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Gondola Rides at Gulmarg

Gondola is the name of the cable cars that take you uphill and downhill in Gulmarg. While at a 2,000 meter altitude, and high off the ground, the Gondola ride is going to take the tourists all the way up the highest peaks in Gulmarg, while the snow covered hills and dry trees pass you by, it is one of the most killer views to the tourists.

Horse Riding in Gulmarg and Pahalgam

Horse riding, although is a pretty cliché in mountains, but specific to Gulmarg and Pahalgam, being one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Horseback riding is an extremely popular activity there amongst tourists. Riding all the way up to different peaks at an hourly rate of a few hundred rupees is something that everyone can and should do.

Pilgrimage To Vaishno Devi Temple

Located in the snow-clad mountain ranges of the lofty Himalayas, Vaishno Devi is one of the age-revered shrines in India. Dedicated to Mother Goddess Vaishno Devi, this temple attracts millions of pilgrims throughout the year. Besides its piety, the enchanting beauty around the place also allures the tourists from across the globe to visit this hill town.

If you are in Vaishno Devi, then visiting this holy shrine is a must. Follow an enthralling route to climb up high and walk 12 km approx from Katra base camp to reach the temple. Get amazed by the wonderful darshan of the Mother goddess. Revel in holistic environment and embrace the spiritualism around the place. Attain mental peace and get mesmerized by the pleasant climate and an enchanting darshan after a tedious journey.

Shikara Ride on the Dal Lake

Well this is the most basic, and almost every hotel has an arrangement for a Shikara Ride on the Dal Lake.  A Shikara is a type of a boat, which has a roof.

Shikara Rides are active almost throughout the year, when the lake is not frozen, which only happens during the peak winter times. A Shikara Ride costs approximately Rs. 800 for a 2-hour ride around Dal Lake.

Shop at the Floating Market on the Dal Lake

The floating market on the Dal Lake in Srinagar is a flotilla of boats all lined up selling fruits, vegetables and tiny bits and bobs that people would love to take home as a souvenir of their travel to this Heaven on Earth.

Products sold here are pretty cheap and extremely beautiful and are representatives of the different cultures and traditions in Kashmir.

Skiing in Gulmarg

Well needless to say, skiing is already an awesome thing to do, and skiing downhill in Gulmarg, where the view is so serene and adrenalin takes you over while you’re going downhill at an almost uncontrollable speed it what skiing feels like up in Gulmarg.

Again skis are easily available on rent at almost every popular market in the area, and is very affordable so everyone can have that once in a lifetime experience.

Stay in Dal Lake HouseBoat

Another thing the Dal Lake is famous for, besides itself, are the enormous collection of houseboats, with lavish rooms just waiting to serve you.

These houseboats are scattered all over the Dal Lake in Srinagar, and the tariffs for stays in them vary, based on the kind of houseboat you’re looking for. The high end houseboats could go as high as Rs. 11,000 a night, whereas the budget houseboats could cost as low as Rs. 800 per night.

Visit Mughal Gardens Srinagar

The Mughal Gardens of Srinagar are the gardens that came up during the reign of the Mughal Emperors. These stunning gardens are heavily influenced by the concept of the charbagh or Persian Gardens. They were built according to the Persian style of architecture. The general features that all these gardens share is their rectilinear layout with walls around them. They all have aromatic grasses, shady trees with flowers or fruits and water bodies like canals, flowing pools and fountains. The Mughals took great care in decorating all the gardens and that’s why they scenic as well as charming. Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Pari Mahal, Chashma Shahi and Achabal Bagh are some of the most popular Mughal Gardens. A visit to one or more of these gardens will leave you feeling relaxed and content.

Visit the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

Easily one of the most popular tourist attractions of Srinagar is the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden. The Tulips in the garden only bloom for about 30 days in a year, usually between March and April, depending on the weather.

After just a 9km long soothing ride along the Dal Lake, driving south, the breath taking carving of 7 terraces of parallel rows of all the colors of Tulips begin. The Tulips here are also multi colored and hybrid.

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