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Top 10 places to visit in kashmir.

If there a heaven on earth …it is here…it is here…it is here”.

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Is kashmir worth visiting?

Definitely! Kashmir is one of the best destinations to visits in India and also called the “๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’…๐’Š๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’ ๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’‰”.Kashmir is world famous for its scenic splendor snow capped mountains, plentiful wildlife, handicrafts and handlooms, exquisite monuments and hospitable people.Atleast we can go for top 10 places to visit in kashmir. A valley between the ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐š๐ฌ ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐š‘๐šŽ ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ฃ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ.

kashmir is a place of beautiful simplicity and pristine natural beauty.There are numerous places to visit in Kashmir. Here are top 10 places to visit in Kashmir.Kashmir is not just a place but an emotion that every person wants to experience.With the gushing rivers, shiny waterfalls, picturesque surroundings and always appealed tourists despite many Kashmir issues. The Amir Khusro famous quote on Kashmir”Gar Bar-ru-e-ZaminAst; HaminAst, HaminAstHaminAst.” has justified the splendor of this place in the most perfect way.

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1.Dal lake

Dal Lake is a top tourist destination in Srinagar and is the second largest lake in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Due to its beauty and serenity, it is known as the โ€œJewel in the Crownโ€ of Kashmir. It is spread over 18-22 km sq and offers various tourist destinations, shops and markets.

Houseboats and shikaras

If you ever visit to Dal lake i strongly recommand staying over at houseboat. it is the one of the most unique hostels of India. Dal lake is a floating city.There are houseboats were tourists live and then there are different vendors who sell there products on shikaras, small boat was decorated with colourful Kashmiri ornaments and was looking more beautiful than the surrounding scenery, which is encircled by snow-laden peaks reaching the sky and green pine tree.

source:https://www.getmyboat.com/trips/WYWGGLRY/

2.Boulevard Road

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The vibrant Boulevard Road is the heart of Srinagar. Flanked by the Dal Lake on one side and bustling market on the other, it is a beautiful stretch to walk about in evenings. Cool breeze, views of the mountains, house boats moored on wooden jetties, colorful shikaras vying for attention—all of this makes this place a unique experience. Photographers will be delighted by the street and landscape photography opportunities here. The Boulevard road market has something for everyone!

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3Gardens of srinagar

A.chashma Shahi

It is famous for its chashma(Cristal clear water) its wide flora and unimaginable sunsets.if you ever visit to Kashmir make sure to visit here!

https://www.picnicwale.com/attractions/chashme-shahi-in-kashmir

The Chashme Shahi is located within the jurisdiction of Srinagar city, 14 kilometres (9 mi) in the northeast from the Srinagar Airport. It is adjacent to Rajbhawan (Governorโ€™s house). The garden is connected by the Boulevard Road which passes along the banks of the Dal lake. There are many hotels and restaurants available for boarding and lodging near the garden. The garden remains open for tourists from March to November. The best time to visit the garden is from April to October. The garden is at full bloom during May and June.

B.Nishat bagh

source:https://www.tourmyindia.com/states/jammu-kashmir/nishant-garden.html

Popularly known as the โ€˜Garden of Blissโ€™, the Nishat Garden or Nishat Bagh, is the second-largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir Valley, after Shalimar Bagh and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Srinagar.The Nishat Bagh is a 12 terraced garden .Even though the layout of Nishat Bagh was based on the design of the Persian gardens, the actual landscaping was done in accordance with the terrain and water patterns unique to Kashmir Valley. A stream of standstill water divides the garden into two halves, and each level of the garden is marked by a raised embankment which has its collection of kaleidoscopic flower.

Visiting Hours

Nishat Garden is open between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm.

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c.pari mahal

whenever I used to visit pari mahal it takes me to the fantasy world of fairies and fictional characters because of its name and exquisite structure which reminds me of old architectures.

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Pari Mahal, also known as The Palace of Fairies, is a seven-terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan mountain range, overlooking the city of Srinagar and the south-west of Dal Lake in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is an example of Islamic architecture and patronage of art during the reign of the then Mughal Emperor khan Shah JahanThe Pari Mahal has also been used as a top-secret interrogation centre and as a base for high-level bureaucrats.[1]

Timings: From 9.30 AM to 7.30 PM, on all days of the week, except on Friday. Price: INR 20 per person.

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D.Shalimar

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The word Shalimar in Sanskrit means ‘abode of love’. The king, on his visits to a local saint by the name Sukarma Swami at Harwan, used to stop at this cottage. Over the years, the cottage fell into ruins and later could not be located. However, the name of the place remained as Shalimar.Shalimar Bagh is a Mughal garden in SrinagarJammu and KashmirIndia, linked through a channel to the northeast of Dal Lake. It also known as Shalimar Gardens, Farah Baksh, and Faiz Baksh.

