"Switzerland of Asia" Kashmir is World famous for
its beauty from ages old and one of the Great Mughal Princes has praised
its beauty by calling it a " Paradise on earth !
The Valley of Kashmir is full of the mighty
mountains, Lush Greenery , blossoms of pinks ,
whites, yellows and flowers of all the rarest varieties.
spread across the blue skies. Meadows are spangled
with daisies , flower beds with pansies, primroses, hyacinths and
daffodils grow all over. Almond, cherry, apples strawberries are in
Rivers, Lakes, snow-caped mountains, dense forests, Hill stations you
can't think of any heavenly beauty which is missing in this piece of
:The Jammu and Kashmir’s Summer capital more than 2000
years old in the heart of Kashmir valley spreads out on both
side of river Jehlum. Srinagar has been called the “Venice
of the Orient”
The quaint charm of Houseboats of Dal Lake, Nageen Lake and
Naseem Lake in Srinagar to stay is a MUST .The Houseboats are
having two Bed rooms, three bed rooms and four bed rooms with
attached bath, with dining and Sitting room also with
Sun-deck. Each houseboat is having the attendant who can
also serve the food. Explore lapping journeys on a Shikara
in the lakes, past floating gardens.
About House Boats
Houseboat were introduced accidentally in Kashmir. Most of British
Civil and Military officers serving in the plains used to come to Kashmir
with their families for holidays. They wanted to built houses for
themselves but the Maharaja (King) of Kashmir of that time was suspicious
of their designs and did not allow them to buy land, so they built the
first Houseboat- named Victory designed by Mr. M T Kenhard in 1888. Later
other copied this design and now there are about 500 Houseboats in
Srinagar for commercial purpose .(Learn More)
Places Of Interest:
95 km. east of Srinagar, 2400 mt. above sea level. Popular holiday resort.
It is called “Shepherds village” at the head of the Lidder valley.
Best place for trout fishing. Apart from angling , Pahalgam is also known
as the starting point for trekking.
Pilgrims route to Amarnath Cave.
56 kms from Srinagar, one and a half hour journey, 2690 mts above sea
level. .It is called “Meadow of flowers”.
In summer best for trekking, golfing and pony rides . One can have
beautiful walk around and can see in good weather the high mountains like
Naga Parbat (In Gilgit) 7650mts high, Kolohi and Harmukh which are 5425 and
5124 mts high.
Gulmarg has the world’s highest green golf course in the world.
Ski in the winter. There are cable cons that ferry the tourists up to the
height of 3095 mts. (Gondola)
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.
87 km. from Srinagar, 3 hours journey, 2800mts above sea level. It is
called Golden meadow” at the head of the river Sind with beautiful
mountains and glaciers.
Base for the treks to Harmukh range via Nichnai, Vishensar Lake, Gangabal
and to Nara Nag . Also the Pilgrim route to Amarnath Cave , which can be
done in one day from here. Famous for Trout fishing.
Nishat Bagh :
The Garden of bliss laid down by Asif Khan father of Empress Noorjahan in
1633AD on the bank of Dal Lake with Zabarvan Massif at the back. In Nishat
commands magnificent view of the Lake and the Snow capped Pir Panchal
Range to the west of the valley.
Shalimar Bagh :
The Abode Of Love.’ Is said to have been a village, built by Paravarassna
II. He used to stay here when on a visit to Sukhswami a saint living near
Harwan. In 1619 Jehangir ordered a garden to be laid out this spot,
calling it, Ferrah Bakkash (Delightful). In 1727 A.D Zaffar-Khan. A
governor during the reign of Shah Jahan made an extension of it and called
it ‘Faiz Baksh’ (Bountiful). The garden is laid down in four terraces,
rising one above the other. A canal runs through the garden lined with
polished stones and supplies with water from Harwan.Chasma – Shahi : East
of Srinagar. Built in 1634 A.D by Shah- Jahan. It commands a superb view
of the Dal Lake it has the advantage of having a natural spring of Pure,
Cool and Sparking water known as Chasma- Shahi (Royal Spring).
Parimahal ( The palaces of Fairies)
it was a school of Astrology built by Dhara Shikua, Shah Jahan’s eldest
son for his tutor Muhlah Shah. School of observatory.
The Hill of Hari Parbat crowned by the pathan fort who his visible
from every part of the city. 400 feet above the plain, Legend says the
hill grew from a pebble dropped by the goddess Paravati to crush a demon,
in the form of Sharika bird (Maina). This is called now Hari Parbat.
This Temple is situated at the height of 1000ft above the plain.
The earliest of all the Temples built in 200 BC,. By Jalaka the son of the
Great Buddhist convert Ashoka. The temple was subsequently rebuilt and
dedicated by Raja Gopadittya in 6th Century. It is said to be that “ the
Takhut-I-Sulaiman (throne one of the Solomon).
Panoramic view of whole Srinagar City .
Hazrat Bal: It is the most
important Muslim Religious place, situated on the western shore of Dal
The largest Masque built by Sultan Sikandar Constructed in 1400
A.D. Enlarged by his son Zain-Ul- Abdin.
Tomb Of Zain-Ul-Abdin: The most
attractive chapter of Muslim rule in Kashmir (1421-1472) in the reign of
Pather Masjid: Pather Masjid of
the Mughal Mosque built by emperor Noor Jahan in 1620 A.D. wife of
Jahangir. Muslims did not however use it for prayers.
Shah Hamdan: originally built
in 1953 AD. To commemorate the visit of Mir Syed Ali Hamdan destroyed by
fire in 1479 and 1731 AD. It was rebuilt in 1732 by Abdul Barket Khan and
since then stand as a land mark in the City. Built of timber, not a nail
or Screw was used in the construction.
In Srinagar’s Aquatic Plaza around the lake. Villages and Orchids and the
Famous gardens built by the Moghul Emperors famous for Shikra ride. Most
of the House Boats around in Dal Lake. From the Lake one can see the
Historic Shankara Charya Hill in the east and the west Hari Parbat.
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More Pictures of Dal Lake
Popular for water sports like water skiing, swimming, diving and sailing.
This Lake is famous for Lotus flowers during summer and Paradise for Bird
Watchers,. Between the river and foot of the Mountains spurs lower end of
the Sind valley famous for Picnic spot.
The Largest fresh water Lake in India 26 Kms long and 8 Kms wide.
Surrounded by the mountains. The river Jehlum pases right through the Lake
the deepest part is near the Hill Called BABA SHUKR-UD-DIN on the north