‘If you wish to see Paradise on Earth, it is Kashmir!’
Kashmir is a beautiful place that could not be expressed in words. It is abundantly blessed with nature’s luxury and that is the reason Kashmir has been a favorite destination for many travelers. Today, many newlyweds, as well as families, prefer Jammu and Kashmir tour package as it is a perfect getaway with all the best things for vacation. If Kashmir is your dream destination, you need to check our list of places to visit in Kashmir.
1. Dal Lake
Dal Lake is the most beautiful attraction in Kashmir. It is one of the most stunning lakes in Kashmir with mountains on all three sides of the lake. The lush greenery on all its sides makes it gorgeous. You can take a houseboat to go up and down the length of the lake. This is the unique experience you can have in Kashmir and it could remain memorable for years.
2. Nagin Lake
Located in Zabarwan Mountain, primarily at his foothills, Nagin Lake is a branch of the Dal Lake itself. The entire lake surrounding by poplar trees. You can even spot willow trees surrounding the lake. It is a quieter and calm compared to the Dal Lake. It is also a bit smaller in size in comparison to the Dal Lake which is wider in size. You can see many birds flying and a lot of serenity amidst nature. From this lake, you can witness the most beautiful sunset ever. It looks simply mesmerizing. There is enchantment in the atmosphere all around.
3. Manasbal Lake
Manasbal Lake is a beautiful lake set amidst the scenic landscape. There is a low hill naming as Aha Thung on one side and a beautiful plateau on the other end. It is one of the deepest lakes in Kashmir which makes it look even more beautiful. It is located at a distance of 30 kilometers from Srinagar and it is a perfect place for birdwatching. Here you can spot a large number of aquatic birds. There is a well-maintained garden beside the lake which makes it even more lovely and attractive to the travelers. The garden adds its own charm to the lake.
4. Gangbal Lake
Gangbal Lake or Gangabal Lake is located at a great height in Kashmir. The main source of river Ganga is considered to be this lake. You can even go on a trek over here in Gangabal. It is considered to be a sacred pilgrimage by many. This place is even considered to be the Haridwar of Kashmir. The place has its own beauty because of its height and the scenic beauty surrounding it. The lake is very popular among the tourists for its tranquility and the unique serenity and beauty all around.
5. Mughal Gardens
At Mughal Gardens, you can get a complete peek into the Mughal architecture. It is a magnificent garden which decorates exquisitely. It is a combination of other gardens like Shalimar Gardens, Nishat Bagh, and Chashma Shahi. This garden was made in 1634. It is located beside the beautiful Dal Lake. This magnificent garden has twelve terraces. Its lower terrace connects to the Dal Lake. The Shalimar Bagh Garden no longer exists there but the other gardens are still there. This architecturally rich garden is very popular among the tourists.
6. Pari Mahal
Dara Shikoh had constructed this Mahal. He was the son of Shah Jahan. It was built by him in the year 1650. This Mahal is a great piece of architecture. Dara Shukoh names this Mahal after his wife, Nadira Begum. She was also called Pari Begum by many people. It is located on the top of the mountain Zabarwan. There is a six terraced garden over here. From the top of the garden, you can see the entire Srinagar. It offers the most breathtaking view of Srinagar. It was a perfect Mahal built by Dara for his beautiful wife.
7. Drass Valley
It is one of the coldest places in the world which is inhabited. Oymyakon is the most popular inhabited coldest valley in the world. But because of the global warming and the melting of snow in the present day, it lost its position and Drass Valley is at the top and leading the list. It is located at a height of 3230 meters. It is a tight valley. You can continuously feel the blowing wind over here. It is colder than many places on earth who are higher in altitude. It is a great place which usually stays frozen throughout the year. You need to gear up properly to reach this place.
8. Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden
It is located in the foothills of the Zabarwan Mountains. It is a beautiful tulip garden. Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is very vast and considering to be the largest tulip garden in Asia. It fills with tourists throughout the year. People from various parts of the world come to visit this tulip garden. It has opened for the common public in the year 2006. Here you can find almost 70 varieties of tulip. It is a 30 acres garden. You get to see almost one million tulips in this vast garden. The view just delights all your senses from inside.
9. Betab Valley
Possessing an awe-inspiring beauty of its own, Betab Valley is a gorgeous valley which takes you beyond all your expectations. This valley is surrounded by snow clad mountains on all sides. River Lidder mainly flows through this valley. The entire setting provides the perfect backdrop for this valley. It surrounds by trees and lovely flower beds on all sides. You can just sit and relax beside the valley seeking the peace and tranquility without asking for anything more. It has an enchanting feel to it which attracts people to this valley.
10. Baltal Valley
This attractive valley resides on the stunning banks of River Sindh. All around the valley fills with breathtaking views. The snow-covered mountains and the scenic beauty adds to its charm. It is located at a height of 2743 meters. One of the most popular camping spots in Kashmir. It also fills with pilgrim tents as the place is fill with pilgrims throughout the year and is a picturesque valley. Many pilgrims stay at Baltal Valley while going on their way to Amarnath. The camping and accommodation are good here and is affordable too for all types of tourists.
11. Warwan Valley
Warwan Valley is an unexplored Valley of Kashmir. Its unexplored charm adds to the beauty of the place. It is located in the isolated Kishtwar district. It is located at a height of 7000 feet above the basic sea level. There are stunning waterfalls all around the place. The lush greenery looks very beautiful all around. The place is a unique combination of beauty along with natural charm. It is located a bit far so it is less traveled by the tourists. The valley is a large expanse which takes you away from the hectic and buzzing life of the city. It is a beautiful part of Kashmir which pleases your eyesight as well as your soul.
12. Dachigam National Park
Located at a distance of just 22 kilometers from Srinagar, Dachigam National Park covers a vast area of 141 sq km. If you are an adventurer you will just love this national park. There are varied altitudes of this national park. 5500 feet to 14000 feet is the average altitude of this national park. The word Dachigam refers to ten villages. This national park exists from 1981. Various animals and even rare species are spotting in this national park. It is an interesting place for animal lovers as well as adventure seekers.
13. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Gardens
Established in 1969, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest botanical gardens in India. It is located in the foothills of the Zabarwan Mountains. It spreads over a huge area of 80 acres. The garden has been divides into four sections. The research section garden, the botanical garden, the sporting garden and the plant introduction center are the four sections of this botanical garden. Its vastness and scenic beauty make striking among the tourists.
14. Apharwat Peak
It is located very high, at a great altitude of 13500 feet. Apharwat Peak is one of the best spots that you cannot miss in Kashmir. It is located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Gulmarg. It is located close to LOC of India and Pakistan. You should definitely not miss the cable car ride that offers the best of views all around. It is also known as the Gondola Ride. You can witness the beautiful Himalayan peaks over here. If you love adventure, you can even go for hiking over here, at least till the first place. To climb up to the second level, you will definitely need a gondola.
The Srinagar Ladakh highway embraces this beautiful place. It is also located at a distance of 80 kilometers from here. It refers as a meadow of gold because of the golden rays of the sun. The sun rays are beautifully reflects amidst the peaks. It shows the entire valley sparkling and bright. These are some of the highest peaks in the world. It is surrounded by lush greenery and surrounded by The green meadows represent the perfect picturesque place to roam around. It is a great place to retreat and relax. This offers picturesque views around.