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Jammu & Kashmir tourism has been described as a paradise so many times that one feels it is the ultimate homage you could pay to it. But somehow, there is a vagueness in it which does not do justice to this part of the country. This region has a complicated history, and its stunning scenery and cultural diversity make it a one-of-a-kind and enthralling destination. Jammu & Kashmir lies in India’s far north and shares international borders with Pakistan and China.

What is paradise in Jammu & Kashmir ? Jammu and Kashmir, also known as the “Crown of India,” is a northern Indian union territory with a rich and diversified cultural past. It is noted for its breathtaking natural beauty, with views ranging from lush valleys and calm lakes to hilly mountains and high-altitude desert regions. It is its alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes, amber hues of the trees during autumn, boathouses, gondolas, apple orchards and everything else that add to its landscape. Jammu and Kashmir’s cuisine is diverse and rich. It contains foods such as Rogan Josh, Gushtaba, Yakhni, and a variety of breads such as Sheermal and Lavasa. The area is also famed for its kebabs and the Wazwan feast.

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There is a timelessness to its beauty as if nature decided to stretch her imagination to the fullest to create it. In this blog, we bring you the 12 top tourist places that show you the timeless beauty of Jammu & Kashmir.

List of 12 Best Places to Visit in Jammu & Kashmir

Gurez Valley

Vaishno devi.

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Yusmarg Jammu Kashmir

Yusmarg is a hill station in the western part of the valley of Kashmir. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community believes it to be the place where Jesus once lived. Yusmarg translates as ‘The Meadow of Jesus’ in Kashmiri. A marg means a meadow, and the term ‘Yus’ is considered to be a short form of Youza or Jesus. It can also be referred to as Switzerland and is 47 kilometres away from Srinagar. The landscape here is more beautiful than anything you will ever see. Yusmarg, the imperial gem of the Bagdam district, is home to several picturesque locations. It enchants visitors with its natural beauty in sites such as Sang-e-Safed Valley; Yusmarg is also known for having some exceptional flower springs.

Tattakutti (4,725 m) and Sunset Peak (4,746 m) are two of the highest peaks in the PirPanjal range. Yusmarg’s huge natural slopes offer skiing chances to adventure seekers. On the other hand, the holy shrine of Charar-e-Sharif is said to bless the entire region and safeguard the land from all types of misfortunes. Yusmarg’s ageless beauty captivates tourists’ hearts and inspires them to return again and again.

There are plenty of options for sightseeing and trying out activities like trekking and horse riding here. Yusmarg is considered the most serene location among all the tourist attractions in Kashmir and a fantastic place to go trekking as it offers forests with maple trees for people who want to hike far into the most remote areas.

Sightseeing Attractions in Yusmarg

  • Pakherpora Shrine
  • Charar-e-Sharif
  • Nilnag Lake
  • Sang-e-Safed

Top Things to Do in Yusmarg

  • Horse riding
  • Trout fishing

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Gulmarg

Gulmarg is located at an elevation of 2730 metres above sea level and is a notified area committee in the Indian Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. It is 31 kilometres (19 miles) from Baramulla and 49 kilometres (30 miles) from Srinagar. Gulmarg has everything going for it: snow-dressed mountains, greenery, lakes, pine & fir forests and different types of flowers. It is snug in a valley in the Pir Panjal Range of the Western Himalayas, within the Gulmarg Wildlife Sanctuary.

Gulmarg very well justifies its name, the meadows of flowers, and you will come across a lot of meadows decorated with daisies. A beautiful aspect of the meadow is the 1890s Anglican Church of St. Mary’s, which is situated on a lonely hill and accessible by a dead-end road connecting the 1965 neo-colonial Hotel Highlands Park and the famous Gulmarg Golf Club.

Most of all though, Gulmarg has the highest green golf course in the world as well as the highest cable car project. Gulmarg has also grown as one of the best adventure destinations, with the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering based here. Hiking, mountaineering, skiing, and snowboarding courses are all available at IISM. Numerous other private tour companies in Gulmarg offer similar skiing and snowboarding courses and facilities. Gulmarg, known for its scenic splendour, has also been a favourite location for the filming of several Bollywood films.

Gulmarg has a tropical climate with considerable snowfall throughout the wet winter season, which is unusual for its latitude. Summers are pleasant in temperature and length, whereas other seasons are cold.

Top Sightseeing Attractions in Gulmarg

  • St. Mary’s Church
  • Baba Reshi Shrine
  • Maharani Temple/Shiva Temple

Popular Things to Do in Gulmarg

  • Play golf at the highest golf course in the world
  • Enjoy a gongola cable car ride
  • Go skiing at Shark Fin, the best skiing slope in Gulmarg

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Sonmarg Jammu Kashmir

Sonamarg is a beautiful hill station in Jammu and Kashmir, approximately 80 kilometres north of Srinagar. It is at a height of approximately 2,730 metres above sea level, on the bank of the flowing Sindh River. Sonmarg means a “meadow of gold”, and is one of the best tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir for sightseeing & adventure. Its landscape is marked by a glacier, forests and snow-capped mountains. The town is located in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, about 70 km from Srinagar International Airport. It was also the starting point for the Silk Road, which linked Kashmir to China.

This mountain is surrounded by the big Himalayan glaciers Kolahoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier, and it is the source of the famed Three Sisters of Kashmir Valley. The three Great Lakes in Kashmir: Kishansar, Vishansar and Gadsar, can be visited from here. Peaks such as Kolahoi Peak, Amarnath Peak, Machoi Peak, and Sirbal Peak tower over this lovely hill town, making Songamarg a renowned destination for adventure sports tourism. The Thajiwas range divides the Sonmarg Valley into two halves; on one side lies the fir-covered Thajiwas spur, which is popular for camping. The Thajiwas glacier, which is the main attraction of this place, is located on the other side.

Camping & trout fishing are some popular adventure activities. Sonmarg is also the starting point for the trek to Amarnath Cave , a major Hindu pilgrimage destination. However, in the winter, Sonamarg is inaccessible because of avalanches and heavy snowfall that shut the NH1D, which connects it to neighbouring locations. Except for the winter months (November to February), the climate in the area is normally suitable for tourism. It is best to visit flowery meadows between April and October to fully appreciate their splendour.

Top Sightseeing Attractions in Sonmarg

  • Thajiwas Glacier
  • Baltal Valley (close to Sonmarg)
  • Amarnath Cave
  • Kishansar Lake
  • Vishansar Lake
  • Gadsar Lake

Best Things to Do in Sonmarg

  • Whitewater rafting

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Pahalgam Jammu Kashmir

Pahalgam. Located in the Anantnag district, about 90 km away from Srinagar and it is located on the banks of the River Lidder. One of the most well-liked trekking areas is the Kolahoi Glaciers trip, which passes via the lovely settlement of Aru village, Pahalgam. Pahalgam in Kashmir Valley is a compassionate and beautiful reflection of nature. This small village is located at the intersection of two streams flowing from the beautiful Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River and offers many breathtaking landscapes. Pahalgam is also known as the Valley of Shepherds.

Pahalgam was the location for the classic Bollywood film Betaab, starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh. As a result, the valley was renamed Betaab Valley. It is a visual treat with its meadows, forests and pristine environment. Aru Valley, Betab Valley and Baisaran are some of the places which make Pahalgam the best in Kashmir for a sightseeing tour. Remember to purchase authentic Kashmiri saffron from Pampore when at Pahalgam.

Baisaran, commonly known as “Mini Switzerland,” is a picturesque location 6 kilometres from Pahalgam. With serene meadows, clean lakes, and picturesque surroundings, you may simply stroll across the region or sit down for a picnic. Baisaran also provides activities such as pony rides and zorbing. Chandanwari, located in Pahalgam, is the starting point for one of India’s most famous pilgrimages, the Amarnath Yatra.

From November to February, the weather is fairly cold, with plenty of snow on the ground. It grows a little warmer in the later months till April, though the minimum temperature stays around 2-3 degrees Celsius.

Top Sightseeing Attractions

  • Betaab Valley

Best Things to Do

  • Enjoy a picnic

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Gurez Valley Jammu Kashmir

The Gurez Valley is a stunning natural location in Jammu and Kashmir, located in the high Himalayas around 86 kilometres (53 miles) north of Srinagar and 123 kilometres (76 miles) south of Bandipore. Gurez Valley is situated at an elevation of 2400 metres above sea level and the weather is always nice here. The area is ideal for photography, tranquil picnics, and hiking adventures. The picturesque valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, meadows clothed with lindens, walnut and willow trees and the raging river KishanGanga. Dawar and Tilel are the two districts that make up the Gurez Valley. Dawar is also Gurez’s central settlement, and it is where all of the hotels are located.

Due to substantial snowfall of about 2 metres (7 ft) and the closure of Razdan Pass in winter, the Gurez Valley is cut off from the rest of the world for six months and also enhances its appeal as a famous tourist destination in Jammu and Kashmir. The people who live here are one of the oldest tribes in Kashmir called the Dard Shin Tribe and speak a language called Shina. Villages are also spread across the valley, providing tourists with a glimpse into the tough yet peaceful lives of the residents.

Visitors can ride the Gurez helicopter operated by the Gurez Copter Service to see the valley from a whole different perspective. Given its altitude, the valley is expected to be colder than other places. Pack a warm jacket, gloves, and extra clothing to keep yourself warm in windy conditions, especially at night. The network is difficult to discover here, and companies such as Airtel and JIO may not work at all. BSNL is one of the few service providers that provides some services, but it is also bleak.

Top Sightseeing Attractions

  • Peer Baba Shrine
  • Habba Khatoon Peak
  • Mountain climbing

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Verinag Jammu Kashmir

Verinag is a town in the district of Anantnag, where the Verinag Spring is a must-see attraction. Verinag is a town named after the Verinag spring and the Mughal garden. Verinag, on the route to Jammu, is a spring of great importance and beauty, with deep blue water that emerges from the bottom of a high scarp of a mountain spur, and this stone basin & arcade surrounding were built by Jahangir. This spring is well-known for never drying up or overflowing.

Emperor Jahangir constructed an octagonal pavement around the spring. The Emperor was so taken with the beauty of Verinag that when he died at Chengas village near Rajouri, he requested to be buried there. And after finishing the design for the spring and the adjoining garden, he said that the traveller who travelled around the world can rarely give any example of another site of such beauty.

At this location, a tourist bungalow, a rest house, and some shelters have been built. A Mughal Garden also stands right in front of this spring. The beautiful garden next to it was built by Shah Jahan. This tourist resort is located in Tehsil Shahabad Bala, approximately 26 kilometres from Anantnag Town. The spring is the main source of the River Jhelum. The Archaeological Survey of India has designated Verinag Spring and the Mughal Arcade surrounding it as a Monument of National Importance.

According to folklore, goddess Vitasta (Jhelum) planned to take her rise from here, but when she arrived, Shiva was already here, so she had to return and take her rise from Veravurthur, a spring approximately one mile to the north-west of this location. Virah means ‘to return’ in Sanskrit, and nag signifies a water spring, therefore because Vitasta had to return from this location, it became known as Virahnag or “Vernag.”

  • Verinag Spring
  • Mughal Gardens

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Srinagar Jammu Kashmir

Srinagar finds a place on this list because it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the top honeymoon destination. Srinagar, often referred to as “Heaven on Earth,” is located in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, on the banks of the Jhelum River between the Hari Parbat and Shankaracharya hills. Srinagar is notable for its stationary houseboats and gondola-style rowboats known as Shikaras in Dal Lake. It is Jammu and Kashmir’s largest city and summer capital.

The presence of many Mughal Gardens, religious & historical sites as well as Dal & Nigeen Lakes has led Srinagar to being called the “Land of Gardens and Lakes.” Among the other things that will surprise you, is the floating vegetable market on Dal Lake. Shikaras are used by tourists to visit sites such as the Floating Vegetable Market and the Mir Bahris, a vibrant community of people who live on the lakeside itself. Several houseboats on the lake offer a wonderful and unique stay experience. Srinagar is home to some of India’s most beautiful Mughal-era gardens, including Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and Chashm-e-Shahi Garden. The largest Tulip gardens in Asia are also in Srinagar.

Kashmiri food, also known as Wazwan, is well-known around the world. When in Srinagar, taste the traditional delicacies, which are rich in typical fragrant spices. Srinagar is also known for its Kashmiri shawls, Kashmiri apples, and dried fruits (almonds and walnuts) at the Lal Chowk Market.

During the winter months of December to February, heavy snowfall affects Srinagar’s connection. Communal conflicts often result in frequent curfews in some areas of the city; however, things have improved in recent years. So, before you go, make sure you look over the circumstances.

  • Tulip Gardens
  • Hari Parbat Fort
  • Kahnqah Shah-i-Hamadan
  • Hazratbal Shrine
  • Shankaracharya Temple
  • Kheer Bhawani Temple

Best Things to Do 

  • Take a shikhara ride on the Dal Lake
  • Enjoy a houseboat stay on Dal & Nageen Lakes
  • Visit the floating vegetable market on Dal Lake

Check out:  Affordable Srinagar Kashmir Tour Packages

Vaishno Devi

Those who are spiritually inclined should not miss out on visiting Vaishno Devi , a temple town, and also a major Hindu pilgrimage destination in India. The temple stands on the Trikuta Hills,13 kilometres from Katra (in Jammu and Kashmir’s union territory). The Mother Goddess, who is the main deity, is believed to fulfil the wishes of her devotees. Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani, Vaishnavi, and Trikuta, is an embodiment of the Hindu Goddess Durga. Goddesses are believed to arrive at the Holy Cave during the pooja and aarti to pay their respects to Mata Rani. Vaishno Devi is known as Moonh Maangi Muradein Poori Karne Wali Mata (the mother who grants her children’s requests). This sacred site is regarded as the most important Shaktipeeth since it is believed that the Goddess Sati’s skull fell here.

Maa Vaishno Devi’s darshan in the holy cave takes the shape of three naturally formed rocks known as pindies. The goddess is represented by these pindies in three different forms: Maha Kali, Maha Saraswati, and Maha Lakshmi. Interestingly, although sharing the same source rock, all of the pindies varied in colour and texture. The delicate white rock on the extreme left is believed to be the Goddess Saraswati, the yellow-red rock in the middle represents Goddess Lakshmi and the black rock on the left represents Goddess Kali. The Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata were believed to have built the sacred cave temple. Every year, almost a million individuals visit the Vaishno Devi temple.

To reach the temple, you will have to take a trek of nearly 14 kilometres which starts from the Ban Ganga bridge. Other options are battery-operated cars, ponies, palkies and helicopter rides to Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. On the Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrimage, devotees make customary offerings to Mata of chunri (a red-coloured drape), sarees, dried fruits, silver or gold trinkets, Cholas, flowers, and so on. The route to Vaishno Devi is filled with stores that sell a range of snacks and refreshments, as well as religious souvenirs.

Top Things to Do

  • Seek blessing at Mata Vaishno Devi Temple
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Patnitop Jammu Kashmir

The hill station of Patnitop is included among the popular tourist places in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir for its meadows, gorgeous views & lovely views of the Himalayan peaks. If you are looking for winter getaways in Jammu, this is where you should be. Patnitop is situated in the Ramban area of Jammu and Kashmir, India, between Ramban Town and Udhampur City. It is situated 112 kilometres (70 miles) from Jammu on the route from Udhampur to Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. Located on a plateau in the Himalayan Shivalik range.

A paragliding joyride is available at Patnitop, a hilltop tourist resort situated 2024 metres above sea level. The trip starts at Dawariyai, a landmark located two km away on Patnitop-Sanasar Road, also called Billoo Di Powri Point. You can also enjoy skiing & paragliding at Madhatop, which can be reached by 5 kilometres from Patnitop. Furthermore, travellers can enjoy visiting areas like Batote, natural freshwater springs, and savouring Kashmiri cuisine in Patnitop’s famous dhabas. During your stay, don’t forget to taste Patisa, the local delicacy.

Sanasar, which is 17 kilometres away from this hill station, is well-known for its golf courses, paragliding base, and extensive tourist possibilities.

  • Bilo ki Powri
  • Shiva Ghar (almost 11 kilometers from Patnitop)

Popular Things to Do

  • Enjoy a picnic at Kud Park
  • Try paragliding & skiing at Madhatop (almost 5 kilometers from Patnitop)

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Doda Jammu Kashmir

Doda is a district located in the eastern part of Jammu and has plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and even adventure. The region is named after the town of Doda, which is located at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level. The district boundaries do not intersect with international borders or the Line of Control. The district is bordered by the Himachal Pradesh districts of Anantnag, Ramban, Kishtwar, Udhampur, and Chamba. The area of this place is hilly all over the district. It is situated on the Chenab River in the southern western (Punjab) Himalayas (the western section of the huge Himalayas mountain range). Agriculture and mining are prominent in the surrounding area, which includes deodar pine trees.

Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of sports like snow skiing, mountain biking, trekking and paragliding. There are several wonderful trekking paths in the Bhaderwah region in particular. Those who are spiritually inclined should certainly visit Doda since there are plenty of temples and a splendid mosque too. The Chandi Mata Temple and Vasuki Nag Temple are prominent pilgrimage places for Hindus.

The climate in the area ranges from temperate to subtropical. The district’s climate is almost desert-like, with little rain. The temperature changes from location to location. The temperatures of Ramban and Doda are warmer. Summer is typically without rain but during the months of July and September, the Doda district receives a lot of rain.

  • Vasuki Naag Temple
  • Gupt Ganga Temple
  • Jamia Masjid Bhaderwah
  • Shitla Mata Roshera
  • Ziyarat Bangla Nallah
  • Lakshmi Narayana Temple
  • Snow skiing
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding

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Kishtwar Jammu Kashmir

Kishtwar district covers an area of 7,737 square kilometres (2,987 square miles). The district is bounded to the east and north by the Kargil district, to the south by the Chamba district, and to the west by Anantnag and Doda districts. Kishtwar is located on a plateau above the Chenab River and below the Nigeen Glacier. Kishtwar is a sleepy peaceful town and a top tourist spot in Jammu and Kashmir as much for its waterfalls and numerous trekking routes as for its rare blue sapphire and high-quality saffron that is found here. The area does saffron cultivation for a limited time and its harvesting is followed by ceremonies and festivals.

It is home to the biggest mosques, a national park home to rich flora & fauna, an old fort, traditional Kishtwari craft and unique Kashmiri vegetarian dishes like Aloo (Potatoes) in yoghurt.

The Kishtwar National Park covers 400 square kilometres and is home to several mammal species, including musk deer and Himalayan black and brown bear. Kishtwar is unique due to its wide range of flora and animals, even though it is not the only high-altitude wildlife sanctuary.

A vacation in Kishtwar will also provide you with lots of sightseeing options, with the most popular tourist attractions such as Qilla Kishtwar, Katarsamna & Bharnoin, which is also a popular picnic spot, Mughal Maidan & Padyarna, a historical site covered with remains of stone-temples, stone inscriptions, and idols.

Another reason travellers visit Kishtwar is for adventure tourism, with the Paddar and Wadhwan Valleys popular for paragliding and rock climbing. Trekking is also popular here, including a well-known route that crosses the Umasi La Pass from Paddar Valley to Zanskar Valley.

  • Jamia Masjid
  • Shrine of Shah Asrar-ud-Din
  • Shrine of Shah Farid-ud-Din Bagdadi
  • Sarthal Devi Temple
  • Kishtwar National Park
  • Dishes like Lotus root curry

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Sanasar Jammu Kashmir

Sanasar is named after the villages of Sana and Sar and can be counted among the most beautiful places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir. Sana and Sar, named after small local lakes, are located 20 kilometres west of Patnitop, Udhampur district, on National Highway 1A. It is an important centre for adventure sports activities in the Jammu region, located at an elevation of 2,050 metres. Sanasar is a meadow situated in Jammu and has the appearance of a cup. The meadow is now transformed into a golf course. Visitors can utilise valuable time at Sanasar’s new 9-hole golf course. The region is known for its breathtaking views of mountain ranges such as the Brammah Massif. Sanasar, also known as little Gulmarg.

You will come across coniferous forests, meadows clothed with flowers and heart-winning views of the Himalayan Ranges. It’s a good place for trekkers, with plenty of trekking trails. Sanasar’s flat and hilly terrain makes it perfect for skiing, paragliding, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, trekking, abseiling, and rock climbing. The Jammu and Kashmir Government organises all adventure-based activities in Sanasar. Tourists interested in trekking can rent essential equipment from tourist department-established shops. If you are travelling with your family, there are also opportunities for camping including lighting a bonfire.

  • Sanasar Lake
  • Shank Pal Temple
  • Golf Course

Best Things to do 

  • Rock climbing

Check out: Complete Travel Guide for Sanasar

Jammu and Kashmir, a union territory, is a place of incomparable beauty and diversity. Its magnificent landscapes, which range from the tranquil valleys of Kashmir to the high-altitude districts of Jammu, have earned it the title “Crown of India.” This region captivates travellers with its unique blend of cultural richness, historical significance, and natural activities.

The iconic Dal Lake in Srinagar, Gulmarg’s skiing and trekking chances, and the pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi Temple are just a few of the many highlights of this amazing area. Jammu & Kashmir provides something for everyone, whether you’re looking for adventure, nature, or culture.

