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Important Places to visit in Kashmir

Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its hues with the seasons – always extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the source of great rivers, which flow down into the valleys, forested with orchards and decorated by lily-laden lakes. Kashmir is a land where myriad holiday ideas are realised. In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, there is skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding, etc. along the gentle slopes. In spring and summer, the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the many delights the mountains and valleys have to offer. Golfing at 2,700 m above the sea, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for prized rainbow trout, or simply drifting down the willow fringed alleys of lakes in shikaras and living in gorgeous houseboats are some of the most favoured ones.

I recomment you some popular places to visit in Kashmir

The Meadow of Gold : At a height of 2,740 m, Sonamarg in the state of Jammu & Kashmir is the last major point in the Kashmir valley before the Zoji La pass into Ladakh . At the pass the green, lush Kashmiri landscape abruptly switches to the barren, dry landscape of Ladakh. Sonamarg is thus not only a good base for treks but also a jumping off point for trips into Ladakh.

Nishat Garden : Queen Nur-Jehan’s brother Asif Khan laid the Garden in 1633 AD. It is situated on the banks of world famous Dal-Lake in the backdrop of Zabarwan hills . This garden commands magnificient view of the lake.The Garden is Terraced with beautiful water channel flowing right in the middle.

Shalimar Garden : This Garden was built by Emepror Shah-Jehan for his beloved wife Nur-Jehan. The Garden has four terraces and is 539×182 meters and gets water from Harwan through canal which is lined with beautiful fountains. The 4th terrace was once reserved for royal ladies. The Garden blooms with innumerable varities of flowers in spring and autmn.

Harwan : Harwan is huge Garden lined with flower beds and massive Chinar Trees with a beautiful canal flowing right through the middle. The canal is fed from a beautiful lake which lies behind the garden. there is not much clutter of fountains and other fancy things but vast big green carpeted green lawns which form an ideal spot for picnics. This spot is very popular with the locals for picnics and excursions.

Shrines : The most important shrine is of Amarnath cave situated about 48 KMs from Pahalgam which attracts devotees from all over the world. It is located in the upper reaches of the Distt at an altitude of about 13000ft. from the sea level. Shrine is believed to be an abode of lord Shiva. The shrine of Baba-Hyder Rishi is located at Anantnag. He is the last giant of Rishi order of saints.

Bandipore : This town lies on the east bank of Wullar lake and is also called the “Port of Wullar”. The roads to Gurez and Gilgit lead from this town.

Mughal Gardens : The gardens have terraced lawns and fountains that have a cascading effect project to you the Emperor’s idea of a paradise.

Shanti Stupa : It looks impressive, especially at night when it is well lit-up. With financial assistance from the Japanese government, about 3 km from fort Road.

Hazratbal Mosque : The white marble mosque is located in Hazratbal village, on the banks of the Dal Lake. Hazratbal is famous for housing a hair of the prophet Muhammad. The hair is displayed to the public on religious occasions, which is accompanied by fairs. The mosque offers the spectacular view of the lake and the mountain beyond.

Hemis Gompa : Situated 45 km south of Leh is the most accessible and hence most visited gaompas of Leh. It has an excellent library, well preserved frescoes showing some Kashmiri influence and good Buddha statues.

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa : Built in 1430, contains a fine three-storey-high Buddha and ancient manuscripts and frescoes. From here, the views of Leh are superb. A steep lane from here leads to the Leh Palace.

Bahu Fort : The original fort was built by Raja Bahulochan but was modified and improved by Dogra rulers. This fort, perhaps the oldest edifice in Jammu, is located 5 km from the city. The fort is built on rocks facing the Tawi river. A temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is also inside the fort. Exquisitely laid-out gardens surround the fort on all sides.

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Breathtaking Jammu Kashmir Tourist Places

There is plenty of choice in Jammu and Kashmir if one is really digging to see the beauty of the Himalayan ranges. The major Kashmir tourist places to check out in the Kashmir region are Srinagar , Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg. While Srinagar is a best stop over for a week, the other three Kashmir tourist places also make nice hop over destinations for a day from the capital city. While Jammu has got plenty of options for pilgrims, check around it too, especially Patnitop & Kishtwar, which are considered to be the best tourist spots. Not leaving Ladakh behind, tourist looking for some seclusion can visit Aru, Dah and Hanu to enjoy some peaceful quite retreats. These hilly sites also offer abundant adventure expedition options.

