Kashmir is situated at the northernmost geographical region in India andfamously known as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. A famous Persian poet Amit Khusru mentioned Kashmir as a paradise on earth because of its captivating natural beauty which looks dazzling with stunning Chinar trees, especially when autumn comes the entire valley transforms into a charming yellow and red colour along with the beautiful silver lakes, crystal blue rivers and the gigantic snow-covered mountains. There are few reasons that makes Kashmir top the list of nature lovers.
Unparalleled beauty of Nature
The unmatched beauty tops the list of reasons that attracts travellers and even after the tension in the air, people are keen to visit and spend some quality time here. Its picture-perfect landscapes make it an ideal destination for nature lovers as well as photographers.
It offers all the beauty in the world starting from the lovely Tulip, Nishat, Chashma Shahi and Mughal Gardens to the amazing hill stations such as Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Gulmarg etc. So, if you love photography, you will find ample number of sites to capture, don’t forget to keep extra battery with you.
Lush Green valleys and charming lakes
The beauty of the valleys such as Kishtwar, Nageen, Shyok, Markha, Suru, Shyok, Nubra, Betaab, Poonch etc has that divine power to stimulate the hidden poet in you. The mysticism of these valleys surrounded by sublime mountains can be felt easily. Kashmir is a home to lots of dazzling valleys and springs, intensifying the beauty of the city.
The pristine Dal and Nageen Lakes are a must whenever you are in town along with the romantic boat ride in the backdrop of gigantic mountains. Throughout your journey you will realise that the poet wasright, and you are truly in the heaven on earth.
Kashmir is beautiful throughout the year, people from tropical areas comes to Kashmir to beat the heat of hot summer days and a temperature of over 40 degrees. That’s why it tops the list of travellers in India, especially metro cities because they want an escape from hot weather and hectic lifestyle. In Kashmir, they find both, the best escape in exotic hills and incredible mountain ranges along with the pleasant weather.
If you are not a snow fall lover, visit during Autumn. During this time, you will find Kashmir in its full bloom, the whole city looks delightful and vibrant along with a pleasant weather and the colourful trees that takes on stunning scarlet, golden, and amber hues, adding to the beauty of landscape.
In winter’s it becomes a snow filled mesmerizing white dreamland. The best destination to witness snowfall. The soft snow falling on the stunning vistas, is an amazing view and a lifetime of experience, nothing can be more beautiful than enjoying the snow fall in Kashmir.
Lovely Tulip Gardens
The only tulip garden of India belongs to Kashmir, with the coming up of springs the Tulip starts blooming adding splash of colours to the entire valley. These gardens are one of the reasons that makes the destination one of the most sought places to visit in India. Don’t forget to add these beautiful garden trips in your bucket list.
Houseboats and Gondola rides
You can enjoy the luxury of five-star hotels anywhere, but when you have travelled so far, to enjoy some quality time in the lap of mother nature, then forget about the hotels and book at least one night’s stay in a traditional houseboat.
The houseboats are made of traditional hand-carved wood, which offer the majestic and stunning ride over the spectacular lakes and staying overnight in these house boats on Dal or Nageen lake is an unforgettable, life time of experience.
Gondola ridesare best way to get close to the gigantic Himalayas and Kashmir offers the second highest Gondola ride, which gives the panoramic views of snow-capped Himalayas as it takes you higher and closer to the Apharwat Mountains.
Adventure sports to tempt adventure enthusiasts
A perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts, you can enjoy skiing on the sky-spearing mountains, trekking through treacherous curving paths, golfing amidst the greenery, river rafting in a crystal-clear water etc, these wide range of adventure sports also pulls lots of International tourists. If you have planned your trip to Kashmir keeping in mind the adventure sports, then you have landed on a perfect place.
Kashmir is blessed with nature’s delicacy and their peoples are blessed with the magic in their hands. That’s why their handmade carpets, ornaments, shawls and carved utensils are world famous, other than the handmade items, dry Fruits, Saffron, apples are famous that you can add in your shopping bag. Also, you can’t afford to miss the shopping spree at floating market on Dal Lake.
Food is an integral part of Kashmir’s travel. You can start your day with a cup of hot Kahwah, followed by Yakhni or Dum Aloo and then enjoy some special Noon Chai in the evening.
Try new dishes because they have a complete list ofnew dishes,and all are amazing, such as Wazwan, a multi-course meal, Rogan Josh (lamb cooked in red sauce), Syoon Pulaav (Meat Pulao), Modur Pulaav (Sweet Pulao, a dessert), Muj Gaad (Fish with Radish), Nadir-Haaq/Gogji/Monji (lotus stems cooked with Spinach or Radish), Nadir-Waangan (lotus stems with Brinjal) etc.
People plays an important role whenever you are in a new city, if they are friendly and welcoming it will be a cherry on top that makes your trip overwhelming. Kashmiris are one of them, the shy, friendly and smiling people welcoming you with immense warmth and love.
Kashmir is a destination for every season and welcomes the travellers from all over the world throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between Sep to April, to enjoy the pleasant climate and witness the city in its full bloom.