Tour Overview – Amritsar To Srinagar
Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir Valley, on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes, and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits. Srinagar is one of several places that have been called the “Venice of the East” or the “Kashmiri Venice” Lakes around the city include Dal Lake noted for its houseboats and Nigeen Lake. Apart from Dal lake and Nigeen lake city is also famous for the wular lake and manasbal lake to the north of Srinagar. Wular lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. Srinagar has some Mughal gardens, forming a part of those laid by the Mughal emperors across the Indian subcontinent. Those of Srinagar and its close vicinity include Chashma Shahi (the royal fountains); Pari Mahal (the palace of the fairies); Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring); Shalimar Bagh; the Naseem Bagh. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden is a botanical garden in the city, set up in 1969. The Indian government has included these gardens under “Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir” in the tentative list for sites to be included in World Heritage sites.
Sonmarg in itself is a beautiful place full of natural grace and gifts. This charming little town of Sonmarg has some stunning blue water lakes and rich in color grasslands. From Sonmarg, you can also look at the towering snow-clad mountains of the Ladakh region that are a real treat to eyes. Situated at a height of 3801 m above sea level, Krishnasar Lake is one of the most mesmerizing lakes in the chain of many Himalayan lakes. The dense forests of Sonmarg comprise sycamore and alpine flowers, silver birch, fir, and pine. The place is frequently visited by nature lovers in the search of tranquil peace and soothing natural beauty. The stunning blue water lakes and grasslands are the other attractions. The enchanting beauty of the towering snow clad mountains is a real treat to the eyes.
Pahalgam is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is a popular tourist destination, and every year, many tourists visit Pahalgam. This world famous hill station is 45 km. from the District Headquarters at Anantnag and located on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7200 ft. from sea level. Pahalgam is one among the five tehsils of Anantnag district and tehsil headquarters are located in the main town of Pahalgam. It was once a tourist attraction and a favorite place for shooting of Bollywood films and is still a health resort. Besides tourist huts, several hotels in the private sector have come up here and these hotels provide modern facilities to their guests. A number of treks in this region also begin from Pahalgam, as the 35 km trail traverses through pinewoods to the spectacular Kolahoi Glacier.
Gulmarg (translation: “Meadow of Flowers”) is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is within the Himalayas and is within miles of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Originally named Gaurimarg or “the fair one” by shepherds in honor of the Hindu goddess Parvati, the resort was renamed Gulmarg or the “meadow of flowers” by Sultan Yusuf Shah of the Chak Dynasty who frequented the place with his mistress Habina Khatoun in the 16th century. In the 1990s, the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir affected tourism in Gulmarg. The town is easily accessible from Srinagar. The road to Gulmarg from Srinagar passes through fields of paddy till Tanmarg, a village close to Gulmarg, and is uphill thereon passing through forests of pine and fir. From the TRC bus stand in Srinagar, tourist buses take around two and half hours to reach Gulmarg. Standard buses are cheaper and ply till.
Location: Amritsar to Sri Nagar