Pahelgam: Picturesque Pahelgam is situated at the confluence of Sheshnag Lake and Lidder river. Thousands of devotees from all over India and abroad visit Pahelgam during the annual Amarnath yatra. Apart from religious celebrations, the region is also very popular among tourists for outdoor activities like fishing, horse riding, golf and trekking. activities. Pahelgam, some 90 kms from Srinagar is a great challenge to rafters.
Gulmarg, or meadow of flowers, is an apt term indeed for this idyllic flower-laden meadow at an altitude of 2,730 metres, in Baramulla district. Situated at a distance of 51 km from Srinagar, it is a saucer-shaped bowl overhanging the main valley of Kashmir. Basically a hill station, Gulmarg features some of the best slopes for skiing. Foreign tourists could be seen flocking with their bag packs in winters here. The towering peaks above the meadow are covered with dense forests of tall conifers and gigantic fir and pine trees. It is a popular destination for skiing and heliskiing. Many competitions are also held in Gulmarg in winters.
Also known as “the Gateway of Ladakh”. in 84kms from Srinagar and is surrounded by colorful mountain and thick pine forests. Thajiwas Glacier is 3kms in the south of Sonamarg. Along with the Pahalgam,sonamarg is an excellent takeoff point for treks into the mountain and itself is an ideal camping ground where glacier pour down from the Himalayas. Sonamarg is also the entry point.
Nigeen Lake: A paradise for an aquatic holiday, its waters are otherwise calm and peaceful. On the banks are a club, a bar and a tea pavilion. It is located North East in the lap of Hari Parbat. Dargah Hazrat Shiekh Hamza Makhdoom RA and the Temple of Sharika Devi are atop the Hill on its South and west respectively.
Verinag is, however, more than just a beautiful valley and, for road travellers, it is the first view of Kashmir. It is home to a spring, revered for ages, that is the source of the principal river of the Vale of Kashmir, River Jhelum. The Mughal Emperor Jehangir had come to Verinag, became enchanted and built a pool, a pavilion and a garden around this spring. His son, Shah Jehan, enlarged the garden and added baradaris and hammams, most of which have perished over time.