is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits. However, the earliest records mention the name as "City of Sun". It is also known as Mughal Gardens of Jammu & Kashmir & Kashmiri Venice/Venice of East.
literally means "Meadow of Flowers" is a hill station and popular skiing destination. - Originally called "Gaurimarg" by shepherds. Also, Gaurimarg, named after Devi Parvati, wife of Lord Mahadev/Shiva, finds mention in Shivpuran. Gauri= Parvat & Marg= Meadow, so literally, it means the meadow of Devi Parvati. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is still in place at centre of this beautiful meadow. The original name "Gaurimarg" was changed to "Gulmarg" by the Muslim King - Yousuf Shah Chak. Gulmarg means the place of roses. Gaurimarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently. Now it is the "heartland of winter sports in India.
- The Valley of Shepherds was once a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking views. Now it is Kashmir's premier resort, cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 deg C. It is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari (16 kms from Pahalgam) is the starting point of the yatra that takes place every year.During the month of Sawan, an ice stalagmite forms a natural Shivling in the Amarnath cave.
literally means 'Meadow of Gold'. The picturesque natural beauty of the region brought this name to Sonamarg. Sonamarg is a town surrounded by breathtaking glaciers and serene lakes. It is a snow covered beautiful flower-laden meadow in the majestic Himalayan mountain region. It is the gateway to Ladakh and situated just before the Zojii La pass.