A destination for Tourists of all ages throughout the
year, is situated at the extreme north of India. Kashmir
is known all over the world as “ The Paradise On Earth”.
Kashmir is destination for ....
Fishing, camping, trekking, Horse-riding,
Biggest Flower gardens and vast Greenland,
Best skiing Slopes of Gulmarg during wintertime,
Golfer to play his best at the highest golf course in
Trekker to hike the Himalayas,
Honeymoon couple to enjoy their married life on the serene
waters in Houseboats or under the soothing shades of
Mighty Chinar Trees.
Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir ) consists of three regions:
The gateway of Kashmir, the winter capital elevation
300mts lies at the foot of Himalayan region of Kashmir.
This city has a long been a center of Indian pilgrimage
Dogra culture, temple city. Majority of Hindus with small
Muslim communities around Banihal and Kishtwar south of
the Kashmir valley, around Poonch and the border.
Places of interest:
Surinsar Lake: 42 Km. A picturesque picnic spot.
Mansar Lake: 80 Kms a beautiful Lake surrounded by hills
accommodation in Huts and Tourist bungalow.
Katra: On the pilgrimage route to the famous shrine of
MATA VAISHNO DEVI which is in Katra 50 kms from Jammu
Chanting Aloud "JAI MATA DI" (HOLLY MOTHER ) thousands of
pilgrims chanting it during the NAVRATRAS in March April
and September October to reach the Shrine a trek of 15 kms
from Katra. The path has been paved and facilities of
drinking water, snack bars, medical aid. There are also
Helicopter services from Jammu to Katra and also from
Katra to Shrine’
Excursions: Aknhoor, 30 kms a picnic spot on the river
Patnitop: Hill station, charming plateau at 1950m,
surrounded with dense woods and Lush greenery of pines. Patnitop is an any time place the best time for visit
during May to June , and autumn September to October. From
December to March surrounded by Snow one can do skiing/,
sledging. Carry woolen at all times as showers can
suddenly cause a chilled.
5 hours drive from Jammu 110 kms and to Srinagar 180 Km.
There are good accommodation hotels / Tourist bungalow and
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”
Population one million, majority of Muslims.
Gateway to Ladakh:
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
Houseboats In Kashmir:
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
Places of interest:
95 km. east of Srinagar, 2400 mts 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.
Accommodation: Good Hotels / lodges and Tourist Bung lows.
Three hours journey by road from Srinagar, can be covered
by Deluxe buses. Taxi can also be hired for the day trip
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. There are cable cons that ferry the
tourists up to the height of 3095 mts. (Gondola).
Accommodation: Plenty of hotels/Huts/lodges with
Taxis and Deluxe buses are running from Srinagar.
Yusmarg: 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.
Gateway to Leh (Ladakh)
Accommodation: Few Hotels/ Huts and Lodges .
Taxis and Deluxe buses are running from Srinagar.
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).
Harwan Garden: Harwan Garden is a
beautiful garden, situated at Harwan, about 18 km from
Srinagar, in Jammu and Kashmir. This huge garden lined
with flower beds and Chinar trees, is an ideal spot for
picnickers. The picturesque Harwan Lake is behind the
garden. The canal flowing through the middle of the garden
is fed by the lake.
Cheshma Shahi: Cheshma Shahi is one of the three
major Mughal Gardens in Srinagar. It is located 9km from
Srinagar city centre, and is the first Mughal garden that
you would visit as you pass the Nehru Park. The name
Cheshma Shahi means Royal Spring (shahi means royal and
chashma means spring).
Cheshma Shahi is small and charming. It was laid out by
the Mughal Governor Ali Mardan Khan for Emperor Shah Jahan,
the ruler famous for building the Taj Mahal, in 1632.
Shah Jahan built a pavilion and laid out the Mughal garden
in three terraces, each above the other by 18 feet.
Cheshma Shahi is famous for the pure and refreshing spring
that flows from it.
Built at a height above the city, Cheshma Shahi offers a
great view of the surrounding area with the Zabarwan hills
Pari Mahal: Once the royal observatory, Pari
Mahal has a charmingly laid out garden and is a
five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi. A Buddhist monastery
at one time, it was converted into a school of astrology
by Dara Shikoh, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan's eldest son.
Situated on the spur of a mountain overlooking the Dal,
the ancient monument, with a well-laid spacious garden in
front, is connected to Cheshmashahi by road. It is
illuminated at night.
Parimahal ( The palace of Fairies): It was a school of Astrology built by Dhara Shikua, Shah
Jahan’s eldest son for his tutor Muhlah Shah. School of
Hari Parbat: 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
Shankaracharya Temple: 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 .
Hazratbal: It is the most important Muslim Religious
place, situated on the western shore of Dal Lake.
Jamia Masjid: The largest Masque built by Sultan Sikandar
Constructed in 1400 A.D. Enlarged by his son Zain-Ul-
Tomb of Zain-Ul-Abidin: The most attractive chapter of
Muslim rule in Kashmir (1421-1472) in the reign of Zain-
Pather Masjid: 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.
Shah Hamdan: 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.
Lakes Of Kashmir:
Dal lake of Kashmir is one of the most beautiful and
picturesque lakes in India. It has been and continues to
be a part of the poetry by some renowned poets. This is
second largest lake of Jammu and Kashmir state after Wular
Lake. The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains from
three sides and a large number of gardens and orchards
have been laid along the shores. The University of Kashmir
also stands along the shores of the Dal Lake. The hundreds
of uniquely decorated houseboats which floats on the Dal
lake afford an opportunity to tourists to reside on the
lake in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Popular for water sports like water skiing, swimming,
diving and sailing.
This Lake is famous for Lotus flowers during summer and
Paradise for Bird Watchers,. Between the river and foot of
the Mountains spurs lower end of the Sind valley famous
for Picnic spot.
The Largest fresh water Lake in India 26 Km long and 8
Km wide. Surrounded by the mountains. The river Jehlum
passes right through the Lake the deepest part is near the
Hill Called Baba Shakur-ud-Din on the north west side.
Anchar Lake : The Anchar Lake is a swampy area.
The Sind Nullah enters this lake from one side and flows
out from the other. It is about 8 Kms long and 3 Kms.
wide. Gandarbal is a famous township on its north-west
bank.. Anchar Lake is a bird water's paradise where you
will be able to watch and identify many species of birds,
some of them on their way to extinction.
On the banks of this lake is situated Soura with SKIMS,
Buchpora, Ahmad Nagar, Pandach, Nagbal and finally
Ganderbal. Toulmul and the Mansbal lake is farther north,
infact northeast near the bottom of the mountains
There are many other lakes besides these like Harvan
Lake , Konsarnag or Vishno Pad Lake. Gangabal Lake,
Sheshnag Lake, Neelang Lake, Tarsar and Marsar lakes, Sokh
and Dokh lakes.