History of Kashmir

Kashmir Valley

Kashmir - Poetry of Nature

Tourist Attraction in Kashmir

Srinagar

Pahalgham

Gulmarg

Sonmarg

How To Reach Kashmir

Travel Agent Kashmir

Amarnath Pilgrimage Yatra

Vaishno Devi Yatra

Kashmir Family Holiday

Kashmir Honeymoon Special

Kashmir 6 Nights / 7 Days

 

History of Kashmir
According to the Mahabharata, the Kambojas ruled Kashmir during the epic period with a Republican system of government. In the first half of the first millennium, the Kashmir region became an important center of Buddhism and later of Hinduism. In 1349, Shah Mir became the first Muslim ruler of Kashmir and inaugurated the Salatin-i-Kashmir or Swati dynasty. For the next five centuries, Muslim monarchs ruled Kashmir, including the Mughals, who ruled from 1526 until 1751, then the Afghan Durrani Empire that ruled from 1747 until 1820. That year, the Sikhs under Ranjit Singh, annexed Kashmir. In 1846, upon the purchase of the region from the British under the Treaty of Amritsar, the Dogras—under Gulab Singh—became the new rulers. Dogra Rule, under the paramountcy (or tutelage) of the British Crown, lasted until 1947.

The Nilamata Purana describes the Valley’s origin from the waters; Ka (“water”) + Shimir (“to desiccate”), hence, Kaashmir denotes “a land desiccated from water”. An alternate nominal origin theory proposes that Kaashmir is a contraction of either Kashyap-mira or Kashyapmir or Kashyapmeru, denoting the “sea of Kashyapa” and the “mountain of Kashyapa”, eponyms of Kashyapa, the sage credited with having drained the primordial Satisar lake that occupied the Kaashmir valley before he reclaimed it from the water. Considering the Valley an embodiment of the goddess Uma, the Nilamata Purana gives it the place-name Kaashmira, from which derives the contemporary Kashmir place-name. Nonetheless, the Kaashmiris colloquially use the place-name Kashir, which is phonetically derived from Kaashmir.

The Buddhist Mauryan emperor Ashoka is often credited with having founded the old capital of Kashmir, Shrinagari, now ruins on the outskirts of modern Srinagar. Kashmir was long to be a stronghold of Buddhism.


Kashmir Valley
The Kashmir valley or Vale of Kashmir is a valley between Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range. It is around 135 km long and 32 km wide, formed by the Jhelum River. It was called as "Paradise on Earth" by Jahangir. Currently it has population of around 4 million, mostly Muslim. It lies completely within Indian administration in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar is its main city and also the summer capital of the state. Other main cities are Anantnag and Baramulla. The popular tourist places in the valley are Gulmarg, Dal Lake, Pahalgam, Amarnath temple, Rawalakot etc. Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashma Shahi, Pari Mahal, Hazratbal Mosque, Jama Masjid, Shankaracharya Temple, Makhdoom Sahib, Martand, Awantipur.

Jammu is known as the city of temples as a number of temples wrapped in age-old myths dot the area. Also there are quite a few forts and palaces. Some important places of interest are: Ranbireshwar Temple, Raghunath Temple, Bahu Fort & Gardens, Peer Baba, Mahamaya Temple, Lakshmi Narayan temple, Amar Mahal Palace, Sudh Mahadev temple, Gauri Kund, Mansar Lake, Purmandal.


Kashmir - Poetry of Nature
Set like a jeweled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a many-faceted diamond, changing its character with the seasons - always extravagantly beautiful. Three Himalayan ranges, Karakoram, Zanskar and Pir Panjal - snow-capped, majestic, frame the landscape from Northwest to northeast. Great rivers flow down from these mountains into the valleys below, forested with wild orchards and lily laden lakes.

Kashmir is awesome grandeur, serenity, and a wild profusion of colour. The Mughals, who celebrated beauty, planted their symmetrical gardens and added a further dimension to the valleys of Kashmir. They also left behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among the people, making the handicrafts of the land prized gifts the world over.

Kashmir is a land where myriad holiday ideas take shape. In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, skiing, tobogganing, sled-riding are popular sports. In spring and summer, the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the many delights the mountains and valleys have to offer. Golf at 3,000 meters above the sea, water-skiing, sailing and angling for prized rainbow trout or simply drift into dreams down the willow fringed alleys of lakes in gorgeous houseboats. The possibilities are endless.


