One of the most naturally beautiful regions in Southeast Asia is Kashmir. Divided between India, China and Pakistan, the area is known by the locals simply as Kashmir. There are several rivers flowing through this region, and beautiful valleys pass through the mountainous terrain.
Because of the relatively rural lifestyle of the local populace, industrial activity is very limited in Kashmir. As a result, the night sky is clear and filled with bright stars, providing a memorable sight for tourists.
With beautiful vistas, lush green fields and natural springs, Kashmir is a hidden gem in Southeast Asia. There are certain places which every tourist should visit in this area. Here are the top three places to visit in Kashmir:
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir is Leepa Valley. It is situated at a distance of approximately 28 miles from the town of Muzaffarabad. A fair weather road travels from Nail and takes tourists to Muzaffarabad, until it inclines over Reshian Gali at a peak height of 10,500 feet. From there, it descends down to 5,500 feet in to Leepa Valley.
The valley itself is considered to be one of the most naturally gorgeous places to visit in Kashmir. It is lined with pine trees and green fields. There are small cabins and huts located at a fair distance from each other, providing a place to rest for tourists. The valley is only accessible from May till November. During the winters, it remains covered in a blanket of snow.
It is difficult to describe the beauty of the Kel Valley in words. Situated in Azad Kashmir (the region controlled by Pakistan), the valley is located at a distance of 11.8 miles from Sharda and 55.9 miles from Athmuqaam. The Kel Valley is located at a greater height than the Leepa Valley, at a height of 6,880 feet above sea level.
The valley also serves as the meeting point for the Shounter Nallah and the River Neelam. The Kel Valley also leads to the Gilgit Agency through the Shandur Pass, over a height of 14,420 feet. To travel in to Kel Valley, tourists will have to hire a jeep, or take a bus from Athmuqaam. Local residents also offer horses and ponies, and local tour guides can be hired for a detailed tour of the valley. It is without doubt one of the most visually stunning places to visit in Kashmir.