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Kashmir Valley is rich in history, culture and natural phenomena on one side and is a political controversy on the other side. The spicy taste of the indigenous cuisines, the different types of teas, the trekking, the stays in the barges and the visit of many sacred sanctuaries are things favorable to the tourists. Native textiles and crafts are quite famous and so shopping is good.

Srinagar is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in India, not to mention Kashmir. During your stay in Srinagar, you can indulge in many activities like trekking, bird watching, boating or water skiing. It is a popular honeymoon destination in India. Although the place can be visited throughout the year, the snowfall that occurs between December and January gives a special serenity and beauty to this beautiful place.

It is one of the most natural and famous tourist spots to visit in Kashmir. The vast and well-kept gardens of Srinagar, which date back to the Mughal era, are full of flowers and breathtaking views. Start with Shalimar Bagh. Then, visit the Nishat Mughal Garden, which borders Dal Lake. Head to the gardens of the historic Pari Mahal palace for fabulous sunset views of Dal Lake and Srinagar.

On the way, you will pass through the Botanical Garden, where the famous Tulip Festival and the Chashme Shahi Gardens are celebrated every April. Naseem Bagh is spectacular during autumn and fall, when the leaves of its thousands of Chinar trees turn orange and red. Do not miss the less known and quiet Badamwari Garden, especially during the spring (since mid-March) when its almond trees are in full bloom.

This article will explain the beauty of the list of tourist places in Kashmir to visit that also explain the culture and history of these destinations as well as photos that will make your trip happy.

Most Beautiful Lakes and Gardens in Kashmir

1. The Mesmeric Dal lake


Dal Lake is one of the most famous lakes of Kashmir and is actually composed of three lakes. It is a huge maze of water body with waterways, channels, houseboats, and floating islands and looks like a group of islands in a water body. Houseboat stay on Dal Lake is a truly fascinating experience and a coveted to-do in the Kashmir itinerary.

Dal lake in Srinagar gives the tourists plenty of experiences of exploring islands, staying in houseboats, enjoying floating gardens and Shikara rides and shopping from floating markets. The lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides and offer captivating scenic views.

2. Mughal Gardens of Kashmir


The dazzling Mughal Gardens of Kashmir is a grand creation and expresses the inherent love of Emperor Jahangir for Kashmir and beautification and also the contribution of his son Shah Jahan to its beautification. Jahangir wisely chose the site for the garden and laid down the basic requirements for building it. The Garden was laid at the foot of the Himalayan ranges.

The sources of water in the form of refreshing streams or springs were carefully harnessed. The terraced garden layout is an example of brilliant Mughal engineering skills and aesthetics of channelizing the maximum available water resources in a mountainous terrain. A pleasure garden of Kashmir, Mughal Gardens is tucked between a lake and the hills.

The garden draws heavily from the Persian style of architecture. The garden has an overwhelming beauty arising out of the shady trees, flowers, fruits and aromatic grasses along with the fountains, canals and pools of running water.

3. Nishat Bagh


Nishat Bagh was conceptualized and laid out in the 17th century by Mirza Abul Hasan. It is one of the most popular gardens laid by the Mughals in India. This garden is situated along the eastern bank of the famous Dal Lake of Kashmir at the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range. The garden occupies a rectangular region of area measuring 116.70 acres.

Nishat Bagh also has a terraced layout and the concept of streams and fountains merging into a water cascade, the views it offers and its ecology. There are twelve terraces in the garden that is believed to symbolize the twelve signs of the zodiac.

The lowest terrace is connected to the Dal Lake and offers charming views of the lake. A historic bridge across the lake named as Oont Kadal is an inherent part of the lake architecture and shifts the views to the Hari Parbat Fort, which lies in the upper regions of Srinagar across the lake.

The Nishat Bagh exemplifies the famous Chahar Bagh concept of Islamic style of architecture. During the glorious reigns of Jahangir, he had developed an unfathomable love for Kashmir and that resulted in the construction of some of the most splendid attractions of Kashmir, including Nishat Bagh.

4. Nagin Lake


Nagin lake is located in the eastern part of Kashmir on the foothills of the mountain Zabarwan. The lake is lined by a series of willow and poplar trees that add to its charm. Shikara rides form the main attraction of visiting this lake.

Apart from this you can even hire houseboats for the ultimate romantic experience. Enjoy the taste of fresh fruits, nuts and baked goods; fragrance of fresh flowers, beauty of woollen shawls, silk carpets, leather goods and other materials being sold on the boats. Shankaracharya Hill is south of the lake and Hari Parbat is to the west. It is famous for water skiing, launches and boating. Lake Naga is one of the most wonderful places in Kashmir to visit.

