Kashmir doesn’t need any introduction. The ‘Paradise on Earth’ speaks for itself. From the majestic snowclad mountains to the pristine lakes, every corner of Kashmir is filled with charm. Sure, you can see how heavenly the place is through the pictures. But, if you ask us what is so unique about Kashmir, it cannot be explained just by words. The beauty of Kashmir has to be felt. To witness it, you can make a trip to this paradise. So, if you are still deciding where to go for your next vacation, let’s make it easier for you by giving the 10 best reasons to visit Kashmir.
The awe-inspiring Landscape
Who doesn’t love to spend some time with nature? But, it’s almost impossible to admire nature’s beauty in the chaotic cities you live in. The snowy mountains, green meadows, pristine lakes, dense forests, and grasslands- Kashmir has it all. The Zabarwan Mountain range, the Chashme Shahi, Aru Valley, Badam Vari, Saffron fields, Apple Garden, Chinar trees and Almond trees all together make Kashmir the Paradise on Earth. Popular places to visit in kashmir like Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Pahalgam are visited repeatedly by travellers as they cannot be explored in just one visit.
Enjoy the Pleasant Climate
If you want to escape the scorching heat of summer, Kashmir is the ideal destination for you. Kashmir is cool even during the harshest summer days. Also, if you are planning a Kashmir trip during March, April and May, you can get a sight of the green meadows, Chinar trees and blooming flowers. If you want to enjoy snowfall and the breathtaking views of Snowclad Mountains, trees and surroundings, plan your visit during the winter months. Visiting Kashmir, you can also witness one of the most beautiful views of sunrise and sunset at Srinagar’s Dal Lake.
Gorgeous Pristine Lakes
Your trip to Kashmir is incomplete without visiting Dal Lake. The Shikaras and houseboats are its major highlights. You also get to see the sweet-smelling gardens and the floating markets with many attractions. Apart from Dal, you can spot Asia’s largest freshwater lake, Wular Lake, here. While Mansbal Lake which is surrounded by mountains and lush greenery is home to many aquatic birds, Nagin Lake provides a peaceful space to unwind in nature. The water holes are other major attractions among tourists.
Exciting Trekking Spots
Kashmir Valley- nestled between Great Himalaya and Pir Panjal mountain range- is the ideal place for trekking and camping. The amazing views of meadows, valleys and mountains you get to see while travelling will leave you spellbound. Kashmir Great Lakes is one of the most popular treks among travellers where one gets to cover the Gangabal, the Kishansar and the Vishansar lakes which are nearby the Harmukh Peak. Yousmarg Trek and Kolahoi Glacier Trek are some other popular treks you’ll find here.
A Land of Sacred Places
People in Kashmir follow several religions and you can find a variety of shrines here. Shankaracharya, Bhuteswara Temple, Kheer Bhawani, Sharika Devi, Pandrethan, and Zeastha Devi are some of the popular temples that devotees visit. Every year, hundreds and thousands of people come to visit Vaishno Devi and Amarnath Cave. Jama Masjid in Srinagar is frequented by many Muslim devotees. Apart from this, people also visit Ziarat Dastgir Sahib and Charat-e-Sharief.
Discover Art and Heritage
It’s always the museums where you can find the glory of a place’s rich history and culture. Some of the museums in Kashmir were once palaces. You can find old clothes, books, pottery, stones, paintings, copper utensils, handicrafts, and arms in these places. Kanchenjunga, Amar Mahal, Sri Pratap Singh, Dogra Art and Stok Palace Museum are some of the famous museums in Kashmir.
The Historical Monuments
The historical monuments throw light into the historical traditions and the old ways of living in Kashmir. Shankaracharya temple, Martland Sun Temple, Khanqah of Shah Hamadan, Bumzuva Cave, Patthar Masjid, Jama Masjid, Pir Haji Muhammad SahibHari Parbat Fort, Pari Mahal are some of the places you can look for Kashmir’s rich past during your trip to Kashmir.
Shop Handicrafts and More
Markets in Kashmir are flooded with winter essentials, handicrafts, carpets, silverware, and antique copperware which have Kashmir’s uniqueness imprinted on them. The place is famous for its good quality Pashmina shawls. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the traditional jewellery and dress materials.
Taste the Kashmiri Cuisine
Many travellers visit Kashmir to get a taste of its mouth-watering delicacies. Kahwah and Noon Chai are the specialities here. Yakhni, Rogan Josh, Qabargaah and Matschgand are some of the must-try non-vegetarian dishes here. The place doesn’t disappoint vegetarians either. If you are a vegetarian, try out Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Kashmiri Saag, Paneer Chaman and Nadur Churma.
Try some Adventurous Activities
If you are in for some adventure, then some of the exciting activities you can try here include trekking, mountain biking, river rafting, Shikara ride, jeep safari, mountain cycling, snowboarding, golfing, boating, fishing and camping. These adrenaline-inducing activities are one of the best reasons to come here.
Without any doubt, there are hundreds of reasons to visit Kashmir. No matter what your definition of entertainment is, Kashmir will have something that will interest you. So, don’t hesitate to plan a trip to Kashmir. However, if you wish to not miss out on any experiences and have the best time here, it’s recommended to avail of one of the Kashmir Tour Packages.