JAMMU & KASHMIR (PARADISE ON EARTH)

It is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in India. Jammu & Kashmir is the only state in India which shifts its capital according to season.  Jammu is the winter capital and Kashmir is the summer capital of the state. It is famous for its exotic scenic beauty. It is a dream destination for any traveler. The State comprises of three territories

SRINAGAR

It is the summer Capital of Jammu and Kashmir and the most vibrant destination set around the Dal Lake. If your travel Itinerary includes Pahalgam, Sonamarg and Gulmarg then it is suggestible to take a day trip to these places and have an Overnight Stay in Srinagar.  Destination like Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam are on different directions and if you want to travel up to any of this place you have to cross Srinagar and it would be concluded as a long Journey.

MAJOR TOURIST PALCES IN AND AROUND SRINAGAR

Dal Lake

it is a beautiful lake. Dal Lake the jewel of Kashmir is also known for the house boat and shikara ride. There is an amazing floating market in Dal Lake which is the only floating market in India and second in the world. If you want to visit the floating market you have to take a Shikara boat ride in early Morning. House boats in Dal lake are also different they are not moving in the lake. If you have already experienced the houseboat Stay in Kerala and expect the same from here then it would be disappointing for you. It is better to stay in hotels rather than Houseboats in Srinagar.

Hazratbal Mosque

It is a Muslim shrine in Srinagar. It is believed that the strands of Prophet Muhammad are kept here. It is one of the most holiest shrine in Kashmir

Shankaracharya Temple

It is one of the most famous and oldest temples in Srinagar. It is famous for the architectural beauty. The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva.  The Temple is located on the top of hills and there is a vibrant view from the top of the hill.

Mughal Gardens

It is a group of gardens built by the Mughals in Persian style of architecture. The three main Mughal gardens are Shalimar bagh, Nishant Garden, and Chesmashahi.

Gulmarg

It is a Hill station located about 50 km from Srinagar. Gulmarg is also known “Meadows of Flowers”. Gulmarg is one of the most popular skiing destinations in India. Gulmarg has the highest golf Course in India. Another major attraction in Gulmarg is Gondola Cable car ride. The Gondola ride has two phases first one from Gulmarg to Kungdoor and second phase is from Kungdoor to Apparwath. It is suggestible to take both the phases to enjoy the ride because there is no activity or sightseeing in kungdoor. The ticket counter will be opened from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM but it is better to book the tickets online to avoid the last minute unavailability. The Tickets are only valid upto 3 Hours after issuing the tickets .No heavy shoes are requiring during gondola ride from April to July. Near the Parking slot in Gulmarg you can find local residents offering horse ride to the point where gondola ride can take but the pony riders take you from the longest route and they are not even able to take you to that point where gondola cable car can take you. If you are having Acrophobia (Fear of heights) then it is better avoid this pony ride.

GONDOLA RIDE CHARGES FOR BOTHWAYS

First Phase Gulmarg to Kungdoor is INR 600/-

Ride Duration: 1 Hour

GONDOLA RIDE CHARGES FOR BOTHWAYS

Second Phase Kungdoor to Apparwath is INR 800/-

Ride Duration: 1 Hour

GONDOLA RIDE TIMMINGS

10 AM to 5 PM

All days of a week

Pahalgam

It is an amazing valley which has a vibrant scenic beauty and the beautiful Lidder River add an extra grace to beauty of this place. Pahalgam is a paradise for trekkers.  Some of the most beautiful valleys around Pahalgam are Aru valley and Bethab Valley. One can go for river rafting or do trout fishing in Lidder River. In pahalgham you can hire ponies for the sightseeing up to Baisaran Valley but before hiring ponies make sure that you are comfortable in sitting on ponies for 1-2 hours because once you start your ride they normally don’t allow you to get down or sometimes there is only one person who is managing two or three ponies at a time. Normal charges for ponies are INR 600/- per person but you can bargain for it and it really works. It is really cold upside so it is better to carry or wear heavy woolens or jackets with you. Chandanwari in pahalgham is also one of the starting points for Amaranth yatra.

