KASHMIR: A Trip to Paradise

20th Jul 2014
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Titanic View Point, Kashmir
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Sunset View, Pahalgam
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River side Beauty, Pahalgam
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River, Pahalgam
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Wood Houses, Patnitop
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River View, Pahalgam
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Besides the River
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Hill-Top Hotel
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Snow-packed Mountains

How did God come up with this Creativity ?? This is the question that kept my mind flooded during my entire trip to Jammu & Kashmir. Ever since the time I was able to be myself, the childhood habit of Curiosity towards New Places didn't seem to get rid of me. Even today, this Curiosity has kept me alive. It is like my passion to visit places.

I, recently with my parents had this Golden Opportunity to visit The Paradise on Earth: Kashmir. Now, that is place you don't often seem to visit during your Summer Vacation. Going on spiral roads to the peak of a hill at Patnitop was just enthusiastic as to feel the Wonders Of the Nature in a totally different way. Pahalgam is cultural place where i felt and had an awesome experience of a pure Kashmiri Livlihood. As are the mind-blowing hotels so are the brilliance of the nature around Pahalgam. Keeping the best for the last, we arrive to Gulmarg, the Heart of Kashmir. Geographically located at the centre of some minor ranges of The Great Himalayas, Gulmarg is a place you had dreaming long your life to come and stay. The experience cannot be expressed in words. From the Nature's Wonders to The Gondola Ride, nothing has yet left my nerves. This one week long trip had just ended and I was like.... "WHAT!!!!!!!"

Gulmarg ("Meadow of Flowers") is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is within the Himalayas and is within miles of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.ccording to CNN, Gulmarg is the "heartland of winter sports in India." Gulmarg was being mooted as a possible host for the 2010 Commonwealth Winter Games. As such, Gulmarg has been rated by CNN International as Asia's seventh best ski destination. This resort is famous because of its "Gulmarg Gondola," one of the highest cable car in the world, reaching 3,979 metres. The two-stage ropeway ferries about 600 people per hour to and from the gondola main station in Gulmarg to a shoulder of nearby Mt. Apharwat Summit (4,200 m (13,780 ft)). The ropeway project is a joint venture of the Jammu and Kashmir government and French firm Pomagalski.

Photo of Gulmarg by Mayank Raj
Photo of Gulmarg by Mayank Raj
Photo of Gulmarg by Mayank Raj

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 favourite place for shooting of Bollywood films, and is still a health resort. Besides tourist huts, several hotels in 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. Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari (2,895 m), 16 km from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the yatra that takes place every year in the month of Sawan (July to August).

Photo of Pahalgam by Mayank Raj
Photo of Pahalgam by Mayank Raj

Patnitop or Patni Top is a hilltop tourist location in Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir state of India on National Highway 1A 112 km (70 mi) from Jammu on the way from Udhampur to Srinagar. Situated on a plateau in the Shiwalik belt of the Himalayas, Patnitop sits at an altitude of 2,024 m (6,640 ft). The river Chenab flows in close proximity to this location.The name 'Patnitop' is a distortion of the original name of the place, "Patan Da Talab" meaning "Pond of the Princess". In olden times a pond existed in the meadows and a certain princess often used to bathe there. Some part of the pond still exists near the local youth hostel. It may be the case that the British had difficulties recording the Indian name correctly in their revenue records. Hence, over the years the name has changed from "Patan Da Talab" to Patnitop.

Photo of Patnitop by Mayank Raj
Photo of Patnitop by Mayank Raj
Photo of Patnitop by Mayank Raj

Srinagar is one of several places that has 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 wular lake and manasbal lake to the north of srinagar. Wular lake is one of the largest fresh water 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; and the Naseem Bagh, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden

Photo of Srinagar by Mayank Raj

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