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Get off Turmoil with a Respite on Dharamshala Tour

Posted on April 11th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off on Get off Turmoil with a Respite on Dharamshala Tour

Take a Dharamshala tour to get a break from the bustling life. The natural panorama, the soothing tranquillity and the spiritual chant at monasteries will make your Dharamshala holidays rewarding.

Visiting the land that cradled monasteries is always a delight for a peace-lover like me. Tired from the humdrum of city life, I embarked on a trip to Dharamshala. Jeeny, my sister accompanied me on this tour.

Dharamshala TourDharamshala Tour

Having heard a lot about stupas, thangkas and prayer wheels that define Dharamshala tourism, I was curious to understand the concept of monasteries in Dharamshala. It was not very near from Delhi, still we managed to leave by flight and landed at Gaggal airport in Kangra Valley. We had to hire a taxi to reach the town of Dharamshala as it lies 15 km away from the airport.

We stayed in a good hotel that was already booked by us. While experiencing the refreshing ambience of Dharamshala, we felt like a free soul that roams freely without restriction. This tranquil hill station in Himachal Pradesh adores you like a mother, whose lap you never wish to leave.

After having rest, we relished the delicious food with its own special flavour of hill stations that form an important part of India tourism. As the sights of Tibetan flags, ringing bells and prayer wheels that I behold on the way made me restless, we left for the Dharamshala sightseeing.

We headed towards the beautiful Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture. Constructed in a traditional Tibetan style, it is settled in a gorgeous garden of rolling paths, flowing streams and rugged bridges. On the way, we moved towards the Triund which satiated Jeeny’s adventure bug. The exciting trek enabled us to enjoy a panoramic vista of Kangra Valley that is the best part of North India tour. Meanwhile we enjoyed tea with snacks to regain our energy on that 9 km trek.

The sight from atop was beyond than what I expected. It was truly the magic view mountain as locals say. We got to know from locals about another two km trek to Bhagsu Falls but we did not entertain it and rather chose an easy way to proceed.

Dharamshala MonasteryDharamshala Monastery

The day ended and we took shelter of cozy beds at hotels. Next morning, we started our day with having the delicious maggi, momos and thupkas, the traditional drink. The exploration began with Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala that lies inside the Tsuglagkhang Complex. This sacred building also encloses the residence of Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader.

On being here, you can have the breathtaking views of lush pine forests and savour natural beauty. We also visited another important attraction in Dharamshala, Kangra Art Museum which is a good place to visit if you have interest in Tibet religion. The artifacts of Tibetan and Buddhist culture is a delight in itself.

I bought colourful Tibetan flags and mini prayer wheels as souvenirs and left back cherishing the tranquillity that I experienced on my Dharamshala tour.

Exchange words with Nature on Shimla Tour

Posted on March 18th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off on Exchange words with Nature on Shimla Tour

Holiday in Shimla is all about fun, peace and relaxation.

Shimla TourShimla Tour

Tourists especially embark on a Shimla tour to spend a relaxing vacation and to enjoy an escape from the scorching heat.

My immense desire to travel to hills took me on a Shimla tour. I took along my friend Matheu with me on the trip and we went on exploring the “Queen of Hills”.

As we boarded train from Old Delhi, it took us overnight to reach Shimla. We kept our luggage in the already booked hotel room and went off to take rest in the comfy ambience. After some time, we were ready to go on Shimla sightseeing after filling our stomach with scrumptious breakfast.

With snow-covered Shivalik mountains, apple orchards and pine forests, Shimla just took away my heart. The stunning hill station, sprawled over 12 km on a crescent shaped ridge, Shimla is simply marvellous.

Jakhu Temple was the first tourist attraction in Shimla that we visited. Lying on Jakhu hill, it requires an hour challenging trek to the temple.

Shimla TourJakhu Temple, Shimla

The temple has legends attached to it, which says that Lord Hanuman rested at the place during his journey to Himalayas for Sanjivani Booti. Aggressive monkeys were surrounding the temple and get tempted to see the food items. We kept our eatable in bag to refrain from the attack of monkeys.

