PARADISE ON EARTH : Despite of all sorts of militancy in Kashmir, the paradise on earth was visited in May 2006. Best season is March to October.
Cradled in the lap of majestic snow capped mountains of the Himalayas, Kashmir was the most beautiful place on earth. On visiting the Valley of Kashmir, Jehangir, the Mughal emperor, is said to have exclaimed: “If there is paradise anywhere on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.”
Srinagar, the city of great antiquity, is located in the heart of Kashmir at an altitude of 1730 mtrs above the sea level, with the three majestic Himalayan ranges of Karakoram, Zanskar and Pir Panjal framing the landscape from northwest to northeast.
he biggest attraction of Kashmir is the Dal Lake which is host to the word’s famous Shikaras and Houseboats. This jewel in the crown of Kashmir is a sight worth beholding in winter when the lake freezes.
Shikaras (Decorated Boat) on Dal Lake waiting for tourists
Dal lake is one of the most beautiful and famous lakes of India and it is one of the best spots in Kashmir for the tourists. The Dal Lake is 6 Km long and 6 Km in width and situated at a distance of 2 km from the main city Srinagar. Inside the lake there are many Islands and floating gardens. The lake is surrounded by high mountain peaks, Cheenar, deodar and Pine trees.
We are on a Shikara ride on Dal Lake
Gulmarg, 57 kms from Srinagar and a meadow of flowers is best known for unparalleled beauty. Sonmarg or Sona marg, the golden meadow at an altitude of 2470 mtrs, is the gateway to Ladakh
Shalimar Garden (Not shown here) was built by Jehangir, the Mughal emperor, in 1619for his beloved wife.Chasmeshahi or the Royal Spring (shown below) was laid by Emperor Shah Jahan, famous for its refreshing digestive natural mineral water.
Pahel gam (above) is a quaint, nomadic village, with scenic beauty, 96 kms from Srinagar, still unspoilt by the ravages of progress.
The valley remained favourite shooting spot for Bollywood films till 1980s before the onset of militancy in 1990. Several blockbusters like Kashmir ki kali, Silsila, karma, Arzoo, Betaab and recently Mission Kashmir were shot here.