Three majestic mountain ranges, perrenially snow-capped – the Karakoram, the Zanskar and the Pir Panjal – frame the landscape from northwest to northeast. They are the birthplace of great rivers which flow down into the valleys below, forested with wild orchids and lily-laden lakes.
Kashmir has captured within its geographical confines the quintessence of all the elements that make Nature the ‘bard supreme’. It presents all of these elements with superb aplomb: awesome grandeur, soothing serenity and a wild profusion of the most fantastic colors.
Srinagar – Pahalgam – Gulmarg
(4 Nights/5 Days)
The Mughals, who knew what it was to get intoxicated on beauty, planted their symmetrical gardens and added a further dimension of symmetrical poetry to the valleys of Kashmir. They also left behind a heritage of exquisite craftsmanship among the local people. The handicrafts of Kashmir are prized far and wide.
The attractions of Srinagar form more of a journey through the history of Kashmir. A ride across the placid Dal Lake in a quaint little boat decorated with frills and tassels and known as a ‘shikara’, takes you past elegant houseboats that line the banks, to the fabulous Mughal gardens and the historic wooden mosques of the old town, especially the Great Mosque of Jamia.
The road to Pahalgam winds through picturesque saffron fields framed by a stunning backdrop of heavily forested hillsides and mighty snow-capped peaks. Some of the world’s best saffron is grown here. The ruins of an ancient hindu temple dating back to the 11th century A.D., greet you at Avantipora. It has the distinction of being the only temple dedicated to the God Vishnu.
Gulmarg was once the preferred summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in India. A church which is more than 100 years old testifies to the past glories of this beautiful mountain hamlet. Another special attraction of Gulmarg is an 18 hole golf course, that is also the highest in the world. During winters, the ski slopes at Gulmarg are thronged by ski enthusiasts from all over the globe.
Kashmir – A Fabled Paradise of Beauty on Earth