If you search the land of Kashmir on maps, it will be shown partitioned between the countries of India, Pakistan, and China. This place is often regarded as an idyllic garden of Eden with more natural beauty than the eyes can behold. With lakes, mountains, meadows, forests, waterfalls, and lakes, Kashmir does indeed offer a splendid view to fall in love. This is the reason it is so popular among tourists. From skiing in Gulmarg to riding a houseboat in Dal Lake, there are lots of ways to enjoy yourselves in Kashmir. Apart from that, the culture of this place is also something to experience, be it in the form of exotic cuisines, the local music or the traditional dresses.
The northernmost part of India is now split up in two different union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. If you want to have a wholesome experience of the beauty and soak in all the wonders of this paradise on earth, you need to be here between the months of March and June because that is the time the valley is in full bloom, and every quarter is a perfect picture. But if you are an adventure seeker and love the snow try visiting during the winters during the months of December and January. Do avoid the monsoon, as the area seems to see multiple landslides and road blockages during that time.
Beauty Of Kashmir
Kashmir is such a place that offers you a whole lot of choices to view nature’s beauty as well as indulge yourself in some adventures for that extra adrenaline rush. Every part of the land is endowed with universal decorations as if God has created an absolute work of art with His own hands. This place will never let you down and here are some places you should absolutely pay a visit to and things you need to do while in Kashmir——
Dal Lake, Riding Shikharas
One of the most popular places that attract a lot of tourists is Dal Lake in Srinagar. You can take a shikhara and experience the surreal view of the lake backed by the mighty snow-capped mountains. This is the place where numerous Bollywood movies have been filmed due to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the place. You can also go for India’s only floating post office and floating market. Another thing you can do is spend an entire evening and night in the houseboats, docked on the side of the lake enjoying the place at night. These Houseboats are intricately carved out of wood inside out with delicate designs and the amazing fact is they do not face any issues in spite of being in the water for years. This is ideal for couples and lovebirds as the place screams romantic views.
The Wular Lake is deemed one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia and is located in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. In the past, the area of the lake was seen as a famous sunset point. The marshes surrounding the lake are home to various wildlife species and this lake is an important fish bearer lake consisting of the majority of fishes that serve as a diet of a large group of population by the shores. This is also a great place to taste some adventure of water sports like water skiing and more.
Skiing In Gulmarg
While there are the magnificent Mughal Gardens and the powerful Jhelum river in Srinagar, another place of utmost natural beauty is the meadow of flowers known as Gulmarg. This place is called so because of yards covered with lush green valleys and small crocus flowers that make this place look no less than a picture on a postcard. It is situated at a distance of about 31kms from the place called Baramulla.
The famous Gondola Cable Car rides are located here for taking you into the high vicinity of the high mountains letting you enjoy a wholesome experience being completely surrounded by mountains. In the winter, Gulmarg is a great place to try snow activities and sports like skiing and snow sliding for adventure lovers. It is also famous for India’s only Igloo Cafe. Globally, it is regarded as one of the top skiing spots as the lifts and soft curves are perfect for beginners while the higher altitude is for experts.
It feels surreal when one glides through the totally snow-covered parts of the mountains spotting conifer trees peeking through the side of the mountain combined with the thrill of speedily going down from the hill. Not only skiers from India but from far away countries like New Zealand and the USA come here to enjoy the thrill and in the winters the place feels like a carnival of skiers.