Places to Visit Near Srinagar

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Places to Visit Near Srinagar

Here is the list of 17 Places to Visit Near Srinagar

1. Yusmarg, Srinagar

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Considered by some as the best place in Jammu and Kashmir, mostly because of its undisturbed landscape, a less frequented but extremely beautiful hill station, Yusmarg is now connected by a very good motorable road. With the government working on its roads and connectivity, Yusmarg too, will soon become a tourist hub. At the moment, for those who enjoy trekking long distances and in the remotest of area, Yusmarg has forests with maple trees in them. Overall, Yusmarg is a beautiful place and can actually be called a mini hill stationed is a one of the most romantic places in the state.

2. Patnitop, Jammu & Kashmir - Photographer's paradise

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Known For : Nathatop Paragliding in Patnitop Skiing in Patnitop

With endless meadows and panoramic views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, Patnitop is a perfect place to experience nature at its picturesque best and widest. Along with the widespread abundance in sceneries, the area is accessorized with activities like skiing and trekking as well as water springs, all together making it a popular tourist destination. Sanasar, located 17 kms away is also popular for a paragliding base, golf courses along with extended sightseeing options. 

Best Time: Throughout the year

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3. Betaab Valley, Pahalgam

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Previously known by the name of Hagan Valley or Hagoon, the Betaab Valley in Pahalgam is a breathtaking combination of picturesque surroundings that is encircled by mountains full of tall deodar trees and pine forests, with the Lidder River flowing right through it. The valley is located at a distance of 15 kilometres from Pahalgam in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The valley got its more recent and attractive name from a famous Bollywood movie that was shot here and has been attracting a large number of tourists ever this. 

4. Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir - The Delight of Kashmir

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Known For : Aharbal Waterfall Tarsar and Marsar Lake Kungwattan

Pulwama is a small town in Pulwama district in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated at a distance of 25 km from Srinagar, Pulwama is the 6th largest city in the state. Popularly known as the "Anand of Kashmir" loosely translated to the delight of Kashmir, this place has apple orchards, waterfalls, natural springs and scenic valleys. The city is otherwise famous for the numerous opportunities for adventure junkies, like mountaineering and trekking in summers and skiing and snowboarding in winters.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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5. Aru Valley, Pahalgam

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Juxtaposed against the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, Aru Valley is an enthralling village in Kashmir. One of the most popular valleys in Kashmir, it is the base camp for visits to the huge number of lakes, meadows and peaks around it like the Kolhoi glacier and the Tarsar lake. The village of Aru lies beside the Aru river, a tributary of the Lidder river. The Aru valley is noted for its scenic meadows. Most tourists come here for areas of peace and quiet in the lap of nature.  

6. Baltal, Jammu & Kashmir

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Known For : Amarnath Yatra Amarnath Cave Sonamarg

Set at an altitude of 2743 m, Baltal suffices as a halt destination just about perfectly for all the religious Amarnath Cave pilgrims. At a distance of 14 kms from Amarnath, this place serves as the base camp for devotees with adequate arrangements of pitch tents to spend the night. Apart from this, Baltal is also renowned for its absolutely picturesque environment. It is in close proximity to renowned towns like Srinagar, Pahalgam and Sonamarg.
 

Best Time: May to September

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7. Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar

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Lines of tulip cultivation in every possible colour with a backdrop of the majestic Zabarwan Hills, is the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden and a view which one must not miss while in Srinagar.

8. Khilanmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

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Known For : Alpather Lake Gondola Cable Car, Gulmarg Gulmarg

Khilanmarg is miniature valley set at a 6 km walk and 2000 feet above one of the most sought after tourist destinations in J&K - Gulmarg. vOne of the most delightful place to be in, Khilanmarg is surrounded by panoramic glimpses of some of the tallest Himalayan peaks. This place is the perfect incorporation of natural beauty couple with adventure sports, making it a favored destination for thousands of visitors. Khilanmarg is a great place for offbeat travel enthusiasts as the place is not directly reachable on vehicles. 

Best Time: May to September, November to February

9. Dachigam National Park, Jammu & Kashmir

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With lush green environs, beautiful flora and some of the rarest fauna, Dachigam National Park, in Jammu and Kashmir is a natural treasure.
Dachigam stands for 'ten villages', which is kept in memory of the ten village communities that had to be relocated to create the catchment area and the park. ituated 22km from the main town of Srinagar, the national park is India's most elevated forest reserve at an altitude of 1700m to 4300m above sea level and is spread over a sprawling 141 sqkms.

