Monday, July 2, 2012

Hill Stations Par Excellence – Gangtok and Kashmir

When the Mughal emperors saw the valley of Kashmir for the first time, they were stunned into silence at its beauty. They called it by many names like “Garden of the elite” and “paradise on earth”. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the Mughal rulers were infatuated with Kashmir. In fact, so beautiful is Kashmir that you cannot help being infatuated. Falling head over heels in love with the place, mughals built many gardens in the state, which still stand and narrate the story of the stunning architectural sense and understanding of these 16th and 17th century rulers. 

Chesmashahi gardens, Mughal gardens, Nishat gardens and Shalimar gardens are still some of the most beautiful gardens in Kashmir. The awe inspiring peaks which rise tall in the background, the still lakes which house a thousand colorful lotuses and charming little house boats and the brilliantly colored flowers which blossom all over the place have inspired many a writer, poet, artist and painter. It is rightly said that if there is heaven on earth, it is here in Kashmir. It is not without reason that Kashmir tour packages are highly preferred among tourists.

Another charming hill station in India is Gangtok. Situated in the state of Sikkim, Gangtok is a place which is wreathed in natural beauty. Gangtok tourism is as famous as Kashmir tours. Thousands of people visit the place for a glimpse of Mount Kanchenjunga and other brilliant spots in the city. A very nice thing about Gangtok is its cleanliness. You will not find a cleaner place anywhere in India. The natural scenic views of the place are well complemented by the clean surroundings.

Kashmir and Gangtok rank high on must-visit list.


  1. Wonderful shots. Any time dream destination.

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