Srinagar is combination of “sri” and “nagar” which means “sri” as lakshmi or wealth and “nagar” a city. Srinagar is the first place in the world to offer a stay on luxurious accommodation world over know as “houseboats” which offers the facility of almost 5 star hotels. The northern most state of the Indian mainland is rightly called “Paradise on Earth” The sparkling rivers, placid lakes, gorgeous gardens and indescribable beauty of nature in the state of Jammu and Kashmir leaves completely speechless. Home to the unparalleled virgin landscapes of Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh, a travel and tourism experience to this joyous state is an unmatchable experience that will leave you feeling cleansed and pure.
The city of lakes nestles in the heart of one of the loveliest areas of the country, The Kashmir Valley. Srinagar spreads on the both sides of the river Jhelum the valley’s beauty has enticed visitors from distant lands. Srinagar bears hallmark of the mughals, splendid formal gardens laid out by the mughal emperors for their enjoyment are beautifully maintained. Houseboats on the lake- the British solution to the law that prevented them from owning landed property are an exciting alternative to the more traditional hotels. Srinagar is also the take off point for some of the Kashmir’s hill stations and a base for the varieties of activities that range from trekking, mountaineering, fishing, golfing and skiing.
Kashmir is often dubbed the angler’s paradise. The glacial and snow-fed streams offer great options for fishing in Kashmir. The best time for fishing is between April and October; however, on the basis of the prevailing conditions when you visit, the duration might be extended or shortened. On one side Lidder, Erin, Ferozpur, Sindh Doodh Ganga, Daksum, Noobug, Aharbal, Krishen Ganga, and Hirpur are large snow-fed rivers and on the other side Kokernag, Verinag and Sukhnag are spring-fed streams.
Golf in Kashmir was introduced first by the Britishers and thenceforth, it is enjoyed by most of the tourists.
Enriching the wealth of golf tourism in Kashmir, there is various golf venues located all across the region. The golf courses in Kashmir not only reflect the natural allure of the place but are also outfitted with modern infrastructure and facilities. Travelers can enjoy this sport during summers from April to November.
golf-in-kashmirAmong the various courses, Kashmir Golf Club is the oldest golf course sprawling over an area of 52 acres. It is an 18-hole course and provides fantastic views of famous Shankaracharya Temple and Suleiman Hills. Visitors can even enjoy golf in Pahalgam and Gulmarg as each destination has its own beautifully crafted golf course. Besides these, Royal Spring Golf Course in Srinagar is a notable name among golf lovers in India. Spread over an area of around 300 acres, this 18-hole golf course provides wonderful and challenging landscapes to enjoy the game at all levels.
The Vale of Kashmir epitomizes romance – the surreal settings, breathtaking views and resplendent nature are conducive to a perfect honeymoon in Kashmir. The valley, that purely breathes romance, allures honeymooners to spend some of the most crucial moments of their lives amidst nature’s most prized possession. Unlike any honeymoon destination, Kashmir honeymoon packages are quite affordable and by no means compromise on providing splendid hospitality.
With serene ambiance and swathing love, a perfect blend of hospitality welcomes the newlyweds to Kashmir. The evergreen beauty of Srinagar provides enough moments to capture. The houseboats in Srinagar, floating on the sparkling Dal Lake makes up a perfect spot to bask and the canopied boats popularly called as Shikaras takes great pride in carrying honeymoon couples a step closer to nature. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Srinagar, the Mughal gardens namely, Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashme Shahi doubles the grace that this city is famed for. Expect great hospitality, constricting hustle and bustle and cozy environ to accompany all along the honeymoon.
gulmargThe benign beauty of Pahalgam charms not only honeymoon couples but anyone who gets a chance to encounter it. Located in Anantnag district, Pahalgam boasts of scenic landscape and tranquility that goes beyond words. A picture perfect location blessed with the best of nature, Pahalgam conjures and mesmerizes like no other destination in the region. Another gem in the glittering crown of Kashmir is Gulmarg. The resplendent beauty of snow-clad mountains and lush green meadows is simply breathtaking. Expect a cozy honeymoon at places where smell of rustic Kashmir resides and each feature aspires to meet every need for a perfect honeymoon in Kashmir.
Needless to say that honeymoon is a vital time for both the partners to make more intimate adjustments. Learning about the likes and dislikes of the partner and most importantly it is a time to connect fervently with each other in a bond of love. A Kashmir honeymoon tour has it all, what it takes to make this precious time memorable for lifetime. Affordable hotels, perfect surroundings, hospitable people and the impeccable time, which obviously will never return makes Kashmir a superb honeymoon destination in India.
A visit to Kashmir wouldn’t be complete without taking a few side trips out into the glorious Kashmiri countryside (after all, Kashmir isn’t called the “Switzerland of India” for nothing!). It’s filled with flowers in spring and snow in winter. Pretty Kashmiri villages with traditional wooden houses and colorful rooftops can be seen along the way. These popular tourist places in Kashmir are good starting points.
Skiing in Kashmir over the years has gained such popularity that even the leisure travellers come here today to glide down the thick bed of snow and spend their leisure holiday in the valley farther framing some thrilling moments.
skiing-in-kashmirGulmarg, which has some of the best slopes in the world, is one such pick during the winters that transforms into the world’s best skiing resort. It receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the Indian Himalaya that has helped it earn its title. From the month of January till the mid of February, Gulmarg is packed with global skiers. It has a vertical descent of over 2,200 meters in the lap of Mt. Apharwat and the venue is ideal for intermediate to expert level skiers and snowboarders. Access from the resort to the venue is possible via the Gondola, which was installed in the year 2,005 making Gulmarg one of the highest lift-served resorts in the world.
Coming onto the gossip of intrepid trekkers about the Kashmir Great Lake Trek, which is a popular one commencing from Sonmarg. It is one of the most beautiful treks in the Kashmir Valley that covers the lakes of Gangabal, Vishansar, Kishansar, and goes close to the Harrnukh peak. Further, adding on to their list, the Aru-Kolahoi Glacier Trek is yet another challenging one that commences from Pahalgam.
Trekking in Kashmir is also a mapquesting task for several explorers who delve into new destinations beyond the reach of tourism. Winding up to the hem of towering peaks in the Pir Panjal and Karakoram Range is an excellent way to acquaint with the lofty peaks more closely. Further, the notable Amarnath Yatra that commences from the valley of Pahalgam is one of the spiritual treks in Kashmir. The trek passes through Domial, Barari, and Sangam combating steady climbs and takes approximately 4-5 days to cover the distance.
River rafting in Kashmir is one such activity that fills the itinerary with some slashing moments.
River rafting in Kashmir mostly combats against rapids ranging from Grade I to III but it also runs down through Grade IV rapids in some stretches.
river-rafting-in-kashmirRiver rafting in Kashmir is popular in the River Lider that stretches from Langabal to Ganeshpora covering approximately 12 kilometers and having rapids ranging from Grade I to Grade IV. The stretch is further divided into three lengths. The Lider Joy Ride, which is approximately 2.5 kilometers, from Varganpal to Yaneer Bridge and having rapids ranging up to III, is ideal for beginners and amateurs. The Lider Long Ride, which is approximately 5 kilometers, from Varganpal to Ganeshpora and having rapids ranging up to III, is also ideal for beginners. Whereas the Lider Xtra Long Ride, which is approximately 12 kilometers, from Langabal to Ganeshpora and having rapids ranging up to IV, is perfect for experts.