It is cool, it is pristine and it is absolutely mesmerizing – it is Kashmir, the crown of India. Talking of a cool climate, lovely landscape and a lot of calm, Kashmir is an all time holidaying destination. Scars of terrorism still live, but are made completely insignificant by the immense beauty the land possesses. Snow capped hills, rolling slopes, romantic gardens, blue lakes, pretty houseboats, blooming meadows, tall pines, Kashmir has more to enchant than anyone can think of.

The queen of attractions in Kashmir has ever since been Srinagar. The place is in fact almost synonymous to house boats and the pristine Dal Lake. Apart from sharing everything that Kashmir is known for, Srinagar is noted for its more luxurious houseboats, enticing Mughal Gardens and the best of golf courses in the country. The city is made enchanting by the many alleyways and buildings it has. And it is not only the Dal Lake that has earned fame to the place. Srinagar is well known for its other enchanting water bodies like Nagin Lake, Anchar Lake and River Jhelum.

The lakes in Srinagar are always a treat to the eyes. It is amazing to note that these water bodies are not just places to boat. They have much more to them. The lakes are in fact as good as a strip of land. Amazingly they are a base for many houses, vegetable markets, flower markets and water channels. Undoubtedly the best way to explore the real beauty of Kashmir is to surf through it in a Shikara, the local country boat.

Srinagar is a paradise for any golfer. Apparently the best golf course in the country, the Royal Springs Golf Course is present in Srinagar. With the Zabarwan hills as the backdrop and overlooking the Dal Lake the expanse is a treat for the eyes. Some not be missed places in Srinagar include the famous Shankaracharya Temple and the Hazrat Bal Shrine.

A little away from the cities in Kashmir is Gulmarg, a land that can truly be compared to heaven, or rather a journey to heaven. As the name suggests, the entire way to the place is panoramic. A picturesque mountain resort, Gulmarg is one of the finest golf courses in the country too. A particular point in Gulmarg, called the View Point is one spot here that gives absolutely enchanting views of the snow clad hill tops that are present all around the place. Sonamarg, its counterpart is another place one shouldn’t miss. It is a haven for all sports enthusiasts. The Sindh River that flows through this land is the best game grounds for trout and mahaseer catching.

All sightseeing and sporting activities should always be topped by some shopping in Kashmir. Rest assured that it would be an all new experience. The place is good to shop for some of the most unusual shopping items. Local handicrafts, hand-woven garments, bamboo crafts, metal wares and not forgetting the all-time favorite Pashmina Shawls, Kashmir can be shopper’s paradise. Try the government emporiums in Kashmir for authentic stuff. If you venture out to the roadside shops, make sure you bargain well.

Visit this paradise on earth for the sheer calm and tranquility it offers. Be there to feel the ultimate beauty.