Kashmir, the “Paradise on Earth”, is known for its captivating beauty. It is encircled by three mountain ranges of the Himalayas- Karakoram, Zanskar and Pir Panjal, running from northwest to northeast. Forming the backdrop of Kashmir, these snow-capped ranges make Kashmir look like a picture straight out of a fairytale. Dazzling rivers, serene lakes, splendid gardens, flowering meadows, etc are some other features of the landscape of the Kashmir valley. The breathtaking beauty of Kashmir has earned it the name of the “Switzerland of the East”.
Apart from the must see places in Kashmir (Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam & Sonmarg), there are a few experiences which would be
- Shikara ride in Dal Lake- In Sringar: A shikara ride is one of the most soothing, relaxing aspects of a holiday in Kashmir. Shikaras are long boats which crowd the Srinagar lakes. They are used for getting back and forth from the houseboats or for longer tours. It is worth to take a pleasure ride around the lake in shikara. Shikara is a Gondola type light rowing boat. The one hour boat ride takes tourists on a relaxing sightseeing tour of interior parts of the calm and placid waters of Dal Lake
- Gondola ride- Gulmarg. Gondola ride to Affarwat, to gatch the mesmerising glmpse of Affarwat mountains beyond which lies Pakistan
- Visit to Dachigam- In Srinagar: Dachigam National Park is located 22 km (kilometer) from Srinagar. It covers an area of 141 sq km (square kilometer). The name literally stands for ‘ten villages’, which could be in memory of the ten villages that were relocated in order to create the park. Dachigam was initially established to ensure the supply of clean drinking water to Srinagar city. A protected area since 1910, it was declared as a national park in 1981. The park is best known as the home of the hangul, or Kashmir stag.Dachigam is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and August.
- Yousmarg- Excursion from Srinagar, a sprawling meadow around two hours drive southwest of Srinagar, is refreshingly underdeveloped (only a couple of restaurants are there). The highlight is the Doodh Ganga river, which is reached by a picturesque 30 minute walk along a forested trail down a hill. Alternatively, it’s possible to take a pony. The pony owners will insist you do so and they are quite annoying (don’t give into them though if you do want to walk). On the way to Yousmarg you’ll pass numerous apple trees (if you spot anyone selling apples on the roadside, get some as they’re delicious!) as well the town of Charar-i-Sharief