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.
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.