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Get Your Fill Of Nature At These 10 Places In Kashmir That Are Safe And Beautiful To Travel To

Polka Café logo Polka Café 16-02-2017 Nidhi Verma

Kashmir. Just the mere mention of the place conjures up visions of beauty. The place is not called 'Paradise on Earth' for nothing; it is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and boasts of some very exotic locations. The destinations which Kashmir has to offer are one of their own kinds, and are sure to leave you mesmerized.

We are here with a list of the most exotic locations that are a must-visit in Kashmir.

1. Leh

One of the most talked-about tourist attractions in Kashmir, Leh is the second largest district in the country. The natural beauty here will leave you enchanted, and the monasteries here will calm you down.Major Attractions: Buddhist realm and rustic Tibetan charm, Shanti Stupa, Pangong Lake, Khardungla, exciting trekking trails, War Museum, and several monasteriesSafety Factor: Absolutely safe to visit from March-September.Connectivity: Well-connected by road and air. © Leh & Kashmir Tour Packages Leh

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One of the most talked-about tourist attractions in Kashmir, Leh is the second largest district in the country. The natural beauty here will leave you enchanted, and the monasteries here will calm you down.

Major Attractions: Buddhist realm and rustic Tibetan charm, Shanti Stupa, Pangong Lake, Khardungla, exciting trekking trails, War Museum, and several monasteries

Safety Factor: Absolutely safe to visit from March-September.

Connectivity: Well-connected by road and air.

2. Srinagar

The largest city in Kashmir, Srinagar, attracts a lot of tourists, thanks to the several exotic spots it houses.Major Attractions: Famous lakes such as Dal Lake, Nagin Lake and Manasbal Lake; a variety of beautiful gardens like Chashm-e-Shahi, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Tulip GardenBest Time to Visit: Known as the summer capital of Kashmir, Srinagar is absolutely safe to visit throughout the year, but the ideal time would be when the spring sets in, in June.Connectivity: Well-connected by road and air. © Rooms Kashmir Srinagar

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The largest city in Kashmir, Srinagar, attracts a lot of tourists, thanks to the several exotic spots it houses.

Major Attractions: Famous lakes such as Dal Lake, Nagin Lake and Manasbal Lake; a variety of beautiful gardens like Chashm-e-Shahi, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Tulip Garden

Best Time to Visit: Known as the summer capital of Kashmir, Srinagar is absolutely safe to visit throughout the year, but the ideal time would be when the spring sets in, in June.

Connectivity: Well-connected by road and air.

3. Gulmarg

This place can give exotic foreign locales a run for their money. No wonder Gulmarg has witnessed a whole lot of movie shootings!Major Attractions: Excellent skiing options and cable car rides. Riding on the Gulmarg gondola is a must here, a ride that will take you to exotic locations at the height of 13780ft.Best Time to Visit: Throughout the yearConnectivity: Well-connected by road. Flight connectivity available till Srinagar. © Polkacafe Gulmarg

This place can give exotic foreign locales a run for their money. No wonder Gulmarg has witnessed a whole lot of movie shootings!

Major Attractions: Excellent skiing options and cable car rides. Riding on the Gulmarg gondola is a must here, a ride that will take you to exotic locations at the height of 13780ft.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Connectivity: Well-connected by road. Flight connectivity available till Srinagar.

4. Pahalgam

Located in the Anantnag District of Kashmir, Pahalgam offers you stunning views like nowhere else.Major Attractions: Betaab Valley, backpacking trips, rafting, Amarnath Yatra, Tulian LakeBest Time to Visit: March-SeptemberSafety Factor: Very safe, considering that the Amarnath Yatra takes place every year. © Wikipedia Pahalgam

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Located in the Anantnag District of Kashmir, Pahalgam offers you stunning views like nowhere else.

Major Attractions: Betaab Valley, backpacking trips, rafting, Amarnath Yatra, Tulian Lake

Best Time to Visit: March-September

Safety Factor: Very safe, considering that the Amarnath Yatra takes place every year.

5. Sonamarg

Sonamarg means 'Meadow of Gold', and the place stands up to its name for sure. This place is sure to leave you spell-bound with its beauty.Major Attractions: Exotic views of the Himalayan peaks, Nallah Sindh, treksBest Time to Visit: Peak summer, as the place gets inaccessible during wintersConnectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till SrinagarSafety Factor: Absolutely safe, as the place is controlled by the Army. © Wikipedia Sonamarg

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Sonamarg means 'Meadow of Gold', and the place stands up to its name for sure. This place is sure to leave you spell-bound with its beauty.

