An itinerary to the ‘Heaven on Earth’ – Here’s how you should plan your trip to Kashmir!
Every travel enthusiast wishes to visit the ‘Paradise on earth’ someday in his life. Yes, I’m talking about ‘Kashmir’, which is one of the most famous travel destinations going around, although it is still quite undiscovered due to the instability caused by the bifurcation of this beautiful piece of land since 1947. However, that hardly takes any sheen off the stunning landscapes, snow-laden mountains, mesmerizing treks and colorful flowers that are found abundantly across the valley. If you are visiting Kashmir anytime soon, or planning to visit in future, just read through this article to make the most of your tour.
How can I go to Kashmir?
This is a widely asked question, as most of the tourists don’t know how they can reach Kashmir in a convenient way, while also enjoying the journey. My answer is simple, don’t take the air route from Jammu. If you are going to the valley for the first time, you cannot miss the thrill of travelling through the beautiful mountains, waterfalls, greenery and saffron fields from Jammu to Srinagar.
If you are going there from any part of India, you can experience the adventure of ‘Mughal Road’ or the main highway that consists of long tunnels, as the last of them ends in the valley itself. On the way, you can take beautiful pictures and enjoy the topsy turvy trip, while riding alongside the thunderous Chenab river.
What is the best time to visit Kashmir?
Although the answer to this question depends on your priorities and what you like the most, I would like to suggest the spring time, when you can find snow on the tops, flowers in the planes, waterways and green landscapes all around you. It is also the best time because the temperature hovers around 20-25 degrees, which is quite pleasant and energizing. The snow starts to melt, giving rise to many water streams and the world famous tulip garden is in its full bloom.
What are the best places to visit in Kashmir?
If you ask any Tom, Dick and Harry, he would suggest you to visit the world famous Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens and other renowned tourist attractions. I would also vouch for the same, but also suggest to visit other un-discovered and untampered places that are mostly hidden from tourists, though they are even more beautiful than the well-known attractions. These destinations include Kokernag, Sinthantop, Bangus Valley, Verinag, Peer ki gali, Manasbal, etc.
So, don’t go by the trend and visit the piece of heaven on earth just to put your name on the list, but do it a bit differently to remember your trip for a long time.