Dal Lake debris cramped throughout the year and is famed accepted for its houseboats and Shikaras. This lake covers an area of about 26 sq. km. and has a long shore line of approximately 15.5 km. It is divided intro four different sections that are connected through four causeways and can be reached easily from the city of Srinagar. It is an ideal site in the region for enjoying swimming, kayaking, houseboats, canoeing, angling, Shikara riding and water surfing.This place is regarded as the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is the second largest lake in the state. It is popularly called as 'Srinagar's Jewel' or 'Jewel in the crown of Kashmir'. This place is also ideal for fishing along with water plant harvesting. midst the frost season, the condition at the destination sweeps about -110 Celsius, which freezes the Dal Lake.
Shankaracharya Temple is said to be constructed around 200 BC by Jaluka, who was the son of Emperor Ashoka. It is located on the top of Shankaracharya Hill, known as Takht-e-Sulaiman, which is around 1,100 ft above the main city. From the top of this hill, visitors can have a beautiful view of the snow covered mountains of Pir Panjal mountain range.The temple is constructed on an elevated octagonal plane, which can be easily reached by steps. Tourists can also witness a modern ceiling and Persian inscriptions inside the main temple.
Placed at an distance of 2730 m, Sonamarg is a enthrall hill location in the Ganderbal commune of Jammu and Kashmir. Sonamarg literally means ‘the meadow of gold’ and with snow-capped mountains set against a spectacular blue sky, it is as close to heaven as it can get. The Sindh River flows through the valley. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local attraction during summer.
Sonamarg is also the base of a major trek that passes along several mountain lakes — Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. It is again the take off place for the ride to Ladakh beyond Zojila, a main pass in the best 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.
Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden:
Indira Gandhi Tulip nursery is placed at the foothills of Zabarwan bluff, which is adjacent the fund of Dal Lake. This garden is around 8 km from Srinagar and is known for annual Tulip Festival that continues for 7 days. It is one of the spacious gardens in Srinagar and is known to have more than 70 varieties of coloured tulip flowers.The garden covers approximately 90 acres of land and houses 1.3 million tulip bulbs that overlook the Dal Lake. It is situated in vicinity of Shalimar Garden, Nishat Garden, Chashm-e-Shahi Gardens and other Mughal Gardens.
Nishat Bagh was established in 1633 aside Abdul Hasan Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jahan and ancester of Mumtaz Mahal. It is among the largest Mughal Gardens built in the region, which has some of the rare species of flowers and artefacts. The bagh is located on the banks of Dal Lake with Zabarwan Hills on the backdrop.It is also known for around 12 terraces, fountains, flowerbeds and huge lawns that attract travellers. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was impressed with the beauty of this garden and hoped that his father-in-law would gift this place to him. When he did not receive this place in gift, he ordered for the closure of the water supply to this garden.
Kheer Bhawani Temple:
Kheer Bhavani chapel is certain, not for the logic of its building, but for the amazing tradition of gift Kheer to the directing deity. Located in Tullamula of Srinagar district, Kheer Bhavani Temple is a highly revered shrine amongst the Hindus. The chapel can be arrive calmly from Srinagar by everyday guest buses and taxis. Khir Bhawani Mandir is set amidst the picturesque surroundings covered with the trees of Chinar.
Kheer Bhavani Temple is dedicated to Ragnya Devi (form of Goddess Durga). As per the legends, Lord Rama worshipped the Goddess Ragnya, for the period of his exile. When the exclusion period was ended, Lord Rama directed Lord Hanuman to relocate the altar of the Goddess. Lord Hanuman relocated the shrine of the Goddess to Shadipora.
Amarnath Cave, one of the prime attractions of the destination, is located at an average altitude of 3,888 m above sea level. Believed to be 5,000 years old, the cave is considered as an integral part of ancient Hindu mythology and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The cave is 60 feet in length, 15 ft in height and 30 ft in width.It is believed that at this site, Lord Shiva revealed the secrets of immortality to his wife, Goddess Parvati. The cave is famous for its enshrined ice stalagmite that resembles the Shivalingam. During the months of May to August, the Shivalingam experiences buffs and fades with respect to the Moon's cycle. Apart from the Shivalingam of Lord Shiva, devotees can also have a glimpse of the ice lingams of Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha.
