As said by the famous Mughal emperor, Jahangir. It is known to have to think of to Kashmir as ‘heaven on earth’ and he was perfectly accurate and precise.
Encircled by the Himalayas and Karakoram ranges and draped with grassland, lavish valleys, thick forests, magnificent temples, this new union territory of India is a holiday destination to visit as soon you get a chance to. The valley is 150 km in length and 35 km wide surrounded by Himalayan mountains. Shivalik range lies to the South East and Pir Panjal range lies to the North West. Average height of the valley is 1600 meters and high peaks in the surrounded mountains peak to 5000 meters.
Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Pahalgam that surround Srinagar, have some exceptional sights with the composed ambience filled with inexplicable tranquility and peace. An hour-long ride on wooden shikari boats takes you to the quiet lake and the encompassing beautiful appearance will surely unfreeze your heart. The Hajan Valley in Pahalgam has been renamed by the local people as the ‘Betaab valley’ after the famous Bollywood movie which was shot at that location.
Tourists can visit the splendid Mughal Gardens in the evenings, while the Dal Lake is surrounded with fine shikharas cutting through the glass-like surface of the water as they convey visitors to another realm entirely. The snow-covered Himalayan ranges at the backdrop of these picturesque gardens form the best backgrounds achievable on the Earth.
The climate in Kashmir is mostly affected by the water bodies in summer but remains cold there throughout the year. Temperatures in the valley go high up to 30 degrees in summer. In winters temperature drop subzero. Snowfall happens in valley in January to March.
Places to visit, tulip garden, Shalimar Bag, Mughal Gardens, Dal Lake, Apahrwat Peak, Sonmarg etc. Some religious destinations can be, Raghunath Temple, Shankaracharya Temple, Jamia Masjid, Amarnath Cave and Vaishno Devi temple which attracts a lot of tourists in the season. The art and culture of Kashmir are rich, varied such as its arts and crafts have a multi-religious and multi-ethnic flavor. Such as Carpets, Shawls, Rugs, Woven baskets and Walnut wood furniture are some of the evident ones.
The Kashmir cuisine is specific and delicious in its ways. The delicacies are rich in a non-vegetarian platter like seekh kabab, tabakh maaz (fried lamb ribs), methi maaz, rogan josh, Kashmiri pulao and palak nadir.
Even after numerous conflicts throughout decades, this land is shining with picturesque and stunning ethereal beauty. Mountain ranges, cool weather, lakes and snow and so much more to see here. People with adventurous minds will find a plethora of activities waiting for them. Lastly, if you are spiritually inclined, the various religious shrines will show you the way to peace.