Srinagar/Pahalgam special-5N/6D

Things to do other than golf

1. Gardens
10-45 minutes away
Srinagar has several gardens which are part of the several such gardens laid by the Mughal emperors across the Indian subcontinent, and which are known as Mughal gardens. The Mughal Gardens located in Srinagar and its close vicinity include Chashma Shahi (the royal fountains); Pari Mahal (the palace of the fairies); Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring); Shalimar Bagh; and the Naseem Bagh.
2. Hazratbal shrine/mosque
20 minutes
Is a Muslim shrine & contains a relic believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be a hair of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The shrine is situated on the left bank of the Dal Lake, Srinagar and is considered to be Kashmir’s holiest Muslim shrine.
3. Shankaracharya temple
20 minutes
The Shankracharya Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is thought to be the oldest shrine in the Kashmir valley. This temple stands on a solid rock and consists of an octagonal basement of 13 layers. This is located just off the Dal lake. The temple offers panoramic view of the valley, early April when the snow is deep on the mountains, or after rains on a summer day from the summit of the hill. Cars take you upto the base of the temple & then you have to climb steep steps to reach the sanctum sanctorum. The walk is very steep, (& is ill advised if you have any chest / heart problems).Phones & cameras are strictly not allowed inside.

4. Dal Lake
20 minutes
Take a ride on a shikara, water sports are also available nowadays – especially jet ski’s & motor boats.
5. Nagin Lake
10 minutes
Dachigam National Park, located 22kms fm Srinagar is set amidst stunning Himalayan mountains. Elevations here range from 5000 to 15000 feet. The higher elevations can be visited from June to Sept
Star attraction : Kashmir Stag (or “”Hangul”") an endangered species plus wildlife including Himalayan Brown Bears, Himalayan Black Bears, Leopards, Snow Leopards, Leopard Cats, Musk Deer, Jackals, Fox, Long-tailed Marmots amongst others. Great park as there are very few visitors & enough wildlife to spot.

6. Dachigam Park
20 minutes
Visitors to the Hokersar wetland, 12 kilometres north of Lal Chowk in Srinagar, are greeted with umpteen chirps and flapping of wings. These birds have arrived with the onset of winter.Spread over an area of 5.6 square kilometres, Hokersar is an ideal wetland. Every year, all these birds come to Hokersar from Siberia and other regions in the winter season. These birds belong to traditional habitats like Russian Siberia, China, Eastern Europe and the Philippines use Hokersar wetland as their transitory camps between September and October and again around spring.

7. Hokesar
35 minutes
The starting point is at Yaner, 5 kms short of Pahalgam.

8. River rafting
45 minutes away
Hire ponies locally & take a 3 hour ride to Baisaran,dabian & Kashmir valley ( known locally as Mini switzerland. Worth the ride as you get to altitudes above 10000 feet across streams & valleys with spectacular views of snow covered peaks.

9. Pony rides
5 mins
Hire ponies locally & take a 3 hour ride to Baisaran, dabian & Kashmir valley known locally as Mini switzerland. Worth the ride as you get to altitudes above 10000 feet across streams & valleys with spectacular views of snow covered peaks.

10. Trout fishing
10 mins
The Lidder River has excellent fishing beats for brown trout. The fishing season stretches from April to September. Permits are issued, for a maximum of three days at a time, on a first-come – first-served basis and are charged on a per day per rod basis. Fishing equipment can be hired in Srinagar. Live baits and spinning are not allowed. For permits contact the Directorate of Fisheries, Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar.