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7 Best Places to Visit in Kashmir

While Jahangir set his eyes on Kashmir Valley, he said,“ If paradise exists on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here". I welcome you to the ‘Switzerland of India’ with Swiss Alps like mountains coveredin sacred white snow, the beautiful silver lakes, house boats, a party of apple farms, the rose bushes and what not, personifying real heaven on earth! Following is a list of few places to make you familiar with this breathtaking beauty on planet earth: 1. Sonamarg sonamargThis is not just a place of scenic beauty but would be a significant memory because of the accessibility of Glacier. The entire hiking can be completed in just 5 hours, back and forth! You can also take a pony or ride in a taxi, which are a little expensive options than just using your own functional limbs and creating strong memory impressions for your lifetime. sonamargYou might to be amused to know that a lot of Bollywood movies have actually been shot here in Sonamarg. There are also not much problems about accommodation and food with a few hotels and food-serving shops here.  2. Gulmarg GulmargTranslated as “Meadows of Flowers”, Gulmarg is a famous skiing destination and holds the 7th best position in India, according to CNN International. So yes, if you are among those fun-adventure kinds, you would actually love this place. This town actually lies within the Himalayas and is very near to the Line of Control(the boundary line between India and Pakistan). In ancient times, it was called as “Gaurimarg” (translated as meadows of Devi Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva). There is still an ancient Lord Shiva temple at the center of the meadows. The name was changed to its current name by a Muslim King, Yousuf Shah Chak who frequently visited this place. The fun fact, there is no permanent residents of this place. The usual residents are employees and guests of hotels located in the area.  3. Dal Lake Dal-Lake-LandscapesWith orchards and gardens on its 3 banks, Dal Lake is the second largest lake in Jammu and Kashmir. Characterised by its beauty, the Dal Lake is famous among tourists for its Shikaras and House Boats for ferrying purposes. The embankments of the lake have a lot of mughal monuments. Along the lake are two hillocks with the shrine of Shrine of Shankaracharya and Hari Parbat Temple.  4. Pari Mahal pari-mahalPari Mahal is a seven terraced garden along with some Mughal Architecture. History says that the garden was made on the ruins of a Budhhist Monastery by the son of Emperor Shah Jahan. The garden was further known to be used for teaching astronomy and astrology.  5. Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden tulip-gardenThis Tulip Garden happens to be the largest tourist garden in Asia. This is a relatively new tourist destination in Kashmir which came into existence with the idea of Ghulam Nabi Azad in 2006-07. If you are thinking what we mean by the largest, then you would be amused or surprised or may just drool to know that there are 20 million tulips planted across 20 hectares of land at 56000 ft.  6. Kheer Bhawani Temple Kheer_BhawaniOne of the most significant temples for Kashmiri Pandits (Ancient Vedic Followers), this temple is constructed over a natural spring. There are amusing historical tales attached to the significance of this place. One interesting and miraculous phenomenon is the constant colour change of the spring during various times of life.  7. Amarnath Caves amarnathThe place might not need an introduction because of the immense faith and associated belief among Hindus all across the globe. The cave has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The legends say this is the place where Lord Shiva elaborated on the secrets of life and death to Goddess Parvati. It is believed that the “lingam”(the place which as regarded as Lord Shiva”) shrinks and grows with the phases of the moon. The cave is referenced in scriptures dating back to 300 BC and some texts written in 11th Century AD but for some random reason the middle ages almost forgot about this place and we heard that it was rediscovered by a shepherd in 15th century. You would need an entirely separate trip to visit just this place and that too is just a 45-day window in one year( June end to August first week). Almost 4-6 Lacs people visit this place every year. You are recommended to have a good physical fitness level to survive this journey. There are so many big and small temples here and there in Kashmir with amazing significance and they are actually managed by Indian Army! Don’t be surprised when you find an Indian Army Personnel as the temple priest! It would be injustice to this breathtakingly beautiful place if we say these are the only places that are worth visiting! The spirit of this place lies not just in the incredibly beautiful valleys and mountain peaks but also in the enormous love and faith of the native people for this land, who relocated with their families to save their lives from terrorists. Talking to a relocated Kashmiri Pandit would move you about what this land means to them how much they adore it.
I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!"



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