to do. If you need any more persuading, also consider Pahalgam Golf Course.
Here are our recommendations on how to jump behind the wheel of a rental car with some savings in your pocket:
Discovering Srinagar is simple when you have your own set of wheels. From its wealth of coffee shops and restaurants to its most notable attractions, your dependable vehicle will have your back along the way. If you're wielding a to-do list as long as your arm, why not slide into the driver's seat of an economy car? They're a pleasure to drive and they'll reduce those trips to the gas station. If you're road tripping with the whole family, space is a major factor. A full-size car will ensure everyone has room to move around.
You'll be happy to hear that there's a huge range of both economy and luxury rental vehicles available in Srinagar. What you go for depends on your budget and what you plan to do. Specialty and prestige vehicles are all about comfort and class. If you feel like splashing out, why not go for an SUV with all the bells and whistles, or perhaps a fancy mid-sized sedan? Otherwise, if you just need a car to zip around town in at the cheapest price possible, go for an economy compact vehicle (or something else that won't blow your budget).
From its expressways to its suburban streets, exploring Srinagar will be a snap with your own wheels. But before you merge into the fast lane, here's what you need to know about hitting the road in this city:
In Srinagar, motorists drive on the left side of the road. This means the steering wheel is on the right-hand side. If you've opted for a manual transmission vehicle, you'll have to get used to changing gears with your left hand.
Finding a place to park in Srinagar isn't always a breeze. That's why many visitors book a hotel that comes with a parking lot. When leaving the car around the city, make sure you pay attention to the signage. Overstaying the maximum time limit could earn you a large fine.
As the population of Srinagar is about 975,900, you shouldn't encounter too much difficulty with traffic congestion. However, main roads usually get busy before and after work hours, so you may want to avoid driving during these times.
The residential zones in the city of Srinagar have a 40 km/h speed limit. Outside these areas, the speed limits typically range between 40 km/h and 120 km/h.
In most cases, your rental company will charge the amount fined to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may provide your contact details to the relevant local law enforcement agency so they can send a fine straight to you.
It is prohibited to use your cell phone while you're behind the wheel in Srinagar, and you may also receive a fine for simply handling your phone when you're in control of a vehicle. That being said, using hands-free or Bluetooth functions is permitted, as long as your attention stays on the road.
When behind the wheel in Srinagar, it's a criminal offence to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) higher than 0.03%. Planning to have one or two drinks while you're out? Consider grabbing a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
Yes, drivers can turn on a red light in Srinagar. But before doing so, you have to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Continue only when the lane you are turning into is clear.
Although there are a small number of exceptions, seat belts must be fastened in Jammu and Kashmir.