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Kashmir, the paradise on earth

heGhar Firdouse barouey zameen ast,hamin asto, Hamin asto Hamin ast " That if there is paradise on earth it is here; it is here ; it is here.This couplet nicely and aptly explains the splendour and beauty of our state.More than the beauty, the people of the state are most friendly and hospitable in the world.the state is very fortunate that all its three regions Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu are so different and diverse in terms of culture, landscape and climate that makes its necklace all the more unique and in entire sub-continent Kashmir had oldest recorded history, Thanks to Kalhanpundit, its unique form of Shivism and Sufism - Arts & Crafts and famous world over. Its archaeological sites dates back to thousands of years with all this treasure the state of Jammu & Kashmir is undoubtedly number one on the tourist map of india in adventure & pleasure Tourism.

Kashmir, the paradise on earth, the happy valley, Switzerland of asia, Mughal Emperor's dream garden and emerald amongst the white pearls of the Himalaya are only a few of the valleys lush greenery, its abundance of flowers and fruits, its shimmering springs and translucent lakes. Unlike the other Himalayan regions, Kashmir has been traveler's paradise and holiday resorts a long time, probably one of the oldest on the earth.

places to see in kashmir

, with their famous Houseboats and Shikars (Canoes) are located in east of the city. Much of the Dal Lakes is a maze of intricate waterways. It comprises a series of lakes including the Nagin Lake. The lakes have been formed from ancient oxbows created by the Jhelum river as it meandered across the valley floor. The present lakes are only a shrunken shadow of their former selves. The Dal Lakes is famous not only for its beauty, but also for its vibrancy. As it sustains within its periphery, a life that unique any where in world.

mughal garden
are located on the far east of the dal lake. The first two gardens, the Chashma Shahi (Royal Spring) and Pari Mahal is to the right of the famous boulevard road that circles the dal lake. A crystal spring bubbles out of a stone vase at Chashma Shahi. The two larger gardens, Nishat and Shalimar are located much farther down the boulevard. This is Kashmir at its royalbest with the beauty enhanced by the backdrop of lake and mountain and carefully sited for the best views of both.

nishat bagh
is another lovely garden with its 12 terraces representing the 12 signs of the zodiac, which descend gradually and seem to almost merge in to the lake. With its flowerbeds trees, fountains, the Nishat presents a dramatic sight. It has an impressive plantation of huge Chinar Trees on the highest terrace planted by perhaps the great Mughals themselves.

has an air of seclusion and repose, and its rows of fountains and shadedtrees seem to recede towards the snowcapped mountains. One of the attractions is the black pavilion, meant for the ladies of the court, set well to the back of the highest of its three terraces. It is more famous because of the celebrated romance between its builder, Emperor Jahangir and his Queen Noorjahan.

shankaracharya temple
is located on the Takht-E-Suleman (Throne of Solomon) across the combimed lakes. The view from here are spectacular. One can see the entire city of Srinagar and the Jhelum valley with the river meandering its way through it.

,3 kms from Chasma Shahi, the Mystic monument surrounded by a beautiful garden was built by Dara Shikoh, the son of Shsh Jahan, in pursuit of his interest in spirituqlity and astrology.

tulip garden
Tulip Garden located on the entrance to Cheshma Shahi, Srinagar has become a major attraction for tourist and the lovers of flora and fauna in early spring to watch hundreds of thousands of tulip in widespread variety and multiple colors in full bloom. The garden is all set to become one of the largest tulip gardens of the world. The tulips last for a very short time in spring precisely the month of march. A visit during "Tulip Season" with cool and fresh breeze will prove soul lifting in our own backyard of Mother Nature instead of having to travel to Amsterdam incurring huge amount.

botanical garden
it was established by the state government for research in floriculture. The garden with a large variety of flowers and plants and located next to "Tulip Garden" closed earlier has been thrown open for public.