5. Shalimar Bagh


The Shalimar Bagh Garden dates back to the 16th century and is another enchanting creation of the Mughal era and this time the creator was the mighty Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The lower garden of Shalimar Bagh was built by Emperor Jahangir in around 1620.

The construction carried on and was supervised at a later stage by Prince Khurram and then also by Shah Jahan. Shalimar Bagh has also been developed keeping in mind the traditional Chahar Bagh concept.

The garden follows the double division concept of Mughal architecture that comprises the lower portion consisting first three terraces known as the Diwan-i-Aam where public used to gather and the upper two terraces exclusively reserved for the Royalty and his courtiers called the Diwan-i-Khas.

There was also built a screened private zone for the Empress and her female retinue. Shalimar Bagh is mesmerizing with the pavilions, pools and water cascades. The garden is blessed with unprecedented natural beauty. The papier mache ceilings, the carved columns, brackets and stone railings add to the intricacy of designing.

6. Wular Lake


Wullar Lake is significantly one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia measuring 10 by 24 kilometres. The lake yields approximately 60 percent of the fresh water fish production of the region. The lake is beautifully located between the cities of Sopore and Bandipora and overlooks the majestic hills on one side and the steep valley faces on the other side.

Wullar Lake receives its water from River Jhelum, which is located at a distance of 60 kilometres from Srinagar. Miles away from well-traveled areas Watlab will unfold before you. Also Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, a paradise as far as bird watchers are concerned, is also situated near the Lake. Located in the Bandipora district, the lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia that delights travelers as they sail across the lake in a shikara or on a boat. And the beauty is impressive. It could not be better for a nature photography enthusiast!

High on a hill stands the sanctuary of a Muslim mystic Baba Shukur Din Sahib. Here, the Wular extends as far as the eye can see, bordered by picturesque villages, terraces and breeze stirred the rice fields in a rampant explosion of color. Watlab is a resting place amidst extensive forests of apple orchards, permission to remain in which has to be requested to the Forest Department Office of the Sopore district headquarters.

7. Achabal Bagh


Achabal Garden was built by Nur Jahan in 1620 AD, around 58 kilometres away from Srinagar. The garden is surrounded by majestic chinar trees. During the autumn season, this garden dons the gorgeous shades of various different hues when the leaves of all the trees turn golden and red.

It occupies a vast area of 9.7 acres and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of Mughal gardens in Jammu and Kashmir. The spring flowing through the Achabal Bagh Garden was known widely for its curative values.

8. Chashma Shahi


Chashmashahi is the smallest of the three Mughal gardens in Kashmir. The garden is located above the Nehru Memorial Park and its name means Royal Spring. From the garden you can see the beautiful Dal Lake and the surrounding mountains. The gardens also have many terraces and fountains and are built across the center.

The garden was developed by Ali Mardan Khan in 1632, during the rule of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The garden was conceptualized keeping in mind a gushing spring emerging from the slopes of Zabarwan Mountains. The spring waters are cool and have rejuvenating qualities. It is major tourist attraction of Kashmir tourism.

9. Jama Masjid


Jama Masjid in Nowhatta is one of the most visited mosques in Srinagar, the capital. The mosque was built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 and was later extended by his son Zain-ul-Abidin. The mosque has 370 wooden pillars and Indo-Saran architecture. Fridays are full of thousands of Muslims on Friday because it is considered the holiest day to worship.

10. Hazratbal


Hazratbal is a famous Muslim sanctuary and believes that a lock of hair, kept in the sanctuary, belonged to the prophet Muhammad. It is located to the left of Dal Lake and is one of the most sacred places in Kashmir. The best time to visit this sanctuary is between March and October due to the favorable climate. Hazratbal is one of the ideal and historic places to see in Kashmir, which will give a lot of tranquility.

11. Gulmarg


Can't get enough of the snowy whiteness of the winters? Then head to Gulmarg India's very own answer to Switzerland! An ideal skiing destination thronged by celebrities, tourists and travelers from around the world, Gulmarg is the place to be in February for winter sports lovers.

It is one of the most popular skiing destinations around the world. You can book your stay at the famous Khyber Resort or other ski resorts and luxury hotels that offers stunning panoramic views of the snow covered valleys of the Himalayas and the vast Alpine forests. Enjoy your honeymoon with some with some champagne and chocolates.