Tourist Attraction in Kashmir
During the 19th century rule, Kashmir was a popular tourist destination due to its climate. Only 200 passes a year were issued by the government. European sportsmen and travellers, in addition to residents of India, traveled there freely. The railway to Rawalpindi, and a road thence to Srinagar made access to the valley easier. When the temperature in Srinagar rose at the beginning of June, the residents migrated to Gulmarg, which was a fashionable hill station during British rule. This great influx of visitors resulted in a corresponding diminution of game for the sportsmen. Special game preservation rules were introduced, and nullahs were let out for stated periods with a restriction on the number of head to be shot. Rawalakot was another popular destination.

Srinagar
Dating back to the 3rd century BC, founded by Emperor Ashoka, Srinagar grew on both banks of the river Jhelum in the heart of the Kashmir Valley. It is the state capital and lies 900 kms north of Delhi. The Dal Lake is its waterfront. Between the lake and the mountain ranges are the Moghul gardens, Shalimar, Nishat and Chasm-e-shahi.

The oldest and largest of mosques of Kashmir are also in Srinagar. In the heart of the city, rises the 304 meters high Shankaracharya Hill also known as the Throne of King Solomon. It offers a panoramic view of the city, the valley and the Pir Panjal range. On the north-eastern side is Hari Parbat, another sacred mount which has a fortification built by Emperor Akbar in 1592, surrounded by fragrant almond orchards. A Durga temple stands nearby at Chareshwari. Then there are the Pather Masjid, built in 1620 by the Empress Nur Jehan, the Madani Masjid built by Sultan Zain-ul-Abdin, the poet-musician-ruler of Kashmir, the single greatest influence on the artistic heritage of the land.

Within motorable distance of Srinagar, are the following places:
Avantipur - Famous for its sulphur springs and Moghul summer palaces.

Martand (on the way from Srinagar to Pahalgham) with a 7th century Vishnu temple built by King Lalitaditya Muktapid. Martand is also famous for its hot springs with curative powers. A surya (sun) temple built by Lalitaditya lies in ruins 3 kms. away, revealing a definite Roman influence with Bengali Pala architecture.

Kokarnag - 70 kms. away in the heart of the Bhringi valley - has springs flowing at an altitude of 2,000 mts. said to possess miraculous curative powers. The remains of a pavilion and baths built by the Moghuls can be seen at Verinag, 80 kms. away from Srinagar. The Jhelum has its source here.

Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, has the Himalayan black and brown bear, musk deer and the Kashmiri stag hangul.

Burzahom - the remains of a settlement dating back to 2,500 BC.


Pahalgham
Unspoilt by the ravages of progress, 96 kms. east of Srinagar, nestled on the banks of the river Lidder lies the quaint village of Pahalgham. The serious angler’s delight, even amateurs manage a fair catch of rainbow trout from the rushing streams with bustling schools of fish. The large brown bear is a natural inhabitant of the thick pine an fir forests that cover the mountainside. Pahalgham has a golf course at 2400 mts. above sea level and is well equipped as a base for trekkers. Camping equipment, ponies and porters are readily available. Kolahoi glacier is the popular destination via Aru, a charming meadow. Pilgrims bound for Amarnath stop at Pahalgham, their first point of worship.

Gulmarg
India’s finest ski resort, Gulmarg, 53 kms. from Srinagar, is known as “The Meadow Of Flowers”. It also has the distinction of offering the highest natural golf course in the world at 2890 mts. Mid-December to March, Gulmarg becomes an exciting winter sports resort. Skiing, tobogganing, ski-bobbing, are some of the activities offered here, with instruction and equipment facilities.

Sonmarg
Gateway to Ladakh, at an altitude of 2740 mts. with brilliant forests of sycamore and alpine flowers, silver birch, fir and pine, Sonmarg is a golden meadow of enthralling beauty. Three lakes, Kishtawar, Vishensar and Gangatal can be viewed from the snow-covered Nichinai Pass. 20 kms. east of Sonmarg is the Zoji-la Pass at 3540 mts. which leads into the Ladakh plateau.

How To Reach Kashmir
How to reach Jammu and Kashmir by Air: The state has three airports, namely: Srinagar, Jammu and Leh. Major airlines like: Indian Airlines, Jet Airways operate regular flights to these airports.

How to reach Jammu and Kashmir by Road: The state has good road network connecting important neighbourhood cities Delhi, Amritsar Ambala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Shimla and Manali.

How to reach Jammu and Kashmir by Rail: The most important railways station is Jammu Tawi, which is served many important trains and is so well connected with the rest of the country.

Travel Agent Kashmir
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