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.

Spend a memorable weekend in Kashmir this summer

When you talk about Kashmir, the only picture that comes in to your mind is a serene state that is extremely picturesque with snow capped mountains and nubile valleys, lush greenery all around, beautiful meadows and also the cloud on the hills that can also be touched with an extended hand. There is so much to explore in Kashmir that any post on the place will not be enough.

Weekend Destination at Dal Lake

Weekend Destination at Dal Lake

Kashmir is a charming state of India and spending the weekend in Kashmir can be an ideal choice for you if you stay in the nearby states. Located at the base of the great Himalayan ranges, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is bestowed with several beautiful tourist attractions along with many pilgrimage spots. Earlier due to certain communal upheavals, tourists preferred to stay away from this state although this state is blessed with some of the best scenic beauties of the world.

However now, tourists are coming back in hordes to soak in the beauty of Kashmir. If you stay in the vicinity of Kashmir, you can always plan for a long weekend at the beautiful state of Kashmir. Why not choose the most popular place in Kashmir, the Dal Lake? The Dal Lake is located on the northeastern part of Srinagar. It is known for the sheer beauty of the place along with rich history and great ecology.

Dal Lake was termed as the summer resort by the Mughal emperors and ever since it began to flourish as a place of importance. Now there are vast gardens that have been established all around the lake and there are also lofty mountains all around which makes for a beautiful picture. The two most popular gardens in the area are Nishat and Shalamar.

Dal Lake

Dal Lake

While the Shalamar is the bigger of the two gardens, you can always spend some of your leisure time exploring the terraces, the canals, pathways and also fountains. Check out the Chini Khanas that are behind the waterfalls. Nishat on the other hand is set next to the mountains and the water cascades down from up above. There are blooming and blossoming flowers all around that makes for a really pretty picture.

Of course since you will be in Kashmir for the long weekend, you must stay in a houseboat on the Dal Lake. The houseboats are ample and they are many decades old. You should check out the intricately designed houseboats as it is a delight to stay in such a different accommodation. You will certainly enjoy the trip.

Say yes to Gulmarg this summer

Kashmir- the more you talk about the state, the less you actually know. Unless you visit the state in person, you are missing something in life. Unless you have been in Kashmir, you have not seen the world at its best. This state of India is blessed with the most picturesque natural beauty in the world. Today we will discuss about the exotic Gulmarg in Kashmir. There are several other places that are worth visiting in Kashmir and we will take up one place at a time to provide you with as much information as possible.

Kashmir from the  hills

Kashmir from the hills

Gulmarg- This place is in the vicinity of Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir and is known for its legendary beauty. The location of the place is in its prime and thus is considered as one of the busiest tourist locations in the state. The name of this place was originally Gaurimarg but it was changed to Gulmarg in the 16th century by the Sultan Yusuf Shah.

What inspired the sultan were the wildly blossomed flowers and the lush green slopes of the hills. Gul in urdu means flowers and hence the name Gaurimarg became Gulmarg. It is a mountain resort and today it is considered to be an exceptionally picturesque beauty. There is even the golf course in Gulmarg which is the highest in the world at 2650 m. It turns into a ski resort during the winter months.

The journey to Gulmarg from Srinagar is also very enchanting with roads that are bordered by poplar trees along with vast fields and scenic villages. After you reach Tangmarg, the climb towards the mountain at Gulmarg is covered with fir on the hill sides all along. There is also a point that is known as the view point which is where from you can take a look at the splendor of the snow capped mountains. It certainly feels like you can touch the sky literally from this point.

Kashmir- the land of Paradise

Kashmir- the land of Paradise

Some of the activities that you can participate in Gulmarg include the cable car riding from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg, hiking and also horse riding. If you are interested in golf, you can also participate in the game of golf. If you happen to visit Kashmir and Gulmarg during the winter months, you can also opt for the skiing adventure.

You can find out more details about this place either from the internet or you can also visit the various travel websites to know more about Gulmarg.

Kashmir- the land of surprises

If you are planning for a vacation anytime soon, why not plan a trip to Kashmir? Well, there are so many attractions that you can visit to when you embark on a journey to Kashmir. Since the state is already so beautiful, it is termed by several names like the Paradise on Earth, and the Switzerland of the East. There are many places that are worth visiting in Kashmir. Here is a brief list:

Jama Masjid- being one of the oldest and also most important mosques in Kashmir and Srinagar. It was built in the year 1400 AD by Sultan Sikander and is worth visiting for a look around.

Dal Lake

Dal Lake

Dal Lake- when you are in Kashmir, can you just miss being on the Dal Lake and the houseboat on it? It is one of the best lakes in the entire India and is also the second largest lakes in the state. There are mountains on three sides of the lake and there are blooming orchards and the Mughal Gardens all around.

The Martand Sun Temple- this temple is dedicated to the Sun God who is also known as Lord Bhaskar. This temple was built by King Lalitaditya. It is based on a plateau and provides a panoramic view of the entire valley of Kashmir. The temple stands on 84 pillars and is an amazing structure to look at.

The next is the Shalimar Garden that was established by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1616. This garden was dedicated to his wife and is also known as the Garden of Love. There are blooming Tulips all over the garden during the summers usually from the months of March till May.

Tulip Garden

Tulip Garden

Of course there are also many other places that are worth visiting in Kashmir like the Hazratbal, the Nagin Lake, Chashmashahi, Dachigm Natitional Park and the Shankaracharya Hill. And of course not to mention the regular tourist places that all tourist agents take their clients like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop, Jammu, Sonmarg, Srinagar, etc.

Kashmir is the jewel crown of India and is renowned all over the world for its natural beauty. Besides, if you are fond of adventure and trekking, Kashmir is the best place to be. You can participate in various activities like skiing, trekking, paragliding etc. And it is needless to say that when the place is the perfect blend of nature and adventure, the combination is the perfect one.