The northernmost geographically known region of South Asia, Kashmir is an extremely popular tourism location. Kashmir, fondly known as the “Paradise on Earth”, is known for its charismatic beauty. Stunningly enriched by three mountain ranges of the Himalayas, the Karakoram, Zanaskar and Pir Panjal, Kashmir is topped with breathtaking caps of alluring white snow. The sparkly ice-like white snow, beautiful hills coated with an overwhelming white, lush green grasses, polite and well mannered people, make Kashmir look like a picture straight out of a fairytale. Dazzling rivers, tranquil lakes, marvelous gardens, blossoming meadows, etc are some other beautiful features of landscape of the Kashmir Valley. Kashmir is also famously known as the “Switzerland of east”. This “Paradise on Earth”, is known for its captivating beauty . It is enriched by three mountains ranges of the Himalayas – Karakoram, Zanaskar and Pir Panjal, running from northwest to northeast. Painting the picturesque backdrop of Kashmir,these snow caped ranges make Kashmir look like a picture straight out of a fairytale. Prepare yourself to be mesmerized by the beauty of Kashmir, in all its glory and goodness!
The dreamy and idealistic Shikara rides, under clear blue skies studded with sparkling diamond like stars, adventurous and exciting paragliding rides, and lavish house-boats, all snugly nestled in the awe-inspiringmagnificence of heavy mountains, thickly coated with a blanket of lush greenery; well, that’s Srinagar. We know it seems as though we are overhyping this but what can be more beautiful and romantic than wooden boat, sailing on a blue carpet of the dark blue Dal Lake.Enjoy a visit to the beautiful and ancient Mughal Gardens, which were custom-built by Emperor Jehangir. Mughal Gardens, located in the east of Dal Lake, are a beautiful set of gardens designed in a very Persian architectural style.The Dal Lake is surrounded by a variety of deciduous trees that undertake a vibrant, colourful show in their fall season.
Still unscathed by population, this sleepy city with its scenic valleys, beautiful green meadows, enchanting pine forests, mists, fogs, waterfalls with the overall greenery is really remarkably mesmerizing. The landscape in Srinagar is frequently hilly with green meadows.
Gulmarg, which is 56 km from Srinagar, will take upto 2 hours of drive. Gulmarg is located at a 2730 meters altitude. As you reach Gulmarg, get all set to explore the place and its alluring attractions. The hill town boasts of housing Asia’s highest and longest cable car project, the Gulmarg Gondola, the most popular thing to do here.
The beautiful and scenic expedition to Pahalgam takes up to 5 hours, and covers around 140 km. Pahalgam, extremely famous for its wide range of vegetation, is known as the “valley of shepherds”. The beautiful scenic view of the water flowing through the small town is a site to cherish. After the mini-excursion, you will return back to the hotel in evening and relax after dinner. The route has a halt at Avantipura Ruins and Anantnag Sulphur Springs. There are even songs written by bands and musicians on Pahalgham, such is its beauty. Betaab valley is a must visit site in Pahalgham. The beautiful scenic view of the water flowing through the small town is a site to cherish.
Sonamarg is a small town 80 kms away from Srinagar. You will visit the Thajiwas Glacier, Baltal and the Gangabal Lake along with the Zojila Pass and Nichinai Pass, which are the most beautiful places in Sonmarg . The place means the meadow of gold, which holds true for the place in its existence. Located at a height of 3801 meters above sea level, Krishnasar Lake is one of the most mesmerizing lakes in Sonamarg.
A nice cold holiday, to take off all the heat and tension that the city life brings to us, Kashmir is absolutely perfect in the sense that it should be considered more of a white blanket of a retreat in a desert! Such a vacation is more than enough to create beautiful memories but what actually makes people cherish such a holiday trip ever more is how the natives behave and their attitude towards travelers and tourists. Contrary to popular belief, Kashmir is not always war torn, and the Kashmiris are people filled with warmth and love. Besides this, Kasmir’s enthralling display of art and craft is another huge plus which makes you cherish the memories made all the more! The Kashmiris are extremely peaceful, by nature, and also, they are homely and hospitable. A significant mention that has to be made here is that, while visiting shops; you will find that most of the art and craft work, such as spinning shawls, decors and so on; are actually done by the natives. These are the Kashmiris, who do not think of this as a job, but as a hobby. Intriguing, isn’t it? Instead of building large-scale industries that mechanically produce souvenirs for its tourists, people made handicrafts at home and sold them as business. Because of this, there are absolutely no replicas and each and everything you find in handicrazft stores of Kashmir, are entirely unique! Time to splurge! Kashmir is a wonderful idea for a visit, especially for those wishing to experience teeth chattering temperatures and snow for the first time.
These places are not only pleasing to the eye but also extremely soothing to the mind. The beauty of the valleys in Kashmir cannot be put into words, hence they must be experienced. The mountain tips covered with snow is a definite sight to watch and be awestruck over!
Allow yourself to hold a steaming cup of delicious Kahwah Tea while your eyes happily gaze over misty landscapes of white blankets. Breathe the soggy mist of the fresh Kashmir air early in the morning, while gaily eating scrumptiously mouth smacking warm Kashmiri pulao and Rista. Feel your heart harmonize with the gushing of clear waters from the glaciers above. After tedious but adventurous and fun trekking, watch the sun-kissed, snow-capped mountains look at you with pride and glory!