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My Love for Kashmir by Prateek Goyal

Kashmir is said to be “heaven on Earth”, Its one of the most beautiful and romantic place. In this blog post sharing the views of my Friend @Prateekgoyal about Kashmir, which I think will surely motivate you to visit this place atleast once in a lifetime.

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Blogger: Prateek Goyal, an MBA student from Jaipur who loves to travel and write about travel.
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Kashmir – nicely settled in the midst of Himalayas of the northern part of Indian subcontinent, is rightly known as nature paradise. Kashmir throughout the ages has gained its name as paradise. This journey was started in way back – medieval period. During this medieval period to 21st century; Kashmir has shown a great blend of all the religions. Therefore, whether it was Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim rule, there was continuous rise in the power of Kashmir in South Asia. Such secular but spiritual Kashmir is being quoted by many great personalities such as:

Sanskrit poet Kalidas on Kashmir:
“The place is more beautiful than the heaven and this is benefactor of supreme bliss and happiness, it seems to me that I am taking a bath in the lake of nectar here.”

The great Persian poet – Amir Khusrau and Mughal emperor Jhangir has said:
“Agar Firdaus bar roy-e zamin ast, hamin ast-o hamin ast-o hamin ast.” Meaning “If there is paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.”

The mystic presence of Kashmir has pleased everyone whether it is any writer, novalist or sufi saint, yogis, gurus and monks across the globe, everyone appreciate Kashmir with such quotes.

The same feeling was experienced by me when I first landed in Srinagar (capital of Kashmir) from Delhi. Srinagar welcomed me with a very chilling cum tranquil environment, which gave me a direct hint of how pleasing this trip is going to be.

I spend 8 days in Kashmir, wandering in different places of Kashmir but I couldn’t found a place not to like in Kashmir.
Let’s begin the journey with:

Srinagar

Comfortably nestled in the midst of Himalaya and on the banks of Jhelum, Srinagar is known for it’s picturesque environment. The presence of peaceful Dal and Nagin Lakes offers wonderful ride on Shikara and royal stay on houseboat. During my whole 3 days excursion of Srinagar, I stayed on Houseboat at Dal Lake. Seriously living on houseboat will provide you a very still but floating experience. Again, the splendor Shalimar and Nishaad garden are one of the most flowered and scenic gardens of Srinagar. Check out my experience at “Experience houseboat and Shikara at Dal Lake”.

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Dal-Lake-2-640x640 My Love for Kashmir by Prateek Goyal

Sonmar

Sonmarg is also known as “The Meadow of Gold”. Sonmarg has every reason to fall in love, be its breath-taking view of gushing Sindh river or its towering phantom white mountains. Sonmarg has gain its importance also because of most hardened treks of India such as Krishansar Lake trek, Vishansar Lake trek and few more including the sacred path of great Hindu pilgrimage – Amarnath Yatra. Check out the exemplary beauty of Sonmarg at “Sonmarg: The Meadow of Gold”.

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Gulmarg

Gulmarg is situated at an altitude of 2730 m in the district of Baramula of J&K. Gulmarg is known to be paradise for Skiers & golfers and it is heaven for adventure enthusiasts. It is also known as “The Meadow of Flower” because of its lush green backdrop in contrast with towering flour-white Himalayan range. The presence of flower garden, golf-course and serene lakes makes it a best destination for every tourist. If you visit Gulmarg in winter, you’ll find many international skiers all over the place as some of the highest skiing point in the world is in Gulmarg, India. I found Gondola – gondola (cable car) the most amazing thing which perfectly fits with the beauty of Gulmarg.

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Pahalgam

Pahalgam – a hill station of Kashmir which offers a wide range of natural beauty such as mountains, lush green forest, waterfalls and rivers. Also it is located on the banks of gushing Lidder River which makes it more spiritual and terrific in nature.
Valleys like Betaab Valley – whose name is based on hit bollywood movie Betaab staring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh is one of the most scenic and favorite picnic spot for every Kashmiri and tourists. Infact, while I was planning for Pahalgam, I got to know there is a great linkage between Valleys of Pahalgam and Bollywood. Then comes a great land of huge sky-stabbing Himalayas i.e. Chandanwari, where you can trek, also Amarnath Yatra starts from Chandanwari.
With the presence of all such kind of adventures and enjoyments, I think Pahalgam can be consider to be the perfect getaway in Kashmir.

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Dal-Lake-2-640x640 My Love for Kashmir by Prateek Goyal

Leh

You just talk to any biker whether it is a newbie or a professional, Ladakh especially Leh is in his/her bucket list. Leh has everything in it to be called as biker’s dreamland – whether it is breath-taking view of lofty mountains, alpine lakes or pure adventurous landscape. Leh is the main centre for Buddhist as you’ll find many Buddhist monasteries and Stupas in the way. I have not yet visited this place but soon in the coming July, I’ll be in Leh (Ladakh). Till then have a look at how Leh looks like:

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There are many more wonderful destinations, you can wander or explore the beauty of nature. These destinations include pilgrimage destinations (Amarnath cave, Vaishnav devi, etc), Wandering and trekking spot (Drass, Kargil and Patnitop), Kashmir excursion (Achabal, Daksum, Yusmarg, Zanskar etc) and many more.

I know Kashmir has all such destinations which transforms it into an extraordinary destination. That’s why I think it requires 45-60 days to explore Kashmir completely. If you are a freelance traveler then Kashmir is the best place to live and explore the most beautiful of Kashmir.

That’s why I love Kashmir a lot!!

Thanks a lot dear friend cum traveler “Sapna” for giving me the platform to write Guest Blog.
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Sapna
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