Heaven is defined differently in different religions. Everyone has told heaven in their own way to people about what heaven is. But no one really knows what heaven is. We cannot tell this imagination of the people, but we can definitely tell about the heaven which is called the earth. By the way, you all know what is called heaven on earth- It is Kashmir. And, you will be lost yourself when making a ride to unbeatable places to visit in Kashmir valley.
If you don’t mind, you don’t have to wait until posthumous to visit this beautiful paradise. You can share your experience with others as you visit this unique paradise on earth in your lifetime. Because the experience and photo of the heaven we are talking about can be shared with both people, but we cannot share the experience of the heaven that religious people talk about.
Therefore, you must visit this fantasy-less paradise once in your lifetime. Heaven is the place where people can experience peace with happiness and you will feel heaven in every particle of Kashmir. Kashmir is such a state of India where there is a rush of domestic and foreign tourists for twelve months of the year.
When it is summer in North India, people go to Kashmir and other cold states in search of coolness. If you are looking for a place to spend your summer vacation, which has beautiful valleys, picturesque rivers, sparkling lakes, cascading waterfalls, high mountains, winding paths with beautiful deodar forests, then Kashmir is the ideal place for you. Seeing the beautiful view here during the monsoon, you will know the scale of the beauty of nature.
Top Places to Explore in Kashmir Valley
As I have told you above that the twelve months of Kashmir are pleasant. But if we talk about the cold weather, then it has a unique identity. The state is known for its snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes, Houseboats, Shikara rides, and interesting culture. Let’s read about the top places to visit in Kashmir Valley: –
Srinagar is the political capital as well as the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is popular for its lakes, gardens, houseboats, Shikara boats, floating gardens, beautiful valleys, lush green deodar trees, and religious places, etc. Due to the many lakes and gardens here, it is also called the city of lakes and gardens. This city has become a center of attraction among tourists due to its unmatched beauty. To see its beauty, a large number of tourists come not only from the country but also from abroad. If seen from the point of view of tourism, then this city is the most important tourist destination in the country.
There is such magic in the atmosphere of civilization and culture of this city that people who come here become crazy about it. The city is also known for its attractions like dry fruits, delicious food, various items of Kashmiri handicrafts (Kashmiri shawls, rugs, splendid wood carvings, etc.), and Kahwa, etc. Whenever you have come to Srinagar, you must buy these items along with tasting the Kahwa.
Points to See in Srinagar
Let us now talk about those places of Srinagar, which people go crazy after seeing. And they say that it really is heaven.
1. Dal Lake
The beauty of Dal Lake cannot be described with words. Surrounded by hills on three sides, this lake is not the identity of Srinagar but of the whole of Kashmir. It would not be wrong if this lake is called the jewel of Srinagar. In this lake, you will get all the facilities which are present on the land. Such as – Meena Bazar, Nehru Park, Floating Gardens, Villages, Restaurants, Religious Places, and House Boats, Sikara Boats, etc.
Think about the facilities that we get on land, how it would feel if we got the same facility sitting on a boat. Colorful beautiful Shikara boats and luxurious house boards are the lifeblood of this lake. The beauty of this lake is wonderful in the month of the monsoon. Because in very cold the entire Dal Lake freezes with the ice therefore the right season to come here is considered to be a monsoon. With the Shikara boat, you can enjoy the market, park, restaurant, etc. here along with the entire Dal Lake.
2. Shalimar Bagh
Situated near Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh is one of the best gardens built by the Mughals. Built by Jahangir, this garden is the most famous and historical park of Srinagar. What makes this garden beautiful is its flower beds, beautiful fountains, green trees and plants, and beautiful views of mountains, etc. Built in Persian and Mughal style, this garden was built by Jahangir for his beloved wife Mehrunnisa. When this garden was ready, Jahangir said, “If there is any heaven on earth, it is here, it is here.” Whenever you come to Srinagar, definitely include this garden in your itinerary.
