Kashmir is known world-wide for its breathtaking meadows. Casting a spell of magic over this blend are the crystal clear lakes that has propelled Kashmir tourism to new heights. Sightseeing in Kashmir is a major activity that Guests usually prefer to do in the Jammu & Kashmir . Other activities like skiing, trekking, river rafting are also on rise. Horse riding is something that is enjoyed by almost all Guests visiting J&K. Exploring the beautiful mountain passes and eye-catching countryside on a horse back is a popular activity in the Jammu & Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir State is blessed with various pristine destinations like Pahalgam, Srinagar, Gulmarg, Patnitop, Yusmarg, Kokernag and Lolab Valley where tourists can enjoy horse rides. Some of the famous routes and locations where tourists can enjoy horse rides are:
Trekking in Jammu & Kashmir does not mean just walking over forested mountains as it combines nature and the local culture.As the trekker climbs higher, the landscape changes. Chinar and poplar trees are replaced by fir, pine and oak and finally Burch trees, the alpine meadows and a profusion of colorful wild flowers. The simple villagers in the plains with their fruit orchards and paddy fields are replaced by migrant families of Nomads /Gujjars, herdsmen who cross the high mountain passes with their cattle in search of greener pastures. The main areas of attraction for the trekker in Jammu & Kashmir are the regions which support a number of high altitude meadows.
A shikara ride is one of the most relaxing aspects of a holiday in Jammu & Kashmir. Shikaras are long boats which crowd the Srinagar lakes. They are used for getting back and forth from the houseboats or for longer tours. It is worth to take a pleasure ride around the lake in shikara. The two hour boat ride takes Guests on a relaxing sightseeing tour of interior parts of the calm and placid waters of Dal Lake, and be part of shopping- by-shikara expeditions. Because the Dal is so central to the landscape of Srinagar, many places of tourist interest have, over the ages, been built in its vicinity.You can access tourist spots like the Shalimar Garden, Nishat Garden, and the Hazratbal mosque via the Shikara as the Dal Lake is quite central to these places in Srinagar.
Sightseeing on a shikara boat in Dal Lake and Nagin lakes culminates to a romantic trip especially if you are seated inside canopies of the Dal lake shikara boats. The feeling of joy and pleasure is unaccountable and the experience definitely unforgettable. The banks of the Dal Lake and Nagin Lake along the Boulevard road in Srinagar, Kashmir feature several Shikara Boat Ghats where the boats are available for hire.
Skiing is one of the main attractions in Kashmir. Skiing in the Himalayas is definitely a must-do as it allows you to catch a glimpse of the mighty mountains quite up-close. Gulmarg, Kashmir is considered as the best ski resort in the Himalayas. This Ski Resort was founded in 1927 by the British and its establishment is credited to two British Army Officers named Major Hadow and Major Metcarp who had once setup a Ski Club of India at Gulmarg during the British Raj in India
You can enjoy Skiing in Gulmarg before Christmas which happens around mid-December and continues up till mid-April. In fact the first ever National Winter Games of India was held in this Gulmarg Ski Resort between January and February way back in 1998. Gulmarg is accredited as the highest cable car enabled ski resorts in the world mainly due to a Gondola Cable Car Lift that was setup here. The second section of this cable car takes you up to a height of about 4,000 meters above the snow level from where you can enjoy a 5-km downhill ski run. Apart from the second section, there are 3 ski lifts to serve the purpose for beginners and intermediate-level skiers, respectively.