Srinagar


 

Kashmir: -

The valley of Kashmir is known all over the world for its beauty and charm. Set like a jeweled crown on the map of India. The Kashmir valley is situated about 300 kms. from Jammu across forested ravines and steep mountain passes. The Mughal Emperor Jahangir is said to have once written about Kashmir: Agar firdaus bar rue zamin ast hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast! ("If there be paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!"). There are various trekking routes available across whole of Kashmir. Adventure sports in the form of water rafting and paragliding, among others, are available at various tourist locations. The Royal Springs' Golf course in the heart of Srinagar on the shores of the world famous Dal Lake is one of the most beautiful golf courses around. There is a small 18-hole golf course in Gulmarg. Spring is the time when Kashmir bursts into a riot of colors and millions of flowers carpet the landscape.
Popular tourist places in the valley are Gulmarg that has a ski resort, Dal Lake that has popular house boats, Pahalgam and Amaranth Temple.
Before insurgency intensified in 1989, tourism formed an important part of the Kashmiri economy. The tourism economy in the Kashmir valley was worst hit. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit holy shrine of Amaranth every year and this significantly benefits the state's economy. But this yatra has put Kashmir on the verge of ecological disaster . You can take Kashmir tour package and easily cover all tourist places in Kashmir within 06 to 07 days.
How to reach Kashmir
By Air
There are daily flights to Srinagar from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu. Srinagar airport is 14 kms from the city.
By Rail
Jammu is the nearest railway station for Srinagar, about 305 kms where trains arrive from Delhi, Calcutta, Pune, Mumbai, Kanyakumari, Ahmedabad, etc.
By Road
National Highway 1-A, connecting Srinagar with Jammu, is a good, all-weather road with several sharp inclines and hairpin bends. It is maintained by the Border Roads Organization (BRO), which clears the road of any obstructions resulting from natural causes like landslides and heavy snowfall. The famous Jawahar Tunnel that connects Jammu with the Kashmir Valley across the Pir Panjal range falls en route. Before the Jawahar Tunnel was completed, the journey took two days with an overnight stop at Batote. Now, it can be covered in one long day. It is also possible to travel by taxi from Jammu to Srinagar in about 8 hours.