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I have come across this sentence:

Kashmir is regarded to be the heaven on earth.

Is there a difference between that and

Kashmir is regarded as the heaven on earth.

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"Regarded to be" sounds a bit odd to a native speaker. There is a hint of unnecessary repetition which would not be there with a different verb as in "...is thought to be...". 'Regarded as...' would be preferred.

"Heaven on earth" is a stock (adjectival) phrase; it does not need the definite article.

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