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Kashmir: A Paradise – Mine and Yours

If there is paradise on earth it is here…no matter what you think of this age-old adage unless you visit Kashmir, you won’t understand the power these words carry. It is only when you are amid the snowcapped mountains taking a Shikara ride on the serene Dal Lake or soaking in the beauty of Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam; you’ll realize what it’s like to be in the lap of a mountain land blessed with such a natural beauty that it moves you literally.

Spring: Summer (April- June) may be a popular season to visit Kashmir but if you want to experience a different hue of Kashmir, visit during autumn (Sept.-Oct.) or winter (Nov.-March). Fall in particular has its appeal as flaming Chinars bowl you over.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir is your gateway to this paradise on earth. Regular flights from Delhi, Jammu, and other parts of the country are available to take you to Srinagar. There are fixed itineraries that range from 3 nights/4 Days to 6 Nights/7 Days. It all depends on a tourist and what he wants to see and explore depending on the budget and time in hand.

Most Kashmir Tour Packages start with the welcome of tourists at Srinagar Airport; they are then transported to their pre-booked accommodation in Srinagar. This accommodation could be a hotel or a houseboat. However, the beauty of Kashmir lies not in your itinerary but in the way you enjoy and experience the lakes, gardens, food, and culture of Kashmir.

The hub for tourists in Srinagar is the area around the Dal Gate that lies between the waters of the Dal and River Jhelum.

Here are the popular places that no one misses and how could you when visiting Kashmir:

Mughal Gardens

On your first day, you may be directed to visit the beautiful Mughal Gardens created by the Mughal emperors. Shalimar Gardens is one of the prominent tourist attractions that despite the crowds remains regal. It is where Jahangir and Nur Jahan fought and made up. It is said that they planted the first Chinar tree here. (Entry Fee – Rs. 10. Timings: 9 am – 7 pm)

Nishat Bagh

Another must-visit place, Nishat Bagh offers a splendid view of the Dal Lake and the mountains around. Nishat Bagh was laid out in 1632 by Jahangir’s brother-in-law Asaf Khan. (Entry Fee – Rs. 10. Timings: 9 am – 7 pm).

Chashma Shahi Garden

Ali Mardan Khan, a governor of Shah Jahan is believed to have built the Chashma Shahi Garden on the slopes of the Zaberwan Hill in 1632. The gardens offer a panoramic view of the Dal. (Entry Fee -Rs. 10. Timings: 9 am – 7 pm).

Dal Lake

Dal Lake

The Dal is among the prime attractions in Srinagar and the chances are if you are staying in a houseboat, it will be on the Dal or Nigeen Lake. The Dal Gate is the hub of most activities. You can take a Shikara Ride, buy flowers from floating shops, get yourself clicked in a Kashmiri dress, visit Nehru Park Island and Char Chinar Island or simply see the world go by from your Shikara.

Shankaracharya Hill

Other popular and must-visit places in Srinagar include the Shankaracharya Hill where Shankaracharya Temple is located. Hari Parbat northwest of Shankaracharya Temple and Pari Mahal near Zaberwan Hill are other places you can visit.

Hazratbal Mosque and the ruins of Avantipur are other tourist attractions in and around Srinagar.


Most tourists spend day 2 or 3 of their Kashmir tour itinerary in Gulmarg. Gulmarg can be done as a day trip from Srinagar. It is a huge meadow ringed by fir trees and snowy peaks. If you love long leisurely walks you can take a walk along the Inner Ring Road or Outer Ring Road. There are ponies available just in case you want to ride. Skiing is another popular activity in Gulmarg and so is the Gondola Cable Car ride.


Once considered a shepherd’s village, Pahalgam today is an integral part of any Kashmir itinerary. The center of the town has some shops, and restaurants and most of the hotels are located here. But it is not what entices tourists. Just travel a little outside, and you are bestowed with thick and green woodlands of breathtaking beauty. You can hire a pony and head up to the many walks and trails that lead to meadows and quaint trails scattered around the hills. Hajan is a great place to go with a mat and picnic basket. It is on the way to Chandanwari, the famous Amarnath Yatra route.

No matter whether you choose to visit for three days or three weeks’ holidays in Kashmir, you are sure to bring back a slice of Kashmir with you.

Also Read: Best Himalayan Treks in India

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