Timings: From 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM, on all days of the week. Price: INR 10 per person. Best Time to Visit: Mid-February to Mid-April and September-October.

https://www.makemytrip.com/travel-guide/srinagar/nishat-bagh-parks-gardens.html

4.pahalgam

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Pahalgam known as Pahalgom (Kashmiri pronunciation:‘village of shepherds’[1] in Kashmiri, is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a popular tourist destination and hill station. Its lush green meadows and pristine waters attract thousands of tourists from all over the world each year.[2] It is located 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Anantnag on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2,200 m). Pahalgam is the headquarters of one of the five tehsils of Anantnag district.

things to do in pahalgam

River rafting: There are three options to choose from when you are planning to raft on the Lidder River โ€“ the 2.5 km (Lidder joy ride), the 5 km (Lidder long ride) and the 8 km white water rafting (extra long ride).

places to visit in pahalgam

  • Betab Valley: For Bollywood Feels
  • Mamal Temple: For A Tranquil Escape
  • Sheshnag Lake: For Nature Lovers
  • Lidder Amusement Park: For An Adventurous Break
  • Aru Village & Valley: For Lush Meadows
  • Baisaran Hills: For A Relaxing Stroll
  • Avantipur Temple: For Clicking Pictures
  • Pahalgam Golf Course: For A Fun Session
  • Tulian Lake: For A Pony Ride
  • Chandanwari: For Snow-Covered Vistas
  • Kolahoi Glacier: For Avid Trekkers
  • Lolab Valley: Gorgeous Waterfalls, Rivers And More
  • Panchtarni: The Confluence Of Five Streams
  • Tarsar Lake: Known For Scenic Beauty

5.Doodhpathri

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Doodhpathri (translation; Valley of Milk) is a tourist destination and a hill station in the Indian administered union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 2,730 metres (8,960 ft) from sea level, it is located at a distance of 42 km (26 mi) from union territory‘s summer capital Srinagar and 22 km (14 mi) from district headquarters Budgam.Hearing this milk at once changed its state to water and the meadow got its name Doodpathri. The water which is at present flowing through the meadows has a milky appearance from the distance and remains very cold throughout the year. The lush green grasses over the vast meadows and silver shining streams running over the large stones further increase its beauty. Doodhpathri is sloping grassy landscapes with a diversity of multicolored flowers up to Chang. The famous Tosamaidan lies in the west of Doodpathri.

https://www.india.com/travel/articles/doodhpathri-the-valley-of-milk-is-a-place-of-surreal-beauty-in-kashmir-3521017/amp/

6.Shankaracharya hills

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This charming forested hill is the home for a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are two hundred and fifty steps; the ascent of which will lead you to this ancient temple built in the ninth century A.D. This beautiful temple is made of grey stone blocks and is one of the oldest designs of the country. The best part about this temple is that electronic devices are strictly not allowed there and should be deposited with the military personnel before you climb the steps. This means that you can truly disconnect! The Shankaracharya Hill is regarded as one of the best attractions in Kashmir. This hill offers a pleasant panoramic view over the entire Srinagar!

Location: Shankaracharya Hill, Srinagar

Known for: The ancient temple of Lord Shiva and the breathtaking view of Srinagar from the tip of the hill.

How to reach: 4.4 km away from the central city of Srinagar.

Approximate Cost: No entry fee

Operating hours: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Precautions: Make sure you leave your belongings in the cars, as the security check here is rigorous.

Type: Temple

7.Sonamarg

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Traversing through the ‘Meadow of Gold’ Sonamarg Hill Station in the state of Jammu & Kashmir it is not difficult to lose track of time being lost in the scenery of Nature’s artistry. Try to peek into the valley and depth of it along with gravity would seem to be drawing .The climate of Sonamarg is very bracing; but the rainfall is frequent though not heavy, except for two or three days at a time in July and August with fine spell in between. From Sonamarg, trekking routes lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar Lake, Krishansar Lake, Gangabal Lake and Gadsar Lake, stocked with Snowtrout and Brown trout and Satsar, glacier-fed and surrounded by banks of alpine flowers.sonamarg is on the list of top 10 places to visit in kashmir because it has many Lakes and rivers to visit in.

places to visit in Sonamarg

  • . Vishansar Lake
  • Nilagrad River
  • . Zoji La Pass
  • Zoji La Pass
  • Thajiwas Glacier and many more….
Country India
Union territoryJammu and Kashmir
DistrictGanderbal
Elevation2,730 m (8,960 ft)

8.Gulmarg

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According to CNN, Gulmarg is the “heartland of winter sports in India” and was rated as Asia’s seventh best ski destination. The town is accessible from Srinagar by road via Tangmarg

