Places To Visit In Kashmir

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Attractions In Kashmir

Kashmir has some of the best tourist places in India. The place has plenty of tourist attractions that makes you visit this place again and again. This valley has snow-clad mountains with lush meadows, flowery gardens and turquoise lakes along with best cuisines and outdoor activities.
Entire Kashmir is a tourist place, but here are some of the famous places that you can put in your bucket list next time you visit this heaven on earth.

Popular Kashmir Tours

01. Srinagar

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Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated along the banks of famous Dal Lake and the Jehlum River, this city is one of the oldest cities in India that is inhabited since the beginning of the human era. The city has a mountain range called Zabarwan range that encloses it on one side and this range is the location of famous Mughal Gardens and tulip garden. 

Things To Do In Srinagar:

Visit Dal Lake: This is the prime attraction of Srinagar. This famous lake that is at the bottom of zabarwan mountain range gives you the best and unique experience of Srinagar. Stay a night in houseboat and enjoy the shikara ride here. 

Mughal Gardens: These mughal era terraced gardens overlook straight into dal lake. They have  a grand aura and vibe and are a perfect adobe for photographers. 

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02. Gulmarg

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Gulmarg is called the Meadow of Flowers. It has the best flower bloom and lush grass during summers. This place is best for adventure lovers during winter. Enjoy and learn skiing and snowboarding in Gulmarg slopes along with heli-skiing. You can do the activities like ATV ride, mountain biking, trekking etc.

Visit its Strawberry farms and potato farms and just a walking distance away immerse yourself into the local life of villagers that live a very simple and modest life. It is the only place to have cable car known as Gandola. It has two phases that take a visitor to the extremes of its mountain ranges. 

Day Hike: Hike to famous Alpathir Lake here. It’s a two hour walk after Gandola ride

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03. Sonamarg

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Sonamarg is called the Meadow of Gold. It has stunning mountain landscape and has the best cluster of mountain peaks in Kashmir.

Visit its glaciers and water bodies and walk along Sindh river that passes through Sonamarg.

Sarbal Village: Sonamarg also inhabits the last village of Kashmir before it merges with Ladakh. This village is called Sarbal Villag that is populated for only six months of the year. It has some of the best potato farms and local population is hospitable and warm in welcoming the tourists.

Visit Baltal: This place is a route for Amarnath cave and is famous for Sindh river and mountain peaks. It is just 14 kms before.

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04. Pahalgam

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Pahalgam is the best highlight of Kashmir. It is the most famous and beautiful destination in Kashmir. Situated 95kms from Srinagar, this valley transports you to a pristine and alluring location.

It is situated on the banks of the lidder river. From here you can hike up to Sheeshnag lake and Tulian lake two famous lakes in Kashmir, you can visit betaab valley and baisaran which has the perfect blend of meadows and mountain peaks.

Betaab Valley: This beautiful meadow has a background of gorgeous mountain range and it has water streams snaking in the middle of it.

It is the most sought after destination for all tourist and locals alike. You can ride a pony from the hotel at Pahalgam and ride to betaab valley, or just take a cab that drops you near its gate.

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05. Yusmarg Valley

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This valley is quite equivalent to other hill stations here in Kashmir. This is perfect for someone looking for less crowd and tourist flow. 

This hill station has beautiful lush meadows and water bodies surrounded by thick forest mountains. It is believed that this place was visited by Jesus. Its spectacular beauty has remained quite an attraction for both Indian and foreign tourists. 

Many trekking routes start from here, so you might encounter lot of camping done here. It is the starting point for Sunset Peak Expedition

How To Reach:

By Air: Nearest airport is Srinagar airport. Hire a cab from the airport.  
By Train: The nearest railway station is at Jammu. 

06. Doodhpathri

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 This place is fastly developing tourist destination in Kashmir. Situated in the Budgam district of Kashmir. In local mythology a saint once visited this place in search of water but found milk instead which earned its name doodpathri.

This is a quiet place with vast meadow and the road snaking all the way up to the start of the mountain range. The drive through this meadow is breathtaking and adventurous.

How To Reach

By Air: Take a flight to Srinagar airport. And from there take a cab. 
By Train: The nearest railway station is at Jammu. 

07. Drung waterfall

Drung Waterfall

This waterfall is famous in Kashmir along with Aharbal waterfall. This is visited both in summers and winters. In winters all of the water of this fall turns into icicles and makes the entire water like a mirror. However, in summers it if full of gushing and refreshing waters falling joyfully. This water then merges with the river water below it which is quite clean and cold.

How To Reach:

By Air: Take a flight to Srinagar airport. And from there take a cab. 
By Train: The nearest railway station is at Jammu.

08. Aru Valley – An Adobe Of Trekkers

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Aru valley is undoubtedly the best valley and hamlet in the entire Kashmir. It is located just 12 kms away from Pahagam. Aru is an adobe of trekkers. Almost all of the famous treks start from here. 

Some of the treks that start from here are: Tarsar Marsar Trek, Lidderwath Trek, Nafran Valley Trek, Kolahoi Glacier Trek and expedition etc. 

Tarsar Lake is 25 kms from Aru. Aru Valley also has a wildlife sanctuary and has lidder river cutting through this valley. 

Best Time To Visit: June to October, December & January for snow

How To Reach:

By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar Airport and then hire a cab till Aru.

By Train: Jammu is the nearest railway station.

09. Amarnath

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Amarnath is one of the famous pilgrimage places in India. This pilgrimage place holds a Shivling formed naturally out of frozen snow. It remains shut for the winter and other months except some months of summer in which pilgrims are taken there. You can either go by foot or by horse or by helicopter. All the facilities are available from the base at Baltal in Sonamarg and Chandanwari in Pahalgam.

How To Reach:

By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar Airport and then hire a cab till Baltal.
By Train: Jammu is the nearest railway station.

10. Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

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The fact that Kashmir has Asia’s largest tulip garden is itself an attraction. Tulip season is a treat to the eyes and all those people who are interested and love flowers. It has innumerable tulips that have different colours and spread on a vast area. During the tulip festival it receives tourists across the world. People come and enjoy the walk around this garden, there are musical festivals staged in the garden along with Kashmiri artifacts display.

Since tulips are short lived, this season is for only couple of weeks starting from end of March to the middle of pril.

How To Reach:

By Air: Nearest airport is Srinagar airport. Take a cab from there to tulip garden it is half an hour drive from the airport
By Train: The nearest railway station is at Jammu.

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    FAQs

    All Kashmir is beautiful. So to pick one is quite difficult. However here is the list of some of the famous places here: Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Gulmarg etc.
    The first that comes to mind regarding shopping is the locally manufactured artistry like shawls, carpets, paper machie articles etc. Regarding food one can buy saffron, walnuts, almonds, apples etc.
    Kashmir is the best visited place all around the year. It has four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Its every season has its own beauty. Tulips and flower bloom in spring, lush meadows, lakes, river bodies in summer, colours of autumm and snow in winters. For honeymoon couples what are the best romantic places in Kashmir? Here are few of the top honeymoon destinations in Kashmir: Srinagar, Pahalgam, and Gulmarg.
    In May the best places to visit are Srinagar and Pahalgam.
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