The timeless beauty of Jammu and Kashmir, cultural richness, scope for adventure, and a lot in store for families as well as couples. Sights that draw a relaxed sigh within you! A trip to this gorgeous location allows you to immerse yourself in the allure and mystique of one of India’s most spectacular attractions. Which of these 12 places appeals to you the most, or which of them have you visited? Share your experiences with us.

Other Important J & K Tourism Resources

  • Jammu & Kashmir Complete Travel Guide
  • History of Jammu & Kashmir
  • Best Time to Visit Jammu & Kashmir

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. what is the best time to visit jammu and kashmir tourism.

Jammu and Kashmir is a year round destination, and can be visited throughout the year. It depends on the kind of experience you are out for, as both summers and winters offer varied experiences.

Q. When can I enjoy snowfall in Kashmir?

Snowfall in Kashmir can be enjoyed from November to February.

Q. Do you need a separate visa/permit to travel to Kashmir?

Foreigners have to fill out a form once they land at the airport in Kashmir.

Q. What are the top places in Kashmir for families with kids?

Some of the best places in Kashmir for families with kids are Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Kishtwar in the Jammu region.

Q. What are the top destinations in Jammu and Kashmir for a honeymoon trip?

The best places in Jammu and Kashmir for a honeymoon trip are Patnitop in Jammu region, and Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Budgam and Kupwara.

Published: 03 Nov, 2023

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Writing, for me, is an artistic expression of the countless thoughts flooding my mind. For now, travel content writing is what keeps me going! In my spare time, I like nothing better than immersing myself in a book, along with a cuppa! A classic movie helps too! I define traveling as a process of self-discovery. Hailing from Darjeeling, my ultimate desire is to escape to the hills, with the mountain air and solitude as my constant companions!

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Enclosed by the snow-clad mountains and the gleaming lakes creates a picturesque landscape on earth which is known as Kashmir. This state of India is precisely divided into three regions namely Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh which is covered by the mighty ranges of the Great Himalayas and Pir Panjal range. Due to the various picturesque places to visit in Kashmir , it is often referred as India’s Switzerland, as the place is blessed with the most scenic views which are worth a visit. The state has a long list of places which reflects the nature’s beauty at its best which cannot be missed by any traveler.

Kashmir has finally picked tourism activities after two back-to-back lockdowns. To ensure maximum safety and precautions, tourists with Covid-19 negative certificate are allowed to visit the valley. It is a welcome step post the lockdown phase but make sure to follow all the safety protocols and check with the local government guidelines before you plan on visiting this gorgeous valley. So, pretty much it is an amazing place to visit during Covid.

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If you’re traveling to this part of the country for the first time, then you cannot dare to miss these picturesque places in Kashmir and enjoy the scenic beauty of the state at its best. Check out this list of the top places to visit in Kashmir and pick the best ones for your next vacation. 

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  • Pulwama – All About Natural Springs & Apple Orchards
  • Pahalgam – Get Allured By Picturesque Views
  • Hemis – The Famous Snow Leopard Capital
  • Jammu City – The City Of Beauty
  • Kishtwar – Animal Lover’s Paradise
  • Doda – Mini Kashmir
  • Poonch – Offbeat Location
  • Anantnag – Home To Temples
  • Nishat Garden – Perfect For A Laid-Back Day
  • Shalimar Garden – Photographer’s Paradise
  • Chashmashahi – One Of The Mughal Gardens
  • Jama Masjid – Marvel At The Intricate Architecture
  • Yusmarg – Sit In Tranquility
  • Vaishno Devi – Haven For Pilgrims
  • Patnitop – Picture-Perfect Paradise
  • Aru Valley – Perfect Place To Unwind
  • Amarnath – Marvel At The Natural Occurences
  • Sanasar – Ideal For Adventure Junkies
  • Dachigam National Park -Flora & Fauna
  • Khilanmarg – Paradise For Skiing
  • Baltal – For Picturesque Landscapes
  • Bhaderwah – For Stunning Vistas
  • Kishtwar National Park – For Musk Deer & Himalayan Bear

1. Srinagar – Heaven On Earth

Colourful Paradise No Should Ever Miss in Srinagar which is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Srinagar is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and famous places to visit in Kashmir in December as well as in India. From boating to trekking, bird watching to water skiing, Srinagar place has it all. Locally this place is known as the mirror to the mountains, Srinagar is a first stopover for every traveler and there are a long list of places to visit in Srinagar, Kashmir. The largest city of Kashmir, this place is enclosed by the green mountains and the main highlight being the Dal Lake which is the gem of the city. This place gives a close outlook to the Kashmiri cuisine and the state’s culture, making it an ideal place to visit in Kashmir. 

Best Time To Visit: June to October, and for snow you must visit Srinagar in December or January Things To Do In Srinagar: Stay in the boat house, Visit the Mughal gardens, Take the shikara ride How To Reach:

  • By Air: Srinagar Domestic Airport is well-connected to all the major cities in India and you can easily board a flight and read Srinagar.
  • By Bus: Board a government or private bus to Srinagar.
  • By Train : Jammu is the nearest railway station.

Places To Stay:  Four Points, Shamus Javed Home Stay, S Group Of Houseboat, Radisson Srinagar, Hotel Fabulous Kashmir Places To Visit: Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Nishat Bagh

Must Read: 10 Charming Festivals In Jammu And Kashmir

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2. Gulmarg – Ski Your Way

Travelers riding a cable car over a valley covered in snow in Gulmarg

Famously known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful places in Kashmir which is a treat to the eyes with its spread of vibrant flowers against snow-capped mountains as backgrounds. Gulmarg is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Kashmir with family for all right reasons. This region of Kashmir is also known as the adventurer’s paradise because of its vast options for skiing in the snow while enjoying the views around. The best time to visit Kashmir for snowfall is in the winter season i.e. December-January.

Best Time To Visit: June to October, and for snow December & January would be the best Things to do in Gulmarg : Mountain Biking, trekking, Skiing if you visit in winter and Gondola rides for a panoramic view of the valley. How To Reach:

  • By Air: You can board a flight till Srinagar Airport and then hire a cab to Gulmarg and reach in 3 hours.
  • By Bus: Take a bus till Srinagar and then you can take a connecting bus to Gulmarg.

Places To Stay:  Heevan Retreat Gulmarg, Hotel Affarwat, Nedous Hotel Gulmarg, The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, The Rosewood Places To Visit:  Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Strawberry Field, Apharwat Peak

3. Sonamarg – The Land Of Gold

The picturesque Sonmarg is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir in Summer

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Sonamarg, as the name suggests, is famous as the ‘Meadow of Gold’. An endless stream of stunning flowers and undulated trekking routes are its attractions. Sonamarg has to be on every visitor’s list of unique places to visit in Kashmir in winter for its mesmerizing aura and breathtaking views. The best season to visit Kashmir would be in summer i.e. May-June when the valley is blooming with variegated flowers.

Best Time To Visit: June through October, December & January for snow Things to do in Sonamarg : Trekking, Camping and nature walks How To Reach:

  • By Air: Srinagar airport is located at a distance of 70 km from Sonmarg and you can taxi from the airport and reach easily.
  • By Bus: Take a bus to Srinagar and then you can take a connecting bus till Sonamarg.

Places To Stay:  Sheen Woods Resort, Hotel Barzman, Hotel Snow Land, Hotel Akbar Sonamarg , Hotel Village Walk 

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4. Leh – 3 Idiot’s Location

Enjoy bike trip in Leh ladakh which is known as one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Leh is one of the best and safe places to visit in Kashmir in summer. The lofty mountains, the alpine lakes, and the quaint settings enable Leh one of the best places to visit. This place is every biker’s dreamland. Clad in the beauty and love of nature, Leh offers breathtaking views, leaving no visitor disappointed. You must explore all the top places to visit in Leh when travelling to Kashmir.

Best Time To Visit: April to June, September to October. Most of the tracks are closed after November due to heavy snowfall Things To Do: Trekking and Mountain Biking is all it takes to give you a lifetime’s worth memories How To Reach:

  • By Air: Take a flight till Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport.
  • By Bus : Take a bus till Srinagar and then you can take a connecting bus till Leh.
  • By Train : Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Ladakh Greens, The Empyrean House, Raybo Hostel, The Grand Dragon Ladakh, Laksdup Guest House Places To Visit:  Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Kargil

5. Kupwara – The Delight Of Kashmir

An enchanting view of Kupwara in Kashmir

Kupwara is a small district located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and situated at a distance of 90 Km from the state capital, Srinagar. Blessed with nature’s finest views, the thriving meadows, alpine mountains, and the gushing clear water make Kupwara is one of the most beautiful places to see in Kashmir because of its abstract beauty.

Best Time To Visit: April to October Things To Do: Visit to Lolab valley, Qamar Reshi Sahib Shrine, Sheikh Baba Behram How To Reach:

  • By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar Airport and then hire a cab to Kupwara.
  • By Bus : Take a bus till Srinagar and then you can take a connecting bus to Kupwara.
  • By Train : Baramulla is the nearest railway station.

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6. Kathua – Lesser-Known Gem

Kathua, the city of Sufis is known as one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Commonly called the “city of sufis”, this city in Jammu and Kashmir shares the southern borders with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The city has a large presence of Sufi shrines of Pirs within its boundaries. For history lovers willing to have a glimpse of Kashmir’s past, Kathua should be on your list of top places to visit in Kashmir. Situated on the banks of a river, Kathua offers scintillating views and a serene atmosphere. The city is also a gateway to a state and a big industrial town with an army presence.

Best Time To Visit: Summer is the best time to visit Kathua Things To Do: Jasrota fort is a must visit for history lovers. Picnicking in Ujh Barrage

How To Reach:

  • By Air: Take a flight till Jammu Airport and then hire a cab.
  • By Bus : Take a bus till Kathua.
  • By Train : Take a train till Kathua Railway Station.

Places To Stay:  Coral River Resort, Hotel Orchard Green, Hotel Unite, Sai Guest House, Hotel Jewel Premium

7. Kargil – A Witness Of Many Wars

Kargil is one of the must visit places in Kashmir

Kargil is a small town in the Kargil district of Ladakh region, which brings shivers down the spine of the Indian Citizens. This part of Ladakh is a must-visit for every first-time traveler to capture the undaunted beauty of the place. Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh which offers a plethora of options to escape in nature’s lap. Not only does this city bring heart-touching memories but also provides scintillating views. The atmosphere in this city oozes with emotions.

Best Time To Visit: March to June Things To Do: Mountaineering in the Nun Mountains, trekking to Suru Valley. Visits to Mulbek Gompa, Shergol, Urgyan Dzong and Wakha Rgyal How To Reach: Take a bus or hire a cab to reach Kargil. Places To Stay:  Hotel Brown Hill-Kargil, Hotel D’Zojila, Royal Gasho Hotel, Hotel Zojila Residency

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8. Pulwama – All About Natural Springs & Apple Orchards

Pulwama is known as the city of colorburst

Famously named as the “Rice Bowl of Kashmir”, this quaint village in Jammu and Kashmir is a great place to witness the nature’s real beauty. Situated at a distance of 40 Kms from Srinagar, this place has many tourist sites for the first-time travelers to explore. This multi-hued city offers amiable weather, pleasant odor saffron fields, malleable citizens. One cannot have enough of the saffron fields and the rich culture in Pulwama which makes it one of the best picnic spots in Kashmir.

Best Time To Visit: April to October Things To Do: Mountaineering and trekking in summers and skiing and snowboarding in winters

  • By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar Airport and then hire a cab.
  • By Bus : Take a bus till Pulwama as it is well-connected with all the cities.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Six Seasons, Hotel Shuhrah-I-Afaq, Four Points, Hotel Ashai

9. Pahalgam – Get Allured By Picturesque Views

Pahalgam is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir in summer

Pahalgam is considered as an illustration of the heaven on earth which is situated at an altitude of 2740 m. It is situated at distance of 95 Kms from Srinagar and surrounded by dense forests, beautiful lakes and meadows of flowers. Tranquility and serenity are the other names of Pahalgam. This tiny town is known to suck out all the stress of every visitor and is therefore counted amongst the best places to visit in Kashmir .

Best Time To Visit: June to October, December & January for snow Things To Do In Pahalgam : Visit to Betab and Aru Valleys, Horseback riding, canoeing

  • By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar Airport and then hire a cab till Pahalgam.
  • By Bus : Take a bus till Srinagar and then you can take a connecting bus till Pahalgam.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Alpine K2, Eden Resorts & Spa, Hotel Island Pahalgam, Premier  Pahalgam Places To Visit:  Betab Valley, Mamal Temple, Sheshnag Lake

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10. Hemis – The Famous Snow Leopard Capital

A breathtaking View Of Hemis describing the natural beauty of the town

One of the many unexplored destinations in Jammu and Kashmir, Hemis is a small village which is located at a distance of 40 km southeast of Leh. Like every other region of Jammu and Kashmir, Hemis also epitomizes natural beauty. Hemis is popularly known for its magnificent monasteries and national parks. It is a must visit in Kashmir in summers if you are a wildlife enthusiast. Rare species like the snow leopard and bharals find shelter in the national park here.

Best Time To Visit: May to July Things To Do: Visit the Hemis Monastery and the Hemis National Park

  • By Air: Take a flight till Leh airport and then hire a cab till Hemis.
  • By Bus : Take a bus till Leh and then you can take a taxi till Hemis.

11. Jammu City – The City Of Beauty

A spectacular view of Jammu city which is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

The city of Jammu is indeed one of the famous places in the Kashmir area. As you may know it, the city is bestowed by the presence of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, a significant pilgrimage spot for Hindus. It is also called the City of Temples, as there are many religious sites here, including Peer Baba Temple, Mahamaya Temple and Peer Khoh. Other than the spiritual side, the city is beautified with scenic charm and rugged Bahu Fort.

Best Time To Visit: Anytime is the best time to visit Things to do in Jammu : Temple visit, sightseeing and trekking

  • By Air: Take a flight till Jammu airport.
  • By Bus : Take a bus till Jammu as it is well-connected with all cities by road.
  • By Train : Take a traing till Jammu Tawi.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Raghunath, Lemon Tree Hotel Jammu, Sandy’s Homestay, Zone by The Park, Le Roi Jammu Places To Visit:  Vaishno Devi Temple, Raghunath Temple, Bahu Fort

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12. Kishtwar – Animal Lover’s Paradise

kishtwar is famous for its lofty hills, lush greenery consisting of pine and deodar forests

Since Kishtwar is somewhere far from tourists’ radar, offbeat travellers consider it a gem. The landscape here bewitches with its lofty hills, lush greenery consisting of pine and deodar forests. The national park in Kishtwar attracts wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Other than that Machail Yatra and Sarthal Yatra are two pilgrimage circuits of high reverence, which you must consider during your visit. When searching for best places to visit in Kashmir, do include this in your itinerary.

Best Time To Visit: Summer Things To Do: Trekking, camping, wildlife safari and pilgrimage

  • By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar airport and then hire a cab till Kishtwar.
  • By Bus : Take a bus till Kishtwar as it is well-connected with all cities by road.
  • By Train : Udhampur is the nearest railway station.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Doda Darbar, Hotel Tourist Regency, Hotel Trinetra Resorts, Vardaan Hotels – PatniTop, Akas Resort Patnitop

13. Doda – Mini Kashmir

Doda is a place for adventure and nature lovers

Blessed with diversity in its landscape, Doda is a place for adventure and nature lovers. Whether you are a beginner in adventure activities or an expert, you will consider this a gem. Doda, though lesser-known among tourists, it is well known for two Hindu shrines, namely – Athra Devi Temple and Chandi Mata Temple.

Best Time To Visit: Summer Things To Do: Trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing and temple visit

  • By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar airport and then hire a cab till Doda.

Places To Stay:  Sarain Darbar Lodge, Hotel Doda Darbar, MK HOLIDAY INN BHADERWAH

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14. Poonch – Offbeat Location

Poonch City is famous for its lush green meadows, and view of snow-capped mountains

One of the top beautiful and must visit places in Kashmir, without a doubt, is Poonch. The lush green meadows, view of snow-capped mountains and the eighteenth-century Poonch Fort combine to weave a panorama that makes you weak in the knees. The seven lakes of Girgan Dhok have to be in your itinerary, alongside many religious shrines like Baksh Sahib and Gurudwara Nangali Sahib.

Best Time To Visit: Summer Things To Do: Temple visit, trekking and sightseeing

  • By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar airport and then hire a cab till Poonch.
  • By Bus : Take a bus from Srinagar to Poonch.

Places To Stay:  Poonch House, Akas Resort Patnitop, Hotel Trinetra Resorts

15. Anantnag – Home To Temples

A majestic view of Anantnag which is known as one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Adorned with flourishing gardens and freshwater springs, Anantnag is a divine destination. Right here, you get to enjoy the comfort of a city and the essence of nature. There is a number of places you can go on for a day tour, such as Verinag and Daksum. Surely, our list of Kashmir tourist places wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this one!

Best Time To Visit: Anytime Things To Do: Sightseeing, day trips, temple visits.

  • By Air: Take a flight to Srinagar airport and then hire a cab till Anantnag.
  • By Bus : Take a bus from Srinagar or Jammu to Anantnag.
  • By Train : Take a train till Anantnag railway station.

Places To Stay: Hotel Himalaya House, Hotel Pahalgam Divine, Shahijahan Palace, Exploring Kashmir tours and Trekks, BG’s White Residential Home

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16. Nishat Garden – Perfect For A Laid-Back Day

Garden view from bird's point of view

Counted among the best places to go in Kashmir, Nishat Garden is considered to be amongst the largest Mughal Gardens located on the banks of Dal Lake. Nishat Garden is also known by the name the Garden of Bliss and rightly so, as there are breathtaking Zabarwan Mountains in the backdrop. This garden is historically famous and Asaf Khan, who was the brother of Nur Jahan designed it. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Kashmir, India.

Best Time To Visit: October to December Things To Do: Walk in nature, watching the flowers Places To Stay:  Nishat Lake View Resorts, Zostel Srinagar, Grand Noora Palace, Young Beauty Star Houseboat, Fortune Resort Heevan – Member ITC Hotel Group

17. Shalimar Garden – Photographer’s Paradise

people near a pond in a Shalimar garden which is one of the top places to visit in Kashmir

This garden was established in the year 1616 by the well-known Emperor Jehangir, especially for his wife, Nur Jahan. After some time, another garden named Faiz Baksh was added to this one. You’ll find a canal inside the garden that has been embellished with polished stones at the boundaries. This canal at the centre of the garden is considered to be the focal point here. If you are looking for the best places to see in Kashmir, do stop by Shalimar Garden.

Best Time To Visit: October to December Things To Do: birdwatching, picnic

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18. Chashmashahi – One Of The Mughal Gardens

cottage with mountains in backdrop

This garden was established in 1632 AD and is considered the smallest among the 3 Mughal Gardens in Kashmir. It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. From here, you’ll get to see a really picturesque view of Dal Lake as well as many mountains in the neighbouring regions.

Best Time To Visit: October to December Things To Do: the place is ideal for picnicking Places To Stay: New Rajas Garden Houseboad, De Laila Houseboat, Vivanta Dal View, The LaLit Grand Palace

19. Jama Masjid – Marvel At The Intricate Architecture

a mosque and a garden view in Kashmir

This mosque is located in Nowhatta and is considered among the most pivotal ones in Srinagar. The mosque was constructed by Sultan Sikandar during the 1400 AD. moreover, the mosque was expanded by Sikandar’s son, Zain-ul-Abidin. You’ll find 370 wooden pillars in this mosque and a mesmerising courtyard – both of them are considered to be the major highlights of this mosque.

Best Time To Visit: October to December Things To Do: Sightseeing, exploring the rich religious aspect Places To Stay:  The Rising Shot, Radisson Blu Jammu, THE GRAND BANQUETS, Le Roi Jammu, Hotel Imperial Lodge

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20. Yusmarg – Sit In Tranquility

A view of a valley which is one of the majestic places to visit in Kashmir

This is considered to be the best place when it comes to observing the natural aspects of Kashmir. This is one of the top tourist places in Kashmir that is not much explored. If you go 4 kilometers downhill from this place, you’ll see the beautiful Nil Nag Lake which will be a treat to your eyes. You’ll find the true tranquillity as well as picturesqueness of Kashmir here.

Best Time To Visit: October to December Things To Do: Trekking, pony-riding

  • By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar airport and then hire a cab till Yusmarg.
  • By Bus : Take a bus from Srinagar to Yusmarg.
  • By Train : Take a train till Jammu railway station and then take a cab till Yusmarg

Places To Stay: Hotel Shuhrah-I-Afaq, The Cedrus Resort, DUSKWOOD LODGE, Heritage Luxury

21. Vaishno Devi – Haven For Pilgrims

Vaishno Devi is one of the blissful places to visit in Kashmir

Nestled in Trikuta Hills, Vaishno Devi is a town famous for the temple that goes by the name of the town. It is said that Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Durga from Hindu mythology. This place is considered sacred as it is counted among one of the 108 Shakti Peeth in India which is why this temple receives a heavy footfall every year. The journey to the temple includes a trek of 13 kilometers which takes 9-10 hours depending on your pace. Services like palanquins, ponies, and helicopters are also available for those who cannot walk or want to read early. There is no doubt that Vaishno Devi is counted among the top places to visit in Kashmir.

