Why you must visit Kashmir once in your life?

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Wahid Bhat|SRINAGAR

Jammu and Kashmir is home to several Valleys such as the Kashmir Valley, Tawi, Chenab Valley, Poonch, Sindh Valley and Lidder Valley. Some major tourist attractions in Jammu and Kashmir are Srinagar, the Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop, Jammu, and Ladakh.

Well there are lot of question in our mind about Kashmir valley and the first one is, it is safe to go Kashmir

Is it safe to go to Kashmir (after Pulwama attack)?

People keep asking this Strange question often whether it is safe or not to visit Kashmir in this month or that month.

Kashmir has never been a threat to visitors and will always welcome you warm heartedly. So be sure about one thing, Kashmir is the safest place in world for tourists no matter which month which season. You are welcome to the place with zero crime rates against tourists.

You haven’t heard of this before. If there is Paradise on earth, it is this it is this it is this (Kashmir).

Weather is never a question to be considered when planning to visit such places, depends what you prefer winter or summer.

Places to visit in Kashmir

The capital city of Kashmir (Srinagar) has long been considered the ultimate summer destination from the time of the Mughals. The Mughals built many gardens in and around the city, which exist even today.

Srinagar: Srinagar is a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains, with the picturesque Dal Lake in the middle. The lake has thousands of colourful Shikaras floating on it. Tourists can also experience living on houseboats floating in the lake.

The boulevard land along the lake is a much happening place. Another major attraction in the city are the massive Chinar trees. Their imposing presence almost everywhere in the city makes Srinagar unique.
The boulevard land along the lake is a much happening place. Another major attraction in the city are the massive Chinar trees. Their imposing presence almost everywhere in the city makes Srinagar unique.

Pahalgam: Pahalgam was once a shepherds’ village but it has now become a hotspot for tourists as well as a quick weekend getaway for the locals living in Srinagar.

The pine-covered mountains and the snow-peaked cliffs offer a lot for adventurers and trekkers. The Lidder Valley, around 24 km from Pahalgam, is a popular camping site in Kashmir. The Lidder River that runs through Pahalgam is one of the best places for trout fishing in India. State-run buses go daily from Srinagar to Pahalgam.
The pine-covered mountains and the snow-peaked cliffs offer a lot for adventurers and trekkers. The Lidder Valley, around 24 km from Pahalgam, is a popular camping site in Kashmir. The Lidder River that runs through Pahalgam is one of the best places for trout fishing in India. State-run buses go daily from Srinagar to Pahalgam.

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Gulmarg: Gulmarg is the Indian answer to the Swiss Alps. It is perhaps the best destination for skiing in India.

Gulmarg can be reached from Srinagar by a state bus after travelling 50 km. The picturesque Gulmarg is covered by pine trees on the lower ranges and snow on the peaks. There are Gondola services to the top of the peak, where one can try skiing or simply enjoy the view and the snow.
Gulmarg can be reached from Srinagar by a state bus after travelling 50 km. The picturesque Gulmarg is covered by pine trees on the lower ranges and snow on the peaks. There are Gondola services to the top of the peak, where one can try skiing or simply enjoy the view and the snow.

Sonamarg: Sonamarg is around 87 km north-east of Srinagar on the Srinagar–Leh highway.

It is a small but historic town on the bank of Nallah Sindh and at the foothills of the Thajiwas Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers. The Thajiwas mountain looks daunting, but one can take a pony to the base of the glacier. Sonamarg was also a gateway connecting India and China during the historic Silk Route trade.
It is a small but historic town on the bank of Nallah Sindh and at the foothills of the Thajiwas Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers. The Thajiwas mountain looks daunting, but one can take a pony to the base of the glacier. Sonamarg was also a gateway connecting India and China during the historic Silk Route trade.

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Kupwara: Kupwara is the crown of Kashmir, and just one visit will show you why.

Two of its greatest attractions are the nearby valleys of Lolab and Bangus The ideal time to visit Kupwara is between April and October, when you get a chance to visually soak in the thriving meadows and the clear water flowing down from the mountains. When there, visit Lolab valley and the shrine of Qamar Reshi Sahib.
Two of its greatest attractions are the nearby valleys of Lolab and Bangus The ideal time to visit Kupwara is between April and October, when you get a chance to visually soak in the thriving meadows and the clear water flowing down from the mountains. When there, visit Lolab valley and the shrine of Qamar Reshi Sahib.

Things to do in Kashmir

Shikara ride Lay back and admire the beauty of the distant mountains as your boatman takes you through a ride across the lake. Away from the hustle bustle of the polluted city life, a shikara ride ranks on the top of the list of the best things to do in Kashmir. No smoke or sound of the vehicles, no high-pitched angry crowd, nothing. Just the soft sound of the boatman’s oar breaking the surface of the water and the touch of the cold water as you trail your hand on the surface of the lake.

Houseboat Stay

And it is not just the shikara rides in Dal Lake, this is one of the best offbeat things to do in Srinagar. Spending a night at the houseboat docked at the Dal Lake jetty is also among the top things to do in Kashmir. Be it honeymooners, families, or solo travelers; a night stay at one of the houseboats in Srinagar is something that you simply can not miss. The houseboats have Wifi and airport transfer facilities available. You can also avail the meals facilities provided by them. Houseboat stay facility in Jammu and Kashmir is best experiences if you are here with your family, a group of friends or with your partner.

Gondola’ Cable Car Ride

Riding the Gondola cable car is one of the exciting and fun things to do in Kashmir for people of all ages. Tourists prefer to travel via cable car to enjoy the best views of the snowcapped mountains. Taking a Gondola ride is one of the best things to do in Kashmir in May because during this month, the summers are coming to an end and the view is really great.

Gulmarg Golf Club

This is one of the offbeat things to do in Jammu and Kashmir. The Gulmarg Golf Club is coveted as one of the largest and highest 18-hole golf courses in the world. Playing golf in this ‘Meadow of Flowers’ is, indeed, one of the most fun-filled activities to do in Jammu and Kashmir. This destination has a natural golf course so enjoy this game in the lap of nature.

Kashmir before 90’s

Before militancy intensified in 1989, tourism formed an important part of the Kashmiri economy and Kashmir was the favorite destination for Bollywood.

Kashmir had 19 cinema halls which were closed due to rising Islamic Terrorism. The tourism economy in the Kashmir valley was worst hit. However, the holy shrines of Jammu and the Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh continue to remain popular pilgrimage and tourism destinations. Every year, thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit holy shrines of Vaishno Devi and Amarnath which has had significant impact on the state’s economy.

Tourism in the Kashmir valley has rebounded in recent years and in 2009, the state became one of the top tourist destinations of India. Gulmarg, one of the most popular ski resort destinations in India, is also home to the world’s highest green golf course.

The decrease in violence in the state has boosted the state’s economy specifically tourism. It was reported that 7.36 lakh tourists visited Kashmir in 2010 including 23,000 foreigners. In 2011, the number of tourist arrivals in Kashmir touched the mark of 10 Lakhs.

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