Kashmir noted for its scenic landscape, ancient monuments, shrines, castles, gardens and forts. Often dubbed “Paradise on Earth”, Kashmir’s mountainous landscape has attracted travellers for centuries. Notable places are Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens and Hazrat Bal Shrine in Srinagar, beautiful green valleys of Pahalgam. Gulmarg’s Gondola- The second highest cable car in the world, Kashmir’s natural landscape has made it one of the popular destinations for adventure tourism in South Asia. Gulmarg (Meadow of flowers) – It was discovered as a tourist destination by the British in the 19th century. Prior to that, Mughal emperors vacationed in the Gulmarg valley which is about 03 kms long and up-to 01 km wide. It is exquisitely situated in a pine surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 2,730 meters above sea level and one of the most famous tourist destinations of Kashmir. It also has one of the world’s highest green golf courses with 18 holes. Sonmarg (Meadow of Gold) a place of enthralling beauty, lies in Sindh Valley, streamed with flowers, surrounded by mountains and perched at an altitude of 2690 m above sea level. Visited less frequently by tourists, it has as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a clear sky. It is a quiet alpine retreat surrounded with sycamore, silver birch, fir and pine trees. It is also the base for some interesting treks to the high altitude of Himalayan Lakes Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds) a place set in a pristine village lying next to the Lidder River. Kashmir’s premier resort cools even during the heights of summer. It is situated at an altitude of 2,130 m above sea level and has a golf course at 2400 meters above the sea level. Surrounded with fragrant pine forests, the idyllic resort includes a golf course and spots for angling. The bubbling Lidder harbors a sizeable population of rainbow trout and mahaseer to ensure you don’t come away disappointed. The nearby forested slopes are home to the Himalayan brown bear. Around Pahalgam are many places of interest, and because the resort is set between fairly steep hills, it is worth hiring a pony rather than walking. The most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine.