Kashmir may be introduced as belonging to the State of Jammu and Kashmir which consists of three appropriate regions: Jammu, the Kashmir valley and Ladakh. Srinagar or India-held Kashmir is the summer capital, and Jammu is the winter capital. While the Kashmir valley is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape, Jammu’s numerous shrines attract thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year. Ladakh, also known as “Little Tibet”, is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and Buddhist culture.
A poet rightly called it the ‘Paradise on Earth’ for the mesmerising beauty of the Valley abides with you long after you have left its boundaries. Kashmir holiday to this unparalleled charisma will bestow evergreen memories of its naturally gifted region with thick, green, pine-forested hills, deep valleys, beautiful and huge lakes, and scintillating waterfalls. Spring is the time when Kashmir bursts into a riot of colours and millions of flowers carpet the landscape.
The hill station offers an enigmatic canvas painted with vibrant tourist attractions all over the town! The Mughal Gardens, stand glorious and may be described with terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the mesmerising waters of the Dal Lake in front of them. These gardens are named as the Chasmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar as they are the Mughal Emperor’s concept of heavenly bliss and are very popular places for picnics and excursions. The historical structure of these gardens lends them a unique sense of serenity even when the flowers are not blossoming. Chashmashahi is a wonderous spectacle, as tucked in the fold of a hill high above the lake, the quiet gardens are watered by the eponymous spring and command a grand panorama of the Dal and the surrounding vale , set in their mountain amphitheatre, .and Nishat Bagh with the Zabarwan mountains as its backdrop, is a `garden of bliss’ which commands a magnificient view of the lake and the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range, with its secluded dignity giving way to a lightness in the entire region. Shalimar Bagh in front of the Dal Lake was built by Emperor Jahangir. whence at the summit of this four-terraced grassland stands the fabulous baradari, a summer house ringed with pillars of black marble remaining the high point of an `abode of love’. The gardens ring with the cascades and watercourses of their heyday when the Mughal Emperor and his Empress planted the first of the stately chairs that shade this idyll. The Hazratbal Mosque, or the white mosque, is breathtakingly enchanting, and it would be a pleasure taking a walk through the adjacent market area displaying a range of great fresh food. The Harwan Gardens are another site holding the ruins of the Buddhist Harwan Vihara. The Shankaracharya Hill or Takht-i-Suleiman is an essential destination which rises directly from the Boulevard on the southern lakeshore. At its pinnacle, a few feet above the lake, is the Shankaracharya Mandir, on a hill top, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is visible from the Dal Lake. The Pari Mahal lends a breathtaking view of the city and the Nehru Garden, off Dal Gate, occupies a large area and is known for serving hot and flavoured `Kahva’, a traditional drink of Kashmir, a different flavour worth tasting! . Some distance away, the hill of Hari Parbat is surrounded by almond orchards and the area is the focus of many sacred shines.
Go for a Shikara ride in the Dal Lake for better views and a more peaceful cruise in an area devoid of other tourists, admiring the fountain amidst majestic mountains and tranquility . A must see is the `village’ in the lake where the tourists can ride towards the side where locals live to view the floating vegetable market. The “Tulip Garden”-arguably the largest of its’ kind in Asia is located just opposite the main Boulevard Road on the shores of the Dal Lake.