Gulmarg Gondola in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir is the world's second highest operating cable since the closure in 2008 of the Mérida cable car in Venezuela. Gulmarg boasts Asia's highest and longest cable car project, the Gulmarg Gondola. The two-stage ropeway ferries about 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain, at the shoulder of nearby Apharwat Peak (4,200 m).

The ropeway project is a joint venture of the Jammu and Kashmir government and French firm Pomagalski. You can find comfortable options to stay and eat in the area. Khyber, a resort and spa, has the Gondola ski lift a minute away from its entrance, which makes it an ideal resort for skiing. Other affordable resorts also provide good accommodation, while the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering in Gulmarg offers certified instructors, ski equipment and clothing suitable for the climate.

12. Sonamarg


Sonamarg is to be reached by the Sind Valley and it shows a different country atmosphere of Kashmir, which is not very common. It is located at an altitude of 2730 m and its name means the meadow of gold because of its mountainous landscape with its pure sky. The Sindh River runs through the valley and ponies are often hired to visit the site. Sonamarg is one of the most beautiful places of Kashmir to visit.

13. Pahalgam


Located far from the frantic race of the city, Pahalgam will make you forget all your worries and stress during your stay. The coolness is overcrowded in this small town nestled in the mountains. There is a lot of tranquility and serenity for all those who visit. Pahalgam is a great place to relax, meditate and connect with nature.

This small town is very famous for its huge expanse of coniferous forest. The winter season that begins at the end of October is perhaps the best time to visit this city, because the snow gives an extra beauty to the place. Guests of Pahalgam can enjoy various leisure activities such as canoeing and horse riding. Places of interest nearby are Betab and Aru Valley.

The Aru Valley is an hour's drive from Pahalgam and Aru takes almost 45 minutes from Aru to reach the Betaab Valley, which is named after the famous Bollywood box office movie that was filmed here in the early 80's. Besides being a place with a remarkable topography, the valley is a well-known base of hiking and camping for travelers who try to explore the adjacent regions of the plateau. The Betaab Valley also attracts many newlywed couples, who are on their honeymoon in Kashmir.

14. Gurez Valley


The cycling route of the Gurez Valley is the quietest and one of the best and most adventurous cycling routes in Kashmir. The route has less traffic. It is an incredible journey to enter with the magical and remote Kingdom of Gurez. While pedaling along this route, we visit beautiful lakes (Mansbal and Wular), remote mountain villages and high altitude grasslands such as Tragbal.

There are the ruins of many fortresses and castles, some built in some rather improbable places! It is a fairly long route, which crosses the Razdan Pass at 3500 m and has the excellent objective of visiting the most remote villages of Gurez.

15. Dachigam National Park


Dachigam National Park is located about 22 km from Srinagar and covers an area of ​​about 141 square kilometers. The park is famous for its endangered animals, like the red deer. The park is present in a deep valley with steep slopes of wood. The national park is located at an altitude of 1600 m to 4200 m as in the mountainous area. This national park is one of the most famous places in Kashmir for adventures.

16. Drass


Drass is the second coldest place in the world that has inhabitants. It is located at 3,230 meters above sea level and about 60 km from Kargil. It is a small town in the middle of the valley and the path to Ladakh from here is easy as the Zojila pass passes through the place. Tourists enjoy trekking and the Suru Valley is the most famous for that.

17. Kupwara


Kupwara is also known as the Kashmiri Crown. The beautiful green meadows, mountains and clear streams make Kupwara one of the best places to visit in Kashmir. Due to its picturesque landscape, this place is a must visit if you plan to make a trip to Kashmir. Kupwara illustrates the beauty of Kashmir in many ways. Sheikh Baba Behram, the Lolab Valley and the Qamar Reshi Sahib Shrine are must-see places.

18. Kathua


If you have ever been attracted to Sufism and are inclined to it, Kathua is the place for you. Kathua is also known as the city of Sufis. It portrays the beautiful history of Kashmir's past and is one of the most beautiful places in Kashmir. If you are passionate about history, do not miss the Jasrota fort. Kathua offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere to all who visit.

19. Kargil


Kargil is a city that can not be easily forgotten. Even today, the mention of Kargil shivers the thorns of all the Indians who lived during the war. This city is a must visit because it occupies a special place in the feelings of every Indian citizen. This is one of Kashmir's tourist sites because of the multitude of emotions it has to offer.

For many, this city revives old memories and makes them proud of their Indian nationality. In Kargil, mountaineering or trekking can be done in the nearby Suru Valley. Other places of interest are Mulbek Gompa, Shergol, Wakha Rgyal.

