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The Indian government has announced that it will hold the G-20 and Youth20 meetings in September in the disputed Kashmir region with Pakistan.
India’s decision sparked condemnation from Pakistan. The Kashmir region is a bone of contention between India and Pakistan. However, under the Indian Partition Plan Act, Kashmir was given the freedom to choose to join India or Pakistan. Kashmir is actually in northern India.
Kashmir itself is known as a beautiful region. In fact, this area was once nicknamed “Switzerland of the East” or Switzerland of the East, as a way for them to promote tourism.
Srinagar, which is the capital of this region, is one of the excellent destinations in Kashmir, because of the green mountains that surround the area.
There are also Dal Lake and Shikara which are also an attraction. Not only that, Srinagar also has Mughal gardens around the lake. Even more unique, the temperature in Srinagar is cool and not as hot as in India or Pakistan.
Apart from that, Kashmir also has Gulmarg which is about 56 km from Srinagar. Here, visitors are free to ski there. The best time to go to Gulmard is June to October. Then, December and January if you are interested in playing in the snow. Gulmarg is located in a valley in the Pir Panjal Range in the Himalayas.
Kashmir also has Kupwara, which is famous for its wide and lush expanses of grass, which is located close to the Alpine mountains. The peaks of Shamsbari (12,000 above sea level), Nastachun (10,273 feet above sea level, and Dajalonjun (16,000 feet above sea level) also make up a splendid view in Kupwara.
Zero Bridge in Kashmir, India. (iStock/P. Kijsanayothin)
One of the most visited areas by tourists is Patnitop, which is located on a plateau at the foot of Mount Shivalik in the Himalayas, with an elevation of 2,024 meters (6,640 feet). The beautiful Chenab River also flows near this area.
Kashmir also has the Doda River or Stod River which emerges from the Drang-Drung glacier near Mount Pensi La. This river forms the magnificent Zanskar valley.
Then, there is also Doda Peak, a mountain peak as high as 21,490 feet, which is located at the back of the glacier. The Doda River flows southeast along the Kargil-Zanskar road.
Despite its beautiful landscapes, Kashmir is also a region haunted by tensions. This condition often disrupts their tourism sector.