What to See in Jammu and Kashmir
Kashmir is called “heaven on earth” and rightfully so the natural beauty does justice to the title. In Kashmir, you will never run out of places to explore. Kashmir is now a union territory in India and is famous for the towering majestic Himalayas, the pristine lakes, and the mighty glaciers. Kashmir is a full package of natural attractions and is a paradise for a nature lover.
With Kashmir comes peace. If you are tired of the hustle of the city and your busy life, there is no place better than Kashmir to relax. You can come here solo, with friends, or with your family. Kashmir has a lot in store for everybody. With every turn in Kashmir, you will find yourself relaxing and losing yourself in the laps of nature.
Along with the natural beauty, Kashmir is also an adventurous sports hub. Millions of people come here for various kinds of outdoor activities like trekking, mountaineering, skiing, sledding, etc.
If you are not much of an adventure junkie and wish to have a peaceful holiday, then you can visit the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar and spend your days in the houseboats and Shikaras on the Dal Lake.
Kashmir is home to the most important pilgrimage in India, the Amarnath Yatra. Kashmir will never disappoint you. Pay a visit and rejuvenate your soul.
Srinagar is the summer capital of the union territory Jammu and Kashmir. It is located on the banks of the river Jhelum. The beauty of Srinagar attracts tourists from all around the world. Srinagar is famous for its Dal Lake which is known as the Jewel of Kashmir.
There are boats known as Shikara, which are in the shape of gondolas and are decorated with colorful flowers. The lake also has houseboats and there is also an entire community that lives on the lake. Srinagar is also famous for the Mughal Gardens like Shalimar Bagh and the Nishat Bagh. Srinagar is also home to Asia’s largest tulip garden.
Gulmarg is a small town in Kashmir that is located at an altitude of 2730 m from sea level. It is situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas and is a popular destination for skiing.
It is one of the most popular places for a honeymoon because Gulmarg doesn’t have a crowd like Shimla and Manali. Gulmarg is rich in natural terrain, the view of which will take your breath away.
The snow-covered mountains of the majestic Himalayas, the vast meadows covered in flowers, the lush evergreen forests, every part of Gulmarg is a treat to the eyes. Gulmarg is famous for the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering. People from all around the world to get a degree from here.
Pahalgam is a small town located in the Anantnag district of Kashmir. Pahalgam is located on the banks of the Liddar river and is a very important site in the Kashmir tour packages. Pahalgam is also known for various adventurous activities like trekking, fishing, and hiking.
The locals in Pahalgam also prefer sledding on the slopes of Pahalgam. This town acts as a base camp for one of the most important pilgrimages in India, the Amarnath Yatra. The Sheshnag Lake is located near Pahalgam and is a pristine site to visit. You will find authentic and pure saffron in Pahalgam.
Sonamarg is a small hill town in Kashmir that is located at an altitude of 2800 m from sea level. It is 80 km northeast of Srinagar. Sonamarg is the home to the three sisters of Kashmir and is famous for the great Himalayan glaciers, the Kolhoi glacier, and the Machoi glacier.
Sonamarg is also rich in Himalayan peaks, Kolhoi Peak, Amarnath Peak, Machoi Peak, and the Sirbal peaks. These peaks never fail to attract tourists from all around the world. Sonamarg acts as an important base camp for many treks that lead to pristine lakes like Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar, and Kishansar. The Thajiwas range divides Sonamarg into two halves, one famous for camping sites and the other side rich in beautiful waterfalls and the Thajiwas glacier.
Amarnath is one of the most famous and important pilgrimages in India. It is a dream of every devotee of Lord Shiva to go on the Amarnath Yatra at least once in their lives. The Amarnath cave has a snow Shiva ling that is formed naturally.
It is said that Amarnath is where Lord Shiva gave the secret of life and eternity to Goddess Parvati. Amarnath is accessible only in July and August and every year millions of pilgrims visit this place.
Amarnath is accessible through two routes, from Baltal and Pahalgam. While the Baltal route is shorter, it is steeper and more difficult. So people prefer the Pahalgam route even though it is longer and takes 3-5 days to reach the destination. Helicopter services are also available by private operators.
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