Kashmir - the Paradise on Earth!

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.

Mughal Gardens



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.

 

Hill Stations of Kashmir

Pahalgam :
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.



Gulmarg :
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.

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.


Sonmarg :
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.

Khilanmarg:
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.

Kokernag
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.

Verinag
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.

Aharbal
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.
Aharbal falls

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.

Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath is located in Jammu and Kashmir and is popular Hindu pilgrimage site. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Amarnath is located on Mount Amarnath.

According to Hindu mythology it is believed that this is where Lord Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his wife Parvati.

Inside the main Amarnath Cave sits a giant ice stalagmite that is supposed to resemble the Shiva Ling and every year thousands of pilgrims make this difficult trek up into the mountains to show their devotion to Lord Shiva. The ice Shiva Ling forms between the months of May to August and then gradually melts away. The other ice formations in this cave represent Shiv and Parvati's son Ganesh.

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