zabarwan park
(500 meters from Nehru park): the beautiful landscaped park in the foothills of Zabarwan on boulevard is a popular rendezvous for the evenings with famous Kashmiri, Mughulai food, Khawa etc served in the food court. Also an enthralling evening of kashmiri music and songs sets mood for nocturnal yearnings.

dachigam park
Its about 140 sq.kms in area and home to about twenty species of world life including the endangered kashmiri white patched stage "Hangul" brown and black bear. Leopards, Musk Deer and numerous bird species. The "Hangul" uniquely sheds horns in early spring and ascends to upper reaches and descends to lower areas with the regrowth or horns in autumn. The park has a wide range of fauna and flora, a trout fish farm, beautiful huts and camps sites. A visit to Dachigam Sanctuary is real treat of jungle safari. However, entrance passes for a visit is a pre-requisite and should be obtained from the office of the wild-life Department in advance.

hazratbal shrine
HAZRATBAL OF Darga Sharief or Aasar-E-Sharief, by whatever name you call it, is the most revered muslim shrine in kashmir. it is situated on the western shore of Dal Lake, close to Mughal Garden Naseem Bagh and the only marble mosque in kashmir with a domed roof is the repository of a sacred hair or Moi-E-Muqqadus of prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) displayed to believers in huge numbers on certain occasions related to life of prophet (PBUH) and his four companions.

khee bhawani temple
The temple, in the middle of a spring, and most sacred to kashmiri pundits is among the living Hindu heritage sites in kashmir. it symbolizes the Godess Ragnaya Devi believed to be another from of Durga Mata and is affectionately known as Kheer Bhawani because of the tradition of offering "Kheer" by large number of devotees to the sacred spring. It is said that before a catastrophe in kashmir the spring water turns black.

hari parbat fort
(KOH-I-MARAN)6 KMS, The fort was built by Ata Mohammad Khan, the Afghan Governor to Kashmir in 18th century atop the hill koh-i-maran. The hill is surrounded by a wall built by Emperor Akbar during the last decade of 16th century. The hill is considered sacred of Hindus, Muslim and Sikhs alike. For the Hindus its sacredness lies due to presence of the temple of Shikara, Form of goddess Durga or shakti. On its southern side is the historic shrine of Hazrat Sultan or Makhdoom Sahib, a Sufi Saint revered by people of all faiths. Further down the hill is the historic Gurdawara Chatti Passhahi near the Kathi Darwaza gate of the fort and is dedicated to sixth guru of Sikhs who stopped here during his kashmir visit.

rozabal tomb
Jamia Masjid is a superb example of architecture, its roof supported by 370 wooden columns each of which is carved out of a single tree trunk. The mosque was rebuilt by Emperor Auranzhzeb after the aprevious one built by Sikandar, the rule of kashmir was gutted in a devastating fire. There are huge congregations for Friday prayers and on the occasion of important Muslim festivals.

This medieval temple lies atop a hill a few kilometers off the road to Pahalgam. The temple has a pond locally believed to have been created by lord Vishnu-full of fish. It has been a mojor traditional Hindu pilgrimage. The devotees believe that the pilgrimage to holy cave of Shri Amarnathji is complete only when the pilgrimage feed Atta to fish in the pond on their return.

avantipura ruins
once the capital of Kashmir on the national highway enroute to Pahalgam / Jammu has the ruins of the ancient Township founded by Raja Avantivarman who ruled Kashmir during the 9th century AD. It consists of two imposing stone temples: the large one of lord Shiva is marked by huge stone walls the smaller one of lord Vishnu is about 800 meters from the main complex. An important archeological and historical sites to visit.

parihaspura vihar
located on the Srinagar, the archeological excavations of the stone like remains of a culture that is so old that it is impossible to date with any certainty. Some experts date the life in the valley to 2500 BC.

