Are you a travel freak? Yes? Then you should have Kashmir in next trip and if your answer is no am not a travel freak, well then that’s about to change in a few minutes.
Kashmir is famously known as the ‘Heaven on Earth’ and it’s not even exaggerated. Kashmir does justice to the title it’s been given. Kashmir is situated in Jammu & Kashmir state in India. Located between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range, Kashmir gives you chills at every nook and corner with it’s picturesque destinations it has to offer.
- The Dal lake
The Dal lake is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Kashmir. The shore line of the lake is about 15.5 kilometres and is encompassed by a boulevard lined with Mughal era gardens, parks, houseboats and hotels. It’s surrounded by mountains and one could see the sun set in the lake every evening. The boat there, known as ‘Shikara’ takes people on a row around the blue waters of the lake. If this lake’s view doesn’t mesmerize you, then I don’t know what will.
The breathtaking Gondola ride is in Gulmarg, Kashmir. Gulmarg or the `Meadow of Flowers’ is a lovely blooming sight where an opulence of flora displays various colours with the changing seasons. This gondola ride takes you up to an elevation of 3980 metres above sea level.It provides lift served access to 1330 vertical metres of vast snow slopes which has made Gulmarg one of the highest lift-served ski resorts in the world.
Pahalgam is a small town in Kashmir on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2,200 m). It has a dense vegetation which is dominated by conifers. Above the lush green hills, the blue sky creates a picture that you can never forget. Also, you can get yourself a horse ride around the town at affordable prices. It is a perfect place for leisure and relaxation. Pahalgam is also an important trekking base, the most famous being the holy pilgrimage to the Amarnath Cave.
Houseboats can be found in the dal lake, if you visit Kashmir and not stay in these, your trip remains incomplete. They will you make you feel like a royalty with their detailed woodworks. They were built in the early 1900s, and are being rented out to tourists. These houseboats are made of wood, and usually have intricately carved wood paneling. The houseboats are of different sizes, some having up to three bedrooms apart from a living room and kitchen. They are well furnished with classic furniture and the morning sunrise view is just a cherry on the cake.
5. Flowers and apple gardens
There are many gardens in Kashmir. One of them is Shalimar Bagh, which was laid by emperor Jehangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan. It has beautiful fountains in between a canal runs through the middle of the garden which is supplied water from Harwan. Other gardens are Nishat Bagh, Rani Bagh and Pari Mahal. The best time to see these flowers is blossom is in October. Apple gardens are very common and they are flooded with apples every year.