Kashmir is heavenly and there is no denying. Had there been no controversy around it, with no one dying, it would have been the most peaceful state India could have thanks to the Himalayas, the pristine beauty of the greenery, the orchards, and the beautiful people. However, many think that Kasmir s all about Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, and Srinagar only! But no! There is so much more! Check out what we have listed down for you and you will be amazed. You might have heard of these places but I am pretty sure you had not an inkling that it can be visited with the same fervour as the rest of them.

Parvez Dewan, former tourism secretary, Government of India and former tourism secretary, J&K, told a media house that tourists need to explore more places beyond these popular destinations. He said:“Kashmir has the potential to absorb more footfalls. This will also ensure that spends are dispensed equitably across the state and not concentrated in only two or three places".

He cited the example of Ladakh, where rural villages have benefited from the inflow of tourists. He stressed on the point that even Jammu, which mostly attracts pilgrims, has other places of interest as well which include Rajouri, Poonch, and Bhaderwah, which the government is now wanting to promote.  

Muzaffar Andrabi, CEO, Kashmir Caravans, a Kashmir-based travel agency, told the media house that “In the domestic market, only one in ten is exploring places beyond Srinagar or Gulmarg. People are keen to see more, and we need to market that lesser-known side of Kashmir. For instance, we have a better variety of blossoms compared to Japan."

Off-Beat Places To Visit In Kashmir

Kupwara

This is a small district which is located in Jammu & Kashmir and is situated at a distance of 90 Kms from Srinagar. It has a beautiful view with thriving meadows, alpine mountains, and clear water. You can Visit to Lolab valley, Qamar Reshi Sahib Shrine, Sheikh Baba Behram

Best time to visit: April to November

Kathua

Known as the “city of sufis”, Kathua shares the southern borders with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. It is home to many Sufi shrines of Pirs within its boundaries. If you are a history lover then this is the place to be in. It is situated on the banks of a river, and has a beautiful view with a serene atmosphere. Here you can visit the Jasrota fort and picnic in Ujh Barrage

Pulwama

 
 
 
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This place is called the “Rice Bowl Of Kashmir”. It is a quaint village in Jammu and Kashmir which is situated less than 40 Kms from Srinagar. It has a lot of tourist sites for the first time travelers to explore. What's more? You will get to see a lot of saffron fields here. You can go here for mountaineering and trekking in summers and skiing and snowboarding in winters

Best time to visit: April to October

Kishtwar

This place is off the tourist radar and yet untouched! Kishtwar is a gem you ought to visit before it becomes crowded.  The national park in Kishtwar attracts wildlife and nature enthusiasts. It also has Machail Yatra and Sarthal Yatra pilgrimage circuits which you must consider during your visit. Here you can go trekking, camping and head for a wildlife safari. 

Best time to visit: Summer