Best Time: April to October

10. Dras, Jammu & Kashmir - Gateway to Ladakh

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Known For : Dras war memorial Minamarg Matayen

Dras, a town of the Kargil district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is at a distance of about 60 km from the Kargil district and is often called the 'Gateway to Ladakh'. It is located at the height of 3230m and is the second coldest place (the first being Siberia) inhabited in the world, with temperatures dropping to as low as -45 degree celsius. The three famous pinnacles tiger hills, the three pimples and Tololing can be viewed from Dras. The town is also a trekking base where people stopover during their trek from Minamarg to Amarnath via Zojila Pass. 

Best Time: June to September

11. Khilanmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

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Known For : Alpather Lake Gondola Cable Car, Gulmarg Gulmarg

Khilanmarg is miniature valley set at a 6 km walk and 2000 feet above one of the most sought after tourist destinations in J&K - Gulmarg. One of the most delightful place to be in, Khilanmarg is surrounded by panoramic glimpses of some of the tallest Himalayan peaks. This place is the perfect incorporation of natural beauty couple with adventure sports, making it a favored destination for thousands of visitors. Khilanmarg is a great place for offbeat travel enthusiasts as the place is not directly reachable on vehicles. 

Best Time: May to September, November to February

12. Tarsar Marsar Trek, Srinagar

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A trek that not only gives you a thrill of adventure but also a glimpse of nature’s beauty so spell bounding is one of the most memorable trips of Tarsar Marsar Trek. Nestled in the lap of Aru Valley of Kashmir, the trail is of quite a magnificence adorned with variety of landscapes. A riot of colours of flowers dotting the vast valleys is a sight to behold while the gushing streams falling to create small swimming pools bounded by grassy mounds accounts for a sheer sight of beauty. The mighty mountains standing tall all around adds to the charm of the landscape along with verdant meadows, pristine blue lakes and lovely valleys are simply splendid. 

13. Sonamarg, Jammu & Kashmir - The Meadow of Gold

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Known For : Thajiwas Glacier Zoji-La Pass Vishansar Lake

Sonamarg is a town in Jammu and Kashmir, with snow-laden fields, surrounded by majestic glaciers and serene lakes which casts subtle spells on the visitors. Translating into 'the Meadow of gold', Sonamarg is a picturesque town located 80km north-east of Srinagar at an elevation of around 2800 km from sea level. Nilagrad, a colony of the Baltics, is a picturesque location that one can always visit. Various mountain lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Kishansar are situated in and around Sonamarg. 

Best Time: May to October

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14. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir - The Skiing School and Honeymoon

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Known For : Gulmarg Gondola Skiing in Gulmarg Khilanmarg

Situated at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination located in Pir Panjal Range of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Surrounded by snow-covered lofty Himalayas, meadows of flowers, deep ravines, evergreen forested valleys, Gulmarg also has the world's second-highest Gondola ride. Among one of the top honeymoon locations, Gulmarg boasts of being a beautiful town without the crowd like Manali and Shimla. 

Best Time: October to June

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15. Sanasar, Jammu & Kashmir - A quieter, lesser known adventure

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Known For : Paragliding Wilderness Adventure Camps(WAC) Naag Mandir

One of the lesser-known hill stations in Jammu-Kashmir region, Sanasar is an adventure enthusiasts' haven offering various activities such as paragliding, rock climbing, abseiling and trekking. The area is built in a cup-shaped meadow surrounded by gigantic conifers. Sanasar is named after two local lakes and will offer you a quieter side of Jammu and Kashmir infused with adventure and excitement on demand.

Best Time: April to June

16. Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir - Town near the Line of Control

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Known For : Mulbekh Monastery Drass war memorial Kargil main street

Usually a stopover for people travelling towards Leh or Padum, Kargil is a tourist hotspot that's small enough to be explored by wayfaring. Situated close to the line of control, Kargil is also a volatile region, owing to the terrorism prevalent from the other side of the LOC. However, apart from its glorious past, bestowed with natural beauty and adventure, Kargil is the place to be for intrepid travellers.

Best Time: June to September

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17. Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir

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Known For : Martand Sun Temple Amarnath Ji's cave Kishtwar national park

Anantnag is one of the most beautiful cities in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, with gushing streams and sights and sounds that make Kashmir the heaven that it truly is. Located at a distance of 53 km from Srinagar, Anantnag is regarded as the commercial and financial capital of the Kashmir valley. It is a large business and trading centre of the valley. Near Anantnag exists the confluence of three streams, Arapath, Brengi and Sandran, and the resulting river is named Veth or Jhelum. There are several larger streams such as Brengi.

Best Time: May to October

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