Gulmarg has been the shooting location of many Bollywood films like BobbyJab Tak Hai Jaan,Yeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniHighwayPhantomHaider, etc.A scene in Bobby was shot in a hut in Gulmarg that later come to be known as ‘Bobby Hut’.

yeh jawani hai Deewani

https://www.easemytrip.com/blog/films-shot-in-jammu-and-kashmir

student of the year

https://www.easemytrip.com/blog/films-shot-in-jammu-and-kashmir

About Gulmarg Gondola

Asia’s largest and highest and worldโ€™s second-largest and second highest cable car project, Gulmarg Gondola is the top attraction in Gulmarg. In fact, a Gulmarg tour without a ride on the popular cable car is considered incomplete. This must-do activity in Gulmarg is perfect for family vacationers, romantic couples as well as adventurers seeking to get to the top the mountain for the best skiing experience (in winter). The scenic views of mountains and valley during the cable car ride are also unforgettable and unmatched. The gondola can ferry 6 people at a time and 600 people per hour.

Gondola Cable Car Riding Levels

The cable car ride takes place in two levels/stages.

  • Phase I: from the Gulmarg resort to Kongdori Station (2600 m) in the bowl-shaped Kongdori Valley which takes 9 minutes to reach.
  • Phase II: from Kongdori Station to Kongdori Mountain (3747 m), the shoulder of Apharwat Peak which takes 12 minutes

Entry Fee: The price is INR 700 (11 US$) for the first stage and INR 900 (15 US$) for the second stage. The Chairlift price is INR 300.Opening and Closing Time: The timing of the Gulmarg Gondola is from 10 AM to 5 PM. However, the timings are dependent on the weather condition.Best Season Gulmarg Gondola: The winter season is the best time to enjoy the ride on Gulmarg Gondola due to the most amazing skiing opportunity. However, the cable car ride is available all through the year

Time required: The Gulmarg Gondola ride can take up to 1-2 hours depending on the rush and the season.

9.Verinag

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A major tourist attraction of district anantnage is the place  Verinag Spring, for which this place is named. There is an octagonal stone basin at Verinag Spring and an arcade surrounding it which were built by Mughal emperor Jahangir in 1620 A.D. Later, a beautiful garden next to this spring, was laid out by his son Shah Jahan. This spring is known to never dry up or overflow. Verinag Spring is also the major source of river Jhelum.Verinag Spring and Mughal Arcade surrounding it is officially recognized by Archaeological Survey of India as a Monument of National Importance.

Verinag spring is the main source of River Jehlum , (veth in local Kashmiri language) which flows throughout the valley of Kashmir and finally enters into Territory of Pakistan.

climate Verinag, the climate is warm and temperate. There is significant rainfall throughout the year in Verinag. Even the driest month still has a lot of rainfall. According to Kรถppen climate classification, climate of Verinag is classified as Humid subtropical climate(Cfa).

http://www.kashmirhills.com/attractions/gardens/mughal-garden-verinag-anantnag/

10.Aharbal “the Niagara Falls of kashmir”.

The Aharbal Waterfall In Kashmir Is The Slice Of Heaven We All Deserve In 2021A majority of us have been home arrested for what feels like eternity and travelling has become a dream that we will hopefully realise in 2021. But when you do start travelling again, you can make it big. And it doesnโ€™t get better than Kashmir which will make you forget all the traumas of 2020. When you are in Kashmir, the Aharbal waterfall should top your bucket list. Aharbal Falls is among the unexplored parts of the heavenly Jammu and Kashmir, which gushes down and flows melodiously in seclusion. How about discovering this wondrous beauty?

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least but not the last “aharbal”. Aharabal also known as “Niagara Falls” of Kashmir is a hill station in the south-western part of Kashmir Valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, 75 km south of the state capital Srinagar.
Aharbal lies in the Kulgam district’s Noorabad Area[2] of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located on the Veshu River, a tributary of the Jehlum River, in an alpine valley covered in pine and fir trees within the Pir Panjal mountains, 18 km It lies at an altitude of 2266 metres above sea level.
I strongly recommend everyone should visit this awesome place.The place is scenic with Greenery all around, the waterfall mighty and Pir Panjal range at the background.. have to do a steep descent to view the fall in its full glory.. You can have a nice Kashmiri meal in the JKTDC restaurant and start back for Srinagar.

conclusion:

Undoubtedly, Kashmir has hundreds of reasons to be called as Heaven on the Earth. Everything in Kashmir Valley is so beautiful that you cannot move your eyes from it. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags for Kashmir Valley and have an awesome vacation this season. Visit this beautiful place for every reason that it is famous for.so here are the top 10 places and also the top 10 reasons to visit Kashmir once in a lifetime!