Kashmir Valley or Vale of Kashmir is most beautiful region located amidst Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range in the northernmost Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is blessed with fantastic beauty of nature that attracts tourists and vacationers from all over the world. Riveting rivers, lovely lakes, gorgeous gorges, verdant valleys, gorgeous gardens, magnificent meadows, spectacular snow-capped peaks, heavenly hills, lovely landscape, postcard-prefect picnic spot, etc are attractions this region that make it vacationers’ paradise. It was called the “Heaven on the Earth” by Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Due to abundance of natural beauty & delightful climate it is also described as the “Switzerland of Asia”
The mesmerizing scenic beauty of the vale of Kashmir never fails to charm the tourists coming from different parts of the world. The beauty of Kashmir is always fascinating in each season. White snow view of winter, blooming fragrance of spring, sparkling greenery of in summer, and startling beauty of autumn welcome tourists from all over the world and never fail to lure them. In fact, the beauty of Kashmir is beyond description. It cannot be described perfectly in words. One can only observe the beauty of this region by exploring its different tourist places.
Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla are main cities in the valley. Among most popular tourist places in this region include Srinagar, Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
Srinagar: Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state. It is the main city and gateway for tourism in the vale of Kashmir. Dal Lake, Shikara Ride, and Mughal Gardens are attractions for tourism in this city.
Sonamarg: Sonamarg (Meadows of Gold) is a beautiful town situated at 87 km from Srinagar. It is a prominent tourist destination the valley. A drive to Sonamarg from Srinagar is itself a delightful experience as you will see abundance of nature beauty through out the journey. There are many scenic trekking trails in this picturesque town that attract trekkers. There are two beautiful lakes in this town namely, Gangabal Lake Gadsar Lake. Watching the breathtaking view of snowy Himalayas from Sonamarg Valley is simply unforgettable.
Gulmarg: Gulmarg (Path of Roses) is a small town and hill station in Kashmir Valley. It is situated at 52 km away from Srinagar. It is internationally famous for winter sports. It is considered to be as one of the finest skiing resorts in the world. It has one of the high altitude Golf Courses of the world. It is also called the “Heartland of Winter Sports in India”. Gondola Cable Car is also popular among tourists. Tourists here can enjoy many fascinating outdoor activities such as trekking, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, water skiing, fishing, etc.
Pahalgam: Pahalgam (Village of Shepherds) is a town and prominent tourist destination in the vale of Kashmir. A number of tourists each year visit this place to explore its beauty and attractions. Endowed with fantastic beauty of nature the valley of Pahalgam offers breathtaking views. Tourists here can enjoy different delightful outdoor activities such as trekking, hiking, horse riding or just relax at a picturesque place.
In deed, Kashmir tourism is fascinating. So, embark on package tours to Kashmir and explore its beautiful tourist places. You will treasure a delightful experience that will last in your memories for lifetime.
Kuldeep is an eminent analyst and writer in India Travel & Tourism related topics. He has authored many books on tour guide .