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THE QUTUB COMPLEX IN DELHI

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The Qutb Minar complex, which drew 3.9 million visitors in 2006, was India’s most visited monument that year, ahead of Taj Mahal. The Qutub complex are ancient monuments and buildings in Delhi, India, named after the religious figure Sufi Sant Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, was begun by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who later became the first Sultan of Delhi of the Mamluk Dynasty (Gulam Dynasty) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site   

Many rulers, including the Tughlaqs, Alauddin Khalji and the British added structures to the complex. Apart from the Qutb Minar and the Quwwat ul-Islam Mosque, other structures in the complex include the Alai Darwaza gate, the Alai Minar and the Iron pillar, and inside the complex lie the tombs of Iltutmish, Alauddin Khalji and Imam Zamin 

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Qutab Minar a soaring 73m-high ancient tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15m diameter at the base to just 2.5m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in India. A 7m-high iron pillar stands in the Qutub Complex. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled. The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer

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The Qutb Minar is inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, it is an important example of early Afghan architecture, which later evolved into Indo-Islamic Architecture. The Qutb Minar is 72.5metres (239 ft) high, has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony carried on muqarnas corbel and tapers from a diameter 14.3metres at the base to 2.7metres at the top, which is 379 steps away. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with surrounding buildings and monuments. No one can, however, dispute that the tower is not only one of the finest monuments in India, but also in the world. Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced the construction of the Qutab Minar, but could only finish the it, his successor, Iltutmush, added three more storeys, and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey

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The development of architectural styles from Aibak to Tughlak is quite evident in the Minar. The relief work and even the materials used for construction differ. The 238 feet Qutab Minar is 47 feet at the base and tapers to nine feet at the apex. The tower is ornamented by bands of inscriptions and by four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets. Even though in ruins, the Quwwat Ui Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque in the Qutab complex is one of the most magnificent structures in the world. Qutab-ud-din Aibak started its construction in 1193 and the mosque was completed in 1197. Iltutmush in 1230 and Alla-ud-din Khilji in 1315 made additions to the building. The main mosque comprises of an inner and outer courtyard,decorated with shafts and surrounded by piller

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The Alai Darwaza is a main gateway from southern side of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. It was built by the second Khalji Sultan of Delhi, Ala-ud-din Khalji in 1311 AD, who also added a court to the pillared to the eastern side. The domed gateway is decorated with red sandstone and inlaid white marble decorations, inscriptions in Naskh script, latticed stone screens and showcases the remarkable craftsmanship of the Turkish artisans who worked on it. This is the first building in India to employ Islamic architecture principles in its construction and ornamentation

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The unique iron pillar is one of the world’s foremost metallurgical curiosities. The pillar, 7.21-metre high and weighing more than six tonnes, was originally erected by Chandragupta II Vikramaditya (375–414 AD) in front of a Vishnu Temple complex at Udayagiri around 402 AD, and later shifted by Anangpal in the 10th century CE from Udaygiri to its present location. Anangpal built a Vishnu Temple here and wanted this pillar to be a part of that temple. The estimated weight of the decorative bell of the pillar is 646 kg while the main body weighs 5,865 kg, thus making the entire pillar weigh 6,511kg. The pillar bears an inscription in Sanskrit in Brahmi script dating 4th century AD, which indicates that the pillar was set up as a Vishnudhvaja, standard of god, on the hill known as Vishnupada in memory of a mighty king named Chandra, believed to Chandragupta II. A deep socket on the top of this ornate capital suggests that probably an image of Garuda was fixed into it, as common in such flagpoles

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The Tomb of the Delhi Sultanate ruler, Iltutmish, the second Sultan (1211–1236), built 1235 CE, central chamber is a 9mt. sq. and has squinches, suggesting the existence of a dome, The main cenotaph, in white marble, is placed on a raised platform in the centre of the chamber. The facade is known for its ornate carving, both at the entrance and the interior walls. The interior west wall has a prayer niche (mihrab) decorated with marble, and a rich amalgamation of Indo-Islamic architecture, such as bell-and-chain, tassel, lotus, diamond emblems

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Alauddin Khalji started building the Alai Minar after he had doubled the size of Quwwat ul-Islam mosque built before 1311AD. He conceived this tower to be two times higher than Qutb Minar in proportion with the enlarged mosque. The construction was however abandoned, just after the completion of the 24.5-metre-high (80 ft) first-story core; soon after the death of Alauddin in 1316, and never taken up by his successors of Khalji dynasty. The first storey of the Alai Minar, a giant rubble masonry core, still stands today, which was evidently intended to be covered with dressed stone later on. Noted Sufi poet and saint of his times, Amir Khusro in his work, Tarikh-i-Alai, mentions Ala-ud-din’s intentions to extend the mosque and also constructing another minar

