Published Date: March 20, 2023
Kashmir constitutes the northernmost region of India and is known for apples, dry fruits, shawls, traditional jewelry, and importantly the snowy tranquil mountain ranges. Earlier in the 19th century, Kashmir valley was the only region referred to as “Kashmir.” But currently, it is comprised of three different regions viz. India-, Pakistan-, and Chinese-administered regions (Ladakh, Azad Kashmir, Aksai Chin, and a few more.)
People who find it best to visit Kashmir in spring and summer are comparatively lower than people who wish to visit Kashmir in winter. Because the snow-clad mountains in the Pir Panjal range of Kashmir show heaven on earth. Thus, tourists prefer winter to be the best season to visit Kashmir. And December to March becomes the best time to visit Kashmir for snowfall especially.
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Top Places to Visit in Kashmir – Best Five Tourist Destinations
- Leh and Ladakh
Srinagar – Summer Capital of Kashmir
Srinagar houses the world-renowned Dal lake, snow-capped peaks, spectacular landscapes, and pristine waters. Thus, people call it “the city of wealth and abundance.” Located on the banks of the River Jhelum, it offers great touring, trekking, and strolling experiences to visitors.
Things to do – Tasting the Wazwan feast, Shopping, Visiting Mughal Gardens, Skiing, Trekking, Boating, etc.
Gulmarg – Beautiful Meadows
Gulmarg is one of the popular tourist places in Kashmir as it has both lush green meadows of flowers and snow-filled landscapes. And it is the only place to which you can visit in any season of the year. It has the world’s highest golf course. The Gondola ride in Gulmarg is famous all over the world.
Things to do – Skiing, Trekking, Visiting gold club, Horse riding, Visiting Alpather lakes, etc.
Leh and Ladakh – Dream Destination
Leh is a must-visit destination in Kashmir if you’re a bike lover. Yes, mountain biking is this decade’s trailblazer. Ladakh is called the “Little Tibet” and has impressive Buddhist monasteries to worship. This place in Kashmir suits the best for the young generation seeking new adventures.
Things to do – Visiting Lamayuru monastery, Losar Festival, Sindhu Dharshan, Exploring the white mosque, etc.
Sonmarg – Valley of lakes
The word “Son” means “Gold” and Sonmarg is widely called the “Meadow of Gold.” As the name implies, you can admire the golden terrains in the spring season. If you want to treat your eyes with mesmerizing glaciers and picturesque mountains, then this is the place.
Things to do – Zorbing, Base camps, River rafting, Visiting Nilagrad and Gadsar Lake, Thajiwas Glacier Trekking, etc.
Kargil – The Line of Control
Unfortunately, people knew Kargil as a place of war. But not the magnificent Himalayas and the crystal-clear rivers flowing through them. Stands one among the unexplored destinations in Jammu and Kashmir! Nun Kun Peak is the most famous one you cannot miss in your lifetime.
Things to do – Exploring murals at the monasteries, Archery Contest, Mountaineering, Hiking, Suru Valley Trekking, etc.
Important note: Trust us, Kargil is on the list of safe places to visit in Kashmir. Nothing to worry about the wars or border clashes.
FAQs About Tourist Places in Kashmir
1) Which is the most beautiful place in Kashmir?
Gulmarg ranks number one. Other beautiful places in Kashmir include Sonmarg, Srinagar, Leh & Ladakh, Jama Masjid, Shalimar Garden, Kupwara, Vaishno Devi, and a lot more.
2) Do I need special permission while traveling to Kashmir?
Unless you travel to prohibited or protected lines of control regions in Kashmir, you may not need special permission. However, carrying a photo ID proof and a national ID card is a must wherever you travel to.
3) What are some amazing facts about Kashmir?
- World’s third-largest cultivator of saffron.
- Srinagar in India is the only place to have floating markets.
- The only place in India to be uniquely called “Paradise or Heaven on Earth.”
- Famous for a plethora of things like carpets (textiles), tea, saffron, cardamom (spices), apples, and handicrafts.
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