Each year, as the tourist season in Ladakh starts, one of the foremost questions asked is whether or not it is safe to travel via Srinagar. As a matter of fact, it is not applicable to only people traveling to Leh. Almost everyone who travels towards Kashmir wonders if it is safe to be there or not. Starting this general discussion thread that can be updated as and when the situation in Kashmir changes. Along with that, mentioned below are a few general tips that should be considered when planning a trip to Kashmir or when traveling through Srinagar. Srinagar is one of the most visited and favorite hill stations of our country but unfortunately very affected by the unrest and negative publicity. I wrote an article a few days ago listing all tourists areas in Srinagar and if you read through it at the link below, you will notice that probably no other hill station in our country offer as much as Srinagar. But then there is also the fact that it is also among the places where any tourist will think twice before going. If you look at the facts however, there is hardly any tourist destination where tourists have not been involved in a tragic incident. As a matter of fact, such incidents will be more at other places than in Srinagar. http://vargiskhan.com/log/tourist-attractions-in-srinagar-city-vicinity/ The first thing to do before you go towards Srinagar is to get information as accurate as possible keep a close check on the news and if there is any strike or protest happening, best to either cancel or postpone your plans. If you have a local contact who can give you exact information, then nothing like it. From a geographical standpoint, Kashmir Valley starts once you cross Jawahar tunnel on Jammu- Srinagar highway. So if there is any unrest in the valley, it will most probably be after you cross the tunnel towards Qazigund. On the Leh side, your chance of getting affected by this unrest will be only as far Sonamarg, once you cross Zojila towards Drass, it is very unlikely that any tense situation in Srinagar will hamper your travel. Tourism is probably the backbone of Srinagar's economy and the locals here are well aware of it. If people stop visiting the valley, more than half of the city will be jobless. In an effort to sustain, people in Sriangar will make every possible effort to not have their issues affect any tourist. It is rare that a tourist will get harmed in any way. Either the Army, police or sometimes even locals will escort them out of the troubled area or the city itself. I spoke to a few locals about it and one general feedback I received was that when unrest happens, it is mostly limited to a specific area within a small diameter; restricted to a limited number of people. This kind of even makes sense; afterall we all have to work to earn our daily bread. Who would rather shut down his business and go stand on the road pelting stones at the risk of getting shot upon? As far as I could understand, common people of the valley are affected by any turbulence far more than anyone else. With that being said, who can really guarantee anything when there is a curfew all over the city? Few safety precautions have to be observed by everyone; be it a local or a tourist. You do not really want to be in the wrong place at a wrong time. If there is any kind of band or strike called, best to wait for it to get over rather than driving through Srinagar. If stone pelting breaks out, it will result in every vehicle getting attacked, be it a local, non-local, military, or police. If you must however travel during any such incident; then Army will arrange convoys from one end of Srinagar to other. Usually these convoys either run at night or at wee hours. Wait for this convoy, join it and travel through the city. Ifyou are catching a flight to Leh, then there should not be any problem in catching a cab from the airport to the hotel. If however you were already in Srinagar then it is best to stay indoors in your hotel room and not step out at all until it is all cleared. Avoid taking a road journey at any cost during any unrest or turbulence.