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Places to Visit Near Srinagar

Srinagar is the land of snow capped peaks, valley of flowers, terraced gardens and fascinating lakes. Known as the paradise on earth, Srinagar on the banks of Jhelum River is the dream destination of tourists which is famous for its natural beauty as well as its vintage charm. Spend your idle hours sailing on the blue waters of the Dal Lake or stroll amidst the Chinar forests or arrange for wonderful excursions from Srinagar and experience the beauty of this hill station. From the Chinese, Mughals, British and the modern day tourists Srinagar allures and welcomes the nature lovers to this heaven on earth.

14 Famous Places to visit near Srinagar

Sonmarg

Sonamarg nestled amidst the green valleys and golden meadows of Kashmir is a wonderful tourist destination near Srinagar . Located on the banks of Sindh River, the green valleys of Sonamarg covered by dense forest of pine trees. The name Sonamarg signifies 'Meadow of Gold' and the tourists who take a tour to Sonamarg will truly agree that the journey to Sonamarg valley is equally exciting and wonderful.

As you reach this golden valley of Kashmir you will find that steep snowy peaks surround the green meadow, which has a gushing stream flowing across that meanders amidst the woodlands of pine and fir. During the Spring season, Sonamarg is the other name for heaven, as the valley gets colored with innumerable flowers. Pilgrims on their journey to Amarnath pass through the valley of Sonamarg. 

Tourist Attractions in sonmarg

  • Sonamarg is well known for beautiful lakes and glaciars
  • There is two famous lakes Vishnasar and Krishnasar lake
  • Thejiwas glaciar is popular attraction in Sonamarg and you will visit this glaciar by pony ride .

How to Reach Sonmarg

  • By Air: Srinagar Airport is the nearest airport.
  • By Train: Jammu Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is 305 km from Sonamarg.
  • By Road: Sonamarg is interconnected with diffrent hill stations of Kashmir valley as well as with some major cities of India.

Pahalgam

Pahalgam is a beautiful hill station perched at an altitude of 2,133 mtr and one of the most tourist attraction in Kashmir valley. From natural splendors to thrilling activities, the place is known to delight all age groups. You can enjoy activities such as white water rafting, horse riding and walking through the valley. Its pristine beauty is just what you need for a dreamlike vacation in Kashmir valley. A tour to Pahalgam is sure to make you experience the beauty of Kashmir to the fullest.

Situated in the picturesque Lidder valley, Pahalgam is a great place for trekking, hiking and angling. Pahalgam is home to numerous butterflies, fishes and saffron plants. During your tour to Pahalgam you can also visit Betaab valley, Baisaran, Aru valley etc.

How to reach Pahalgam

You can easily reach Pahalgam as the place is connected to other parts of the state and country.

  • By Air: You Srinagar airport is the nearest airport .
  • By Railway: Jammu Tawi is the nearest railhead to reach Pahalgam.
  • By Road: Pahalgam is connected to different regions of Jammu & Kashmir through roads.

Gulmarg

Gulmarg has been aptly christened, which when translated, literally means “The Meadow of Flowers”. There are a few places on earth as appealing as this Hill-Station. This beautiful part of Kashmir is a popular skiing spot of India, visited by skiing enthusiast from all around the world. Indeed, Gulmarg has been addressed as “Heartland of winter sports in India” by CNN. Don’t get mistaken with it being just a winter destination, Gulmarg can be visited any time of the year and its beauty doesn’t ever fade. The hills are either carpeted with snow or beautiful orchids, a real treat for the eyes.

This place is heavenly, be it adventure enthusiasts, nature buffs or honeymoons couples. Gulmarg is also known for its Gondola Cable Cars that reaches 3979 meters above sea level and are one of the highest cable cars in the world. And off course, it gives the best views of the town and vicinity! Its Golf Club is the highest green golf course of the world. Travelers can savor a lot of activities besides sightseeing, like water skiing, fishing, snow skiing, mountain biking, trekking and horse riding.