3. Tulip Garden
Tulip Garden is the most prominent of Srinagar and the largest Tulip Garden in Asia. Every year lakhs of tourists come here from the country and abroad to see the colorful and different species of tulip flowers. You must have seen its beautiful image in many wallpapers and photographs, but the experience of seeing this garden from the front is absolutely unique. Photography in Tulip Garden also has its own unique fun. These flowers bloom from February to April. That’s why Tulip Festival is organized here every year during these months. Tourists participate enthusiastically in this festival. If you are a fan of tulip flowers, then this place can be one of the best places for you.
4. Pari Mahal
Srinagar has historical places in addition to natural places, if you want to see natural places as well as historical places, then this palace is the right place for you. This unique palace situated on the Dal Lake was built by the Mughal dynasty Sahajade Dara Shikoh. It is said that this palace was built by Dara Shikoh for spirituality. The palace is not very beautiful, but the seasonal flowers here add to its beauty. You can also go to this place by Shikara boat.
5. Chashme Shahi Bagh
Chashme Shahi Bagh, located near Dal Lake, reflects the inclination of the Mughals towards nature. This garden may be the smallest garden of Srinagar but its beauty is no less than other gardens of this spot. The main gate to enter the garden is very attractive and grand. It is decorated with colorful flowers, fountains, and beautiful deodar trees. The view of Dal Lake and the beautiful valley of Srinagar is very amazing from this garden. At night, when the garden is illuminated along with fountains, then its view looks even more beautiful.
For the safe places to visit in Kashmir Valley, Gulmarg may be one of the bests. Gulmarg is made up of two words Gul + Marg Gul literally means flower and Marg literally means a field where grass and small plants grow instead of trees. Such places are found only in mountains or valleys. In this way, Gulmarg is a valley of flowers. Mother Nature has decorated Gulmarg like a mother adores her child. Seeing such a beautiful image of nature, you will not feel like blinking your eyelids, your heart will want to just keep admiring its beauty.
Situated in the Baramulla district, this beautiful city is one of the best hill stations not only in Jammu and Kashmir but also in India. Its lush green grassy sloping plains, evergreen forests, beautiful ravines, calcifying lakes, and cold weather snowfall attract tourists to come here. These plains with high slopes look beautiful in the summer season, but in the cold season when the snow cover is laid in this sloping plain, then its view looks even more amazing.
Places to Visit in Gulmarg
Most of the tourists come to Gulmarg for snow watching and adventure activities in the winter season. For adventurous tourists, the facilities of mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding, etc. are also available here. Some of the best points to visit are following: –
This golf game, called professional and luxurious, is the most famous game of Gulmarg. You will be surprised to know that the Golf Course of Gulmarg is one of the largest golf courses in the world. This place is the most popular golf destination for golfers. If you want to enjoy playing golf in Gulmarg, then the summer season will be perfect for you. Here in the summer season, there is greenery all around. Playing this fun game in the beautiful valley and the lush green meadows is fun in itself.
2. Gondola Ride
Both summer and cold weather are good for taking a gondola ride. The gondola ride is like a cable car ride. In the summer season, you can see the view of the lush green pine trees, the sloping fields filled with green grass, the lake, and the beautiful valleys, etc. from this gondola ride in the summer season. While riding the gondola, you will feel as if you are moving in the sky. You can see the snow-capped view of Gulmarg during the winter season with a gondola ride. At this time Gulmarg is completely covered with a white sheet of snow and snow and ice are visible all around. To see this scene, most tourists come to Gulmarg during the winter season.
Learning to ski and skiing requires a sloping ground covered with snow. Both of them are present in Gulmarg during the winter season. That’s why Gulmarg is one of the best skiing resorts not only in the country but in the world. If you want to learn or skiing, you will find very good instructors here. The most attractive sport or activity here among tourists during the winter season is skiing. Along with skiing here, you can enjoy snowfall games with your family or friends. This place is the most suitable destination for skiing enthusiasts during the winter season.
Sonmarg is also known as Sonmarg or Sonamarg. Situated in the Ganderbal district, this place is called the ‘Golden Marg’ of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Sonmarg is a tourist attraction for its pristine lakes, lush green meadows, beautiful valleys, and sparkling landscapes. There are many lakes here which add to its beauty. If you are looking for a good hill station to spend the summer holidays, then the lakes of Sonmarg will be ready to give you coolness and relaxation. Even in the winter season, you can enjoy the snowfall between the milky white peaks and tall pine trees. You can also do camping with your friends near the serene lakes and lush green plains here. Even in the winter season, you can enjoy the snowfall between the milky white peaks and tall pine trees. This is the most preferred place for adventure activities and trekking people.
