5 Best Places in Jammu & Kashmir You Must Visit
by Richa Dhingra, Wednesday, May 09, 2018
If there’s heaven on earth, it’s Kashmir. The lush green vegetation, blossoming flowers, divine sunrises and sunsets and picturesque landscapes spell paradise known as Jammu & Kashmir.
Located in Northern India around Himalayan Mountains, it has a common border with Himachal Pradesh and Punjab toward the south. The Vale of Kashmir situated within the River Jhelum valley, is the most densely-populated region where wheat and rice are grown. The surreal valleys, peaks of Himalayas and gifts of nature make this place one of the most beautiful hotspot for tourists.
Srinagar is located at the centre of the Kashmir valley. It is the second most populated district in the North-India’s state of Jammu and Kashmir. Known as the summer capital, it has beautiful Dal Lake, shikaras and eye-catching sceneries. Situated on the banks of the Jhelum River which is a tributary of the Indus, Dal and Anchar lakes. The city is a perfect paradise due to its natural beauty, gardens, houseboats and waterfronts. What you can buy from there? Traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits.
Popular as the winter capital, Jammu is famous for its temples such as Vaishno Devi in Katra which is frequented by 1 crore pilgrims which makes Jammu the most visited place of J&K. The tourism hotspots are architectural wonders like Rani Park, Purani Mandi, Mubarak Mandi, Amar Mahal Palace, Bahu Fort, Ranbireshwar Temple, Raghunath Temple, Peer Meetha, Karbala, Old city and a number of shopping places, fun parks and more.
Leh is a high-desert city located in the Himalayas. It is the capital of the Leh region situated in northern India’s state of Jammu and Kashmir. Initially, Leh was a platform for trading caravans. But presently, Leh has gained popularity for Buddhist sites and nearby trekking regions. A gigantic 17th-century Leh Palace which had been modeled according to the Dalai Lama’s former home i.e. Tibet’s Potala Palace, it overshadows the old town’s market and mazelike streets.
Pahalgam is a beautiful hill station in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The mountain trails take you northeast to Amarnath Cave Temple which is a Hindu shrine and spot of the annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. Very few people know about Overa Aru Wildlife Sanctuary which has animals such as brown bears and musk deer.
Gulmarg is a popular town which is a most-frequented hill station. Also, a famous skiing destination, it happens to be under a notified area committee situated in the Baramula district of the lovely Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is located in the vicinity of Pir Panjal Range around the western Himalayas.
As you scroll through the pictures of this article, I’m sure of the lovely visual treat along with the desire to visit these historic and picturesque places in Jammu and Kashmir come alive. Book your tickets and travel to this heaven as you come back with golden memories.