Kokernag

Kokernag in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir is renowned as a perfect destination for those looking for a serene and beautiful experience in the hills. Its natural beauty majorly talks about its alluring gardens, trout streams and hot springs of fresh water. These springs are believed to possess medicinal properties. Most prominent amongst them is the magical source of ‘Papashudan Nad’, which attracts thousands of tourists flocking to this part of Jammu and Kashmir.

Adding further to one’s itinerary is the Kokernag waterfall, which is also a type of freshwater spring and is counted amongst the very popular attractions of the region. Besides the collection of springs, it boasts of numerous varieties of flowers and plants that add to the breathtaking scenery of its surroundings. Kokernag is situated at a height of 2000 meters above sea level and is a popular weekend gateway from the city of Srinagar (81 km away).  

Best time to visit Kokernag

As Kokernag resides in the high altitudes of Jammu and Kashmir, the region gets prone to subzero temperatures during the winters. This makes summers the best time to visit Kokernag. Over here summers arrive in the month of June and continues till October.

How to reach

In order to reach Kokernag, one can make use of the following alternatives-

  • By Air: Nearest airport from Kokernag is the Sheikh Ul Alam airport in Srinagar. The airport operates frequent flights from Jammu, Mumbai and New Delhi.
  • By Rail: If traveling by railways is in your mind, then your nearest stoppage would be the Jammu Tawi railway station. From there, hire a taxi/cab to make it to Kokernag
  • By Road: One can always travel to the hill station from the various parts of the state via roadways. Srinagar, Pahalgam and Anantnag are the preferred cities to start the travel.   

Pampore

Surrounded by fields of saffron plantations and characterized by an air that is laden with the heady smell of spices, the tiny village of Pampore is one of the lesser known but most exotic tourist destinations of Jammu and Kashmir. Just around half an hour's ride away from the state's capital Srinagar, a tour to Pampore is perfect for a weekend getaway from Srinagar.

The lives of the people of the picturesque village of Pampore revolve around the cultivation of saffron, which can be said to be arguably the "most expensive spice on earth". Predominantly followers of Islam, a number of prayers are offered to the Almighty during the season of saffron harvest in Pampore. Most prominent among the shrines in Jammu and Kashmir is the joint tomb of Khwaja Masood Wali, and Hazrat Sheikh Shariffudin.

A tour to Pampore can also reveal the strong secular fabric which surrounds most parts of this quaint village. Located in the center of the town is a sacred pond known locally as the Lal Ded. 

 One of the principle tourist attractions while on a tour to Pampore the pond is dedicated to Laleshwari, a saint who was married to a family residing in Pampore. Visited and worshipped by both Hindus as well as Muslims, the Lal Ded is one of the most poignant symbols of secularism in the Kashmir valley.

How to reach Pampore

By Air: The easiest way of reaching Pampore is by air. The nearest airport is at the Badgam District around 16 kms away from the village of Pampore.

By Rail: The nearest railhead to Pampore is at Jammu from where it takes an approximate time of around half an hour to reach Pampore.

By Road: Pampore is well-connected to a number of other regions of Jammu and Kashmir. There are a number of well maintained roads which lead to Pampore.

Achabal

Resplendent in a history that dates back to the times of the Mughal rulers in India, much of the Kashmir Valley is scattered with gardens and palaces which are relics of the rich architectural heritage which we have inherited from the glorious rule of the Mughals in India. One of these is a garden built as a pleasure retreat of Empress Noor Jahan, the wife of Emperor Jahangir and one of the most charismatic empresses of the Mughal Era.

A tour to Achabal is the perfect way to witness the charming Mughal architecture. Located at a height of 1,677 meters above sea level and around 58 kms away from Srinagar, a tour to Achabal is the perfect weekend getaway from Srinagar.

