One of the most picturesque valleys of the World, the heaven on Planet Earth that each of us should visit at least once in a lifetime! One of the most visited tourist destinations in the World! The timeless beauty of Kashmir, the photogenic highland mountains, the scenic drives through green meadows, and the serene lakes of Kashmir, discover all those and lots more through this Kashmir travel blog. Plan an unforgettable trip to Kashmir, the paradise that you need to explore all the hidden gems of Kashmir

‘Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto’ these words spoken in awe by the great poet Hazrat Amir Khusrau which means ‘If there is a paradise anywhere on the earth, it is here, it is here, it is here’ stunning beauty of Kashmir valley continues to evoke this very sentiment in the heart of millions and attracting them for centuries 




Famous for its scenic landscape, ancient monuments, shrines, castles, gardens, architectural monuments often dubbed ‘Paradise on Earth’. A nature’s gift to the Earth uniquely painted with sceneries and the land of rich cultural heritage that keeps you intrigued throughout your journey, the mountainous landscape and romantic lakes attracted millions of visitors from across the globe

Srinagar the ‘Lake City’ and the ‘Crown of Kashmir’ a collection of images tells the love stories of Mughal Emperors for this paradise-like vale with deep valleys, rivers, gardens in bloom, green rice fields, charming lakes rimmed by houseboats, where lush wild gardens of lotus and water-lily grow and the majesty of architecture. Located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum the city is famous for its natural beauty, gardens and  waterfronts


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Amidst bustling lanes, the city of Srinagar lying on the banks of river Jhelum full of historical monuments and gardens with deep and mesmerizing valleys cascaded in sky-scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, Srinagar blends the tints of nature, beauty, harmony, and romance. The historical Mughal gardens of Srinagar are surrounded by mountains and lakes for photoholics to shopping markets for spendthrifts, like heaven for all kinds of traveler’s interests, for the family looking for some bonding time, for the couple for some peace and quality time, for solo travelers for some solitude, and the group of friends seeking for leisure and adventure 

The very absence of order in the location of the houses and their tumbled-down appearance add a peculiar charm to the scenery. It has its quaint lifestyle, telling a panoramic fairytale tour through the snow-capped mountains and Chinar trees, the city famous for its traditions and culture. Memories with a warm cup of Kashmiri Kahwah, while striking to beauty for these landscapes, take in the crisp misty air, while gorging on warm Kashmiri pulao and home-made Rista. The food of this place is true reflection of nature’s blessing to it



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The Dal Lake possesses floating gardens, locally known as ‘Raad’. Besides lotus flowers, Dal Lake harbors many beautiful houseboats and unique shikaras. To enjoy the vastness and the scenic views of the charming Lake, the shikara cruise is the best option. Colorfully decorated and immensely cozy shikaras are available on all sides of the Dal Lake. Char Chinar is one more island in the Dal equally famous among visitors. The vast sheet of water reflects the carved wooden balconies of houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal Mountains. The effect is truly stunning. The Lake, famous for its scenic location and its floating gardens

Shikara Ride is one of the most soothing and relaxing aspects of a holiday in Kashmir, one gets immersed in the panoramic view of the Zabarwan range and the vastness of the Lake, symphonized with waves formed by the shikarawala’s rowing. Shikara is a small beautiful boat means of transportation from the bank of the Lakes, the shikara ride takes you on a soothing sightseeing tour of the interior parts of the calm and placid water of Dal Lake



Imagine waking up to a quiet morning by the lake with a spectacular flower show, which changes its hues by the minute, most of the visitors to Srinagar who opt to stay at a houseboat on Dal Lake look forward to a unique concept of floating flower market at the break of dawn. The lake covers an area of approx. 18 square km and is part of a natural wetland that covers over 20 square km with its floating gardens and blossom with lotus flowers during July and August, and during the winter season temperature sometimes reaches −11 °C, freezing the lake

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Houseboats in Srinagar provide unique staying options, better known as floating houses. These houses are blessed with elegant interiors and amenities, anchored on the banks of the two beautiful lakes, Dal and Nigeen surrounded by mighty mountains. The warm, cozy haven keeps you snug all night and lets you enjoy the splendid views as the sun starts to rise. Travelers treated to breathtaking views, warm hospitality, and delightful Kashmiri cuisines

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Nigeen Lake (Nageen Lake) in Srinagar is sometimes considered a part of the Dal Lake and connected to it via a narrow strait. The Nigeen Lake is surrounded by a large number of willow and poplar trees, it has come to be referred to as Nageena ‘the jewel in the ring’

The Historical Mughal Gardens of Srinagar Nishat Bagh ‘The Garden of Pleasure’ Shalimar Bagh ‘The Garden of Delight’ and Chashma Shahi or Chashma-i-Shahi Garden ‘The Royal Spring’  famous for their unparalleled beauty and pleasing environment



Nishat Bagh is situated on the banks of Dal Lake in the backdrop of the Zabarwan hills that encircles the Dal Lake. Mughal Empress Noor Jahan’s brother Asif Khan laid the Garden in 1633 AD. Nishat has seven terraces with a beautiful central water course flowing right in the middle. These terraces rise dramatically off the mountains from the eastern part of the Lake. Shalimar Bagh was planted by Mughal Emperor Jehangir for Empress Noor Jahan in 1619 AD and later extended in 1727 A.D. by his son Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Shaded by magnificent Chinar trees, the Shalimar is a series of stone pavilions and flowing water with paint box bright flower beds. The Garden blooms with innumerable varieties of flowers in spring and autumn. Chashma Shahi Mughal garden built in 1632 AD around a spring by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, as a gift for his elder son Prince Dara Shikoh

