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  • Enjoy a Family Holiday in Kashmir

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  • Published Date: July 6, 2022
  • Modified Date: July 6, 2022
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Kashmir is attractive and intriguing, ensconced high in the majestic green Himalayas and admired all over the world for its outstanding scenic splendour. It is one of the most romantic sites on the planet, surrounded by towering peaks, lush green valleys, glistening lakes, temples, and magnificent gardens dating back to the Mughal era. Kashmir termed “paradise on earth,” is only second to Switzerland in terms of tourism. Kashmir is known for its gorgeous Chinar trees, which turn the entire valley yellow and scarlet in the autumn and turn silver lakes golden at daybreak.

The place’s spectacular splendour is enough to leave you mesmerized with wonder. The exceptional and incredible beauty of this slice of paradise has been described by several poets, authors, and philosophers, the most popular being by the fourth Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s quote where he compared Kashmir to Jannat which means heaven. So if you are ready to experience the magic of Kashmir with your family and loved ones, let us take you through a detailed overview of what are the places to visit and how you can make this vacation memorable for a lifetime.

Srinagar

Srinagar is centrally located in Kashmir on either side of River Jhelum. This magnificent island is famous for its natural surroundings, gardens, riverfronts, and houseboats. Srinagar’s main attraction is the incredibly peaceful Dal Lake, which is surrounded by verdant mountains and features a colourful variety of rooted houseboats and Shikara (gondola-like boats) that make for a cozy rendezvous with your family. So remember to take a Shikara ride on this unforgettable lake and view the city from the top of Shankaracharya Temple and stay in the classic houseboats to experience its beauty in totality. The lake’s less-developed side is flanked with attractive Mughal gardens, while the old town hums with Central Asian-type markets and a cluster of effusive Sufi shrines, with a fort and several mediaeval wooden mosques. You will enjoy visiting all of these with your family. With a moderate summer temperature, spicy Kashmiri cuisine, and famed, delicious native apples, walnuts, and almonds, Srinagar is undoubtedly crowned as the most beautiful city of Kashmir.

Places to Visit:

  • Dal Lake
  • Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden
  • Shankaracharya Hill
  • Nishat Garden
  • Nigeen Lake
  • Yousmarg

Pahalgam

Pahalgam, the gem of the magnificent Liddar valley in the upper Himalayas, is known for its stunning splendour. With its breathtaking views of lush foliage, wide Himalayan peaks, and clean mountain rivers, Pahalgam is a visual feast. It is a famous site for adventure seekers to try trout fishing, trekking, and angling along the Lidder River. There is the beautiful Betaab valley which is the beginning point for many walkers, with pretty green meadows and snow-clad mountain peaks. The rich greenery of conifers and lush green plants encompasses Kashmir’s real identity. It has rows of colourful cottages, shelters, and a variety of beautiful species of birds.

You can either walk around to explore Phalagam or take a pony ride.

Places to Visit:

  • Aru Valley
  • Tulian Lake
  • Kashmir Valley
  • Sheshnag Lake
  • Chandanwari
  • Mamaleshwar Temple

Sonmarg – Enjoy River Rafting

The meaning of the name Sonmarg translates into the ‘meadow of gold as it boasts having a vast bloom of yellow crocuses in the spring. This small town is a high-altitude tourist destination in Srinagar’s northeast with hundreds of Alpine trees and definitely, a must-visit on the intermarry. The famed three sisters – a series of rivers – the Lidder, Sind, and the Neelum are seated here giving lending an incredible beauty to the place. If your family members are game for some memorable adventure then you can choose to hike as it’s also the starting of the Thajiwas Glacier. A river rafting trip on the flowing Indus River will have your pulse pounding while its surreal beauty will leave you speechless.

Places to Visit:

  • Zojila Pass
  • Thajiwas Glacier
  • Gangabal Lake
  • Gadsar Lake
  • Vishansar Lake
  • Baltal Valley

Gulmarg

Gulmarg is a stunning location in Kashmir that is also a delightful destination for adventurer seekers. This place is a very popular mountain resort and has to be the world’s highest green golf course, at 2,650 meters, and is the country’s leading ski resort in the winter. Moreover, it also comprises the world’s second-highest Gondola ride till Apharwat Peak (14,403 ft.) The first phase of the ride takes around 9 minutes while the second takes approximately 12 minutes. Other fun activities like Skiing, snowboarding, and hiking will spice up your vacation too. You will enjoy visiting Gulmarg all the more during the Indian Army and Tourism Ministry’s annual three-day Winter Festival with your family for a culturally diverse experience.

Places to Visit:

  • Gulmarg Gondola
  • Apharwat Peak
  • Alpather Lake
  • Outer Circle Walk
  • Single Nallah
  • Baba Reshi Shrine
  • Rani Temple

Patnitop

Patnitop is one of Kashmir’s most established tourist destinations, providing the most tranquil and breathtaking surroundings in which you can spend the most cherishable moments with your loved ones. Remember to make a reservation for a round of golf on the 9-hole course if you visit during the summer as this is one of the prime attractions here. Planning to go paragliding on a clear day in wintertime in Dawariyai is also a good idea. Soaking in one of the three freshwater springs in the vicinity with your family will not only refresh you all thoroughly but also relieve you from muscle aches, fatigue, and skin ailments as the water is believed to have healing, medicinal powers. If you have a sweet tooth then head to the small shop of Prem Sweets to gratify your taste buds, with freshly made ‘Patisa’ from pure ghee. The soft texture and taste are good enough to carry back boxes home.

Places to Visit:

  • Nathatop
  • Sanasar Lake
  • Naag Mandir
  • PatniTop Circular Road
  • Chenani-Nashri Tunnel
  • Sudh Mahadev
  • Baglihar Dam

Nearest Airport:

Take a flight to the nearest, Srinagar Airport (15 km away)

The Best Time to Visit:

Between March-May and May-August

By Rahul Singh
who is a professional writer and content editor for travel, holiday, food and cheap flight booking tips more category. Along with that, she also loves to research many technological things.

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