20. Shivkhori


Shiv Kori is a cave located in a hillock and extending for about a kilometer. The cave is known to have a natural Shiva Lingam and is over 100 years old. Tourists are impressed by the carved Sheshnaag ceiling of the cave. Khana-e-Mola is one of the oldest Muslim shrines in Kashmir. The sanctuary was built by Sultan Sikandar and has been beautifully carved inside. It was made in honor of Muslim preacher Mir Syed Ali Hamdani.

21. Yusmarg


It means meadow of Jesus. The natives believe that Jesus lived there for some time. Near the Pakistan border and 47 km. from Srinagar. By car, it takes 2 hours. The whole area is very militarized, I was quite impressed, because you think that at any moment they are going to start firing. Once there you can enjoy with thousands of activities such as horse, fishing, skiing, etc.

A very nice walk is to go to the Sang-e-Saged lake, which most of the time is frozen, even in summer. From this valley you can see the Pir Panjal peaks of the sub-Himalaya mountain range , one is the peak of the Sunset and the other the Tatakooti. On the way back to Srinagar we found ourselves on the road with this surprise.

22. Patnitop


Jammu's own hill station, Patni Top is located at 6,640 feet, the highest point along the Jammu-Srinagar road. If you wish, there are rental ponies, and most places can be reached by car. Chinar Garden, Picnic Spot (with swings and slides) and Skating Garden are the three must see places in the standard itineraries. Take a trip to Patnitop for some solitude and to enjoy the breathtaking views of Chenab Gorge and its pines!

There are two excursions from Patnitop with one to Madha Top, the ridge in front of Patnitop, and the other to Sanasar, a meadow covered with grass and fir trees, with the nickname of mini Gulmarg. Sanasar is a center for various adventure activities, including paragliding and jungle camps. Nag Temple in Ishadhari is located within Patnitop.

Just outside of Patnitop is Shudh Mahadev ka Pahad. A little further away is Mantalai, with its apple and citrus orchards. Near Mantalai, Krimchi is the site of the oldest temples in the Jammu region. Patnitop is one of the few areas that receives snowfall in winter. In winter, there is a thin layer of snow that covers Patnitop, thin, but enough for enterprising locals who run a ski school, strictly for beginners with options of sledges, snowmen and snowball fights!

23. Bhaderwah


Bhaderwah is a green valley at 80 Kms from Batote and 162 Kms from Katra and more than 200 kilometers from Jammu. Bhaderwah has been compared to the Kashmir valley for its scenic splendor and is also called Chota Kashmir. The high parts of Bhaderwah have fine alpine meadows such as Jai, Padri, Seoj Dhar.

If you visit Kashmir during summers and think about places to visit in Kashmir, Ladakh is the place for you. The high mountains and lakes offer breathtaking views of the picturesque landscapes. The beauty of Leh hypnotizes everyone who visits it.

It is also an ideal place for those who love bikepacking, mountain biking and trekking. However, if you want to go to Leh for motorbiking, summer is your time because after November, many trails are closed due to heavy snow.

Engaging in these activities will give you a lifetime of memories and many stories to tell your grandchildren.
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15 comments:

  1. Always heard such wonderful stories about this part of the world. On my travel wish list now!

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  2. Think of a name that sounds very familiar to me, yet I know absolutely nothing about this amazing region!

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  3. My bucket list seems to be growing on a daily basis and now, it's got Kashmir on it! I can't wait to make my way there with my husband.

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  4. Kashmir has always held a special place in my heart as a place of wonder and character. Such a beautiful place. Probably the most beautiful place on Earth. I've always wanted to go there.

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  5. I'd love the opportunity to visit Kashmir one day. It seems like there are plenty of places to visit.

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  6. The snow picture is so pretty but I have had enough of winter. I am looking forward to a warmer summer now.

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  7. This place is such a dream, especially as a mountain lover. I hope that I can visit this place someday. It looks absolutely stunning.

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  8. I wonder if this is the place the song is written about. I'd like to visit. I love to travel.

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  9. Looks like a great place to visit. I'll definitely go here one day with my friends.

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  10. What an incredible place! I've never heard of it but the images are stunning.

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  11. This looks like a wonderful place to visit. It isn't a place I thought would see snow though

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  12. Kashmir is so pretty. it's def near the top of my bucket list

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  13. Wish I could see pictures along with your great guide for Kashmir! I had a friend in high school that was from there.

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  14. Kashmir sounds lovely - I would love to visit one day!

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  15. Kashmir is just so vast and beautiful. Great guide for those planning a trip there.

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