If the picture of mountains, rivers, snow and paradise conjures up one name in our mind, then it has to be the picturesque Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Doing complete justice to its name of ‘Paradise on Earth’, everything about this place including the folk tales, cultures and traditions are a total charmer. You will find yourself lost in the beauty of its nature and atmosphere. And hence, it is no surprise that it is one of the most preferred vacation destinations in India, especially during the summers. You can anytime plan an unforgettable trip to any of these below mentioned stunning places of Jammu and Kashmir.
Srinagar is not only the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, but it is also one of the most beautiful places in the state. You might have seen the wonderful Dal Lake and the marvelous boat houses in television many times, yes, it is in Srinagar only. The small trip through the Dal lake or a night stay in the boat house are one of the best part of visiting this city. Located on the banks of river Jhelum, Srinagar introduces the Kashmiri traditions and culture to the world. From the Kashmiri food to handicraft and clothes, you will so much more here. With the handicrafts and beautiful Kashmiri designed clothes, you will find it irresistible to stop yourself from shopping here. Other main tourist places here include the Nishat Bagh, Chasme Shahi, Jamia Masjid, Shankaracharya temple and many more. Even the University of Kashmir is an amazing location to visit.
One of the several things that comes in our mind when hear Jammu and Kashmir is ‘Snow and Ice’. Your visit to this paradise is simply incomplete if you didn’t tour the beautiful hill station of Gulmarg. Situated in the lap of Himalayas, Gulmarg provides you one of the best experiences of snow clad mountains and views. Since a very long time to till today, a number of Indian movies have been shot in the spectacular locations of Gulmarg. One of the most fascinating things that you should look here is the cable car ride that provides you a breath-taking view of the place from the air. Give the snow covered mountains and ice, Gulmarg is quoted to be an awesome skiing destination, and many other winter sports are organized here. If you love skiing, tobogganing and snowboarding, then visit this place with full preparation and necessary equipments because for once, to enjoy an amazing winter sport, you wouldn’t need a foreign location.
Picturesque meadows, clear and wonderful skies, rivers flowing in the lap of mountains, scenic hill views and many more sums up to one place in Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam. At an altitude of 7200 ft above the sea level, Pahalgam is another stunning tourist place. Most of the entire area is covered in vegetation and pinewoods, and hence, as far as flora and fauna is concerned, you will get to witness plenty of it here. Every year many trekking and camping activities are organized here with people participating with excitement on the adventurous activities. The major places to see in pahlagam include Sheshnag Lake, Aru Valley, Panchtarni and Baisaran.