Next on our Shimla trip, we moved on to see the Christ Church, consecrated in the year 1846. The Church boasts of being the second oldest in North India. Adorned with an imposing Victorian architecture, the church has an impressive interior as well.

Another imposing structure that we visited was the Viceregal Lodge in Shimla. It is a mansion, built in 1888 for Lord Dufferin. This 100 years old building still retains its old world charm. Our Shimla travel enables us to enjoy the view of sunset at the place, enveloped by British style gardens.

We also visited Tara Devi Temple that lie 11 km from the town. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the temple offers peaceful ambience and forms an important part of Shimla tourism.

As Matheu wanted to buy some souvenirs for his family, he took me to the Mall. It was truly a hub of merriment with shops, a heritage theater and restaurants. He picked some good woollen stuff for family members and we visited a good restaurant where we relished South Indian cuisine.

From there, we went on to visit Kufri. The reason was to enjoy Skiing in Kufri. Based on our experience, I can say that Kufri is a great place for skiing.

The tour ended but the delightful memories occupied my mind.

Cherish Everlasting Memories with Mussoorie Tour

Posted on February 15th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off on Cherish Everlasting Memories with Mussoorie Tour

Gratifying tourists with its picture-perfect locations, Mussoorie is a gorgeous hill station in India. Visit Mussoorie in Uttarakhand to capture the dramatic views of the Dehradun valley and snowy peaks.

Visiting any hill station of India is always a delight. With its lush green hills, refreshing ambience and breathtaking views of nature, it took away my heart when I visited Mussoorie along with Kedal and Shijao, my best travel buddies.

Mussoorie TourismMussoorie Tourism

We visited the hill station from Delhi by road and it was a good experience of witnessing the gorgeous vistas of nature. Our first halt was at Dehradun where we got enchanted to see the splendour of Garhwall hills.

It started drizzling when we entered Mussoorie city and luckily we reached hotel before it rained heavily. The clean Mall Road welcomed us and we were filled with happiness. The view of the Doon Valley from the road was simply enchanting. After check in, we took rest for a while but the excitement to explore the town insisted us to move out soon. We gobbled our food at hotel and left for the Mussoorie sightseeing.

Forming an important part of Mussoorie tourism, Gun Hill was the first place, we visited. This rope way station lies at the end of the Road. We simply enjoyed this 400 m journey to the hill. It boasts of being the 2nd highest point of the town. The Gun point enabled us to capture the panoramic views of the beautiful hill town and the Himalayan ranges as well. The cloudy ambience further increased our joy.

We came back and relished dinner while sharing our experience of the day. Our next morning was dedicated to a visit to Municipal Garden, lying 4 km from Library point. There was an entry fee for the garden. It was well maintained and the long pines, a small canal and green house with gorgeous orchids altogether were enhancing its charm. Being a nature lover, I truly enjoyed the place.

Kempty Fall MussoorieKempty Fall, Mussoorie

A walk on the camel back road was next part of our travel to Mussoorie. Starting from Library Bazaar, it concludes at Kulri Bazaar. A refreshing ambience greeted us. We visited Kempty Falls, which was a bit crowded. Plunging its way from 40 ft from mountain, the gorgeous waterfall left us refreshed with a short bath while on our Mussoorie tour. It is the largest of the five cascades, emerging down from the mountains to flow down different huge rocks into the plains.

Serving among the popular attractions in Mussoorie, the Mall is the place where we went for shopping. I bought woollens for my family whereas my companions picked some souvenirs. We also had delicious paranthas and locally prepared ice creams after shopping.

It was a short but memorable trip to Mussoorie that transformed me into a refreshed person.

Hill Stations in India Serve as Perfect Holiday Retreat

Posted on October 11th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off on Hill Stations in India Serve as Perfect Holiday Retreat

With its picturesque hill stations, India is a wonderland for vacationers. Famous hill stations in India such as Gulmarg, Srinagar, Shimla, Ooty, Manali and Nainital beckon you for a refreshing experience.