Best Time To Visit : March – October Things to do : Trekking, shopping, and trying local food.

How To Reach: The easiest way to reach Vaishno Devi is by taking a train till Katra railway station. Places To Stay:  Hotel Subash International, Devi Mahal, Madhu Palace, Hotel Bhavini, Hotel Kanshi Vishwa Nath

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22. Patnitop – Picture-Perfect Paradise

A gorgeous view of Patnitop blanketed by the sky-high Himalayas covered with snow

Endless meadows and picturesque views describe Patnitop the best. Blanketed by the sky-high Himalayas covered with snow, Patnitop has created a niche in the tourism industry due to its surreal beauty. Along with this, the place also offers some thrilling activities that will treat the adrenaline junkie in you. It proves to be one of the top tourist places in Kashmir for both families and friends.

Best Time To Visit: May – June, September – October Things to do : Trekking, paragliding, and skiing

  • By Air: Take a flight till Srinagar or Jammu airport and then hire a cab till Patnitop.
  • By Train : Take a train till Jammu or Udhampur railway station and then take a cab till Patnitop.

Places To Stay:  Poonch House, Akas Resort Patnitop, Hotel Trinetra Resorts, Vardaan Hotels – PatniTop, Hotel Singh Axis

23. Aru Valley – Perfect Place To Unwind

Aru Valley is juxtaposed against the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas

Located 12 kilometers from Pahalgam, Aru Valley is juxtaposed against the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. It serves as a base camp for several treks and lakes including Tarsar Lake and Kolhoi Glacier as well as counted among the best places in Kashmir. The valley is also home to the Aru River which is a tributary of the Lidder River. Nature lovers resort to this place for peace and to unwind in the lap of nature. Apart from this, Aru Valley offers some of the most enthralling activities like horse riding and hiking. During the winter months, the view of the whole valley covered with snow is a comfort to the eyes. A visit to this place in Kashmir will leave you in awe of nature.

Best Time To Visit: July – September Things to do : Horse riding and trekking

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24. Amarnath – Marvel At The Natural Occurences

Amarnath is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Amarnath is a haven for pilgrims and is counted among the top places to visit in Kashmir. Worshippers of Lord Shiva visit this place every year to take blessings and witness the enshrined image of Shiva which is popularly called Shivaling. People from all over the world resort to this place and indulge in the well-known ‘Amarnath Yatra’. It is believed that this is the same cave where Lord Shiva told about the secret of life and eternity to Goddess Parvati. If you are a true follower of Lord Shiva then make sure that you include this attraction in your Kashmir tour itinerary.

Best Time To Visit : May – September Things to do : Trek How To Reach: Take a train till Jammu railway station and then hire a cab to Amarnath. Places To Stay: Hotel Barzman, Hotel Akbar Sonamarg, Sheen Woods Resort, The Pahalgam Pines

25. Sanasar – Ideal For Adventure Junkies

Sanasar offers numerous thrilling activities and counted among the best places to visit in Kashmir

Looking for an offbeat destination in Kashmir? Have you heard of Sanasar? No? Well, that is not a shock to us because this place is one of the hidden gems of Kashmir. It is a haven for adventure enthusiasts as this place offers many thrilling activities to indulge in like rock climbing, trekking, paragliding, and abseiling. The name, Sanasar, has been derived from the two local lakes and a visit to this place will take make you acquainted with the calmer side of Kashmir.

Best Time To Visit: April – June Things to do : Trekking, camping, and sightseeing

  • By Air: Take a flight till Jammu airport and then hire a cab till Sanasar.
  • By Train : Take a train till Jammu railway station and then take a cab till Sanasar.

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26. Dachigam National Park – Flora & Fauna

Dachigam National Park to witness a great variety of plants and animals

Kashmir not only has an abundance of beauty but also has abundant flora and fauna. Dachigam National Park is where you will find indigneous species of plants and animals. Even the landscapes of this place are truly mesmerizing. It is only 22 km from Srinagar and can be reached easily by taking a private taxi. Its natural beauty makes it one of the most-visited Kashmir tourist places.

Best Time To Visit: May-June and September-October is the Best Time To Visit: the park. Things To Do: Wildlife tour Places To Stay:  Hotel Golden Bees, Northland Residency, Gulab Resort, Dilaram Guest House

27. Khilanmarg – Paradise For Skiing

A spectacular view of Gondola ride Gulmarg, one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Only those who have visited Khilanmarg will agree that it is the most beautiful place in Kashmir. The valley put you in a trance because of its alluring landscapes and breathtaking panoramas. It is 6 km ahead of Gulmarg and only a few people dare to visit this place. There may not be much to do here but those who enjoy nature will love visiting this place. In summers, the aromatic flowers are the major attraction while skiing in winters lures tourists to this place.

Best Time To Visit: Spring and winter season Things To Do: Skiing in winter, hiking, nature walk Places To Stay: SHAW RESORT 11, Pine View Resort, Heevan Retreat Gulmarg, Shaw Inn

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28. Baltal – For Picturesque Landscapes

Baltal is one of the picturesque places to visit in Kashmir

Baltal is one of the most famous places in Kashmir and it owes its popularity to its picturesque environment. It is only 14 km away from Amarnath caves and offers a base for the devotees to spend a night. The staggering beauty of this valley makes it one of the most amazing Kashmir tourist places. You must visit this place as it is located at a convenient location from Srinagar and Pahalgam.

Best Time To Visit: May-September Things To Do: Nature sightseeing, photography Places To Stay:  Hotel Barzman, Hotel Akbar Sonamarg , Sheen Woods Resort

29. Bhaderwah – For Stunning Vistas

A stunning view of Bhaderwah in Kashmir

Located in Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir, Bhaderwah is another one of the Kashmir tourist places that you must visit on your vacation. A scenic drive to this place is all you need to make your experience in Kashmir most memorable one. The rich flora fauna of this place will leave you invigorated and gratifying. This place is also famous for a huge variety of snakes. There is no doubt in the fact that it is the most beautiful place in Kashmir that you every nature lover must explore.

Best Time To Visit: May-June Things To Do: Trekking, skiing, Mela Patt How To Reach: Jammu is the nearest airport, and you can hire a cab till Bhaderwah. Places To Stay:  Hotel Doda Darbar, MK HOLIDAY INN BHADERWAH, Sarain Darbar Lodge

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30. Kishtwar National Park 

Witness musk deer, and Himalayan black and brown bears at Kishtwar National Park 

If you love nature and animals, then you should definitely add Kishtwar National Park to enjoy Kashmir sightseeing. There, you will find musk deer, and Himalayan black and brown bears. The national park is located on a plateau above Chenab River and just below the Nagin Sheer Glacier. The lush greenery and landscapes will leave you reinvigorated. It is spread over a whopping area of 400 sqkm where you will find a variety of flora and fauna. It is one of the famous places in Jammu and Kashmir known for wildlife and nature.

Best Time To Visit: May-June, September-October Things To Do: Wildlife safari

Further Read: 10 Kashmir Travel Tips

Now, that you’ve your list ready, all you need only to book your Kashmir holiday , pack your bags and Get, Set go! But before you do, have a look at frequently asked questions about places to visit in Kashmir. Make sure that you are carrying your camera as you will get to witness some of the most beautiful landscapes.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Kashmir

Which is the most beautiful place in Kashmir?

The list of beautiful places to visit in Kashmir is quite long which includes Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Drass, Leh, and Zanskar. These places are quite famous and boast nature’s finest beauty.

Which are the main tourist attractions in the Kashmir region?

Kashmir is a land of numerous valleys which includes Chenab valley, Sindh Valley, Lidder Valley. And alongside there are many attractions which fascinate the tourists. Some of the famous ones are Srinagar, Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop, and Ladakh.

What are the best things to buy in Kashmir?

There are many things to buy in Kashmir as a souvenir which includes Walnut wood items, Papier Mache artefacts, Kashmir Pashminas, Kashmiri tea, Copperware, Spices. These are handcrafted by the locals and make some of the great items to buy.

What is the best time to visit Kashmir?

To witness the Tulip gardens, visit Kashmir during the month of April or otherwise the time between March to October is the best to enjoy the scenic views of the valley and along with exploring the alpine meadows.

What are the best places to visit in Kashmir for a honeymoon?

Srinagar, Pahalgam, and Gulmarg are some of the top honeymoon destinations in Kashmir. The valleys here are beautified with lakes and colourful flowers, especially in Mughal Garden.

What are places to visit in Kashmir in May?

When it comes to Kashmir sightseeing destinations in May, we’d suggest Srinagar, Leh, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam be in your list!

Which are the best restaurants in Kashmir?

Kashmir is home to restaurants that serve delicious local delicacies and some of the best ones are listed below! 1. Alchi Kitchen 2. Stream Restaurant 3. Dana Pani

Which are the most famous hotels in Kashmir?

For a comfortable staycation, you can find a lot of hotels in Kashmir. Here is the list of the best ones where you can stay! 1. Hotel Heevan 2. Hotel Kashmir Inn 3. Welcome Hotel 4. Old Likkir

What activities can we do in Kashmir?

Kashmir is a dynamic destination with a fine blend of adventure and serenity that offers hundreds of activities that can help you experience the best of both worlds. Go exploring the state on bike rides, paragliding, hiking, and trekking escapades and for some tranquil moments, enjoy boathouse trips in Dal Lake before heading for the Nubra Valley where you can enjoy more things to do.

What is the famous food of Kashmir?

Kashmir is a heaven for some of the most scrumptious delicacies that India has to offer. Don’t forget to try Aab Gosh, Goshtaba, Lyader Tschaman, Runwagan Tschaman, and more authentic Kashmiri dishes.

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The capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir. Nestled on the picturesque banks of the Jhelum river, Srinagar is known fondly as the “Heaven on Earth”. The biggest city of Kashmir, Srinagar is known famously for its colorful Shikaras and houseboats floating on the postcard-perfect Dal Lake. Srinagar has also gained a lot of fame across the globe for its dreamy Mughal gardens, namely Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Chashm-E-Shahi Garden. Srinagar also makes for an excellent shopping destination in Kashmir, where you can shop for Kashmiri apples, dried fruits, fragrant local spices, and Kashmiri shawls. Highlights: Stay in a boathouse, shikara ride, Mughal gardens

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Nicknamed as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is one of the most romantic places to visit in Kashmir. Gulmarg lets you soak in the picturesque views of colourful flowers spread against majestic snow-clad mountains. Perched at an elevation of around 2,730 meters above sea level, Gulmarg is a famous skiing destination. Packed with lush forested valleys, deep ravines, and breathtaking flowerbeds, Gulmarg also has the second-highest Gondola ride in the world. Gulmarg is also packed with a host of amazing attractions to visit such as the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Gulmarg Golf Course, Alpather Lake, and Strawberry Valley. Highlights: Trekking, Gondola rides, skiing, mountain biking

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Lying 80 kilometers north-east of Srinagar, Sonamarg translates to "The Meadow of Gold '' in English. Nestled at an altitude of about 2,800 kilometers above sea level, this place is known popularly for its serene lakes, majestic glaciers, and snow-clad fields. Packed with magnificent peaks like Sirbal Peak, Machoi Peak, Kolahoi Peak, and Amarnath Peak, Sonamarg makes for an excellent trekking destination. Sonamarg serves as the base camp for a number of scenic trekking routes that take you to picturesque mountain lakes, including Satsar, Kishansar, Gangabal, Vishansar, and Gadsar. The Thajiwas range divides the Sonamarg Valley into two parts with one part housing the fir-clad Thajiwas and the other housing the Thajiwas glacier and cascading waterfalls. Highlights: Nature walks, camping, trekking, waterfalls

Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley

 In the year 1983, this little Kashmiri Valley formed the backdrop of the hit Bollywood flick Betaab. Since then, the former Hagan Valley has earned its name ‘Betaab’ Valley. With its backdrop dotted with coniferous forests, gushing streams and meadows, the beauty of Betaab beckons to all those looking to escape into the serenity of the natural world. Although lacking in organized tourist spots, Betaab can be one of the best places to visit in Kashmir for day picnics or weekend getaways. One can also enjoy a number of trekking trails here. Location: near Pahalgam, Baramulla, Hajan, Jammu and Kashmir 192126 Highlights: Photography, trekking, nature camping, ‘Bobby’ hut Checkout:  Luxury Tour Package to Kashmir

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Lying in the Anantnag district and perched at an elevation of around 2,740 meters above sea level, Pahalgam is a paradise on earth. Located at a distance of around 95 kilometers from Srinagar, Pahalgam boasts breathtaking flower-clad meadows, serene lakes, and lush dense forests. Sprawled on the calm banks of River Liddar, the town of Pahalgam is a hub for adrenaline enthusiasts, offering a range of adventure sports, such as trout fishing, trekking, and hiking. The natives also offer thrilling sledge rides on the icy glaciers. Pahalgam also serves as the base camp for one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimages, the Amarnath yatra. The top attractions of Pahalgam include Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, and Kolahoi Glacier. Highlights: Betab Valley, canoeing, horse riding

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Perched at an altitude of around 1,577 meters above sea level, Kupwara boasts dense trees, rugged mountains, rolling meadows, deep valleys, gushing streams, and shimmering lakes. Spread across an area of around 2,379 square kilometers, the town of Kupwara is also known for its bountiful wildlife. Lying at an approximate distance of around 90 kilometers from the capital of Srinagar, Kupwara offers astounding views of nearby mountain ranges including Dajalongun, Bulbeer, and Feshiltong. Offering a number of amazing trekking routes, this place lets you enjoy excellent trekking opportunities. Famous primarily for its valleys, Kupwara attracts tourists with its Bangus Valley, Lolab Valley, and Seemab Valley. Other top attractions of Kupwara town include Kheer Bhawani Temple, Badra Kali Temple, Jamia Masjid Handwara, and Gazi Masjid. Highlights: Valleys, religious places, trekking, boating Planning for a Honeymoon in Srinagar, Checkout & Book:   Srinagar Tour Packages For Couple

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Lying at a small distance of around 40 kilometers from Srinagar, Pulwama is known fondly as the “Rice Bowl of Kashmir”. This quaint scenic town is known famously for its aromatic saffron fields, pleasant weather, and picturesque apple orchards. Flaunting majestic waterfalls, verdant valleys, and mesmerizing natural springs, Pulwama is also nicknamed as the “Anand of Kashmir”. Pulwama also offers a host of adrenaline-pumping options for the adventure junkies. During the summers, Pulwama becomes an excellent trekking and mountaineering destination, while in the winters it offers amazing snowboarding and skiing opportunities.  Highlights: Natural Springs, Apple Orchards, saffron fields, Mountaineering, trekking, skiing, snowboarding Explore the Beauty of Srinagar, Checkout & Book :  Srinagar  Tour Packages You Can Also Book:  Things To Do In Paris At Night

Anantnag

Set around 53 kilometers from Srinagar, Anantnag happens to be the financial and commercial capital of Kashmir. Packed with mesmerizing freshwater springs, gushing streams, and breathtaking lush gardens, Anantnag is one of the most divine places to see in Kashmir. Right near Anantnag lies the meeting point of three streams, namely Brengi, Sandran, and Arapath. Anantnag is packed with a number of religious destinations, such as Martand Sun Temple, Kheer Bhawani Asthapan, Ishmuqam Shrine, Ziarat Baba Hyder Reshi, and Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki. Other attractions of Anantnag include Kishtwar National Park, Verinag, and Achabal. Highlights: Religious places, sightseeing, nature walks Planning a Trip to Kashmir, CheckOut & Book:  Best Kashmir Holiday Packages Also Checkout:  Uffizi Gallery Tickets

Nishat Garden

Nishat Garden

Established by the elder brother of Nur Jahan, Asif Khan in 1633, Nishat Garden happens to be the second largest Mughal garden. Nicknamed as "Garden of Bliss", the Nishant Garden is a spectacular 12 terraced garden encompassed by lofty Chinar trees. The garden is home to a central water channel and a number of beautiful fountains. While the design of the Nishat Garden is based on Persian architecture, the landscaping is based of Kashmiri water patterns and terrain. The Nishant Garden also offers breathtaking panoramic views of the stunning Dal Lake, with the magnificent Zabarwan Mountains serving as the perfect backdrop.

Location: Bagh Hussain, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India

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Shalimar Garden

Shalimar Garden

The beautifully laid Shalimar Bagh happens to be the largest amongst the three iconic Mughal gardens in Srinagar. The Shalimar Garden was constructed back in 1619 under the orders of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, who dedicated it to his wife Nur Jahan. Nicknamed as the “Crown of Srinagar”, this public park is set overlooking the shimmering waters of the picturesque Dal Lake. The very term ‘Shalimar’ translates to ‘Abode of Love’ in Sanskrit and is also referred to as Farah Baksh and Faiz Baksh. The exquisite Shalimar Garden offers an amazing amalgamation of stunning man-made structures, brilliant architecture, natural allure, and well-manicured gardens. Location: Chinar chowk, Shalimar, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 191121 Highlights: Picnicking, bird watching, chinar trees Click Here to Book:   Kashmir Tour Package From Kolkata

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Chashmashahi

Chashmashahi

Among its many attractions, the city’s Mughal Gardens stand out as some of the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir. And the Chashma Shahi Gardens are only one of them. Dating back to the early 17th century, this historic garden was built under the command of Emperor Shah Jahan for his elder son, Prince Dara Shikoh. At the centre of the garden is a freshwater spring which flows in terraces. The garden also has a number of little springs discovered by the saint Rupa Bahini, who was also known as Sahibi, thus giving the garden its name. The lush flowering lawns exhibit a striking display of Iranian designs, and stand testament to the architectural brilliance of the erstwhile Kashmir, making it one of the most sought after of historical Kashmir places. Location: 7, Boulevard Rd, Chashma Shahi, Rainawari, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190001 Highlights: Freshwater spring, traditional Persian architecture, Chinar orchards Planning for a Honeymoon in Kashmir, Check out & Book:  Kashmir Honeymoon Packages

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

Nestled in Downtown Kashmir, Jama Masjid is the biggest mosque in the city and one of the most important of Kashmir tourist places. Renowned for its historic importance, the inception of the Masjid dates back to the early 15th century, when it was constructed by Emperor Sultan Sukder. Since then, the Masjid has suffered several fire breakouts and undergone several reconstructions, with its existing construction taking place under the reign of Aurangzeb in 1672. The grandiose Masjid stands out in its Indo-Saronic style of architecture. A vast courtyard flanks its entrance, and is dotted by 370 wooden pillars. The expansive halls here can accommodate up to 33,333 people at once, and is thronged by devotees on each Friday of the week. Location: Nowhatta Kathi Darwaza Road, Nowhatta, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190003 Highlights: Deodar pillars, black marble mehrab, Chaar-Bagh style courtyard Checkout & Book :  Cheapest Jammu Kashmir Tour Package                                 Kashmir Tour Package from Pune

Yusmarg

A short drive outside Srinagar Main, the ethereal beauty of Yusmarg has earned it the title of the ‘Meadow of Jesus’. With its long stretches of vast green pastures stretched across the horizon, Yusmarg is a little paradise of its own, and is one of the most sought after Kashmir places for weekend getaways. The Meadow is home to some of Pir Panjal’s highest peaks, such as Tattakutti and Sunset Point, which command unparalleled views of the valleys below. A few Hindu shrines and temples can be found scattered across the meadow as well. During winters, Yusmarg remains covered in unbroken blankets of snow, and can be a great place for snow sports like skiing. Highlights: River sports, snow sports, temples, trekking trails Suggested Read:  Best Places to Visit near Jammu                                Best Places to Visit in Srinagar

Aru Valley

One of the most underrated places to visit in Kashmir, Aru Valley stands out in its quiet beauty. Riddled with pristine lakes and scenic meadows, the untrodden valley can be a great place for a weekend escapade or a day picnic. The many lakes here offer several scenic picnic spots, although one can spend a happening time trout fishing in their waters as well. Horse riding and trekking are also popular tourist spots in Aru, with several hiking trails making their way through the hills here. Aru Valley is a popular Kashmir tourist places for snow sports as well, with Heli skiing and skiing being some of the most sought after winter adventures here. Highlights: trout fishing, winter sports, horse riding, trekking Do Checkout:   Kashmir Tour Packages For Family

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One of the most priceless of Kashmir tourist places, the Amarnath Shrine is among the most popular of Hindu shrines across the world. Perched at an altitude of over 3,800 feet above ground, reaching Amarnath requires a fair bit of trekking. On the way, one can witness the confluence of the river Amaravati with Pantjarni, and can also take a quick dip in the former. Owing to its height, the cave remains sealed shut with snow through a major part of the year, and is open to devotees only for a few short months. The biggest highlight of the Amarnath Cave shrine is the naturally occurring Shiva Lingam housed within its womb, formed out of water drops that collect and freeze inside the cave. Location: Baltal Amarnath Trek, Forest Block, Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir 192230 Highlights: Amaravati snaan, naturally occurring Shiva Lingam, stunning views Click Here to Book:   Amarnath Yatra Helicopter Package

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One of the least visited of Kashmir places, Sanasar is a little cup shaped meadow in the Jammu region. Named after the two villages of Sana and Sar, the meadow is known for its Gulmarg-like beauty. Sanasar is one among the most popular of places to visit in Kashmir for trekking and camping; several hiking trails of moderate difficulty snake their way through the hills here, making it an ideal place for amateurs as well as experts in the sport. A 5-hour long trek leads to the Shank Pal Temple here, a famed 400-year-old Temple dedicated to the snake-God Naga. The town is also home to one of the highest 9-hole golf courses in the country. Highlights: Trekking, camping, Naga temple, snow sports

