Persian poet Firdous had said of Kashmir “If there is heaven on Earth, it is here, it is here and it is here!” 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.
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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.
The city of lakes nestles in the heart of one of the loveliest areas of the country, The Kashmir Valley. Srinagar spreads on the both sides of the river Jhelum the valley’s beauty has enticed visitors from distant lands. Srinagar bears hallmark of the mughals, splendid formal gardens laid out by the mughal emperors for their enjoyment are beautifully maintained. Houseboats on the lake- the British solution to the law that prevented them from owning landed property are an exciting alternative to the more traditional hotels. Srinagar is also the take off point for some of the Kashmir’s hill stations and a base for the varieties of activities that range from trekking, mountaineering, fishing, golfing and skiing.
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.
The meadow of flowers “Gulmarg” is in the shape of bowl, it is 3.5 Km in length and 1 Km wide. The bowl is encircled by hills, and in the distance are snow-covered peaks.
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.
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 Road passes.
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.
Mansbal is a Scenic Quiet Lake situated just 30 Kms from Srinagar City Center. In spite of its proximity to the city, Manasbal is one of the least known and least visited Resort near Srinagar City when Compared to Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens etc. This makes it a perfect place for a quiet day out with friends and family.
The lake also has facilities for Shikara Riding. Shikaras are the Kashmir Counterparts of Gondolas of Venice. They are small wooden boats suited for ride by 3-4 people. The ride is an experience a few people can forget.
The Lake is surrounded by mountains from three sides. A beautiful and well maintained Garden overlooks the Lake. Its a nice place for having lunch before a boating trip.
Manasbal is situated in GANDERBAL District. Its about 15 Kms from Soura and 18kms from Hazrathbal Shrine and just 7 Kms from the Khirbawhani Shrine at Tulmulla.