Once the Mughal emperors journeyed here, across the tortured heat of the plains, in elaborate caravans, to shelter in the cool of this enticing valley. Here, away from their exacting tasks of administration, they laid magnificent garden in tribute, embellishing the beauties of this, the gifted hand; in her saffron fields heavy with fragrance of a million unfolding blooms, by the side of streams and lakes and gardens and dales, here in the simple and joy-filled sublimation of desires, they came,
summer after summer, as if fated. Just as the Chinese before and Europeans after them, leaving behind enraptured travelogues.
Where the great mountains descend to stand vigil by a lake and the sun sets crimson on the Dal, stand the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC). Ringed on three sides by shimmering waters of the Dal Lake Reflecting the cloud-mantled peaks of the mighty Himalayas, the Conference Center has been designed to blend with the uniquely magnificent landscape that surrounds it. Sprawling along the contours of the terrain, the centre Stretches luxuriously, its low-rise structure in perfect harmony with the land it graces.
The choice of sightseeing couldn’t be more profuse. In Srinagar, the many formal gardens and parks, the shrines of Hazratbal, Sha Hmadan and Shankaracharya, Pari Mahal,Hari Parbat, Jama Masjid and more. And only a little deyond, the many wonders of Gulmarg and Khilanmarg,Pahalgam or Sonamarg, or to the source of the river Jhelum, Vering. And further away,the isolated, mountain fastnesses of the rooftop of the world –Ladakh.
Like golf, in Srinagar by lakeside, or at the world’s highest green golf course at Gulmarg ,built to international standard. Or the languorous shikara rides on the Dal and Nagin lakes, with their spring cushion seats and colorful tapestry.
Like yachting and sailing, rowing water skiing, swimming or going for motor-boat rides. Or even trekking and camping, or taking a pony ride. And angling in the over 500 km of fishing water for mahseer and trout. Long walk, boat rides, a leisurely game of golf or skiing across the sun-dapped waters, there’s recreation activity for everybody. And to top it all, the Shalimar Bagh son-et-lumiere, a fitting final.
A chain-stitch rug or embroidered jamawar shawl. In the long winters,when the snow lies thick upon the ground, the craftsmen turn their labours into the designing of exquisite handicraft, colourful, finely painted papier mache ware, intricately carved and designing walnut furniture and silk carpets in vivid with elegant motif embroidery , fabric in silk and treasure awhile a pinch of saffon.