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Bringing to you, another beautiful destination of India.
The Mughal emperor Jahangir, while living in a houseboat on Dal Lake, once said “Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast”. It means- If there is ever a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.
Yes I’m talking about this awe inspiring, beautiful beyond words & jewel of a destination – Jammu & Kashmir. People have written zillions of words to best describe the beauty of this state. However, the truth is that the power of words can never comprehend the magical beauty that this state possesses. This northern – most state of India has been endowed with nature’s best, that leaves many a visitors spellbound!
This state also satisfies the diversity of different Indian cultures, being divided into 3 regions: 1) Jammu, which thrives with Hindu population. 2)Kashmir, is full of Muslims. 3) Ladakh, houses many Buddhist monasteries. The beautiful valleys of Kashmir, the religious shrines of Jammu and the peaceful monasteries of Ladakh together defines a true heaven on earth.
Listed below are the top places of attraction on this most beautiful lap of nature:
The capital city Srinagar is the prized possession of Kashmir. Imbibing many colors of the state, it truly reflects the authentic Jammu & Kashmir. The city sits quietly on the bank of Jhelum and contemplates the vivaciousness of the place. The canopied Shikara boats, snow-capped mountains and the sparkling clear water of Dal and Nageen Lake come together to bring the picture of the actual Srinagar come alive. The blessing of Prophet Mohammad from Hazratbal Shrine and Jama Masjid, the divinity of Shankarcharya temple, glimpse of floating vegetable market and the bountiful flora and fauna, all honor the capital city with a title of Paradise on Earth. Srinagar also renders great options for activities like bird watching, water skiing, golfing, trekking and boating. It thus makes holidays in Jammu & Kashmir a beautiful expedition.
Complementing the northern periphery, Leh is a land having the perfect merge of beauty, adventure & spirituality. The lofty mountains, the alpine lakes, divine Gompas and the quaint settings, make Leh one of the best places to visit in the region of Jammu & Kashmir. Located 434 kms from Srinagar, it majorly intrigues adventure enthusiasts and people with artistic bent of mind. The architectural grandeur of places like Hemis Monastery, Spituk Monastery and Thiksey Monastery leaves the visitors dazzled and spellbound. General Zorawar fort, Stok Palace and Jama Masjid are also some of the places that attracts tourists. At Leh, one would get a perfect experiences of adventure and spirituality. It is of course accompanied by natural scenic beauty. This place gives several beautiful trails that instigate opportunity for brilliant adventure experience. Clad with the beauty of nature, Leh also provides the opportunity to witness the Himalayan panorama.
Protected and blessed by Maa Vaishno Devi, who seems to have found her earthly abode on the Trikuta Hills, Jammu City is indeed among the top places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir. Dubbed as the City of Temples, Jammu invites all of those who seek peace and tranquility. The unmatched divinity and serenity at Raghunath temple, Ranbireshwar temple, Mahamaya temple, Peer Baba and Peer Khoh touches every corner of Jammu and revitalizes visitors. Bahu temple, situated inside the majestic Bahu Fort is also a must visit being in Jammu. The temple is dedicated to the great deity of Jammu, Goddess Kali or ‘Bawe Wali Mata’ as she is popularly called in the region. Besides the temple, a travel enthusiast can also witness architectural grandeur of Bahu Fort and Mubarak Mandi Palace at this place. The Aquarium at Bagh-e-Bahu (Bahu Fort) also catches the eyes of many tourists as it is the largest underground aquarium in the country. A trip to Jammu is no less than an expedition to a holy land. It is truly a tour towards divinity.
Dubbed as skiers’ paradise, Gulmarg is indeed amongst the best places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir. Located approximately 52 kms away from the capital city Srinagar, ‘Meadow of Flowers’ as it is popularly called Gulmarg is the place to be for adventure enthusiasts. Along with variety of skiing options, trekking, snowboarding, golfing, Mount biking and fishing is all that Gulmarg overwhelms you with. Kongdori, Shark Fin and Apparwath Peak are the must visited places, not only for skiing but also to witness the splendid natural landscape of Gulmarg. Other places to see the blessings of majestic nature near Gulmarg are Nagin Valley , Khilanmarg, Frozen Lake and Bota Pathri. Baba Reshi and Gulmarg Gondola also makes for a must visit in Gulmarg.
Tranquility and serenity are the two terms that perfectly define Pahalgam. The beauty of this small exceptional town does by no means can be a disappointment for an ardent nature lover. Blessed with green meadows, lofty mountains, good accommodation options, Pahalgam indeed is one of the best places to visit in the region of Jammu and Kashmir. When you are in this place, expect being surrounded by a lot of beauty. This place is also the most developed region of Kashmir valley. Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Baisaran, Sheshnag and the Tulian Lake excursion can invigorate your senses, and activities like horse riding, trekking and golfing make sure that you remain engaged all through your journey. Chandanwari, located 16kms away from Pahalgam is the base camp for Amarnath Yatra. It is a trekking route of approximately 30kms which takes you to the holy shrine of Amarnath from this place.
Perched on a hilltop at an altitude of 2024 m, Patnitop offers overwhelming view of the Shivalik Range. It is one destination in Jammu region that is widely acclaimed for its immense beauty and the abundant fun activities. A leisure walk to the Pine forest is an ideal treat for the nature lovers.For people who want to spend some quality time contemplating the marvels of nature, Patnitop is exactly the right place for them! Gourikund and Kailash Parvat are the places to visit in Patnitop for some holy and spiritual feel. Trekking , rappelling, paragliding and other adventure sports activities can also be enjoyed in Shivgarh and Sanasar. And if by chance you have a sweet tooth, then ‘Kud’ a village near Patnitop is famed for its vivid varieties of sweets. Make sure you enjoy the feast of sweets and also carry some home as a short term souvenir of this place, for your friends and family.
Named after Raja Udham Singh, Udhampur city is the second-largest city in Jammu region which is set amidst lush green surroundings and fringed by eucalyptus trees. Udhampur is one of the best tourist attractions in Jammu & Kashmir. Being a delight for history lovers, the city offers many relics dating back to the epic time of Mahabharata. The Krimachi group of temples are said to be the oldest holy architecture in the city. This place is also famous for the underground river Devika, which is considered as the sister of the holy river Ganga. Ramnagar fort, located approximately 40kms from Udhampur and built by Raja Suchet Singh is also a must visit for having a sneak peak into the era of Kings & Queens. Moungri Cave shrine, Pingla Mata and Sudh Mahadev temple are other prominent tourist places that must be visited in Udhampur.
Sonmarg, as the name suggests, is famous as the ‘Meadow of Gold’. It is situated at an altitude of 2730 m. Sonamarg has to be in every visitors’ list of places to visit in Kashmir for its mesmerizing aura and breathtaking views. Needless to say that without a visit to Sonmarg, a trip to Jammu & Kashmir would be incomplete. Blessed with an endless stream of stunning flowers, undulated trekking routes and unmatched landscape, Sonmarg make for an extravagant visual treat. Famed for many excursion options, there is a large number of trek and short routes that lead to Gangabal lake, Kishansar Lake, Vishansar Lake, Naranag, Haramukh Mountain and the famous Baltal and Thajiwas Glacier. Baltal, which is located 15kms away from Sonmarg, is used as the base camp for pious Amarnath Yatra. Do not miss out on the opportunity to visit Zojila Pass, which is situated near Sonmarg and connects the two places having unbound beauty -Kashmir and Ladakh.
With all the destinations mentioned above, Jammu and Kashmir truly satisfies being tagged as a paradise or heaven on earth.
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