Often described as 'paradise on earth', the valley of Kashmir will surely cast a spell on you once you're there. With snow-capped mountains, lush greenery, blooming gardens and a bounty of nature, a trip to Kashmir can never be disappointing. So if you are planning a mini trip to this land of immense natural beauty, here's a list of must-see places that should surely be part of your travel itinerary:
Acres of land covered with greenery, Pahalgam will soothe your eyes with its freshness. An off-beat experience in Pahalgam can be to visit the cheesemaking culture. Besides this, Pahalgam is also considered a honeymoon destination. Many young couples spend their romantic vacation here amidst picturesque scenes, lakes, etc. It is also called the 'Valley of Shepherds', so serenity and tranquillity are in abundance here.
It is no surprise that if you visit Srinagar, Dal Lake would be on your bucket list. Also called Srinagar's Jewel, the Dal Lake is a great source of commercial operations in fishing. You must have heard of houseboats but what you might not have heard of is the unique shopping experience. Yes, these are the floating vegetable markets of Srinagar. So, rise up early and explore the vegetable market on the Dal lake. Photographers, get ready!
Time and again we have heard of the stretch between Leh and Ladakh. It is no joke, this stretch is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen in India. If you haven't visited Leh, you're missing out on something huge. The lofty mountains, the alpine lakes, and the quaint settings make Leh one of the best places to visit. Being every biker’s dreamland, the city is clad with beauty and breathtaking views. Besides the enthralling bike ride, the Leh Palace predominantly in the Tibetan region is another tourist attraction. If the video below doesn't get you to take a vacation that what will.
If you want to visit a quiet place to camp and sleep under the stars, Lidder Valley is for you. Situated in the backdrop of the Himalayan peaks, this picturesque valley is alluring. The valley gets its name from the river Lidder that flows through it.
Although Kishtwar doesn't make it to any 'places to visit' list for tourists, this off-beat sight can be a gem. The landscape here is bewitching with its lofty hills and lush greenery. Also, Kishtwar has a national park that attracts wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Other than that Machail Yatra and Sarthal Yatra are two pilgrimage circuits of high reverence. Things to do here are trekking, camping, wildlife safari and pilgrimage. Summer is the best time to visit Kishtwar.