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Dachigam National Park

Dachigam National Park

Popular as the only home to the now endangered Kashmir stag, Dachigam National Park nestles a little outside main Srinagar. Formerly a game reserve for the Emperor of Kashmir, the National Park has been a protected area since 1910. Brimming with carpets of grassland that bloom in spring and freeze in winter, Dachigam is among the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir. Apart from the Kashmir stag, herds of musk deer, langurs, black bears and much more. The sheer strength of its bird population makes it one of the best Kashmir famous places for birdwatchers as well. Location: Near Harwan, Dachigam Rd, Jammu and Kashmir 191202 Highlights: Jeep safaris, birdwatching tours, trekking, Valley of Flowers Also Checkout & Book:  Gulmarg Packages

Khilanmarg

A short walk from the Gulmarg Bus stop, Khailnmarg is breathtaking in summers. One can reach this little valley via a short trek across the meadow, or even take a pony ride to it. One of the most underrated of Kashmir tourist places, Khilanmarg offers the perfect getaway from the busy city life. During spring, the meadow remains virtually covered in a blanket of flowers, and offers quite a spectacle. During winters, Khilanmarg transforms into a thriving winter sports destination, with its slopes giving way to ski trails. The valley is also well known for commanding panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. On a clear day, one can also catch a glimpse of the Nanga Parbat from here.  Highlights: Picnic areas, Himalaya views, snow sports You Can Also Checkout:   Tour Packages From Delhi To Kashmir

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Baltal is best known as the base camp for Amarnath Yatra. The little valley, however, is blessed with enchanting sites of its own, and is among the most picturesque of Kashmir tourist places in its own right. A plethora of waterfalls, glaciers and mountain peaks dot the landscape here, making it an ideal visit for photographers and all those looking for a quiet retreat in the heart of nature. The Sindh River flows happily through Baltan, and is a great place for trout fishing or white river rafting. Trekking is a popular activity here as well. Owing to its altitude, however, Baltan remains open to tourists for only six months a year- between April and September. Highlights:  Trekking, camping, snow sports, river rafting Book Now:  Jammu Kashmir Tour Package From Mumbai

Doodhpathri Gurez Valley

Doodhpathri Gurez Valley

 Nestled in the Budgam district of Kashmir, Doodhpathri is a meadow closely attached to local myth. According to legend, the Kashmiri saint Sheikh ul Aalam Sheikh Noor din Noorani had arrived here in search of water, and found milk instead. Thus, the meadow earned its name Doodhpathri. Now one of the quietest places to visit in Kashmir, Doodhpatri is frequented by picnickers and trekkers. Not only is the meadow home to some of the most scenic picnic spots in the hill station, but several hiking trails of moderate difficulty snake their way through it as well. Highlights: Trekking, picnic, river fishing Click Here To Book Now:  Tour Packages From Ahmedabad To Kashmir

Verinag

Nestled in the laps of the Pir Panjal mountains, this natural spring stands out in its stunning blue hue. A beautiful Mughal Garden and arcade sprawls around the spring, built by the 17th century Emperors who were bewitched by Verinag’s beauty. The Jhelum River, which flows through Kashmir, is also said to originate at the Verinag spring. The flowers in the garden change color with every season, making it one of the most picturesque places to visit in Kashmir. The tank at Verinag is usually teeming with a variety of colorful fish, and can be a great place to enjoy a casual evening stroll as well. Location: Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir Highlights: Guided tours, spring, gardens and picnic areas You Can Also Book:   Jammu Kashmir Tour Packages From Pune

The Great Lakes Trek

The Great Lakes Trek

A route often followed by trekkers here, the Great Lakes Trek takes you across some of the most beautiful places to see in Kashmir. Riddled by steep ascents and descents, the trek is a fairly difficult one, and is best suited to seasoned trekkers only. The long 6-day effort, however, is quite worth it- travelling across 7 of Kashmir’s most beautiful valleys, the Great Lakes trek validates the hill station’s status as ‘heaven on earth’. Patches of snow, alpine leaks and vast stretches of flowering meadows cut their way through the serrated mountains here, with each new valley offering an adventure of its own. Highlights: High altitude lake views, trekking across 7 valleys, panoramic Himalaya views Checkout & Book:   Trek to  Kashmir Great Lakes

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Aharbal Waterfall

Aharbal Waterfall

Also known as the Niagara Falls of Kashmir, Aharbal flows in seclusion. Among the least known of Kashmir's famous places, the beauty of Aharbal is largely untouched. Here, the thunderous river Vishav tumbles down over 25 feet to create the mighty waterfall. Although the height is not much, the sheer volume of Aharbal’s water creates a roar so majestic that it can be heard from quite some distance. Reaching Aharbal is quite easy; one can trek right till the edge of the ridge here and enjoy the view without any interruptions. One can also try fishing in its waters, although they’d need a permit for the same. Location: Jammu and Kashmir, Sedew - Aharbal Rd, Aharbal, 192303 Highlights: Photography, fishing, trekking You Can Checkout Great Discounts On:   Jammu And Kashmir Tour Packages From Chennai

Drung Waterfall

Drung Waterfall

One of the best tourist places in Kashmir, this unique waterfall attracts tourists to Drung throughout the year. During summers, the gushing waters of the waterfall merges seamlessly with the green river below, and is quite a sight to behold in winters, however, when the land is steeped in snow, the Drung Waterfall too, freezes over- like a moment stuck in time, the water here clings to the rocks in massive pieces of ice. The lake below remains crystal blue and clear, adding an ethereal charm to the place. Location: Drung, Jammu and Kashmir 193402] Highlights: Frozen waterfall, refreshment shops Checkout & Book:  Tour Packages To Kashmir From Kerala

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Known to be “The Jewel of Srinagar”, Dal Lake spreads across an area of around 26 square kilometers and is one of the major attractions included in our Kashmir tour packages. Popular as one of the most spellbinding places to see in Srinagar, this hillside lake flaunts colorful Shikaras, traditional wooden houseboats, and floating markets. Tourists visiting Dal Lake love to take a ride in the beautiful Shikaras, which are basically wooden boats decorated beautifully with canopies overhead.They also enjoy shopping authentic Kashmiri items from the floating market or lake market. These markets lay amidst the lake and sell a number of items like saffron and handicrafts. The houseboats on Dal Lake feature floral motifs and intricate carvings and offer breathtaking sights of the majestic lake. These boats are equipped with single rooms and luxury suites and offer comfortable accomodation to the visitors. During the winter season, the visitors also enjoy ice skating on the frozen lake.Location: Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.Timings: Anytime.Best Time to Visit: May to November. 

Shankaracharya Temple

Perched atop the Shankaracharya Hill in Srinagar, the Shankaracharya Temple stands as an ancient and revered Hindu pilgrimage site in the Kashmir Valley. Said to have been established by the great philosopher and theologian Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century, the temple holds immense spiritual significance for followers of the Hindu faith. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and showcases impressive architectural brilliance, exemplifying Kashmiri-style stone and wooden craftsmanship.Visitors must climb a series of stone steps to reach the temple's summit, where they are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the picturesque Dal Lake and the surrounding Himalayan mountains. The serene ambiance and natural beauty of the location make it an ideal spot for meditation and introspection. Beyond its religious importance, the Shankaracharya Temple attracts tourists from all walks of life, drawn not only by the spiritual aura but also by the chance to immerse themselves in the captivating charm of Srinagar's landscape and cultural heritage.

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The prime attraction in Gulmarg is its Gondola cable car ride, the second highest and second longest of its kind on earth. It is an absolutely enthralling experience and one that cannot be given a miss when you plan your travel itinerary. Divided in two phases, the ride will ferry you from Gulmarg Resort to Kongdoori Station which is the central point, in the first phase and from Kongdoori Mountain to Apharwat Peak in the second phase.In Phase 1, it starts at a height of 2,990 m following which there is a vertical rise of 400m.In Phase 2, it makes a further ascent of 1,330 vertical meters and takes you to a total height of almost 4,000 m. Each hour, the Gondola ferries about 1500 passengers to a height of 3,100 m in the first phase. At this height you can access some of the easier skiing expeditions while in the second phase, the ride carries around 600 passengers per hour to a height of almost 4,000m. Once here, you can trek a further 30 minutes and reach the top of the mountain to catch a glimpse of the Line of Control (LOC) which is visible from here. Apart from the LOC, you can also catch magnificent views of the Nanda Devi and the Pir Panjal Range here as well as enjoy other activities like horse riding and skiing.Click Here to Book: Kashmir Trip Packages from Kolkata

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Mughal Emperor Jahangir once said about Kashmir that “if there is a heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here”. He recapitulated the magnetism of Kashmir in his own words but the saying goes true for everybody. Whosoever has visited Jammu & Kashmir till date, said the same thing maybe in different words. Tagged as ‘the heaven on earth in India’, Kashmir has been endowed with a mystic natural beauty.

Being one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India, Jammu & Kashmir is the most shining jewel in the crown of India. The tourist experiences from entire country are one side and Jammu & Kashmir is alone on other side. It alone beats every tourist place in the country. Incredibly enveloped in nature’s never-before-seen splendor, the state is bestowed with many tourist spots. So, let’s have a look at the places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir.

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Kashmir Region

Here comes the capital city of Jammu & Kashmir that has embraced the multi colors of the state and represents it beautifully altogether. Located on the bank of Jhelum River, Srinagar offers vibrancy and serenity at the same time. In Jammu & Kashmir, you generally won’t find any major places to party or for the sparkling night out experiences but Srinagar, being the capital city offers it all.

If we talk about tourism in Srinagar, the sky-scraping mountains, heart-stirring lakes, diverse flora & fauna, and some consummate temples sum up the vibrant beauty of the city. The Shikara and house-boat ride in the pristine ‘Dal Lake’, a walk through the lush narrow lanes of Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary , and some serene time in the Shalimar Garden, Hazratbal Mosque and Shankaracharya Temple make the visitors go crazy over the city.

In Srinagar, don’t forget to go on a shopping spree. The Kashmiri handicrafts, woolen cloths & artifacts will steal your heart. Srinagar is one of the famous places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir.

  • Best time to visit : April to October
  • Ideal duration : 1-2 days
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Sheikh Ul Alam International Airport (12 km.), nearest railway station- Srinagar railway station (12.5 km.)
  • Sightseeing things to do : Shikara ride, stay in houseboat, visit gardens & lakes, visit Shankaracharya Temple & Kheer Bhawani temple.

The dense forests of pine, a rafting experience in river Lidder, extremely varied flora & fauna, and undulating valleys make Pahalgam one of the much loved tourist places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir. If you want to get a glimpse of this fascinating hill town, watch the Bollywood movies Rockstar, Highway, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The fascinating charisma of Pahalgam made these films even more captivating.

  • Best time to visit : March to June & for December to February (for skiing ) Ideal duration : 1-2 days How to reach : Nearest airport- Srinagar airport (95 km.), nearest railway station- Srinagar railway station (96.5 km). Sightseeing & things to Do : Sightseeing, Photography, Camping, Skiing, Trekking, Mamaleshwar Temple, Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Tulian Lake, Sheshnag Lake, Chandanwari, Baisaran etc.

From dignified snow capped mountains to exquisite natural surroundings of sprawling lush green meadows to devious serpent like moving river with silvery water to mist covered valleys to colorful paths made to take lazy walks, Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir is an awesome hill station to thrill your adventurous souls.

Nestled in the lap of Himalaya are picturesque lakes. Enjoy the wonders of nature with the picture perfect setting of Vishansar Lake a delightful lake at a height of 4084 m offering you a panoramic view of Sonamarg. Feel on top of the world here! Gangabal Lake at a height of 3570 m is a sacred place and a favorite fishing destination. Krishansar Lake is another spot that attracts people for its water sports and fishing. The Nilagrad River for its healing powers and red water is a place attracting people from around the globe. The marvel of nature astounds you with colorful setting here which has made this place a hot destination with Bollywood!

  • Best time to visit : April to November
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Srinagar International Airport (80 km.), nearest railway station- Srinagar railway station (80.5 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Trekking, Satsar Lake, Visit Lakes & Waterfalls, Thajiwas Glacier, Zojila Pass, White River Rafting, Sarbal Village, Shutkari Bridge etc.

The cave is believed to be 5000 years old and holds a very significant place in Hindu mythology. According to the legends, it is the place where Lord Shiva revealed the secret of immortality and life-cycle to his consort Goddess Parvati. The cave is located at the altitude of 3888 m and the path is also not very convenient, still, people flock in herds. Generally, the gate to Amarnath opens only in summers, so when you plan your trip, consider about the season. Amarnath is one of the top religious places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Best time to visit : June till August
  • Ideal duration : 9-10 days
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Srinagar International Airport (72 km.), nearest railway station- Srinagar railway station (72.5 km).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Amarnath Cave, Amarnath Peak, Chandanwari, Pissu Top, Sheshnag, Baltal, Lakes & Rivers, River Rafting, Trekking.

Pulwama Sightseeing

Mist clocked snow capped mountains, tall trees with iced dewdrops, greenery as far as the eyes can see and colorful display of flora, perfectly describes Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. Popularly known for its milk and rice production it’s also called the” Rice Bowl of Kashmir”.

The Mughal Road with its historical significance attracts a lot of tourist Pulwama is dotted with many religious sites. Payer Temple, carved out of a single stone as believed by the people, Avantishwar temple, a sacred place, and many shrines attract many people from around the globe. The peace and quiet atmosphere along with fresh air is sure to revitalize and energize you.

  • Ideal duration : 3-4 hours
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport (38 km.), nearest railway station- Awantipora railway station (34 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Avantishwar Temple, Payer Temple, Shikargah, Aharbal Waterfall, Tarsar and Marsar Lake, Kungwattan, Jama Masjid Shopian, Kounsarnag Lake etc.
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Poonch fort, a historical monument with distinctive Mughal art and architecture on display is a remarkable sight with beautiful surroundings. Nature lovers are sure to fall in love with the beauty at Krishna Ghati, where the natural hilly greenery makes the landscape surrounding it breathtaking. Noori Chamb is a marvel of nature with scenic waterfalls. Fall for the charms of Dehra-Gali about 45 kms from Poonch with its sprawling natural wonders.

Pay your respects to the various religious spots here with a special mention to Gurudwara Nangali Sahib, located on top of a small hill with Drungali stream flowing around it, Swami Buddha Amarnath Ji Mandir dedicated to Lord Shiva with four doors opening in four directions.

  • Best time to visit : October to April
  • Ideal duration : 2-3 hours
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Srinagar International Airport (210 km.) & Satwari Airport-Jammu (240 km.), nearest railway station- Jammu Tawi (240 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Noori Chamb, Surankote Vally, Swami Budha Amarnath Ji Mandir, Dehra Gali, Ramkund Mandir, Nangali Sahib Gurudwara etc.

Kupwara Sightseeing

Kupwara is a small town in Jammu and Kashmir with dense forest; beautiful snow bound mountains and wildlife to enhance its beauty. Located near the LOC it is also an army base protecting the borders.

Mist covered lush green mountains with mysterious looking dense forest are a strong attraction for wildlife buffs to venture in and enjoy the adventure. The peace and quiet of this place along with many tourist attractions makes a visit to this place worthwhile. With Jama Masjid and Shiva Temple at the same place it is popular with people of all sects. Last but not the least is a visit to Kheer Bhawani Temple with its fresh water spring.

  • Best time to visit : March to October
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Srinagar International Airport (93 km.), nearest railway station- Sopore and Baramulla (40 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Lolab Valley, Bungus Valley, Caverns & Caves, Shaloora Shrine, Sadhna Pass View Point, Prakash Akhoon Shrine etc.

Baramulla is near to Srinagar and is a much sought after tourist destination. It is also close to other spots like Gulmarg and is an ideal location to stay to see the best of Kashmir. Srinagar with its myriad tourist attractions and Gulmarg with its natural beauty make Baramulla a favoured point to stay for tourists. Three day trekking trips are also undertaken from Baramulla to Tosa Maidan.

Baltal Valley

Baltal Valley

The main camping place for travelers travelling to Amarnath, Baltal Valley is a beautiful valley situated on the banks of the Indus River near Sonamarg in Kashmir, which is famous by the large mountain pass of the Himalayas, this valley is situated at an altitude of 2743 meters above sea level. If you are travelling to Amarnath, then this valley is the right a place for your stay where you can see beautiful views and many people here do trekking and surfing.

  • Best time to visit : April and September
  • How to reach : Located 15 km distance from Sonamarg, 100 km distance from Srinagar.
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Sightseeing, Photography, Camping, Zojila Pass, Amarnath Cave, Caverns & Caves, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Lakes etc.

Kulgam is particularly famous for the importance it has in the agricultural sector of the state. It is the place which produces the famous Kashmiri apples that are famous the world over. It lies on the banks of the river Veshaw and at the foothills of the Pir Panchal mountains. It is a truly amazing location with paddy fields, apple orchards and babbling brooks. It is truly a dream destination.

Anantnag

Popular springs in Anantnag including two Sulphur ones are Nag Bal, Salag Nag and Malik Nag but the main attraction is the Anantnag located in the centre of the city. For people with a historical bend of mind the ruins of the once majestic monument, the world famous Martand Sun Temple with its magnificent architecture in spite of its ruined condition is like walking down a historical lane which unfolds rhetorical aspects of the bygone past.

The religious sanctity of this temple is undoubtedly drenched in the historical past and therefore offers its audience a lot to soak.

  • Best time to visit : April and October
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Nearest airport- Srinagar International Airport (62 km.), nearest railway station- Jammu Tawi (210 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Martand Sun Temple, Amarnath Cave, Botanical Garden Kokernag, Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Tulian Lake, Chandanwari, Baisaran, Kishtwar National Park etc.

Aru Valley

Aru is located at a distance of 12 km from Pahalgam. It is very popular among tourists and trekkers who wish to go to Kolahoi Glacier, the Tarsar-Marsar lakes and the Katrinag valley because it is a base camp. Aru assumes different hues during different seasons. In the winter the slopes are covered with ice and in the spring the very same slopes are covered with blooms. It is really a breathtaking sight.

Kokernag is in the Anantpur district and is a famous for the natural springs that are there. These springs are known to have curative qualities. The name Koker Nag is derived from the distinct topography of the area. `Koker` in the local language means fowl and the springs resemble the claws of a fowl. There is a rose garden, a botanical garden as well as a spring called the Papashudan Nag.

Yusmarg

Yusmarg is a place of a tranquil atmosphere where you can spend your comfortable life and have a relaxing moment with the humming of birds among the mountains away from the crowds of the Sahro. This is why it is included among the top places in Kashmir.

The lush green fields, the sweet sound of the water flowing around it and the golden fruit flowers will give you the beauty you will not be able to express in your own words and you will see the beautiful Nag Lake 4 km away from here which will give your eyes Will clean it So go to this place now and enjoy.

  • Best time to visit : March and September
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Nearest airport- Srinagar International Airport (47 km.), nearest railway station- Srinagar (46 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Photography, Camping, Nilang Lake, Sang-e-Safed, Pakherpora Shrine, Dudh Ganga, Charari Sharief

If you’re an adventurous beast and are crazy for the trekking, snowboarding, motor biking, and the winter sports activities, Gulmarg will overwhelm you. Enwrapped with snow everywhere, Gulmarg is today one of the most-loved winter tourist destination of the country.

The aromatic paddocks of multi-hued flowers, imposing hills interspersed with the evergreen greenery, frozen lakes, and beautiful trees sprinkled with snow make the tourists open their mouth with the amusement. Gulmarg is also famous for being the home to the highest green golf course in the world. Do a trekking of 2650 meters and have a glimpse of the highest green golf course.

  • Best time to visit : March to June & January to February
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Srinagar airport (56 km.), nearest railway station- Srinagar railway station (56.5 km).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Gondola ride, Apharwat Peak, Alpather Lake, Outer Circle Walk, Rani Temple, Skiing, Golf Course, Trekking, Strawberry Field, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

Verinag Spring

80 kms from Srinagar, altitude 1876 metres above sea level. The famous springs of Verinag gardens built in 1620 A.D. by queen Nur Jahan. The spring here is reputed to be the chief source of the river Jhelum. Further to the east lie the remains of a pavilion and bathes built during the emperor Shah Jahan period.

  • Best time to visit : March and September Ideal duration : 3-4 hours
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Nearest airport- Srinagar International Airport (85 km.), nearest railway station- Srinagar (86 km.) & Jammu Tawi (139 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Martand Sun Temple, Mughal Gardens, Sinthan Top, Baglihar Dam, Aharbal Waterfall, Sanasar Lake, Noorali Dry Fruits And Saffron

Khilanmarg

A very beautiful flower specked valley with the towering Himalayas acting as the background is just 4 km away from Gulmarg bus stop. Khilanmarg is known as one of the well known tourist hubs of the city of Gulmarg. This is a visual treat for the eyes, especially during the spring season, as the entire valley is at that point in time covered with vibrant flowers.

