Explore the serene beauty of Jammu & Kashmir!

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With summers just around the corner, our minds are clogged with vacation thoughts. A cold place which isn’t crowded and away from the hustle-bustle is what would make the vacation perfect. What better place to visit than Jammu & Kashmir. This blog is all about the major tourist attractions of Jammu & Kashmir, which in turn will make it easier to plan your travel.

Jammu & Kashmir has always been enveloped in an aura of mystery and elusiveness, thus toping everyone’s travel list. While we can look at Jammu & Kashmir as a whole, a traveler classifies into 3 parts i.e. religiously inclined Jammu, flowery valleys of Kashmir and the cold, ruggedly handsome desert land of Leh- Ladakh! Whichever category you choose, we suggest that you complete the entire circuit to enjoy and do complete justice to spellbinding lands of the North!

Listed below are a few popular places:

1.Srinagar

Located on the banks of the Jhelum River, at an elevation of 5200 ft, Srinagar is known to be the “Summer Capital”. One of the major attractions here is the Dal Lake with its pretty shikaras and house boats. When here, don’t forget to take a ride in them with your better-half to amplify the experience and love of course! For a lesser romantic time, shopping can be done in plenty as it is known for its dry fruits, saffron and traditional Kashmiri handicrafts like hand-woven shawls, carpets and rugs.

2.Pahalgam
Not far away from Srinagar is a pristine hill town called Pahalgam. Known for its dense vegetation and wildlife, it is a must visit for nature enthusiasts. Many rare and endangered species can be found here. If you are lucky, you can spot some Hangul, musk deer, Snow leopard, Serow in this region.

3.Gulmarg
Originally known as Gaurimarg, Gulmarg is known for its mesmerising beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar. The sight of its grassy slopes embellished with wild flowers makes it a breathtaking sight. Apart from being known as a mountain resort, Gulmarg has the highest green golf course in the world – at an altitude of 2,650 metres. Now isn’t that just mindblowing!

4.Sonamarg
Known as the “Meadow of Gold “, Sonamarg is backed by snowy mountains that stand tall against the blue sky. The Sindh river that makes its way through the valley making angling a favorite activity in this area. If you feeling a little more adventurous, you can hire ponies and trek to the Thajjwas glacier which is a major local attraction during the summer months. Must visit for out and out nature lovers!

5.Vaishno Devi
Vaishno Devi is famous for the shrines that are in the hills. Every year thousands of pilgrims are seen making their way up the steep slopes to seek blessing of their Goddess. The holy cave shrine of Vaishno Devi is nestled in a beautiful recess of the Trikuta Mountains forming a part of the lower Himalayas. It is located 61 km north of Jammu at a height of 5,200 feet above the sea level in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In the cave there are images of three deities’ viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. Perfect to visit if you’re into religion and spirituality.