The beautiful city of Srinagar hosts many historical and architectural landmarks

Hazratbal Mosque situated on the banks of Dal Lake, pristine white marble elegance is reflected in the waters of the lake. Hazratbal’s special significance derived from the fact that it houses the hair of the prophet Muhammad and it is displayed to the public on religious occasions. Hazratbal is remarkable for being the only domed mosque in Srinagar; the others have distinct pagoda-like roofs. The mosque complex is situated on the western shore of the Dal Lake and commands a grand view of the lake and the mountain beyond



Jamia Masjid or Jama Masjid  ‘Jama Mosque’ of Srinagar was built in the fourteenth century,  situated in downtown Srinagar, one of the prime tourist attractions. One of the great examples Indo-Islamic architecture

Pathar Masjid ‘Stone Mosque’ of Srinagar is a Mughal Era Mosque, built by Mughal Empress Noor Jehan, the wife of Mughal Emperor Jehangir, in 1623 an example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The Mosque has some distinct features that separate it from the rest of the Mosques, unlike other Mosques; it does not have the traditional pyramidal roof. Furthermore, the Mosque has nine Mehraabs (arches)

Pari Mahal ‘The Fairies Abode’ at the southwestern side of Dal Lake at the top of Zabarwan ranges the heritage monument, Pari Mahal, a seven-terraced garden. This Mahal came into existence during the rule of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The beautiful architecture of the place depicts Indo-Islamic architecture. It is located close to the famous Cheshma Shahi Garden. Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh was said to have lived in this area. It was used as an observatory and for teaching astrology and astronomy

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Hari Parbat known as Kooh-e-Maran lies on the western side of Dal Lake. The fort sits at the top giving a spectacular view of Dal Lake. Stands impressive with old apartments and tall pillars

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Gulmarg ‘Meadow of Flowers’ was discovered as a tourist destination by the British in the 19th century. Before that, Mughal emperors vacationed in the Gulmarg valley, which is about 03 km long and up to 01 km wide. Situated in a pine-surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 2,730 meters above sea level, one of the most famous tourist destinations of Kashmir. It also has one of the world’s highest green golf courses with 18 holes, as well as a clubhouse, which is a heritage building

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Gulmarg Gondola is one of Asia’s highest cable cars surrounded by pine forests and Himalayan Mountain peaks in the ski resort of Gulmarg. Perhaps the best attraction of Gulmarg resort is the cable car. The Gondola is the name of the cable car lift that operates in the famous ski resort of Gulmarg. Gulmarg is the most popular and internationally recognized ski resort. It has slopes for every kind of skier, a lush green meadow that gets covered with snow during winter and becomes a paradise for skiing. It accommodates over a thousand skiers at a time

Sonmarg ‘Meadow of Gold’ a place of enthralling beauty, lies in Sindh Valley, streamed with flowers, surrounded by mountains, and perched at an altitude of 2690 m above sea level. It has as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a clear sky. It is a quiet alpine retreat surrounded by sycamore, silver birch, fir, and pine trees, and the last halt on the Kashmir side for the drive from Srinagar to Leh

Saffron fields of Pampora, see the beautiful countryside, lots of rice fields, and Awantipura ruins on the way from Srinagar to Pahalgam through the pine forest, the confluence of the streams flowing from the river Lidder & Sheshnag Lake which are famous for their scenic beauty

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Pahalgam ‘Valley of Shepherds’ is a beautiful hill resort set in a pristine village lying next to the Lidder river, a humble shepherd’s village with breathtaking views. Kashmir’s premier resort cools even during the heights of summer. It is situated at an altitude of 2,130 m above sea level surrounded by fragrant pine forests; the idyllic resort includes a golf course and spots for angling. The bubbling Lidder harbors a sizeable population of rainbow trout and mahseer



Pahalgam is surrounded by many scenic villages with breathtaking beauty, the popular destinations among travelers for their peaceful environment and natural luster

The Aru valley is just around 12 km from Pahalgam, and 11 km upstream from the Lidder River. Noted for its scenic meadows, lakes, and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier and Tarsar Lake. The village lies on the left bank of the Aru river, a tributary of the Lidder River. There are about 20 alpine lakes, peaks, and meadows around the Aru Valley

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Betaab Valley originally called Hajan Valley or Hagan Valley situated just 15 km from Pahalgam. An iconic place for the shoot of many romantic Bollywood movies. The valley got its name from the Sunny Deol-Amrita Singh starer hit debut Hindi film Betaab. It is surrounded by lush green meadows, snow clad mountains and covered with dense vegetation

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Chandanwari just 16 km from Pahalgam. If you are looking for an offbeat tourist place in Kashmir where you can relax in the company of nature, then you should visit this place. It is blessed with picturesque beauty, with the Lidder river flowing close by, famous for its sightseeing opportunities, and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Chandanwari is covered in snow from November till May, and you can watch the lovely sight of glaciers melting in the Lidder River

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Doodpathri  ‘Valley of Milk’ just natural beauty, tranquil enough to soothe your soul.. It is believed that the famous saint Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Aalam Sheikh Noor Din Noorani prayed here and once he was in search of water in meadows to offer prayer, he pricked the ground with his stick to search for water the milk came out. Situated around a two-hour drive from Srinagar, on the bank of a river, the water which is at present flowing through the meadows has a milky appearance from a distance. The town remains cold throughout the year, and the lush green grasses over the vast meadows and silver-shining streams running over the large stones further increase its beauty



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