Srinagar – The Lake city Srinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. The Dal Nagin lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors around the year.
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Kashmir known and called as the Heaven on Earth because of its natural widespread beauty is the north-western region of the Indian subcontinent. It is situated in the northernmost state in India Jammu and Kashmir.
Mughal emperor Jahangir set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir in the seventeenth century while living in a houseboat on Dal Lakehe said "Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast." This means that if there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here. The major tourist destinations in Jammu and Kashmir are Kashmir, Srinagar, the Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Jammu, and Ladakh. Some areas require a special permit for non-Indians to visit.
Place to Visit in Kashmir
Well known for its amazing natural beauty Gulmarg is counted as one of the unique tourist destinations in the world. Surrounded by dense forest, this place is famous for its golf hikes and beautiful highland golf course situated 56 kms from Srinagar, one and a half hour journey 2690 mts above sea level. It is also called “Meadow of flowers”. The legendary beauty, prime location in the Himalayas and proximity to Srinagar naturally makes it one of the premier resorts in Asia. Gulmarg ski resort is located 35 miles from the state capital of Srinagar.
Through the sindh valley is the way to reach Sonmarg or the Meadow of the gold. This valley also shows more amazing facet in Kashmir. Due to its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky gained the name Sonmarg, which means 'meadow of gold'. The climate of Sonamarg is very bracing; but the rainfall is frequent though not heavy, except for two or three days at a time in July and August with fine spell in between.
Situated about 96 km from the state capital of Srinagar, in Kashmir's Anantnag district Pahalgam is a quaint little village sitting on the banks of river Lidde. Pahalgam is an angler's paradise Untouched by urban development, promising to please even an amateur with a rainbow trout.
For an adventure sports enthusiast Pahalgam is an ideal place offering wonderful treks, skiing, mountaineering and camping sites. Pahalgam Club offers facilities for roller-skating, table tennis, badminton and cards. One can take a temporary membership at the Pahalgam natural golf course.
It is said to have been built during the reign of Paravarassna II in 2nd century. He used to stay here when on a visit to Sukarma Swami a saint living near Harwan. In 1619 Jehangir ordered a garden to be laid out this spot for his wife, calling it, Ferrah Bakkash (Delightful).
Dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shri Rama Raghunath Temple is located in the centre or we can say in the heart of Jammu with other surrounding temples related to other gods from the Ramayana. All the inner walls of this temple are covered with gold, on three sides and galleries of this temple are covered with ‘Saligrams’.
Dal Lake is a lake in Srinagar and is named the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir" or "Srinagar's Jewel" In Srinagar’s Aquatic Plaza around the lake. During the Mughal period, the Mughal rulers of India designated Kashmir, Srinagar in particular, as their summer resort. They developed the precincts of the Dal lake in Srinagar with sprawling Mughal-type gardens and pavilions as pleasure resorts to enjoy the salubrious cool climate. From the Lake one can see the Historic Shankara Charya Hill in the east and the west Hari Parbat.
With 26 Km long and 8 Km wide; it is the largest fresh water Lake in India. Surrounded by the mountains and the river Jehlum, passing right through the lake. The deepest part is near the Hill called BABA SHUKR-UD-DIN on the North West side.