Khilanmarg is well known as the place for the winter ski runs, and one can get the best views of the Himalayan ranges from this point. There is no entry fee for visiting the place and can be visited on all days of the week from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

  • Best time to visit : March – June, December to February
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Nearest airport- Srinagar International Airport (67 km.), nearest railway station- Srinagar (68 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Skiing, Trekking, Photography, Alpather Lake, Gondola Cable Car, Golf Courses, Gulmarg, Ferozpur Nallah, Shrine of Baba Reshi, Ningli Nallah etc.

Lein Marg, Gulmarg

Lienmarg is essentially a beautiful wildflower meadow and one can enjoy the glory of Mother Nature here. This is located at a distance of 10 km from the town of Gulmarg and at an altitude of 8700 feet above sea level. The place is quite popular for its picturesque beauty. This meadow is quite attractive and is full of blooming wildflowers and is surrounded by grooves of pine forests.

Many tourists especially the trekkers and the campers, come to visit Lien Marg. This is also known to be the perfect spot for holding winter sports related activities. Lienmarg has recently become quite popular especially for the honeymooners. For reaching Lien Marg one is required to cross the Ningle Nallah and one even crosses a pine forest and then a sequence of beautiful glades follows. You can also hire a pony and ride to the place, if you’re not interested in walking down. There is no entry fees for visiting the place and the entire place can be seen in duration of 3 to 4 hours.

  • How to reach : Located a distance of 10 km from Gulmarg & approx 57 km from Srinagar.
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Skiing, Trekking, Photography, Nature Walking etc.

Kashmir Lakes

There are many charming lakes in the beautiful surroundings of Kashmir, so I will tell you about all the lakes.

Frozen Dal Lake in Winters

The most distinctive landmark of Srinagar is divided by causeways into four parts, the Nagin Lake being one of them. It is not a lifeless water body. The lake is home of communities who have made their homes arraying from fishermen to houseboat owners. There are fields of lotus blossoms in parts of the lake, vegetable patches, shops and even villages. The best way to explore the lake is by Shikara boat. You travel will be incomplete if you are staying in Srinagar and not staying in Houseboat. The houseboats have all imaginable luxury in a unique and endearing way.

  • Location : Nehru Park, Boulevard Road, Srinagar
  • Ideal duration : 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Entry fee : No entry fee
  • How to reach : 17 km from Srinagar International Airport, 14 Kms from Srinagar Railway Station.
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Shikara Ride, Houseboat Stay, Floating Market, Mughal Gardens, Sunset at the lake, Fishing etc.

Shikara Ride at Nagin Lake

Nagin Lake is a beautiful lake which offers a really calm & serene environment to the tourist. Even though this place is not as popular as Dal Lake among tourist! Still, you can see plenty of activity here. The best way to experience this Lake is through a Houseboat. If you crave for quiet and relaxing environment then this is your place.

  • Location : Nigeen Lake, Srinagar
  • Best time to visit : March to NovemberIdeal duration: 1-2 hours
  • How to reach : 22 km from Srinagar International Airport, 20 Kms from Srinagar Railway Station.
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Shikara Ride, Houseboat Stay, Fishing, Photography, swimming, Water Skiing etc.

Gangabal Lake

Gangabal Lake

Situated amidst the Harmukh hills of Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, this lake is clean and sacred. It is also known as Gangabal lake and this lake is the major lake in high altitude lakes and is considered to be the original source of Ganga and hence The place is also considered as the Haridwar of Kashmir and due to this the Gangbal trek is kept in the holy category.

  • Location : Gangabal Lake, Sonamarg
  • Ideal duration : 1-2 hours
  • How to reach : 13 km trek from Naranag.
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Photography, Trekking, Camping, Fishing etc.

Famous Garden

Overlooking the panorama of Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens adorned with terraced lawns, cascading fountains and bright flowerbeds. The beautiful gardens was bestowed by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Nur Jehan. Other than that there are also gardens, which are included in Mughal gardens. Nishat Bagh (11km) was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan. Chasmashahi, the royal spring of refreshing sweet water cherished by the Mughals, is surrounded by a Mughal Garden laid out by Shah Jahan in 1632 AD. On a nearby spur of the mountain is the ancient monument of Pari Mahal, planned out by Dara Shikoh as a Sufi School, surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Mughal Gardens

Chashme Shahi Garden in Srinagar, Kashmir

One of the famous places to visit in Kashmir, the Mughal garden is a splendid example of Mughal architecture, the Mughal garden also consists of three other gardens, including Chashma Shahi, Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh.

  • Nishat Bagh , known as the Garden of Bliss, is situated on the banks of Dal Lake and is a part of the Mughal Gardens.
  • In this garden built by the Chashma Shahi Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, you get to see fascinating views of the mountains, which is also situated near Dal Lake.

Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

Tulip Garden, Srinagar

This beautiful tulip garden consists of wide variety of tulips with superb colors. And since tulips grow only in spring, garden is only open between the months of March to May. This place is best for photography.

Shalimar Bagh

Shalimar Bagh, Kashmir

The Shalimar Bagh is a beautiful Mughal Garden that is linked through a channel to the Dal Lake. It was built by the Mughal emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan and is a great and outstanding example of Mughal design. The garden is based on a design that is referred to as the Persian Garden layout. The symmetry in the design is remarkable and it is also linked to the Dal Lake with canals. There are three terraces to the garden which is a unique aspect of the garden.

Pari Mahal, Kashmir

This palace, situated on the stairs of Zabarwan Mountain, is known as Pari Begum’s palace. Pari Begum’s proper name was Nadira Begum, Dara Shikoh Begum, son of Shah Jahan, Dara Shikoh built this palace in 1650 for her Begum and you will see the beautiful architecture in it.

  • Location : Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, 190001
  • Timings : 9.30 AM to 7.30 PM
  • Entry fee : Rs.20/- per person
  • How to reach : 21 km from Srinagar International Airport, 19 Kms from Srinagar Railway Station.
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Photography, Nature Walk, Chashme Shahi, Hazratbal Shrine, Shalimar Bagh, Dal Lake, Hari Parbat etc.

Jammu Region

Jammu is the largest city in the Jammu region and is the winter capital of the state. Jammu is also a very famous tourist destination and it is also a base for the pilgrims who go for the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage. The tourist destinations near Jammu include Mubarak Mandi, Purani Mandi, Rani Park, Amar Mahal, Bahu Fort, Raghunath Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Karbala, Peer Mitha, Old city etc.

  • Location : Jammu and Kashmir
  • How to reach : Nearest railway station Jammu tawi, Jammu airport is nearest airport which is 14 km from the Indo-Pak border.
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Photography, Forts, Temples.

Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu

One of the most popular spiritual tourist destinations of the country, Vaishno Devi Temple is always thronged by the devotees. The divine shrine is located at the elevation of 5200 above the sea level in the spiritual city Jammu. Perched in the rocky terrain of Trikuta Mountain, Vaishno Devi Temple is held in high reverence in Hindus because it is one of the 108 sacred Shakti Peethas according to Hindu legends. Vaishno Mata is believed to be the manifestation of almighty Goddess Durga. This is another reason that people flock in huge numbers to offer their prayers.

In order to reach the divine cave where the shrine is located, you have to trek around 13 km uphill through the steep slopes. So, visit this holy temple and seek the blessing of Goddess Durga Mata. Apart from the Vaishno Devi temple, Raghunath temple, Ranbireshwar temple, Mahamaya temple, and Peer Baba are other places of interest in Jammu. No wonder why the city is tagged as ‘The city of temples’.

  • Best time to visit : March and October
  • Ideal duration : 2-3 days
  • Timings : 5.00 AM to 12.00 PM
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Satwari airport Jammu (50 km.), nearest railway station- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station (16 km.)
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Ardh Kuwari Cave, Ban Ganga, Charan Paduka, Bhairavnath Temple, Trekking, Photography etc.

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Katra Town

Nestled in the foothills of Trikuta Mountains, Katra in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most spiritual tourist destinations of India. Better known as Maa Vaishno Devi Dham, Katra is the starting point for the 12 odd Km. treks to the temple.

Starting from Katra, the trek along the wide expanse of the lush green Trikuta Mountains is an enjoyable experience with chants of Jai Mata Di echoing in the surrounding and filling you with happiness and elation. Set amongst the green hills the spectacular view of the surroundings make your trek lively and fills you with energy that is unexplainable. However, there are other methods, like helicopter, but the best is the trekking along the beautiful settings making you forget the hustles and bustles of the everyday life.

A visit to Vaishno Devi is incomplete without a trip to Bhairo Baba’s temple that is about 1.5 Kms breathtaking beautiful scenic trek from Vaishno Devi. Lastly, a visit to the lively and colorful market at Katra, where bargaining is almost a tradition, is a must.

  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Satwari airport Jammu (50 km.), nearest railway station- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station.
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Vaishno Devi, Shiv Khori, Himkoti, Sulla Park, Jhajjar Kotli, Nau Devi Cave Temple etc.

Patnitop

If it was possible to call a place musical and rhythmic, then on the majestic Shivalik hills in Jammu and Kashmir is one such place. Pristine white snow encased Patnitop mountains, sky touching cedar trees, beautiful walking grounds, lush green breathtaking valleys looking mysterious and beckoning you to explore them whether trekking or paragliding, you are sure to be enchanted in this quaint hill station. Soak up the pollution free environment as you fall under the spell of its natural beauty along the tree-shaded area while taking walks with your loved ones listening to the melody of the rustling trees and chirping birds.

Bow your head to the divine power of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati at Sudh Mahadev and Parvati Kund, a place of the power of almighty, where a beautiful temple and a water tank are located amidst overwhelming settings. Other attractions to be seen are Naag temple, fabled to be where Shiva Parvati marriage took place, Shiva Garh, a beautiful snow covered trek, and many more such scenic treks to feed your adventurous souls! This place can be visited throughout the year.

  • Best time to visit : March and June
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Satwari airport Jammu (115 km.), nearest railway station- Udhampur Railway Stations (46 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Trekking, Camping, Nature Photography, Nathatop, Sanasar Lake, Naag Mandir, Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, Sudh Mahadev, Baglihar Dam.

Kirimachi Temple Complex, Udhampur

One of the most popular tourist destinations with towering Eucalyptus trees swaying gently in the breeze, Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir is a major Army destination also. There are thousand reasons to be in this place with breathtaking natural beauty, sacred pilgrimage, and magnificent historical monuments to name a few.

Located on top of a lush green Trikuta mountain the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi attracts thousands of people. Reverberating with chants of Jai Mata Di and making the environment pure and pious it is one of the most popular pilgrimages of India. Another destination that people throng is Shiv Khori with its abundant natural beauty. The cave temple is decorated artistically with various Hindu god and goddess and dedicated to Lord Shiva boast of a 4 ft tall Shivalinga.

Marvel of nature holds you in a trance at Baba Dhansar where several small waterfalls make it a dreamlike location. Also to be visited are Siar Baba on River Chenab, Sehad Baba a popular picnic spot with a picturesque waterfall  and the majestic Bhimgarh Fort.

  • Best time to visit : March and May, September to November
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Satwari airport Jammu (67 km.), nearest railway station- Udhampur Railway Stations (0 km.)
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Deva Mayi Maa Temple, ISKCON Udhampur, Pingla Devi Shrine, Krimchi Temples, Bhimgarh Fort, Agar Jitoo, Babore Temples, Siar Baba etc.

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Ranjit Sagar Dam, Kathua

Bounded by three rivers and sharing borders with neighboring Pakistan, Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir is an important military base of our country. The largest town in Jammu and Kashmir, Kathua is also one of the popular tourist destinations here.

Bani, an ideal location with lush green landscape and dense forest are a picture perfect dream location for trekking enthusiast. Well equipped with trekking gear and other trekking facilities, the adventurous minded people love it here. Chandel Bhoond and Banjal are the other locations that are worth a visit.

Spend a leisure day with your family at Dream, a recreational park, truly portraying its name. Soak up the pleasant atmosphere of this beautiful picnic spot spending your day indulging in water sports like boating, rafting etc., or just lazily enjoying the time with your loved ones.

Pay respect to Sapt Sarovar Mandir, Mata Sundrikote Temple, and Asha Purani Mandir, the majestic temples in Kathua.

  • Best time to visit : January to April, September to November
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Satwari airport Jammu (72 km.), Kathua has own railway station
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Mata Bala Sundri, Sukrala Mata Temple, Duggan Valley, Ranjit Sagar Dam, Jodia Di Mata Religious Center etc.

Also Read: Popular Places to Visit in Jammu

Rajouri Sightseeing

Historical monuments, heritage deeply imbedded in history, monumental pilgrimages, hills, and valleys dotted with many lakes, Rajauri in Jammu and Kashmir is a place what dreams are made of! With valley full of magnificent scenic beauty, Rajauri is one of the favorite destinations for people looking for peace and quiet.

A pilgrimage, Rajauri, is well known for its various temples and mosque. Manma Mata temple, with a cave near it, which is said to have mystic power while a harmonious temple with bells all around at Peer Badesar, attracts people to bow in reverence to Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati.

Chaman SAR a bean shaped lake, Bhag Sar the largest lake is set at a high altitude and is shaped oval, Diya Sar a Diya shaped lake, Padyaran Sar with scenic valley, Gum SAR, Samod SAR and many more lakes with breathtaking beauty attract people from all over the world. Not to be missed is the Pir Panjal with awe-inspiring scenic beauty.

  • Best time to visit : October to March
  • How to reach : Nearest airport- Satwari airport Jammu (160 km.), nearest railway station- Jammu Tawi (160 km.).
  • Sightseeing & things to do : Manma Mata Temple, Mangaladevi Fort, Dehra Ki Gali, Shahdara Sharief, Akal Darshini Lake, Dhanidhar Fort, Diya Sar Lake, Chandan Sar Lake, Dera Baba Beeram Shah etc.

Doda was a part of the Udhampur district and is a place that has many high altitude peaks and dense forests which make the place a favourite among wild life enthusiasts. Nature lovers can go on trekking expeditions, nature walks, mountaineering and rock climbing. Other popular spots around Doda are Khani top, Machail, Sanasar, Seoj Meadow, Patnitop and Sarthal.

Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary

Mansar is famous for the lake of the same name. It is a beautiful lake that is surrounded by thick forests on gentle slopes. It is a tourist destination and also a pilgrimage spot. This lake is considered to be as pure as the Mansarovar. There are temples that are situated around the lake. These temples are dedicated to Sheshnag, Umapati Mahadev and the Goddess Durga. There is a walkway around the lake and view decks that enable tourists to see the variety of birds that frequent the area.

The Conclusion For Places to visit in Kashmir  If you want to live in a quiet environment and you are a nature lover then you will not get to see many more in India, the beautiful place from Kashmir, the high valleys, high mountains and high peaks here will entice your mind and your every wish After the visit of Kashmir is going to be completed, there will be no question about your life, then I should consider it as second heaven with this icy, lush green meadow and colourful flowers as heaven. Places to visit in Kashmir small list are provided. If you want to see a detailed description of any of these places, then select that place in the menu bar that appears nearby.

Best Time to Visit Jammu & Kashmir

You can explore places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir all year long but some of the popular tourist destinations of the state are seasonal, so you would need to plan your trip accordingly. If want to revel in winter sports activities, visit in winters. You’ll find the entire Jammu & Kashmir dotted with the heart-melting ice. If you’re going for ‘Amarnath Yatra’ or for ‘Vaishno Devi Darshan’, visit in summers.

The weather still be mild cold in the state but you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. If we talk about monsoon months, would you really prefer going for an outing in the rainy season? I guess, No. but if you want to relish the fun of boat riding in the flooded lakes or just want to sit and see the splendor of appealing waterfalls, monsoon months are undoubtedly the best time.

How to Reach Jammu & Kashmir

Getting Jammu & Kashmir is as easy as getting any other tourist destination. The state has three major airports namely Jammu Airport, Aerodrome Airport, and Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. You can land in any of them according to your priority of tourist spots. These all airports are connected by regular flights to the major cities of India.

If you’re going by rail, ‘Jammu-Tawi Railway Station would be the best possibility because it remains open throughout the year and also connects the almost every corner of India. And if we talk about the road network, I think, going Jammu & Kashmir by hired or your own vehicle isn’t a good idea. First, for the safety reasons and second because of obstacles caused by the heavy snowfall.

Question & Answer about Places to visit in Kashmir

Q-1: What are the famous attractions to see in Jammu and Kashmir?

Ans: Places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir are Srinagar, Ladakh, Pahalgam, and Katra, whose full information will be read by reading the post?

Q-1: What is the best time to visit Jammu Kashmir?

Ans: If you want to travel to Kashmir, then the months from April to October can prove to be fantastic for you because at this time you will get to see all the natural beauty that you want.

Q-1: What Is the 370 section removed in Kashmir?

Ans: Yes, Section 370 and Article 35A have been removed by the Government of India in Kashmir, this will lead to a lot of development in Kashmir, and if all opportunities are available, there will be a resort, hotel and luxury hotel which will promote tourism in Jammu and the country. Will push forward the development.

Q-1: Which are the famous places for honeymoon in Jammu and Kashmir?

Ans: If you are preparing for a honeymoon in Kashmir, then Srinagar, Ladakh, Pahalgam are famous places.

Q-1: What are the famous items for shopping in Kashmir?

Ans: There are many famous items to shop in Kashmir, including walnut wood items, papier-mache artifacts, Kashmir pashminas, Kashmiri tea, copperware, spices, etc. which are the main items you can buy.

Jammu & Kashmir is a completely divergent facade of India. This article can only give you a gist of the state but the real splendor can be explored only after reaching there. It is all about places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir. So, plan your trip and witness the heaven on earth.

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Very nice and informative article, Kashmir is always a paradise and article this will always helps the tourist to plan their holiday, as a frequest traveller, its very helpful to plan my trip also. i am from Coorg, which is also called Kashmir of South India.

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Places to Visit in Jammu and Kashmir: Magnify Your Heart amidst Astounding Landscapes

In Kashmir's embrace, mountains tall and grand, A land of beauty, in nature's gentle hand. With valleys lush and lakes that shimmer bright, Jammu and Kashmir, a true delight.

Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty. This northernmost union territory of India offers a kaleidoscope of picturesque landscapes, where snow-capped peaks kiss the azure skies, pristine lakes reflect the grandeur of mountains, and lush valleys teem with vibrant flora. Known as "Paradise on Earth," this region's enchanting beauty is a boon of nature. From the serene Dal Lake in Srinagar to the breathtaking vistas of Gulmarg and the spiritual aura of Vaishno Devi Temple in Katra, there are many places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir that offer an ethereal experience that lingers in the heart forever. Want to experience the true nature’s bliss? Keep reading!

Places to Visit in Jammu and Kashmir: Relish a Holiday Nearest to Nature

Places to Visit in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, often referred to as the "Crown Jewel of India," is a land of ethereal beauty that transcends imagination. It is a canvas painted with nature's finest strokes – the majestic Himalayan peaks, verdant meadows, and pristine lakes and immense peace. As you explore its diverse landscapes, from the tranquil lakes to the adventurous terrains, you'll be entranced by the region's rich cultural charm and warm hospitality. Jammu and Kashmir is not just a destination; it's an exemplification of the Earth's boundless beauty, where every vista is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered.

Why Choose Jammu and Kashmir for a Holiday?

Jammu and Kashmir Tour Packages

  • Stunning natural beauty: Scenic landscapes, majestic Himalayan mountains, and pristine lakes.
  • Rich cultural diversity: Blend of Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh cultures, with vibrant traditions and festivals.
  • Adventure opportunities: Trekking, skiing, and water sports in places like Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
  • Historical significance: Explore ancient temples, forts, and Mughal gardens.
  • Warm hospitality : Experience the warmth and hospitality of the local people.
  • Unique cuisine: Savor delicious Kashmiri cuisine for an ultimate culinary delight.
  • Spiritual retreats: Visit holy shrines like the Amarnath Cave and Vaishno Devi Temple.
  • Peaceful environment: A tranquil escape with serene surroundings.
  • Art and culture: Shop for exquisite handicrafts like Pashmina shawls and Kashmiri carpets.

Here is the list of the most beautiful places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir for an idyllic holiday delight:

  • Betaab Valley
  • Vaishno Devi Temple
  • Shri Amarnath Cave Temple
  • Mansar Lake

1. Gulmarg: Where Nature Paints Its Dreams in White and Green

Gulmarg

Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir is a jewel among hill stations, renowned for its breathtaking beauty and adventure offerings. It is one of the best places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir for those looking for a tranquil escape amidst the enchanting scenery. Nestled in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas, Gulmarg is a year-round destination. In winter, it transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting skiers and snowboarders from around the world with its powdery slopes. During the summer months, the meadows come alive with colorful flowers, earning it the name "Meadow of Flowers." The Gulmarg Gondola, one of the world's highest cable cars, offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and honeymooners all find solace and excitement in Gulmarg's embrace.

