Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or travelling with family or friends, Kashmir will entice you with its beauty, and have you coming back for more time and again. While there are several attractions on offer in Kashmir, here are five of the more popular ones.

Srinagar: A must visit on every tourist’s itinerary, Srinagar, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, offers a host of activities from boating on the Dal lake, to visiting the beautiful Mughal Gardens blossoming with exotic flowers, to trekking and bird watching and to water skiing. While there are a host of accommodation options available, no visit to Kashmir is complete without a stay in a

Gulmarg: Also known as the Meadow of flowers, Gulmarg lives up to its name and how! Visit this beautiful town and be mesmerized by the spread of vibrant flowers till as far as the eyes can see, with the towering trees and majestic snow-capped mountains for company. In winters, Gulmarg transforms into a skiing resort with gondola rides on offer to take in the panoramic views of the valley. Besides skiing, you can also go for mountain biking and trekking.

Sonamarg: Counted amongst the best places to visit in summer, Sonamarg, literally translated, means meadow of gold. Visit Sonamarg and you will be mesmerized by the breathtaking views and spread of flowers. Sonamarg also has its share of exciting trekking routes varying from easy to the moderate and to the more difficult, but each route equally magical and equally rewarding. And for those who want something simpler, there are a host of trails and nature walks around the various resorts in the town.

Kupwara: Known as the crown of Kashmir, Kupwara entices with its beautiful meadows, alpine mountains and gushing clear water streams. Apart from lazy nature walks and invigorating forest trails, visitors can also visit the nearby Lolab valley, locally known as ‘Wadi-e-Lolab’. The valley is best known for its fruit orchards, lake, springs and lush rice fields.

Pahalgam: Located on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2,200 m), Pahalgam is the starting point of the annual Hindu pilgrimage – Amarnath Yatra. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Kashmir, Pahalgam also provides ideal setting for a range of activities including hiking, trekking, and fishing.

Aru valley: Overlooking the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan mountain range, Aru valley is an exotic combination of clear blue skies, misty mountains, native pines, beautiful meadows and conifer forests. Aru Valley also forms the base for the Tarsar Marsar lake treks, considered amongst the most beautiful treks in the country.

Tourists who wish to visit Kashmir can choose from a range of tours on offer. While choosing a tour to Kashmir, make sure it includes a well-versed tour guide who can take you to both the popular and off-the-beaten places and enrich your experience with the history and lore of the places.