Exploring Kashmir, India
Filled with breathtaking mountain scenery and an abundance of natural wonders to experience, Kashmir, India is a fantastic place to visit at any time of the year. Explore this beautiful part of the world with the following guide to some of the best sights in Kashmir.
Once a humble shepherd's village, Pahalgam is situated near the stunning Sheshnag and Lidder Lakes. Known to keep cool even in the depths of summer, the area caters to all kinds of guests from luxury holiday makers to unpretentious trekkers. Pahalgam is also an important part of the annual Amarnath Yatra, a Hindu pilgrimage that takes place June through August.
Srinagar is a favorite among tourists due to its great lake views, meandering river, exquisite gardens, romantic shikara rides and old-world houseboats. The vast Dal Lake is home to the area's most popular attractions, the houseboats and shikaras. The dainty and canopied shikaras offer tourists a fantastic way to see the lake and a memorable cultural experience. On the shores of the lake is the colorful Mughal Gardens, covered with many-hued flowers, carpets of lush green grass and playful fountains.
The visually arresting views of the region are the reason for the name Sonmarg, which translates to meadow of gold. Positioned at a hefty 2700 meters above sea level and surrounded by stunning glaciers and tranquil lakes, Sonmarg forms part of the majestic Himalayan mountain region. The pleasant climate, mild summer and cold winter, makes this place an ideal holiday destination.
Often compared with the European Alps, the skiing opportunities at the natural slopes of Yousmarg are truly spectacular. Yousmarg is also home to the mighty Doodh Ganga river, a natural wonder that must be explored.
Kashmir offers countless other experiences, not found anywhere else in the world. Other amazing spots in the region include Tulian lake, Sheshnag lake, Chandanwari, Katernag lake, Mt Kolahoi, Tarsar lake, Marsar lake and Litherwath. Visit the heavenly Kashmir once and you will no doubt take home reasons to keep turning back.
This guest post was written by Pawan Kotiyal, an avid traveller who likes to trudge to far-flung and lesser-explored destinations in India.