Places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir – Jammu and Kashmir are also named as the crowning glory of Mother India. You can have a closer look at the Indian Map. It occupies the top corner slot of the Indian economy. Surrounded by invigorating mountains and lush greenery, J&K is a heaven on earth.
Places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar is the capital of J&K. It is not without a reason that poets and tourists claim it to be a Paradise on Earth. The city lies on the banks of Jhelum River. Tourists can enthrall themselves with the absolute scenic beauty, the place provides. You can take a picturesque boat ride across the Dal Lake. You can have an enchanting view of mountains covering all the four sides. You get a complete glimpse of Kashmir. Fresh apples and vegetables can be purchased via the floating markets. You can also look for water-sports like skiing and kayaking while you are boating at the Dal Lake.
Are you aware of the fact that the entire movie named ‘Dil Se’ was taken at Leh Ladakh? The fabulous landscape this particular spot provides is something that will truly blow your mind away. Leh Ladakh is surrounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges. These include ‘The Great Himalayan range’ and the ‘Karakoram’ range. Not to forget the other two fortifying valleys namely the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Leh is, in fact, a small tourist town but surrounded by a picturesque topography. You find astoundingly splendid mountain ranges touching crystal clear lakes. The pretty-looking monasteries, churches and colorful markets are what add a defining culture to Leh Ladakh.
Vaishnava Devi Temple
Vaishno Devi Temple is a great pilgrim touring spot indeed. While your holiday out there in J&K, a visit to this particular pilgrim spot is a must-do. The Devi Maa temple is located in Trikuta Hills, 13 Km from Katra. In fact, Katra is a town that is located at an elevation of 1560 meters above the sea-level. It is a holy-cave temple where one is required to trek 13 km uphill to invoke the blessings of Vaishnava Devi. The pilgrim spot has thousands of pilgrims visiting the temple every single year.
Going through the narrow ghats or trekking zones can be quite tedious for little kids and the elderly. However, you have ponies and palanquins offered by vendors to make the picturesque drive feasible. You have devotees singing the glory of Devi Mata all the way. They praise slogans or chant verses in honor of the powerful Mata who protects one and all.
Gulmarg is one of the most popular holidaying destinations for honeymoon couples. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows, and enchanting forested lanes, this particular locale gets you smitten, the moment you get there. Gulmarg is situated at an altitude of 2,730 meters above the sea-level. You can think of the mesmerizing weather the place would have all year along. Skiing, snowboarding, and mountaineering are popular sports activities, the tourist crowds can get themselves enrolled in.
Taking a trip on the cable car gives you a beautiful glimpse of how high and mighty the mountains are. Gulmarg has the 2nd highest cable-car in the world.
Amarnath is a holy spot for the worshippers of Lord Shiva. The holy spot has a cave where a stupa of Lord Shiva is made from ice. It is believed that the ice-image of Lord Shiva was formed naturally. Millions of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world visit Amarnath. They fondly call it the ‘Amarnath Yatra’. As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Shiva revealed secrets of life and eternity to Goddess Parvati.
You can discover multi-hued flags not representing countries of the world. But these flags represent several forms of age-old temples. The aromas of incense sticks emanating from these temples are something that can really take you to an all-time high. The snow-capped mountain ranges provide a mind-blowing experience to the adventure enthusiasts out there.
The grandeur of ancient temples and grand palaces is something you truly cannot miss out on. Jammu is a city that is situated at the southern-most tip of J&K. The city nestles itself against the backdrop of Pir Panjal mountains. Jammu actually forms a beautiful transition between the mighty Himalayas across the North and the dusty plains of Punjab. In between, you are exposed to a lovely array of scrub-covered hills, forested mountain ranges, and fascinating river-valleys. The city extends between Kishtawar in the north-east and Akhnoor in the south-west. Poonch is a town that extends to North-west of Jammu. Ravi, Chenab, and Tawi are flowing rivers that cross through the vicinity.
You get a wonderful opportunity to explore nature at its wildest. This is especially when you take a thorough trip across the Patnitop region. Seeing the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas and the bountiful meadows filled with flowers, you will be left with a spell-bound experience. The panoramic view of nature can lend you with an eternal bliss indeed. You have water springs that are a beauty to watch. You can capture captivating photographs while you are at this particular tourist hub as such. You have another tourist town named Sanasar. This place is situated just at a distance of 17 km from Patnitop. Sanasar is a spot that can offer you with a plethora of opportunities for paragliding and skiing.
You will be quite mesmerized and wonder-struck by the untouched natural beauty, Pahalgam offers you on the whole. Seeing how fast the river flows is a fantastic retreat to your eyes as well as senses. You can reminisce all about nature as you are nestled against the backdrop of the fascinating Himalayas and lush greenery. The pristine land ideally is comprised of saffron fields, green farms, and enchanting meadow flower gardens.
These are the 8 top-most scenic spots while you visit the ‘Paradise on Earth’, namely the Jammu and Kashmir. You can also visit Sonamarg, Kargil, Nubra Valley and other scenic locales while you are at the Princely states of Jammu and Kashmir. So, when are you all set to pack your bags and leave for the airport?