Happy Valley, Super
Switzerland of Asia, Mughal Emperor's dream
garden and Emerald amongst the white pearls of
the Himalaya are only a few of the many appellations
given to the valley of Kashmir, over the countries.
The Mughal king Jahangir, loved to such an
ecstasy by the beauty of Kashmir exclaimed, "if there is
a Paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here".
He was doubtlessly, enthralled by the valley's lust greenery,
its abundance of flowers and fruits, its shimmering springs
and translucent lakes. Unlike the other Himalayan regions.
Kashmir has been traveler's paradise and holiday resort for a
long time, probably one the oldest on the earth.
Nestling in the lap of the dazzling
snow-capped Himalayas, the Kashmir valley is undoubted a jewel
in India's crown. An inspiration for so much art, music and
poetry, Kashmir is also a honeymooner's paradise, a nature
lover's wonderland and a shopper's dream come true.
Over the years, Kashmir has come to love
and looks after its tourists, fulfilling their every whim,
Tourists are everywhere, soaking up all that Kashmir has to
offer - the walks, the pony treks, the cable car rides over
Gulmarg Resort, the Shikara rides at sunset on the Dal Lake.
And once you have visited Kashmir, you will agree that what
began as a dream. moves on as an unforgettable experience.
The Jammu and Kashmir’s Summer capital more
than 2000 years old in the heart of Kashmir valley spreads out
on both side of river Jehlum. Srinagar has been called the “Venice
of the Orient”
The quaint charm of Houseboats of Dal Lake, Nageen
Lake and Naseem Lake in Srinagar to stay is a MUST
.The Houseboats are having two Bed rooms, three bed rooms and
four bed rooms with attached bath, with dining and Sitting
room also with Sun-deck. Each houseboat is having the
attendant who can also serve the food. Explore lapping
journeys on a Shikara in the lakes, past floating
In Srinagar’s Aquatic Plaza around the lake. Villages and
Orchids and the Famous gardens built by the Moghul Emperors famous
for Shikara ride. Most of the House Boats around in Dal Lake. From
the Lake one can see the Historic Shankara Charya Hill in the east
and the west Hari Parbat.
Popular for water sports like water skiing, swimming, diving
Nishat Bagh :
The Garden of bliss laid down by Asif Khan father of Empress Noorjahan in
1633AD on the bank of Dal Lake with Zabarvan Massif at the back. In Nishat
commands magnificent view of the Lake and the Snow capped Pir Panchal
Range to the west of the valley.
Shalimar Bagh :
The Abode Of Love.’ Is said to have been a village, built by Paravarassna
II. He used to stay here when on a visit to Sukhswami a saint living near
Harwan. In 1619 Jehangir ordered a garden to be laid out this spot,
calling it, Ferrah Bakkash (Delightful). In 1727 A.D Zaffar-Khan. A
governor during the reign of Shah Jahan made an extension of it and called
it ‘Faiz Baksh’ (Bountiful). The garden is laid down in four terraces,
rising one above the other. A canal runs through the garden lined with
polished stones and supplies with water from Harwan.Chasma – Shahi : East
of Srinagar. Built in 1634 A.D by Shah- Jahan. It commands a superb view
of the Dal Lake it has the advantage of having a natural spring of Pure,
Cool and Sparking water known as Chasma- Shahi (Royal Spring).
Parimahal ( The palaces of Fairies)
it was a school of Astrology built by Dhara Shikua, Shah Jahan’s eldest
son for his tutor Muhlah Shah. School of observatory.
95 km. east of Srinagar, 2400 mt. above sea level. Popular holiday resort.
It is called “Shepherds village” at the head of the Lidder valley. Best
place for trout fishing. Apart from angling , Pahalgam is also known as
the starting point for trekking. Pilgrims route to Amarnath Cave.
56 kms from Srinagar, one and a half hour journey, 2690 mts above sea
level. .It is called “Meadow of flowers”. In summer best for trekking,
golfing and pony rides . One can have beautiful walk around and can see in
good weather the high mountains like Naga Parbat (In Gilgit) 7650mts high,
Kolohi and Harmukh which are 5425 and 5124 mts high. Gulmarg has the
world’s highest green golf course in the world.
50 kms southeast of Srinagar, one and half hour journey through pine and
fir forests. On the way to Yusmarg is the shrine of famous Kashmiri sufi
saint : Sheikh Noor-ud-din, popularly known as Nunda Rishi. One can go up
to Nilnag Lake either by foot or on a pony back.
There is Tourist huts available.
87 km. from Srinagar, 3 hours journey, 2800mts above sea level. It is
called Golden meadow” at the head of the river Sind with beautiful
mountains and glaciers.
Base for the treks to Harmukh range via Nichnai, Vishensar Lake, Gangabal
and to Nara Nag . Also the Pilgrim route to Amarnath Cave , which can be
done in one day from here. Famous for Trout fishing.
A highland meadow, just 4 km from Gulmarg, Khilanmarg is
accessible by foot, by pony or in a dandi. From here, the view of
the snow peaks and the limpid waters of the Wular Lake is a
breathtaking one, unfolding view upon view of Himalayan splendour.
Khilanmarg offers an unparalleled view of the great Himalayan range.
The Apharwat peak leads to the Alpather Lake, a picturesque alpine
lake that remains frozen until late June. For horse riding freaks,
Alpather Lake makes an exciting day's excursion. Slightly lower than
Gulmarg is the shrine of Baba Reshi (a Muslim mystic saint) visited
by people of all faiths.
Situated in the heart of Bringhi valley, Kokernag (2,020 m, 70 kms
from Srinagar), is set amidst sprawling gardens fragrant with the
bloom of thousands of flowers. The Kokernag spring bubbles at seven
places at the foot of the forested mountain. The water of the spring
is famous for its medicinal and digestive properties.
Located 80 kms from Srinagar at an altitude of 1,876 m, the spring
of Verinag is believed to be the chief source of the river Jhelum.
Construction of the octagonal base of the spring and the arcade
around it was undertaken by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and
completed during the reign of Shah Jahan. Down the stream to the
east lie the remains of a Mughal pavilion and baths. Verinag can be
approached through the link road, which turns off, from the national
highway at Lower Munda.
Gradually, the distant rumble becomes a roar as one
approach the waterfall of Aharbal, which crashes down a narrow
gorge. Aharbal is more than just a waterfall.
There are several places to picnic in the surrounding areas, as well
as delightful walks of varying lengths all over the hillsides.
Interesting treks-one of them to the high altitude lake of
Kounsernag at 13,500 ft above sea level-takes off from Aharbal.