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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places to explore around Srinagar?

Manavi Kapur DEC 10 2012
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Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an alluring place that one must visit. Thus there are many places around Srinagar that you can head to from there. Read on about some of the most popular among them:

  • Gulmarg

    57 kms from Srinagar and at a height of 2,730 meters is the breathtaking town called Gulmarg. Undertake the adventurous and enjoyable journey at Gulmarg, a serene and beautiful valley in Jammu & Kashmir, which has beautiful gardens, snow covered mountains and interesting sport options. The adventure doesn't stop at skiing, Gulmarg boasts of the highest and longest cable car project in the Asian subcontinent.

    A picture perfect landscape, sprawling valleys, beautiful snow capped sky high mountains, serene lakes and lovely people describe Gulmarg at its best. It offers a perfect blend of adventure and serenity for the guests. The hill station is specially famous for its ski resorts and ski slopes as it witnesses heavy snowfall during winters. The adventure doesn't stop at skiing, Gulmarg boasts of the highest and longest cable car project in the Asian subcontinent.

    As the history goes, the place was a preferred summer retreat for the Kings and later on the Britishers. Although people visit this place during summers, it is equally enchanting during the winters as the place is fully covered with snow which just adds to its charm. So whether you want a tryst with adventure or a quiet and relaxing vacation, Gulmarg is the place to be.
    The best way to reach the place is to drive down from Srinagar.

  • Pahalgam

    Around 104 km away from Srinagar is the beautiful city Pahalgam.You will be wonderstruck by the sheer splendour of Pahalgam the moment you arrive at this pristine land. A real feast for eyes, the place mesmerizes you with its unexplored and unspoiled natural beauty. The lush greenery and beautiful Himalayas calls for some moments of relaxation at nature's own home.

    Perfectly covered by the stunning Himalayas and a rugged landscape, Pahalgam has the potential to be the most cherished and memorable vacation of your life. It is also the place to enjoy some exciting and adventurous sport options like trekking, horse riding, golf and other water sports. Snow capped mountains, unexplored hill terrains,
    Lidder River and verdant pine forests complete the picture perfectly. You can visit some popular attractions like Aru Valley, Tulian Lake and Baisaran (a beautiful meadow).

    A peaceful drive from Srinagar to Pahalgam through the breathtaking gorges is the best way to reach the place.

  • Sonamarg

    Located at a distance of around 87 kilometers from Srinagar, Sonamarg is an alluring place. This place, meaning meadow of gold, is home to majestic glaciers and meandering streams and rivers. Sonamarg is nothing short of a trekker's delight. Kolohai and Machoi Glaciers, two great Himalayan glaciers, lie in the vicinity of Sonamarg. If you are an adventure sport lover, this is a perfect destination for you. Adventures sports like rafting and trekking are quite famous here. If you are the one who loves to sit peacefully for hours, Sonamarg won't disappoint you. Angling in the nearby streams is a wonderful experience, with some of the best fishes like rainbow and brown trout found in abundance. Sonamarg also acts an access point to Ladakh valley (over Zoji La) and the holy Amarnath cave. The drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg is a lifetime experience, with deep gorges and the Sindh river flowing along the road.

So, take a step ahead and enjoy the allure of this majestic state filled with enticing and unspoilt places to explore...

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