Laid following the Persian style of gardening, one of the most popular styles of the Mughal era, the Garden is a riot of colors while sparkling waters gush out of exquisitely designed fountains. The garden which is built on the foot of a hill is surrounded by a spell binding array of tall Chinar trees, which add a special touch of regality to the still stately Mughal Gardens at Achabal. A tour to Achabal during autumn is made even more special when these Chinar Trees turn red, evoking images of beauty that remain with you ages after your holiday in Jammu and Kashmir is over!

How to reach Achabal

By Air: The easiest way of reaching Achabal is by air. The nearest airport is at the Badgam District around 58 kms away from the village of Achabal.

By Rail: The nearest railhead to Achabal is at Jammu from where it takes an approximate time of around 2 hours to reach Achabal.

By Road: Achabal is well-connected to a number of other regions of Jammu and Kashmir. There are a number of well maintained roads which lead to Achabal.

Lolab Valley

The beautiful oval- shaped Lolab Valley is nestled between Kashmir and Neelum Valley in the Kupwara District. Known as the ‘Wadi-e-Lolab’ by the locals, it is among the most beautiful destinations in Kashmir. Marked by fruit orchards, thriving meadows and stunning lakes, Lolab Valley is shaped by the Lahwal River.

The valley is throughout covered with thick pine and fir forests and dotted with paddy fields. Tourists enjoy a glimpse into typical Kashmiri villages and the local lifestyle. There are also various scenic vistas perfect for trekking, camping and picnicking.

Tourist Attractions in Lolab Valley

Lolab Valley boasts of beautiful orchards and cultivated land. The picturesque beauty is ideal for picnics and few days away from urban locales in the middle of unadulterated nature. Lolab Valley is the starting point of several trekking routes. One of the most popular treks in the region is from Lolab Valley to Lake Wullar in Bandipore. The valley is home to several species of native animals such as Himalayan Black Bear and Brown Bear, Ibex, Snow Leopard, Hangul, Markhor and Musk deer. As you trek the highs, the beauty of Kashmir mesmerizes you.

Krusan Lolab

Krusan Lolab is a village located in proximity to the Halmatpora and is renowned for housing the Syed Bengal Sahib Shrine. In this revered site, people offer prayers for protection from natural calamities. The village is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, lakes and lush green areas. In terms of archaeology and history, various archives have been dug out here.

Kalaroos Cave

The ancient cave in Kalaroos in the forest of Madmadow attracts a lot of tourists. It is believed that the cave leads to Russia. The haunting site is sure to spook you out.

Sat Burn

Carved rocks called 'Sat Burn' (seven doors) are mystical ruins in the city luring visitors.

How to Reach Lolab Valley

By Air: The closest airport to Lolab Valley is in Srinagar International Airport. Srinagar airport is connected to Delhi and Jammu. From the airport, tourists can take taxis or buses to reach Kupwara. From Kupwara, tourists can take taxis or buses to visit the valley.

By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Jammu about 218 Km from Lolab Valley. From Jammu, buses and taxis can be hired to reach Kupwara and further into Lolab Valley.

By Road: Jammu and Srinagar both are well-connected to Lolab Valley by road. The Kupwara town is the main access point for Lolab Valley. From Kupwara, tourists can take taxis or buses to visit the valley. Buses ply from Srinagar regularly. The distance of 114 Km is covered in four hours because of the rocky terrain.

Best Time to Visit Lolab Valley

The best time to visit Lolab Valley is from August to March. The area has a moderate climate during summers. The weather is amiable and perfect for trekking, camping and picnics. The valley sees snowfall during the winter season. Monsoon does not 

Manasbal

Calm, clear waters provide the perfect foil to the majestic Himalayan slopes which surround the entirety of the Kashmir Valley. Welcome to the Manasbal Lake, a fresh water of gigantic proportions and a favorite haunt of bird watchers from all around the world. A tour to Manasbal is a definite must-visit if you are planning an excursion from Srinagar.

