Best Places to Visit in Kashmir

Kashmir is the most beautiful land you will come across. With a lot of snowy mountains, lush greenery, and several romantic spots, every aspect of Kashmir is breathtaking. Traveling alone or with a buddy, make sure the following places are included in your tour package for Kashmir.

  1. Srinagar

The beautiful land of Srinagar witnesses huge footfall at all times of the year, especially in the summers. There are beautiful Mughal Gardens, houseboats on the majestic Dal Lake, that makes Srinagar look exactly like a dream come true, apple orchards and various other places that you can visit. Go for a Shikara ride and hear the Char Chinar, situated in the exact middle of the Dal Lake, hum glorious myths. Have a tour of the Dachigam National Reserve, visit the Shankaracharya Temple, sit on the banks of River Jhelum. 

Besides all this, you might also want to visit the Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi Garden, and the Badamwari Garden.

  1. Gulmarg

British officers visited this place in summers during the British rule in India. It is surrounded by stunning peaks of the Himalayas, breathtaking landscapes, beautiful gardens, serene lakes and has a pleasant climate during the summers. It is a spectacular picnic spot, for all kinds of tourists. It used to be a pleasure resort for kings and royal family members.

It is now a popular ski destination. Visit the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, where you can pre-book your adventure. Take a ride in the world’s second-highest cable car, the Gulmarg Gondola, giving you ravishing views of Gulmarg and Khilanmarg. Take a look at the religious shrines of Imambara Goom, St. Mary’s Church and the Maharani Temple.

This place can be visited all year-round. It will continue to surprise you with its awe-struck beauty. Visit with your loved ones and enjoy this peaceful environment.

  1. Sonamarg

“Meadow of Gold”, another name for Sonamarg, is visited by thousands every year. Jammu and Kashmir is home to this place, with snow-laden fields, majestic glaciers, serene lakes, and exquisite waterfalls. Some of the famous nearby places that you can visit include Zoji La pass, Yusmarg, Glaciers of Thajiwas and Baltal. Interested people can go for trout fishing and mahseer fishing at Sindh River. You could also try sledding at the frozen glaciers. For trekking, the routes to the lake of Krishnasar, Gangabal, and Vishansar are the best. 

People tend to visit Sonamarg between the months of April and June. Otherwise, May to September and November to February are also considered a good time to give this place a visit.

  1. Shalimar Garden

Situated on the shores of the beautiful Dal Lake, this is the largest Mughal Garden in the Kashmir valley. It is also widely known as the ‘house of love’, and was originally named ‘Farah Baksh’. It was built by Emperor Jahangir, for his beloved wife Nur Jahan in 1619 A.D. This majestic garden is designed with expansive terrace lawns, fountain pools, and flower beds, combined with the mighty chinar trees and pavilions. Autumn and Spring season bring out the beauty of this place as the Chinar trees change their color from green to orange. 

For those visiting, the Garden is open on all the days of the week except Friday, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. 

  1. Patnitop

Most preferred destination for newly-weds, Patnitop has great restaurants, abundant wineries, shopping malls, hiking spots, and gorgeous countryside. With endless views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, this is the perfect place to experience nature at its best. Again, being one of the most popular destinations in Kashmir, this place witnesses a huge amount of footfall throughout the year. Take a break with your partner and experience this breathtaking city.

  1. Vaishnodevi

Home to the famous Vaishnodevi Mandir, the renowned shrine plays host to countless people throughout the year. People prefer to trek the whole way. Some take horseback rides or helicopter rides. The 13km uphill journey takes about 6 to 9 hours, depending upon how fast you climb and if the weather is on your side. The whole way, you see a lot of shops selling snacks, delicious meals and other knick-knacks. Upon reaching, people do the Darshan. Some return, while others continue their trek to Bhairav Mandir.

  1. Poonch

Another relaxing place, this is also sometimes known as “Mini Kashmir”. It has many historical monuments for you to visit. People also go to Noori Chammb, where you get to witness a beautiful waterfall along with other attraction points. The alluring Girgan Dhok or the “Valley of Seven Lakes” is also situated nearby and is the penultimate destination for you and your travel buddies.

  1. Dachigam National Park

This park was built in the memory of the ten village communities that had to relocate so that this place could be built. Considered as a national treasure, it is as beautiful as it can get. Relax with your partner or your family in this beautiful environment, surrounded by beautiful plants and majestic animals.

From the Himalayan Grey Langur to the rare Himalayan Brown Bear, the Pygmy Owlets and the leopards, you will not be disappointed. This nature haven is the perfect place to visit before you go back home.

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