“Paradise on Earth,” or Kashmir in North India is one of the best tourist destinations one can visit. During summers, the verdant valleys with spectacular sights, nestled in the lap of Himalayas will give you complete solace and during winters, it is the allure of snow and adventure activities that draw family to this valley.
Here is where you could go when you are there for unforgettable experiences.
Boulevard Road in Srinagar is like a postcard from Venice or Greece. The road that passes by the Dal Lake is one of the most popular haunts of the tourists visiting Srinagar. There are a lot of shopping options and street food, as well as some of the best hotels, are located on the Boulevard Road.
World famous Dal Lake in Srinagar, with series of shikaras, houseboats and floating markets present at the bank, Dal Lake is the prime focus of Srinagar – edged in by Pir Panjal range of Himalayas.
The flotillas of shikara form the lifeline and hub of activities around Dal Lake. The scenic view of the Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh, both build by Mughals forms the highlights of shikara ride in the Dal Lake. Be it the floating bazaars and shops, ferrying school children or travellers, shikara rides are the highlight of tour & travel around Dal Lake. You can hitch for the shikara ride from Boulevard road or from the houseboat to reach Boulevard road if you are staying in one.
Nishat Bagh is one of the most remarkable Mughal Gardens in Srinagar also with Zabarwan mountain in its background, it is the second largest terraced gardens built in Kashmir. In total there are 12 terraces lined with the avenue of Chinar and Cyprus trees that begin from Dal Lake and reaches up to the hill that forms the front facade of the garden.
Shalimar Bagh is one of the most spectacular charbagh style gardens in India. Considered the zenith of Mughal horticulture, the Shalimar Bagh is 3 terraced garden fitted with water fountains and lines by Chinar trees. Nestled on the east bank of the Dal Lake with Zabarwan mountain as its backdrop, this garden is one of the favoured haunts of tourist and love-struck couples.
With its natural beauty, religious importance and diversity of sights and things to do, it is no wonder that Kashmir happens to be one of the top places in India from honeymoon to family holidays to adventure activities. Don’t you feel ‘Heaven Is On Earth’?
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