Snow-capped Kashmir seems like a beautiful crown. Situated in the northernmost part of India, the land of natural beauty is as fascinating as its rich tradition and history. The captivating sight of Kashmir attracts every person; meanwhile Kashmiriyat gives a warm welcome each time. Here are ten places that present an insight of Kashmir’s culture and magnificence. Here are 10 tourist attractions in Kashmir,
THINGS TO DO IN KASHMIR
1. DAL LAKE
The “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir” is situated in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Dal Lake in Srinagar is a floating island replicating the Kashmiri lifestyle. Houseboats and Shikaras are the major attraction. The wetland supports a lot of vegetation, thereby boosting the economy. Once a busy market, as the Sun sets Dal transforms itself into a quiet and peaceful abode for visitors. It is a delight to the lake decorated with lotus in the month of July and August, making it more picturesque. It is one of the best things to do in Kashmir.
At 9,200 feet above the sea level, Sonamarg in Ganderbal district lies in the lap of nature. 79 km away from Srinagar, the stunning snow-capped mountains welcome the traveller and make them realise why the place is named as ‘Meadow of Gold’. Thajiwas Glacier is the main attraction. Sonamarg is also the base camp of major treks. Sonamarg is well connected through airways and roadways. You will also like reading about natural wonders in India.
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The gigantic powder snowfield guarded by Fir and Pine trees and huge mountains makes Gulmarg a paradise on Earth. Most popularly preferred for Skiing, Golfing, Trekking, Snowboarding, Skating or simply fulfilling the thrill in one’s heart, Gulmarg is a place for never-ending adventure. Also, the most destination for Bollywood movies, this town in Baramulla district is a must visit place in Kashmir. Visiting Gulmarg is one the adventurous things to do in Kashmir.
The Heaven on Earth, “Pahalgam” was once a land of Shepherds as therefore the name “Pahalgam”; Pahal- Shepherd, Gam- Village. But with the expanse of modernity, Pahalgam of Anantnag district has turned into a popular tourist spot. Bliss for various species of birds and animals, it is a safe house for endangered wildlife. Baisaran Hills in Pahalgam is known as Mini Switzerland. Tullian Hills, Kolahoi Glacier, Chandanwari are other attractions. The best time to plan a trip is during the summer season. Also, read about best tourist places in India.
The sparsely populated region is well known for its monasteries, mountains and valleys. The “Land of High Passes” is home to Bharal or blue sheep, Asiatic ibex and Kiang (Wild Ass). Ladakh follows a culture similar to that of Tibetians. Thiksey Monastery, Stakna Monastery etcetera reflects the culture. Khardungla Pass in Ladakh is considered as the highest motorable road and is one of the most difficult yet trilling passes to ride on. The Magnetic Hills has also thrilled the travellers for the optical illusion it creates.
Leh is the second most expansive district in India. A religious hub and a convergence of several trade routes, it is among one of the coldest places in India. Shanti Stupa, Chamba Tempe, War Museum, Jama Masjid is the major attractions. The mud-brick houses have their own tale and no doubt, the serene aura compels the travellers to stop by and admire the raw, untouched beauty. The perfect atmosphere and scenery makes people ecstatic. Hemis National Park in Leh is the largest national park in South Asia. For travellers, visiting Leh is the most exciting things to do in Kashmir.
7. PANGONG TSO
The majestic Pangong Tso (or Pangong Lake) is 134 km long and stretches from India to China with one-third of the portion in Jammu and Kashmir. It takes a 6 hours journey from Leh and riding through the splendid villages and hills gives immense satisfaction. The saline water does not provide any scope for aquatic life, but it still remains a hotspot for birds. Surprisingly the whole lake freezes in winter, even after having saline water. Since Pangong Lake is close to the border, boating is prohibited. But tourists can enjoy their stays in camps. It is a picture-perfect location for birdwatchers and photographers.
8. NISHAT BAGH
The “Garden of Joy” in Urdu, Nishat Bagh is a masterpiece of splendid architecture in Mughal era. It was built in the seventeenth century by Asaf Khan, Shah Jahan’s father-in-law. The Garden of Joy was built in a fit of jealousy and rivalry. But the hatred was demolished in front of the sheer beauty. Built-in Persian style, Nishat Bagh is a terraced garden with twelve terraces representing twelve zodiac signs. But it is divided into two parts: Public garden and Private garden. It is the second largest Mughal garden in Kashmir Valley. The garden has countless varieties of flowers. Hence, visiting Nishat Bagh is one of the best things to do in Kashmir.
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The nomadic beauty on the streets of Kargil remains unmatched. This city holds an integral place in the history of India. Once the battleground of Indo-Pak War, Kargil is no gulped with darkness and fear. Drass War memorial awakens the patriotic feeling in the heart of every Indian. Suru Basin, Mulbekh Monastery, Karsha Gompa and Lamayuru Monastery are other attractions. Zanskar which greets tourists for only four months is another major attraction. Kargil is a place for adventure lovers. It is also one of the coldest places in India.
Sufism is deeply rooted in Indian soil. And Kathua in Jammu Kashmir is called “The city of Sufis” or “Dawlat Auliya”. The city has earned the title due to the presence of numerous Sufi Shrines of Pirs. The pious air enlightens the devotees. The beautiful monuments also reflect the architectural marvel. The three rivers guarding the city add to its holistic.
“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than having an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different Sun.”
– Into the Wild