Paragliding in OotyParagliding in Ooty

My wish to enjoy an escape got wings when I got to know that Riyon and Jesica, two of my best buddies were planning to visit hill stations in India. I buckled down and approached them for my interest in this trip and they welcomed my company this trip.

Riyon, an internet freak gathered information about the popular hill stations in India, which included:

  • Darjeeling Hill Station
  • Ooty Hill Station
  • Khandala Hill Station
  • Shimla Hill Station
  • Manali Hill Station
  • Kodaikanal Hill Station
  • Mount Abu Hill Station
  • Nainital Hill Station
  • Mussoorie Hill Station

Considering our budget, time in hand and our interests, we three agreed on second name, Ooty hill station in India. We left from Delhi by air and landed at the Bengaluru International Airport. Then, we all headed towards the hotel by a taxi.

After taking rest and filling up our stomachs with delicious food, we were all set to explore the enticing hill station in India. Enveloped in the green hills of Nilgirs of Tamilnadu, Ooty looked simply amazing with its terraced tea plantations, ochards of plums and peaches, pine and serene mountains. While gazing at the natural vistas of Ooty, I could easy understand why it served as the summer hill station of British.

Wherever you look, all you can see is the sheer natural beauty that leaves you with a refreshing feel.
Sprawling grasslands, dense forests and lofty mountains were looking like greeting us on our Ooty trip. Boating in the Ooty lake shed out stress of daily life and we were back to the hotel with a renew feel. The aromatic tea gardens also became a part of our exploration on our Ooty tour.

Jesica is truly crazy about collecting unique articles and her instinct insisted all of us to visit the Government Museum, which is another popular attraction in Ooty. It treasured the history of the Nilgiri District. The adventure spirit of Riyon took us to enjoy paragliding from the Kalhatty Ghats. Though I was bit scared as that was my first adventure, yet I completed it successfully.

Alas! We had to cancel our visit to Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary as we were running short of time. I, being a nature lover could not resist myself going to the Ooty Botanical Garden. Adorned with a variety of exotic plants, the garden helped me to relax and gain the tranquility of mind for which I always yearned for.

At the end of this mini trip, I was content with my India hill stations travel and came back with new zeal.

Nainital Houses for Honeymooners and Nature Lovers

Posted on July 24th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off on Nainital Houses for Honeymooners and Nature Lovers

No matter to chatter more but it flatters to the word a lot when to discuss about Nainital. I as a Software Engineer in Delhi recently came back from a weekend trip to Nainital. I have no wrinkle over my forehead to say Nainital is one of the most-visited hill stations in North India, attracting to visitors keep in their mind to come again. Although, I am not a pen-friend to glorify or defame anything, but Nainital attractions have brought me to share with you my travelogue that is answerable to help you, while minding to Nainital Holidays.

Naini LakeNaini Lake

Hopefully I would mean to guide you by this way of online communication to ease your Nainital Tour. You may take the Ranikhet Express from Old Delhi railway station, which leaves Delhi around 10.30 p.m. and reaches Ranikhet at 6.00 a.m. You can prefer to get down at Haldwani station, and have some pictorials of Nainital sightseeing on your way up to Nainital. From Ranikhet, you come to cab as I hired to a taxi. My taxi driver really was a good guide to introduce us with the Nainital Tourism. There is also an elite list of hotels in Nainital, serving me with the great hospitality. So, I quickly checked in to rest for my Nainital tourist places.

On the first day, the most enchanting view of the Naini Lake had evoked me to wake up early every morning. Merino’s cafe near the Naini Lake was fulsome of delicious breakfast. After I knew special to my trip from locals, Zoo was abundant of the beautiful flowers, but the main attraction in the Zoo was the Snow Leopard. On the way back to the hotel, I banked some enchanting experience such as Merino’s cafe and Zoo.

On the second day to my trip, I commenced for Mukteshwar Peak early in the morning. It is a 2-hour drive from the city. We clicked some pictures of apple orchards on the way. There is a famous temple at the peak of Mukteshwar and the exciting views of scenic beauty.