Chashm-e-Shahi Gardens was established in 1632, which extends with a length of 108 m and breadth of 38 m. This is the smallest among all the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar, which is also called as Royal Spring. It is situated close to the Nehru Memorial Park and has three different sections covering, fountains, waterfalls and an aqueduct.Visitors can also see multiple flowers and fruits in this garden along with some of the rarest species of plants. The fresh water spring in the garden is said to have medicinal value that can cure many diseases.
Shalimar Bagh is one of the charming gardens in Srinagar, which is noted as the headstone of affection. It was built in 1616 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife, Nur Jahan. This garden houses four terraces, fountains and a canal. The biggest balcony at this site is called as 'Abode of Love', which was used by the king and imperial womens. This bagh is also called as Garden of Char Minar, Faiz Baksh and Farah Baksh.It has been constructed as per the layout of the famous Chahar Bagh in Persia. This bagh covers an area of approximately 31 acres and is surrounded by chinar trees. It is also linked with the water of Dal Lake through a canal, measuring 1.6 km in length. Shalimar Bagh is placed at a area of 15 km from Srinagar and about 25 km from the adjacent airport in Badgam commune.
Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary:
Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions renowned for offering natural habitat to rare Kashmir stag Hangul and black and brown bears. Surrounded by mountains and beautiful flora, the sanctuary sprawls across an area of around 141 sq. km. Situated at an average altitude ranging from 5,500 to 14,000 ft above sea level, the sanctuary was declared as a National Park in 1951.
Being a home to flora and fauna of the Himalayan range, the national park is divided into two sectors of Dachigam, including the lower and the upper Dachigam. A wide variety of vegetation is present in the sanctuary including grassland, rain forest, coniferous forest and broad leaved woodland. Dotted with bare rock faces and alpine pastures, the national park is a home to the most endangered species of red deer.
Well-known worldwide as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ owing to its long, dark meadows looking like those found in Switzerland, Baisaran is a picturesque glade, set just 5 km far from Pahalgam. The thick pine timberland that lends the green-carpet look to the glade gives a differentiating hue to snow-topped crests of the encompassing mountains. To get there you need to ride the ponies. An off-beaten track it lets one enjoy panoramic views of the Lidder Valley. One of the top places to visit in Pahalgam, a trip to the knoll is really a treat for the senses. Furthermore, Baisaran is a perfect campground for trekkers who wish to tourism further up to Tulian Lake.
With a rich history dating back to the 12th century, Mamaleshwar is among the ancient temples in Pahalgam. Set on the bank of River Lidder, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located One km downstream from Pahalgam, tourists generally walk to the temple from the town. The holy complex furthermore has a sanctum that is totally adorned with gold, and was set up during the reign of a former ruler. The temple encloses a plinth and a Shiva Lingam, with a sparkling water spring covered by a gorge. The temple is unmistakably one of the most attractive traveller places to visit in Pahalgam.
A breathtakingly attractive spot Kolahoi Glacier is one of the must see sightseeing places in Pahalgam. The lone way to get to the Kolahoi Glacier is through a laborious trek, not for the weakling. At 18,000 feet, the stunning views upon entry truly make the journey a memorable experience. The trek is flushed with dense green mountain vegetation & green glades. Thundering River Lidder, thick conifer backwoods with ice cold loquacious rivulets are all there to make the trek to the icy mass all the more memorable.
Aru Village & Valley:
The blue canopy over the head, surreal surrounds, murmurs of the local pines & conifer wonderful green glades and woodlands, make Aru an Idyllic honeymoon destination. When in Pahalgam, take a tour of the town of the Lidder Valley, Aru. Just 15 km ( kilometres) away from Pahalgam, it’s the median location for any hike to the Kolahoi glacier, set at a height of 18,000 ft. The drive up to Aru is a scenic one so be ready with your cameras for some stunning shots of the Valley. On the way you’ll also see plenty of young fouls and calves.
