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Srinagar City

Houseboats in the world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar

The summer state capital is situated at an altitude of 1730 meters above sea level. It is connected by air to every part of the national network.

Some of the most famous shrines/mosques are located in Srinagar city, which includes the shrines of Shah-i-Hamdan, Hazratbal Shrine on the banks of Dal Lake, Jamia Masjid. Srinagar is an unique city because of its lakes --- the Dal, Nagin and Anchar. The River Jhelum also flows through a part of the city. Most houseboats on the Nagin and Dal are situated on the banks of the lake and can be accessed directly from land without the help of a shikara, while all those on the Dal require a shikara to get to and from them.

Mughal Gardens

World famous Mughal Gardens in Kashmir

The distinctive feature of Srinagar is the Mughal Gardens namely Nishat, Shalimar, Lotus Garden, Cheshma Shahi, Tulip Garden, Harwan etc. with their terraced lawns, cascading fountains and bright flowerbeds, overlooking the panorama of the Dal Lake.


World famous skiing destination - Gulmarg
Gulmarg (2,650 m/56km) is of the India's premier hill resorts. Historicallly a favoutite haunt of Emperor Jahangir, Gulmarg today is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty- it also runs into India's premier ski resort in winter. The famous shrine of Baba Reshi,a highly revered Kashmiri Sufi saint, is another attarction of Gulmarg and is thronged by thousands of devotees all year round. The Gandola Cable Car offers rides to the upland meadow of Kongdori and beyond to the top of Apharwat range to a height of 14,000 ft for viewing the Himalayan peaks in summer and for downhill skiing in winter.

Famous picnic spot of Kashmir - Pahalgam
Pahalgam (2,130 m/ 90 km) is situated at the confluence of the Sheshnag and the Lidder streams. Once a humble shepherd's village, it is now Kashmir's premier summer resort, cool even during the height of summer. The resort is surrounded by many places of interest, the best being the upland meadow of Baisaran.

is situated at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level and is 87 kms., from Srinagar City. The drive to Sonamarg is through yet another spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir, this time the Sindh Valley. Sonamarg, which means ‘meadow of gold’ has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. The Sindh meanders along here and abounds with trout and mahseer. Ponies can be hired for the trip upto Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during the summer months.Sonamarg’s importance is two fold. It is the starting point of a major trek passing several mountain lakes -- Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. One trek leads all the way to the Amarnath cave. The other reasons for Sonamarg’s importance lies in the fact that it is the last halt on the Kashmir side fro the drive from Srinagar to Leh (Ladakh).Sonamarg’s accommodation consists of various hotels that dot its hillsides. Best months to visit are from April to October
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