Kashmir - The Paradise on Earth !
Situated in the north western region of Indian Sub-continent, Kashmir is a beautiful state blessed by all natural beauties like beautiful lakes and rivers, lovely waterfalls, fruits laden orchards, blossoming gardens and etc. along with these, the heritage and cultural beauty glorious, historical past, fascinating tourist destinations, amiable cool climate and heaven ambiance have truly made Kashmir tourism, popular all over the world.
Kashmir is truly a gateway for nature lovers and paradise for honeymoon couples. Here enjoy the houseboats cruise over Scenic Dal Lake or visit to Gulmarg, the world's highest green golf course or visit to Vaishnodevi or Amarnath Cave, a revered hindu pilgrimage destinations in India.
Srinagar is combination of "sri" and "nagar" which means "sri" as lakshmi or wealth and "nagar" a city. Srinagar is the first place in the world to offer a stay on luxurious accommodation world over know as " houseboats" which offers the facility of almost 5 star hotels. The northern most state of the Indian mainland is rightly called "paradise on earth". The sparkling rivers, placid lakes, gorgeous gardens and indescribable beauty of nature in the state of Jammu and Kashmir leaves completely speechless. Home to the unparalleled virgin landscapes of Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh, a travel and tourism experience to this joyous state is an unmatchable experience that will leave you feeling cleansed and pure.
"If there is heaven on Earth, it is here, it is here and it is here!" Persian Poet Firdous Exclaimed about Kashmir
Places of Interest
Pahalgam, a world famous hill station is 45 Kms. from the District Head Quarter at Anantnag and located on the banks of river Lidder at an altitude of 7200 ft. from sea level. Pahalgam is one among the five tehsils of Anantnag district and tehsil head quarters are located in the main town of Pahalgam. Once a great tourist puller and favourite place for shooting of Bollywood films is perhaps the best health resort in the country. Pahalgam also serves as base camp for the famous Amarnath Ji Yatra. The Pahalgam Valley presents glamorous look due to its pine forests, snow clad mountains, healthy climate and vast meadows and pastures. Pahalgam skirts Lidder river and torrential flow of water in Lidder river enriches the awesome beauty of the Valley.
Gulmarg is also known as "The Meadow of Flowers". With pretty views of green undulating country in spring and snow blanket in winter, its often called Switzerland of India. Gulmarg is famous for skiing, often national level skiing competitions take place here. Gulmarg has a fine 18 hole green golf course which is highest in the world. Gulmarg also has the longest cable car of Asia which takes you to an altitude of 30,000 feet above sea level.
Situated at an altitude of 2730 m, Sonamarg ('The
meadow of gold') has, as its backdrop, snowy
mountains against a cerulean sky. The Sindh River
that meanders through the valley abounds with trout
and mahaseer. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to
Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local attraction
during the summer months. Sonamarg is the base of a
major trek that passes along several mountain lakes
-Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal.
Sonamarg is also the take off station for the drive
to Ladakh across the Zojila, a major pass in the
Great Himalayan Range, through which the Srinagar-Leh
Sonamarg is also a base for undertaking the yatra to the holy Amarnath cave, during Sawan Purnima. For details about the yatra, refer to the Amaranathji Yatra Link. The drive to Sonamarg is through the Sindh Valley which presents yet another spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir.
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. Neel Nag of Yusmarg would have been one among the sources of Jehlum, the second source (present) day source at Verinag was the third source of the river. However, the geologists widely are of the opinion that Neelnag (Yusmargh), whose water level always remain constant even in the rainy days owes to the reason that it must be contributing its precious water to 'Verinag' owing to the transfer of water from lake at higher altitude to the lake at lower place.