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THE ROMANTIC CITY UDAIPUR

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Designated as the “Venice of East” Udaipur a romantically beautiful city. Make a visit to the Udaipur City and you will be left surprised. Had been the royal capital of Mewar rulers for centuries, Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation stone of Udaipur in 1557 A.D. Udaipur continued to be the capital of Mewar, till it became the princely state of British India. One of the most popular tourist destinations in India attracting visitors from across the globe, with lush green surroundings of Aravalli Mountains this city is popular by the phrase of “City of Lakes”. Picturesque lakes surroundings with Ancient Massive Palaces, Unique Architecture and its Royal Past fascinate people to visit the Ancient Land of the Royalty. Cherry on the top, to have been brought up in a city filled with eternal beauty and everything magical around, Udaipur has each and every ingredient which can relish its visitor’s palaces, museums, hills, gardens, forest, fountains and statutes. This city has the power to make you forget all your worries and feel like this is the only place where you truly belong to. So to describe this unique city, place which is famous for its Royal-Era palaces and scenic locations, a city that carries wide history and culture, a destination which is on the bucket list of so thousands of visitors

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City Palace of Udaipur one of the architectural marvels of India, this majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, with contributions from several rulers of the Mewar dynasty. Its construction began in 1553, built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in the state of Rajasthan. It was built atop a hill, in a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, providing a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Overlooking picturesque lake, several beautiful palaces and historic monuments

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Lake Palace of Udaipur is one of the most romantic places on this earth. The Palace situated amidst the scenic Pichola Lake offers a heavenly view to the onlooker. The imposing Aravalli Hills on one side and soaring palaces on the other, make the perfect background to this beautiful Lake Palace. The Lake Palace was built between 1743 and 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur, Rajasthan as a summer palace. It was initially called Jagniwas or Jan Niwas after its founder. The rulers used this palace as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains, and gardens. The walls made of black and white marbles are adorned by semi-precious stones and ornamented niches

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Vintage & Classic Car Collection Museum in Udaipur worthwhile for a peek into India’s erstwhile grandeur and sense of luxury. There are different vintage cars enclosed in different corners with full descriptions of their make, year and engine specifications on an adjacent signboard. Horse carriages of old times and vintage cars Rolls Royce Phantom featured in Octopussy, and the Cadillac Convertible that was used by Queen Elizabeth on her visit to India in 1961. In a separate enclosure, there are also solar powered cycles and other interesting means of transport

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World Heritage Site Kumbhalgarh fort near the city of Udaipur the Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, The massive monument with the walls of the fort extending over 38 km, it is claimed to be the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China; the fort is among the largest fort complexes in the World, Kumbhalgarh in its current form was built and ruled by the by Rana Kumbha in 15th century. Occupied until the late 19th century. The fort is believed to have been built by King Samprati of the Maura Age on account of the strategic importance during the 6th century. Built on a hilltop 1,100 m (3,600 ft) above sea level on the Aravalli range, the fort of Kumbhalgarh has perimeter walls that extend 36 km (22 mi), making it one of the longest walls in the world

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JAISALMER THE GOLDEN CITY OF INDIA

 

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Jaisalmer “The Golden City of India The unique tourist destination of its kind, having its own worth with many reasons to visit. The Rajput Ruler Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156 A.D. The Jaisalmer fort known as Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort rises from the sand and merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience. One of the very few “living forts” in the world, as nearly one fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort. For the better part of its 800-year history, the fort was the city of Jaisalmer. The first settlements outside the fort walls, to accommodate the growing population of Jaisalmer, are said to have come up in the 17th century.

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The setting sun in its most colorful shades gives it a fairy tale appearance. It is simply magical – as the bastions envelop a whole township that consists of the palace complex. This unique living center, formerly an ancient fort, is home to thousands of people with colorful shops and unique corners in honeycombed old houses on crossing lanes. Walking past houses and shops and stop for a cup of masala tea on a rooftop beautiful restaurants for spectacular panoramic views.

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This amazing place having Jaisalmer Fort and the Beautiful Havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city. And you can let your eyes caress the sloping sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. The desert citadel is truly a golden fantasy in the Thar Desert.