Important Kashmir tourist places are:

Gulmarg

Literally meaning “Medow of Flowers” is a hill station. It is a popular Kashmir tourist places  for Skiing. A huge cup shaped meadow, lush and green with slopes where the silence is broken only by the tinkle of cowbells, Gulmarg looks like a fantasy set in a film.The valley of Gulmarg, a large meadow about 3-sq-kms in area, stands at 2,730 metres, 56-km south west of Srinagar . The name means ‘Meadow Of Flowers’ and in the spring it’s just that, a rolling meadow dotted with countless colourful Bluebells, Daisies, Forget Me Not’s and Buttercups. The valley itself is about 3-km long and up to a km wide

Kashmir

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Kashmir is the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. Until the mid-19th century, the term ‘Kashmir’ referred only to the valley lying between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal range; since then, it has been used for a larger area that today includes the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir consisting of the Kashmir valley, Jammu and Ladakh; the Pakistani-administered provinces of the Northern Areas and Azad Kashmir, and the Chinese-administered region of Aksai Chin.

Leh

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Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The town is still dominated by the now ruined Leh Palace, former home of the royal family of Ladakh, which resembles a mini-Potala Palace. Leh is at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483ft).

Khilanmarg

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Carpeted by a floral splendour in spring and several feet of snow in winter. Hence it offers a different view depedns upon the season.It’s a 600-metre ascent from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg. In early spring when the snow begins to melt, the path turns slushy and can be quite a daunting experience. However, once you reach your destination, you will be amply rewarded with an unparalleled view of the great Himalayas from Nanga Parbat to the twin peaks of Nun and Kun to the southeast.

Saser Kangri

Kashmir Tourist Attractions

Saser Kangri is a massive mountain with four high peaks rising from a glacier, covering the north-south summit ridge. This Kashmir tourist places is famous for trekking. Located near the north of Leh city in Jammu and Kashmir, the mountain is seen in the southeastern side of Karakoram. It is placed at an altitude of 7672 m in the region of Saser Muztagh. Indo-Tibetan Border Police expeditions were the first climbers to climb Saser Kangri in 1973. The ideal months for trekking are from July, August and September.

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Romance Filling Kashmir Honeymoon

Kashmir Tourist Attractions

Kashmir is the most sought after honeymoon destination for romantic couples the world over. This honeymooner’s paradise is the perfect place to start your new life in the blissful company of each other. Perfectly maintained gardens, Sparkling Rivers, snow peaks, alpine pastures, rows of golden chinar trees etc makes this land the jewel in the crown of the Indian Republic. Hold each other hands in Kashmir Honeymoon while strolling on the curved paths on Srinagar; give your shoulder to your spouse to lean on while relaxing on the beautiful hilltop of Pahalgam and whisper sweet nothings into each other’s ears while enjoying a ride on the shikaras on the Dal Lake.

We would run out of space if we begin to list the Kashmir Honeymoon Spots, because every single corner of the state is worth visiting and admiring. The blue waters of Dal lake have cast a spell on countless tourists across the world. Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg are also dotted with innumerable Kashmir Honeymoon. Most people come to Kashmir to explore its natural vivacity and this kashmir natural beauty is evident in every single corner of this state.

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While on Kashmir Honeymoon, you must check out Srinagar, the capital city of Kashmir.  Srinagar is full of scenic beauty including some of the best lakes and gardens in India. The Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Azim Bagh, Chashmashahi and Harwan Garden are worth a visit on Kashmir Honeymoon.  In present time of deforestation and rapid construction these gardens are maintained in typical style of the Mughal Gardens even today. Visit the world famous gardens in Kashmir to transcend back to the royal era of the Mughals.

