When you step foot in the places to visit in Kashmir, you will be amazed by the number of things to do. Known for its sparkling water, the Dal Lake is famous for the Shikara rides on narrow, canopied boats. The well-known temple of Amarnath is also one of the places to visit in Kashmir. A beautiful flower arrangement can also be found in one of Kashmir's most beautiful gardens, set in the picturesque city of Srinagar. As these gardens were built during the reign of the Mughals, their architecture bears a strong influence on the Mughal aesthetic. One of Kashmir's best tourist attractions is Sonmarg, which is also home to many glaciers.
On the other hand, Gulmarg opens to a bloom of tulips, making for a magnificent sight. It also has many ski resorts and a romantic atmosphere to invite you into nature. After reading this article, you will be aware of 5 beautiful destinations you should not miss while visiting Kashmir.
In Kashmir, Aru Valley is an enthralling village juxtaposed against the snow-covered Himalayan peaks. A trekking base camp for the Kolahoi Glacier and Tarsar-Marsar Lake is located around 11 km from Pahalgam. This valley is covered in most of the Kashmir holiday packages as it is known for its scenic meadows, horse riding, hiking, trekking, and the Aru River, a tributary of Lidder.
A winter wonderland, the Aru Valley is covered with snow as far as the eyes can see during the winter months. During the cold season, skiing is top-rated here. If you want, you can also visit Aru Wildlife Sanctuary. There is an entry fee for the Wildlife Sanctuary, but the truth is it's devoid of fauna!
The Apharwat peak in Gulmarg, which is located at the height of 4200 meters above mean sea level, is one of the most breathtaking places in the world. Winter sports are played on Apharwat Peak in Gulmarg.
With its snow-white meadows and mountains clad in snow, the area is a perfect honeymoon destination and the scenic tourist destination in Srinagar.
Lord Shiva is located in Jammu and Kashmir's union territory, Amarnath. An ice Shivaling enshrined in the Amarnath cave resembles Lord Shiva because it is formed naturally by ice. Every year, millions of tourists from around the globe trek to Amarnath for a challenging mountain trek called 'Amarnath Yatra'. It is said that this cave is the same cave where Goddess Parvati received the secret of life and eternity from Lord Shiva.
The Amarnath Cave can only be visited during July and August, which is called Shravan. Baltal or Pahalgam are the two routes available for undertaking the Amarnath Yatra. It is a steeper trek on the Baltal route, though it is shorter. Most devotees prefer the Pahalgam route despite it being longer. The journey from the base point to Amarnath takes typically 3-5 days. Private companies offer helicopter services both ways.
Located near Srinagar's famous Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh is a landscaped garden with 12 terraces. Situated in Kashmir, it is the second-largest Mughal garden after Shalimar Bagh. In the centre of this park, commonly referred to as the "Garden of Bliss", is a magnificent Mughal water channel with several fountains surrounded by tall Chinar trees. Asif Khan, Nur Jehan's elder brother, designed and built Nishat Bagh in 1633.
In the garden, a stream of standstill water divides it into two sections. Each of the levels is characterized by a raised barrier that has its collection of colourful flowers. With the Zabarwan Mountains as a backdrop, you can enjoy a stunning view of Dal Lake from Nishat Bagh.
Nigeen Lake is a stunning lake in Jammu and Kashmir renowned for its pristine waters and lovely atmosphere. Nigeen Lake is smaller than Dal Lake but has the same gorgeous appeal. It is one of the recommended places in the city to catch the sunrise and sunset, thanks to the beautiful landscape, willow and poplar trees covering it. The famous Nigeen club lies on the eastern edge of the lake, with gyms, saunas and a coffee shop. Tourists looking for a bit more leisure and adventure can also consider swimming in the lake.