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Sam sand dunes at the distance of 42-45 km from the main city is the unique and really unforgettable experience, these dunes are simply a delight. Regarded as top 10 must see tourist destinations in Rajasthan by Lonely Planet, the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is a rare desert area, lying on the borders of Jaisalmer Desert National Park. The desert camping with stay in mud cottages and Swiss tents, right next to the dunes. Enjoy special dance and music performance by Local Rajasthani performers along with relishing delicacies. Bonfire during the night under the star-lit sky is wonderful

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Rajasthan uniquely famous for its royalty, great hospitality, amazing foods, colorful culture, festivals and the most splendid, artistic forts and palaces, amazing rare desert. The people of Rajasthan are known for their culture which is nearly 5000 years old and which is blend of tradition and history and old age charm

 

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WORLD HERITAGE SITE JAIPUR THE WALLED CITY

JAIPUR 03Jaipur the walled city World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO and the capital city of Rajasthan founded in 1727 named after its founder; Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (Ruled 1688 to 1744) known as the “Pink City of India”. There’s much more to Rajasthan’s capital than its pink-red tinged buildings and historic splendour. Endowed with natural beauty and a great royal history, Folklore of heroism and romance resound from the formidable monuments that majestically stand to tell the tale of a bygone era. The city has a habit of tickling travellers pink. Here you’ll find a well-preserved and living past  stunning hilltop forts, glorious palaces, colourful culture and best hospitality. This majestic home to erstwhile royals is complete with old-world charm surrounded by colorful markets and chaotic streets. About 6 hours away from Indian capital city New Delhi, grand palaces and havelis is surrounded by mighty fortresses make this place a welcome respite from high-rise malls and vibrent urban living best way to call ancient to modern. Here you will see many stopovers to get an opportunity zoom the past

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CITY PALACE JAIPURThe City Palace Complex located in the heart of the walled city, City Palace gives you an idea about the farsightedness of the founder of Jaipur Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture in the city, City Palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajput Architecture.

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Hawa Mahal (Wind Place) The poet king Sawai Pratap Singh built this palace of winds. This is easily the most well-known landmarks of Jaipur and is also its icon. Located in the City Palace complex, it is best viewed from the road outside. This five-storey building overlooking the busy market streets is a fascinating example of Rajput Architecture and Artistry with its delicately honeycombed 953 pink sandstone windows known as ‘Jharo Khas’. UNESCO World Heritage Site Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments. They are monumental examples in masonry of known instruments but which in many cases have specific characteristics of their own. Designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye, they embody several architectural and instrumental innovations. This is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India’s historic observatories

ALBERT HALL JAIPURAlbert Hall Museum consist of Indo saracenic type of architecture and is designed same as the Victoria and Albert museum which is located in London. The building and the assortment beholds the beauty of the site along with the pillars. The courtyards and the arches of the museum are worth seeing. This Albert museum was created in the 19th century, this museum amazingly houses 19,000 historic objects and has various collections like metal ware, ivory work, lacquer work, jewelry, textiles, pottery carved wooden objects, arms and weapons, clay models , sculptures, educational, scientific and zoological objects, tribal costumes, ceramics, oil and miniature paintings, inlay work, musical instruments, clocks and marble statues. The museum was designed in the year 1876 by Colonel Sir Swinton just to greet King Edward VII as Prince of Wales on his visit to India

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On the way to The Amber Fort you will see The Jal Mahal (Water Palace) beautiful palace in the middle of the lake (Man Sagar Lake), this unique royal palace is an architectural showcase of the Rajput style of architecture (common in Rajasthan) on a grand scale. This low-rise symmetrical palace, that once was a shooting lodge for the Maharajah, appears to float in the centre of  beautiful Lake. The view of the Jal Mahal is eye catching hundreds of migratory birds can be seen swimming in winters in the Man Sagar Lake

AMBER FORT JAIPURUNESCO World Heritage Site The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh the fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings provides breathtaking vista

RAJASTHANI FOODEvening in Chokhi Dhani Village has been the mirror of Rajasthani culture. A village fair is created every evening as an ongoing celebration of like a never-ending festival the rich & vibrant cultural heritage of Rajasthan. Started as part of ambiance for a restaurant, have your evening meals in choki dhani, over the years it has evolved as a tasteful and authentic symbol of ethnic village life of this most colorful state in the country

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KERALA WITH TAGLINE “GOD’S OWN COUNTRY”

Kerala with a catchy tagline Kerala “God’s Own Country” destination Kerala is a global brand and regarded as one of the destinations with highest recall. Words fail to describe the beauty of Kerala. Lying in the south-west, along the Malabar Coast, Kerala often contradicts the typical perception of traditional India, with its bright and verdant region. Here there are quaint villages, art-cultural havens and beautiful national parks where you can hike, view wild elephants and literally get a breath of fresh air. The rich mix of Kerala’s colorful trading history; flamboyant festivals; its splendid culture; and its charming undercurrents of mild eccentricity add to its intrinsic appeal. Lush green hill stations, waterfalls and plantations of tea and spices, taste exotic cuisines, replenish body with Ayurveda treatments, its heritage buildings, lovely beaches and many more

KERALA HOUSEBOAT 02Nature’s beauty is all around Kerala, but perhaps the best example of nature’s influence adding charm to this state are its waterfalls. They are gorgeous refreshing to look at and wondrous display of Mother Nature. Rolling hills, romantic aroma, picture-perfect landscapes and solitude make waterfalls in Kerala, one of the ideal gateways to solitude. Kerala’s forests are punctuated with small and large streams that merge together to form luscious waterfalls.

