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Places To Visit In Jammu and Kashmir

Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Kashmir and its valleys
Tourism In Jammu And Kashmir

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Places To Visit In Jammu and Kashmir

From staggering summits of Pir Panjal to inviting waters of Jhelum

Among other reasons, Kashmir is renowned worldwide for unparalleled natural beauty. Between Baramulla and Kishtwar, this land of tin-roofed hamlets and scenic hill stations shelters an abundance of places to visit in Kashmir Valley. In Kashmir, one can never run out of places to explore. While Srinagar remains the kernel of bowl-shaped Kashmir Valley, smaller towns like Anantnag, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, and Baramulla are also finding their place on popular tourist maps of Kashmir.

The city of Srinagar is famous for sprawling Mughal gardens, tranquil Dal Lake, and religious shrines. It serves are the point of entry and departure to several pilgrim tours, trekking bases, hill station getaways, and socioeconomic trades. The city is lapped by ethereal Dal Lake which is thronged by honeymooners, families, and pilgrims alike. The wooden houseboats floating on the lake provides just the peaceful retreat newlyweds are after.

Mughal gardens show their grandeur at the foothills of Zabarwan hills, which act as an idyllic backdrop for pictures. Fresh blooms sprouting along the artificial channels in Nishant Garden and Shalimar Bagh make you wonder about the glory days of Mughal rule. Wular Lake, among the largest water bodies in the state, doesn’t get its share of visitors despite being as glossy as its counterpart within Srinagar. Chashme Shahi, Hari Parbat, Shankaracharya Temple, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, and Pari Mahal are other prominent places to visit in Srinagar.

Roughly 56 kilometres west of Srinagar, Gondola rides and powdery slopes in Gulmarg are a magnet for travellers visiting the valley. This hill station in Baramulla district experiences reasonable snowfall in winter, making it the heartland of winter sports in Gulmarg include skiing, snowmobiling, and sledding. The slopes on 14,000-feet-tall Apharwat peak have ample opportunities for thrilling experiences. It also offers uninterrupted, sweeping views of nearby forests, lakes, and Pir Panjal peaks. Private taxis and car rentals are available to reach Gulmarg from Srinagar.

Sonamarg and Yusmarg rank among the best places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir. Just a short pony ride from Sonamarg takes travellers to climb the largest glaciers in Kashmir. Locals agree that Anantnag district in South Kashmir is replete with must-see places like Betaab Valley, Pahalgam, Aru, and Kokernag. Further east, Kishtwar and Doda welcome trans-Himalayan trekkers beyond the valley. Saffron fields around Pompore and apple orchards in Anantnag are a sight to behold in harvest season.

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The Tulip Garden in Kashmir is a must visit in the city
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Tulip Garden in Srinagar

In Srinagar, there lies a huge 30 hectares Tulip Garden, which is Asia’s biggest garden till date. Located in the foothills of Zabarwan Range, this garden gives an overview of the famous Dal Lake too. It was opened in 2007 with a strong goal to boost the tourism of Kashmir Valley. The layout of the garden is in terrace fash...

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Shalimar Bagh is one of the most serene and exquisite places to visit in Kashmir
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Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar

One of the most famous Mughal gardens in the Kashmir valley, Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar has become the crown of Srinagar today. Built by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir as a symbol of love for his beloved wife Nur Jahan, this garden is an apt representation of the word ‘Shalimar’ that translates to ‘Abode of Love’.

The garden i...

Sightseeing Nature Flower Garden Mughal Gardens
The gardens are covered with exquisite Chinar trees
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Mughal Gardens in Srinagar

Srinagar is home to some of the most beautiful Mughal Gardens in India. Besides being perfect representations of Persian influenced Mughal architecture in its prime, Mughal Garden Srinagar are known for their exceptional beauty owing to their spectacular mountainous natural settings which remain unparalleled in all of In

Sightseeing Flower Garden Nature
Have the time of your life at Dal Lake
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Dal Lake in Srinagar

Resplendent with beauty, Dal Lake in Srinagar is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Kashmir valley. The exceptional charm and exquisite surroundings of Dal Lake attract tourists from all over the world. It is also the second largest lake in Jammu and Kashmir that offers a picturesque and mesmerizing view of the...

Sightseeing Nature Boating
Sandwiched between mighty mountains and lush green meadows
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Alpather Lake in Gulmarg

Sandwiched between mighty mountains and lush green meadows covered with wildflowers, the Alpather Lake is nature at its best. This lake stays frozen until most part of the year. Even if you visit in mid-June, you will get to see the frozen version of Alpather lake. Summer time lasts from May to September and this is when yo...

Adventure Sightseeing Nature Lake Trekking
This towering summit stands tall at 4,390 metres
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Apharwat Peak in Gulmarg

Apharwat Peak is one of the main attractions of Gulmarg tourism. Ski-lovers always find their way to this summit to enjoy their hobby. This place is sure to provide you an out of the world experience while skiing. Since Kashmir is popularly known as the Switzerland of India, you would not deny this post your visit to Apharw...

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Breathtaking Impression of Nature
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Sonamarg in Srinagar

Kashmir, the land of snow-capped mountains, exquisite gardens, colorful valleys, traditional houseboats and romantic lakes is a home to a beautiful place called Sonamarg. Also known as the “Meadow of Gold”, Sonamarg is an elevated area on the bank of Nallah Sindh River. Amazing glaciers, placid lakes and exquisite waterfall...

Adventure Sightseeing Himalayas Nature
Nothing less than a picture-perfect moment, this place is!
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Ningle Nallah in Gulmarg

Ningle Nallah is just 10kms away from the Gulmarg town. Mountains always have wild stream and rivulets flowing here and there. Ningle Nallah is one such mountain stream that has become a popular tourist attraction of Gulmarg. Either side of the stream is like a painted canvas of green meadows with wildflowers. The gurgling ...

Adventure Sightseeing Nature
It is said to be more than 100 years old
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St. Mary`s Church in Gulmarg

Every tourist destination has some religious places among the sought-after tourist spots. Religious places are mostly characterized by architectural excellence of our ancestors. This 100 years old church stands sturdy and tall even after so many years.

However, St. Mary’s Church of Gulmarg did receive some renovation and ...

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Enjoy the golfing experience in Gulmarg golf course
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Golf Course in Gulmarg

Gulmarg golf course is also amongst the few largest 18-hole golf courses in our country. For golfers, this is a dream golfing destination in India. Tourists love to visit this place to golf, or to learn to golf. Golfing in Gulmarg started as early as the 1920s, when India was British India. Since then, the golf course has c...

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Is the consumption of liquor allowed in Kashmir?

There is no ban on liqour in Kashmir, but there aren't many hotels that offer alcohol for consumption. You can still carry your own.

When is the off season of Jammu & Kashmir?

Tourists should visit Jammu & Kashmir during the off-season between April-July and from October-December. This is the best time to visit Jammu & Kashmir as the hotels and tour packages have major discounts on offer.

Is it safe to travel to Jammu & Kashmir?

Yes, it is safe to visit Jammu and Kashmir. Try to stay away from border areas and areas known to be sensitive and prone to problems.

Are houseboats safe to stay in?

Always rent out houseboats that have been registered with the Jammu & Kashmir tourism department.

What are some of the local dishes that one must try on a trip to J&K?

Wazwan is a must have when in Jammu and Kashmir. Also, try to drink their special pink tea, known as Kahwa.