Mukteshwar Peak NainitalMukteshwar Peak Nainital

My taxi driver introduced me with Ghorakhal tea estate, a beautiful tea garden, while returning to Mukteshwar peak. I inhaled a long of fresh air and the dustless gulp of clean oxygen there. Truly it has been as an important page to my diary.

On the third day, I relished a lot, visiting the local market. I had breakfast of Aloo Poori at a shop in Mall Road, and then went to purchase the souvenirs from there. With a long walk along the lake and several good pictures, I rolled up reminiscing clicks to remind me my trip that was beautiful of majestic nature. Again I hope to go there when to get off the work.

Enjoy A Mysterious Adventure with Roopkund Trekking

Posted on March 23rd, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off on Enjoy A Mysterious Adventure with Roopkund Trekking

The day I read about Roopkund trek, I decided to explore the region in my next vacation but due to the peak time, I was not able to get even the weekends. After waiting for long, my application for a long vacation got approved and I packed my bags for Roopkund. Along with my best buddy Deepak, I booked a tour with one of the most reputed tour-planners. Since the region was totally new for me and him both, so we preferred to book it with an expert service provider.

We both were very excited to explore Roopkund. For me the reason was its mysterious history and for Deepak the reason was an adventure tour. The first day was of the tour was dedicated to Delhi. Even after spending so many years in Delhi, I found this capital city still has many unleashed faces. After exploring Delhi, the nest destination according to the tour plan was Nainital. I and Deepak were excited because we had never been to Nainital. Exploring Nainital for us was like an added flavour to the Roopkund trekking tour.

The next day, the surprise was Kausani, Baijnath, Mundoli, Nanda Gunti and Lohajung. We did not expect that the tour was going to be this much interesting. The night was hosted by Lohajung, the beautiful place. In early morning, we covered a trek route down into Gyan Ganga Valley and also followed a river before climbing to Didana.

As the days were passing, our adventure buds started craving for more. And then, they were fairly treated with a serious uphill trek through forests. The trip was going smooth but I and Deepak were waiting for Roopkund trek and as we were getting close to the destination, the excitement was getting increased.

We covered several other destinations in next two days including Bedini Bugya and Bagubasa. Finally, the day arrived and we were ready to get the glimpses of the mysterious lake Roopkund.

It was hard to believe that this amazing beauty of the Roopkund had a scaring face too. Also famous as the skeleton lake, this lake made me realize that abundant natural beauty could also be scary. It was getting hard to imagine the condition of the person who first discovered more than 500 human skeletons at the edge of this lake. The time we visited the lake, there was a thick layer of snow, but it is said that if the snow is not thick till date the remains of human as well as the animals can be seen.

After exploring the region for few hours, we came back to Bagubasa. In next 4 days, we explored many other destinations which included Pather, Nachauni, Bhuna, Kanol, Sitel and Rishikesh.

Roopkund trekking tour was over, but my heart was still there with the beauty and mystery of Roopkund lake whereas Deepak was loaded with unforgettable memories of the adventure tour.

Rendezvous with the Beauty of Darjeeling-Part-2

Posted on December 15th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Rendezvous with the Beauty of Darjeeling-Part-2

Being in Darjeeling, I experienced as if the divine nature has generously blessed the place. As the days were passing by, we felt like exploring more attractions of this amazingly beautiful land. The scenic charm, the perfect climate and the abundant beauty altogether made our tour even more interesting.

We decided to go on a short visit with its Toy Train. Started from Ghoom, the train took us to the narrow valleys of Darjeeling. This Land of Thunderbolt offers you a wonderful experience to traverse through zig-zag pathways. The serene beauty scattered along the rail line is a sight to behold. The beautiful vegetation is covered with amazing landscapes of snowy heights.

Zoological Park was our next destination. Situated just two km away from the main town, it is a home of different wildlife species. We saw there many animals like Siberian tigers, Tibetan barking wolf, red panda and Himalayan deer. It houses some rare species of animals and birds.

We headed for War Memorial, another popular attraction of the place. Constructed in the memory of heroic soldiers who sacrificed their life in the wars, it is a place worth to visit. It also offers astonishing views of snowy peaks in its backdrop.

