Falling in love with the timeless and limitless beauty of Kashmir will come easily to you. What won’t be easy will be saying goodbye to the majestic mountains lining the state, the crystal clear waters, the verdant vistas and the smiling locals. If you are starting your journey from Srinagar, then the Dal Lake is a must visit for a look at the sleek shikaras and the spacious boat houses. Early mornings every day from 5 am to 7 am the lake is witness to a floating vegetable market that has to be seen to be believed. The vibrant colors of the freshest of vegetables and the jovial haggling of the sellers will lure you into staying for as long as the market lasts. After which, a stroll through the Mughal gardens is a done deal. Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh are home to vibrant flowers, terraced gardens and more. Shalimar Bagh has the Dal Lake in the background, whereas Nishat Bagh has the Zabarwan Mountains in the back. And all of these attractions are within a 15 minutes’ distance from Heevan Resort. Dachigam National Park is a good place to spend the afternoon, taking a look at the leopards, bears, trout breeding and of course, the all-encompassing greenery. Many excursions are planned here for tourists. Other places that might interest you include the Hazratbal Dargah, the Jammu and Kashmir University Museum with its collection of regional handicrafts, and the Shankaracharya Temple.
Pahalgam is just as beautiful as Srinagar, if not more.You are likely to come across the Lidder River when you make way towards Pahalgam, and its soothing music is like a lullaby to the ears. The mountains seem closer than before, almost close enough to touch and the greenery increases several folds. Many parks maintained in lush greenery by the government surround the Pine-N-Peak at Pahalgam. Amaranth Yatra camps, when the pilgrimage is going on, can be found some distance away.
Gulmarg (literally translated into meadow of flowers) is many things at once. It’s a skiing destination for the adventure lover, a tranquil hill station for those looking for some solace, it offers horse rides for the kids and the young at heart, golf course for those looking to kick back and play the back nine, and romantic gondola rides for the honeymooners. The gondolas are a mere 5 minutes away from the resort, and one of the largest golf courses is at a 10 minutes’ drive. You could also take a look at the LOC, to which you are quite close.
Sonamarg gives rise to The Three Sisters (Kashmir). In its vicinity, lies the great Himalayan glaciers of the Kashmir Valley namely Kolhoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier with some peaks of above 5000 meters: Sirbal Peak, Kolhoi Peak, Amarnath Peak and Machoi Peak. Sonamarg an alpine valley is situated at the bank of Nallah Sindh, 87 km north-east from Srinagar, it is a popular tourist destination, nestled within the imposing Himalayan peaks. It lies at an altitude of 2800 metres above sea level. The drive to Sonamarg is through yet another spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir, this time it is the Nallah Sindh, the largest tributary of the Jehlum River in the valley of Kashmir. It is upwards of sixty miles long valley and deep rock-girt gorge to open grassy meadow land and village-dotted slopes.