Jammu and Kashmir Tourism
Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Kashmir and its valleys
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About Jammu and Kashmir Tourism
Say hello to a land of unrivalled beauty and history
Jammu and Kashmir is located among the Himalayan, Pir panjal and Karakoram mountain ranges. It is famously known as the "Paradise on Earth" because of its gorgeous valleys, mountains, lakes, forests and meadows. Along with its breathtaking landscape, Jammu and Kashmir. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has two capitals according to the season. While Jammu is the winter capital of the state, Srinagar is the summer capital. This contributes largely to its tourism during the major seasons. There are a plethora of places to see and things to in Kashmir for all kinds of travelers. If you are planning a trip to Jammu and Kashmir, you must know about its places of attractions, activities offered and a few other interesting things which also form an integral part of Kashmir tourism.
The Dal Lake and the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar accentuate the Kashmir tourism. There may not be a heaven or a land of milk and honey, but there is Kashmir Valley, which attracts travelers from all over the world. Drifting shikaras on sparkling lakes on a summer evening, the vibrancy of Mughal gardens in spring, enjoying snowfall on a winter’s day, and apple picking in an autumn’s afternoon are some of the ways to put a state of ecstasy on your face.
History of Kashmir
Bounded by Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to the south, Afghanistan to the north-west and Pakistan to the west; Kashmir is located in the north-western region of India. Since the partition of the Indian continent in 1947, as this region has become the subject of dispute between the two nations, India and Pakistan, its south and south-eastern portion makes a state of India. And, as per the agreement of 1972, the administered portions of the two nations are divided by a ‘line of control’.
Culture of Kashmir
Replete with a rich and varied culture, the lifestyle of Kashmiri people is mostly influenced by literature, dance, music, food and festivals that are celebrated there. With exposure to solidarity during the times of independence, the locals of Kashmir have become a part of new literature and learning. Blessed with glacial mountains, crystal clear waters, pine forests, Chinar groves, and pine trees, the region of Kashmir has been detached from the whole country for a long time. However, now it inhabits people from different races, making it a potpourri of different cultures. Tourism in Kashmir takes a glimpse into the culture of Kashmir as well Srinagar and other places in the state.
Honeymoon in Kashmir
Epitomizing romance, resplendent nature, breathtaking views, and the surreal settings of the region make it one of the best travel destinations for honeymoon. Boasting tranquillity and scenic views, the beguiling beauty of Pahalgam is beyond words. While, Gulmarg-another glittering town of Kashmir offers some romantic backdrops replete with lush green meadows and snow-clad mountains.
Whether you’re trekking with nomads or expats in Pir Panjals; cherishing honeymoon in meadows of Sonamarg; enjoying views of snow-capped glaciers on pony rides in Pahalgam; skiing in Gulmarg on fresh snow; making an arduous pilgrimage to bow before your maker; just admiring the serenity of Dal Lake in your lover’s arms; Kashmir never lets you down.
Attractions in Kashmir
Tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir comprise unimaginable beauty. As you have strolled through narrow markets of Srinagar, taken the bumpy – or somewhat scary – rides along the Jhelum or Chenab, you can’t leave behind Kashmir. The state of absolute bliss, to be here and having lived here, stays with you wherever you go.
Commence an enticing journey to the crown of India with a visit to Srinagar. And, as get to enjoy the Shikara ride while sailing through the snow-clad mountains and sparkling waters of Dal Lake. While, a visit to Leh introduces you not only with its queer beauty but adventure too. Grab an opportunity to satiate an adrenaline junkie in yourself, and partake in trekking, mountain biking and many more activities. However, if you want enjoy skiing, Gulmarg is one of the most best destinations to hop on to. Besides that, a tour of Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Doda, and many more gems of the region are meant to make your journey a memorable one.
The occasional traveller may not realise on the first visit, but Kashmir is like a multi-faceted jewel. Longer you stare at it, more beautiful it gets. The Jammu region has a lot of Hindu temples, local museums, and historical sights, while Kashmir is all about being outdoors. Streets in summer are lively and buzzing with local guides and vendors whereas snowfall in winter provides a much-needed boost to Kashmir tourism and region’s economy.