Major Attractions: Exotic views of the Himalayan peaks, Nallah Sindh, treks

Best Time to Visit: Peak summer, as the place gets inaccessible during winters

Connectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till Srinagar

Safety Factor: Absolutely safe, as the place is controlled by the Army.

6. Patnitop

Located on the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, Patnitop is a hill-top tourist destination in the Udhampur district of Kashmir.Major Attractions: Water springs, paragliding, treks, lakesBest Time to Visit: Throughout the yearConnectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till Srinagar and rail till Jammu/ UdhampurSafety Factor: This small town offers no threats at all. © Wikipedia Patnitop

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Located on the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, Patnitop is a hill-top tourist destination in the Udhampur district of Kashmir.

Major Attractions: Water springs, paragliding, treks, lakes

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Connectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till Srinagar and rail till Jammu/ Udhampur

Safety Factor: This small town offers no threats at all.

7. Dachigam National Park

Located 22km away from Jammu & Kashmir, Dachigam was declared a national park in the year 1981. It is a wonderful place to get high on natural beauty, and to spot some exotic wildlife as well.Major Attractions: Exotic flora and fauna, wildlifeBest Time to Visit: February-OctoberConnectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till SrinagarSafety Factor: Controlled national park, so absolutely no threats.: Dachigam National Park © Travel.india.com Dachigam National Park

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Located 22km away from Jammu & Kashmir, Dachigam was declared a national park in the year 1981. It is a wonderful place to get high on natural beauty, and to spot some exotic wildlife as well.

Major Attractions: Exotic flora and fauna, wildlife

Best Time to Visit: February-October

Connectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till Srinagar

Safety Factor: Controlled national park, so absolutely no threats.

8. Hemis National Park

The Hemis National Park is located at an elevation of 3000-6000m, in the eastern Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. It is the largest national park in India, and is known the world over for being a great place to spot the elusive snow leopard in the wild.Major Attractions: Exotic flora and fauna, treks, close to LehBest Time to Visit: Between the middle of June and the middle of OctoberConnectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till SrinagarSafety Factor: Absolutely safe. © Wikipedia Hemis National Park

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The Hemis National Park is located at an elevation of 3000-6000m, in the eastern Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. It is the largest national park in India, and is known the world over for being a great place to spot the elusive snow leopard in the wild.

Major Attractions: Exotic flora and fauna, treks, close to Leh

Best Time to Visit: Between the middle of June and the middle of October

Connectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till Srinagar

Safety Factor: Absolutely safe.

9. Nubra Valley

Located 3048 metres above sea level, the Nubra Valley is home to a number of Tibetan monasteries, the Siachen glacier and the famous Khardung La pass. Major Attractions: Trekking trails, monasteries, desert tourismBest Time to Visit: In the peak of summersConnectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till Srinagar. Foreign nationals require a permit.Safety Factor: This place is relatively less explored, but has several safety measures deployed. © Enjoying India Nubra Valley

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Located 3048 metres above sea level, the Nubra Valley is home to a number of Tibetan monasteries, the Siachen glacier and the famous Khardung La pass. 

Major Attractions: Trekking trails, monasteries, desert tourism

Best Time to Visit: In the peak of summers

Connectivity: Well-connected by road. Flights available till Srinagar. Foreign nationals require a permit.

Safety Factor: This place is relatively less explored, but has several safety measures deployed.

10. Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve

Located in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau, this reserve boasts of several lakes, exotic flora and fauna, not to forget some breathtaking views.Major Attractions: Lakes, high altitude area, backpacking camps, treks, varieties of flora and faunaBest Time to Visit: Summers onlyConnectivity: Connected by road. Flights available till SrinagarSafety Factor: This is a relatively unexplored site, but it does have considerable safety measures in place.: Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve © Wikipedia Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve

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Located in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau, this reserve boasts of several lakes, exotic flora and fauna, not to forget some breathtaking views.

Major Attractions: Lakes, high altitude area, backpacking camps, treks, varieties of flora and fauna

Best Time to Visit: Summers only

Connectivity: Connected by road. Flights available till Srinagar

Safety Factor: This is a relatively unexplored site, but it does have considerable safety measures in place.

Which of these places inspires you to plan a visit to Kashmir? Do tell us in the comments below!

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