Kashmir is a splendid place in India, that is sought after for its pristine natural beauty. With snow-capped mountains, high-altitude cold deserts, immaculate and glittering lakes, rugged terrain and melting glaciers, Kashmir is home to so much that nature has to offer.
While we all know popular places like Ladakh, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Srinagar and more, Kashmir has quite a few secluded places to visit that have not yet received any major tourist attention. This makes these places absolutely untouched and so, are located far away from commercialisation.
If you are one of those people who prefers quaint and solitary escapes into the depths of nature, visit these places in Kashmir that will cleanse your mind and give you the rejuvenation you're looking for.
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Doodhpathri is a beautiful hill station in Jammu & Kashmir, which is located about 42 km away from the summer capital city of Srinagar. The bowl-shaped valley has only recently entered the tourism charts and so it is still an offbeat location.
Literally translating to "Valley of Milk", Doodhpathri is a place that has lush green rolling meadows spread all across the valley, which are decorated by a clear and glittering river dotted with beautiful icy pebbles. Plan for a simple trek or camp at the pristine hill station of Doodhpathri.
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The quaint town of Chatpal is located 90 km from Srinagar and is a wonderful place to be at when you want to escape into the arms of nature in absolute solitude. Since Pahalgam, a much popular hill station located nearby, steals almost all of the tourism limelight, Chatpal remains an immaculate natural beauty.
Plan a trip to Chatpal, the town covered with lush greenery, flanked with snow-capped mountains and lined with apple and walnut orchards for a vacation you will never forget.
Kokernag is a small town in Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir that can be visited to witness magnificent gardens galore. Kokernag Botanical Garden is an enormous and breathtaking garden that is home to picturesque greenery and birds of various kinds, so you can indulge in birdwatching.
It is home to an enchanting natural spring and right beside the garden lies Asia's largest trout fishery. Stop by a local hotel and try out these deliciously cooked trout fish.
Martand Sun Temple
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This Kashmiri Hindu temple, which is now in ruins, is a rustic and glorious temple dedicated to Sun God and is located 64 km from Srinagar. Built during the 8th century by the third ruler of the Karkota dynasty, it reflects a marvellous blend of Chinese, Greek, Gupta and Roman styles of architecture.
The beautiful temple is situated on a lush green top of a plateau, from where one can witness a stunning view of the entire Kashmir Valley. You might recognise this temple from the Bollywood movie Haider, in which the song "Bismil" was shot right here.
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Nubra Valley is a picturesque destination located 150 km from Leh that looks like the face of the moon during winters and transforms into a vibrant valley full of fruit, almond, wheat, barley fields, which is why it has the nickname of The Food Bowl of Ladakh.
There are quite a few places to visit in and around Nubra Valley, such as the Diskit Monastery, Hunder Sand Dunes, Yarab Tso Lake, etc.