Things to Do in Kashmir
Blessed with alluring landscapes, the Heaven on Earth offers a bounty of offerings for every kind of traveller, be they adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers or connoisseurs. Curating one of the best lists of things to do, the crown of India really knows how to win its visitors’ hearts.
As you enjoy a sojourn in Kashmir, do go for a shikara ride on Dal Lake, and cherish the alluring surroundings. And for panoramic views, one can get on a gondola ride. While, a tour to Magnetic Hill is surely meant to provide its visitors with some magical views. People can also get to enjoy trekking at Chadar Lake, and grab an opportunity to enjoy a sojourn in a wooden houseboat.
Festivals of Kashmir
While, the major sightseeing and activities do offer an exhilarating experience to the visitors of Kashmir, this paradise on earth also let people enjoy many festivals that also add a bouquet of memories to their journey. Inhabiting people of many cultures, here one can enjoy the celebration of Eid ul Azha, Festival of Hemis, Baisakhi- which embarks the harvesting season, annual festival of Shikara, and many more.
Shopping in Kashmir
What’s more? As you are busy making making some beautiful memories on this tour, the markets of Kashmir filled with ethnic art and craft pieces offer you a chance to take some memories along back home. Here, visitors can choose to buy souvenirs like: handicrafts, pashmina shawls, saffron, hand-woven carpets, and much more.
Famous Food of Kashmir
Once you’ve inhaled the aroma of famous dishes of Kashmir- Rogan Josh, Modar Pulav, and Matschgand, the gluttony side of you will beguile to extend the sojourn for a longer time. However, that are not the only dishes you can indulge yourself in here. Crammed with a bevy of restaurants, here you can also enjoy dishes, including momos, thukpa, skyu- a traditional dish of Leh, and sip a cup of butter tea, which is mind-boggling.
Jammu and Kashmir Tourism lists all the sought-after destinations in the state where travellers want to escape the sweltering summer. Whether you’re planning a romantic rendezvous or a long pilgrimage, there are plenty of places that fit into your idea of paradise.
Browse through our list of Kashmir tourism packages and Kashmir travel guide to help you select the most suitable option.
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Places To Visit In Kashmir
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Chandanwari In Pahalgam
Famed as the starting point of the most revered expedition to Amarnath Cave, Chandanwari is a beautiful valley nestled at an altitude of about 2895 meters above sea level. Located at a distance of about 16 km from the heart of Pahalgam, this valley is quite accessible via roadways. Apart from that, you can also choose to ge...
- Picturesque landscape
Amarnath Yatra In Pahalgam
Nestled at a height of about 12,756 feet, the most famous and revered shrine of Amarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year, lakhs of devotees embark on Amarnath Yatra in Pahalgam during Shravani Mela, i.e. Shravan month as per the Hindu calendar. And, it is the only time when the sacred cave of Amarnath is accessible. ...
- Religious trek
- Ideal for families
Aru Valley In Pahalgam
A little, quaint, and tranquil hill station, Aru Valley is a heaven for nature lovers. Lying amidst the pine and conifer trees, picturesque meadows and misty valleys, Aru Valley is located 12 km from Pahalgam in the Trans-Himalayan Region. Travelers come here for admiring the natural beauty of Aru Valley in Pahalgam, to spe...
- Aru Valley
Tulian Lake In Pahalgam
A tourist spot, Tulian Lake is located at Pahalgam in the district of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir. Tulian Lake is found at a height of 3,684 metres above sea level, at a distance of 16 km from Pahalgam. The color of the lake is turquoise blue and it looks attractive with several lumps of ice floating in it.
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Vaishno Devi in Jammu
A trip to the Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the most revered pilgrimage options that there are, with travelers coming from far and wide to ensure that the Goddess showers her blessings on them. It is located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains, which is a mountain with triple peaks, and is considered to be an important p...
- Vaishno Devi
- Ideal for families
Things To Do In Kashmir
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Tea Plucking in Gulmarg
When talking about “things to do” in Gulmarg, you can indulge in tea plucking. Of course, there`s no skipping the mountainous adventure sports like skiing and snowboarding but you must also get to experience the local non-adventurous activities like tea plucking.
