Switzerland of India is this great heavenly place, Kashmir. Kashmir is blessed with a landscape covered with best and beauty of nature; a land of paradise on the earth. This place is so cold because several Himalayan glaciers move here as well as the altitude is about 3000 m in approx. Major rivers flowing in Kashmir are Jhelum, Chenab, Tawi and Indus. So it can be seen the water everywhere you go and feel chilled. Kashmir faces three seasons, namely Spring (Mar to early May), Summer (late May to late Aug) and Autumn (Sep to Nov). Rest of the months is covered with snowfall which peaks at a very low temperature. So many exciting places are here to visit. People may think about the security cause and miss this place to visit. But highly secured place in India is Kashmir; must see place in your life and the rich heritage of Kashmir.
1. Gulmarg (Family and sporting spot)
Gulmarg is a place to treat your eyes as well as your soul. Gulmarg literally means the “Meadow of flowers”. Gulmarg biosphere reserve witnesses the richness of flora and fauna as of the name. Due to this place’s attractive nature, not only attracts people but also attracts many migratory birds. A wide range of animals like musk deer, both black and brown bear and so on are dwelling in this reserve. Apart from this, so many other places are here to visit in and around Gulmarg. Say Khilanmarg, 4 km from Gulmarg, a place where trekking people love most. Trekking can be carried and to view the magnificent Nanga Parbat along with the twin peaks, namely Nun and Kun. Gulmarg Gondola ride to see the Aparwath Peak, which is truly a spellbinding place. Other than trekking, sports like golfing, skiing and mountain biking are also here.
Best time to visit this place might be from June to October. For snow seeing and adventuring, December and January would be suitable.
2. Leh (Bikers’ dreamland)
Leh is one of the best towns to visit in Kashmir and that too in summer. This place attracts by offering pleasure for the people who love to ride bike. Simple to say, this place entices bikers and makes them to feel as their dreamland. This Leh is situated 95 km from Srinagar and at the altitude of 2740 m above the sea level. Other places to see around Leh are Shanti Stupa, The Victory Tower, Alpine lakes, the wide range of lofty mountains, rivers, valleys, mainly sand dunes of Nubra and so on. This was the Capital place of the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh. Centuries-old palace stands still now at the mountaintop shows the richness in ancient heritage. Leh is at an altitude of about 3520 m. Best time to visit this place might be from April to June as well as September and October.
3. Srinagar (Everyone can be amused)
Undoubtedly, Srinagar is one among the most beautiful places of Kashmir. Srinagar is the biggest city in Kashmir and summer capital of the state, Jammu and Kashmir. This Srinagar is situated at the banks of river Jhelum. This place is called as Mirror of mountains by local dwellers as this water covered area reflects the mountains the most. So also, many water-related entertainments are here; boathouse and sports like boating, water skiing and so on. Apart from this, the Dal lake view during sunset is extremely inspiring delight to your soul. Srinagar is a wonderful heart-holding spot for birdwatchers. More places can be listed to sight. Perfect time to visit this place would be from June to October and for snow December and January.
4. Pahalgam (For emotional detox, oldies spot)
Dense forest with eye-catching greenish meadows with flora and fauna and bluish viewed lakes of Pahalgam makes it as a glorious place in Kashmir. The scintillating scenic sights of this place are heart robbers. As this holds you emotionally, in a way helps you to detox the emotional stress from you. This Pahalgam is situated 95 km from Srinagar and at the altitude of 2740 m above the sea level. Other places to see around Pahalgam are Aru and Betab valley, Sheshnag lake, Baisaaran hills and more. Sports like, horseback riding and canoeing are also entertained here. Best time to visit this place might be from June to October and for snow December and January.
5. Kathua (History lovers)
Kathua, the city of Sufis, is a place where a large number of Sufi shrines of Pirs are here. People who are fond of knowing the history of Kashmir must visit this place; one of the places in Kashmir for history lovers. This Kathua has situated 300 km from Srinagar and at the altitude of 390 m above the sea level. This place is situated on the river banks. Best time to visit this place might be from March to May. Add to your list while visiting Kathua, must visit this place, Jasrota.
6. Sonamarg (A honeymoon destination)
Very first of the name itself explains that this place is “Meadow of gold”. This Sonmarg is situated 80 km from Srinagar and at the altitude of 2800 m above the sea level. A few kilometers from Sonmarg is the Lake Krishnasar, where trout fishing is an entertaining activity. You should not miss this when you are ahead to Sonmarg, such a beautiful spot in Kashmir. Another place, Vishansar Lake is a bit long and if you feel to have a privacy trip with your loved one, this will be a perfect place. Boating over the frozen water with greenish sights will give an aesthetic feel. Apart from this adventurous trekking, camping in the meadows and nature walks are also entertained here. Best time to visit this place might be from June to October and for snow December to January.
Pack your bags with the tickets to Kashmir and all necessary accessories to enjoy the pleasure in this heaven land and get life-long memories like Gulmarg Gondola ride, Leh’s oasis-like valley, Dal lake view of Srinagar and so on.