Famously referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’, Kashmir is simply one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Kashmir is a beautiful place to visit for the truly spectacular beauty of its mountains, lakes, and even long winding roads bordered and shaded by tall green trees. In our books, Kashmir is a place to visit for its natural beauty, the people with big hearts, the architecture in all its little details, and the very distinct food.
Located in the Himalayan region, Kashmir is widely popular for its flora and fauna. Its captivating landscapes, scenic spots, historical monuments and abundant forests, make it a memorable destination for all travellers. Calm lakes, magnificent waterfalls, pure gushing rivers and different species of wildlife, what more could one ask for. Some of the popular tourist spots include;
A popular skiing destination, Gulmarg is also known for other adventure activities like hiking, horse riding, golfing and cable car rides to Khilanmarg.
Known as the ‘Meadow of Gold’, Sonmarg is ideal for people who enjoy trekking, camping and white water rafting. The must-see attractions here include the Thajiwas glacier, Krishnasar Lake, Vishansar Lake and the Baltal Grasslands.
This is the home of the famous Dal Lake, where one can enjoy the Shikara rides, houseboat stays and the floating vegetable and flower market.
Popular for its coniferous forests, Pahalgam offers serenity and tranquillity to each visitor. Canoeing, horse riding, and a trip to Aru and Betab valleys, are some of the things to do in Pahalgam.
The beauty of Kashmir is magnified by its people, who represent the rich culture and tradition of this place. Warm hearted, hospitable, god fearing and non-aggressive, the locals here are the true ‘soul’ of Kashmir.
The historical monuments in Kashmir show the influence of Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam in their architecture. Some of these vital monuments are;
- Jamia Masjid
Built by Sultan Sikander, this structure shows the intricate architecture in timber. A true testament of architectural excellence, that has survived the ravages of nature and time.
- The Hazratbal Shrine
Located near the famous Dal Lake, this marble structure exhibits beautiful Islamic architecture. It houses the sacred hair of Prophet Mohammed, thereby making it a pilgrim site for the Muslim community.
- Shankaracharya Temple
Constructed by Jaluaka, son of King Ashoka, it is one of the oldest shrines in Kashmir. It was built in early Kashmiri style architecture, with a base of solid rock.
The only thing more delightful than Kashmir’s beautiful landscape, is the local cuisine. Few of the must-try Kashmiri delicacies include Dum Aloo, Rogan Josh, Chaman (yellow paneer), Tomul Chot (rice flour rotis), Nadur Churma (lotus stem crispies), Kahwa (Kashmiri Green Tea) and Yakhni (curd based mutton gravy). Some of the well-known eateries that you might want to try are Ahdoos(Srinagar), Mughal Darbar (Srinagar), and Nedous Dining Room (Gulmarg). You might also want to try the delectable street food while you holiday in Kashmir.