Kashmir is known as one the most beautiful places in India where time stands still. Water, in all or any forms, is one of Kashmir’s charms like rivers, lakes, springs, make music all
The alluring and majestic sweeps of forested mountains are tempered with miles of flowering meadows.
It has many breathtaking and attracting places that is beyond imagination. In this beautiful land, fruits grow in abundance: apple, cherry, peach, pear, plum, loquat, almond, walnut and pine nut.
The most crowded, attractive and important city in this valley is Srinagar. Other attractive destinations of Kashmir valley near Srinagar are Gulmarg – famous for skiing, Pahalgam – favorite film shooting hub and health resort, Sonamarg – the alpine meadow, Betaab Valley – on the bank of Sheshnag River, a beautiful picnic spot. The most gorgeous jewel on the crown of Srinagar is Dal Lake, a wide beautiful lake with house boats to offer you a great stay. The Shikaras are there to offer transport from land to houseboat and also for pleasure voyage in the lake. Shikaras are one type of open or semi-open long boats and symbol of Kashmiri culture.Shalimar Garden, also known as Mughal Garden, is another major attraction of Srinagar. This beautiful garden full of colorful flowers has one picturesque canal flowing through it. There are four terraces one above another and the top most one is most beautiful. This garden remains open for tourist in the day time.
Kashmir is also famous for handmade woolen wears, named after the valley Kashmiri shawl which is also called Kashmiri pashmina, Kashmiri carpet, bags, dresses, show pieces, flow vases and many more. Even Kashmir has a special type of stitching known as Kashmiri stitch which offers very elegant look in the dresses.
Getting to Kashmir
The nearest railheads of Srinagar are Jammu Tawi and Udhampur. Banihal road tunnel is the gateway to Jammu and rest of India for Kashmir valley. Though there is no direct rail connection, but Srinagar has its own International Airport to get connect to the rest of the worlds by air.
Time to visit
Summer is the best time to visit Kashmir valley as temperature remain comfortable. With the ice of melted snow, the valley blooms with colors in the month of April.