Kashmir: The heavenly abode

They say that if heaven exists, it exists here and rightly said so because Kashmir is a paradise in the northern part of India. It is all about lush meadows, fresh mountains, crisp rivers and rivulets, colourful foliage, snowy peaks, Chinar trees and the ever popular Dal Lake. We have listed out the places that are a ‘must see’ in Kashmir. The place offers varied Kashmir tour packages.

Srinagar

Srinagar is Kashmir’s most striking expanse. It is popular for Dal Lake, shopping, Shankaracharya temple, Shalimar bagh, Nishat bagh, Pari mahal, Tulip garden and more. The Tulip garden is a treat to watch when the flowers come in full bloom during spring season. The place offers activities like boating, trekking, water skiing, bird watching, shopping for sarees, dry fruits etc. A trip to Srinagar market is necessary as apart from the quaint shops, Srinagar is now home to some fine diners and cafes. A drive through this place will give you an insight into typical Kashmiri homes with apple orchards. Do not forget to pick apples from orchards when in Srinagar.

Gulmarg

Gulmarg is known for its celebrated beauty. It is close to Srinagar, which makes it a frequented tourist destination.  It is a premier hill resort in Kashmir. The road to Gulmarg is a journey to remember. The road overlooks paddy fields, picturesque expanses on the sides, greens that soothe your eyes and hues that give you nature’s best.

At Gulmarg tourists can do horse riding, hiking, take up cable car riding to Khilanmarg and play Golf. The place is often thronged for snow skiing during winters.

Sonmarg

Sonmarg is often coined as ‘Meadow of Gold’. Sonmarg has flowers all around and is a site just perfect for trekking. The place offers stunning views and incredible greens. Visitors come here for camping, trekking and nature walks.

Pahalgam

The place is located at the convergence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder river. It also serves as one of Kashmir’s leading resorts. The steep hills on the sides are a delight to see. People come here for hiking and horse riding and this place is also the base of a trek passing down Aru and Kolohi Glacier. Pahalgam is also known for its 9-hole golf course.

Leh

A trip to Kahsmir is incomplete without a trip to Leh. Ladakh has alpine lakes, desert mountains and an appeal that takes you back in time. You will see one of the bluest skies here. Bikers often come to Leh due to its terrain and clear wide expanses.

Kupwara

Kupwara is known for crisp water, alpines, mesmerizing meadows and Lolab valley. Kupwara is a place with fresh greens and offers a perfect spot for doing trekking and visiting local villages.

Hemis

Hemis is a destination that needs to be explored by tourists. This place has a Buddhist touch to it and is home to a monastery and a national park. The wildlife enthusiast within will thank you for visiting this place. At Hemis, one can spot rare species like the snow leopard and bharals.

For more details on visiting Kashmir, please contact holidayfreind@gmail.com

 

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