hill resort in kashmir

located 95km east of srinagar is Kashmir's premier resort, spread along the banks of the Lidderr River. It is the base of several trekking trails such as to the Kolohoi Glacier, Amarnath, Zanskar and Kargil. Around Pahalgam are many places of interest. The most beautiful of these is the huge undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of Pine. Pahalgam has within it no fewer than eight tiny villages one of which is Mamal. There is a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Kashmir's oldest existing temple dating to 8th century. The nearby meadow of Chandanwari is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra (one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages) which takes place every year in the month of sawan (monsoon), an ice atalagmite froms a natural Shiva Lingam, which waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.

located 52 km southwest of Srinagar is this huge cup shaped meadow, ringed by pine forests, lush and green with slopes where the silence is broken only by the tinkle of cowbells. The name means 'Meadow of flowers' and in the spring it is just that. All round are the snow-capped mountains, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Nanda Parbat in one direction and Srinagar in another. Gulmarg also has one of the world's highest green 18 hole golf course which attracts sportsmen in the summer just as its Ski runs make it Indian's premier skiing centre in the winter. Very popular with the tourists is the Gondola project for a fun filled ride of a most unusual kind. Gulmarg's newly constructed Gondola lift (cable car) ferries tourist's right up to a height of 3090 m from 2690 m at the base, through pine-cald slopes.

located 96 km northeast of Srinagar is a quite valley along the Srinagar-Leh highway. The road that leads to Sonmarg is almost like heading for an enchanted journey in to a wonder land of nature. Literally meaning 'Meadow of Gold' has an its backdrop, snowy mountains strewn with the loveliest of alpine flowers and surrounded by towering mountains. The Sind (Indus) River meanders along here and abounds withtrout and Mahaseer. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, a major attraction during the summer months. Waterfalls and the Thajiwas glacier from a sparkling white contrast to the greenery-covered meadows.

The cool and fresh breeze in the air rejuvenate the minds while the shades of the imposing chinar trees lining the spring enable anyone to breathe in comfort. No wonder why the empress Nur Jahan choose to develop this terraced Mughul Gardens which went on to become her pleasure retreat. It has a spring flowing out of Sosansar Hills. Ashabal has a trout hatchery as well.

A popular family and school picnic spot, a beautiful laid garden, a fresh water spring with curative properties, a botanical garden full of roses, of flower water stream, the dense mountain-forests around with its serene and soul lifting atmosphere, is what Kokarnag can described as.

Verinag is considered to be the sources of water of river Jhelum the water flows from the base of a densely wooded hill. The spring, embanked by Mughul Emperor Jahangir, narrows down in to a canal and thus begins the historic river Jhelum.

located on Anantnag-Simthan-Kishtwar road is one of the most scenic sports with aweasome surroundings of dense lush green pine foreats, rich flora and fauna and trout rich gushing stream.

It is terrifically beautiful 24.4 meters waterfall formed by Vishavsar river. Accommodation is available.

kausarnag lake
this trekker's delight situated an altitude of 4000 meters is a large magnificent lake with glaciers rounded by mountains. It can be trekked in two days through Kungawattan an unbelievable beautiful meadow.

has some higest peaks in pir panjal range like tatakoti 4725 mts. Romesh Thong 5000mts. which contribute to the formation of the mighty Doodh ganga river supplying water to large areas through a reservoir. It is believed that Jesus Christ (PBHU) passed through this valley while traveling to Kashmir. "Yus" is the short from of Youza or Jesus (PBHU)and Marg means Ameado. The scenic beauty of Yusmarg mesmerizes the visitors.

wular lake
Asia's largest fresh water lakes has a depth upto 14 meters and its bed is deeper than the river jehlum which flows in to it from South whereas Madhumati and Erina Nallahs enter it from east. Wular surrounded by mountains and hill-forests is an important habitat for fish. Its estimate that 50 percent of total fish production is kashmir comes from the lake alone. The Singhara or water nuts are also grown on some parts of the lake thereby providing source of income to the residents residing on fringes of the lake.