The Valley of Kashmir (Kasmir, cashmir, cashmere) is full of the
Lush Greenery , blossoms of
pinks , whites, yellows and flowers of all the rarest varieties.
spread across the blue skies. Meadows
are spangled with daisies , flower beds with pansies, primroses,
hyacinths and daffodils grow all over. Almond, cherry, apples
strawberries are in abundance.
Rivers, Lakes, snow-caped mountains, dense forests, Hill stations you
can't think of any heavenly beauty which is missing in this piece of
: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
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 gardens.
About House Boats Houseboat were introduced accidentally in Kashmir. Most of British
Civil and Military officers serving in the plains used to come to Kashmir
with their families for holidays. They wanted to built houses for
themselves but the Maharaja (King) of Kashmir of that time was suspicious
of their designs and did not allow them to buy land, so they built the
first Houseboat- named Victory designed by Mr. M T Kenhard in 1888. Later
other copied this design and now there are about 500 Houseboats in
Srinagar for commercial purpose .(Learn More)
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.
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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.
Ski in the winter. There are cable cons that ferry the tourists up to the
height of 3095 mts. (Gondola)
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.
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.
Hari Prabat:The Hill of Hari Parbat crowned by the pathan fort who his visible
from every part of the city. 400 feet above the plain, Legend says the
hill grew from a pebble dropped by the goddess Paravati to crush a demon,
in the form of Sharika bird (Maina). This is called now Hari Parbat.
This Temple is situated at the height of 1000ft above the plain.
The earliest of all the Temples built in 200 BC,. By Jalaka the son of the
Great Buddhist convert Ashoka. The temple was subsequently rebuilt and
dedicated by Raja Gopadittya in 6th Century. It is said to be that “ the
Takhut-I-Sulaiman (throne one of the Solomon).
Panoramic view of whole Srinagar City .
Hazrat Bal: It is the most
important Muslim Religious place, situated on the western shore of Dal
Jamia Masjid:The largest Masque built by Sultan Sikandar Constructed in 1400
A.D. Enlarged by his son Zain-Ul- Abdin.
Tomb Of Zain-Ul-Abdin:
The most attractive chapter of Muslim rule in Kashmir (1421-1472) in the
reign of Zain- Ul-Abdin.
Pather Masjid of the Mughal Mosque built by emperor Noor Jahan in 1620
A.D. wife of Jahangir. Muslims did not however use it for prayers.
originally built in 1953 AD. To commemorate the visit of Mir Syed Ali
Hamdan destroyed by fire in 1479 and 1731 AD. It was rebuilt in 1732 by
Abdul Barket Khan and since then stand as a land mark in the City. Built
of timber, not a nail or Screw was used in the construction.
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