Srinagar - The Garden of India
Lovely Srinagar sprawls on the banksofthe Jhelum, nestling cozilyright in the heart of Kashmir Valley, the darling of Kings and the most favored destination of global tourists.
Srinagar is an idyllic city of breathtaking gardens, placid lakes with limpid waters and picturesque houseboats presenting a fairy tale panorama that touches your core.
The city has ancient roots, ruled by invaders but the Moghuls left an indelible mark in the form of lovely gardens. Entrance yourself in the Mughal gardens east of the Dal Lake; take in Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Naseem Bagh as well. From gardens to bazaars is a short step as you move towards the Northwest to the Old city, full of stalls selling handicrafts, spices and food. Live for a day on a houseboat to experience typical Kashmiri lifestyle and dine on specialties. The commercial center and boulevard is towards the Southwest from where the Dal Lake opens up in a scenic vista. The other places of interest are the Hazratbal Shrine, Jama Masjid, Sharika Mata Temple on Hari Parbat and Shankaracharya Temple. Srinagar is accessible by air, road and rail.
Sonamarg - The Golden Meadow
Sonmarg is the meadow of gold, a flower carpeted valley in spring set against azure skies and snowy peaks, a place to relax and lose yourself alongside the Sindh River. Located at a height of about 2730 meters, Sonamarg is perfect for trekking to the Thajiwas Glacier while you enjoy a stopover at lakes along the route such as the Kishansar, Satsar, Vishansar and Gangabal. Sonamarg is from where you can drive up to Ladakh, navigate the precarious Zojila Pass and reach Leh, the highest place on Earth or undertake the Amarnath Yatra.
Sonamarg is about 85 Km from Srinagar and it is an enchanting journey through the Sindh valley, surrounded by lofty mountains, taking about 3 hours by bus or private vehicle. Sonamarg is delightful in summers and is closed in winter so plan your trip to Sonamarg accordingly for a heavenly experience.
Dal Lake - Houseboats, Shikaras and Romance
Dal Lake, in the heart of Srinagar, is the jewel in the crown of Kashmir and Srinagar’s prized attraction. Life revolves around the Dal, a collection of three lakes, a labyrinth of channels and islands with a shoreline stretching 15 kilometers, lined with boulevards, shops, gardens and houses. The Dal is located to the northeast of Srinagar and is about 5 km in size, Causeways divide the Lake at several points at Lokut Dal, Gagribal and Bod Dal. A part of the Dal Lake is Nagin Lake connected by a causeway, ideal for a stroll or a bike ride. The most noteworthy feature of the Lake is large houseboats along the western side, row after row of them, some of them serving as small hotels. Life on a lifeboat is a must if you visit Srinagar and gives you access to a unique ambience and lifestyle. The Dal Lake is a unique ecosystem, supporting life in the water and above it as floating gardens are used to grow produce that are traded on small shikaras. Shikaras are perfect for a couple, making for a lovely romantic experience as the full moon makes the waters of the Lake shimmer and glow.
Katra - Pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi
Katra, a small town in Jammu, nestles in the foot hills of the Trikuta Mountains and is jam packed with devout Hindus flocking to the temple of Maa Vaishno devi. Only 42 Km from the city of Jammu, Katra serves as the base camp for pilgrims and thrives on tourism. The small town filled with friendly, helpful people, is full of guest houses, hotels and dining places. A somnolent town, the only place of interest is the main bazaar where tourists on their way to Vaishno Devi can buy dry fruits, woolens and handicraft souvenirs. It is obligatory for pilgrims to register themselves at Katra in order to become eligible for accident insurance. Pilgrims have a lovely view of the valley as they trudge up the steep incline to the Mata Vaishnodevi Temple from where they can also visit Baba Bhairavnath TempleComputer Technology Articles, only 1.5 km away. Katra is accessible by road and by rail from Jammu and is open only in the summer season as heavy snowfall blocks traffic in winter.