Among other reasons, Kashmir is renowned worldwide for unparalleled natural beauty. Between Baramulla and Kishtwar, this land of tin-roofed hamlets and scenic hill stations shelters an abundance of places to visit in Kashmir Valley. In Kashmir, one can never run out of places to explore. While Srinagar remains the kernel of bowl-shaped Kashmir Valley, smaller towns like Anantnag, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, and Baramulla are also finding their place on popular tourist maps of Kashmir.
The city of Srinagar is famous for sprawling Mughal gardens, tranquil Dal Lake, and religious shrines. It serves are the point of entry and departure to several pilgrim tours, trekking bases, hill station getaways, and socioeconomic trades. The city is lapped by ethereal Dal Lake which is thronged by honeymooners, families, and pilgrims alike. The wooden houseboats floating on the lake provides just the peaceful retreat newlyweds are after.
Mughal gardens show their grandeur at the foothills of Zabarwan hills, which act as an idyllic backdrop for pictures. Fresh blooms sprouting along the artificial channels in Nishant Garden and Shalimar Bagh make you wonder about the glory days of Mughal rule. Wular Lake, among the largest water bodies in the state, doesn’t get its share of visitors despite being as glossy as its counterpart within Srinagar. Chashme Shahi, Hari Parbat, Shankaracharya Temple, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, and Pari Mahal are other prominent places to visit in Srinagar.
Roughly 56 kilometres west of Srinagar, Gondola rides and powdery slopes in Gulmarg are a magnet for travellers visiting the valley. This hill station in Baramulla district experiences reasonable snowfall in winter, making it the heartland of winter sports in Gulmarg include skiing, snowmobiling, and sledding. The slopes on 14,000-feet-tall Apharwat peak have ample opportunities for thrilling experiences. It also offers uninterrupted, sweeping views of nearby forests, lakes, and Pir Panjal peaks. Private taxis and car rentals are available to reach Gulmarg from Srinagar.
Sonamarg and Yusmarg rank among the best places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir. Just a short pony ride from Sonamarg takes travellers to climb the largest glaciers in Kashmir. Locals agree that Anantnag district in South Kashmir is replete with must-see places like Betaab Valley, Pahalgam, Aru, and Kokernag. Further east, Kishtwar and Doda welcome trans-Himalayan trekkers beyond the valley. Saffron fields around Pompore and apple orchards in Anantnag are a sight to behold in harvest season.