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A backpack getaway that surely will be imprinted in your heart. If you are a sucker for serene greens and crunchy snow as I am, Kashmir is an absolute delight, from outshined mountains, glimmering streams, a flock of sheep, mouth-watering delicacies, handicrafts and saffron. Let’s delve into some of the thrilling and exhilarating locations in Kashmir that will make your adrenaline rush.
An enthralling place, covered with slushy snow. Ride the Gandola (aerial cable car) and intimately watch the surreal mountains, valleys and splendid pines. You can get a glimpse of Drang- a frozen waterfall, St Mary church and even a biosphere reserve.
Gulmarg allows you must-try sledging, skiing, and skateboarding activities that you’ll relish.
India’s one of the most opulent attractions aka The Valley of Shepherds. Surrounded by breath-taking lakes and pines. Ride on ponies or initiate the adventurous trek all by yourself.
A picturesque location to wear Kashmiri attire, ride sledging and savour Maggi in mountains.
The valley connects Himalayan peaks including Amarnath peak, Sirbal peak, and Kolhoi peak. The location becomes more appealing with magnificent lakes, Sindh River brimming and sun-kissed summits.
April to October are the best months for spotting floral meadows, snow-capped summits, waterfalls and frozen glaciers and winters if you prefer snow- activities.
4. Dal Lake
A serene and solace place, the sun glistening on the clear water of Dal Lake, civilians wearing Pheran, rowing Shikaras, floating market abounded at waters, wooden houses, copious houseboats, captivating beauty to make your heart content.
5. Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden
Planning to visit in April, you shouldn’t be this one out, Asia’s largest Tulip Garden, an exquisite beauty with blooming 48 varieties of tulips, daffodils, roses and many more flowers. An appealing place showcasing the opulent culture of Kashmir and its charms
Chashmashahi is one of the Attractive Mughal Gardens, which dates from the early 17th century. The water cascades in the terraces across the garden’s heart along with blossoming lawns, making it one of the most alluring places.
7. Betaab Valley
Betaab Valley got its name from the hit movie “Betaab” which was shot, since then the Hagan Valley has been named after the former. The splendour of valet invites all those who wish tranquillity and composure, an escape from chaos to rushing streams and greens. Nicest areas to picnic and bestow time.
8. Shalimar Garden
Shalimar signifies ‘Abode of Love’ in Sanskrit. This garden dubbed the “Crown of Srinagar” overlooks the glistening water of the magnificent Dal Lake.
9. Aru Valley
One of Kashmir’s most unappreciated tourist destinations, popular for its serene beauty, surrounded by natural lakes and gorgeous meadows. A bewitching destination for horse riding, trout fishing and trekking.
10. Dachigam National Park
A recognised destination for birdwatchers and famous for Kashmir stag, langurs, black bears and musk deer. If you are an enthusiast this is the ataraxis place for you.