Located at a distance of just around 30 kms away from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the Manasbal Lake is considered to be a 'gem' among all the lakes of Jammu and Kashmir. Known as the deepest lake of Kashmir as well as the lake which offers the most secured ice formation amongst the lakes of Kashmir during the summer months, the Manasbal Lake is a definite must visit while on a holiday in Jammu and Kashmir.

The lake, which is close to a limestone hillock known as Ahtung, is drained artificially while an outlet channel connects it the Jhelum River. The lake is the main source of water for the people of Manasbal and definitely the prionciple tourist attraction while on a tour to Manasbal.

How to reach Manasbal

By Air: The easiest way of reaching Manasbal is by air. The nearest airport is at the Badgam District around 30 kms away from the village of Manasbal.

By Rail: The nearest railhead to Manasbal is at Jammu from where it takes an approximate time of around half an hour to reach Manasbal.

By Road: Manasbal is well-connected to a number of other regions of Jammu and Kashmir. There are a number of well maintained roads which lead to Manasbal.

Dachigam

Set up in the year 1910, under the able management of the erstwhile Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, Dachigam National Park is India’s northernmost wildlife reserve. The wildlife sanctuary was formerly a game preserve area of the ruler of the state. Naming of it as Dachigam, represents ten villages, which were relocated at this site for the formation of the National Park. This alluring high-altitude bio-zone covers a sprawling area of 141 sq. km.

Tourist Attractions in Dachigam National Park

In the present time, it is a natural home to a great variety of Himalayan species of animals and birds. The star attraction of the national park is the Kashmiri Stag, which the locals prefer to call ‘Hangul’. Besides the stag, one can have a great time watching the other species that includes Musk deer, Himalayan grey langur, snow leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, Hill fox, long-tailed marmot and Himalayan weasel. The national park also provides shelter to a large number of exotic birds, some of which are listed as- Black bulbul, Himalayan Monal, Golden Oriole, Koklass Pheasant, Orange bullfinch, Himalayan Rubythroat.

Best Time to Visit Dachigam

In order to catch the sight of most of the migratory birds and wild animals, months between April and October are rightly preferred. Even the weather stays highly pleasant for a wildlife safari during those months of the year.

How to reach Dachigam

The splendidly beautiful wildlife reserve is easily accessible from the capital city of Srinagar, for Dachigam is just at a mere distance of 22 km. One can hire taxis/cabs from Srinagar to make it to the wildlife sanctuary.

By Air: Srinagar’s Sheikh ul Alam airport provides the nearest air travel to Dachigam wildlife sanctuary. The airport is well connected to the major cities of India.  

By Rail: Nearest railhead to the national park is at Jammu, which is about 327 km away. The railway station provides a good connectivity with major cities of India that include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata and Jabalpur

By Road: If travelling by road, then your major stoppage would be at Srinagar. The capital city of Jammu and Kashmir is very well connected by public transport from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, Leh and Pahalgam.   

Daksum

Daksum is a small village in the Bringhi River Valley surrounded by beautiful woods and tumbling mountain streams. At an altitude of 2438 meters, the dense alpine forest offer serenity and natural bliss. The scenic backdrop lures visitors. It is simply splendid to walk through emerald meadows with vibrant blooms, gurgling streams, traditional village and melody of nature. The picturesque beauty lies in Anantnag District on the way to Sinthan Top in the midst of Kokernag Springs as you pass through the Achabal Mughal Gardens. The refreshing mountain air, the snow clad peaks in the background, the calm and serene ambiance all contribute to create a cherished experience of the beautiful Daksum.

Tourist Attractions in Daksum

Daksum is blessed by nature. The valley is perfect for picnics. Once you are here you are mesmerized by the melody of Bringhi River flowing through it. The scenic beauty enjoys rolling hills, gurgling streams, traditional villages and natural springs. The attraction is its ethereal location. The Himalayan glory is well preserved here as the area remains untouched by tourist except the absolute nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

All the delights of the Daksum Valley are best enjoyed with trekking. There are abundant trekking trails in the region some going up to the heights of Sinthan Top. All trails enjoy their share of enthralling natural beauty. Camping is another activity which lures the adventure loving enthusiasts. Pitch you camps anywhere as the whole area is lush and scenic. Spend days in the meadows, nights under the blanket of stars. Savor the blissful ambiance of serenity.

