To escape Heatwave & Scorching Sun Doodhpathri, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam must places to visit in Kashmir

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Thousands of tourists have flocked to Jammu & Kashmir as they continue to bear the brunt of searing temperatures. After witnessing heatwave conditions for the past few weeks, and long power cuts, people are escaping cold places with J&K being the most visited. Away from the scorching sun, tourists are enjoying the pleasant weather in the Valley. A large group of tourists are visiting Kashmir to enjoy Shikara rides on the Dal Lake in Srinagar and at the Mughal Gardens. Also, the traders and people associated with the tourism industry are happy with the response they are getting now.

If you are planning to explore Kashmir, Sonamarg and Dal Lake should be on your bucket list. You can experience trekking, camping, and mountaineering in the valley this summer vacation.

Dal Lake in Srinagar
Dal Lake, known as the Jewel of Srinagar, is famous for its picturesque view and Shikara rides. Its beauty is grander than its lofty mountainous backdrop and mesmerising than its forever flowering meadows. Its beauty lies in the simplicity and romance that it offers so graciously to the visitors. You can sail in Shikharas and spend a night in the houseboat in Dal Lake. The beauty of Dal Lake has attracted filmmakers and over 20 films have been shot in and around the famous water body.

Nishat Bagh
India’s second largest Mughal garden, was built on the eastern side of Dal Lake. The locals refer to it as the ‘Garden of Bliss.’ It has views of the lake beneath the Pir Panjal mountain range in the background, as well as the Zabarwan Mountains. If you want to see a variety of colours, Nishat Bagh is the place to go because it has a wide range of flowers, from roses to lilies. Originally intended to be designed in the style of Persian gardens, it was redesigned due to the Valley’s topology and water resources. The garden has twelve terraces and a variety of water features such as fountains, water chutes, pools, and more.

Another scenic place in Kashmir. This serves its tourist strawberry fields encircled by snow-laden mountains and beautiful flowers. If you love to click pictures, then Gulmarg is the perfect place for you. Thrilling Gondola rides, walking in the strawberry fields to enjoying the snow with a little sun kissing your face, this place is the perfect mix of beauty and adventure. For the unversed, the Gondola ride is considered Asia’s one of the longest and highest cable car plans. Also, you can visit Alpather Lake and Saint Mary’s Church in Gulmarg.

An absolute delight to watch, Sonamarg is known as silver snow in paradise. The weather in Sonmarg is normal, but when the sheet of frozen snow melts and it feels cold. One of the most charming places, Sonamarg has lakes, mountains, glaciers and opulent meadows. Since the temperature stays moderate, the place becomes perfect for trekking, camping and long walks. If you are a picnic lover, you can also explore, Vishansar Lake and Nilagrad River, here. Apart from these places, you can also visit ZojiLa Pass, Thajiwas Glacier, Krishanasar Lake, and Baltal valley.

Surrounded by beautiful hills and greenery, Pahalgam is beautiful. It is tourist friendly with lots of hotels and lodges to plan a vacation. It is even popular for trekking and adventure sports. People feel that there is no comparison of Pahalgam with any place in the country in terms of nature’s beauty.

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Doodhpathri (translation; Valley of Milk) is a tourist destination and hill station in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located in Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 8,957 ft from sea level, and located at a distance of 42 km from state summer capital Srinagar and 22 km from district headquarter Budgam.
The name “doodpathri” means Valley of Milk. It is said that the famous saint of Kashmir Sheikh ul Aalam Sheikh Noor din Noorani has prayed here and once when he was in search of water in the meadows, to offer prayers, he pricked the ground with his stick to search for water and milk came out. He asked the milk that you can only be used for drinking and not performing ablution. Hearing this milk at once changed its state to water and the meadow got its name Doodpathri. The water which is at present flowing through the meadows has a milky appearance from the distance and remains very cold throughout the year. The lush green grasses over the vast meadows and silver shining streams running over the large stones further increase its beauty. Doodhpathri is sloping grassy landscapes with a diversity of multicolored flowers up to Chang. The famous Tosamaidan lies in the west of Doodpathri.

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