| Pahalgam | Sonamarg
Gulmarg the “ Meadow of Flowers” is a favorite resort
for all seasons. A valley with undulating slopes is one of the loveliest
resorts in the uplands of Kashmir. Every season brings a new dimension
of beauty to Gulmarg. From the soft pastel shades of spring, the
colors deepen into vibrant hues of summer. The entire valley is
carpeted with wild flowers among which columbines, balsams, anemones,
larkspurs and dwarf sunflowers are conspicuous. Gulmarg has excellent
charming walks, pleasant pony ridings, through the most picturesque
scenery of the surrounding woods.
At an altitude
of 2,730 metres, it owes its selection and popularity for it being
only 56 km from Srinagar.
has the distinction of offering the highest natural 18 hole green
Golf course in the world at 2,890 metres. Gulmarg is an exotic spot
for winter sports like Skiing, tobogganing and sledging. Heli-skiing
on the high mountain peaks of Gulmarg is one of the extreme challenges
to a professional skier.
a magnificent view of the valley of Kashmir and the mountains to
the north mahadeo, kotwal, Harmouk and in the distance an outstanding
snowy range culminating in the beautiful peak of Nanga Parbat.
Khilanmarg: This smaller valley is about 6 Kms walk from Gulmarg.
The meadow, carpeted with flowers in the spring, is the site for
Gulmarg winter ski runs and offers a fine view of the surrounding
peaks and the Kashmir valley.
Alpather : A high mountain lake is about 13 Kms from Gulmarg at
the foot of the 4511 meters Apharwat Peak, this lake is frozen until
mid-June and even later in the year one can see lumps of Ice floating
in its cold waters.
96 km from
Srinagar, 2400 metres above sea level, gushing silvery streams of
ice water and densely wooded mountains herald Pahalgam. The Lidder
river runs in a rushing grey-green torrent, foam-flecked, breaking
in curling waves against the boulders that lies in its path. Its
sound is as eternal as the whisper of wind through pine and fir,
its force primeval in its untamed splendor. Pahalgam, once the Preserve
of nomadic shepherds is well known as “ Valley of Shepherds”.
is an ideal base for exciting excursion hiking, riding and trekking.
It is an ideal base for longer treks such as those to Kolhai glacier
and Amarnath Cave. Pahalgam has milder beauties of charming woodland
walks, and in summer a wealth of roses pink and white, Jasmine,
forget-me-knots, handsome spirea, strawberry, honey suckle. Pahalgam
is just the right place affording the finest trout fishing in Kashmir.
beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow "Baisaran"
surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Baisaran provides
excellent views over the town and the Lidder valley. Pine forests
and the snow-clad mountains surround the grassy glen.
On the opposite
bank of Lidder river, this small Shiva temple with its square stone
tank. It is thought to date from the reign of king Jayasima in the
Baisaran one reaches the Tulian Lake at 3,353m, 1,200m higher up.
It is covered in ice for much of the year and surrounded by peaks,
which rise more than 300m above its shores.
village of Aru is actually the first stage from Pahalgam on the
trek to Lidderwat and the Kolahoi glacier. It makes an interesting
day walk from Pahalgam. At Aru one will often find the Gujars, living
in their log huts with their flocks of sheep and goats en route
to the higher pastures for the summer.
& Passage To The Amarnath Yatra
16-km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is the starting point of the Amarnath
Yatra, which takes place every year in the month of Sawan (Rain).
The destination is the Amarnath Cave, believed to the abode of Lord
Shiva. Although the road from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is on fairly
“ The Meadow of Gold” lies in the heart of beautiful
valley carved by the river Sindh. At the magical height of 3000
metres, Towering Mountains surround the “Meadow of Gold”
strewn with the loveliest of alpine flowers. Rich forests of silver,
intermingled with Sycamore and fringed on their upper borders with
silver birch clothe the mountain sides. From each valley flows a
rich white glacier. Grand rocky cliffs encircle the forests and
meadows, and culminate in bold snowy peaks which give a crowning
beauty to Sonamarg.
80 km northeast of Srinagar, the road that runs to Sonamarg is the
beginning of an enchanted journey into a natural wonderland. The
road that initiates winds under the shadow of the mountains. The
journey to Sonamarg passes through peaceful pastoral land with the
picturesque snow clad Harmukh range etched against the deep blue
of the Himalayan sky. En route Sonamarg, Gujars ( gypsies) with
their cattle, ponies, buffaloes, sheep's and goats are seen.
of up to 5300 metres, Thajiwas glaciers being its outstanding feature,
surround Sonamarg. Thajiwas, pine shaded, with gushing mountain
streams. Silver waterfalls and the Thajiwas glacier form a sparkling
contrast to the green meadowland. It provides a challenging climb,
with many delightful camping sites.
two hour drive from Srinagar ( 47 kms ) will take you to acres upon
acres of grassy meadow ringed by forests of pine, and towering beyond
them, awesome and majestic snow clad mountains. This is Yusmarg-
close enough to Srinagar for a picnic, idyllic enough to make you
want to stay for a few days. Here are walks of every sort - a leisurely
amble along flower-strewn meadows or away to where a mighty river
froths and crashes its way over rocks, its mild white foam earning
it the name of Dudh Ganga. Further away, a captivating lake, Nilnag,
is cradled by hills. Nearby are several peaks-Tatta Kutti and Sang
Safed to name a couple of them. About 13 kms from Yusmarg, a short
detour away from the Srinagar road, is Charari- Sharief, the Shrine
of Kashmir’s patron saint Sheikh Noor-ud-din or Nund Reshi,
now rebuilt after the devastating fire of 1994 which engulfed the