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Puga Valley Zoji La Baisaran Amarnath Cave Aru City of Lakes Hazratbal
                           
Mughal Garden Shankaracharya Hill Khilanmarg Alpather Lake Golf Course Raghunath Temple Dogra Art Gallery
                           
Baghe Bahu Vaishno Devi                    
 

PUGA vALLEY

 
puga-valleyThe Puga Valley is famous for its hot water springs. Every year hundreds of visitors come to this valley for a bath in these springs as this is known to help people suffering from rheumatism and skin diseases.







 

Zoji La

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zoji-laDrass valley starts from the base of the Zoji La pass, the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh. For centuries its inhabitants are known to have negotiated this formidable pass, to transport trader's merchandise across and to help stranded travelers to traverse it, even during the most risky period in the late autumn or early spring, when the whole sector remains snow-bound and is subject to frequent snow storms. By virtue of their mastery over the pass they had established a monopoly on transportation for trading, during the heydays of the Pan-Asian trade. A hardy people, with the fortitude to tolerate the harshness of the valley's winter, the inhabitants of Drass can well be described as the guardians of Ladakh's gateway.


 

Baisaran

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baisaranPine forests dot this meadow which presents a picturesque view of the snow-clad mountains. The snow covered Tulian lake at an altitude of 3353 m is 11kms from Baisaran.








 

Amarnath Cave

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amarnath-cavePahalgam is the base for the religious trek to the abode of Lord Shiva. A narrow spiralling path from Panchtarni leads to the Amarnath Cave. The massive ice shivlingam is visited by thousands of pilgrims between July and September.







 

Aru

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aruThe little village of Aru is actually the first stage from Pahalgam on the trek to Lidderwat and the Kolahoi glacier. It makes an interesting day walk from Pahalgam, following the Lidder river for Pahalgam, following the Lidder river for 11-km upstream. The main track, which also can be taken by car, is on the left bank of the river. There is also a less used, and more difficult path, on the right bank. At Aru one will often find the Gujars, living in their log huts with their flocks of sheep and goats, en route to the higher sheep and goats, en route to the higher pastures for the summer.



 

City Of Lakes

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city-of-lakesSrinagar's lakes are the reason why the city receives so many tourists. Not just expanse of water, the lakes are filled with houseboats, villages, narrow water canals, lotus and vegetable gardens and houses and shops.

Life on the lakes, as witnessed from the confines of a Shikara, is unique. It is possible to book a Shikara for the whole day and sightsee Nishat Garden, Nasim Bagh, Hazratbal Mosque, Pathar Masjid and Shah Hamdan's Shrine, having a picnic lunch in the boat.



 

Hazratbal

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hazratbalThis mosque on the shores of the Dal Lake, houses one of the most sacred Muslim relics, a hair of Prophet Muhammad, brought here in 1700 AD by Khawaja Noor-ud-Din from Bijapur. On specific days in the year, it is shown to the faithful who gather in the courtyard.







 

The Mughal Gardens

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mughal-gardensThe art of designing formal gardens which the Mughal (also spelt as Moghul) emperors expended such time and energy upon, reached its zenith in Kashmir. The Mughal gardens in Agra or Lahore may be very fine but only in Kashmir is the formal beauty of the gardens matched by the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. The gardens follow a standard pattern with a central channel carrying water through the descending terraces in a delightful series of cascades, falls and pools.




 

Shankaracharya Hill

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sankaracharya-hillA historic temple atop the hill on the site of the Takht-I-Suleiman, or throne of Solomon, provides a panoramic view of Srinagar's busy thoroughfares and shimmering blue lakes.








 

Khilanmarg

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khilanmargA 40-minute journey through valleys of wild flowers from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg offers a breathtaking view of the majestic peaks with their reflections in Wular and other lakes.








 

Alpather Lake

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alpather-lakeStreaks of floating ice in this triangular lake, nestled in a hollow under the shadow of Apharwat mountain are a visual delight. A well-graded pony track joins Apharwat Ridge with Gulmarg.







 

Golf Courses

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golf-courseGulmarg also has one of the world's highest green golf courses, as well as a clubhouse, which is a historical building in its own right. For the would-be golfer, there are golf sets on hire, pros to instruct one in the game, and temporary memberships. Naturally, these facilities are available to players as well, except that serious golfers usually carry their sets along.






 

Raghunath Temples

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raghunath-templesCentred in the heart of the city, the Raghunath Temples constitute among the biggest groups of shrines in north India. Multi-hued marble sculptures and exquisite wall paintings attract attention to these legendary temples.







 

Dogra Art Gallery

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dogra-art-galleryNumerous charming paintings of old Dogra art and exotic Pahari miniatures grace the gallery, which is located near the new Secretariat.








 

Baghe Bahu

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baghe-bahuThe Bahu fort was the former capital of the founder of Jammu. Baghi Bahu, a beautiful garden lies at its base.








 

Vaishno Devi

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vaishno-deviA shrine of immense religious significance, the Trikuta Bhagwati cave, better known as Vaishno Devi, attracts thousands of devotees.