PLACES TO VISIT IN KASHMIR


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Dal Lake:

Reckoned to be the pride of Kashmir tourism, Dal Lake is the most popular attraction in Srinagar. Enclosed by splendid Pir Panjal mountains and Mughal Gardens, this must-see place is ideal for family vacationers, honeymoon couples, and even for solo travellers seeking peace.

Dal Lake is also one of the best locations in Kashmir for film shooting as it offers some incredible sceneries of lofty rolling hills, the distant snow-capped mountains, shikaras cruising quietly and the houseboat standing still with the perfect poise.

The canopied Shikaras sailing on the lake are one of the major attractions of Dal Lake. The houseboats on the lake are also the top attraction as the best accommodation option in Srinagar to the tourists.

Along with being a popular tourist attraction for nature lovers, Dal Lake even invites the fishing enthusiast with its plethora of fishes along with Carp. In addition to this, the floating vegetable and flower market is a major place to see.

Shikara rides, houseboat stay, and floating vegetable market are major highlights of Dal Lake.


Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden:

Dubbed the largest tulip garden in Asia, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is one of the must-visit places in Srinagar that sits at the foothills of Zabarwan Mountain. A seven-terraced garden is known for its 48 varieties of tulip flowers which not only interest the adult members of the family but the kids too.

The garden also has several types of other flowers like daffodils, hyacinths, roses, narcissus and other ornamental plants. The water channel running through the terraces adds more charm to the place and makes it a perfect place for romantic couples who can get some memorable pictures clicked here.

Sprawling in 30-hectares of land, this major tourist site in Srinagar comes to life during the spring season when the Tulip Festival is held. Opened to the public, this festival is a must-see in Kashmir for all kinds of travellers as it aims at flaunting the natural beauty of the garden, the rich Kashmiri culture, and its handicraft and cuisine.

The best time to visit the Tulip Garden in Srinagar is the month of April, when the tulips are in full bloom and the annual Tulip Festival is held. Though, this popular attraction in Srinagar is open throughout the year for the visitors.

Sonmarg:

Sonmarg, which means "Meadow of Gold", is a picturesque hill station in the Kashmir Valley located in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 2800 meters and adorned with a majestic glacier, meadow, dense forests, and snow-capped mountains makes Sonmarg an ideal holiday destination in Kashmir.

For nature lovers, Sonmarg offers the chance to unwind amidst its scenic vistas; adventure buffs who can indulge in trekking and camping activities for adrenaline rush; and honeymoon couples can spend time cozying up amidst its beauty.

The flower-laden (in summers) valley of Sonmarg, nestled amongst the majestic Himalayan range has many tourist attractions to offer and Thajiwas Glacier is the major one. It is an easy day hike recommended to even family vacationers.

The adventure lovers in Sonmarg have great opportunities to head out for scenic treks. Amongst the most popular treks starting from Sonmarg are Gangabal Lake Trek and Krishansar and Vishansar twin lakes which in fact also make for important brown trout fishing destinations in Kashmir.

The Baltal Valley, located 15km away, is one of the best tourist destinations near Sonmarg. It offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains. This valley serves as a camping area for pilgrims heading towards the sacred Hindu pilgrimage of Amarnath Cave. The nature lovers will also love to see the beautiful vistas of the Nilagrad River which boasts a red hue in its water and is known to have medicinal properties.

Our Sonmarg travel guide promises to offer authentic information for your holiday plan. Find all the insights into Sonmarg Tourism such as its top attractions, best way to reach, ideal time to visit, best things to do along with top Sonmarg tour packages.


Shankaracharya Hill:

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Shankaracharya Temple is amongst the top religious attractions in Srinagar. It is named after the great philosopher Shankarcharya, who once visited Kashmir. The Hindu temple enjoys a strategic location from where devotees and tourists can see a panoramic view of Srinagar City.

The temple, which is also known as Jyeshta Eshwara Temple, is accessible by a staircase of 243 steps and is visited by a large number of Hindu devotees during the Amarnath Yatra season.

Shankaracharya Temple has a 20-foot tall octagonal base that supports the square building. Inside the temple, there is a small and dark chamber which is circular. The ceiling is supported by four octagonal pillars that surround a basin where the Shivalinga encircled by a snake is established.


Nubra Valley:

Remnants of the ancient silk route, breath-taking landscapes all around, and the haunting beauty of the shifting sand dunes; visit Nubra Valley to see what lies beneath its timeless terrain.

A Nubra Valley tour is a vacation that will sweep you off your feet in an instant. The barren slopes, jagged mountains, snow-covered peaks, and the fiery mountain rivers dare you to explore this almost unhampered and unadulterated mountainous region with the perfect Nubra valley package from Veena World. The unforgiving and harsh cold desert climate has not been able to dampen the ravishing charms of this place. Created by the majestic mountain rivers of Shyok and Nubra that you will be able to witness on your tour of Nubra Valley, the image of this destination is such that it will stay with you forever.