Marked distinctively with fresh beautiful lakes, fruit orchards, gushing streams, verdant forests and green meadows, Kashmir valley is indeed synonymous to natural perfection. The lakes in Kashmir enhance the beauty of state manifold. You should stay in the traditional houseboats or shikaras in the Dal Lake for lingering memories of your Honeymoon in Kashmir. Dal Lake is the largest lake in Srinagar. Besides the Dal Lake, the Nagin Lake and Jhelum Lake as well situated. Another important lake in Kashmir is the Wullar Lake, the largest fresh water lake in India. The lake has colorful variety of avifauna.

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Kashmir Honeymoon is assured to be a pleasurable experience with a surfeit of accommodation choices. It has everything from economy hotels to super luxury five star luxury hotels. These hotels are situated in picturesque location and offer a panoramic view of the snowy mountains and lush forests. Kashmir is ideally a honeymooners’ paradise. Besides being an inspiration for art, music and poetry, Kashmir is also a nature lover’s wonderland and a shopper’s dream come true. In Kashmir Honeymoon just being in this slice of heaven is truly blissful and totally satisfying. Pine scented breeze is just enough to sweep someone off one’s feet.

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Heavenly Kashmir Tourist Attractions

If there is heaven on earth, and then it is Kashmir!!!  You will realize once you walk on the stunning snow-clad Himalayan peaks. Many written and spoken about Kashmir tourist attractions umpteen times. Kashmir’s beauty has maintained its demeanor even after years of political volatility. As you enter Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, then you convinced that security is the last thing you need to worry about here and it reminds you of the dangers lurking behind. Laced with green hills and colorful flowers, Srinagar puts up the first picture of Kashmir as perfect.

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The famous Dal Lake adds serenity to its ethereal beauty. Never miss a shikara ride on the Dal Lake. Dal Lake in the middle of the valley is the beating heart of Srinagar which is one of the Kashmir tourist attractions. Climb up a few hundred steps to witness the grand Shankaracharya Temple offers a divine view of Srinagar. Move around, you cannot miss the flowers smiling at you. If you almost fell in love with Srinagar, then hold your heart for Pahalgam, the ‘Village of Shepherds’. As you start approaching this quaint little village, on the way you would find breathtaking views of snow-clad mountain peaks and gushing water streams. Dip in the beauty of this stunning hamlet by taking a stroll around or take a pony ride or go for white water rafting or trekking or just camp at the lush green viewpoints like Aru Valley and Betaab Valley.

Another Kashmir tourist attractions is Gulmarg, which is almost 2 hours away from Srinagar and 5 hours away from Pahalgam.  Also known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, here, lovely wild flowers decorate your ways as you move ahead to catch a Gondola to reach the Kongdoori Mountain peak. The ride up to the peak is divided into two phases. Once you cover phase one, you will have to buy tickets for the second phase if you want to reach the peak. The total cost of tickets for both the phases will be Rs. 800 which is not a hefty amount for the kind of sight you will witness.

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From strawberries to cherries, nature has been kind to Kashmir. While Gulmarg will charm you with its out-of-the-world sights, another Kashmir tourist attractions Sonmarg, also known as ‘Meadow of Gold’, will startle you with sudden rains and sunshine. Just 3 hours away from Srinagar, Sonmarg is a good  for a day-long excursion. Sit down anywhere amidst lush greenery in Sonmarg and soak in the blissful environs or just ride up till the foothill for some of the most heart-warming views. Serpentine roads and cherry-laden trees will follow you while you drive in and out of Sonmarg and do not miss the cheerful faces of Kashmiri people who innocently smile at you.

It is criminal to leave Kashmir without tasting Wazwaan, the famous Kashmiri cuisine, which is popular for its rich and spicy preparations with meat and vegetables. Rista and Gostaba are must-try dishes which are prepared with meat, dry fruits and lots of yoghurt. Served mostly during weddings, it is easily available at any restaurant in Kashmir. Keep yourself warm with a hot cup of Kahwa, a drink made of tea, dry fruits and cardamom. In Kashmir, food is a celebration of life, so be a part of it. Natural splendor, benign faces, fresh air, grand mountains, a mouth-watering cuisine and truck loads of memories, what else one wants from a destination!

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