Fishing is an exciting attraction of Daksum. The Bringhi River is full of trout.  It is also known as Angler’s Heaven. Fishing is allowed but only after permission from Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department.

How to Reach Daksum

By Air: The nearest International Airport is Srinagar. From the airport buses, cabs and hired taxis drive to Anantnag 66 Kilometers away. Then drive through Achabal, Kokernag to reach Daksum. Distance from airport is in total 106 kilometers.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Anantnag but the railhead has limited options. The Srinagar railhead (98 Km) and Jammu Tawi Railway station (296 Km) are the better options. From the railway station frequent cabs, taxis and buses ply on the route to Daksum.

By Road: Daksum is connected with smooth roads. The valley is on route of Sinthan Top near Kokernag Springs as you cross the Achabal Mughal Gardens. From Srinagar the drive is almost 98 kilometers.

Best time to visit Daksum

Daksum can be visited throughout the year. Every season presents a beautiful aspect of nature. In summers, April to June the valley is apt for camping, trekking and picnics. Winters converts the valley into a snowy paradise. Snow blesses the ground from the start of November and stay till February. Monsoon is the time when the Bringhi River is flowing in full might.

Doodhpatri

Doodhpatri is a new inclusion in the tourist delights of Jammu and Kashmir. 42 kilometers away from Srinagar, it is a beautiful valley at an altitude of 2,730 meters carpeted with emerald grass and looks ethereal. Through the verdant pine enclosures, a flowing river echoes with soft melody of flowing water and mountain breeze. The beautiful valley is also called as “Valley Of Milk”. The reason for the name is the swift flow of waters which appears to be flow of milk. It is said that the cattle grazing in the meadows of Doodhpatri, produces rich milk in large quantity. Natural beauty is not the only attraction as the valley is unique in its geographical, geological and botanical significance.

Tourist Attractions in Doodhpatri

Doodhpatri’s unexplored natural beauty is its attraction. The beautiful valley is blessed with sprawling greenery. Larger than the other popular valleys like Aru and Betaab, it is unrivalled beauty slowing being explored and developed with tourist facilities. The backdrop of the valley is breathtaking. Snow covered mountains of the Pir Panjal Range loom is the horizon. Horse riding through the valley is equally exciting.

Doodhpatri is known for its river which appears like a stream of milk. The Swift icy river waters flowing through the valley is a picturesque location for picnics. Camping is an absolute pleasure here. Tents can be pitched anywhere according to your preference. Enjoy the company of shepherds and their cattle. The starry skies lights out the nights and creates a cherished memory.

How to Reach Doodhpatri

By Air: Doodhpatri is easily accessible from Srinagar or Srinagar Airport. The 42 kilometers distance can be covered in under 2–3 hours from car or bus. The routes to reach starts from Srinagar to Budgam, Budgam to Khansahib and Khansahib to Doodhpatri.

By Rail: Budgam railway station, which is only around 25 km away is the nearest railhead. To reach the beautiful valley one can reach by road. Cabs and taxis ply on the route.

By Road: Doodhpatri is a recent inclusion in the tourist map of Jammu and Kashmir. The beautiful lies very close to Srinagar. From the summer capital the valleys is at a 42 kilometers distance. The journey can be covered in under 2–3 hours from car or bus. The routes of Doodhpathri are from Srinagar to Budgam, Budgam to Khansahib and Khansahib to Doodhpatri.

Best time to visit Doodhpatri

The best time to head to Doodhpathri is June to July. The warm weather is the only time you can enjoy your stay. In winters, heavy snow blankets the landscape. There are no permanent settlements. To stay in the valley, camps are required. In the cold weather it is impossible to spend a night here.

