Kashmir, as a place, has a habit of being adorned with lofty superlatives
and it surely deserves it. The Mughal king Jahangir, charmed by the lush
greenery and abundant flowers of the valley, described the place as paradise
on earth. The brilliant snow capped Himalayas add to the beauty of the
verdant valley. If you are a tourist and you have an artistic bent of mind,
chances are that you'll be inspired to create a work of art as has happened
with the numerous artists who have ever toured the valley.
» Srinagar :
It is the largest city of the Kashmir
valley which also serves as the summer capital of the state of Jammu and
Kashmir. It is hugely popular among the tourists for the numerous tourist
attractions that it has in its fold. Located on both sides of the Jhelum
river, the presence of world famous lakes such as Dal and Nagina lakes
completes the landscape of the city. The other must-see attractions of
Srinagar are the houseboats and Mughal gardens.
» Pahalgam :
Located at the distance of 95 km from
Srinagar, Pahalgam is a popular trekking base and is also known for its
beautiful picnic spots as well as the saffron fields. The place comes to
life when the pilgrims going on the Amarnath yatra flock the place.
» Gulmarg :
The literal meaning of the word Gulmarg
means the meadow of flowers which it really is. Gulmarg is the place to be
in if you are in India in winters. The activities that you'd love to indulge
in are skiing and sledging. You'll always find a skiing stretch here that
will suit your skill levels.
» Sonmarg :
It is the last major town before you run
out of Kashmir and enter Ladakh. Located about 84 km away from Srinagar,
Sonmarg is an absolute delight for those who love camping.
Staying in Kashmir
The fact that Kashmir attracts tourists in hordes is old news. Tourism is a
thriving industry here and the people of the region are extremely warm and
hospitable. Hotels of Kashmir go all out to provide you a comfortable stay
and a whole new vacation experience of a lifetime. The place abounds in
quality hotels which can easily cater to most of the tourists visiting the
valley. Some of the leading hotels of the Kashmir valley are Inter
Continental The Grand Palace, California Group of Houseboats, Meena Group of
Houseboats, Centaur Lake View Hotel and Hotel Broadway.
Shopping in Kashmir
find that in Kashmir the streets are lined up with shops that are filled
with the handicrafts to the brim. There is something for every pocket, for
every need all you need to do is to look for it properly. Those
shopping for the first time need to understand that they might see
negligible difference in two shawls, but the effort that might have gone
into each of them might be hugely different and that will show into the
price. The handicrafts of Kashmir are a prized possession everywhere and
once you also have one or more in your possession, you'll know why it is so.
Srinagar is connected by daily flights operated by government as well as
the private sector airlines with Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu. Srinagar airport
is located at the distance of 14 km from the city centre. Jammu Tawi is the
nearest railhead from Srinagar which is about 305 km away. Srinagar is
connected with Jammu by the national highway 1 A which is a good road
that can be used in every weather. It is maintained by the Border Roads