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6 Amazing Places to Explore in & around Kashmir

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Kashmir, as heaven on earth, is enclosed by snow-clad mountains and glistening lakes, which create a picturesque landscape. The region is covered by the mighty ranges of the Himalayas and Pir Panjal. Owing to the beautiful and picturesque areas here, the place is often referred to as India’s Switzerland. So why we should miss being away from its beauty exploration? Book your hotels in Kashmir and witness these most scenic views and alluring places in and around-

1. Srinagar

Shikara Ride

Srinagar is a tremendously beautiful place to visit, not just in Kashmir but in the country too. The place offers everything from boating to trekking, bird watching and water skiing. This gorgeous city has it all when it comes to a serene vacation. The place is covered in green mountains and the beautiful Dal Lake. You can take a close look at the Kashmiri cuisine and culture here. Do not forget to enjoy the houseboat and Shikara ride when in Srinagar.

Also, know all what you can do in Kashmir.

2. Leh

Leh Palace

Just a day drive from Kashmir, Leh is a boon to visit in the summers. The lofty mountains, alpine lakes and quaint settings make it a perfect destination for a vacation with family and friends. Also, the place is every biker’s dreamland. Besides the natural scenic beauty and serene aura, the place offers breath-taking views for visitors. The best time to visit Leh is between April and June and from September to October. Adventure freaks can try trekking and mountain biking here.

3. Kupwara

Mesmerizing Meadows

Kupwara is a small district in Kashmir. But is blessed with beautiful natural views, thriving meadows, alpine mountains and gushing clear water, it is a must-visit destination in the city. The best places to visit in Kupawara include Lolab Valley, Qamar Reshi Sahib Shrine and Sheikh Baba Behram Shrines. Visit the place between the months of April and October to see the beauty at its peak.

4. Kathua

Commonly referred to as the “City of Sufis”, Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir shares its borders with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The city has its popularity due to the presence of large number of Sufi shrines of Pirs located here. For the history buffs willing to take a glimpse of Kashmir’s past, Kathua is a must-visit. Sitting on the banks of a river, the place has scintillating views and a serene atmosphere for a peaceful visit. If you are visiting here with family and friends, you can enjoy a picnic at Ujh Barrage.

5. Pahalgam

Serene Scene

Pahalgam is truly a depiction of heaven on earth. The place is located at an altitude of 2740 m. The spell-binding town is enclosed with dense forests, shimmering lakes and meadows of flowers. Tranquility and serenity are what you get here. The place will just suck out all your stress and will relieve you from your worries. It is therefore counted among the best places in Kashmir. The best time to visit here is from June to October and December to January. Adventure lovers can try horseback riding and canoeing in Pahalgam.

6. Hemis

Spot a Snow Leopard at Hemis

Hemis is counted among the unexplored destinations. It is a small quaint town located 40 km to the south of Leh. The place is the epitome of natural beauty like the other places in Kashmir region. The town is also known for its magnificent monasteries and national park. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then Hemis is a must-visit for you during your trip to Kashmir. One can witness rare species of snow leopard and bharals at the Hemis National Park.

The northern region of India describes us with almost a fairy-wonderland in real. Give yourself a vacay to experience it.

Happy Traveling!!

5 reasons to pack up for your trip to Kashmir Ki Waadis.

Kashmir, The title of story is in itself magical. As we read out this place or think of it, brings the glimpse of Kashmir being the only heaven on Earth. But not only the views and weather there, the city will leave you with many reasons to fall in love. Every season has something different to offer you. We will give you reasons to pack up for your trip to Kashmir Ki Waadis.

Check out the list of varieties you get there:

1. Skiing:

May be the most common reason to visit Kashmir will be skiing. The best ski- resort in India is at the terrains of Gulmarg, giving you the extra- ordinary feeling of fun with snow. You can get various ski- packages in Gulmarg.

Best time: Mid January to Mid March.

2. Mountaineering:

Trekking, rock- climbing, rappelling or be it any of those mountain activities are forever a chance from Kashmir, being close to mountains from all the sides. Kashmir has various peaks of Pir Panjal Ranges and Himalayas to experience the flavor of climbing in Kashmir.

Best Time: April to June

3. Tulip Festival:

This time will prove the beauty of Kashmir flaunting in different colors. The festival welcomes the blooming season of tulip at the Siraj Garden, the largest tulip garden in Asia. The place at the right time will leave you mesmerized for the lifetime. It is generally a 15 day festival when the tulips are in best of their views.
Best time: Spring Season generally between Mid March to April.

4. Golfing:

Kashmir offers the most scenic golf course in the valleys of Gulmarg and Srinagar. Golf within the shades of Chinar and Pine, leave the golf lovers mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty and weather surrounding the sport. Golf course in Kashmir feels like icing on the cake.

Best time: April to November

5. Rafting and Shikara Ride:

Water bodies too have something to gift you on the tour of valleys in Kashmir. Shikara Ride at Dal Lake is unique experience leaving you in the laps of nature. While rafting at River Lidder in Pahalgam will give you goose bumps of cold chilled out weather which will be a speechless experience for your lifetime.

Professional Travel Blogger and founder of The Ghumakkads. Bhawna Mohinani is graduate in Mass Communication & Postgraduate in Travel and Tourism Management.

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