Best Places to Visit in Kashmir

Introduction: Kashmir is also known as the Switzerland of India. It is one of the most iconic travel destinations in India. Every year, uncountable people come to visit this place and relish the picturesque scenic beauty of Kashmir. The green grazing fields, snow covered mountain peaks, azure sky and picturesque small villages; everything makes Kashmir a heaven on earth. If you are a mountain lover, you should take a look at the things we have discussed below. These discussions will definitely help you to know more about Kashmir or the Indian Switzerland.

Best places to visit in Kashmir:   

There are several major places, you should visit if you go to Kashmir.   

Dal lake: It is the most famous lake in Kashmir. The water of this lake is as clear as a clean mirror. You can hire a boat and have a ride on this lake. These long shaped boats are called Sikara. 

Srinagar:

Srinagar is the capital city of Kashmir. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations of this place. It is located on the banks of the Jhelum River. There are several major attractions. These are the Mughal gardens, lakes, and houseboats, Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and the Hazratbal Shrine.

Gulmarg:

Gulmarg is located in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. This place is often called as the "Meadow of Flowers". The popular attractions in Gulmarg include the Gulmarg Gondola, Alpather Lake, and the Golf Course. Gulmarg Gondola is the highest cable car in the world. It is surrounded by snow covered mountains. The cable car ride offers a panoramic and mesmerizing view of the valley. Here you can also indulge in skiing and snowboarding activities.

Pahalgam

Pahalgam is a small place and is located in the Anantnag district of Kashmir. The major attractions in Pahalgam include the Aru Valley, Betaab valley and the Kolahoi Glacier. There is a scenic hill station in Pahalgam which located about 90 km from Srinagar. The major attractions of this place involves Amarnath cave, Lidder river, snow covered mountains and several large glaciers.

Sonmarg

Sonmarg is a beautiful, evergreen valley. It is located in the Ganderbal district of Kashmir. Here you can see glaciers, meadows, and lakes. Other major attractions in Sonmarg include the Thajiwas Glacier, Zojila Pass, and the Gangbal Lake. There is a beautiful hill station in Sonmarg and is located about 80 km from Srinagar. It is known for its glaciers, snow covered mountains, and evergreen alpine meadows. When the sunlight falls on the snow covered mountains, the snow seems like a golden cap. One can also take a pony ride to Thajiwas Glacier to enjoy the scenic beauty of this place.

Leh: 

Leh is a small town that is situated near Ladakh. This city has several attractions such as Buddhist monasteries, giant lakes, mountain streams. There are several places in Leh, where you can enjoy interesting activities such as river rafting and hiking. From Leh, you can also visit the Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake.

Nishat Bagh: 

On the banks of Dal lake, there is a beautiful place where you can see fountains, terrace gardens, Mughal gardens. This place is known as the Nishat Bagh. From Nishat Bagh, you can also visit the Shalimar Bagh and Chashme Shahi gardens.

Kokernag: 

Kokernag is famous for a large lake called Kausar nag. It is a high-altitude lake. Kokernag is situated in the district of Anantnag. There are several natural springs in this town. These are the most major attractions of Kokernag. There is also a botanical garden in Kokernag. It is known as the Kokernag Botanical Garden.

Dachigam National Park:

 There are several rare creatures in this national park. The most famous one is the Kashmiri Stag which is also known as the Hangul. There is also a sanctuary near this national park.

Verinag: 

Another famous town of Anantnag district is the Verinag. The famous Jhelum river of Kashmir has originated from the Verinag spring. Here you can see terrace gardens, Mughal gardens. This town is famous for natural springs and its scenic beauty.  

Yusmarg: 

Yusmarg is a beautiful and ever-green meadow that is located 47 Km away from Srinagar. The grazing animals, snow-capped lofty mountains and the never ending green horizon; these are the major attractions of Yusmarg.  

Conclusion: Kashmir is a dream place for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Here we have tried to discuss about some beautiful places in Kashmir. We hope it will help you to know about Kashmir. 

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