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A picturesque hill town, with a breezy, frothy river flowing steadfast beside it, large patches of lush green meadows peeping through a thick cover of towering pine trees, a pleasant nip in the weather, and air so fresh you can feel it cleanse your city-riddled insides – a trip to Pahalgam Kashmir offers the perfect antidote to the stuffy, sweaty days of summer. So, after spending two atrocious weeks moving houses, we jet-setted straight to this haven of all things charming and beautiful. Here’s a glimpse into our two-day trip to Pahalgam Kashmir: Srinagar to Pahalgam After landing in Srinagar and spending the night there, we started off for Pahalgam in the morning. There are two approaches to get from Srinagar to Pahalgam – via Awantipora and via Anantnag. We settled for the latter since it runs mainly through national highways and Google Maps recommended it as the shorter route.…

Mainstream destinations that come on a ‘silver platter’ do not satiate the thirst for exploration in avid travellers. Taking the road less travelled to discover exotic new destinations, the kind that even Google can’t tell you much about, is what makes them tick. Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Srinagar, and Ladakh may have become synonymous with the idea of a ‘holiday in heaven’ but there are many more beautiful places in Kashmir that can make your heart swell with wonderment and you one with nature. A growing section of travellers today is on the lookout for such lesser-known destinations that offer an instant retreat from the civilized world. If that’s your idea of an ideal holiday too, follow us on this journey to five offbeat beautiful places in Kashmir that you must visit at least once: Chatpal: A Virgin Land in South Kashmir Away from the city’s uproar, this unexplored place in Anantnag…