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Mughals Gardens:
Most pleasurable day picnic spots for the tourist, the famed Mughal Gardens are located between Dal Lake and Zabarwan mountain range on Boulevard. These gardens are memorials of love for mankind and the natural beauty.

Shalimar Garden :
15 km from City, Built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan in 1616. The garden has some attractive Mughal structure carved from black marble in Diwan – e – Khas used for the guests of the Emperor as Banquet halls.

Cheshmashahi:
Situated on the foothills of Zabarwan range, the garden has a spring known for its medicinal properties . Cheshmashahi was laid out in 1632 by Mardan Khan. It is considered as most serence since the garden is 4 km away form Boulevard’s hustle and bustle.
On the way of Cheshmashahi, on can visit a marvelous garden spread over several acres of land. The Botanical Garden was established by the State government for floricultural purpose and is now open to the public.

Pari Mahal :
3 km ahed of Cheshmashahi is a school of astrology built by Prince Dara Shukho, eldest son of Shah Jahan who had keen interest in observation of stars & Sufism. Situated amidst the Zabarawan hills at a height, the breathtaking scene of the lake and city makes every visitor stay for a little longer.

Nishat Bagh :
11 km from Srinagar City, The Garden Designed by Abul Hassan Asif Khan eldest brother of Nur Jehan, who was governor of Kashmir during the reign of Jehangir, this garden has 7 terraces and a stone channel for running water in the centre.

Religious Palace
Shankar Acharya Temple :
5 km from Nehru Park, the temple stands atop Takht e Suleman Legend describes the building of temple by King Solomon in 3000 BC to store the treasure of 300 golden and silver statues.

Hazratbal Shrine :
15 km enshrines the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad The relic was brought to India in 1634 by Syed Abdullah and acquired by Khwaja Noor ud Din Ishbari a Kashmiri trader in 1692. It is displayed to the devotees on various religious occasions during the year when people of every class stand in a row to have a glimpse of the holy relic to get blessed. The complex is carved with wonderful white marble work which shines over the years with same glow and stature. The Shrine can also be visited via Dal Lake in a shikara.

Shrine of Maqdoom Sahib :
A revered saint of Kashmir commonly know as Hazrat Sultan, is on the southern side of the hillock making it a precedent of religious solidarity in Kashmir..

Shah Hamdan Mosque :
7 km is one of the oldest mosques in Srinagar originally built in 1395 by Sultan Qutab ud din in respect of Syed Ali Hamdani Rh Shah Hamdan played a major role in spreading Islam in the Valley with the help of 700 other saints who followed his from Hamdan in Persia. The mosque has breathtaking woodcarvings and fine papier Mache work.

Kohi Maran (Hari Parbat):
6 km Surmounted by an 18 the century fort constructed by Atta Mohammad Khan an Afgan governor. The hill is surrounded by a wall built by Akbar in Ad 1592 -98 . Almond orchards used to be a favourite picnic spots fo Kashmiri people in spring during blossom time.

Pahalgam-Sightseeing:
Main Attraction: Mamaleshwara, Baisaran, Tulian Lake, Aru

The Valley Of Shepherds
At an altitude of 2,130m and about 95-km from Srinagar, Pahalgam is probably the most popular hill resort in the Kashmir valley. Since it is rather lower than Gulmarg the nighttime temperatures do not drop so low and it has the further advantage of the beautiful Lidder River running right through the town.
Pahalgam is situated at the junction of the Aru and Sheshnag Rivers and surrounded by soaring, fir-covered mountains with bare, snow-capped peaks rising behind them. The Aru flows down from the Kolahoi glacier beyond Lidderwat while the Sheshnag from glaciers along the great Himalayan.
At the confluence of the streams flowing from the river Lidder and Sheshnag Lake, Pahalgam was once a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking views. Now it Kashmir's premier resort, cool even during the height of summer. A number of hotels and lodges cater to all preferences and budgets, from luxurious to unpretentious trekkers' lodges, including JKTDC's delightfully romantic, fully furnished huts, partially concealed by giant pine trees.

Prime Attractions of Pahalgam
Martand The lofty plateau, on which the remains of the ancient temple of Martanda stand, overlooks the modern village of Matan, located at its foot.

Mattan & Martand
Only a few km beyond Anantnag, on the Pahalgam road, Mattan is an important Hindu pilgrimage point due to its fish filled springs. A complicated legend relates that the springs were created when Lord Shiva broke open an egg, which had been thrown there, the egg being the reincarnated form of a forgetful boy, who had been cursed by a wandering sage and that's only half the story! On a plateau above Mattan and 3-km to the south, stands the huge ruined temple of Martand. Built by Lalitaditya Mukhtapida it is the most impressive ancient ruin in Kashmir and beautifully sited. The ruins are 67m by 43m and consist of a portico with a small-detached shrine on both side and a quadrangular courtyard. The courtyard was surrounded by 84 columns - the multiple of the number of days in the week by the number of signs in the zodiac. From here to Pahalgam the road follows the course of the Lidder River, past some good trout fishing stretches.

