Jammu & Kashmir, the northernmost territory of India, is cradled in high lofty Himalayas demonstrating their beauty through snow and greenery in different months. Kashmir is a region in the larger state and its valleys are untamed and unspoiled. All the political disturbances and terror activities have failed to eliminate the beauty of this place.
Kashmir is called the “Jannat” or “the Paradise on Earth” for the snowcapped mountains, natural lakes and green valley covering this jewel. The lakes in Kashmir are crystal clear and immaculate. The valleys are lush green, and the temples are just amazing to watch. Spectacular Mughal- era gardens are everlasting serene places which have inspired poets through the centuries. Kashmir offers the most spectacular destinations to travel for couples, families and even solo. After seeing the beauty of Kashmir in pictures and videos. We can bet that no one will deny the trip to Kashmir. So for your next trip here are the top travel destinations of Kashmir. Make sure you have added this in your Kashmir travel package.
Best Travel Destination of Kashmir
- Dal Lake
- Baisaran Valley
- Gurez Valley
Gulmarg is a Kashmiri hill station and quite a famous tourist attraction being notified as a ski destination. March to June is the peak tourist month in this place. During these months the snow might not be that much but this place turns into green beauty during this season. The scenic beauty of this town against the backdrop of the Himalayan Mountains attracts every person towards Gulmarg. This place is Known as the “Meadow of Flowers”. Gulmarg town is in close proximity to the state’s capital, Srinagar and is located at an elevation of 2,650 meters.
Best Travel Places in Gulmarg
- Igloo Café Gulmarg
- Gulmarg Gondola
- Apharwat Peak
- Drung Waterfall
- Alpather Lake
- Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
- Seven springs
Dal Lake, Srinagar
Located in Srinagar, the summer capital of J & K, Dal is the second-largest lake in the state. Also, It is the most visited place in Srinagar by vacationers and natives. It is an urban lake named “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “Srinagar’s Jewel”. The lake is a significant source of water plant harvesting and for commercial operation and fishing. This famous tourist attraction and the pride of Kashmir Valley offer an enthralling view of majestic mountains.
Activities to do at Dal Lake
- Buy fresh fruits and vegetables from the floating market
- Stay on a houseboat
- Visit floating restaurant
- Ride on a Shikara amidst dreamy views at sunrise or sunrise
- Visit lotus Pond
- Send a postcard from the words only floating post office
- Visit Char Chinar Island
- Enjoy a movie at Asia’s first-ever, open-air floating cinema
Well-known as “Mini Switzerland” because of its long dark meadows resembling the ones in Switzerland. Baisaran is a major tourist place in Pahalgam. This top sightseeing destination is a hilltop green meadow speckled with dense pine forests and encircled by snowcapped mountains. Valley is completely covered with snow in winter and the misty weather with the alpine touch makes Baisaran more striking in winter than in summer. The trek to Baisaran Valley is 7.5 km and can be completed in 1 hour (with a pony ride). Otherwise, It may take 1.5-2 hours while travelling on foot.
Gurez or Gurais Valley is located in the high Himalayas, to the north of the Himalayas. The valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, about 2, 400 meters above sea level. It is located close to the India- Pakistan border. The valley has opened recently for visitors, so not many travellers are visiting the place Gurez is located around 140 kilometres from Srinagar and summer makes the best time to visit. During winter, all the roads have covered due to heavy snowfall. This rich landscape full of green meadows and snow-adorned hills has considered a nature retreat in Kashmir as the network is hard to find there.
Some highlights of Gurez valley
- Habba Khatoon Mountain
- Razdan Pass
- Camping near the river
- Log Hut Café (run by Indian Army)
- Kishanganga River
- Tulail Valley
Hill station famous for its scenic beauty, Pahalgam is the jewel of the pleasing Liddar Valley in the high Himalayas. It is an important transit camp on the way to the holy Amar Nath Ji Cave and has situated in the northeast of Anantnag among lofty hills covered with evergreen forests. The best time to visit Pahalgam is from March to June when the weather is pleasant and favourable for sightseeing recording the temperature ranging between 11 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius. The three main tourist spots of Pahalgam are Chandanwari, Aru Valley and Betab Valley.
Best Places to Travel in Pahalgam
- Aru Valley
- Betaab Valley
- Sheshnag River
- Mamaleshwar Temple
- Apple Valley
Hill station located in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, Sonamarg or Sonmarg is one of the four most visited destinations of Kashmir. The best time to visit Sonmarg is in the months from May to November when the temperature ranges from 11 degrees Celsius to 23 degrees Celsius. Although this place can be visited in both summers and winters. The winters in Sonamarg are exceptionally beautiful when the lofty mountains are wholly covered with snow and making the place perfect for skiing. The beauty of this place looks out of the world in the lush green landscape in summer and has surrounded by snow-covered mountains in winter.
Sonamarg is also the base of a major trek that passes along several mountain lakes like Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar, etc. It is also a base for undertaking the yatra to the holy Amarnath cave. This beautiful place represents a spectacular facet of the countryside in Kashmir with flower-laden meadows, and panoramic views of lofty snow-capped Himalayas.
The best places which showcase the beauty of Sonamarg are-
- Gadsar Lake
- Zoji La Pass road
- Zero Point
- Thajjiwas Glacier
- Baltal Valley
Yusmarg or often referred to as ‘trekkers paradise’ and ‘meadow of Jesus’ is a hill station in the western part of Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. This tiny yet charming hill station has some of the highest peaks in the Pir Panjal range including Tattakutti and Sunset Peak. The mighty natural slopes here provide skiing opportunities in winter to adventure fanatics.
Best places of Yousmarg-
- Doodhganga river
- Nilnag lake trek
- Charar-e-Sharif shrine
- Sang-e-Safed Valley
- Lidder Mad
- Tosa Maiden
Kashmir is literally heaven on Earth and these above-mentioned places are just the starting. There are so many beautiful and jaw-dropping places located in Kashmir which would make you stay there forever.