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Magnificent Valley of Kashmir

Updated on January 9, 2015

Valley of Kashmir famous for its pristine beauty is major tourist attractions of India. The so called Switzerland of India has many things in its lap to proffer to its tourists. The multitudes of attractions beguile tourists and leave them rejuvenated. From ancient mosques to sacred shrines, from beautiful lakes to majestic mountains this enticing place has it all.

Dal Lake

It is alienated into two parts Lokut-Dal and Bod-Dal. In the western parts of the lake one can encounter few big and small islands. The lake is popular for its houseboats and Sikara rides. The houseboats have felicitous nickname of “Floating Palaces” built according to the British customs.

Dal Lake in kashmir
Dal Lake in kashmir

Nagin Lake

On the far eastern part of the city lying on the foothills of Zabarwan Mountains is led by Dal Lake. If one wants to enjoy the beauty of nature in tranquility then definitely it is the right place to go. The lake is away from city’s hustle-bustle giving its tourist a serene environment.

Wular Lake

It is the largest freshwater lake of Asia. At one time there was an artificial island on the lake, where boatmen could shelter if the weather was bad but due to silting on that side of the lake has joined the island to the lakeside. It's now a very popular picnic spot for the people travelling to that place. The placid water may disguise one by fast blowing breezes over the lake.

Wular Lake, SriNagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Wular Lake, SriNagar, Jammu & Kashmir

Betab Valley

Earlier known as Hegan or Hagoon Valley it got its new name-Betaab Valley from the Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh hit debut film “Betaab”. It has a picturesque landscape, beauty encompassing the snow covered peaks and coniferous forest within. It is the best campsite and trekking destination.

Betab Valley, Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
Betab Valley, Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

Pari Mahal

Throwing light on the history of this place, one comes to know that it was built in the mid of 17th century by the son of Shah Jahan, Dara Shikoh. It was situated over the ruins of Buddhist monastery as a tribute given by Dara Shikoh to its Sufi Teacher. The place is also known as “House of Fairies” or “Quntilon”. Standing on the hill of Zambarwan Mountain Range comprehends of seven terraces and splendid gardens.

Pari Mahal, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Pari Mahal, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

Hari Parbat

It is also known as Sharika Peeth. The place is surrounded by Parvati temple, Akhund Mullah Shah and Khwaja Makhdoom Sahib Mosque and a gurudwara from the three sides of mountain. Durrani Fort is also one of the famous sites here.

Hari Parbat, Jammu & Kashmir
Hari Parbat, Jammu & Kashmir

Dachigam National Park

In 1951 it was declared as a National Park. The park is divided into two parts Upper Dachigam and Lower Dachigam. A metalled road takes one to the lower Dachigam while trekking is the only way to get through Upper Dachigam. The endangers spcies of Kashmiri stag is found here with other different varieties of fauna like black and brown bears, musk deer and Himalayan marmot

Dachigam National Park, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Dachigam National Park, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

Valley of Kashmir surely deserves a visit to be paid. One must book a holiday package to this place for experiencing the charismatic beauty of nature and what it has to offer. It would definitely give them some good memories to cherish forever.

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alisa, beautiful photos and vivid descriptions. Voted up!

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      Ailsa Scott 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      Yes, it's completely safe.

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      Ailsa Scott 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh


    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is beautiful, Holidaybook - definitely a place to see. It is no wonder India has been a magical place for eons. Thanks for the inside look at a stunning place!

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      6 years ago from USA

      How beautiful! I'd love to visit if it's safe.

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      6 years ago from USA

      What a wonderful article, with wonderful pictures. I'd love to visit that region.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Kashmir is beautiful beyond words and you presented the hub nicely.

      Lovely pictures, voted up!

      Welcome to HubPages!

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      Dip Mtra 

      6 years ago from World Citizen

      Terrorism widespread in valley of Kashmir, though Ladakh is peaceful. Beware before adding on to bucket.

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      Dip Mtra 

      6 years ago from World Citizen

      Be careful though when planning a holiday there. It is a haven of terrorists currently with outbreaks of violence being a regular feature. The Ladakh valley is pristine and beautiful though, and absolutely unaffected by terrorism since the predominant religion of its inhabitants is Buddhism.

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      Ailsa Scott 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      All photos are Ladakh, Kashmir, India. And Kashmir is called "Heaven of Earth".

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      These photos are just beautiful. I must put this place on my bucket list. Truly magnificent! Thank you and voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. I will be sharing this hub. And thanks for the follow. Audrey


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