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Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir


How could you possibly handpick few destinations from the heaven to bring it out to the tourist world out there? You can’t. Every mountain draped in the sheet of snow, each valley blooming in vivid colors, the surreal lakes, and the rich culture, you can never have enough of Kashmir. For it, the place is so beautiful that you can never express it in words. No matter how much you say, the word overrates never fits the context.

Here is just a glimpse of few out-of-the-world places in Kashmir that give you a sneak peak into the paradise India is truly blessed with.

1. Nubra Valley, the cold desert

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-1 Cold and desert do not fit together in one sentence. Not in Ladakh though. Nubra valley is the vast expanse of arid desert land in Kashmir where you can enjoy the dry sand dunes of desert along with the chills of mountains. If you do not call this nature’s wonder, then what is? Also, it is the only places in India where you can enjoy the double-humped Bactrian camel ride. The camels were brought here by the Arabs and were perfect to survive in the Ladakh’s climate. The population of few camels turned into hundreds, and now they are an important part of Ladakh’s cold desert.

2. The splendid Dal Lake and Shikara ride

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-2 Dal Lake is no hidden gem of Kashmir. But, the true beauty of Dal Lake is unexplored if you do not witness it from the perspective of the Kashmiri people. Shikara is the traditional wooden houseboats that dot the beautiful lakes of Kashmir and Dal Lake is the best waters where you can enjoy the soothing ride of Shikara. Shikara isn’t just about hitching a boat ride in the calm waters of Kashmir, they have a different lifestyle to offer altogether. Floating amidst the clean blue water of Dal Lake and enjoying the surroundings of snow-draped mountains is one thing, and then you will witness the Kashmiri lifestyle in your Shikara with markets offering various souvenirs and traditions of Kashmiri lifestyle. Dress yourself up in the Kashmiri attire and get clicked, enjoy the romantic boat ride covered in the variety of flowers. You can further visit the floating garden of Dal Lake and Nehru Park in your Shikara.

3. Heavenly Gulmarg

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-3 Gulmarg is the destination for the adventure seekers and nature lovers. The valley wears a stunning look in the winters when it is completely covered in the thick layer of snow. It looks only better once the ice melts and hundreds of flowers start blooming everywhere in the valley. Gulmarg is also famous for its Gondola rides, which is the world’s second highest operating cable cars. The view from above of the whole Gulmarg Valley is to behold in your eyes forever.

4. The hues of Pangong and Tso Moriri

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-4 The two beautiful gems that Kashmir feels the pride to flaunt. Pangong Tso lake is one of the highest brackish lakes in Asia. The interesting part, however, is that one-third part of the lake lies in India whereas two-third of Pangong falls under Tibetan borders controlled by China. Tso Moriri is the highest lake in Ladakh region. It was on the verge of extinction due to the severe climate change until it was declared conservation reserve. The various hues of colors, and the majestic mountains in the backdrop, all you gotta do is set your camps right here to spend your night gazing at the millions of stars and the moonlit lakes.

5. The science wonder of Magnetic Hill

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-5 Magnetic Hill in Ladakh is a wonderful phenomenon of nature that has put science in trouble. Also known as a gravity-defying hill, the hill is believed to have magnetic properties to pull heavy vehicle upwards. The layout of the hill is such that the vehicles moving uphill seem to be moving downward and vice-versa. So, you can actually climb uphill in your vehicle with your vehicle’s ignition off and to move downwards you need to accelerate your vehicle.

6. Adventures of Chadar Trek

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-6 Your ‘Frozen’ fantasies, your ‘Ice Age’ adventure dreams, bring them to life. The Chadar trek is coined as one of the toughest treks of India. And if you have got the guts, do not think twice before going out for this trek. It may be tough on you, but the beauty and the beast of nature that it has to offer you can make you fall in love with nature. The trek is over the Zanskar river that lies frozen in winters. The whole trek asks you go through the hardest and the sensitive areas all covered in the sheet of Ice. It will take you at an elevation of 11,123 ft and will test your bodies under the steep low temperature of -15 to -30 degrees.

7. Buddhist monasteries for the culture

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-7 It’s hard to name just one monastery when each one is unique and exceptionally beautiful in its very own way. Reflecting the true culture of Buddhism they offer intense peace to the mind and soul. They just do not speak of Buddhist religion but reflects the architectural marvels too. Lamayuru, Thiksey are some of the oldest monasteries in Kashmir that were constructed 1000 of years ago. Hemis Gompa monastery is famous for the annual Hemis festival. The Phuktal monastery is brilliantly carved out of a cave and it truly an architecture to appreciate.

8.Shalimar Bagh, the Mughal masterpiece

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-8 Shalimar Bagh is a Mughal Garden in Srinagar built by the Mughal emperor- Jahangir in the year 1916 AD for his beloved wife Noor Jahan. On the right, it is connected to the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. This three terraced Garden is graced by the lush green carpet of grass and it has total 410 fountains in its premises. On the backdrop, you can witness the grandeur of Himalayan ranges. The garden is known for Chini Khanas which remains the unmatched beauty of this place. The niches where you can enjoy the water cascading down slowly used to be lighted with lamps during the Mughal period. Nowadays, it holds pots with bright colored flowers which reflects their vibrancy to the waterfall.

9. Sonamarg Valley, meadow of gold

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-9 Sonamarg Valley which means ‘meadow of gold’ lives by its name. The fierce Sindh river flows through the valley truly giving it a mesmerizing look that one can ever imagine. The valley gives birth to two of the most stunning glaciers of Himalayan region- Kalhoi and Machoi glacier. Sonamarg is a paradise for both adventure and nature lovers. It offers tons of trekking options to an adventure enthusiast on the Himalayan ranges. The famous trek to Baltal and Zojila pass begins from here.

10. Serene hamlet, Pahalgam

Top 10 Places To Visit In Kashmir-10 A small hamlet located in the Anantpur district of Kashmir is one of the reasons why they call it “A heaven on earth”. Covered in the dense plantation of Alpine and the background adorned with the heavily loaded snow peaks of the Himalayan region, the beauty of Pahalgam is incomparable. You can make a peaceful stay here or enjoy the camping under the naked sky, trek down the rocky mountains or enjoy fishing in the river, Pahalgam is a perfect getaway which completes the trip to Kashmir.

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