Location: The Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, India

Nearby Places to Visit:

  • Pahalgam: Serene hill station with Betaab Valley and Aru Valley
  • Srinagar: Famous for Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, and local markets
  • Sonamarg: Known for glaciers and Thajiwas Glacier trek

Things to Do:

  • Gulmarg Gondola: Ride the world's second-highest cable car
  • Skiing and Snowboarding: Enjoy winter sports in the snow season
  • Golfing: Play at the world's highest golf course
  • Trekking: Explore scenic trails like the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserves
  • Nature Walks: Stroll through lush meadows during the summer

Famous Food:

  • Kashmiri Cuisine: Dum Aloo, Kashmiri Saag, and Nadru Yakhni
  • Kahwah Tea: Sip on the aromatic traditional Kashmiri tea
  • Local Bakery Delights: Try fresh bakery items like sheermal and lavasa
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2. Dal Lake: Srinagar's Liquid Sapphire

 Dal Lake

If you are on your honeymoon in Kashmir , then Dal Lake is a sure to visit destination. The ' Kashmir ki Kali' attraction where the iconic 1960’s Bollywood movie was shot; Dal Lake is a mesmerizing destination for every traveler. Nestled like a sparkling gem in the heart of Srinagar, the summer spot of Jammu and Kashmir, Dal Lake is an enchanting natural marvel that transcends mere description. This pristine urban lake, lovingly called the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir," captivates all who lay eyes on it. Its tranquil waters mirror the towering Himalayan peaks that cradle it, creating a mesmerizing, ever-changing masterpiece. The lake is a thriving hub of life, where Shikara boats gently navigate the floating gardens, offering an enchanting glimpse into local culture. The lake, with its vibrant floating markets and serene houseboat stays, is an oasis of serenity and culture for those looking for the best honeymoon places in Asia .

  • Situated in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Shikara Rides: Experience the lake's tranquility on a traditional wooden boat
  • Mughal Gardens: Explore Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh
  • Hazratbal Shrine: A revered Muslim shrine on the northern shores
  • Shikara Rides: Glide along the lake and witness floating markets
  • Houseboat Stays: Spend a night in a charming houseboat
  • Shopping: Buy local handicrafts, saffron, and pashmina shawls
  • Relaxation: Enjoy the peace and serenity of the lake's surroundings
  • Dum Aloo: Spiced potatoes cooked in a rich yogurt-based gravy
  • Rajma: Kashmiri-style kidney beans curry
  • Nadru Monje: Fritters made from lotus stems, a regional specialty
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3. Sonmarg: Where Heaven Kisses the Earth

Sonmarg

Crowned with glaciers and nestled in the pristine Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, India, Sonmarg is an ethereal paradise for nature enthusiasts. Its name, "Sonmarg," translates to "Meadow of Gold," and rightly so, as it glistens with lush meadows and vibrant wildflowers during the summer months. The Thajiwas Glacier offers trekking adventures, and the Zoji La Pass is a strategic gateway to Ladakh. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, this haven also allures winter sports enthusiasts with its skiing opportunities. Sonmarg is the starting point for the famous Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage and an ideal retreat for those seeking tranquility and awe-inspiring vistas. Thanks to its outstanding beauty and delightful charm, Sonmarg is one of the top places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir .

Location: In the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, India

  • Thajiwas Glacier: For trekking and stunning glacier views
  • Zoji La Pass: A strategic gateway to Ladakh
  • Amarnath Yatra Starting Point: Pilgrimage to the Amarnath Cave Temple begins here
  • Trekking: Explore the scenic trails and Thajiwas Glacier
  • Skiing: Enjoy winter sports in the snow season
  • Amarnath Yatra: Embark on a spiritual pilgrimage
  • Photography: Capture the mesmerizing landscapes
  • Kashmiri Dum Aloo: Spiced potatoes in a rich yogurt-based gravy
  • Rajma Chawal: Kidney beans curry served with rice
  • Mushroom Yakhni: Creamy yogurt-based mushroom curry
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4. Leh: Unveil the Mysteries of the Himalayas

Leh

Leh is the largest town in Ladakh, a region in the northernmost part of India. Situated at an elevation of 3,524 meters (11,562 feet) above sea level, Leh is known for its breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. It is considered as one of the most famous places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir for a soul-satisfying holiday. The town is surrounded by majestic mountains, including the Himalayas, and is a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts, offering activities such as trekking, river rafting, and mountain biking. Leh's Old Town features ancient monasteries, stupas, and traditional Ladakhi architecture, providing a glimpse into the region's Buddhist heritage. The Leh Palace, a historic royal residence, stands as a prominent landmark. The town also serves as a gateway to other scenic destinations like Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake.

  • Leh Palace: Explore Leh's historic royal residence
  • Shanti Stupa: A Buddhist monument offering panoramic views
  • Hemis Monastery : A significant Tibetan Buddhist site

Trekking: Discover scenic trails and monastic retreats

River Rafting: Enjoy thrilling adventures in the Indus River

Visit Monasteries: Immerse in Ladakh's rich Buddhist culture

Momos: Delight in Ladakhi-style dumplings

Thukpa: Savor noodle soup with vegetables

Butter Tea: Experience the traditional Tsamik

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5. Betaab Valley: Your Gateway to Bollywood's Paradise

Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley is a picturesque destination nestled in the northern Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir. It derives its name from the Bollywood movie "Betaab," which was shot here, showcasing its breathtaking beauty. Surrounded by lush greenery, towering mountains, and the Lidder River, the valley is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Visitors can indulge in activities like trekking, horse riding, and camping amidst the serene landscape. The lush meadows and vibrant flowers during the summer months make it an ideal spot for picnics. Betaab Valley's tranquility and natural splendor make it a must-visit destination in Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of the best hill stations in India for a soothing escape in nature’s lap.

  • Phobjikha Valley: Explore the scenic beauty and witness black-necked cranes.
  • Gangtey Monastery: Visit a historic Buddhist monastery.
  • Trekking: Enjoy nature walks amidst the Himalayan landscapes.
  • Bird Watching: Witness the migratory black-necked cranes.
  • Ema Datshi: A spicy cheese and chili dish
  • Red Rice: Nutty-flavored Bhutanese rice
  • Kewa Datshi: Potato and cheese curry
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6. Vaishno Devi Temple: A Pilgrimage of Faith and Fulfillment

Vaishno Devi Temple

The Vaishno Devi Temple , nestled in the Trikuta Mountains of Jammu and Kashmir, is one of India's holiest Hindu shrines and is one of the most important places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir . Dedicated to the goddess Vaishno Devi, it attracts millions of pilgrims annually. Devotees embark on a challenging 12-kilometer uphill journey on foot to reach the sacred cave, where the deity's natural rock formation resides. The temple complex also includes the Bhairon Temple and the Ardhkuwari Temple. The pilgrimage is a profound spiritual experience, with devotees seeking blessings and fulfillment of their wishes. The temple's serene surroundings and religious significance make it a significant religious and cultural landmark in India.

  • Bhairon Temple: Part of the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage
  • Ardhkuwari Temple: A sacred cave temple on the way
  • Pilgrimage: Trek to the Vaishno Devi Temple
  • Nature Walks: Explore the scenic Trikuta Mountains
  • Chana and Poori : A popular vegetarian meal
  • Jalebi : Sweet, deep-fried dessert

Timings of Vaishno Devi Temple: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and between 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM daily

Best Time to Visit Vaishno Devo Temple, Jammu: March to June

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7. Shri Amarnath Cave Temple: A Divine Journey to Seek the Blessings of Almighty

Amarnath

The Shri Amarnath Cave Temple, situated in the Himalayas of Jammu and Kashmir, is a sacred Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is renowned for the naturally occurring ice lingam, a symbol of the deity, which forms inside the cave. Devotees go for a challenging pilgrimage during the summer months to witness this divine phenomenon. The journey often includes a trek through picturesque landscapes and a sacred visit to the cave. It is one of the top places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir . The yatra starts around early July till late August and temple is open only during this duration for the devotees. After this, the weather conditions deteriorate making it difficult for trekking. The temple holds great religious significance, attracting thousands of pilgrims who seek blessings and spiritual fulfillment. The esteemed spiritual vibes, charming scenery and natural bliss makes J & K one of the best places to visit in India .   Nearby Places to Visit:

  • Baltal: A base camp for Amarnath Yatra.
  • Lidder River: Scenic river for relaxation.
  • Amarnath Yatra: Pilgrimage to the cave temple
  • Trekking: Explore the beautiful Himalayan terrain
  • Puri Aloo: Spiced potato curry
  • Rajma Chawal: Kidney beans with rice

Timings of Amarnath Temple: 6 AM to 9 PM

Best Time to Do Amarnath Yatra: May to Aug

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8. Mansar Lake: Where Tranquility Finds Its Reflection

Mansar Lake

Nestled in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Mansar Lake is a captivating natural wonder spread across approximately 62 acres. Encircled by verdant forests and rolling hills, it offers a serene retreat for nature enthusiasts. The lake holds profound cultural and religious significance, adorned with ancient temples and shrines dedicated to deities like Sheshnag and Narasimha. Undoubtedly, boating in Kashmir is one of the best things to do in India . It is a popular activity here, allowing visitors to soak in the tranquil atmosphere and explore the island at its center. Mansar Lake is a harmonious blend of spirituality and scenic beauty, providing a peaceful sanctuary where one can connect with nature and culture.

  • Surinsar Lake: A serene lake close to Mansar Lake
  • Udhampur: Explore this historic town
  • Boating: Enjoy a boat ride on Mansar Lake
  • Nature Walks : Explore the lush surroundings
  • Visit Temples: Seek spiritual solace at the lakeside shrines
  • Dum Aloo: Spiced potato curry
  • Chana Masala: Chickpea curry with aromatic spices
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9. Srinagar: One of the Best Places to Visit in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar

Srinagar, the summer paradise of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India, is a place of captivating beauty and cultural richness. Situated in the picturesque Kashmir Valley, it is renowned for its pristine Dal Lake, where houseboats and shikaras (traditional wooden boats) navigate the serene waters. It is one of the best places to visit in May in the world . The city is dotted with Mughal gardens like Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh, showcasing stunning landscaping and vibrant flowers. Srinagar's old city boasts historic wooden mosques and bustling markets. It's also a hub for handicrafts like Pashmina shawls and Kashmiri rugs. While its natural beauty is enchanting, Srinagar's rich culture and warm hospitality make it a memorable destination.

  • Gulmarg : Famous for skiing and the Gulmarg Gondola
  • Pahalgam : Offers trekking and scenic landscapes
  • Shikara Ride : Explore Dal Lake on traditional boats
  • Visit Mughal Gardens: Admire the lush gardens
  • Shop for Handicrafts: Buy exquisite Kashmiri crafts
  • Lyadur Tschama: A rich and spicy tomato-based curry with Kashmiri cottage cheese
  • Kashmiri Pulao: Fragrant rice dish with saffron and dry fruits
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10. Patnitop: The Most Romantic Destination in Jammu and Kashmir

Patnitop

Blessed with an enchanting charm of nature, with lush green snow-peaked valleys, Patnitop is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Jammu and Kashmir. The serene hill station is nestled amidst the Shivalik Range. Perched at an altitude of around 2,024 meters, it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lush pine forests. Patnitop is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, with meandering walking trails, enchanting meadows, and glistening streams. In winter, it transforms into a snowy wonderland, attracting skiers and snowboarders. Visitors can explore the famous Nag Temple, visit the nearby Sanasar Lake, or simply unwind in the lap of nature. This idyllic destination provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life making it one of the best tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Sanasar: For adventure activities and scenic beauty
  • Nathatop: Offers panoramic views and trekking trails
  • Nature Walks: Explore the lush landscapes and meadows
  • Paragliding: Experience thrilling aerial adventures
  • Visit Nag Temple: A sacred spot with stunning vistas
  • Paneer Tikka: Grilled paneer (cheese) marinated in spices
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Travel Tips for J & K :)

travel tips

  • Check travel advisories and permits.
  • Pack season-appropriate clothing.
  • Hire local guides/drivers.
  • Book accommodations in advance.
  • Stay hydrated and eat safely.
  • Respect local customs and restrictions.
  • Be mindful of security and emergencies.
  • Preserve the environment and wildlife.
  • Carry cash and learn basic local language.
  • Do try the local cuisine.

How to Reach Jammu and Kashmir?

How to Reach Jammu and Kashmir?

  • By Air : You can fly to Srinagar International Airport (SXR) or Jammu Airport (IXJ) from major Indian cities. This is the quickest way to reach J&K.
  • By Train : Jammu Tawi is the main railway station in J&K. You can take a train to Jammu from major Indian cities and then proceed to other parts of the union territory by road.
  • By Road : You can drive to J&K via the national highways or hire a taxi or bus. However, be aware of the road conditions, as they can vary.
  • By Bus : Govt and private buses operate services to J&K from neighboring states like Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Jammu and Kashmir is the epitome of Mother Nature's unparalleled artistry. This heavenly region's beauty transcends imagination, with its snow-capped peaks, serene lakes, and lush valleys painting a mesmerizing landscape. Whether it's the pristine Dal Lake in Srinagar, the adventure-laden trails of Gulmarg, or the spiritual sanctuaries of Vaishno Devi and Amarnath, the choices of places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir are as diverse as breathtaking. From trekking in the Himalayas to cruising on Dal Lake, Jammu and Kashmir offer a plethora of unforgettable experiences. It's a destination that embodies both tranquility and adventure, making it a true jewel in India's crown. So, what are you waiting for? Avail yourselves of the India tour packages to enjoy a gladsome holiday delight in nature’s lap.

Jammu and Kashmir offer a plethora of iconic sites, including the picturesque Dal Lake in Srinagar, the revered Vaishno Devi Temple in Katra, and the breathtaking hill station of Gulmarg with its snow-capped peaks.

The ideal time to explore Leh-Ladakh is from May to September when the roads are accessible, and you can traverse its pristine landscapes, visit high-altitude monasteries, and engage in thrilling adventures.

Yes, Jammu and Kashmir offers fantastic trekking opportunities, such as the renowned Kashmir Great Lakes trek, Tarsar Marsar circuit, and the awe-inspiring Markha Valley trek, all perfect for adventurers seeking unforgettable experiences.

Yes, Jammu boasts significant religious and historical sites, including the Raghunath Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, and the ancient Bahu Fort, which draw devotees and history enthusiasts alike.

To reach the enchanting Gulmarg from Srinagar, you can opt for a delightful 50-kilometer scenic drive through the mesmerizing landscapes or take the Gulmarg Gondola for a unique and awe-inspiring journey.

The Vaishno Devi Temple Yatra is a popular pilgrimage to the Vaishno Devi Temple, which is situated in the Trikuta Mountains of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. This yatra is significant for Hindus, as it is believed to be the holy cave shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi.

The duration of the yatra can vary depending on the route chosen, but it usually takes around 5-8 hours to trek to the temple from Katra, the base camp. The best time to visit Vaishno Devi Temple is during the cooler months, from March to October, as the winter season can bring heavy snowfall and make the trek challenging.

Indeed, you can partake in a variety of adventure activities, including serene shikara rides and unforgettable houseboat stays on Dal Lake in Srinagar, or thrilling river rafting adventures in the scenic Pahalgam region.

The Amarnath Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath Cave in Jammu and Kashmir. It holds immense religious significance for Hindus as it is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Devotees undertake this challenging journey to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and experience the natural ice lingam, which forms inside the cave during the summer months.

The Amarnath Yatra typically occurs during the summer months, usually between late June and early August, depending on the Hindu lunar calendar. To participate in the yatra, devotees need to register through the official channels established by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB). It's essential to be physically prepared and follow safety guidelines.

Ayushi Kaushik

Ayushi Kaushik

I don't want to be a dime a dozen, so I write. An Electrical Engineer who finds her tranquility in writing places to an ardent travel blogger, who loves traversing places and flavoursome cuisines.

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Jammu and Kashmir, often hailed as the Paradise on Earth,’ is dotted with breathtaking landscapes and iconic tourist destinations. While most remain crowded during the peak season, there are some lesser-known treasures waiting to be explored. These hidden gems offer a unique blend of natural beauty, and cultural richness, making them perfect for travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience. If you also want to skip the crowd, and enjoy the beauty of this place, visit these eight hidden gems that promise a truly memorable vacation.

Tucked away in the Ganderbal district, Naranag is an archaeological and historical treasure trove. This place is renowned for its ancient Shiva temple, believed to date back to the 8th century, and is a must-visit. When here, explore its rich cultural heritage, scenic meadows, against the backdrop of stunning Himalayan vistas, and the crystal-clear Wangath River that further add to the allure of this hidden gem.

Bungus Valley

Set in the northern part of Kashmir, Bungus Valley is a remote and relatively untouched paradise. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, pristine meadows, and dense forests, the valley is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The tranquillity of Bungus Valley, coupled with its panoramic views, creates an ideal setting for a peaceful retreat.

Ambaran, locally referred to as Pambaran, is a quaint village nestled in the Akhnoor tehsil of the Jammu district. Believed to have been established by Amba Jagdev Pawar, a descendant of the Pawar dynasty from Dhar Ujjain, Ambaran holds historical significance as the original capital of Akhnoor. Initially named Ambari in reverence to the family deity Amba, an alternative name for Goddess Durga, the village eventually adopted the name Ambaran over time.

Pogal Paristan

Pogal is a valley in the Banihal district, drained by the Sundari or Pogal stream. This stream originates on the southern slopes of Nandmarg mountain, flowing southwestward until it joins the Peristan stream, a tributary of the Bichlari River. Paristan is the name of a narrow valley located in the southeast corner of the Banihal district. The mountains on its southern side boast significant elevation, adorned with forested slopes, while the hills on the northern side are less lofty, characterised by a barren and stony terrain. Despite the absence of large villages, the valley is dotted with numerous hamlets and a small town.

The scenic village of Basantgarh is situated around 101 km from Ramnagar and 126 km from Chenani. Basantgarh, along with its neighbouring regions, such as Punara, Khaned, Loudhra, Berli, Chochru Galla, Lalaon, and various other picturesque yet underdeveloped sites, holds significant potential for winter sports, ecotourism, and adventure tourism.

Ransoo, located in the western part of Jammu and Kashmir near Kangar, is a small village, where there will be no crowd to bother you. This village has approximately 150 households, and despite its modest size, the community is highly engaged and industrious. Visit this place for sure if you are eager to explore off-the-beaten paths.

Doodhpathri

Doodhpathri, located in the Budgam district, is a mesmerising valley often referred to as the 'Valley of Milk.' Surrounded by dense forests, meadows, and gushing streams, Doodhpathri offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The pristine landscapes and cool climate make it an ideal destination for a tranquil getaway.

Tucked away in the Anantnag district, Daksum is a pristine destination that seems straight out of a fairy tale. Surrounded by dense coniferous forests and snow-capped peaks, Daksum is known for its charming meadows and the gurgling Bringhi River. The picturesque setting and tranquillity make it a perfect retreat for nature lovers.

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8 hidden gems in Jammu and Kashmir for a memorable vacation

Jammu and Kashmir, often hailed as the Paradise on Earth,’ is dotted with breathtaking landscapes and iconic tourist destinations. While most remain crowded during the peak season, there are some less...

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1. Raghunath Temple, Jammu

Raghunath Temple, Jammu

1 km from city center 1 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

The Raghunath Temple is a prominent temple and tourist spot that is located in Jammu, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is also one of the biggest complexes in entire northern India and is brimming with devotees all year round. The construction of the Raghunath Temple was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh around 130 years ago, during the period from 1822 to 1860; and was later on completed by his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh.

2. Amar Mahal Museum

Amar Mahal Museum

3 km from city center 2 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Constructed by King Raja Amar of Dogra in 1890s, this museum was planned by a French architect and looks like a French chateau with Indian artisans. It was home to the royal family for many years. Made of red sand stone, the palace was turned into a museum with rich collections of paintings, books, inscriptions and sculptures.

3. Ranbireshwar Temple

Ranbireshwar Temple

1 km from city center 3 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful northern city of Jammu is one of the most important Shiv temples, the Ranbireshwar temple. It is one of the oldest temples in Jammu and considered the largest temple of Lord Shiva in North India. A prime attraction of this region, the largest Shivlinga of the country, set at 8 feet and made of a single black marble stone may be found here, leaving spectators to marvel at the magnificence of its construction.

4. Vaishno Devi

Vaishno Devi

4 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Vaishno Devi is a temple town that's home to the famous Vaishno Devi Mandir. Located in Trikuta hills, 13 kms from Katra. This renowned shrine allures millions of devotees from all over the world. Popularly known as Mata Rani, Vaishnavi and Trikuta, Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Durga.

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Bagh-e-bahu

2 km from city center 5 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Situated by the iconic Bahu Fort, the Bagh-e-bahu is a beautiful and popular garden of Jammu. Atop a mountain facing the Tawi river, this garden is a combination of sprawling lawns, grand fountains, charming stone sculptures, a beautiful lake and a large aquarium.

6. Bahu Fort

Bahu Fort

2 km from city center 6 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

The impeccable beauty and magnificence of the Bahu Fort surely stand to be a significant contributing factor to the popularity of Jammu. Located only 5 km from the central part of the city, the Bahu Fort stands tall and sturdy on the left bank of the Tawi River. Raja Bahucholan constructed this magnificent fort over 3000 years ago, making it one of the oldest monument in the city.

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7. Nathatop

Nathatop

7 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

One reaches Nathatop after a short trek from Patnitop. The hill station is covered with snow during winters thereby enhancing its beauty two times. One can happily go skiing in these mountains. Nathatop has also become very famous for its paragliding.

8. Mubarak Mandi Palace

Mubarak Mandi Palace

2 km from city center 8 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

The Mubarak Mandi is a royal palace in Jammu that once served as the residence of the maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir from the Dogra dynasty. One of its most spectacular segments, The Shesh Mahal or The Pink Hall houses the Dogra Art Museum which has several miniature paintings and Emperor Shah Jahan's golden bow and arrow, among other interesting things.

