Experience A Splendid Vacation in Kashmir with These 15 Gorgeous Sights

It is usually hard to explain Kashmir’s beauty in words. The presence of pristine lakes, snowy glaciers, stunning orchards, and natural grassland makes the sentence true Kashmir is the Paradise on Earth. Now, this Indian state is divided into three regions: Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. Here are some gorgeous sights that you can include to experience a splendid Kashmir vacation if you are planning your Kashmir trip.    

1. Dal Lake

Having no shikara ride in Dal Lake means you have done nothing in your Kashmir trip. Being surrounded by the majestic Pir Panjal mountains, Dal Lake is the backbone of Kashmir tourism and every tourist loves to have a shikara ride in it. It is in a line to gardens that the Mughals built. You can’t stop yourself from taking pictures of natural scenery you will come across. April to October is the right time to visit if you do not want to witness snowfall.    

2. Sri Nagar

In true sense, Srinagar is the heaven on earth and one of the most gorgeous sights of Kashmir. June to October is the right time to visit this heaven on earth. For witnessing snowfall, you can visit it in December and January. While visiting this city, you can do birdwatching, trekking, and water skiing. You can visit the Mughal gardens, take the shikara ride and stay in the boat house.     

3. Pahalgam

Being 95 kilometers away from Srinagar, Pahalgam is an illustration of heaven on earth. It has many beautiful lakes, dense forests, and meadows of flowers that can make you have a relaxing feeling from your stress. June to October is an ideal time to visit it. However, you can visit Pahalgam in December and January if you want to witness snowfall. You can enjoy canoeing and horse riding here.     

4. Hazratbal

Have a strong belief in Islam or a strong follower of Islam? Visiting Hazratbal during your Kashmir tour will help you feed your hunger for visiting holy places. Also acknowledged as Dargah Sharif, it is the place where Prophet Mohammed’s hair strand was kept as per Islam mythology. Syed Abdullah constructed this holy shrine. Visiting this place can make you have a feel of positivity and peace inside you. Its design will make you experience the Mughal structural design. In reality, it has kashmiri designs and styles.

5. Nigeen Lake

Some native people consider Nigeen Lake as a part of Dal Lake due to their connection through a narrow straight. People also call Nageena to Nigeen Lake as it has a surrounding of abundant willow and polar trees. The term Nageena means the Jewel in the Ring. The presence of pristine waters makes it a hot place for tourists like you.

6. Betaab Valley

Just 5 kilometers away from Pahalgam, Betaab Valley is the place to experience the natural scenery while sipping coffee or tea at a roadside cafe. This place got very popular after shooting of films like Kashmir Ki Kali in 1964 and Bajrangi Bhaijaan in 2015. These movies showcased the best places of Kashmir on big screens. You can visit this place from October to June every year.   

7. Sonmarg

Sonmarg literally means meadow of gold and lies in the northeast region of Srinagar. In addition to being an abode of the famous three sisters, the Sind, Lidder, and Neelum, Sonmarg is a significant base point for trekking excursions to the Thajiwas Glacier. You can enjoy river rafting, trekking, and sight seeing of the Baltal Valley. Visiting this place between April and June will be ideal for you.   

8. Gulmarg

Love adventures? Visiting Gulmarg in your Kashmir holiday would be an absolute delight for you. June to October is an ideal time to spend your holiday in this beautiful place. While visiting it, you can experience snowboarding, skiing, trekking, and Gondola rides. For better experience, you can book yourself for a three-day winter festival that the tourism department with the Indian Army organizes every day.     

9. Pulwama

The presence of the largest milk production, saffron fields, and untouched surroundings makes it a place to visit in every tourist’s list of preferred holiday destinations. April to October is the right time to visit this town to experience its places of attractions. These places are Aharbal Waterfalls, Avantishwar Temple, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Tarsar Lake, Shankaracharya Temple, and Shikargarh. Further, trekking Tarsar Marsar would be ideal if you have enough time on your trip.     

10. Kargil

As a small town in Ladakh region, Kargil is the place where people feel shivering in winters. March to June is the ideal time to visit to capture its undaunted beauty. Apart from offering heart-touching memories, the town offers scintillating views. While visiting it, you can do mountaineering in the Nun Mountains and trekking to Suru Valley. You can feel an emotional touch during your visit to this town in your Kashmir tour.   

11. Gurez Valley

Are you willing to have a rare treat in your Kashmir trip? If yes, you need to visit this valley, which lies at the north side of Kashmir. Enriched with astonishing natural treasures and beautiful sights, it is the place that offers you a true break in nature’s lap.  

12. Shri Amarnath Cave Temple

Shri Amarnath Cave Temple is a heaven for Lord Shiva’s devotees. As a devotee, you can visit this cave temple from May to September every year and seek blessings of Lord Shiva. Further, you can see Lord Shiva’s enshrined image that Hindus call Shivaling. As per Hindu mythology, the cave is the same place where Lord Shiva disclosed eternity and the secret of life to Goddess Parvati, his wife.   

13. Vaishno Devi Temple

Do you have a strong belief in Hinduism? If yes, visiting Vaishno Devi Temple in your Jammu trip will be a true pilgrimage for you. Located at Trikuta Hills at Katra in Jammu, Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the 108 Shakti Peeth in India as per Hindu mythology. Vaishno Devi is the manifestation of Goddess Durga. Reaching the temple is a trek of around 13 kilometers and takes approximately 10 hours. You can visit this holy place from March to October, as it is closed in winter due to heavy snowfall.   

14.  Shalimar Garden

Jehangir, a well-known Mughal emperor, set up Shalimar Garden in 1616 for his beloved wife, Nur Jehan. Highly acknowledged as Photographers’ Paradise, this garden has a canal with polished stores at edges/borders. The embellishment of polished stones makes this canal as the focal center of the garden. October to December is the best time to visit this garden for picnics and birdwatching.   

15. Jama Masjid

Visiting Jama Masjid is crucial for one with faith in Islam and an interest in exploring the intricate architecture. Situated in Nowhatta, this mosque is one of the most important places in Srinagar. Sultan Sikandar constructed it around 1400 AD and Zain-ul-Abidin, Sikandar’s son, expanded it. The mosque has a mesmerizing courtyard and 370 wooden pillars that are its significant highlights.  

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