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"Raj Taringini the chronology of the Kashmir Kings written by Kalhana eulogies the beauty of Kashmir as follows:"Kashmir Parvati Parkish; Tat Swami ch Maharanee's". Meaning Kashmir is as beautiful as Goddess Parvati manifest; and its owner is Lord Shiva Himself" And the Mughal Emperor exclaimed "Gar Bar-roe-e-Gamin Ats ; Hamlin Ats, Hamlin Ats Hamlin Aston. Meaning if there is paradise on this earth : This is it, this is it, this is it."

Kashmir, Mountain Vacation, IndiaMan's fantasy has been struth here between high snow-capped ridges of the Himalayan range in the east and the Pier Panjandrum range in the west and south. From kings to the aliens have been the victims of this wonder snowy marvel of the north India. The swift-flowing Helium river sweeps past Srinagar and coils its way across the valley. Get smitten by the heavenly beauty of Kashmir on a heart warming trip as you go on unleashing this gradually.

Nishat Garden
Spend some moments of leisure at Nishant Garden on your Kashmir tour. A green promised land on the hill top, Nishant Garden dates back to 1633 AD and was laid by Queen Naur-Jean's brother Asia Khan. Large acres of panoramic views terraced with beautiful water channel flowing flowing in the mid of the garden decorates Nishant Garden with an immediate eye capturing beauty.

Shalimar Garden
Kashmir tour is incomplete without your visit to Shalimar garden. Colorful fountains we-up the canals and variety of flowers bedight the Shalimar garden, that once served to be leisure park for the royal women. There are four terraces in the garden and was built Emperor Shah-Jehan for his beloved wife Nur-Jehan.

Chashmashahi & Parimahal
Set up by Shah Jehan in 1632 AD Chashmashahi or the Royal Spring is quiet famous for its spring of refreshing digestive mineral water. Fountains, fruits, flowers and different shrubs actually enhance the beauty of the garden when. Besides these there are chinars and pillars too. You can hop next to Pari Mahal kms uphills from Chasmashahi, where there is a school of astrology and philosophy based on various religions.

Dal Lake
Visit the famous Dal lake on your Kashmir tour. Sir Walter Lawrence remarked Dal Lake to be a 'lake par excellence'. Dal has indescribable beauty and a jewel studded in the crown of Kashmir. The lake is 6x3 Kms and is divided in four parts by causeways known as Gagribal, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal and Nagin. Moreover the beauty of Dal lake is heightened by beautiful 'Shikaras'.

Gulmarg Village in Kashmir, India Harwan Garden
Hewn with purple light and rugged with bed of green gardens and massive Chinar trees, Harwan appears to be a resting place of Gods. A favourite tourist picnic spot Harwan is soothed out with a beautiful canal and green lawns.

Wullar is a scenic reflection of untamed nature spreading across 125 kms and features to be one of the freshwater lakes in Kashmir. The turbulent wind ruffled water with exciting numbers of Avian life Wullar is most visited Lake in Kashmir. It is also one of the natural flood reservoir.

Kashmir Handicrafts
The various handicrafts of Kashmir are in tune with its age old splendid civilization, which has been perfected over centuries. Shop for some exquisite handicrafts on your Kashmir tour. The diverse articles ranging from woolen textiles, Pashmina shawls, embroidered suits, Kashmir silk saris, pappier machie, wood carving, hand knotted carpets etc. are crafted by highly skilled craftsmen, creating distinct products.

Kashmiri Food
The history of rich Kashmiri cuisine can be traced back to the fifteenth century migration of cooks from Samarkand to the valley of Kashmir. The descendants of these cooks, the Wazas, are the master chefs of Kashmir. The cuisines of Kashmir are made rich and delicious with the flavor of the spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, saffron, etc.

Situated at 9,000 kms. above sea level, Sonmarg is one of the smallest resorts in Kashmir, lying in the heart of a gorgeous valley carved by the river Sindh. Also known as "Golden meadow", this place gets its name 'Son' meaning golden, from the bloom of yellow crocuses that fill this valley in the spring.

The best ski resort in the Himalayas, Gulmarg's legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hill spot in the country.

Srinagar, the summer capital is situated in the center of Kashmir valley and is surrounded by five districts. It possess deep green rice fields and river bridges, gardens in bloom, lakes rimmed by houseboats, a business center and holiday resort.

Situated ninety five km east of Srinagar at an altitude of 2,130 metres Pahalgam is a quaint little village nestled on the banks of river Lidder. Pahalgam has a golf course at 2400 meters above the sea level. Camping equipment, ponies and skiing equipment is readily available.

Essential Facts
  • Srinagar is connected through regular flights to Delhi, Jammu and Leh. Jammu is the nearest railhead if one wants to reach Kashmir through railways.
  • Just not a cool and breathtaking summer spot, explore Kashmir during winter under the white sheen of snowcapped peaks.

Kim Grindley
The Butterfly Museum and Orchidarium at Shillong peaks, Nilakurinji at Kodaikanal and Archies Strawberry Farm at Mahabaleshwar and Fossil Park at Tabo are nuff reasons to have a vacation with a difference.
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