Dal lake of
is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes in India. It
has been and continues to be a part of the poetry by some
renowned poets. This is second largest lake of Jammu and Kashmir
state after Wular Lake. The lake is surrounded by majestic
mountains from three sides and a large number of gardens and
orchards have been laid along the shores. The University of
Kashmir also stands along the shores of the Dal Lake. The
hundreds of uniquely decorated houseboats which floats on the
Dal lake afford an opportunity to tourists to reside on the lake
in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Popular for water sports like water skiing, swimming, diving and
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.
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.
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
Harwan Garden is a beautiful garden, situated at Harwan, about
18 km from Srinagar, in Jammu and Kashmir. This huge garden
lined with flower beds and Chinar trees, is an ideal spot for
picnickers. The picturesque Harwan Lake is behind the garden.
The canal flowing through the middle of the garden is fed by the
Cheshma Shahi is one of the three major Mughal Gardens in
Srinagar. It is located 9km from Srinagar city centre, and is
the first Mughal garden that you would visit as you pass the
Nehru Park. The name Cheshma Shahi means Royal Spring (shahi
means royal and chashma means spring).
Cheshma Shahi is small and charming. It was laid out by the
Mughal Governor Ali Mardan Khan for Emperor Shah Jahan, the
ruler famous for building the Taj Mahal, in 1632.
the royal observatory, Pari Mahal has a charmingly laid out
garden and is a five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi. A Buddhist
monastery at one time, it was converted into a school of
astrology by Dara Shikoh, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan's eldest
son. Situated on the spur of a mountain overlooking the Dal, the
ancient monument, with a well-laid spacious garden in front, is
connected to Cheshmashahi by road. It is illuminated at night.
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 .
It is the most important Muslim Religious place, situated on the
western shore of Dal Lake.
The largest Masque built by Sultan Sikandar Constructed in 1400
A.D. Enlarged by his son Zain-Ul- Abdin.
east of Srinagar, 2400 mts 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. There are cable cons
that ferry the tourists up to the height of 3095 mts. (Gondola).
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.