Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Best Places to visit in Kashmir - Kashmir Travel Information

How to plan a trip to Kashmir – Where to visit
Location of Kashmir – Kashmir is located in the extreme North of India. Also addressed as heaven on the earth, Kashmir is located within the North Himalayan Region. Kashmir is situated at an altitude ranging between 1500-2000 meters and stretches about 130 kms in length about 40 kms in breadth. The vibrabt Kashmir has everything to mesmerize your heart, snowcapped towering peaks, lush green forests and fields, wildlife, enchanting Chinar, Deodar and pine trees. You will find lot of fresh water springs, beautiful and enthralling rivers, stunning lakes, blooming fruits, religious places, flower beds, namda, range of woolen garments. The tourists also get the glimpse of the world class craftsmanship of wood and paper machine work in Kashmir.

The paradise on earth and the favorite destination for the yester year Bollywood movies Pahalgam is located about 95 Km from the capital city of Srinagar. Pahalgam is situated at an altitude of about 2200 m in the Lidder Valley. Pahalgam has enchanting natural beauty with exquisite panoramic view. The cool climate is absolutely fascinating in Pahalgam therefore it is also known as a calm health resort and is famous worldwide for its beauty. Pahalgam is surrounded by high peaks of mountains. You can either track or go riding in a horse to enjoy the natural beauty of pahalgam. You can also enjoy fishing at Lidder nalah after taking permission. There are many hotels in and around pahalgam to meet your requirements. You can also book Kashmir tourism huts situated amidst lush green deodar and pine trees.

Chashma Shahi
The attractive Chashma Shahi is also known as Shahi Bagh located about 10 Kms from Srinagar. Chashma Shahi was constructed under Ali Mardan’s supervison who was Shahjahan’s Governer. There is a cold water spring in the center of the garden. The water of the spring in Chashma Shahi is very refreshing and has unique digestive properties. There are boarding and lodging facilities in Chashma Shahi along with some shops where you can get some local items, clothing.
Nishat Bagh
Nishat Garden is located about 10 kms from the main Srinagar city on the banks of Dal Lake. The Zabarwan Mountains on the backdrop of Nishat Bagh add to the beauty of the place. Nishat Bagh was designed by Asaf Khan who was brother of Noor Jahan in 1633. The stepwise construction has made it very attractive and stunning. In the NIshat Garden water channel flows from the center of the garden in which number of fountains are fitted. NIshat is one of the biggest gardens of Kashmir.
Hazrat Bal
Hazrat Bal is located on the western shores of Dal Lake about 9 kms away opposite to Nishat Bagh. Hazrat Bal commands a grand view of the enchanting lake and the enthralling mountains on the backdrop. The sacred mosque is made of white marble in an Arab style of architecture. Hazrat Bal Mosque has has a special importance for Muslims because a hair of Hazrat Mohammad Saheb’s chin is displayed here inside the glass case. It is believed that the hair was brought from Madina in the year 1630. The sacred hair is being displayed to the public on special occasions.
Shikaras and House Boats in Kashmir Srinagar
Do you know why house boats made in Kashmir were? During the British period the Britishers had no right to live on land in Kashmir. The house boats thus were built in Kashmir for them, later they improvised these water dwellings on the lakes of Kashmir in 1888. The house boats and Shikaras in Kasmir mainly float on Dal Lake but can also be seen in Jhelum River and Nagin Lake. There is a floating market in the house boats inside the Dal Lake in Srinagar where traders arrange their merchandise on the Shikaras and boats. You can book your items here and they will dispatch your goods to your home.
House Boats offers a very exciting and comfortable stay at affordable rates. You will get full boarding from bed tea to dinner in the house boats. The well decorated and luxurious house boats are also available in the Dal lake.

Sonmarg is located on the Srinagar Leh road about 80 kms from Srinagar in the north-west. The beautiful and panoramic Sonmarg is surrounded by high mountains. A legend goes that somewhere in the valley there is a well whose water is golden, so it is called Meadows of Gold. Tourists are really charmed by the beauty of the Sonmarg Vallley. In summers you will see the spectacular green Sonmarg but in the winters the entire Sonmarg valley is covered with snow and the white Sonmarg is truly breathtaking. However it becomes difficult and at times risky to tour the valley when the roads are also covered with snow. The Khaziar Glacier is situated just 3 km south of the Sonmarg valley.
Char Chinar
In the middle portion of Dal Lake also called Lokundal also called Rup Lank is located Char Chinar. The Island in the Dal Lake is surrounded by water on which 4 princely Chinar Trees are on it. The Island derives its name from the four Chinar Trees. You can hire a Shikara to reach Char Chinar. There is a restaurant inside the Island.
 Dal Lake

Dal Lake is the most beautiful lake in Srinagar. The length of the famous Dal Lake is 6 kms and breath of 3 kms. It is only 2 kms from the main city of Srinagar. There are number of small islands, floating gardens, house boats, Shikaras and hotels inside the Dal Lake. The water of the lake is very clean, cold in summers and warm in winters. The Dal Lake is surrounded by beautiful, Deodars, Chinars, mountains from all the sides. Nehru Park is the fun center of the Dal Lake on the north side of the Gagriwal at the foot of the Shankaracharya Hills. The Park was built in remembrance of Jawahar Lal Nehru and is an ideal place for an evening stroll under the illuminating lights.

Shalimar Bagh
Yet another famous garden in this garden city is Shalimar Garden located about 15 kms from Srinagar city. Shalimar Bagh was constructed by Mughal Emperor Jehangir for his wife Noor Jahan as a meeting point. The size of Shalimar Garden is 539X182 meters. A striking water channel runs through the middle of the garden. Shalimar Garden is the house for beautiful flowers, fruit trees, rows of Chinar trees and green ambience. The Light and Music Show is another attraction for the kids in Shalimar Bagh.

The beautiful Gulmarg is also known as Valley of Flowers. Gulmarg is a lovely Alpine Treat for the visitors situated about 50 kms from Srinagar at an altitude of 2750 meters. The natural beauty of Gulmarg is amazing and the lush green fields with different types of gorgeous flowers, Deodars in the surroundings are truly hypnotic. You will find the world’s best golf course here in Gulmarg. Winter sports are also organized here in Gulmarg. The green Gulmarg in summers and white Gulmarg in winters are treat to watch. Gulmarg Gondola the rope way in Gulmarg is the highest gondola in the world. The Gulmarg Gondola takes you to the peak of the snow clad mountain. Make sure that you purchase your Gondola tickets in Srinagar itself at the tourism office because the queue for the Gondola tickets is too long in Gulmarg.
 There are many other beautiful places not to miss in Kashmir and they include Patni Top, Veri Nag, Kokar Nag, Betab Valley etc.

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