Undoubtedly one of the most stunning places in India, Srinagar has some unparalleled scenic views as it is nestled in the snow-capped Himalayan range. From the breath-taking natural beauty, to the warm essence of Kashmiri cuisine, everything about the place is worth cherishing. Visiting Kashmir is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one might as well make the most of it by visiting some gems near Srinagar that could truly add some spark to the itinerary.
- Betab Valley
This valley is located on the way to Amarnath, from Pahalgam. The name of the valley may stir up different images in your head, but quite opposite to its name, it is a land reminiscent of boundless tranquillity. The greenery and glistening water make you want to spend more time just sitting here. The valley was named after a movie that was shot here, but has so much more to offer than that.
A true escapade from the chaotic city, the obscure hill station of Yousmarg is a sight to behold due to its green meadows. You can visit the Sang-e-Safed valley as well, which is 14 km away, and features a lake that is frozen even during the summer. Plan to stay overnight in a JKTDC hut here for a better experience.
This quaint town in Kashmir is located in the heart of the Breng Valley. The botanical gardens here are quite popular amongst tourists, supplemented by the sheer beauty of the scenic Breng valley. It is the perfect landscape, with green meadows, clear blue streams and majestic mountains. Trout breeding is an interesting activity to look out for here.
- Sinthan Top
Further on the National Highway 244, from Srinagar to Kokernag, Sinthan Top is becoming a place of interest for tourists. The Kashmir Valley is separated from the Jammu region by this pass. It also sports a 360-degree point that offers an interesting view of Kashmir on one side and Jammu on the other. Moreover, there is always snow at the top due to its elevation, which is a source of excitement at all times.
- Dachigam National Park
The name of this national park translates to ‘ten villages’, since ten villages for relocated to make way for the park. It has been protected for more than a hundred years now. Here there are alpine pastures, meadows, conifers, and beautiful waterfalls. The place is inhabited by the endangered Himalayan black and brown bears. While you may want to avoid a confrontation with them, you may be able to spot some Kashmiri Stag which might be the last to inhabit the place. Marsar Lake is another popular spot for trekkers. Tourists who are seeking sightseeing near Srinagar must make it a point to visit this fabulous place.
Doodhpathri is a small hill station, 9000 feet above sea level. It gets its name from the milky water contained in many of its streams. It is a feast for the eyes, and exemplary of the beauty of Kashmir with its green meadows against the background of snow-filled mountains. The flora of the area is also enchanting, covered with pines and deodars on the hills and flowers such as buttercups.
When you plan your vacation, book the best hotel in Gulmarg for an unforgettable vacation with memories worth holding onto for a very long time. A trip to Kashmir, and a pleasant stay will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated to return to your life without feeling pulled down by your reasons to stress.