Among the top visitor activities in Pahalgam a visit to the Tulian Lake is a never to miss opportunity. Set in the midst of the Zanskar and Pir Panjal Mountain ranges the lake gives stunning views of the bordering snow-capped peaks that are for the most part 300 meters above its level. Primarily overlaid with snow, Tulian Lake trip is a perfect way to witness the natural beauty of Kashmir Valley. Its way from Baisaran is a bit weary, with unmarked trekking trails, but the barren hills and the eye-catching landscape make up for the tiredness.
Its name originated from Sheshnag – the sacred serpent according to Hindu mythology. Sheshnag Lake is a notable vacationer destination and pilgrimage site, located close to Pahalgam in Kashmir.According to the legend the serpent burrowed this lake and made it his residence, where he lives to this day. This every travel guide will tell, that in order to reach the lake one needs to take an uphill trek, starting from Chandanwari. Another option is a pony ride. The picturesque surroundings of this lake comprise of green meadows and snow-covered hills. The lake is also habitat of brown trout fish.
The temple is well known for its lovely Shiva Lingam, which is safeguarded inside a captivating brick structure encompassed by clear blue water on all sides. Mattan is one of those religious spots in India where the ministers and savants used to assemble for worshiping the Sun God. Mattan, placed a couple of kilometers from Anantnag on the Pahalgam road, is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site.The holy place attracts large number of devotees from all parts of the country.
The spot is quickly developing as one of the top vacationer destinations in Kashmir. Sinthan Top is close to Pahalgam and is a beautiful place with plenty of tourist attractions. On reaching the Sinthan Top one gets to see the amazing panoramas of the snow-clad terrains. To conclude there are so many traveller attractions and things to do in Pahalgam, to keep a vacationer busy and engaged during their entire trip. Nearly 37 kilometers of winding and uphill drive from Daksum, it takes the traveler to a thrilling journey. The place offers many opportunities for mountaineering, trekking and skiing.
This shrine is situated on a hillock, which stands 86 km away from Srinagar en route to Pahalgam. Aishmuqam is the shrine of a Sufi saint Baba Zaina-ud-din Wali, who was commonly known by the name ‘Zaino Shah Sahib’. The main sanctorum is placed inside a deep and narrow cave, which also contains several relics associated to Baba in a room. One such relic is ‘The Rod of Staff’ of Prophet Moses PBUH. The shrine hosts a one-week long Zool festival every year in the month of April, in respect to Shiekh Zaina-ud-din Wali. The procession involves holding torchlights ‘leshi’ in a peculiar way, which depicts public seeking blessings of the saint.
Kolahoi Glacier, the largest glacier in Kashmir, is spread over an area of 11 sq km (kilometers) at an elevation of 4700 m. Part of the mighty Kolahoi Peak, this glacier is also the source of the Lidder River, the main source of Kashmir's largest river, Jhelum. Kolahoi Glacier, other than being a hanging glacier, is also known for its breath taking views and is a major trekking destination. The trek to Kolahoi Glacier starts from Aru, 10 km from Pahalgam, and passes through terrain mostly under snow, along the course of Lidder River, through thick forests inhibited by wild animals. The trail to the glacier is considered arduous and it is advised to take a guide on the trek. Since the trail is under snow throughout the year, snow trekking gear including gumboots will be necessary. Global warming and rising temperatures have resulted in the shrinking of the glacier over the years. Being the main source of water for Kashmir, this has become a threat to the water supply to thousands of people in the region
Now, skiing is one concept that you best try when you come to Gulmarg. Known for its excellent gradients, Gulmarg is the best place to ski in India. For the learner, there are three baby slopes available with expert ski instructors (you can hire ski instructors for a day, a week and even for a month). For able skiers, the declination of the Aparwath Peak is ideal, with the polished and steep gradients making it a perfect place for powder skiing in India. Apart from skiing, you can try snowboarding and sledding as well.