Sinthan Top

An undiscovered secret near Srinagar, Sinthan Top is the high point in the Pir Panjal mountain Range that makes you feel up in clouds. Sinthan Top is located at a height of 3785 m on the National Highway of Kokernag-Sinthan Top-Kishtwar Road, connecting Kashmir with Jammu. Around 37 kilometers of zigzag and uphill drive from Daksum, it offers an adventurous journey. The spot is emerging for mountaineering, trekking and skiing. Once you reach the top you will be greeted with snowy views. The entire region looks like a blanket of fluffy whiteness. The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department is making plans to develop the place but currently it is a place to take break for a day and enjoy the serene beauty of Kashmir.

Tourist Attractions in Sinthan Top

Sinthan Top is known for its beauty and wonderful tourist attractions of Kashmir. It is just the place to be if you want natural beauty, no crowds and peace. The spot is emerging for mountaineering, trekking and skiing. Many thrilling trekking trails end at this point. The high altitude point overlooks beautiful sceneries of the low-lying regions. The sprawling cover of snow carpets this entire area in white, making it simply enchanting. During most parts of the year, the area receives heavy snowfall.

At the spot called '360 Degree View' on Sinthan Top, one can see areas of both Kashmir and Jammu Divisions. It is a photo worthy place. Attractions like Kokernag, Daksum and Achabal fall en-route to Sinthan Top. Tourists enjoy varied choice of resting and makes traveling more pleasant and less tiresome. One can plan to visit Lihinwan and the famous Margan Top in the Margan Valley and Inshan which are located in the same area.

How to Reach Sinthan Top

By Air: Srinagar has the nearest airport. The Sheikh ul Alam Airport is 13 km from the city. To reach Sinthan Top regular buses and cabs services are available. The new road offers a smooth ride and in 4 hours you can cover the 128 km distance.

By Rail: Srinagar has its own railway station, Nowgam Railway Station. Jammu Tawi is a well-connected functional railhead. To reach Sinthan Top, state owned buses, cabs and private cars are available from both railway stations.

By Road: Sinthan Top falls midway on National Highway of Kokernag-Sinthan Top-Kishtwar Road. The newly built road offers smooth connectivity. From Srinagar, Jammu and Ladakh there are options to drive to the scenic heights. From Srinagar, it is 128 km distance covered easily in 4 hours.

Best time to visit Sinthan Top

Sinthan Top remains accessible throughout the year. The best time to visit is considered from April to September. In the warm months of summer, it accessible for trekking and other adventures. The top does not receive much rainfall only rare short bouts. In the winter months a thick carpet of snow descends at these heights. With recent developments in the area skiing shall be introduced on the slopes.

Yousmarg

Yousmarg is a pine framed grassy hilltop meadow. The divine beauty of the place is beyond words. Dense pine trees, grassy pastures with multi-hued blossoms and snow clad mountain peaks in the background. Increasingly becoming a popular hill station of Jammu and Kashmir, many factors contribute to its allure. It is situated 47 kms to southwest of Srinagar at an altitude of 8900 ft. The valley is perfect to enjoy the blessed natural beauty. Adventures also abound in the valley as there are beautiful lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Known as the trekkers’ paradise it is full of thrilling trails. Yousmarg is also known as the ‘Meadow of Yesu’. It is believed to be the home of the Lord.

Tourist Attractions in Yousmarg

Sang-E-Safed Valley

Sang-E-Safed Valley (white rock) is an oval shaped meadow bisected by the River Doodh Ganga. It is located around 10 kilometers uphill from Yousmarg. Trekking is the thrilling way to reach the heights. It also serves as the base camp for trekking to Tatta Kutti Mountain. The verdant spread of pine is a pleasant location for picnicking.

Charar-I-Sharif

Charar-I-Sharif is counted as one of the most scared Muslim shrine in India. The holy wooden shrine built in praise of Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani, as Sufi saint. Approximately 600 years old the shrine receives devotees of all faiths.

