Best places to visit in Kashmir

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Best places to visit in Kashmir

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Last Updated on June 11, 2022

Kashmir is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in India and one of the most beautiful places on earth. The beautiful landscapes, glaciers, lakes, the mountains and the tranquillity make Kashmir visit a memory of lifetime. The tourism in Kashmir has increased many folds in recent years. Kashmir has many beautiful lakes, temples, mountains and gardens that are suitable and perfect for all kinds of people.This beautiful place has been ruled by many Hindu dynasties over the years and that has produced many poets, philosophers, artists who contributed immensely to Sanskrit literature and Hindu religion. Here you can check some most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir.

If someone wants to know deeply about the history of Kashmir, they can refer the book called Rajtarangani written by Kalhana, a twelfth century Sanskrit scholar. The name Kashmir is said to have been derived from the name of vedic sage Rishi Kashyap who settled these people in this land. This region had people from all kinds of religion such as Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and others. However, presently the population is dominated by Muslims and very few thousands people are left of other religions.

So if you’re planning on visiting Kashmir, here is the list of places that use must include in your bucket list.

Places to visit in Kashmir

Srinagar

places to visit in kashmir
ClimateWinters are cool, snowy, summer is pleasant
Best time to visitMarch to June
Elevation1585m
Major attractionsDal Lake, Nigeen Lake, Manasbal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Chashme Shahi, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden, Shankaracharya Temple, Kheer Bhawani Temple, Dachigam National Park
Activities to doTrek, Shop, Birdwatching At Manasabal Lake, Shikara ride, stay in houseboat, visit tulip garden, etc
How to reachSrinagar Airport, Bus, Rail (till Banihal)

Srinagar is said to be the Soul of Kashmir and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Srinagar is known for its lakes, lush green Himalayan mountains, and the beautiful Mughal era gardens. As you drive past in the valley, you’ll come across the Chinar trees besides the roads, many local markets, ancient foods and many temples too.

Gulmarg

Climatefreezing
Best time to visitJuly to September
Elevation2650m
Major attractionsGulmarg Gondola, Apharwat Peak, Alpather Lake, Rani Temple, Strawberry Valley, Ningle Nallah, Maharani Temple, etc.
Activities to doGondola ride, Skiing, Golfing, Trekking, Bird Watching, Photography, Pony Ride, etc
How to reachSrinagar Airport, Bus, Rail (till Banihal), 56km from Srinagar

This particular landscape is mostly covered with snow during the winters and this it offers lots of adventurous opportunities such as skiing, snowboarding, etc. But in summer, the view of the landscape changes and one can witness beautiful Meadows, splendid mountains, and streams running through the mountains that look just like a dream. The gondola ride to the top of the mountain is one experience that you will remember throughout your life.

Sonamarg

Climatefreezing in winters, pleasant in summers
Best time to visitApril to June
Elevation2,730m
Major attractionsVishansar Lake, Nilagrad River, Zoji La Pass, Thajiwas Glacier, Shutkari Bridge, Krishnasar Lake, Baltal Valley
Activities to doTrekking, trout fishing, rafting, camping, skiing, hiking, etc
How to reachSrinagar Airport, Bus, Rail (till Banihal), 80 Kms from Srinagar

This place is a beautiful countryside and one of the most popular destinations to visit while you are in Kashmir. Sonamarg has beautiful glaciers, countryside views, splendid meadows, lakes, and streams running through the mountains.

The place also has an ancient importance because it was used as a gateway to connect the Silk Road from Kashmir to China. The place also provides a base camp for Ladakh and militarily, it is also very important for India.

Pahalgam

Climatefreezing in winters, pleasant in summers
Best time to visitJuly to October
Elevation2200m
Major attractionsBetab Valley, Sheshnag Lake, Aru Village, Avantipur Temple, Tulian Lake, Kolahoi Glacier, Tarsar Lake, etc
Activities to dosightseeing, camping, rafting, trout fishing, golfing, sledding, etc
How to reachSrinagar Airport, Bus, Rail (till Banihal), 95 Kms from Srinagar

This place is known for its beautiful lakes, thrilling trekking routes, lush green forests, Alpine Meadows, and many other beautiful picnic spots. Earlier, it used to be a shepherds village but in recent times, it is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in India.

Kupwara

Climatefreezing in winters, pleasant in summers
Best time to visitApril to October
Elevation1,615 m
Major attractionsBangus Valley.
Lolab Valley.
Seemab Valley.
Sattbarran Kalaroos.
Chandigham.
Activities to dosightseeing, camping, photography, etc
How to reachSrinagar Airport, Bus, Rail (till Banihal), 90 Kms from Srinagar

Though this place witnesses many encounters with terrorists and militants, it is a beautiful place with lush green vegetation, splendid Meadows and breathtaking mountains. The tourist are generally safe from the disturbances in this place and one should visit Kupwara to explore the natural view of one of the finest places in Kashmir.

Kathua

ClimateSummers are short, humid and clear; winters are short and cool
Best time to visitApril to early June, mid September to mid October
Elevation393 m
Major attractionsSukrala mata, Sarthal meadow, Airwan Temple, Chanchalo Mata Temple, Atal Setu, Bani Valley, etc
Activities to dosightseeing, camping, photography, etc
How to reachJammu Airport, Bus, Kathua Railway Station

This place shares its borders with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and it has many temples and shrines. The place has many historical significance and one should visit Jasrota Fort for the historical knowledge.

Gurez

ClimateExtremely cold, rainfall in summer, pleasant during day
Best time to visitMay and October
Elevation2580m
Major attractionsMount Harmukh, Tulail Valley, Razdan Pass, Habba Khatoon, The Kishanganga River
Activities to doRiver Rafting, Kayaking, Trekking, Photography, Star Gazing, etc.
How to reachSrinagar Airport, Bus, 131km from Srinagar

Gurez valley remains of the most unexplored places in Kashmir. The place remains cut off in winter from mid December to March and therefore the perfect time to visit is from May to October. It usually takes 6 to 7 hours from Srinagar and 4 to 5 hours from Bandipora.

Anantnag

Climatesummers are long, warm, and clear and the winters are short, very cold, and partly cloudy
Best time to visitMay to October.
Elevation1601m
Major attractionsMartand Sun Temple, Amarnath Cave, Kishtwar National Park, Jhelum river, Manasbal Lake, Wular Lake, etc.
Activities to docamping, trekking, golfing, shopping, etc.
How to reachSrinagar Airport, Bus

Anantnag has many beautiful gardens and freshwater springs. The place offers many adventurous games and sports such as water sports, mountainous sports, ice sports, etc. Tourists can also take cycle rides on the pathways and others can go for skiing. Snow motor biking and paragliding are also available options here.

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