Overa Wildlife Sanctuary
Overa Wildlife Sanctuary is located 76-km from Srinagar, near Pahalgam, and has an area of 32.27-sq-kms. The area is home to a number of rare, threatened and protected species of birds and mammals.

Fishing
Pahalgam is one of Kashmir's popular trout fishing beats. Kashmir is famous for its trout although they tend to be rather small. Additionally, fishing licences are hard to get and rather expensive. A compulsion is to keep am guide and one is also permitted to catch six fishes, which is the daily limit.

Gulmarg-Sightseeing:
Sightseeing in Gulmarg is all about marvelling at the picturesque scenery, visiting the scenic lake, or paying homage at the famous shrine of a Muslim saint.
Gulmarg is dotted with beautiful sites that will enthral you in its splendour. A Gondola ride (cable car ride) takes you up to Kongdori to enjoy the magnificent sights of the meadow from the top.
Khilanmarg is the place for skiing in winters and is also the perfect spot to enjoy the views of the Kashmir valley and the Himalayan range from Khilanmarg.
The Alpathar Lake, about 13 km from Gulmarg, is a scenic alpine lake that remains frozen until late June. From Khilanmarg the lake lies across the Apharwat peak. Adventure seekers must take the one-day trip to the Alpathar Lake from Gulmarg. Also, while in Gulmarg don’t forget to pay your respects at the famous Shrine of Baba Reshi, a Muslim saint.

Sonamarg:
Sonamarg or Sonmarg, located at a hefty altitude of 2,740 m above sea level, literally means 'Meadow of Gold'. The picturesque natural beauty of the region brought this name to Sonamarg. Sonamarg, a town surrounded by breathtaking glaciers and serene lakes, is a snow covered beautiful flower-laden meadow in the majestic Himalayan mountain region. Sonamarg in the Kashmir valley is the gateway to Ladakh and situated just before the Zojii La pass. Located at 87 km from Srinagar, the place is renowned for trekking and hiking trails. The snow clad peaks in the Himalaya and the undulated hilly mountainous regions are perfectly suitable for all types of trekking expeditions. Sonamarg is the base camp for many trekking expeditions. The major treks passing through various mountain lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Kishansar has its base at Sonamarg. The trekking routes offer all types of challenges, from mild to most hard. The pleasant climate with mild summer and cold winter make this place an ideal location for trekkers to explore the natural beauty and challenging treks.

Yusmarg:
Yusmarg is a small set of meadow located in the Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir at a distance of merely 47 km from Srinagar. Lies at an altitude of 7861 feet, Yusmarg is ringed by Pine fringed forest and snow clad mountain peaks. Yusmarg is a perfect holiday destination for the natural lovers as it offers opportunities to enjoy breathtaking views of flower strewn grassy meadows, verdant landscapes and snow clad mountain peaks. An ideal picnic spot, Yusmarg offers picture perfect sceneries of Doodh Ganga, Nilnag Lake, and Sang –e Safed valley. Tourists often flock to this idyllic meadow in an excursion trip or day trip. Sprawling over acres of grassy meadows, serene nature of Yusmarg can rejuvenate soul of every weary tourist.

Ladakh:
Visiting Leh Ladakh can be a great experience as these places have a lot of natural beauty. There are a number of attractions in Leh Ladakh that are filled with extreme pristine beauty, the list is inclusive of well- known ancient monasteries, other religious sites, palaces of the royalty, various gompas, mountain peaks, wildlife safaris, adventure activity spots and much more. Ladakh with a unique characteristic that is a blend of Indian, Tibetan as well as Buddhism linings make it a place which is worth paying a visit to.
This beautiful hilly region, every year, is visited by a large number of local as well as foreign tourists. It is both a popular summer as well as a winter holiday destination. Its untouched beauty, snow-clad mountain peaks, lush greenery and secluded spots attract a lot of honeymooners too. That is not all. With the range of adventure activities that it has to offer such as trekking, mountain biking, rafting, mountaineering and so on, it is well-known amidst adventure enthusiasts too.
Famous Tourist Points are:
Leh Palace, Stok Palace, Shanti Stupa, Jama Masjid Ladakh, Tsemo Fort, Sankar Monastery, Old Town, Wanla Gompa, Drass War Memorial etc.

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