Kashmir, the northernmost state of India, is called paradise on earth. Surrounded by Karakoram and
Pir Panjal, Kashmir’s snow-capped mountains, pine and deodar forests, and lakes are a treat to eyes.
They relieve stress in no time and it is pure pleasure to look at the ravishing views of Kashmir ki galiyaan.
The beauty of mystifying Kashmir cannot be put into words. It can be a romantic getaway, an adventure
trio or it can be whatever you want. If you wish to explore authentic Kashmir, its kosher culture,
Wazwan(traditional Kashmiri cuisine), Kangdi(earthen pot to stay warm) and Kahwa(Kashmiri chai),
continue reading to get to know about your options in Kashmir.
1. Srinagar- Authentic Kashmir
The capital city, Srinagar, welcomes you with its most popular Dal lake. Take a shikara ride in the Dal
lake and then indulge in shopping in the hanging markets of the dal lake. Kashmir is famous for
its handloom and textiles, Kashmiri Shawl, also known as Pashmina Shawl and Paper Mache
art form. Carpets and Kashmiri embroidery is equally famous.
Srinagar is also famous for Mughal gardens and Shalimar gardens. If you happen to visit Kashmir
during the blooming time of tulips(March-May), you can visit Asia’s largest Tulip Garden spread
over 10 hectares.
Srinagar also has the palace of Maharaja Hari Singh. The visit to the Pari Mahal and the
Shankaracharya temple can give you a dazzling view of the entire city.
Reaching there – Road, Rail, Air
Major attraction – Stay in a houseboat.
2. Pahalgam – The exhilarating views
Pahalgam is about 4-hour ride from Srinagar, famous for its luxuriant green Betaab Valley and
splashing blue Lidder river. You can do river rafting in this river. The Ravishing view of the river
has been captured in many Bollywood movies. Amarnath Yatra starts from Pahalgam, and a trek
of 30km leads to the holy shrine.
Reaching there- 100kms from Srinagar by road.
3. Gulmarg –The skiing destination
When it’s winter, skiing is certainly in order. Located at a height of 3979 meters from the sea
level, this quaint place gives you a bewildering view of the snow- clad mountains all around you.
Reaching there- 56kms from Srinagar by road
Major Attraction – one of the world’s highest ropeways of 5 km
4. Sonmarg – Meadow of Gold
Although Sonmarg is usually closed in winter due to heavy snowfall and avalanches, other times
make Sonmarg a must visit, if you traveling to Kashmir. You can visit Gadsar lake, Krishnasar
Lake and hike in the coniferous forests of Sonmarg. Stay options are available if you choose to
Reaching there- 80 km from Srinagar
5. Kupawara- Crown of Kashmir
Kupwara is the saffron area about 3 hours from Srinagar. The yellow fields against the Lolab
Valley is a breathtaking view. It is near the Lahwal river. This is a remote and a less explored
place, but truly a gem of Kashmir.
Reaching there- 85 km from Srinagar.
Major attraction – The enchanting Lolab valley, the velvety meadows and a 360-degree view of
6. Jammu – Holy and blessed
42 km from Jammu is the Katra base camp, where the pilgrims start their holy journey to
Vaishno Devi. A helicopter ride is also available
112kms from Jammu is yet another hill resort called as Patnitop. Here, you can trek to
Gourikund, where you can see the holy Kailash Parbat.
Reaching there – Road, Rail, and air.
7. Kargil- The Braveland
Situated at a height of 7672m, it is known for the infamous 1999 Kargil war. It has now become
very peaceful, and you can visit the army base camps here. Also, visit monasteries and war
Reaching there – 205kms from Srinagar towards Leh
I hope you understand now, why Kashmir is called the heaven on Earth. Visit Kashmir and fall
in love with nature. There’s nothing more to ask for in such a pristine setting.