|The commonly spoken languages in the Kashmir Valley are Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri and English. The people of Srinagar are tall and fair
and the sight of rosy-cheeked children going to school or rowing small boats on the Dal Lake is a picturesque sight. Srinagar is popular among tourists for its lakes, scenic beauty and the Mughal Gardens . The Nishad and Shalimar Gardens are popular venues for picnics in Srinagar . The area around Dal Lake is also a favorite place for visitors who sit on the banks of the Dal Lake and watch boats float by, or venture out on a boat ride.
Srinagar basically has an alpine weather, as the summers are mild and winters are cold. In winter , the local people wear thick loose coats called Phirans. They carry a small basket within which a clay pot is kept. The clay pot has burning coal which is kept alight by feeding it small twigs and leaves of the Chinar tree. This device called the Kangri is carried under the phiran like a portable heater by Kashmiris as they go out on work every day. It is the traditional method of coping with the winter in Kashmir . Srinagar is known for its shops where fine Kashmiri furniture and wood carvings are sold. Kashmiri embroidery is favorite among tourists who buy phirans, kurtas and shawls decorated with intricate embroidery. Designs such as the paisley motif, lotuses, chinar leaves, birds and flowers are stitched by hand in fine silk threads on woolen garments and shawls.
Srinagar has several tourist attractions. Some of these are the Dal Lake , the Nagin Lake , the Shankaracharya Hill, the Hari Parbat Hill that is situated on top of the Sharika Hill and the Charar-e-Sharif shrine, which is situated on the way to Yusmarg. The Dachigam National Park is situated at some distance from Srinagar . There are several travel packages for those interested in visiting Srinagar . Srinagar also offers adventure sports facilities for tourists to Kashmir .