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Gulmarg - 48 kms away, first, it's the drive from Srinagar that will mesmerise you — what with the majestic deodars standing tall by the roadside. And then, it's the Meadow of Flowers that will enthrall you with its drop dead gorgeous sight. Home to the highest golf course anywhere in the world, it is also the Mecca of winter sports in India. To add to the excitement, heli-skiing facilities have been recently inaugurated on the famous snowfields of Gulmarg.

Pahalgam - At  a  distance  of  96  kms ,  by the beautiful blue Indus,

Quick Getaways near Srinagar
tucked into Himalayan pine forests, lies the quiet hamlet of Pahalgam. One of the more popular meadows, Pahalgam serves as the base for the annual Amarnath Yatra (July) as well as numerous trekking routes that branch off from the valley.

Wullar Lake - 60 km away is the largest fresh water lake in Asia, situated at a height of 1,580 m and fringed by snowcapped mountains. The jade blue water of the lake that mirrors the picturesque sights around, also acts as a flood reservoir with its levels varying with the season.

Sonamarg - 88 km away, the legendary Meadow of Gold, Sonamarg at 3,000 m in the green slopes of the outer Himalayas, looks simply out of a Swiss picture postcard. The Indus River winds its way through the pine forests and yields a generous catch of trout and mahaseer for the discerning angler. If you are not the 'fishy' type, then roam around and try tracking the many big and small waterfalls that dot the undulating landscape.

Activities in Srinagar

Srinagar is famous for its traditional Kashmiri handicrafts. The Handicraft items make excellent souvenirs from Srinagar. Besides the number of utilitarian items of daily use, Woolen and silk carpets from Srinagar are the specialty. The carpets are not only done intricately, but are also known for their subtlety and durability. Chain-stitch carpets from Srinagar are also popular craft items. You may purchase richly embroidered woolen shawls in all colors and intricate designs in Srinagar. Apart from regular woolen shawls, you can also buy Pashmina shawls (made from the hair of ibex), which is a highly valued shawl made in Kashmir.

Exquisite papier-mâché items such as boxes, vases, replicas of samovar (metal container used for heating water for tea), houseboat models, etc., in all shapes and having bright colors and designs are among the must-buys. As Kashmir is the only state in India where walnut trees grow, craftsmen here create intricate carvings on walnut wood to make items like tables, chairs, stools, fruit bowls, partitions, etc., that have rich floral and trellis patterns carved on them.

The adventure seekers and the animal lovers may plan a safari to the Dachigam National Park. Only 22 kms away, this park offers you the chance of checking out the unique Himalayan flora and fauna at Dachigam. Dachigam is home to Leopards, cinnamon sparrows, black and yellow grosbeak, black bulbuls, pheasant and the Himalayan grey langur.


Getting There & Away to Srinagar

Flights to Srinagar
Srinagar is well connected by air with Delhi. There is a daily flight to Delhi via Jammu by Indian airlines. Regular flights also operate for Leh from Srinagar.
Trains to Srinagar
Srinagar does not have a railway station and the nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi, which is 305 km from Srinagar.
Car and Bus service to Srinagar
Srinagar is well connected by road to important places like Chandigarh (630 km), Delhi (876 km), Jammu (298 km), Leh, Kargil, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam.

Getting Around in Srinagar

For transportation in and around auto-rickshaws and mini-buses are easily available.

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