For those who like the slow side of life instead of the ris...
- Tea gardens
Trek to Kolahoi Glacier In Pahalgam
Trek to Kolahoi Glacier is considered to be one of the best treks in India. The Kolahoi Glacier is admired and appreciated by the localities and called as the Goddess of Light for being the main source of water for the Jhelum and Lidder Rivers. Trekking in Jammu and Kashmir is always delightful for everybody due to the spel...
Shikara Ride in Srinagar
Lakes in Kashmir are ideal to float along and enjoy the beauty of nature with mighty greens towering on either side, or stretches of calm waters lying ahead. A Shikara ride in Kashmir along one of the region’s lakes is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. A Shikara is a long wooden boat that you’ll often find floating along ...
Gondola Ride in Gulmarg
Background history says that the work on the Gulmarg Gondola Project was started by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in 1987. The whole Gondola ride has two phases: Phases I and II namely from Gulmarg to Kongdoori and Kongdoori to Apharwat Peak respectively. The time taken to complete the first phase is around 10 minutes...
Rafting at Lidder River in Pahalgam
A frothy, twisty glacial river that spans more than 70 kms in its journey across Kashmir, the Lidder is like the backbone of Srinagar. The Lidder river rages for a few kms, before dwindling and finally submerging with the Jhelum. River rafting on the Lidder river is an adventurous activity that has gained a lot of popularit...
- River Rafting
- Lidder River
- Adventure Activities
How To Reach Jammu and Kashmir
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Srinagar International Airport (SXR), also known as Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport, and Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) in Leh are the major airports in Jammu and Kashmir state. The airport in Srinagar is connected with major cities in India including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The airport in Leh has direct flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Taxi rentals and private shuttles are available at both airports in Jammu and Kashmir.
Furthermore, Jammu Aiport or Jammu Civil Enclave handles domestic flights from major urban centres in India.
Jammu Tawi, located in the state’s winter capital, is the busiest railway station in Jammu and Kashmir. It serves as the northern terminal of major trains connecting the city with the rest of India. Regular express trains from Jammu to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Trivandrum run efficiently.
The picturesque section between Banihal and Baramulla of Jammu–Baramulla railway line passes through several towns in Kashmir Valley. It is an excellent alternative for those wanting to take the tracks not often taken.
Jammu and Srinagar, seasonal capitals of the state can be reached throughout the year by road. Jammu is served by a network of state and national highways. If you’re wondering about how to reach Kashmir Valley by road, follow the NH1(A) that passes through the city of Jammu to Srinagar in Kashmir Valley. The highway continues to the east before terminating at Leh in Ladakh region. NH1 is a major and vital highway which handles the primary traffic coming in and out of the region. Government and private operators run buses and taxis between Jammu, Srinagar, and Leh.
The Jawahar Tunnel, 2.8 kilometres in length, connects Jammu with Kashmir Valley. The 3,528-m-high mountain pass Zoji La carries the Srinagar-Leh highway extending into Ladakh. The 474-km-long Leh-Manali Highway is another major road with serving the Ladakh region. Both Srinagar-Leh and Leh-Manali highways remain vulnerable to weather conditions in winter as the snowfall blocks the road access.
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Kashmir is all covered with a white sheet of snow in winter season and becomes an ideal deationation to enjoy winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, yak ride and a lot more.
Depending on which time of the year you are traveling to Kashmir, you should pack accordingly. If visiting in winter season, then pack for heavy woollens, boots, jackets, scarf, gloves as there is heavy rainfall in Kashmir and if traveling in summer, carry normal clothes but do carry light woolens also as the weather can be quite cool in the evenings.
Kashmir is regarded as heaven on the Earth and without a doubt it is worth visiting for every sort of tourist. From children to youngsters and honeymooners, everyone finds solace and peace visiting Kashmir because of its rich natural beauty.
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.
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.
Always rent out houseboats that have been registered with the Jammu & Kashmir tourism department.
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