• Pari Mahal

    As per Hiuen-Tsang, the site had earlier a big Buddhist vihar and a Stupa were in the holly tooth of lord Buddha was placed, the traces of either important heritages are not seen now arround. In ancient past, the site has been now with kashmiri's as "Kuntilan". Present Pari Mahal is located in the glen of Zabarwan Hill on a spur between Cheshma Shahi and Oberoi Palace on the southern side of famous Dal Lake adjacent to Raj Bhawan (Governor House).

  • Cheshma Shahi

    It is situated high upon the slope of a mountain (Zabarwan) overlooking Dal Lake. It is about one km from Pari Mahal. The garden was laid out in 1642 AD under the orders of Shahi Jahaan by Ali Mardan Khan governor of Kashmir. It has a famous spring of cool transparent sweet water having unparallel digestive qualities. The garden is having three terraces, central aqua duct tank, water fall and fountains which are fed by Sparkling waters from the spring. The garden is spread over an area of 6.5 ha and has been extended from both east and west side further, to accommodate more number of visitors who throng the garden especially at dusk hours in the summer. Lightning effects have recently been introduced to increase the grace this mughal garden.

  • Nishat Garden

    The Garden of bliss laid down by Asif Khan father of Empress Noorjahan in 1633AD on the bank of Dal Lake with Zabarvan Massif at the back. Nishat commands magnificent view of the Lake and the Snow capped Pir Panchal Range to the west of the valley.

  • Shalimar Garden

    The garden is laid down in four terraces, rising one above the other. A canal runs through the garden lined with polished stones and supplies with water from Harwan.

This idyllic village on the banks of the Lidder River is popular with golfers and anglers. Pahalgam also has camping facilities, ponies for short rides, skiing equipment for the winter and white water rafting in the Lidder. At Kolahoi Glacier close by, it is possible to have a sledge ride on the ice. The surrounding pine forests are home to the Himalayan brown bear.
Pahalgam serves as base camp for the famous pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave.

The name literally means 'valley of flowers'. These highland pastures are at 2,730 meters. The approach through towering poplars reaches you to expanses of undulating slopes, lush green in summer and pristine white in winter. It offers a magnificent view of the mountains and is frequented by skiers, golfers and trekkers. The shrine of Baba Reshi, a saint revered by both Hindus and Muslims, lies close to Gulmarg.

This 'Golden Meadow' at a height of 2,740 meters is a tranquil mountain retreat wooded with sycamore, silver birch, fir and pine trees. 20 kms east lies the Zoji-La Pass at 3,540 meters, leading to the moonscape-like deserts of Ladakh. The Nichnai Pass offers a stunning view encompassing the lakes of Kishensar, Vishensar and Gangabal. Angling and skiing are popular pastimes here as is trekking to Pahalgam or the Thajiwas Glacier.

The largest fresh-water lake in India, spread out over 125 km, it is fed by the Jhelum River. This large water body, constantly turbulent and shimmering with the force of the winds, attracts several migratory and indigenous bird species.

This shrine dedicated to the goddess Ragnya Devi was built in 1912 by Maharaja Pratap Singh and later renovated by Maharaja Hari Singh. The deity is placed within a spring amidst chinar trees.

This city, now in ruins, was built in the 9th century by King Avantivarman, and includes a temple complex dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva.

One of the most popular and sacred pilgrimage sites, this cave, at a height of 3,888 meters, with a unique naturally formed ice lingam (Lord Shiva's phallic symbol) draws thousands of devotees on a demanding annual trek on a route that normally takes five days to and fro.