Places you must visit during your trip to Kashmir (Heaven).

Jammu and Kashmir is a region administered by India as a union territory and consisting of the southern portion of the larger Kashmir region, which has been the subject of a dispute between India and Pakistan since 1947, and between India and China since 1962.

Places you must visit during your trip to Kashmir (Heaven).

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is a great tourist destination. Picturesque and enchanting, Kashmir is cradled high in the lofty green Himalayas and hailed all over the world for its incredible natural beauty. Surrounded by mountain peaks, lush green valleys, glistening lakes, temples, and spectacular Mughal-era gardens, it has inspired poets through the centuries. Kashmir is crisscrossed by chinar tree-lined roads and quaint wooden bridges; and is home to bustling bazaars, Sufi shrines, and forts. Add to this, the charms of flavourful Kashmiri cuisine and apples and walnuts from the lush orchards surrounding it.

In winter, Kashmir takes on a white glow, covered in soft snow and skiers making a beeline for its famous slopes. And in summer, as the snow melts, and the flowers in the meadows bloom, it resembles an artist's canvas.

These are some selected places that you must see while your trip to Kashmir.
1) Srinagar
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir union territory, northern India, is situated in the Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent. The city lies along the banks of the Jhelum River at an elevation of 5,200 feet in the Vale of Kashmir.

Situated amid clear lakes and lofty forested mountains, Srinagar has long had a considerable tourist economy. Along its course through the city, the Jhelum River is spanned by several wooden bridges, and numerous adjacent canals and waterways abound with shikara, the gondolas of Kashmir. Srinagar is also well known for its many mosques and temples. Dal Lake, with its “floating gardens,” is a well-known attraction, as are the nearby Shalimar and Nishat gardens.

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How to reach: To reach Srinagar by train, one could take a train to either Jammu Tavi or Udhampur Railway Station. From there you can take a taxi or a bus to this beautiful place. 
Must Do: Stay in a Houseboat
Best time to visit: February to July

2) Pahalgam
Surrounded by beautiful hills and lots of greenery, Pahalgam is situated at an altitude of 2,130 m. The climate is not too harsh and the sight of the stunning Lidder River flowing through the town is beautiful. Pahalgam is situated at the junction of the Aru and Sheshnag Rivers and surrounded by tall fir-covered mountains and snow-clad peaks forming a spectacular sight. It is believed that Pahalgam was once a humble shepherd's village. It is also the starting point of the annual Amarnath Yatra when thousands of Shiva devotees gather here. The town of Pahalgam is extremely tourist friendly with lots of hotels and lodges to cater to all your needs. Pahalgam is also very popular amongst the trekking and adventure community.

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How to reach:
By air:- The nearest airport is Srinagar which is 56 kilometers away.
By bus:- Gulmarg is well connected by bus from Srinagar, Sonmarg, and other neighboring towns in Kashmir
By train:- Jammu is the nearest Railway Station at a distance of 290 kilometers

Must Do: Ski with the help of professionals at 14000 feet above sea level.
Best time to visit: March to June

3) Gulmarg
Gulmarg is the snow paradise of Kashmir. This skier’s paradise is popular for having one of the world's highest and largest ropeways with an aerial distance of approx. 5kms. The view from the top of the mountains at 3979 meters above sea level is bewildering. Snow falls are regular even during summer, giving every tourist a fair chance to enjoy the fall!

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How to reach:
By air: - The nearest airport is Srinagar which is 56 kilometers away.
By bus: - Gulmarg is well connected by bus from Srinagar, Sonmarg, and other neighboring towns in Kashmir
By train: - Jammu is the nearest Railway Station at a distance of 290 kilometers

Must Do: Ski with the help of professionals at 14000 feet above sea level.
Best time to visit: March to June

4) Sonmarg
Sonmarg, which means "Meadow of Gold", is a picturesque hill station in the Kashmir Valley located in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 2800 meters and adorned with a majestic glacier, meadow, dense forests, and snow-capped mountains make Sonmarg an ideal holiday destination in Kashmir. For nature lovers, Sonmarg offers the chance to unwind amidst its scenic vistas; adventure buffs who can indulge in trekking and camping activities for an adrenaline rush; and honeymoon couples can spend time cozying up amidst its beauty.

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Adventure lovers in Sonmarg have great opportunities to head out for scenic treks. Amongst the most popular treks starting from Sonmarg are Gangabal Lake Trek and Krishansar and Vishansar twin lakes which in fact also make for important brown trout fishing destinations in Kashmir.

How to reach:
By air: – You can take a flight to Srinagar and then take a bus or a taxi to Sonmarg
By road: – Sonmarg can be reached by Pahalgam which is well connected by roads from all the major cities in north

Must Do: Trek to the Thajiwas Glacier
Best time to visit: February to March

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