Kashmir Valley, India
“Paradise on Earth” – this is how Jahangir, a Mughal emperor described the Kashmir Valley in India, the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is surrounded by the Himalayan range on the east and the Pir Panjal on the west and south with an area of 4320 sq km. There is a popular belief that the land of Kashmir once was a lake. The name Kashmir itself in Sanskrit means “desiccated land” and the geologists claim that there indeed used to be a lake in the territory, which later turned into Jhelum River that eventually dried out. That is why some sea fossils can still be found there.
The legend of the region is that, there was a demon living in the lake. As he caused lots of trouble to the locals living on the shores, people decided to ask saint Kashyap to help them fight this demon. Kashyap agreed and drained the lake thus killing the demon, but the locals, in another version, named the place in honor of him.
Kashmir Valley – Places to Visit
The most popular tourist attractions in the Kashmir Valley include the Mogul Gardens, visiting numerous vegetable and flower markets or having a unique experience of living on a houseboat. Undoubtedly, for anyone that desires to visit a place that seems like from another reality, the Kashmir Valley is a number one must-visit region. Snow-capped mountains, lakes and rivers and blooming gardens make this place truly a paradise, often also referred as the “Switzerland of the East”. This region is truly stunning and therefore has become a popular tourist attraction.
This picturesque paradise on Earth stuns each of its visitors. In winters you can relax at the snow capped mountains, do some winter sports e.g. skiing or sledge-riding. During the warm seasons you can simply enjoy the landscape, do some water-skiing or have a golf match at 2700 meters above the sea level or simply meet the local culture and cuisine. Use the service of some local tour guides – with their knowledge they will guide you to the most fairytale-like places you couldn’t find on your own and will introduce you to some locals living in the mountains as the friendly nomads are the part of the beauty of this unique place.