Kashmir is one of the famous tourist destinations in India. It is known for its natural beauty and fascinating attractions such as lakes, pilgrimages, monasteries, wildlife etc. Called Paradise on Earth, let’s check out its major attractions:
MATA VAISHNO DEVI TEMPLE –
It is one of the most religious Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India and also the oldest shrines of India. Maa Vaishno Devi is considered to be an incarnation of the three Supreme Powers – Goddesses Saraswati, Kali and Lakshmi. A large number of devotees throng this sacred temple every year to take blessings.
DAL LAKE –
It is one of the most beautiful lakes in India. The banks of this lake are surrounded by several beautiful gardens and orchards. This lake is also known for its houseboats or SHIKARAS.
SHALIMAR GARDEN –
It is largest of all the Mughal gardens in Srinagar. It also has highest number of Chinar trees among all gardens. This garden turns magnificently beautiful during autumn and spring seasons.
SHIV KHORI –
Shiv Khori is a natural cave devoted to Lord Shiva. It is located in Reasi district and attracts a large number of devotees annually. The cave is around four feet in height. Shiv Khori cave gains special importance during the festival of MahaShivratri. During this festival, a large number of devotees visit this cave to worship the Shivalingam.
CHASHMA SHAHI –
It is one of the Mughal gardens built around a spring. It offers breathtaking views of Dal Lake along with neighbouring mountains. It also presents beautiful intricate Mughal Architecture.
BETAAB VALLEY –
It is a beautiful valley surrounded by snow covered mountain peaks and lush green meadows. It is a very popular tourist destination. It is covered with dense vegetation and serves as a base camp for trekking. The valley got its name from the hit Bollywood film “Betaab” starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh.
It is one of the premier hill stations in the country. You will be amazed by its legendary beauty and prime location. It was originally called “Gaurimarg” by shepherds. You can enjoy horse riding, cable car riding, hiking, golf playing, snow skiing during winter months and lots more. It is also a popular skiing destination.
Sonmarg is an ideal destination for all those adventure loving people who wish to enjoy camping at a hill station. If you want to see the enchanting natural beauty and snow-clad peaks, visit this place. Not only this, Sonmarg is a base camp for holy Amarnath Yatra. This yatra is organized during the month of July-August every year.
It is a famous hill station located in the western part of Jammu & Kashmir and is a popular tourist destination and attracts tourists every year from all over the world. Besides its natural beauty, Pahalgam attracts large number of tourists because of its festivals. It is probably the most popular hill station in the Kashmir valley. It is known as a “Valley of Shepherds.”