During our tour, we got to know about the ‘Japanese Peace Pagoda’, which is a recent landmark built by Japanese monks. It offers an outstanding view of the town as well as the Himalayan ranges.
It still stands as a living emblem of peace in Darjeeling. As we started exploring the place, we found it as an outstanding temple of peace in design. Its white colour represents tranquility and unity. It is the epitome of Japanese style of architecture.

Before leaving for Delhi, we also visited Dhir Dham Temple. Located near Darjeeling railway station, this temple was constructed by Rai Saheb Purna Bahadur Pradhan. The architecture of the temple has been influenced by the renowned Pashupatinath Temple at Kathmandu. Outside the main temple, you can see an idol of Lord Shiva. Depicting ‘Pancha Bakram Tri Netram’ that means five various facial expressions of lord Shiva in diverse moods and the third eye.

Admiring our refreshing break, we bid goodbye to the beautiful land of Darjeeling.

Being in Darjeeling, I experienced as if the divine nature has generously blessed the place. As the days were passing by, we felt like exploring more attractions of this amazingly beautiful land. The scenic charm, the perfect climate and the abundant beauty altogether made our tour even more interesting.

 

We decided to go on a short visit with its Toy Train. Started from Ghoom, the train took us to the narrow valleys of Darjeeling. This Land of Thunderbolt offers you a wonderful experience to traverse through zig-zag pathways. The serene beauty scattered along the rail line is a sight to behold. The beautiful vegetation is covered with amazing landscapes of snowy heights.

 

Zoological Park was our next destination. Situated just two km away from the main town, it is a home of different wildlife species. We saw there many animals like Siberian tigers, Tibetan barking wolf, red panda and Himalayan deer. It houses some rare species of animals and birds.

 

We headed for War Memorial, another popular attraction of the place. Constructed in the memory of heroic soldiers who sacrificed their life in the wars, it is a place worth to visit. It also offers astonishing views of snowy peaks in its backdrop.

 

During our tour, we got to know about the ‘Japanese Peace Pagoda’, which is a recent landmark built by Japanese monks. It offers an outstanding view of the town as well as the Himalayan ranges.

It still stands as a living emblem of peace in Darjeeling. As we started exploring the place, we found it as an outstanding temple of peace in design. Its white colour represents tranquility and unity. It is the epitome of Japanese style of architecture.

 

Before leaving for Delhi, we also visited Dhir Dham Temple. Located near Darjeeling railway station, this temple was constructed by Rai Saheb Purna Bahadur Pradhan. The architecture of the temple has been influenced by the renowned Pashupatinath Temple at Kathmandu. Outside the main temple, you can see an idol of Lord Shiva. Depicting ‘Pancha Bakram Tri Netram’ that means five various facial expressions of lord Shiva in diverse moods and the third eye.

 

Admiring our refreshing break, we bid goodbye to the beautiful land of Darjeeling.

Darjeeling-Blessed with Celestial Beauty Part-1

Posted on December 8th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Darjeeling-Blessed with Celestial Beauty Part-1

The scenic beauty of the enchanting city of Darjeeling is beyond description. You can only realize it after visiting the place. Recently, I got an opportunity to visit this beautiful land for an official meeting with my colleagues. We planned to explore the beauty of the place after finishing up with the official work. As we were on official trip, we got all the facilities including air ticket, hotel booking etc.

We went Darjeeling by flight from Delhi. It is around 90 km away from the capital city. We reached Bagdogra airport in three hours and then moved ahead for the main town by car. Again, it took around three hours to reach the town and soon we were transferred to the hotel. It was a standard hotel and we were served with all the facilities. We reached there in late afternoon and welcomed by the snow-capped peaks, green valleys and enchanting waterfalls.

At first, we visited the famous Tiger Hill, which is known for offering impressive views of the majestic Everest. I must say that the place is best to capture the glimpses of first rays of the Sun. For nature enthusiasts, it is a must see place.

Just five km away from the main town, there lies the Batasia Loop. Located on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway between Ghoom and Darjeeling, it gives an amazing impression of an engineering marvel. The awesome food that we enjoyed there piping hot Momos, Thupka and Tongbas (beer) was available at affordable price. Darjeeling Tea, Noodles and Soups are also worth to give it a try.

