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This "Kashmir Tourism Guide" provides you information about tourism in the beautiful Kashmir valley of India.

Kashmir Tourism

Kashmir, the "Paradise on Earth", is known for its captivating beauty. It is encircled by three mountain ranges of the Himalayas- Karakoram, Zanaskar and Pir Panjal, running from northwest to northeast. Forming the backdrop of Kashmir, these snow-capped ranges make Kashmir look like a picture straight out of a fairytale. Dazzling rivers, serene lakes, splendid gardens, flowering meadows, etc are some other features of the landscape of the Kashmir valley. The breathtaking beauty of Kashmir has earned it the name of the "Switzerland of the East". Nothing describes the beauty of Kashmir better than the following words of a Mughal emperor:

"Gar Bar-ru-e-Zamin Ast; Hamin Ast, Hamin Ast Hamin Ast."

It means that if there is paradise on this earth, this is it, this is it, and this is it. It is impossible to overstate the beauty of Kashmir. Infact, the beauty of the Kashmir valley of India is beyond the scope of words. The gushing rivers, sparkling waterfalls, scenic surrounding and the lush green forests of Kashmir add to its splendor. Kashmir tourism is also famous for the exotic flora and fauna found in the region. The sanctuaries and parks in Kashmir abound in some of the rare and endangered species of birds and animals. Then, there are countless species of luxuriant vegetation too, attracting a number of botanists.

The legends have it that where the valley now stands used to be a huge lake. The lake served as the home of a very are cruel and terrible demon. Kashyap, the grandson of Lord Brahma, drained this lake with the help of Goddess Parvati. After the lake was drained, the goddess finally crushed the demon to death by dropping a mountain on him. This mountain is now known as the Hari Parbat. The most magnificent district of Kashmir is Srinagar. It is a combination of business center, holiday resort and the summer capital of the state. Adorned with lush green rice fields, blooming gardens, serene lakes and the unique houseboats, Srinagar gives Kashmir an added appeal.

Kashmir valley of India is also popular for various adventure sports that it offers. Skiing, golf, trekking, river rafting, paragliding, camping and a number of other sports draw large number of tourists to the Kashmir valley. Kashmir also boasts of a number of pilgrim places. Infact, it is the starting point of the most revered pilgrimages of Amarnath and Vaishno Devi. The handicrafts of Kashmir are almost as popular as its scenic beauty. The popular handicrafts of the valley are Pashmina shawls, silk carpets, papier-mâché products, exquisite woodwork, copperware, silverware, and a number of other crafts. All said and done, the beauty of Kashmir is unparalleled and it is truly known as the "Paradise on Earth". Once you visit Kashmir, its beauty and charm will remain etched in your memory forever.