5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kashmir At Least Once in Your Life

“Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast,

Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast.” – Amir Khusro

If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here!

These beautiful words by Khusro best describe Kashmir, a paradise that is known for its breathtaking landscapes. It is truly a natural wonder, with stunning Chinar trees, crystal clear lakes and rivers, and lush green valleys, overlooking the icy mountains. This enchanting destination is on every traveller’s bucket list.

Although there are a million reasons to visit Kashmir, we bring you the best five. Take a look:

1. To Explore the Pristine Lakes

Whenever one thinks of Kashmir, the first thought that comes to mind is that of the charming Dal Lake and the houseboats. The lake is popular for its floating gardens and markets. You can see the reflection of the snow-covered Pir Panjal mountains on its surface. If you wish to escape the crowds at Dal Lake, you can visit Wular Lake, Manasbal Lake or Nagin Lake. 

2. To Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Glide over the Kashmir valley and enjoy its spectacular views in a hot air balloon. As tourists flock to Kashmir to escape the summer heat, the tourism department has started this service at Zabarwan Park, Srinagar. It’s your chance to witness the idyllic Kashmir, including the snow-clad mountains and the Dal Lake from high above. 

3. To Revel in the Beauty of Tulips

There’s no season that is not beautiful in Kashmir. The colourful tulips have been in full bloom all over the valley since the onset of spring. A trip to the valley in spring/summer is incomplete without a visit to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar, where the Tulip Festival is organised. These flowers can also be seen at Krishan Chand Park in Poonch. Do not forget to take some nice shots for your Instagram here!

4. To Enjoy the Pleasant Climate

The weather in Kashmir is pleasant all year long as it is surrounded by the Himalayas. It turns into a mesmerising winter wonderland in November and December when the whole valley wears a white blanket of snow. As the snow starts melting in summers, it forms rivulets and fills all the rivers and brooks. The bright-coloured flowers cover the valley, making it look even more gorgeous. 

5. To Experience the Kashmiri Culture

Along with its pleasant views, Kashmir is also known for its diverse culture and traditions. It is a haven for those interested in arts, handicrafts, literature, music and theatre. In winters, Kashmiris wear the pheran, which is a traditional overcoat. You can browse pherans, coats and shawls at various local markets. When in the valley, you must also try delectable dishes such as Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Kashmiri Saag and Dum Aloo, among others.

So when are you taking a trip to this heaven on earth? We wish you a wonderful and safe trip. Happy travelling! 😀

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