Doodh Ganga

Doodh Ganga is one of the tourist attractions of Yusmarg that lies in its close vicinity. The water of the river makes a little white foam while crashing on its way over the rocks and thus, it got its name ‘Doodh’ means milk. On the bank of the river, tourists either love to undertake a natural walk or enjoy picnic. The river is also known as the ideal spot for angling activities.

Nilnag

Nilnag Lake is 4 kms away from the valley. The Frozen Lake is one of the most visited tourist destination. The lake is located at the height of 2180 meters above the sea level. Through a rough trekking path in the middle of dense forest the lake can accessed. The water of the lake are crystal clear blue color, after which it has got the name ‘Nil’ (blue). It serves as an ideal picnic spots. Mahadiv Mountain and sunset peak are the famous points of interest here.

Tosmaiden is another popular meadow blessed with natural beauty and has a historical backdrop. Bounded by dense green forests the verdant landscaped is a charming beauty.

How to reach Yousmarg

By Air

The nearest international airport is Srinagar Sheikh Ul Alam Airport. Flights from international and domestic locales fly in here. Yousmarg is 47 kilometers from Srinagar. Taxis, cabs and state buses ply on the route and can be easily available from the airport.

By Rail

The Jammu Tawi Railway station is the nearest railhead. Yousmarg can be reached by regular taxi services available from the railway station. Budgam railway station, which is only around 25 km away, can also be visited to reach Yusmarg.

By Road

Yousmarg is well connected to various beautiful cities of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar is at distance of 47 kilometers and other cities are linked with smooth roads.

Best time to visit

Yousmarg can be visited throughout the year. The mountainous climate is soothing any time you visit. For snow, December and January are the two months you should definitely visit. For camping and adventures May to July is the best time to visit.

Verinag

Located around 80 kilometer south-east of Srinagar is a small, sleepy town of Verinag. Literally meaning “a snake” in local language, Verinag happens to be the first tourist spot that one encounters while travelling from Jammu to Kashmir by road. The town, located at a height about 1,876 m above sea level, is famous for a natural spring, which goes by the same name and which mesmerized Mughal Emperors, who developed the area according to their personal tastes and preferences.

The Verinag Spring is the major tourist attraction of the town and is said to be one of the major sources of Jhelum River. Its crystal blue waters hosting different kinds of big fishes and location at the foothills of Himalayas so enticed Mughal Emperor Jahangir, that he ordered its shape to be changed to traditional Mughal octagonal style and authorized the construction of a brick arcade surrounding it.

Later on his son and successor Shah Jahan laid out beautiful gardens in the Charbagh style while at the same time constructing cascades and aqueducts in straight lines to enhance the beauty of the area.

The ambience around Verinag is incredibly picturesque and is surrounded by tall pine trees whose reflection in waters look mesmerizingly wonderful. Besides different varieties of flowers, cool and crisp mountain air and calming atmosphere make Verinag a prized destination.

Best Time to Visit Verinag

Kashmir is a year-round destination and all seasons have their own peculiar charm and characteristics. However, the best time to visit the town of Verinag is during the spring time, i.e. from the March to June. Also autumn in Verinag brings in riot of colors and the beauty of the region enhances manifold. Thus, the months September and November which comprise autumn in Verinag is also good time to visit the place.  

How to Reach Verinag

By Air: The nearest airport is Srinagar International Airport, operating regular flights from Delhi and Jammu. The airport is located at an approximate distance of 82 kilometers from Verinag.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Qazigund Railway Station, situated 17 kilometers from Verinag. The railway station lies on 119 kilometers long line that runs from Banihal to Baramulla.

By Road: Verinag is well connected to all major towns of Kashmir. It can be accessed by taking National Highway 1A that connects Jammu and Srinagar. Moreover, the town is also connected by the road from Srinagar to Anantnag, the latter lies at a distance of 24 kilometers from Verinag.  





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