Being restless at Betaab Valley

Betaab valley is located in Pahalgam which is around 2 hours drive from the capital city of Srinagar. Pahalgam is actually a town that is very picturesque and also quiet. You can either visit the town via Anantnag or via Srigufwara. The drive way between Srinagar and Pahalgam is also worth enjoying since you get to travel through the fields of Apple orchards and Saffron.

Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley

Apart from Betaab Valley, some other places of interest in this town and in the vicinity are Aru Valley and Chandanwari. Chandanwari is a popular tourist spot in Pahalgam and is very near to the town, only 15 km. There is a huge glacier here which is worth taking a look. You can also take the Amarnath Yatra from here which is around 30 km via trekking.

Betaab Valley is located on the way to Chandanwari. Earlier it was known as the Hajan Valley and changed its name to Betaab after a bollywood movie by the same name, which was shot here extensively. This valley is located next to a stream and is surrounded by mountains with snow caps all over. There are also many gorgeous willow trees all around that makes for a colorful and pretty picture.

The streams flow directly from the hills and the water is crystal clear and very chilly. In fact the local people of the villages around the stream drink water directly from the stream. The Aru Valley on the other hand is a beautiful tourist spot in Kashmir. The roads that lead to Aru Valley are also beautiful altogether. If you just wish to explore the beauty of the place, you can go on foot and relax while enjoying the beauty of the place.

Aru Valley

Aru Valley

Aru Valley is a paradise for the trekkers. If you wish, you too take trek through the valley to reach Sonemarg within the next 3 days. Sonemarg is located on the other side of the mountain. Back to Pahalgam, you can shop to your heart’s content at the local art shops that sell different handcrafted items, suits, shawls and other wooden artifacts.

Coming back to the capital city of Srinagar, you should not miss the magical stay at a houseboat on the Dal Lake. In fact it is the face of tourism in Kashmir. All the houseboats are anchored in the Dal lake and if you wish to travel across the lake, you have to opt for a ride on a Shikara.

 

Kashmir- the land of stunning beauty

Kashmir like all say is truly one of the most beautiful and exotic places in the world. But at the same time, it is also one of the least visited places too. This is because Kashmir has been troubled with issues like terrorism and border sensitivity. However if you have the guts to visit the place even for a weeklong trip, you will surely cherish the vacation for the rest of your life since the beauty of the place is such that you will find no number of words is enough to appreciate and describe it.

The beauty of Kashmir

The beauty of Kashmir

All throughout the year, Kashmir is very charming as each season have its individual characteristics. For instance, the winter times are the best when everything is covered with blankets of snow. The mountains, the roads and the lakes are all covered with flakes of snow and that surely makes for a lovely sight. Similarly, during the spring time, Kashmir is covered with blooming flora and fauna. There is also the tulip garden which is in full bloom at the time. These sceneries make for a lovely stay during the vacation trip.

Kashmir is blessed by Mother Nature in all aspects. If you really wish to travel to this exotic state and get mesmerized, the best way to do so is to start the travel trip by visiting Srinagar.  Srinagar is the capital city of the state and is a travel treasure in its self. Check out the Mughal Gardens in the city, the most famous of them is the Shalimar Bagh. With the Chinar trees all around, the garden is a colorful charade of display which is a treat for the eyes.

Flowers in full bloom

Flowers in full bloom

The next stop in your itinerary should be at Sonemarg which is around 2 hours driving distance from the capital city of Srinagar. Sonemarg means Golden meadows and the city lives up to the name successfully. One of the major attractions of Sonemarg is the Glacier. You can either trek or take a pony ride to the glacier point which is around 7 km away from the main city. Sonemarg is also the base for the Amarnath Yatra which is around 15 km uphill from this point.

Gulmarg is another popular tourist destination in Kashmir. The main theme of this place is adventure and thus if you are an adventure freak, you should participate in the adventurous activities in Gulmarg. Take the Goldola ride and also go for the basic skiing course if you wish.

A tour of Paradise in Kashmir

A tour to the land of paradise, Kashmir, is a desire possessed by the travel enthusiasts from all over the world. The simple reason for such an earthly desire is that it is truly the paradise on earth and coming to Kashmir on a vacation trip can really bring you closer to the real beauty of the world. Kashmir is blessed with natural beauty, picturesque views and of course lush greenery and vast landscapes.

