Take a break from the maddening crowd of city life and escape to the serenity and tranquillity of Kashmir. Securely perched in the centre of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 600 feet above the sea level, Kashmir is 84 miles in length and 24 miles in breadth. Surrounded by snow-covered mountains, green pastures and colourful villages, Kashmir tourism is gaining momentum despite the conflicts surrounding the region.
It is because of the ongoing conflicts over this beautiful piece of land since 1947 that the region has been the subject of persistent dispute between the Indians and the Pak. The northwest of the valley is a self-governing state under the Pak control and the southern two-thirds of the region lies within the Indian J&K. However, this does not cease to spellbound tourists and welcome them every year. Constant initiatives are taken to maintain peace across the valley.
A few days' tour in and around Kashmir will transport you to God's paradise. A car ride will take you through the breathtaking panoramas of Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Srinagar and Pahalgam. The Dal Lake in Srinagar is a major attraction that gives reasons why tourism in Kashmir is so popular. Sailing on the beautiful Shikara, do take pictures wearing the traditional ‘taranga'. To make your stay memorable, book a night stay at the houseboats spruced up across the lake.
Gulmarg and Sonmarg are the perfect destinations to revel in the compelling beauty shrouding the regions. Pahalgam, on the other hand, is recognized as a ‘Shepherd's village', and is flocked by tourists for the river Ladder and the snow-capped mountain around. Do visit the golf course that has 18 holes and is known for hosting golf national championships. Shades of Pine trees encircling the golf course is, indeed, a picture-perfect shot for the shutterbugs.