The Kashmir valley sprawls scenically at 1730 meters above sea-level between two majestic mountain ranges; the Great Himalayan Range to the south and the Pir Panjal Range to the north. Srinagar is located in the heart of the valley, spread on both sides of the Jhelum River. Dal and Nagin Lakes are most famous for the more than one thousand houseboats which line their shores. Those floating accommodations range from low-budget to luxurious.
Many flower gardens and parks around Dal lake !
The Old City section of Srinagar maintains a rich, ancient character and history with red-brick buildings, mosques and shrines with pagoda-style roofs, and bustling bazaars filled with a wide variety of unique Kashmiri handicrafts. Rows of doongas flank the river. Those boats with their shingled roofs are the forerunner of the larger houseboats.
Indian Airlines and Jet Airways each offer daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai, and Jammu. As of May 2007, the two-lane road from Jammu also re-opened. Any travels through India would not be complete without a visit to this magnificent valley which the Moguls aptly called 'Paradise on Earth'.