9. Shivkhori

Shivkhori

54 km from city center 9 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

In the lap of nature , the Shivkhori shrine is situated on a hillock in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. The cave is dedicated to one of the forms of Lord Shiva ( unborn and invisible ) resting place in the lingam. The cave consist of many magical and natural impression and images of other deities . The route from Jammu to Shivkhori is full of mountains and waterfalls.

10. Peer Baba Dargah

Peer Baba Dargah

4 km from city center 10 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Dedicated to an Islam saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah, this Dargah, attracts devotees across religions. The saint was said to have lived for 500 years, only on milk. He also shared connections to the Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Visit on Thursdays, to this unique Dargah, which shares spirituality across religions and legends.

11. Dogra Art Museum

Dogra Art Museum

2 km from city center 11 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Housed in the Mubarak Mandi palace, the museum is an ideal destination for witnessing and experiencing the folklore and culture of Jammu along with Ladakh and Kashmir. Located in the Pink Hall of the palace, the art gallery displays paintings of the Jammu, Kangra and Basohli school of art, including intricate miniature paintings.

12. Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary

Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary

17 km from city center 12 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Known for a large population of Pheasants, this wild life sanctuary, just a little away fro Jammu, is home to an abundance of fauna, especially birds. While here, one can spot countless Pheasants, Indian mynah, Blue Rock Pigeon, Indian Peafowl, Red Junglefowl, and Chakor. Also found here are Leopards, Grey Langurs, Rhesus Monkey, Boars and more.

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13. Surinsar Lake

Surinsar Lake

18 km from city center 13 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

The Surinsar Lake, considered a twin of the Mansar Lake, is a captivating lake placed in the setting of the densely wooded mountain ranges. It is a favourite among locals and tourists, serving as a perfect getaway for those looking for a change of pace from the din of the city.

14. Mahamaya Temple

Mahamaya Temple

3 km from city center 14 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

The Mahamaya Temple was built to honour Mahamaya, a local freedom fighter of the Dogra community, who sacrificed her life about 14 centuries ago to save her region from foreign invaders. This temple attracts scores of devotees throughout the year who come to pay their respects to the great heroine.

15. Mansar Lake

Mansar Lake

27 km from city center 15 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Fringed by dense forest, small parks, temple and low lying hills, Lake Mansar, together with its twin lake surinsar, is a very popular picnic spot and Pilgrimage site. Over and mile in length and half a mile in width, it is situated 62 km from Jammu. Besides being a popular excursion site, it shares the legend and sanctity of Lake Mansarovar. 

16. Akhnoor Fort

Akhnoor Fort

22 km from city center 16 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

The Akhnoor Fort is perched on a cliff, situated on a historical site by the banks of the river Chenab. This fort is said to be built on the ruins of a town from the Harappan Civilisation. This monument is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. 28 km from Jammu in the charming town of Akhnoor lies the impressive Akhnoor Fort.

17. Raghunath Bazaar

Raghunath Bazaar

1 km from city center 17 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

The Raghunath Bazaar in Jammu is one of the best shopping destinations in the region. Some of the shopping items which are available in the Raghunath Bazaar in Jammu are phirans, tweeds, woolen carpets, woven willow baskets, brass and silverware, silk and embroidery works, vases, bowls, wall hangings, naqqashi work, furniture, wood carvings, other decorative items made of wood, and many more.

18. Dargah Garib Shah

Dargah Garib Shah

1 km from city center 18 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Another shrine, which has its devotees, spread across religions, this one is dedicated to a saint, Garib Shah who preached of humanity and unity. It is only, but natural, that Dargah, is hence, a site where religions meet and celebrate spirituality, undivided. The are more than one such instances, with a major one being in the fact that the Dargah is run and maintained by a Hindu community.

19. Gole Market

Gole Market

3 km from city center 19 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Located at Gandhinagar in Jammu this place is well connected to the city via all means of transport. The place is mostly known for its low prices as compared to the rest of the city.

20. Poonch Fort

Poonch Fort

136 km from city center 20 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

The Poonch Fort hosts a series of grand structures reflective of a combination of architectural styles of the Dogra rule, the Sikh rule and the Muslim rule. This majestic complex is sprawled across the top of a small hill, covering an area of 7,500 sqm.

21. Peer Kho Cave

Peer Kho Cave

2 km from city center 21 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

On the banks of Tawri River, are these cave temples tied to instances from the Ramayana. Nearby, one also finds the Panchbakhtar temple and Ranbireshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which too have their origins and depictions shared with legends and epics.

22. Purmandal

Purmandal

15 km from city center 22 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

A little away from the city of temples, is a modest instance of religion and spirituality, a holy town, by the name of Purmandal.

23. City Shopping

City Shopping

1 km from city center 23 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Shopping in Jammu is quite famous as it is a place where different cultures and kingdoms have met leading to various kinds of traditional handicrafts being sold here.

24. Bahu Mela

Bahu Mela

2 km from city center 24 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

One of the biggest Hindu festivals held in Jammu, the Bahu Mela is a grand celebration held in the Bahu Fort in Jammu. The fair is filled with fun, frolic and jubilance, with lights decorating the whole place, brightening up the entire atmosphere. It is a great place to view the traditions and customs of the people of Jammu.

25. Mansar Food And Craft Mela

Mansar Food And Craft Mela

27 km from city center 25 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

Mansar Food and Craft Mela is one of the major events organised in Jammu, celebrated every year in April during the harvest festival of Baisakhi. This 3-day fair is a fantastic way of people to find local crafts, the delicacies of the region, and see the traditions and customs of Jammu The mela is held at the exquisite Mansar Lake, 62 kms from Jammu.

26. Bhairavnath Temple

Bhairavnath Temple

26 out of 26 Places To Visit in Jammu

No journey to Katra is complete without having visited Bhairavnath Mandir. The cave temple of Bhairavnath is dedicated to a saint by that name. A steep 2km journey from the Bhawan leads you to Bhairavnath temple. The temple provides picturesque views of the forest fed mountains. Ponies are available for the up down journey incase you can not climb the steep stairs.

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Top 10 Places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) – To the Paradise on Earth

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Best places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir - To the Paradise on Earth

Jammu and Kashmir (mostly termed as J&K) are known as the paradise on Earth and probably the best tourist place in the Northern India. For your information, the term was used to refer the valley lying between the Great Himalayan and Pir Panjal. Kashmir throughout the ages has another name Paradise. Cradled in the lap of majestic mountains in the Himalayas, J&K is the most beautiful place on the earth. It is bequeathed with baffling attractiveness incredible authenticity. It has attractive snow covered hills, green valley’s worth to see.

Travelmegood invites you to discover and explore the crowning glory of India with their sophisticated travel vehicles ranging from deluxe coaches, ordinary buses, cars, tempo travelers, AC coaches and many more. No matter how big your party is, the tourism company is ready to provide you the best service at an amazing reasonable fare.

After seeing Delhi, here we are to help you visit the top 10 beautiful places in J&K. Remember, luxury fleets of vehicles are all the ways available from Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Delhi NCR. Let us have a splendid touring package covering up these 10 spellbinding locations in a single trip with Travelmegood.com to wander the renowned various beautiful religious places in Kashmir. You can see beautiful plantation filled with bright greenery, gigantic waterfalls, national lagoons, flowerbeds etc. The place has eye-capturing attractive landscapes that can mesmerize anyone and to ensure your travel safe and comfortable within a budget, book your suitable vehicle once you’re introduced with the ten following eye-captivating spots.

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One of the largest lakes in the world, Dal Lake is situated near Tota Rani at 1,775 m above the sea level. This lake is a major tourist attraction in Srinagar and also famous for many recreational activities. Looking back to the history, the shore is beautified by the Mughal era garden, houseboats and many beautiful parks. It is also used for several commercial purposes like fishing, water plant harvesting etc. Significantly, in winter, the temperature glides down to -11 degree Celsius and freezes the entire lake. You can see enormous floating gardens on the lake which are known as “Rad”.

Delhi to Dal Lake Distance: Takes 15 h 7 min to cover 843.7 km via NH1 and NH1A.

Things to do in Jammu & Kashmir. What all you can do at Dal lake.

  • Fishing at Dal Lake would be undoubtedly an awe-frigging thrilling experience for any visitor. It’s a great pass time activity that you can employ in your leisure. So why late? Just arrive with your family, friends or beloved one and feel the most of fishing in the pristine water of Dal Lake. Truly it is some place for spending a quality time chatting and fishing with your best buddies. The spot is near Nehru Park, Dal Lake and fishing cost is a sum of INR 1600.00per head . You’ll be provided all the necessary fishing equipment.
  • Shikara:  This is the most famous tourist destination in Kashmir and it can gift you another spellbinding ambiance with an eye-captivating and beautiful scenery – we’re talking about Shikara With lots of greenery, lush green mountains, valleys and lakes you can float through the heavenly peace. Come along with your beloved one and take a ride together. At present, the pricing is INR 750.00 per head for a 1-hour Shikara ride on Dal Lake.
  • You can also partake in the amazing activity and spend an hour with the lake in regal houseboats . They all are set with modern amenities and are decked to give an astounding environment in Dal Lake. Take enormous photographs, share the memories with friends, family to be cherished for life. The location is Plot No.-15, Nehru Park, Dal Lake and you have to pay a minimum fare of INR 500.00 per head .

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Vaishno Devi Temple

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It is a very famous and heritage place especially for Hindu pilgrims on Vaishno Devi hills in Jammu and Kashmir. This temple is dedicated to Mata Rani also known as Vaishno and Shakti. Every year, around 8 million people visit the place and this is the second most visited religious places in India.

You can easily travel the distance between Katra-Sanjichatt on Helicopter if you have old persons to travel with.

Delhi to Vaishno Devi Temple Distance: Takes 9 h 50 min to cover 635.2 km via NH1 and NH1A.

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It is a heavenly town situated in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. This place is 52 km away from Srinagar and at an elevation of 2,690 m. It is one among the popular hill stations too. You’d really love this place if you’re fond of skiing. Gulmarg has a glorious history of serving legendary kings like Jahangir and Yousuf Shah as resort who were frequent visitors of this place. Originally called as “Gauri Marg” was changed later by king Yusuf Shah. The present name refers to the “places of roses”.

Delhi to Gulmarg Distance: Takes 16 h 16 min to cover 885.4 km via NH1

What to do at Gulmarg?

  • Cable car trip is the most popular activity in Gulmarg by almost everyone. In Gondola, Gulmarg it is located and probably the main center of attraction is here. At an elevation of around 24,000 ft. the Cable ride is divided in two parts. The first one is form Gulmarg to Kongdoor and the second one is from Kongdoor to Apharwat. It’s a must in the chill and foggy atmosphere if you happen to visit Kashmir.
  • Situated at the height of around 2,650 m it is the highest Golf club in the world, it is surrounded by towering conifers and different species of flowers, Gulmarg Golf Club . Being a golf player you just can’t afford to miss this opportunity to have the white ball lost in the sky with your master shot.
  • For an adventurous trip you have to come down till this point: Baramula district and enjoy the breathtaking experience of skiing and skateboarding. The best timing for skiing is from December till early April. It’ll certainly give you an adrenalin rush that you have never ever felt before. So you ought to try it.

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This is the capital of Jammu during the summer session. It is located on the banks of river Jhelum and positioned in the very heart of Kashmir valley. Remarkable tourist spots in Srinagar are Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chasm-e-Shahi, as well as Pari Mahal. You can see many beautiful lakes and houseboats in this city. Another two important things are the traditional handicrafts and the dry fruits as well.

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is recently opened for the public and it is called by the name model floriculture center and this is the largest garden in the whole Asia, situated in Siraj Bagh, Srinagar. Click on Travelmegood.com and visualize the Kashmiri Venice.

Delhi to Srinagar Distance: Takes 15 h 2 min to cover 837.4 km via NH1.

Additional Sightseeing in Gulmarg

  • Doodhpathri is an enthralling hill station in Kashmir which is also popular as the Valley of Milk . Explore the ultimate glory of this place with the roaring water and the breeze that passes through the pine trees. The experience of viewing grazing of cattle with the shepherds from different angles will definitely bring you the setting of the famous Bollywood film called “ Bajrangi Bhaijaan” . Presently the pricing is INR 1000.00 per head . Indulge in the beautiful grassland.
  • Near Shopian, it is another adventurous place called Aharbal waterfall . By 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the morning you’ll get direct pickup from any reputed hotels in Srinagar and you can spend a quality time with your friends or family and observe the awful falls from a closer distance. INR 1200.00 is worth spending to get a refreshing morning near Aharbal waterfall.

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  • Ahdoos – Cuisines: Vegetarian, Halal
  • Shamyana Restaurants –Cuisines: Chinese
  • Nathu Sweets –Cuisines: Sweetmeat, Fast food
  • Lacima Café & Pizzeria –Cuisine: Pizza

Jee Enn Bakery –Cuisine: Cake, Pastry

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Located near Jammu, the fort was constructed by Raja Bahulochan around 3,300 years ago. Inside the fort, the temple of Hindu Goddess Kali is a notable place to visit. It is basically on a high plateau and the Government of India has recently made a beautiful park surrounding the fort known as “Bhave-ki-Bahu” where used to be a deep forest earlier.

The image of the Goddess Mahakali inside the fort was brought from Ayodhya. There are eight octagonal towers in the fort which are connected to the walls.

For your information, the Kali temple inside the fort is small and it can contain a very few people inside.

Delhi to Bahu Fort Distance: Takes 9 h to cover 587.9 km via NH1.

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  Probably the best destination for your baby daughter, Pari Mahal is situated at the top of Zabarwan Mountains. It is a remarkable example of elegant Islamic architecture. It has seven terraces and Prince Dara Shikoh built it around mid-17 th century over the ruins of Buddhist monetary. It was almost in decay until renovated by a Government approach. Truly a wonderfully place Pari Mahal will attract you again and again to come back.

Delhi to Pari Mahal Distance: Takes 15 h 10 min to cover 842.5 km via NH1 and NH1A.

Nishat Bagh

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  It is situated on Dal Lake’s eastern side and the best among all the Mughal gardens in Kashmir. After Shalimar Bagh, it is the second biggest garden in Kashmir. The name denotes “Garden of Delight”. It was constructed by Asif Khan in the year of 1633.

It is a must because of its loving and natural ambiance.

Delhi to Nishat Bagh Distance: Takes 15 h 7 min to cover 843.8 km via NH1 and NH1A.

You are suggested to visit these 5 places near Nishat Bagh

  • Floating Vegetable Market
  • Sulaiman Shopping Complex near Durga Nagar
  • Mughal Garden
  • Badshah Tomb
  • Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan

Shankaracharya Temple

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  It is one of the historically enriched places in Northern India. Located at the height of 1,100 ft. on the hill called Takht-i-Sulaiman, the temple, after being reconditioned, was covered with a modern ceiling. No doubt it is a mandatory stop for religious tourists and the temple is also renowned for its architectural importance. You can’t come across that the temple has a great number of followers and tourists all over the world unless you visit. In addition to these all, you can experience a splendid view of valleys and the eye-captivating views of Pir Panjal ranges.

Delhi to Shankaracharya Temple Distance: Takes 15 h 17 min to cover 840.7 km via NH1 and NH1A.

Mubarak Mandi Palace

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It was a residential area for the Maharaja of Jammu who belonged to the Dogra Dynasty. You can smell the antique fragrance of old Jammu city if out for a sightseeing. The Twai River flows in front of the palace and all the more, you can see three architectural styles include Mughal, Rajasthani and Gothic style. “Sheesh Mahal” is a beautiful end of this royal mansion which is made of glass. The small place for paintings inside the palace is known for Dogra House and all the paintings come from Jammu, Kangra and Basholi School of Arts.

Delhi to Mubarak Mandi Distance: Takes 9 h 3 min to cover 590.1 km via NH1 and NH1A.

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  It is a beautiful scenario of a deep blue water body. It got its name from the trees surround it. It is basically a part of Dal Lake also considered as the jewel in the ring. Like Dal, there are plenty of houseboats in Nagin Lake as well. Like Lodhi Gardens, Delhi you can discover yourself in the middle of a serene and tranquil ambiance. The water in the lake is as clear as crystal which is worth mentioning in this pollution-prone world today.

Delhi to Nagin Lake Distance: Takes 15 h 1 min to cover 839.5 km via NH1 and NH1A.

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15 Must-See Tourist Places In Jammu And Kashmir To Explore

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Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2023 by Heena Ganotra Leave a Comment

The beauty of Jammu and Kashmir is unparalleled. The natural scenery and the beautiful tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir are so captivating that they are sure to take your breath away. The snow-capped mountains, the rolling hills, the pristine lakes, and the mesmerizing rivers all make for an unforgettable spectacle. Besides the spectacular Jammu Kashmir tourist places, what’s even more interesting is the hospitality of the locals. Whether you are exploring famous places in Jammu and Kashmir or the natural Jammu Kashmir scenery, this city is sure to offer a great time. 

From incredibly friendly and welcoming locals to the best places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir, this union territory is also one of the best honeymoon places in India . So if you’re looking for an amazing travel destination, be sure to add Jammu and Kashmir to your list! You won’t regret it. Now, let’s check what magnificent places (with pictures) Jammu-Kashmir has for you. 

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1. Srinagar – Venice Of The East

One of the top 10 tourist places in Jammu and Kasmir, Srinagar is rightly called the “Venice of the East.” This beautiful city is located on the banks of Dal Lake and offers some of the most stunning views in the world. The Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh are some of the must-see tourist spots of Jammu and Kashmir. The city is also an abode to the Hazratbal Shrine, which is considered to be very sacred by Muslims. If you’re looking for a place that offers natural beauty and historical charm, then Srinagar is the place for you.

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Top 5 Things To Do In Srinagar

  • Taste the authentic flavours of local Kashmiri cuisine like Rogan Josh, Kashmiri Pulao , and Sewai . 
  • Buy beautiful souvenirs like handmade baskets, embroidered scarves, silver jewellery, and spices at Lal Chowk, Badshah Chowk, Polo View Market, and Raghunath Mandir. 
  • 2- hours bird watching and boating at the peaceful Manasabal Lake . 
  • Visit Kashmir’s holiest Muslim shrine – Hazratbal Mosque
  • Take a walk to the colourful Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden . 

Top Sights To See – Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Nigeen Lake, Hazratbal Masjid, Dachigam National Park, Chashma Shahi Garden

Best Time To Visit – April to October

2. Gulmarg – Switzerland of India

When it comes to places in Jammu and Kashmir, the beauty of Gulmarg is the most appreciated. This alluring town is known for its stunning scenery, including snow-capped peaks and meadows covered in wildflowers. Visitors around the world visit this famous Jammu Kashmir place to enjoy hiking, pony rides, and nature walks in addition to skiing and snowboarding. This beautiful town is just 48 km away from the city of Srinagar, which makes it an easy day trip from there. The drive is scenic, with views of the Himalayas along the way.

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Top 5 Things To Do In Gulmarg

  • Have a wonderful dining experience at the World’s largest Igloo Cafe in Gulmarg . Also referred to as “ Snowglu ”, this snowy cafe is located at the most popular ski resort of Gulmarg.
  • Seek blessings at St. Mary’s Church, Maharani Temple, and Baba Reshi Shrine
  • A long nature walk at the lush green mountains of Gulmarg and valleys will make your trip to Gulmarg definitely worth it. 
  • Horse riding at the beautiful trails of Gulmarg offers stunning views of the valleys with well-trained and sure-footed horses. 
  • Trek up to Khilanmarg which is a particularly popular hike with amazing views of the forests and valleys that are full of wildflowers. 

Top Sights To See – Gulmarg Gondola, Alpather Lake, Gulmarg Golf Course, Drung Waterfall, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Strawberry Vallery, Children’s Park

Best Time To Visit – April to June (pleasant), October to March (snow)

3. Pahalgam – Village of Shepherds

Amongst the best places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam is a stunning town and a tourist destination in the Anantnag district of J&K. This spectacular place is located on the banks of the Lidder River with lush green valleys, hotels and resorts to stay for tourists. Many Hindu pilgrims from around the world travel to Pahalgam and other important places in Jammu and Kashmir. Pahalgam houses a stunning Golf Course, which is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world. 

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Top 5 Things To Do In Pahalgam

  • A thrilling adventure of river rafting at the Lidder River, surrounded by mountains, and lush forests. 
  • Make your trip to these beautiful Kashmir best places more exciting by doing trout fishing at the Lidder River. 
  • Spend a few hours at the Pahalgam Golf Club and lighten up your mood amidst the beautiful weather and mother nature. 
  • Set a camp in the hills of Aru Valley and enjoy several activities like fishing, trekking, and horse riding. 
  • Shop beautiful accessories, merchandise, dry fruits and handicrafts at the shopping places of Pahalgam like Chandanwari Main Market

Top Sights To See – Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Chandanwari, Lidder River, Baisaran, Kolahoi Glacier, Lidder Amusement Park, Mamleshwar Temple

Best Time To Visit – March to June

4. Katra – Abode Of God

The natural beauty of Katra is breathtaking and it is no wonder that is one of the best places in Jammu and Kashmir. Vaishno Devi Temple in Katra, Jammu is one of the most visited pilgrimages in India. More than a million tourists come around every year to pay respect and worship the Hindu goddess Maa Vaishno Devi. The town is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the views are simply stunning. This alluring town houses blissful botanical gardens, that preserve a variety of plants and flowers. 

