Five best places to visit in Kashmir

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16 April 2019

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Five best places to visit in Kashmir

Five Best Places to Visit in Kashmir 

A visit to Srinagar wouldn’t be complete without taking a few side trips into the glorious Kashmiri countryside and  to enjoy the top five best places of Kashmir.

Kashmir isn’t called the “Switzerland of India” for nothing!. It’s filled with flowers in spring and snow in winter. The best and most excellent villages of Kashmir, with traditional wooden houses and colorful rooftops, can be seen from far away.

The easiest way of getting around these top best and excellent Five places of Kashmir is to hire a car with a driver. Your hotel or houseboat owners will be happy to assist you in to readily arrange tours. Otherwise, if you’re on a budget, the state bus company runs day trips. Tickets can be booked from the Tourist Reception Center in Srinagar. Another option is this 5 Day Kashmir Valley Tour from Srinagar.

01. Sonamarg

Sonamarg Known as Golden  Meadow, Five best places to Visit In Kashmir

which is Among top best five locations of Kashmir. Sonamarg is the most beautiful and excellent place located in the western part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the northern region of India. It is located at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level amidst the Himalayan range. Sonamarg is 80 km northeast of Srinagar.

 

Best Time To Visit

The weather in Sonamarg is alpine. Summers (April-June) are mild and winters are cold (November-February). The best time to visit Sonamarg is during the summers. If you want to see the snow, visit between mid-April to June. It experiences heavy snowfall in December-February.  

 

Tourists Attractions

Some of the highest mountain ranges of the world rub shoulders with Sonamarg. When the mellow rays of the sun caress the snow-capped mountains, they turn golden, which gives Sonamarg (Golden Meadow) its name. The road leading to Sonamarg from Srinagar offers magnificent views of snow-clad ranges and attractive meadows. The traveler is captivated by these natural wonders. One can enjoy the scenic beauty of Sonamarg, by walking through its quiet meadows and flower-carpeted fields.

 

Things to do there What’s remarkable about this glacier is how accessible it is.

From the highway, you can hike up to the glacier and back in around five hours. If you don’t have so much time to spare, it’s possible to ride a pony for instance or take a shared taxi part of the way there. There are a number of options for eating and staying at Sonamarg.

02. Yousmarg and Charar-I-Sharief

Yousmarg and Charar-I-Sharief

A sprawling meadow that is refreshingly underdeveloped. There are very few restaurants & the place has an almost raw feel to it. On the way to Yousmarg, you’ll pass numerous apple trees, as well the town of Charar-i-Sharief. It’s worth stopping there as it’s home to one of the holiest Sufi Muslim shrines in India, and some of the biggest halwa parathas you’ll ever see! Yousmarg is the best  places to Visit in Kashmir

Location

2 hours southwest of Srinagar. The serene blue-water Nil-Nag Lake is situated 4 km downhill from Yousmarg. The best feature of this lake is some parts of it remains frozen throughout the year, making it incomparable site to visit in Kashmir.

 

Best Time To Visit

A place like this can be visited at any time of the year. However, if you want to enjoy the rich local cuisine, the best time would be in winters, post-October.

 

Tourists Attractions

The highlight of this place 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.

 

Things to do there

One can simply enjoy a two-hour drive from Srinagar to Yousmarg and admire the beauty of grassy landscapes, dense forests and snow-clad mountains which lure you into this dreamlike land! And not to forget, the Halwa Paranthas. 

03. Gulmarg

Gulmarg Snow Paradise of Kashmir, the Five best places to Visit In Kashmir

The top best five locations of Kashmir. Gulmarg is the snow paradise of Kashmir with unbeatable and most desirable destination.This skier’s paradise is popular for having one of the world’s highest and largest ropeways with an aerial distance of approx. 5kms. The view from the top of the mountains at 3,979 meters above sea level is bewildering.

Location

Less than 2 hours east of Srinagar

 

Best Time To Visit

Five Best Places to Visit in Kashmir

Although the best time to visit Gulmarg is March to June, the ski season runs from mid-December to mid-March. Snow falls are regular even during summer, giving every tourist a fair chance to enjoy the fall!

 

Tourists Attractions

If you’re not into skiing, you may still want to let the gondola whisk you more than 13,000 feet up Mount Apharwat for outstanding views. Apparently, it’s the world’s highest cable car.

 

Things to do there

Ski with the help of professionals at 14000 feet above the sea level.

04. Pahalgam

Pahalgam A Mini Switzerland The Top  Five best places to visit in Kashimir.

Pahalgam is the most top destination. It was popular destination for Film Industry, now it is famous for trekking and adventure tourism, visitors in Pahalgam commonly head to Betaab Valley (the Bollywood movie “Betaab” was shot there), with its fresh flowing Lidder River and surrounding snow-capped hills.

LocationThree hours from Srinagar, you can take your vehicle up to a certain point to reach the Valley.

After that, you’ll need to hire a prepaid vehicle provided by the local transport association or walk. Entrance to the Valley is regulated and costs only 10 rupees.

 

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Pahalgam is between February and June.

 

Tourists Attractions

A visit to Mini Switzerland on ponies

 

Things to do In Pahalgam 

Possible activities around Pahalgam include golfing, trout fishing, and river rafting.

05. Kargil

Kargil Gateway to Leh

Known for the infamous Kargil War was instigated in 1999, Kargil is among Five best places to visit in Kashmir that  has now become a very peaceful tourist destination with historical importance. Being a getaway to Leh, a number of tourist visit Kargil. Tourists from all over the world come to visit the ‘ranbhoomi’ of the war here. A number of monasteries and the Kargil War Memorial are worth a visit.

Location The nearest airport is Srinagar which is 204 kilometers from Kargil. Frequent local and deluxe buses are available from Srinagar to Kargil on a regular basis.

 

Best Time To Visit :Best time to visit Kargil is from April to June.

 

Tourists Attractions: While in Kargil you can also take a rural village tour and get to see the old Turkish and Buddhist architecture.

 

Things to do there :Trek in Nun Mountains.  And if by chance you get the opportunity, do take a night’s break in one of the military camps and listen to the amazing war stories from the army people themselves.

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