While in Darjeeling, we also wanted to make the most of our time. So in evening we visited the nearby tea garden named Happy Valley Tea Estate. It allows you to see the manufacturing process of famous Darjeeling Tea. Visiting these tea gardens is a best way to soothe your eyes by lush green surroundings.

How could we miss out the passenger ropeway? No doubt, it is one of the most beautiful attractions of the place. Starting at North Point, it is around five km long and connects the city with Singla Bazaar. Passing over the green tea estates and beautiful hills, it offers you an amazing experience.

To be continued…

Traverse Through the Zig-Zag Pathways with India Toy Trains

Posted on December 2nd, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Traverse Through the Zig-Zag Pathways with India Toy Trains

Darjeeling Toy Train Darjeeling Toy Train

Few months back, I got an opportunity to enjoy an exciting ride by Darjeeling Toy Train, a popular toy train of India. Fed up with my stressful life, I planned the trip with two of my colleagues, Srishti and Sameer. The reason that insisted us to travel by a toy train was to see closely the natural beauty and tea gardens of Darjeeling. We all were so excited to have the first class tickets of this toy train.

Darjeeling is a Himalayan town situated in the state of West Bengal. The place is known for its salubrious climatic conditions and beautiful wonderment of nature. During my visit, I could realize that why it is called the queen of the hills. Enveloped with the fascinating mountains and green pine trees, the place looks like a picture-perfect location. Sitting on cushioned personal seats in a funky decorated train car, we slowly started our ride from Silliguri, which is around 77 km away at 10:30 a.m.

The train ride took us through three different types of terrain. As we started, we could see the small bushy trees and yellow grass all around. After that, we began to climb the hill, which was really a thrilling experience. The scenic beauty scattered along the rail line is a thing to enjoy forever. The luxurious vegetation is covered with beautiful landscapes of snowy heights. The best part about the train was that it moved very slowly and thus, we could treat our eyes with some amazing glimpses of the natural beauty. Not only this, but we could also explore the famous attractions like Observatory Hill, Tiger Hill and Mall.

Soon, we found ourselves into a jungle atmosphere. All we could see was enchanting waterfalls and big plants. If you do not pay attention while peeping out of the windows, they might slap you in the face. When the train switched back, I could reach out and plucked the flowers of different shapes, colours and sizes, growing outside the windows.

After Kurseong, this beautiful destination has tea gardens all the way. Here, you get time to pause and give a smile at the people passing by. The next stoppage at Ghum, where we saw the colourful monastery. Finally, the train reached Darjeeling station. We ended our journey with this train around 5 p.m.

This toy train has also gained UNESCO World Heritage recognition. Travelling by a toy train is the best way to enjoy the charm of Darjeeling with your family, friends or loved ones.

Srinagar City Tour for a Unique Experience

Posted on September 22nd, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off on Srinagar City Tour for a Unique Experience

Last month, I got an opportunity to visit Srinagar with my cousin, who was going there for some official work. I had nothing much to do while he planned this trip so I too decided to accompany him.

Popularly known as ‘Venice of the East’, Srinagar is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

It lies in Kashmir valley, on the banks of Jhelum river. I had heard a lot about the lakes and houseboats of Srinagar, so that was perfect opportunity for me to explore them.

Soon, we were in Srinagar. My cousin completed his official work same day and then we had ample time to explore the city, so we embarked on Srinagar City Tour to make the most of it.

We went to see the famous sites of the area like Dal Lake and Gulmarg or Yusmarg. Besides these beautiful locations, we also visited historical places of pilgrimages like Shankaracharya Hill and the Vedic Shiva Temple. Many devotees were there to do puja among the heavy security.

The beauty of Mughul Gardens captivated me for some time. It was one of the best gardens I have seen in India. We also saw the Shri Pratap Singh Museum that had large rock sculpted idols of Vishnu and other Vedic divinities. Another famous place I visited is Shah Hamdan mosque which is dedicated to Shah Hamdan.