A trip to the land of god is certainly an ideal retreat for all those who are fond of nature and love being in close proximity of Mother Nature. There are several tour and travel agents who arrange for customized tour packages to Kashmir. You can always buy such a designer tour package and visit this exotic land of great views and landscapes.

Cruising at Dal Lake

Cruising at Dal Lake

Kashmir located at the northernmost tip of India is a captivating state and is charming at its best all the time. Whether you want to visit the state for honeymoon or for pilgrimage, it is both ideal for visit. If for instance, you want to visit the state for pilgrimage purpose, you can opt for a tour package that comprises of tours to Amarthnath, Vaishno Devi, Hazrat Bal, Leh, Ladakh, Sonemarg, and Srinagar, Pahalgam, Jammu etc.

While Amarnath is worshipped by Hindus all over the world, you can also gain spiritualism by taking a dip at the Sindh River which is located in the Mahaseer Valley. It is also a chosen attraction of the tour packages to Kashmir. There are also many lakes in Sonemarg that are worth visiting like the Sarsar, Gadsar, Gangabal, Vishansar, Kishansar etc. When you are in Pahalagam, do not forget to visit the Sheshnag Lake.

Snow capped mountains at Kashmir

Snow capped mountains at Kashmir

If on the other hand you are on a honeymoon trip to Kashmir, you should make it a point to visit the places like Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonemarg, Patnitop, Gulmarg, Jammu, Kalatop etc. You can also customize your tour package to include the destinations like Khajiar, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Panpulla, Manikaran, Chail, Kufri etc.

Of course when you opt for a tour package, you must ensure that all your accommodations are also booked and taken care of since Kashmir is a tourist attraction and is visited by tourists from different parts of the world, all throughout the year, the accommodations are almost always crowded. It can be difficult to get accommodation of your choice if you do not book early with the tour package.

The incredible land of Kashmir

Kashmir has always been one of the most popular travel destinations for the travel enthusiasts. It has remained on the top of the list not only for its natural and scenic beauty but also because it is so popularly known as the Paradise on earth. It is also one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world and people from different parts of the world flock to Kashmir all throughout the year.

Incredible Kashmir

Incredible Kashmir

Tourism is at its peak in Kashmir all throughout the year since each of the seasons in Kashmir bring with it its own charm that is unparallel with any other places in the world. For instance, the summers are cooler and also greener than the other parts of India and the spring time is also the flower time. There are flowers in their full bloom during the spring and it makes for a wonderful sight for sure. While the winter time is the snow time, a favorite for people to ski in Gulmarg, the season of autumn gives the state of Kashmir a golden look as the leaves change colors from green to the fiery brown.

Talk about the sky high snow capped mountains and the beautiful picturesque towns and the valleys, the beautiful flowing streams and fresh water lakes, the orchards full of fruits, the high mountaineering trails, along with the wonderful gardens make for a lovely sight for all tourists visiting Kashmir on a vacation.

Snow capped mountains of Kashmir

Snow capped mountains of Kashmir

Some of the most famous places worth visiting in Kashmir are Gulmarg, Srinagar, Sonemarg, Pahalgam, Kokkernag, Achabal, Manasbal Lake, Gurez Valley, Wular Lake, Nubra Valley, Ladakh, Leh etc. There are many pilgrimage spots in Kashmir too and thus if you are a spiritual kind of a person, Kashmir can be a great choice. You can choose between the Hazrat Bal, the Amarnath Yatra and also the Vaishno Devi temple here in Kashmir. You can bet that Kashmir is the best confluence of all the religions of the country.

If you are the adventurous kind, you can also opt for the various adventure sports like river rafting, mountain biking, trekking, Jeep Safari, climbing, cycling, etc. Kashmir is actually divided into three segments, namely Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir. While there are a couple of places that are considered as tourist attractions in Jammu like Patnitop and Baderwah,  Kashmir is more fulfilled with different lofty mountains and vast landscapes. Ladakh on the other hand is a cold desert with breath takingly picturesque view of the surroundings.

