The union territory of India, Jammu & Kashmir is truly heaven on earth. Located in the northernmost end of the Indian subcontinent, and in between the Greater Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Mountain range while also encompassing larger nearby disputed territories, Kashmir is a one of kind holiday destination. Owing to its location Kashmir is home to a colorful and exotic range of Himalayan flora and fauna along with being covered in expansive national parks and reserves. It has attracted several travelers and explorers from all over the world for ages who have written beautifully descriptive accounts of their experiences in this land of natural beauty that has turned it into one of the most loved destinations for honeymoon, peace-seeking, and spiritual experiences and to indulge in fun adventurous activities.
Set amidst the almost magical setting of lofty green hills, rolling green meadows plunging to the gushing river against the backdrop of clear blue sky and snowcapped peaks. The picturesque natural beauty of Kashmir is also dotted with gardens displaying the wonderful selection of plants that have been serving as an inspiration and a muse for thinkers, poets, and storytellers for centuries now. Kashmir is also one of those rare places in the world that you can visit throughout the year anytime. The spring months will showcase a colorful plethora of lush meadows and floral life in the Kashmir valley. On the other hand, the winter months bring in intense periods of snowfall where everything is covered in snow making the entire valley look straight out of a fairytale book.
There are many places of interest in Kashmir that will keep every tourist and traveler engaged for days at a stretch. Srinagar, which is also the largest city in Kashmir, is nestled in the heart of the valley and its natural beauty spills over both sides of the Jhelum River. Dachigam National Park, Dal Lake, and Badshah Tomb are some of the popular places of tourist interest here. Other than Vaishno Devi in Katra, Jammu has been an iconic and legendary place of worship for Hindu devotees of Mata Vaishno. If Kashmir is your first choice of holiday destination then places like Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, and Sonmarg are a must-visit. The natural beauty in Kashmir is overwhelming and will leave you spellbound.
Did you know that Kashmir has been the highest learning center for studying Persian and Sanskrit where the Indo-Aryan civilization had originated and flourished? This was also the time when the advent of Islam was also embraced in Kashmir for its fine traditions of tolerance, Persian civilization, sacrifice, and brotherhood. These age-old practices are well preserved and continue to enamor visitors through their colorful, vibrant, and ethnic representations. From the food to their buildings, this scenic valley on the hills should be visited at least once in a lifetime.