Kashmir is known for its snow engulfed valleys that look like white sheet of ice in winters. But not many know that the place looks as beautiful in the summer months as it is in the winter season. The scenic valleys that were covered with ice in the winters are lush green in summers. There is lot of greenery around and the fresh mountain air will surely rejuvenate you and make you appreciate this beautiful gift of nature. The Sun-kissed Dal Lake and the quaint village of Pahalgam are some places that leave the tourists spellbound. If you are planning to visit Kashmir in summers, listed below are a few places that must be on your itinerary. Make sure you book your stay at any of the top Srinagar Hotels near Airport for an unmatched experience.
Also known as the ‘Village of Shepherds’, Pahalgam will leave you mesmerized with its breathtaking views of mountain peaks and overflowing water streams. Just 4 hours away from Srinagar, this splendid hamlet has a lot to offer. You can soak in the splendour of the place by taking a pony ride or camp at any of the lush green valleys, like the Betaab and the Aru Valley. If you love adventure, head upwards, towards the mountain peaks in Chandanwaari where you can enjoy skiing and sledging.
A visit to Gulmarg will make you fall in love with the beauty of Kashmir. Just 5 hours from Pahalgam and 2 hours from Srinagar, Gulmarg is popularly known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’ in the summer season. It is famous for its Gandola (cable car) ride and has the highest golf course in the world. Do not miss the cable car ride, which takes you up to 13,000 feet, and give you a chance to see snow even in the summer months. The temperature does not go beyond 28 degree Celsius and hence the weather is perfect for adventure and sightseeing activities. Do not forget to relish authentic Kashmiri cuisine, Wazwan, at any of the best restaurants in Srinagar.
Dal Lake is indeed the jewel of Srinagar and only adds to the exquisite beauty of Kashmir. The summer capital of Kashmir looks magnificent with its many shikaras, floating gardens and sparkling rivers. You’ll feel the magic in the air the moment you step here. In summers, the days are warmer and the mountains wrapped with grass are clearly visible. The evenings look majestic with colourful flowers and fresh green leaves everywhere.
The place is a perfect hideway for families and couples, especially in the summer months.