Visit Kashmir- a once in a lifetime opportunity

Kashmir is very aptly called the paradise on earth since it is the most envious travel destination of the world with its majestic and alluring beauty. Talk about magnificent lakes, fresh water streams and breath taking views of the lofty mountains, along with lush meadows and greeneries all around, Kashmir is a traveler’s delight all along.

Snow filled Kashmir

Snow filled Kashmir

Kashmir is also known as the Switzerland of Asia. It is a state blessed with the best of nature all around. Apart from the wonderful beauty and the breath taking looks of the surroundings, and the meadows, lakes etc it is unmatched and unparallel in terms of beauty with the rest of the world. Tourists from all over the world visit Kashmir throughout the entire year and thus tourism is one of the most thriving business in the state.

Srinagar is the capital of the state of Kashmir and is a beautiful place worth visiting as well. There is the Dal Lake and the river Jhelum which are worth a look. The thing of pride in Kashmir and Srinagar is the Houseboats and you can enjoy a memorable time while staying at one such houseboats while you are on a trip to Kashmir.

Gulmarg- The ski resort

Gulmarg- The ski resort

Shahjahan, the Mughal Emperor has once rightly said that Kashmir is the paradise on earth. How right he has been. All the tourists and the travelers are in awe of the beauty that is bestowed by God and Mother Nature to Kashmir. There are several attractive tourist destinations in Kashmir and in Srinagar alone like Sonemarg, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Doodhpathari, Aru and Yusmarg etc. all these areas boasts of manicured landscapes and beautiful Mughal gardens along with snow capped mountains and several shrines and pilgrimages.

If you wish, you can travel to Kashmir on your own by booking tickets to the flight or train or you can also avail the travel packages that are available with the abundant travel agents all throughout the country. When you are in Kashmir, if you are the spiritual kind, you can always visit the famous pilgrimage spots like Hazratbal, Vaishno Devi and Amarnath. If you are just a nature lover and are also fond of some freaky adventure, you can check out the exotic places like Gulmarg which is a famous ski resort, Sonemarg for its beautiful and breathtaking landscapes, Pahalgam for the glaciers etc. You can also go for river rafting, trekking, mountain biking, mountaineering etc at all these wonderful places in Kashmir.

The travel diary of Kashmir

Kashmir is the coolest and the most enchanting travel destination in India. Well accepted as the paradise on earth by the rest of the world, Kashmir is truly termed as the jewel crown of India. Located on the northern most part of India, the state of Kashmir is blessed with the best of natural beauty. Kashmir is one of the most happening and also unique tourist spots in India and the rest of the world.

Kashmir beauty

Kashmir beauty

The beauty of the state is such that it just cannot be stated in terms of words. The climate is soothing and so is the serenity of the nature. The refreshing ambiance is sure to touch your heart within moments of reaching the place. If you are a nature lover, it is an experience of a life time to spend some quiet time in the lap of nature with so much beauty all around.

The economy of Kashmir thrives on tourism and thus if you do plan to visit the state for a holiday, you can always look for some tour packages that are abundantly available at the Kashmir tourism packages. There are several travel agencies that plan for the Kashmir trip all throughout the year. They provide their clients with the best of the services along with the best in terms of safety and accommodation facility.

Snow capped mountains in Kashmir

Snow capped mountains in Kashmir

The Kashmir tourism is well maintained and is very well developed and organized. Since the tourism sector in Kashmir is so well designed, you can always buy such a package for your family and enjoy the vacation without any stress or hassles. Since Kashmir is really a place of dream, you can always extend your holidays once you reach and enjoy the trip. However, when you do buy the holiday packs, you can always request for an extension of the holidays so that you can spend some of the best time of yours in the lap of nature.

Regardless of the places that you visit in Kashmir, you will certainly enjoy the nature at its best. You name it and will notice that it is blessed with the best of nature. When in Kashmir, you must visit Srinagar which is the capital city of Kashmir and other places like Gulmarg which is a famous ski resort in the state. There is also a green golf course in Gulmarg that is the highest in altitude in the world. There are also other places worth visiting like Yusmarg, Pahalgam, Sonemarg etc.

