- Emperor Jahangir (in relation to Kashmir Valley)
Kashmir, as we all know, is the jewel in the crown of the country. Enclosed by snow-clad mountains and lush meadows, it wouldn’t be wrong to call Kashmir a sensory delight for all the adrenaline junkies. Nature has endowed Kashmir Valley with implausible beauty and there’s no doubt why it is hailed as the “Paradise on earth”. The valley brings a kaleidoscope of colours to turn each visitor smitten by its splendour. While the stunning Chinar trees that the valley of Kashmir is resplendent with turns the entire valley red and yellow, crystal blue rivers sourced from the pristine mountains add a hint of calmness. Silver lakes that turn golden at the crack of the dawn complete the scenery, turning the valley into a picturesque oasis.
The valley flaunts many destinations that can make anyone’s heart sink with amusement. Also, it is home to many secret gems craving exploration. Presenting the lesser-known yet utterly beautiful places in Kashmir that you must visit at least once in your lifetime:
1) Lolab Valley
Aptly called the fruit bowl of Jammu and Kashmir, the picturesque Lolab Valley is decked with verdant apple, peach, cherry, walnut, and apricot orchards. Although it is well-connected to almost all the major tourist destinations, it remains to be one of the most unperturbed spots in Kashmir. Serene and surreal, the pictorial beauty of Lolab Valley makes it a befitting camping destination. More on the list, there are gushing springs, lush forests and gurgling Lahwal River. Kalaroos Caves add more charm to its appeal, lending the valley a rustic allure.
Attaining a height of 2,730m above the sea level, Doodhpathri is touted as the “Valley of Milk”. This hidden gem is jotted with splendid meadows, numerous peaks and evergreen thickets. There are many rivers flowing through the region at a fast pace. A striking milky white appearance is created as the waves crush against the rocks, lending the place its name. The huge bowl-shaped meadow is frequented by shepherds and has igloo-like stay options. So if you prefer spacious stays, booking one of the hotels in Srinagar will keep you sorted as Doodhpathri is just an hour’s drive from Srinagar.
Daksum is to Kashmir as an oasis is to a desert. Celebrated for its pictorial grasslands, Daksum is canopied by evergreen forests. Unlike other bustling attractions of Kashmir, the place is secluded and ideal to revel in the beauty of nature. Adventure junkies, especially trout fishing enthusiasts would find this place to be a gem. What makes it a true wonder of the valley of Kashmir are the lush coniferous forests, striking streams and scenic Bringhi River. Surrounded by thick forests on each side, it is also a trekker’s paradise.
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