The foreboding silence of the mountains is broken only by the wayward gusts of wind. The serenity of the valley is what drew Buddhist monks hundreds of years ago to set up numerous spectacular monasteries in the area. Just as the peace that one can find here still calls to tourists to check out the best tourist places in Nubra Valley.


Ksheer Bhawani Temple:

The Ksheer Bhawani Temple, situated in the middle of a natural spring, is often visited by tourists out of curiosity. Devotees offer milk and kheer to the resident deity. Popular with all tourists, it is especially revered by the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. The architecture of the temple is simple yet beautifully created using smooth grey stones. Rumour has it that the waters turn black as a warning for any looming calamity.

Located amidst the beautiful Chinar trees and rippling rivers, lies the Kheer Bhawani Temple is the abode of Goddess Ragnya Devi. The idol is kept in a white marble temple. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Rama worshipped Ragnya Devi during his exile and after the exile was over he shifted her abode to Shadipora from where it was shifted here according to the wish of Ragnya Devi. There is a beautiful geyser located near the temple.


Doodhpathri:

Doodhpathri is a beautiful meadow with emerald grass that looks like a green carpet. A beautiful river dancing and reverberating with the wind flows in the middle of the meadow, lending it a splendid charm and vibrancy. The place looks very beautiful and pleasant. The green grass under the feet is really wonderful.

Doodhpathri however is a recent inclusion in the Jammu Kashmir tourist map. This is the reason that the place is not overcrowded and not many tourists visit here. However, it has become a real hit among the local population, who find it a welcome step. The road from Khansahib area in Badgam to the Doodhpathri is not in a good condition. There is not a full-fledged market or any hotel in the area, so the trip is always going to last for a day only and you need to pack your lunch. Tea and snacks are available in the shops run by local people.


Amarnath Temple:

This Yatra takes place in the north of India in Jammu and Kashmir. This Yatra is also said to be the difficult one, even though many hundreds of thousands of people visit here because of the faith and blessing that they receive here.

As this Yatra takes place in high altitudes, the amount of oxygen availability is less so devotees must take care of this fact.

The most common vehicle which is available in these regions is helicopters as it is fully snowy and hilly and one can see the beauty of nature in this journey and also excellent service and guidance by Indian Temple Tour.

Devotees come to visit this place to get blessings from this Amarnath Temple, and also to visit the nearby small temples and to have fun with snow and nature.

Most of the devotees from all around the world including India visit these places in the month of May to September.


Sheshnaag Lake:

An altitude of 3590 meters above sea level, Sheshnag Lake is an oligotrophic lake (water body with low protoctista content and high-quality clear water), home to many fish species along with brown trout. The lake appears green in color thanks to its lush green meadows that surround it creating it a wide-ranging beauty to admire. With a measurement of 1.1 kilometers long and 0.7 km wide, the lake is considered as one of the most stunning sights of Jammu and Kashmir tourism.

Sheshnag Lake is especially fed by the streams and snow mountains on top of it and it always freezes in winter. In addition to its scientific importance, the lake also has special significance for Hindu followers. There are numerous mythological stories associated with the lake, but the most commonly believed is that Sheshnag Lake belongs primarily to Sheshnag, the Lord of the Snakes, and is alleged to have been dug by the Lord himself. Since its presence on the way to the Holy Amarnath Cave, Sheshnag Lake is also a sacred pilgrimage site. Travelers will simply trek this must-visit Pahalgam tourist place from Chandanwari valley, that is simply about 7 miles away. Between June and September it’s best to go to this lake when it’s simply accessible and at the best of the scenery.


Ardhkuwari Mata Gufa:

Before making the Vaishno Devi Bhavan her abode, Mata Vaishnodevi is believed to have meditated in the ArdhKuwari Gufa for 9 months before beheading the demon Bhairavnath. Located halfway to Vaishno Devi Temple, Ardh Kuwari acts as a stopover for the pilgrims on their journey up to the Bhavan.

The 52ft long Ardhkuwari is also known as Garbajoon Cave, as the shape of the cave resembles a mother's womb. The devotees believe that when Mata Vaishno killed Bhairav his head flew off into the valley while his body remained in the Ardh Kuwari Cave. One has to crawl on his knees to reach the other side of the Ardhkuwari cave. Once on the other side, you can see a large shrine which is built dedicated to the three Goddesses - Maha Kali, Maha Laxmi and Maha Saraswati. The darshan route is semicircular so that you exit from a different opening at a small distance from the entry route.

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