Following are several other attractions which became a part of our exploration during the tour:

Hari Parbat Fort

The 18th century fort is located at the Sharika Hill. This fort was constructed by Atta Mohammad Khan. Lies to the west of the Dal lake, this fort is a famous tourist attraction.

Hazratbal Mosque

Situated on the western shore of Dal Lake, it is an important Muslim religious place. Its amazing white marble elegance can be seen in the crystal clear waters of the lake.

Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal or the ‘House of the Fairies’ is located just above Chashma Shahi Gardens, which is around 10 km from Srinagar. Pari Mahal is a historic monument and a well-laid garden. It also overlooks the beautiful Dal Lake.

Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin

The tomb of King Zain-ul-Abidin shows a clear Persian influence in its amazing domed construction and glazed tiles.

Our curiosity to explore the Excursions of Srinagar took us to following places:

Gulmarg

The valley of Gulmarg is located at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level. It is a pleasant hill town situated around 52 km southeast of Srinagar. Flowering plants, golf course and snow sports activities during winters are some popular attractions of the place.

Pahalgam

It is located 95 km east of Srinagar in the Liddar Valley. The place is famous for its several adventure sports activities like trekking, hiking and fishing.

Sonamarg

Sonamarg lies around 80 km in the northeast of Srinagar. Situated at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level, the place offers breathtaking views of snow covered Himalayan peaks.

After enjoying Shikara Ride, we came back to our hotel in late evening. Next morning, we left for home with delightful memories.

 

Last month, I got an opportunity to visit Srinagar with my cousin, who was going there for some official work. I had nothing much to do while he planned this trip so I too decided to accompany him.

 

Popularly known as ‘Venice of the East’, Srinagar is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

It lies in Kashmir valley, on the banks of Jhelum river. I had heard a lot about the lakes and houseboats of Srinagar, so that was perfect opportunity for me to explore them.

 

Soon, we were in Srinagar. My cousin completed his official work same day and then we had ample time to explore the city, so we embarked on Srinagar City Tour to make the most of it.

 

We went to see the famous sites of the area like Dal Lake and Gulmarg or Yusmarg. Besides these beautiful locations, we also visited historical places of pilgrimages like Shankaracharya Hill and the Vedic Shiva Temple. Many devotees were there to do puja among the heavy security.

 

The beauty of Mughul Gardens captivated me for some time. It was one of the best gardens I have seen in India. We also saw the Shri Pratap Singh Museum that had large rock sculpted idols of Vishnu and other Vedic divinities. Another famous place I visited is Shah Hamdan mosque which is dedicated to Shah Hamdan.

 

Following are several other attractions which became a part of our exploration during the tour:

 

Hari Parbat Fort

The 18th century fort is located at the Sharika Hill. This fort was constructed by Atta Mohammad Khan. Lies to the west of the Dal lake, this fort is a famous tourist attraction.

Hazratbal Mosque

Situated on the western shore of Dal Lake, it is an important Muslim religious place. Its amazing white marble elegance can be seen in the crystal clear waters of the lake.

 

Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal or the ‘House of the Fairies’ is located just above Chashma Shahi Gardens, which is around 10 km from Srinagar. Pari Mahal is a historic monument and a well-laid garden. It also overlooks the beautiful Dal Lake.

 

Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin

The tomb of King Zain-ul-Abidin shows a clear Persian influence in its amazing domed construction and glazed tiles.

 

 

Our curiosity to explore the Excursions of Srinagar took us to following places:

 

 

Gulmarg

The valley of Gulmarg is located at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level. It is a pleasant hill town situated around 52 km southeast of Srinagar. Flowering plants, golf course and snow sports activities during winters are some popular attractions of the place.

Pahalgam

It is located 95 km east of Srinagar in the Liddar Valley. The place is famous for its several adventure sports activities like trekking, hiking and fishing.

Sonamarg

 

Sonamarg lies around 80 km in the northeast of Srinagar. Situated at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level, the place offers breathtaking views of snow covered Himalayan peaks.

 

After enjoying Shikara Ride, we came back to our hotel in late evening. Next morning, we left for home with delightful memories.