Majestic Kashmir trip during summer

Kashmir the northern most state of India is also the crown jewel of the country and is also better known as the emerald valley. It is located in the Himalayan range and under the azure sky against the vast landscape of snow capped lofty mountains. It is not just a myth that Kashmir is also known as the heaven or paradise on earth.

Kashmir beauty

Kashmir beauty

Kashmir is one of the most favorite tourist destinations for travel enthusiasts from all over the world. It is such a state that thrives on the tourism sector and is flocked by tourists all throughout the year. Some of the best activities that you can consider while being is Kashmir include camping and trekking, fishing and horse riding, vast vegetation and skiing during the winter times, huge flower gardens, even golfing is a popular sport that is enjoyed by the tourists visiting Kashmir during the winter and the summer times.

Kashmir is an ideal destination for the honeymooners too. Enjoy the serenity and solitude with snow capped mountains all around yourself. The Kashmir valley is not only rich in terms of the natural and scenic beauty but also is rich with the history and heritage of the state. While in Kashmir, you must enjoy the native cuisine of the state and the differently flavored festive teas. If you are fond of adventure, you can trek to different routes in the northern parts of the state like Ladakh. Stay in the houseboats of Srinagar and also gain some spiritual and religious insights from the various pilgrimage and shrines that are located all around the state.

Houseboat on Dal Lake

Houseboat on Dal Lake

Some of the topmost tourist attractions in Kashmir include the places like Pahalgam, Yusmarg, Verinag, Jammu, Kokkernag, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, and also the pilgrimage sites like Amarnath and Vaishno Devi. While Verinag is a popular choice of travel destination amongst the tourists, Yusmarg is a hill station. Verinag is located well within the vicinity of Srinagar, precisely 75km away and the place worth viewing is the Verinag Spring. Yusmarg on the other hand is a hill station that is even nearer to Srinagar and is around 45 km in the south of Srinagar.

Kokkernag is located around 65 km away from Srinagar and there is also a large fresh water spring which is a major tourist attraction in the town. Jammu, the winter capital of the state is also known as the city of temples. It is located on the banks of River Tawi and is abode to many Hindu God and Goddess.

Charismatic Kashmir for Honeymoon trip

Kashmir is the best place for a special honeymoon trip. If you have just felt the bliss of marriage and want to make a trip for a life time with your beloved, Kashmir is the best and ideal place to be. However, a trip to this beautiful and stunning place will be incomplete if you do not visit the capital city of Srinagar.

Kashmir is also known as Switzerland of India. If you visit Kashmir in the winter season, you can ski in the snow, and if you visit Kashmir during the summers, you can soak in the view of the beautiful blooms of spring flowers. Check out the traditional wooden houses in the state that are all covered with colorful rooftops.

Beautiful Kashmir

Beautiful Kashmir

If you are on a budget trip, you can always take the day trips at the state bus company. You can also book the tickets from the various tourist reception centers in the capital city of Srinagar. Here are some of the must visit places in and around Srinagar that you must visit when you are especially on a honeymoon trip at Kashmir:

Sonmarg: it is located on the Ladakh and Srinagar highway. It is around two and a half hour drive towards the north eastern parts of Srinagar. Sonmarg is also known as the Meadow of Gold and is known for the Thajiwas Glacier. If you wish, you can always hike up to the glacier and come back within a time period of 5 hours.

Yousmarg is another area in vicinity of Srinagar. It is a sprawling meadow that is located in the southwest of the Srinagar. Check out the Doodh Ganga River that flows between the forested trails along the hill side. You can either trek in the area or can also hire a pony. While on the way to Yousmarg, you can also visit the small yet picturesque town of Charar e sharief. It is the abode of Sufi Muslim saint.

Glacier in Kashmir

Glacier in Kashmir

Next stop should be ideally at Gulmarg. It is the home to the highest altitude green golf course and also the ski resort of India. It is located around 2 hours drive towards the east of Srinagar. The best time to visit Kashmir and Gulmarg is from the middle of December to March as that is when there is ample snowfall in the state and hence it is also the best time to enjoy the skiing adventure at the Ski resort. There is so much to see and feel in Kashmir that you must visit it to feel it.