Situated amidst the beautiful hills of Sonmarg, these lakes – Gadsar Lake, Krishnasar Lake, Gangabal Lake, Satsar Lake, Baltal Lake, Vishansar Lake, Thajiwas Glacier, etc. will take your mind. During the spring, these lakes come out, whose supernatural view attracts you to come here. The most famous of these lakes is the Balatal Lake. And this lake is the best destination of Sonmarg for tourists. Every year thousands of tourists come here to see this lake. The journey of Amarnath proceeds further through Baltal Lake. The water of these lakes is so natural and clean that you can even drink it. You can enjoy river rafting, trekking, camping, and photography by coming here. You can also do trekking on foot or by horse cart.
Pahalgam located in Anantnag district is also called Pahalgam or Pahalgam. One of the important stops of Amarnath, this town is one of the beautiful tourist destinations of Kashmir. This place is such a unique gift given to us by nature, which we should always be indebted to. Seeing the beautiful valley of Pahalgam, mountains covered with white snow, lake, river, green shepherd’s village, etc. will hilarious your heart and mind. Seeing the beauty here, its image will become an indelible impression in your mind. Pahalgam has many pleasant local places to visit, but most tourists prefer to explore the incomparably beautiful valleys of Pahalgam. Being situated in the middle of many valleys, it will not be wrong if it is called the city of valleys.
Famous Valleys of Pahalgam
You will find here lots of amazing spots to explore the natural beauty of J & K: –
1. Betab Valley
The immense beauty of Betab Valley will make you desperate to come here. The winding paths, lush green pine trees, coniferous forests, and the view of the white mountains in the time of snowfall will enchant you. Here you can plan for camping as well as trekking. Here in the morning and evening time, there is such a wonderful view of sunrise and sunset which you can collect as a good moment in the camera. Seeing the natural environment and beautiful landscape here, you will become crazy about it.
2. Aru Valley
Aru Valley, which tells a different scale of beauty, is one of the most attractive valleys of Pahalgam. Like the Betaab valley, this valley is also very enjoyable and most liked by the tourists. If you want to spend some moments of relaxation from your hectic life, then Aru Valley, situated in the shade of nature, is the right place for you. You will forget the problems you face in your everyday life in the lovely places here. This place gives a feeling of heaven in itself. If you ever come to Pahalgam, then definitely include Aru Valley in your trip plan.
3. Apple Valley
You all know that Kashmir is also famous for its Kashmiri apples all over the world. If you want to see the Apple Valley along with eating apples, once you must come to the apple valley of Pahalgam. This valley of Pahalgam is known for its succulent and delicious apples. If you want to see the apple orchard or the whole valley, then you have to come here during the summer season. In the cold season, when the layer of snow gets jammed on these small and big apple trees, then this valley looks even more beautiful. In this valley, you can enjoy the snowfall with your friends and family members.
Situated at a distance of about 16 km from Pahalgam, Chandanwadi is one of the most attractive places in Pahalgam. The importance of Chandanwadi is also high because it is from here that the famous pilgrimage of people of Hindu religion “Yatra to Amarnath” begins. It is a place that you can visit during the twelve months of the year. The fun of monsoon can be enjoyed in the summer season and the snowfall can be enjoyed amidst the mountains covered with milky white snow in the winter season. Like other places of interest in Pahalgam, it also has very beautiful valleys, nectar-like water of the flowing river, snow-capped mountains, sloping green meadows, etc. Despite everything being the same, each place tells its own beautiful story.
Note about Local Union in J & K
You must have heard about the Taxi Union. Taxi unions have their own rates, rules, and regulations. There is also a group of local taxi unions in Kashmir. According to the union, if you take a cab from Srinagar, you can do local singing only, you can travel to other cities but you cannot do local singing there. These are the rules of the taxi union here due to this local tour rates in Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Sonmarg are always changing. The rates here are normal in less snowfall, but as soon as there is more snowfall, the rate jumps significantly.