Be it your honeymoon or a fun time with family and friends, a vacation in Kashmir will always be a memorable one. The best time to visit Kashmir is during summers, from February to June, when the slight sunrays illuminate the snow peaks to look like glittering gold. Considered a “Paradise on Earth”, you will fall in love with this heavenly land instantly. Right from Kashmiri food, the snow-clad mountains, and the serene stay in the houseboats at Dal Lake every pit stop in Kashmir is worth the time you spent.
Some of the popular spots in Kashmir that you should not miss are mentioned below.
Sonmarg in English means ‘Meadows of Gold’. A famous destination in Bollywood movies, you come across Sonmarg while travelling on the Ladhakh-Srinagar highway. If you are a group of friends, then you can consider trekking up the peak, or if you are with your family then a ride up the peak would be ideal. Take all the feasible means to get there, and get mesmerized by the best of nature’s beauty.
2 Dal Lake:
Located in Srinagar, which is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Dal Lake is the right spot to spend a night or two. It is a perfect location to spend your honeymoon. Get a lovely and cozy accommodation in the house boat at Dal Lake and enjoy the serene calm water and the scenic beauty surrounding the lake. Watch commercial fishing activities in action and get a different experience altogether. If you are finding it difficult to spare a night in the houseboat, you can take a ride in the Shikara, which are beautifully decorated with fresh colorful flowers of the valley.
Another popularly visited place in Kashmir is Pahalgam. Known for its pine-covered mountains topped with snow, Pahalgam is a popular destination for trekkers. Another important adventurous sport that you can enjoy in Pahalgam is river rafting in the chilling water of Lidder River. If adventure is not in your mind, then a silent session of trout fishing can be an exciting experience.
4 Mughal Gardens:
Comprising of three gardens – Cheshmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar, the Mughal Gardens is a colorful paradise worth a visit. Get your camera along with you to click the best display of flora and fauna.
5 Pari Mahal:
As the name suggests, this House of Fairies has been a Buddhist Monastery in the past. Today, it is a historic monument near the Chasma Shahi Gardens. Comprising of seven terrace gardens, get a holistic view of the surrounding areas; right from the Golf Course and Dal Lake, to the city of Srinagar. If you can spare time, wait to watch the sunset from one of these terraces.
6 Tulip Garden:
If you are a nature lover, then a visit to the tulip garden will be the best choice for you. Spread across a vast landscape, be witness to numerous rows of tulips of various colors. If you are travelling in the month of April, then you can consider going to the Spring Festival conducted by the local government.