Kashmir the land of splendor and charm

Kashmir is a land of anomalies. Just like in the perspective of tourism, it is truly a paradise on earth; on the other hand, it is also prone to terrorism since it is a border state of India. Talk about the snow capped mountains or the vast and beautiful landscapes, beautiful gardens and lush greenery all around with splendid valleys and wonderful lakes, Kashmir is considered as one of the most celebrated tourist destinations in the world.

There are several such places in Kashmir that are worth visiting and here is a brief introduction to some of them:

Tulip Garden

Tulip Garden

Srinagar, the capital city of India is known for its beautiful and scenic landscapes, serene lakes and of course vast and lush green gardens. While the summer times is the best times for visiting Kashmir, especially Srinagar, make sure to drop in at a houseboat on the Dal Lake and make a visit to the Nagin Lake. Of course if you are a mountain lover, you can soak in the views of the Hari Parbat in the city.

Some other places in Srinagar that are worth visiting include the Shankaracharya Hills, the Mughal Gardens, and the various old city monuments like the Rozabal Shrine, the Dastgir Shahib, Khanqah and the Jama Masjid. Experience the essence of Kashmir by staying on a shikara on the Dal or the Nagin Lake.

The next stop should ideally be at Pahalgam which is famous for its vast plantation and vegetations like conifer forests. You can also participate in different adventure sports like trekking, water rafting, horseback riding, canoeing etc. Enjoy the splendid meadows and the other natural vastness of the landscapes that provide simple solitude and serenity to your trip.

The beauty of Kashmir

The beauty of Kashmir

Gulmarg can be translated literally to the term Meadow of Flowers. Gulmarg is essentially a hill station and a popular picnic spot too. There is so much to enjoy in Gulmarg with unparallel natural beauty and vibrant flower shows, and is also known for its longest and the highest cable car ride in Asian.

Sonmarg on the other hand is known as the Meadow of Gold and is located just a few kilometers away from the Zojila Pass. It is also a great route for trekking to Ladakh. While trekking towards Ladakh, you can also drop in at other tourist spots like Gangabal Lake and Vishansar Lake. There are several small rivers and streams that flow through this path. Most of these rivulets and streams confluence at Sonmarg which are worth viewing.

Kashmir- the land of Beauty

Jammu and Kashmir is the northern most state of India and hence is rightfully called the crown jewel of India. In the late 16th century, the Mughal emperor Jehangir set his foot in this scenic state and exclaimed that if there is paradise on earth, it must be here.  How truly he has said that since Kashmir is truly bestowed with the nature’s best blessings.

Sonmarg

Sonmarg

Some places that are the major tourist attractions in Kashmir include the capital city of Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Ladakh, Mughal Gardens, etc. While there are some areas that require special permits for the tourists and the foreigners for visiting purpose, nature has given its best to Kashmir and the entire state is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.

Tourism is an important part of Kashmir economy and it is the tourism that helps the locals sustains their daily lifestyle. Another important activity of Kashmir is the pilgrimage points. Every year thousands of pilgrims make holy visit to the shrines of Amarnath and Vaishno Devi. It is needless to say that both these pilgrimages are also good in enhancing the economy of the state.

Now for the different tourist attractions in the state:

Gulmarg- is one of the most popular destinations for ski resort. It also boasts of the highest green course for golf in the world. There are forests all around the place but it is also naturally beautiful with lovely ambiance. Next in the travel itinerary is the picturesque Sonmarg. The travel path that leads to Sonmarg is from the Sindh Valley. Sonmarg literally means the meadow of gold and true to its name; it represents the face of Kashmir like no other place. There are snow capped mountains with the beautiful landscape and all against the back drop of the vast horizon.

Meadow of Gold

Meadow of Gold

The Raghunath Temple in Kashmir on the other hand is a must visit place. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram of the Hindu mythology. The inner walls of the temple are covered with gold and the galleries within the temple are covered with Saligrams.

The Bahu Fort was built by Raja Bahulochan and later improved by the Dogra rulers of the Jammu state. It is the oldest buildings in Jammu and faces the Tawi River. There is also a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali inside the fort.

The Mubarak Mandi Palace has a touch of three different styles, the Gothic, the Mughal and the Rajasthani. The most famous place inside this palace is the Sheesh Mahal.