Jammu & Kashmir is the northernmost state of India. This state is truly gifted by God with the best of nature’s beauty that you can ever see anywhere else in the whole of India. This is one of the reason why this state attracts many travel enthusiasts.
Jammu is popularly called City of temples, and for justified reasons, as you will see extremely beautiful temples all across Jammu. Some being inside the city and some located on the outskirts. Temples that have their own stories makes it very unique. You can also see multiple cultural heritage centres and many other viewpoints, each having a unlike story to tell.
Kashmir is truly the heaven on Earth. It is god gifted with beautiful scenery, attracting thousands of tourists.
Let’s take a look at few breath taking places that you should visit once in your life:
1. Vaishno Mata Temple
An extremely popular cave temple which is located in the town of Katra, also listed among India’s richest temples attracting devotees from all over India and also from around the world. To reach up to the temple you need to trek which is a different experience all together and the end result is rewarding.
One of the most popular hill stations to visit in Jammu & Kashmir, also known as the skiers’ paradise. It has something to offer during each season, be it adventurous snow games in the winters or world class golfing, trekking, mountain biking, fishing & horse riding during the summers it has it all. Gulmarg is extremely famous for Skiing in India and also foreign.
3. Dal Lake
If Kashmir is the crown of India, Dal Lake is the shining Jewel in that crown. It is the second largest lake in the entire state located in Srinigar. Surrounded by Mughal era gardens, hotels, and beautiful boats it has a 15.5 Km shore line. To enjoy the beautiful view of this mind blowing lake visit the Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh or enjoy it by taking a ride of the beautiful colorful boats, popularly known as Shikara. These Shikara’s are a cultural symbol of Kashmir.
Sonmarg is the Kingdom of Pure Beauty, it also means Meadows of Gold. Another extremely legendary hill station of the state. It is a perfect place for trekking and river rafting. A yearly tournament of river rafting is organized by the Tourism Department of Kashmir. Lakes in Sonmarg are so beautiful that they enhance the beauty of the hill station even more than one can ever imagine.
The name is enough as it made history for the Indo Pak War of 1999. Let’s keep the war aspect aside, Kargil has its own beautiful uniqueness, along with the adventure and eco-tourism. It is the perfect place for trekking and mountaineering. To explore more Kargil has a religious page also, do visit the Monasteries, like Sani and Mulbekh Monastery.
Pulwama a beautiful place where the skies are blue and the fields are saffron. With a Pleasant climate, fragrant saffron fields and friendly people this place welcomes you with a big heart. You will feel like losing yourself in the beauty of the amazing saffron fields. Pulwama offers you a huge number of places for sightseeing which includes Nagberan, Tarsar Lake, Marsar Lake, Shikargarh and Aripal Nag.
Popular as the Shepherd’s valley. It is located at the meeting point of Lidder river and Sheshnag Lake. Even during the peak summer temperature is very cool and pleasant. The famous tourist attractions Baisaran, Hajan and Chandanwari. This small exceptional town offers great natural beauty and by no means can ever disappoint a passionate nature lover. Pahalgam is surely one of the best places you should visit in Jammu & Kashmir.
A place that has won the hearts of thousands. It is the place to be for both nature fans and adventure fans. Doda is a true gem of Jammu. Perfect place to spend vacations. If you are looking for a place to relax as well as experience some adventure, Doda is the right choice. You can also enjoy activities like mountaineering and rock climbing. Lot of tourists are attracted to see the Bhaderwah, Chinta, & the beautiful Kishtwar valley. Two popular Hindu temples namely, Chandi Mata Temple and Athra Devi Temple can also be visited here.
9. Surinsar and mansa lakes
These 2 lakes are linked with Mahabharatha and have a very unique story. Both these lakes are linked together and are surrounded by many temples. Many pilgrims visit these temples and take a dip in the holy water. A huge crowd of fish can be seen in these lakes and they are also popular boating sites.
10. Zanskar valley
This valley gets its name from the river flowing through it The Zanskar River. Mainly a place where Buddhist live it is a very isolated place. It is located in between the Great Himalayan range & Zanskar mountain ranges. This place is blessed with beautiful nature and defines Ladakh. It attracts both adventure and nature lovers. Best places to see are Zongkhul, Zangla, Stongdey, Karsha and Panikhar.
Writing zillions of words to perfectly describe the real beauty of Jammu & Kashmir is impossible; the truth is that the power of words can never explain the real soul that this state possesses. The northernmost state of India, Our Jammu & Kashmir has been gifted with nature’s best ever beauty, and to experience the real feel you need to visit it for sure once before you die.