Considered to be one of the most famous holiday destinations of India with a considerable amount of tourists every year, Kashmir is consecrated with natural gifts. If you have a plan to relax in the pristine natural beauty, spending some time with majestic mountains or refreshing gardens, sail through a beautiful lake and stay in a traditional houseboat, Kashmir is the right choice for you. No matter if you are looking for a honeymoon trip or solo travel, Kashmir is a finest option for every kind of travel. In short the whole of Kashmir is truly celestial.
Located in the extreme north of India, Kashmir has an awesome climate with maximum 17 degree temperature during summer time. Rest of the year, the place witnesses a maximum of 9 degree centigrade. During monsoon (July – August) some of the tourist places become inaccessible due to land slide. September to June is probably the best time to visit the “Shangri-la of East”.
Cultural heritage of Kashmir is as multi-dimensional as the variegated backdrop of its physical exuberance which has nursed and inspired it all along. Kashmiri people are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. They are simple, hospitable and being invited to a village wedding or into someone’s home for a cup of hot tea is not very surprising.
Another thing that makes Kashmir a must visit place is their cuisine. Mouth watering non-veg dishes of will leave your stomach full but your tongue still craving for more. Rogan Josh, Yoghurt Lamb Curry, Dum Olav, Matschgand, Kashmiri Muji Gaad, Aab Gosht and Goshtaba are some of the must try items of Kashmir.
The place is rich in history and you will find several beautiful mosques around the city of Srinagar. Some famous among those are Jamia Masjid, Hazratbal, Akhund Mullah Mosque, Pathar Masjid, Makhdum Shahib Shrine, Charar-i-Sharif and dastgir sahib shrine.
Kashmir is also famous for its beautiful gardens. The gardens turn into paradise during the month of February and April as this is the time when the flowers bloom. Some of the popular gardens to visit in Srinagar are Mughal Garden, Shalimar Bagh, Tulip Garden and Chashme Shahi Gaarden.
The state is also popular as it is one of the major centers of religious activities and spirituality. Kashmir has several holy shrines like sacred Amarnath Caves and Mount Kailash. These are regarded as holy seats of Lord Shiva and are considered pious by Hindu. Another nearby religious place is the Temple of Vaishno Devi which is one of the most renowned pilgrimages in Jammu.
If you are looking for some adventure activity, Kashmir has plenty to offer. Trekking, Parasailing, Trout fishing, rock climbing, skiing are some popular adventure sports you can experience while in Kashmir.
Some of the popular places to visit in Kashmir are:
- Betab Valley
- Sankaracharya Temple
- Golf Course
- Lal Chowk
- Char Chinar
- Dal Lake
The place is well connected with rest of India via Air and Train.