KERALA CLIMATEThe swishing and whooshing sound of the flowing stream add to the charm. These coax just about anyone to spend hours gazing at the beauty of the gorgeous waterfalls and soaking in the surrounding beauty. The mist, the hill station, green plankton all around will definitely make you feel high on life. The rolling pastures of tea that cover this fantastic region give this place its surreal look. The scenes makes it look like a paradise out of a fairy tale and a ideal place for honeymoon couples as well as for those who want to spend some quiet time amidst beautiful nature with incredible views to behold. Beautiful hill stations here in Kerala noted for its exceptional shades of green, rotating tea-planted hills, fog and more offer splendid postcard perfect images. What make this place all the more special, and seeing the blue florets carpet the valleys, mountains, and grasslands can be a sheer delight. Take a tour around the spice plantations and gardens. Indulge in grand boating, natural strolling, trekking, mountaineering, hiking and bird watching. Complete with spice plantations, tea gardens, a wildlife sanctuary and a thriving indigenous tribe population, Kerala is a traveller’s delight

KERALA HOUSEBOATThe beautiful climate of the region produces a mesmerizing bounty of scenes. Enjoy the verdant greenery and vibrant culture that comes alive with it. Its culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demographics, have made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the World

KERALA 004Witness how nature unfolds itself in the very front of your eyes. Backwaters with luxury houseboats, Rain and romance is a match made in heaven, and it won’t get more romantic than cruising along the glistening backwaters and on a rainy day taking all the sights, smells and sounds of this little paradise. Kerala’s backwaters comprise a dreamy network of myriad canals, lagoons, rivers and lakes a short way inland from the ocean. Wake up on an exotic house boat amidst beautiful backwater with the rejuvenating rains and lush green palm fringed adjoining ambiance. Tableaux of rural life drift by and glimpses of homes, farms, churches and temples delight the eye. The leisurely cruise along the laidback backwaters gives one a first-hand experience of the village lifestyle in the state and its rustic activities like coir-making and prawn farming. You cannot miss the breathtaking view of the water, land, birds and human habitation on the water side, coexisting peacefully. It is very peaceful and relaxing experience

KERALA HOUSEBOAT 04From being the ‘Science of The Life’, Ayurveda has become the ‘Slice Of Life’ for people of Kerala. Sprouted in the pristine land, some 5000 years ago, Ayurveda, the science of life and longevity, is the oldest healthcare system in the world and it combines the profound thoughts of medicine and philosophy. Kerala Ayurveda is famous for its five prolonged treatment, named as Panchakarma. As part of this treatment medicated oil, herbs, milk, and special diet are used to cure all types of aliments. It is considered a natural way to refresh oneself by eliminating all toxic imbalances from the body and thus regain good health. Almost all resorts now boast of an Ayurveda spa, meditation and yoga classes. Treatments for skin problems, ailments related to stress and joint pains, or general oil massage is sure to put the spring back in your step

KERALA HOUSEBOAT 05Coconut palms and seafood,  Dutch churches and Jewish synagogues, spices and culture, this place is so much more than just another place. Right from the time of the great flood of 1340 AD, there’s been no looking back. From the Portuguese and Dutch to the British has left his unique mark on the land here, spectacular post-colonial legacy evident in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.

KERALA FISHING NETFrom fleeing Jews to Arab traders and Christian missionaries, Kerala has been home to a varied population and continues to lure travellers today as well. Chinese fishing nets, heritage buildings. Spice trading remains one of the major contributors to economy, and a quick walk through Fort Kochi’s spice market with its intoxicating aroma is proof enough. An amalgamation of the best of the old and the new, walk over to watch heavy Chinese fishing nets being raised as the sun slowly rises. Head back to the auction halls as fishermen bring in their daily catch where fish is neatly sorted on clean floors for quick auctions

KOCHIThe crescent-shaped beaches of Kerala is indeed a perfect place for leisure and relaxation. An ideal place to spend romantic, relaxing and enjoyable moments amidst serene backwaters with palm fringed shores, not only about sun, surf, sandy beaches and the blue sky; it is also about beach sports like paragliding, swimming, surfing and parasailing. Take a leisure walk on the beach while taking in the breathtaking sunrises or sunsets, revitalize their body and mind and enjoy a delicious hearty meal of continental and local delicacies in the beach shacks and eateries that line the coast.