Katra

Top 5 Things To Do In Katra

  • White-water rafting in between the sparkling waves of River Chenab in Katra. 
  • Night trekking in the beautiful hills of Katra under the sparkling stars and natural moonlight with your friends and family. 
  • Shop woollen clothes at affordable prices from Jij-Chowk, Kundorian.
  • Stroll around the Nau Devi Cave Temple which is 200 years old.
  •  Visit Jhajjar Kotli with your friends and family which is a famous Kashmir tourist spot. 

Top Sights To See – Vaishno Devi, Shalimar Park, Banganga Temple, Chintamani Dharamshala, Shri Durga Ji Palace, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Spiritual Growth Centre

Best Time To Visit – March to November

5. Patnitop – Pond of the Princess

One of the most beautiful places in Kashmir, Patnitop is a picturesque hill station in Jammu & Kashmir that offers mesmerizing views. Surrounded by lush greenery, Patnitop is best known for its natural beauty and other landmarks near Patnitop. From the scenic viewpoint to ancient temples and tranquil backdrop, the place takes care of a variety of flora and fauna. This hilltop tourist attraction is one of the famous tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir. So plan a trip to Patnitop to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and relax in nature’s tranquillity.

Patnitop

Top 5 Things To Do In  Patnitop 

  • Enter Nathatop while trekking from Patnitop and enjoy the beautiful views of snow-capped mountains. 
  • Stop over by the 600-year-old Naag Mandir and seek blessings. 
  • Experience paragliding at the “ Billo Di Powerpoin t” tourist spot which is best known for its adventure activities. 
  • Head over to Sanasar for a picnic and horse riding. 
  • Set up your camp near Mantalai Lake and enjoy the best views of Mother Nature. 

Top Sights To See – Billo Ki Powri, Sudhmahadev, Skyview by Empyrean, Nathatop, Sanasar Lake, Naag Mandir, Madhatop, Shiva Garh, Patnitop Circular Road

Best Time To Visit – April to June

6. Sonamarg – Meadow of Gold

One of the Jammu and Kashmir places, the stunning landscapes and pristine surroundings make Sonamarg a paradise for tourists. The place is best known for its high altitude location and is derived from two words: “sona” which means gold and “marg” which means valley. The meadows of Sonamarg are covered with a carpet of wildflowers, and the area is surrounded by snowy mountains. The high altitude location makes it a favourite destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers.

Sonamarg

Top 5 Things To Do In Sonamarg

  • Plan a day for trekking at the Machoi Peak, Amarnath Peak, Sirbal Peak, or Kolahoi Peak.
  • Stop by the Satsar Lake with your fam-jam and click Instagram-perfect pictures with a beautiful backdrop. 
  • Head over to Gangabal Lake which lies at the foothills of Mount Harmukh and plan a trek with your friends and family. 
  • Experience fishing with your friends and family at the Krishna Sar Lake which is also known as the “ Lake of Lord Krishna”
  • Stroll by the Baltal Valley and spend a wonderful time amidst the beauty of nature. 

Top Sights To See – Zoji La, Gadsar Lake, Vishansar Lake, Satsar Lake, Baltal Valley, Thajiwas Glacier, Nilagrad River, Gangabal Trek, Kashmir Great Lake Treks 

Best Time To Visit – March to May and October to November

7. Anantnag – Granary Of The Kashmir Valley

An enchanting town that is one of the best Jammu and Kashmir places to visit. Anantnag is truly blessed with natural beauty and has a large number of temples, which are visited by devotees from all over the country. And not just the beauty, the place is also known for its handicrafts. The locals are experts in weaving carpets, shawls, and other items of textile art. Moreover, tasting the variety of dishes in this region is total bliss. The town is located in a serene and peaceful setting, and the views of the Himalayas are simply breathtaking.

Anantnag

Top 5 Things To Do In  Anantnag

  • Head over to the ancient Hindu Martand Sun Temple that dates back to the 8th century 
  • Stop by Baisaran which is covered with pine and deodar trees, which makes it an ideal place for nature lovers.
  • Explore the Lal Chowk which is also known as the “Mall Road Of Kashmir”  
  • Stop for blessings at the 600-year-old Mosque – Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki . 
  • Shop Kashmiri handicrafts and accessories at the Reshi Bazaar, Jaglat Mandi, Iqbal Market, KP Road. 

Top Sights To See – Botanical Garden Kokernag, Sheshnag Lake, Martand Sun Temple, Chandanwari, Baisaran, Aishmuqam Shrine

Best Time To Visit – May to October

8. Amarnath – Home of Lord Shiva

The Amarnath Temple is one of the most revered temples in India and is one of the famous tourist attractions in Jammu and Kashmir, contributing greatly to Holiday Packages in India being booked. The Amarnath pilgrimage is visited by millions of pilgrims every year. The picturesque landscape around the Amarnath temple is simply breathtaking and the river flowing through the valley makes it pure heaven on Earth to visit. This ancient Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in India. 

Amarnath

Top 5 Things To Do In Amarnath 

  • Start the trek to Amarnath from Baltal and Pahalgam
  • Join the Amarnath Yatra with thousands of pilgrims to get the blessings of Lord Shiva.
  • Hop in a helicopter from Baltal trek and land near the Amarnath Cave
  • Shop all the necessities for trekking and warm clothes from Pahalgam as that is where the trek starts. 
  • Enjoy the free food service for Amarnath pilgrims at Kathri

Top Sights To See – Amarnath Cave, Baltal Amarnath Trek, Gangabal Trek, Amarnath Temple, Amarnath Peak

Best Time To Visit – May to September

9. Yusmarg – The Meadow of Jesus

Amongst the best tourist destinations in Jammu and Kashmir, Yusmarg is another such beauty that is best known for its picturesque backdrops.  The place offers opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities like trekking, fishing, camping, and skiing. The best time to visit Yusmarg is during the spring and autumn seasons when the weather is mild and pleasant. If you are looking for some perfect places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir, Yusmarg is one off-the-beaten-path destination that is definitely going to make your Jammu-Kashmir trip worthwhile. 

Yusmarg

Top 5 Things To Do In Yusmarg 

  • Take a walk in absolute serenity and stroll between the beautiful roads surrounded by long trees and hills. 
  • Take a pony ride from Doodhganga which costs no more than INR 150 per person.
  • Find peace and feel your inner self at Neelnag Lake which is no less than a dreamy place. 
  • Relish on spicy curries, dishes and tea at the small food eateries that come on the way. 
  • Visit the Charar-e-Sharief which is another ancient shrine near the valley of Yusmarg.

Top Sights To See – Charar-e-Sharief, Neelnag Lake, Doodhganga, Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary, Doodhpathri, Tatakooti Peak

Best Time To Visit – March to September

10. Bhaderwah – The Mini Kashmir

A beautiful little town that is amongst the best Jammu and Kashmir destinations, Bhaderwah is often referred to as “Mini Kashmir.” The place is surrounded by lofty mountains, thick forests, and pristine rivers, making it one of the most picturesque places in the region. Bhaderwah’s handicrafts are also quite popular, with intricate wood carvings and embroidery being some of the most notable examples. If you’re looking for a peaceful and serene place to relax and unwind, then Bhaderwah is definitely worth a visit. 

Bhaderwah

Top 5 Things To Do In Bhaderwah

  • Visit the Vasuki Nag Temple and Gupt Ganga Temple which dates back to the 11th century. 
  • Go horse riding or just experience the best of nature at the Chinta Valley . 
  • Set up your camp at the Seoj Dhar which is one of the famous places in Jammu and Kashmir for camping.
  • Click Instagrammable pictures in the alluring hamlet of Sartingal which is surrounded by streams, forests, hills, and wildflowers. 
  • Have the most aromatic Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Pulao , and Rajma Chawal at the street eateries of Bhaderwah.   

Top Sights To See – Jai Ghati, Padri Pass, Chandi Mata Temple, Bhaderwah Fort, Vasuki Nag Temple, Gupt Ganga Temple, Chinta Valley

Best Time To Visit – April to July 

11. Sanasar – Adventure Capital Of Jammu & Kashmir

The beauty of Sanasar lies in its serene and peaceful surroundings, which are perfect for a relaxing holiday. Sanasar is a valley located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The valley is well-known for its apple orchards, which are in full bloom during the autumn months. The apples from Sanasar are considered to be some of the best in India. Apart from apples, the valley has many other fruit trees, such as apricots, pears and plums. It is one of the best picnic spots in Jammu and Kashmir and you’re sure to fall in love with this beautiful town. 

Sanasar

Top 5 Things To Do In Sanasar

  • Explore the rocky regions of Sanasar and experience the fun of rock climbing with your friends at the WAC.
  • Buy souvenirs for your family and friends at home from the shopping places of Sanasar. Do not forget to buy famous woollen scarves and caps. 
  • Sit and meditate by the peaceful small pond, Surni Kund.
  • Visit the 500-year-old ancient Hindu temple, the Shank Pal Temple to seek blessings. 
  • Stroll around the 9-hole Golf Course in Sanasar. 

Top Sights To See – Shank Pal Temple, Naag Mandir, Golf Course Sanasar, Wilderness Adventure Camp (WAC), Surni Kund

12. Khilanmarg – The House of Frozen Lake

Another pristine beauty and one of the famous places in Jammu and Kashmir picturesque location with snow-capped Himalayan peaks in the backdrop. This place in Jammu and Kashmir can make all your snowy fantasies come true. Tourists can enjoy trekking, skiing and horse riding here. The people of Khilanmarg are warm and hospitable and they provide a homely atmosphere to the visitors. The serenity and the natural beauty of Khilanmarg are sure to make you fall in love. 

Khilanmarg

Top 5 Things To Do In Khilanmarg

  • Hop on the 2nd highest cable car in the world, Gondola Cable Car and enjoy spectacular unseen views. 
  • See the beauty of Alpather Lake which is also known as the “ Frozen Lake. ”
  • Go Skiing in winter at the most popular Skiing spot in Khilanmarg
  • Go trout fishing near Ferozepur Nallah which is a peaceful spot to spend some quality time with Mother Nature.
  • Head over to Saint Mary’s Church which is just 22 km away from the Khilanmarg. 

Top Sights To See – Gondola Cable Car, Alpather Lake, Ferozpur Nallah, St. Mary Chuch, the Ningli Nallah, Shrine of Baba Reshi, Maharani Temple 

Best Time To Visit – November to February

13. Baltal – Amarnath Yatra Camp Point

An alluring village surrounded by captivating natural beauty, Baltal is one of the famous tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir. The locals are warm and hospitable, and the place is perfect for those who are looking for a peaceful and quiet environment. The village offers stunning views of the Zabarwan mountain range and the Dal Lake. It houses a number of temples and shrines, including the shrine of Amarnath. If you’re looking for a place to relax and take in the natural beauty of Jammu & Kashmir, Baltal is definitely worth a visit. 

Baltal

Top 5 Things To Do In Baltal 

  • Photography in the beautiful valleys of Baltal with stunning backdrops.
  • Indulge in white water rafting, hiking, and trekking in the hills of Sonmarg.
  • Savour Jammu-Kashmir special Maggi at the small eateries in Baltal. 
  • Hire a pony from the Baltal Valley to reach Amarnath Caves.
  • Adventure enthusiasts can experience various water sports and other activities in the valleys of Baltal. 

Top Sights To See – Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Amarnath Temple, Gadsar Lake, Vishansar Lake, Baltal Valley

Best Time To Visit – May to September 

14. Pulwama – Rice Bowl Of Kashmir

The scenic beauty of Pulwama, located in the southernmost part of Jammu & Kashmir, is mesmerizing. Lying on the banks of river Jehlum, it is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush green forests. Pulwama is known for its picturesque landscape and serene environment, making it one of the famous Jammu and Kashmir places to visit. One can enjoy several activities in Pulwama such as trekking, camping, fishing and river rafting.

Pulwama

Top 5 Things To Do In Pulwama

  • See the glorious and majestic waterfall at the Aharbal Waterfalls, just 75 km away from Srinagar.
  • Explore the rich flora and fauna at the Shikargah which is surrounded by the mountains of Wasturwan, and Kherwon. 
  •  Visit the beautiful historical site, Avantishwar Temple which dates back to the 9th century. 
  • Spot wildlife at the Dachigam National Park.
  • Roam around the Twin Lakes, Marsar Lake and Tarsar Lake which lies in between the Himalayan ranges. 

Top Sights To See – Tarsar Lake, Aharbal Waterfall, Jama Masjid Shopian, Avantishwar Temple, Payer Temple, Shrine of Syed Hassan Mantaqui

Best Time To Visit – April to October 

15. Hemis – The Colourful Town 

Known for its natural beauty, Hemis is a small village located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. Perfect for Kashmir sightseeing, Hemis is particularly famous for its annual Hemis festival which celebrates the birth of the Tibetan god, Padmasambhava. During the festival, locals and tourists from all over the world come to admire the traditional dances and costumes of the region. Hemis is also a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. There are plenty of hiking trails and biking routes in the area, as well as opportunities for a rafting trip down the Indus River.  

Hemis

Top 5 Things To Do In Hemis

  • Take a 1-day trip to the largest national park in India, Hemis National Park.
  • Visit the 17th-century Buddhist monastery that is most popular among tourists for the annual festival. 
  • Meditate, learn and pray at the Gotsang Gompa which is amongst the peaceful places in Hemis.
  • Shop Buddhist paintings, handicrafts, clothing and accessories from the small shops at the roadside.
  • Enjoy lip-smacking local Tibetan cuisine while at your homestay in the Hemis area. 

Top Sights To See – Hemis High Altitude Wildlife Sanctuary, Hemis Monastery, Gotsang Gompa, Stakna Gompa, Shang Gompa 

Best Time To Visit – June to mid-October

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: which are the must-try dishes of jammu and kashmir.

Answer: Mutton Rogan Josh, Paneer Chaman, Kashmiri Saag, Nadru Yakhni, Chicken Pulao, Kashmiri Rajma, and Dum Aalu are some of the popular dishes in Jammu Kashmir.

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15 Best Adventure Places to Visit in Jammu and Kashmir

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  • Last Updated October 11, 2022
  • On Mar 20, 2021

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Also known as the Switzerland of east Jammu, Kashmir is famous for its mesmerizing beauty and experience. The beautiful valleys, hills, mountains, rivers, cultivation, and tradition of this place attract many tourists and adventure lovers.

Jammu and Kashmir can be called heaven for adventure lovers who love river Rafting , Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Trekking , Camping , and Mountain Biking . And here goes the list of some of the most popular places among adventure seekers.

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1. Skiing, at Gulmarg Resort

2. gondola ride at gulmarg, 3. ice skating at gulmarg, 4. skiing, at patnitop, 5. white water rafting, at pahalgam valley, 6. mountain biking from srinagar, 7. paragliding in sanasar, 8. camping at sonmarg, 9. jeep safari at kashmir, 10. trekking in vaishno devi, 11. danchigam wildlife sanctuary, 12. a helicopter ride to poonch, 13. hot air ballooning, 14. manali to leh cycling trip, 15. camel safari, list of the 15 popular places for adventure sports in jammu and kashmir:.

Skiing, at Gulmarg Resort

Skiing is one of the most famous adventurous sports and if you have some experience in skiing or someone is a fan of skiing , then skiing at Gulmarg resort is highly suggested for you. Much more than adventure, you will experience wide slopes, mountains in the clouds, and deep valleys. This will be a pure, beautiful, unparallel, and lifetime memorable experience.

The time of January to mid-February is the perfect time if you are in the mood of trying skiing here. This is the time when the whole region of Jammu and Kashmir gets covered in a thick blanket of snow, and nature can’t be more beautiful than what you will experience here at this time. Moreover, many professionally trained skiing experts are also available during this time. Read Also: 5 Famous Lakes in Jammu and Kashmir

Gondola Ride at Gulmarg

You’re mistaken if you think that gondolas will be a beautifully decorated boathouse. In Gulmarg , cable cars are called gondolas. It is at a great height and hence it can be called the world’s highest cable car service in a ski resort.

Once again, it will be an adventure as well as mesmerizing activity to do. Adventurous because you will be at a great height and mesmerized as you will be able to see the beautiful trees, a mountain covered in snow, and rivers from great height. Read Also: Gondola Cable Ride in Gulmarg- Fare, Timing, Booking Ticket

Ice Skating at Gulmarg

Famous for its cold weather throughout the year, Jammu and Kashmir freeze in winter, making perfect ice skating. The month of January and February is perfect for ice skating as winters make this place perfect for ice skating.

Moreover, during this time, there are many types of equipment and instructors available in winter for ice skating. Read Also: 11 Interesting facts about Jammu & Kashmir

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Skiing, at Patnitop

Along with Gulmarg, Patnirop is also famous for skiing. Moreover, it is visited by many people from all over the country as well as the world for skiing throughout the year.

And the best part of this place is that it is in Jammu and Kashmir.  So along with having an adventurous skiing experience, you will be able to see beautiful landscapes, snow-capped mountains, and valleys. Read Also: Famous Folk Dances of Jammu & Kashmir

White Water Rafting, at Pahalgam Valley

River rafting is another popular adventurous sport, and river rafting can’t be more fun than doing it in summer, around June in the river of Pahalgam Valley .

Besides having fun and adventure, you will experience a beautiful, exquisite scene of The Pahalgam Valley. You will be able to see a wide diversity of landscapes during this river rafting. Read Also: Popular Festivals of Jammu and Kashmir

Mountain Biking from Srinagar

This is perfect for those who love traveling on the mountain and experiencing the beauty of the exquisite valleys, mountains, and rivers through bikes. Different parts can be chosen according to the capability of the person who will ride the bike in Srinagar .

Many paths are quite challenging and adventurous, so proper safety and choosing a path according to your limitations are highly suggested. Read Also: Top 10 Places to Visit in Srinagar

Paragliding in Sanasar

Experiencing the beauty of Jammu and Kashmir from a great height and, going closer to it, from between the mountains and hills, and the river running down will be a lifetime memorable experience.

Even imagining this makes you feel like you are in heaven. It seems like flying like a bird and admiring mother nature. The best time for paragliding here is May-June and September-October. Read Also: The 10 Best Restaurants Near Dal Lake, Srinagar

Camping at Sonmarg

It is perfect for both nature lovers as well as adventure seekers at the same time. Being surrounded by the lessee mountains and the background music of the flowing river is what nature lovers carve for, and trekking at great heights is what adventure lovers carve for Sonamarg .

The best time to experience the beauty of nature is April-October. Read Also: Places to Visit in Sonmarg, Kashmir .

Jeep Safari at Kashmir

If you don’t want to get distracted from admiring nature and feeling the thrill of walking, riding, trekking, or hiking, you can hire a jeep and explore the beautiful and adventurous areas of Kashmir.

You will see the Exotic wildlife and beautiful valleys and temples at the top of the mountains. Read Also: Popular Places to Visit Srinagar, Kashmir in May .

Trekking in Vaishno Devi

Besides being a highly reputed religious place for Hindus, it is also famous for trekking among adventurers. The people who come here for religious purposes also hire a pony or have a ride in Palki.

Still, adventure seekers prefer trekking the path of 13 kilometers to reach the religious, serene, and calm temple of Vaishno Devi. March to June is perfect for trekking here, and many trekkers prefer trekking during the evenings or nighttime. Read Also: Welcome Back to Kashmir, India

Danchigam Wildlife Sanctuary

The perfect time for visiting this Wildlife Sanctuary is April to November. Danchigam Wildlife Sanctuary is divided into two parts, upper and lower.

And what makes it famous among adventure seekers is going to the upper part of the wildlife sanctuary and watching the beauty of the Sanctuary from the right height. There are many birds and animals in this wildlife sanctuary, but it is famous for the Kashmir stag, also famous as Hangul.

A Helicopter Ride to Poonch

It is another opportunity to admire the beauty of the nature of Jammu and Kashmir from a good height.

Moreover, you will experience the Pir Panjal range from a good height. It is highly suggested to have a ride in a helicopter to Poonch.

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Hot Air Ballooning

Again hot air ballooning is an excellent opportunity to see the beauty of nature from the good height at which the hot air balloon floats. Moreover, it will take you through the valleys of Suru and Zanskar, and the beauty of these valleys will captivate you.

Manali to Leh Cycling Trip

Mountain biking is famous among many adventure lovers, but have you heard about cycling trips in the mountains? This is perfect for those who want to go slowly and admire every part of nature.

Cycling trips are famous among those who are adventure lovers and at the same time fitness freaks. This will be an unparalleled experience.

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Riding on bikes, and cycles, gondolas, rafting boats, flying paragliding, and helicopter and jeep safari are quite famous.

But having a Camel Safari will be a completely different experience that can’t be experienced through any other means. Camel Safari in Nubra valley is one of the highly suggested things to do if you visit here.

The reason Jammu and Kashmir are beautiful with all its greenery, mountains covered with snow, hills, rivers, and valleys adventurous with all its roads, temples, and other destinations are at the right height, and adventure sports include great heights. It is famous among nature lovers, adventure seekers as well as religious people.

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