Snow-covered Kashmir is like a beautiful crown. Located in the northernmost part of India, this land of natural beauty is as fascinating as its rich tradition and history. The mesmerizing scenery of Kashmir attracts everyone; at the same time, Kashmir gives a warm welcome every time. Here are ten places that showcase the culture and splendor of Kashmir.
1. Dal Lake
Dal Lake in Srinagar is a floating island that replicates the Kashmiri lifestyle. Houseboats and Shikaras are major attractions. Wetlands support large amounts of vegetation, thereby boosting the economy. Once a busy market, Dal transforms into a quiet and peaceful place for tourists as the sun sets. The Lotus Lake in July and August is pleasing to the eye and picturesque. This is one of the best things to do in Kashmir.
2. Sonar Mag
Sonamarg in Ganderbal district is situated at an altitude of 9,200 feet and is situated in the lap of nature. Located 79 kilometers from Srinagar, the majestic snow-capped mountains welcome visitors and let them understand why this place is called the “Golden Grassland”. The Tagivas Glacier is the main attraction. Sonamarg is well connected by air and road.
Huge powdery snowfields and huge mountains guarded by fir and pine trees make Gulmarg a paradise on earth. Favorite for skiing, golfing, trekking, snowboarding, skating or just satisfying your inner thrill, Gulmarg is a place of never-ending adventure.
Moreover, being the destination with the most Bollywood movies, this small town in Baramulla district is a must-visit place in Kashmir. Visiting Gulmarg is one of the adventurous things to do in Kashmir.
Paradise on earth, “Pahalgam” was once the land of shepherds, hence the name “Pahalgam”; Pahal-shepherd, Gam-village. But with the expansion of modernity, Pahalgam in Anantnag district has become a popular tourist spot.
The bliss of various birds and animals, it serves as a safe house for endangered wildlife. Baisaran Hills in Pahalgam is called Mini Switzerland. Tullian Hills, Kolahoi Glacier, and Chandanwari are other attractions. The best time to plan a trip is during the summer.
This sparsely populated area is famous for its monasteries, mountains, and valleys. The “High Country” is home to the Bharal or blue sheep, Asiatic goats and Kiang (wild ass). Ladakh follows a culture similar to that of Tibetans. Thiksey Monastery, Stakna Monastery, etc. reflect this culture. The Khardungla pass in Ladakh is considered the highest motorable pass and is also one of the most difficult to ride. Magnetic Mountain also thrills travelers with the optical illusions it creates.
Leh is the second largest region in India. It is a religious center and the intersection of several trade routes and is one of the coldest places in India. Shanti Stupa, Chamba Tempe, War Museum, and Jama Masjid are the major attractions. The mud-brick houses have their own story, and there’s no doubt that the peaceful atmosphere compels travelers to stop and admire the raw, unspoiled beauty. The perfect atmosphere and scenery are a delight.
7. Pangong Tso
The majestic Pangong Lake (or Pangong Lake) is 134 kilometers long, stretching from India to China, a third of which is in Jammu and Kashmir. The 6-hour journey from Leh is an incredibly satisfying ride through stunning villages and hills. The salty water doesn’t offer any space for aquatic life, but it’s still a hotspot for birds.
Amazingly, the entire lake freezes over in the winter, even after drinking the salt water. As Pangong Lake is close to the border, boating is prohibited. But visitors can enjoy their stay at the camp. This is a perfect location for birdwatchers and photographers.
8. Nishat Bun
Nishat Bagh, which means “Garden of Joy”, is a masterpiece of glorious Mughal-era architecture. It was built in the XNUMXth century by Asaf Khan, the father-in-law of Shah Jahan. Gardens of pleasure are built out of jealousy and competition. But hatred is destroyed in the face of pure beauty. Built in Persian style, Nishat Bagh is a terraced garden with twelve terraces representing the twelve zodiac signs. But it is divided into two parts: public garden and private garden.
The nomadic beauty of the streets of Kargil remains unparalleled. The city holds an important place in Indian history. Once the battlefield of the Indo-Pak war, Kargil was not swallowed up by darkness and fear. The Dras War Memorial awakens the patriotism in the heart of every Indian. Suru Basin, Mulbekh Temple, Karsha Gompa, and Lamayuru Temple are other attractions. Zanskar, which only receives tourists for four months, is another major attraction. Kargil is a paradise for adventure lovers.
Sufism has deep roots in India. Kathua in Jammu Kashmir is known as the “City of Sufis” or “Daula Te Oria”. The city earned this title due to the presence of numerous Sufi shrines of Piers. The air of devotion illuminates the devotees. Beautiful monuments also reflect the wonders of architecture. The three rivers that guard the city add to its integrity.