Snow capped mountains, Alpine forests, Serene lakes and Multi Colored flowers, the Paradise of India- Jammu and Kashmir is truly an extravagant beauty. Snowy in winter and flowery in summer; Jammu and Kashmir shifts its hues like a kaleidoscope. Being set on the top of Indian Map, it feels like a jewel set up on a crown. Jammu and Kashmir has three regions- flowery valley of Kashmir Valley, Deserted and rugged land of Ladakh and the tranquil Srinagar. If you have planned to visit J&K make sure you visit all these three places. Read along to get tips for planning your itinerary.The tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir are as follows.
Tourist Places In Jammu And Kashmir
1) Srinagar In Jammu and Kashmir
The best place to visit here is the Dal Lake. This lake is mostly frozen in winter but turns peaceful and beautiful as the temperature soars and ice melts. Several ‘shikaras’ or boat houses float over the lake. Pristine water surrounded by the snowy Himalayas and loaded with colorful boats makes the visit worthwhile.
Other Things to do in Srinagar – Visit Tulip Garden, Stay in the boat house, Purchase Saffron and Kashmiri handicrafts.
Best time to Visit Srinagar – April to June
How to reach Srinagar – One can reach there by flight or by Rail or you can travel by taxi from Jammu to Srinagar in about 8 hours.
2) Pahalgam In Jammu and Kashmir
Pahalgam is a beautiful valley, and the Lidder River running through it makes it the best tourist of Jammu and Kashmir. The river is one of the favorite spots for trout fishing in the country. Rafting is also organized at this river.
Other Things to do in Pahalgam – Visit Zoo, Amarnath Cave
Best time to Visit Pahalgam – April to September
How to reach Pahalgam– It is around 47km away from Srinagar, Local Buses will be the best option.
3) Gulmarg In Jammu and Kashmir
The Gulmarg cable car is a big hit and one of the major tourist attractions. One can feel the snow as it takes you to the highest point of Gulmarg.
Other things to do in Gulmarg – Bird Watching, Trekking, Visiting o golf course
Best time to Visit Gulmarg- Jan to March
How to reach Gulmarg – It is 46km away from Srinagar can be reached by car in an hour.
4) Sonmarg In Jammu and Kashmir
Sonmarg is an ideal destination for camping and nature lovers. It is a base camp for Amarnath Yatra and gateway to Ladakh. One must visit Nilagrad, where one can see the confluence of Indus River. Krishnasar Lake is also one of the best picnic spot.
Best time to visit Sonmarg – it is a year-round destination, but April to June is the ideal time to visit
How to reach Sonmarg – it is 70 km away from Srinagar can be visited by local bus.
5) Leh / Ladakh In Jammu and Kashmir
It is an ideal place for trekking and to spend time away from the hustle bustle of the city. One can also visit ancient monasteries here. The crystal blue sky in the day and full of stars at night is so mesmerising that one can put visiting this place on their bucket list of tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir.
Other things to do in Leh / Ladakh – Camel/Yak ride, jeep safari, adventure sports.
How to reach Leh / Ladakh – It is 434 km away from Srinagar, ideal travel overnight by bus.
Best time to visit Leh / Ladakh – April – June
One can also visit Vaishno Devi if you are into religion and spirituality. One can never get enough of J&k and is bound to be spellbound by the enthralling beauty. One must visit this paradise once in their lifetime.