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Kashmir Travel Guide

Kashmir Travel GuideKashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its hues with the seasons aptly called by the Mughals as “paradise on earth” bordered by Pakistan, China and Afghanistan from West to East and states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh from South to East. Kashmir, the jewel of India Travel itinerary lies in between three Himalayan ranges, Karakoram, Zanaskar and Pir Panjal - snow capped, majestic, frame the landscape from northwest to northeast. In the resplendent valley of Kashmir, the nature keeps changing her wardrobe lending it different hues in every season. In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, there is skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding, etc. along the gentle slopes while in spring and summer, the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the many delights of the mountains and valleys. Srinagar district is situated in the centre of Kashmir Valley, is surrounded by five districts.

The city has quite a few picturesque lakes rimmed with houseboats (Shikaras). Some important attractions in Kashmir valley are: Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashma Shahi, Pari Mahal, Hazratbal Mosque, Jama Masjid, Shankaracharya Temple, Makhdoom Sahib, Martand, Awantipur. Some important lakes of Kashmir are Dal Lake which is described as the jewel in the crown of the Kashmir. The campus of University of Kashmir is also located along the shores of the lake. Nagin Lake surrounded by Zabarwan Mountain in the east, Takht-i-Sulaiman or Shankaracharya hill in the south and Hari Parbat in the west where houseboats or Shikaras can be hired for an unbelievable romantic experience.

Kashmir has been the highest learning centre of Sanskrit and Persian where early Indo-Aryanic civilization has originated and flourished, it has also been embracing point of advent of Islam bringing its fold finest traditions of Persian civilization, tolerance, brotherhood and sacrifice. The festivities and the celebration with an abundance of striking colors in the backdrop of snow and evergreen forests, the fair and beautiful people smiling and laughing, girls with rosy cheeks dancing and feasting resemble the glimpse of the paradise.

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