National Geographic’s Traveler magazine names Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world and “50 must see destinations of a lifetime”. Travel and Leisure names Kerala as “One of the 100 great trips for the 21st century”. Kerala’s beaches, backwaters, mountain ranges and wildlife sanctuaries are the major attractions for both domestic and international tourists. Kerala is famous especially for its Eco-tourism initiatives

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Kashmir “The Paradise on Earth”

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Kashmir known for its scenic landscape, ancient monuments, shrines, castles, gardens and forts. Often dubbed “Paradise on Earth”, Kashmir’s mountainous landscape has attracted travellers for centuries. Notable places are Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens and Hazrat Bal Shrine in Srinagar, beautiful green valleys, Gulmarg’s Gondola- The second highest cable car in the world. Kashmir’s natural landscape has made it one of the popular destinations for adventure tourism in South Asia. Ladakh has emerged as a major hub for adventure tourism. This part of Greater Himalaya called “moon on earth” consists of naked peaks and deep gorges. Srinagar (The Lake City) It is at a collection of images It tells the story of love of the Mughal Emperors for this paradise like vale with deep green rice fields, rivers, gardens in bloom and lakes rimmed by houseboats, where lush wild gardens of lotus and water-lily grow amidst bustling lanes

Mughal Garden Nishat Bagh (The Garden of Pleasure) The largest Mughal garden situated on the banks of world famous Dal-Lake in the backdrop of Zabarwan hills encircles the Dal Lake. Empress Noor Jahan’s brother Asif Khan laid the Garden in 1633 AD. Nishat has seven terraces with a beautiful central water course flowing right in the middle. These terraces rise dramatically off the mountains from the eastern part of the lake. Shalimar Bagh – It was planted by Mughal emperor Jehangir for Empress Noor Jahan in 1619 AD and later extended in 1727 A.D. by Shah Jahan. Shaded by magnificent Chinar trees, the Shalimar is a series of stone pavilions and flowing water with paint box bright flower beds. The Garden blooms with innumerable varieties of flowers in spring and autumn. Chashma Shahi Garden a tastefully laid garden in terraces, which commands a magnificent view of the Dal Lake below and surrounding mountain ranges. The cool water of the spring is highly refreshing and digestive. The original garden was laid out by Shah Jehan in 1632 AD.

Hazratbal Mosque is located in a village of the same name on the banks of the Dal. Its pristine white marble elegance is reflected in the waters of the lake. Hazratbal’s special significance is derived from the fact that it houses a hair of the prophet Muhammad. This is displayed to the public on religious occasions, usually accompanied by fairs. Hazratbal is remarkable for being the only domed mosque in Srinagar; the others having distinct pagoda like roofs. The shrine – mosque complex is situated on the western shore of the Dal Lake opposite Nishat Bagh and commands a grand view of the lake and the mountain beyond

Gulmarg (Meadow of flowers) It was discovered as a tourist destination by the British in the 19th century. Prior to that, Mughal emperors vacationed in the Gulmarg valley which is about 03 kms long and up-to 01 km wide. It is exquisitely situated in a pine surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 2,730 meters above sea level and one of the most famous tourist destinations of Kashmir. It also has one of the world’s highest green golf courses with 18 holes, as well as a clubhouse, which is a historical building in its own right

Sonmarg (Meadow of Gold) It is a place of enthralling beauty, lies in Sindh Valley, streamed with flowers, surrounded by mountains and perched at an altitude of 2690 m above sea level. Visited less frequently by tourists, it has as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a clear sky. It is a quiet alpine retreat surrounded with sycamore, silver birch, fir and pine trees and the last halt on the Kashmir side for the drive from Srinagar to Leh. It is also the base for some interesting treks to the high altitude of Himalayan Lakes

Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds) It is a resort set in a pristine village lying next to the Lidder River. Once a humble shepherd’s village with breathtaking views. Now it is Kashmir’s premier resort, cools even during the heights of summer. It is situated at an altitude of 2,130 m above sea level and has a golf course at 2400 meters above the sea level. Surrounded with fragrant pine forests, the idyllic resort includes a golf course and spots for angling. The bubbling Lidder harbors a sizeable population of rainbow trout and mahaseer to ensure you don’t come away disappointed. The nearby forested slopes are home to the Himalayan brown bear

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