People craving for a heaven on their summer holidays are often seen heading towards Kashmir with their families. Positioned as a crown over the body of India, Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist destinations of country. Yet, the dreamlike exquisiteness of this land often remains isolated due to many reasons.
If you dig deeper into this gorgeous place, you will come across many places in Kashmir that are still untouched and intact from the footfalls of tourists. There are some really amazing treasures that have been hidden so far from the eyes of tourists. There are several lesser known places in Kashmir that justifies the statement of, “if there is paradise on earth, it is here”.
Yusmarg is loosely known as ‘Jesus Meadow’. As per a common folk story, Jesus once stopped at this place with his followers on his journey of the world. The place is simply a heaven due to the rolling green meadows having pines in the background. It also features an 11 KM trek that reaches to a frozen lake and enjoys outstanding sights and sounds that are worth of stimulating the wanderlust in you.
Chatpal appears to be a close replica of Pahalgam due to immaculate rolling hills and untouched forests. A virgin spring meandering through the valley with fragile cold mountain air makes your visit better and reviving. If you are going to Kashmir on this vacation, please choose this little paradise that will make you feel like the inhabitants of this valley. It is a perfect place to spend time in isolation.
Located in the Anantnag district of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Verinag is one of the key sources of Jhelum River. It is a less explored attraction for most of the travelers coming here. Snuggled amidst the plethora of maple trees, Verinag hosts of gushing blue water at the reservoir. It is situated between Pahalgam and Srinagar and people often stop here to take a break during their journey.
Loosely translated as Valley of Milk, Doodhpathari is a hill station in the Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir. It is a lush green meadow located close to Srinagar. This green meadow gets covered with white snow in the winters. Situated at an elevation of 8,957 feet above the sea level, it is shaped like a bowl. It is said that a priest once prayed here and pricked the ground for water. Instead of water, milk came out from the ground. This is how the meadow got this name.
It is another hidden gem of the Anantnag district in Jammu & Kashmir state and houses the biggest trout fishery of Asia. It forms a huge cascade of springs because of its exclusive ‘hen-like’ structure. It is popular among the tourists looking for serenity and natural beauty. Endowed with incredible natural beauty, the place is home to varieties of plants and flowers. For non-vegetarians, this is going to be a paradise.
Due to its amiable weather, countless springs, streams, waterfalls, aromatic flowers, apple orchards and gorgeous natural views, Pulwama turns to be a scenic paradise for the travelers. The place also offers numerous adventure sports that one can enjoy here. Situated just about 40 km away from Srinagar, this offbeat destination in Kashmir is a reasonably fine option to explore. It is famous in the world for the saffron cultivation and production of rice.
Dachigam National Park
Dachigam National Park is one of the most sought after wildlife reserves of India, which is situated at a distance of 22 km from Srinagar. The exotic fauna family of this park has a special appeal for its visitors. Among these wildlife animals, you can spot here the rare species like the endangered Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Weasel, Kashmir Stag, Red Fox, and Jackals.
Similar to the other parts of Kashmir, Bangus Valley is also a big meadow that captures mesmeric visual panorama through gorgeous pine and deodar forests. During summer season, the valley becomes a covered with small flowers. To enter into this valley, visitors need to take the Army’s permission. But all these formalities are worth due to the amazing campsite this valley features.
Situated at a distance of 150 km from Leh, Nubra Valley is an awe-inspiring valley and is away from Leh. This valley is created at meeting point Shyok River and Nubra River. With red gold monasteries, painting like landscapes and stunning natural views, Nubra Valley turns to be a must visit destination despite being lesser known.