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10 Reasons Why Kashmir Is So Much More Than Dal Lake And Shikaras

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Dal Lake is one of the most popular tourist spots of not just Kashmir but India. HolidayIQ Travellers list 8 more places that make Kashmir worth travelling to.

10 Reasons Why Kashmir Is So Much More Than Dal Lake And Shikaras:

  1. Amarnath (Jammu & Kashmir)
  2. Gulmarg (Jammu & Kashmir)
  3. Nishat Bagh, Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir)
  4. Nubra Valley (Jammu & Kashmir)
  5. Pahalgam (Jammu & Kashmir)
  6. Shalimar Gardens, Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir)
  7. Sonamarg (Jammu & Kashmir)
  8. Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir)

1. The Saffron Fields Of Pamper

The Saffron Fields Of Pampersource: desaivoyages.com

The saffron fields of Pampore are a riot of colours and fragrance. The sleepy hamlet turns vivid with purple, orange and red flowers during the harvest season.

2. Ever Tried The Gondola Ride In Gulmarg?

Ever Tried The Gondola Ride In Gulmarg?source: wikimedia

The scenic beauty of this place has made it a popular filming location for many Bollywood movies. HolidayIQ Traveller Guru Singh says, "First visit to Kashmir will definitely leave you spellbound with its amazing attractions and a sight you can't resist from sunrise to sunset. The shikaras, taking a walk around the Dal lake and then strolling down the streets to get some real authentic Kashmiri cuisine is certainly a must. Tourists flocking here and there and not to miss the army Jawans too, there for protection. It's surely an untouched paradise."

3. Visit The Gorgeous Nishat Bagh

Visit The Gorgeous Nishat Baghsource: wikimedia

It is also known for around 12 terraces, fountains, flowerbeds and huge lawns that attract travellers. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was impressed with the beauty of this garden and hoped that his father-in-law would gift this place to him. When he did not receive this place in gift, he ordered for the closure of the water supply to this garden. HolidayIQ Traveller Ashwin says, "Beautifully landscaped garden, this had built in step elevations and from the highest elevation point which is also the furthest point, you can see the garden extend beautifully down to the Dal Lake and there is a structure in the lake that complements and completes the beautiful scene."

4. Ditch Shikara Rides And Experience Dal Lake's Iconic Bakeries

Ditch Shikara Rides And Experience Dal Lake's Iconic Bakeriessource: pinchmysalt.com

Bakeries in Srinagar open early and you can enjoy local breads for breakfast. Try 'tsot', a small round bread topped with poppy and sesame seeds, which is crisp and flaky. 'Sheermal', 'baqerkhani' (puff pastry), 'lavas' (unleavened bread) and 'kulcha' are other popular breads in Kashmir. Jan Bakery at Maharaja Bazaar is popular for its breads and pastries.

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5. Sip Kahwa at Ahdoos, Srinagar

Sip Kahwa at Ahdoos, Srinagarsource: blogspot.com

Kahwa is an indigenous tea brew, flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom, saffron and almonds and sweetened with sugar. HolidayIQ Traveller Mayur Mahajan says, “Having the traditional Kahwa is must when you are put up in a houseboat.”

6. Visit Shalimar Garden

Visit Shalimar Gardensource: wikimedia

Shalimar Bagh is one of the beautiful gardens in Srinagar, which is regarded as the monument of love. It was built in 1616 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife, Nur Jahan. This garden houses four terraces, fountains and a canal. The highest terrace at this site is known as 'Abode of Love', which was used by the emperor and royal ladies. This bagh is also called as Garden of Char Minar, Faiz Baksh and Farah Baksh. HolidayIQ Traveller Ajay says, "To start with all mughal gardens are equally beautiful but I felt Shalimar was best of the lot. The beauty displayed was awe strucking, it is a beautiful place to visit."

7. Try Skiing in Sonamarg

Try Skiing in Sonamargsource: wikimedia

The name Sonamarg means ‘Meadow of Gold’. This name was given to the place as it is completely covered with a sheet of flowers during spring that appear gold in colour and also for being a decisive trading position, which makes it the main route into Central Asia. The falling sunlight on the high mountain peaks in the city also turns it golden in colour.
HolidayIQ Traveller Ashish says, "After having traveled to Pahalgam and Gulmarg the beauty of Kashmir had already taken our breath away but Sonamarg takes the cake. The landscape of the place is magnificent, surrounded by meadows, huge valley leading up to Zojila pass and snow covered peaks. The beauty of the place is awesome. A must visit for every traveler to Kashmir."

8. Trout Fishing At River Lidder

Trout Fishing At River Liddersource: paradisekashmir.net

The Lidder River is not only known for the beautiful views it offers but also for the number of activities you can do there. The trout-laden waters of River Lidder runs through Pahalgam, making it a famous tourist attraction for angling.

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9. Horse Riding At Betaab Valley

Horse Riding At Betaab Valleysource: staticflickr.com

Betaab Valley, named after the Bollywood blockbuster, is surrounded by lush green meadows and snow-capped mountains. The best way to explore the valley is on horseback. HolidayIQ Traveller Debayan says, "The valley has got its name from the famous bollywood movie Betaab which was shot here. Its intricately beautiful and the water in the lidder river is crystal clear. You can just walk around the spot and cross the bridge or can bump into a photo session amidst the serene natural beauty. Try to come here at about 10 in the morning to get the flavour of the place as well as to avoid the crowds. Carry sunglasses and a camera with you."

10. Visit Apple Orchards Near Srinagar

Visit Apple Orchards Near Srinagarsource: kashmirreader.com

For a unique experience, a visit to the apple orchards in the Apple Valley is recommended. HolidayIQ Traveller Dipali Chakraborty says, "Being in an apple orchard set against slow-clad mountains is mesmerising." 

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