Take a Ride on Gulmarg Gondola:
In Gulmarg catching a Gondola, the drive is a condition.Reckoned to be world’s second highest cable car project, Gulmarg Gondola is a two-tiered ride. In the first phase, the visitors are taken to Kongdori, which is situated at a height of 2600m; and in the second phase, the visitors are taken to an elevation of 3747m at Aparwath Peak. The aspect from Gulmarg Gondola is genuinely admirable as on a fine sky day one can even witness the magnificent Nanga Parbat as well.
Try Your Hands at Golfing:
If you are calling Gulmarg in summer time it is optimal to try your grips at golfing. Gulmarg is reckoned to have world’s second highest golf course, which is situated at an altitude of 2650m. It is an 18-hole golf course and is spread over an area of 7505yards. The golf course also has a 3-hole learning academy, where the novice can learn some tricks and tips. It is a lovely place as it is adorned with different varieties of flowers and is surrounded by lofty mountains. Amidst such picturesque surroundings, playing golf is indeed a perfect choice.
Seek the Blessings of Baba Reshi Shrine:
The altar of Baba Reshi is 500 years old and grip an essential area as a local place in Gulmarg. Dedicated to Baba Payamuddin (a Muslim scholar and the disciple of Baba Zainuddin Rishi), Baba Reshi shrine is a must visit for those who are childless (As it is accepted that childless bride pray here and their wishes get fulfilled). Not apart this altar is essential as a local area but has a very entrancing architecture. The influence of Mughal and Persian architecture can be seen and the beautifully-crafted wooden artworks inside the shrine are the main attractions for the history buffs. The heavy hall that can contain 1000 people at a time is also no less an attraction here.
Find Peace at St. Mary’s Church:
Saint Mary’s chapel is the Victorian building awe placed close the golf course in Gulmarg.Constructed in the early twentieth century, it is made of grey stone walls looks most scintillating during the winters especially when surrounded by snow. Even after the 100 odd years, it stands tall, proud of its appearance. The green tiled roof, wooden decorated walls, and the overall size indicates it could be more like a countryside chapel. This is your best way to experience the ancient wonders our country is famous for.Viewed from a distance it looks picture perfect. It is famed for its stained glass artwork and is only accessible by trekking.
Explore Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve:
Gulmarg Biosphere capital is a huge area to observe the rich flora and fauna of the region. Situated around 48kms from Srinagar, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is placed at an altitude of 2400m above sea level. The reserve is a safe shelter for many wildlife animals like Himalayan Musk Deer, Red Fox, Brown and Black Bear. It wouldn’t be incorrect if we call Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve a bird watchers’ paradise as it is the second home for many migratory birds. It is all calm various practice to be enclosed by easy Himalayan wildlife and there can be no better place to practice this thrill than in Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve.
The Ningli Nallah:
It is a popular picnic spot, which is situated about 8kms from Gulmarg. Ningli Nallah is a stream that has its origin in Allaptri Naag. This stream runs through picturesque villages like Wagoora and Kalantara. Trekking is the best way to reach Ningli Nallah but it is recommended that you start early in the morning. It is classic to affected a step from the tide (you should carry your camping gear from Gulmarg itself); however, you can explore the area in the daytime and they can easily return to Gulmarg.
Wazwan and Kahwa:
From you are in one of the most of them are in Kashmir, you charge try two essential faces of Kashmiri cuisine namely the Wazwan and the Kahwa. Wazwan is a special platter in which 32 dishes are served. Gushtaba and Rogan Josh are the specialties of this already delectable platter. Kahwa is the regular tea in Kashmir and it goes with all you eat as it helps ingestion of the bread. The tea is prepared by boiling green tea leaves with saffron strands, cinnamon bark, cardamom pods and occasionally Kashmiri roses to add special aroma. The tea is then dealt with sugar or honey and beat nuts, commonly almonds or walnuts.