Sonamarg

This is an amazing place with picture perfect view. Sonmarg also known as “meadows of gold”. There are many snow peaked mountains. In sonamarg you can visit Nilagrad River, Vishansar Lake and Thajiwas glaciers. You can hire ponies in sonamarg   for the sightseeing. Sonamarg is also a starting point for the Amaranth Yartra via baltal.

AMARNANATH YATRA

It is a Hindu shrine located in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. This shrine is dedicated to the lord Shiva. It is believed that lord Shiva explains the secret of life and eternity to his wife goddess Parvati in this cave. Amaranath Cave was surrounded by mountains covered by snow. The cave is also caped with snow throughout the year except for a short period of time in summer. Every year a Shiva ling of ice was formed here and slowly melts away. During that time shrine was opened for pilgrims for 59 days in the month of savan (July- August). The Amaranath yatra starts from Baltal one can take helicopter or ponies from here. You can reach to Baltal from Pahalgam or Sonamarg. It is better to take helicopters rather than ponies. You can book online Helicopter tickets also.

JAMMU

It is the Winter Capital of Jammu & Kashmir. It is situated in bank of river Tawi. Jammu is the focal point for the pilgrims going to Mata Vaishno Devi. Other than Vaishno Devi there are some other pilgrim centers and historical places in Jammu

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND JAMMU

MATA VAISHNO DEVI

It is a Hindu temple located in the mountains of Trikuta in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is dedicated to goddess Adi Shakti. It is the second most visited temple in India. It is one of the oldest temples in India. Vaishno Devi is also one of the 108 Shakti peth. It is better to carry woolen clothes while travelling to Vaishno Devi because the weather in Vaishno Devi is cool during summers also. You can travel by bus or car up to Katra (a small town) from Jammu. It is 13 Kms from Katra to the Shrine and 1 Km from Bhawan to Bhairon Mandir you can hire ponies or trek up to shrine. There is a helicopter service is also from Kart to Bhawan. You can book helicopter tickets online. Services of helicopters are dependents on the weather conditions.

PATNITOP

It is a Hill Station located in Udhampur 112 Km from Jammu. Some of the main attractions in Patnitop are Naag temple, Kud, Madhatop and Shiva Garh. There are options for trekking and Paragliding are also available in Patnitop.

GAURI SHANKAR TEMPLE

It is beautiful temple with amazing architecture. It is situated at Channi Himmat near the railway station of Jammu tawi. There is a lot of eating points around the temple area.

LEH LADHAK

It is a Mountainous region in the northwest of Jammu & Kashmir. It is the Largest District in India. Ladhak is a Paradise for the Adventure lovers. It is one of the most Favorite and Popular Trekking Destination. You can access to Leh Ladhak by Srinagar and Manali. It is 434 Km from Srinagar and 475 Km from Manali. Biking trips are also started from Manali to Ladhak. Majority of people follow Buddhism here that is also one of the main reasons behind that this place has a number of Monasteries.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS IN LEH LADHAK

MAGNETIC HILL

NUBRA VALLEY

PANGONG LAKE

TSO MORIRI LAKE

LAMAYURU TREK

DISKIT GOMPA

SHANTI STUPA

HOW TO REACH JAMMU & KASHMIR

BY AIR

In Srinagar there is multiple security system starts before at least 2   kilometers before the airport at the time of your departure So it is better to reach there at least  2- 3 hours before the exact time of departure. First one is from CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) all the luggages and vehicles are completely checked here.  The second one is from Airport security check. You can reach Jammu and Kashmir by flight, because major airline companies operate regular flight between Srinagar to other cities of India. Srinagar to Jammu takes around 8 Hours by road so if you want travel by air the option is also here. Mainly three airports are used for tourist in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is Jammu Airport in Jammu, Aerodome Airport in Srinagar and  Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh

CONTACT NUMBER FOR AIRPORT AUTHORITY

Number: 91-194-2303000, 2303311,

BY TRAIN

To reach Jammu & Kashmir one has get down in Jammu Tawi railway station or Udhampur Railway station. Both the railway Stations are well connected with all the part of India. Udhampur railway station is 231 Km from Srinagar and 295 Km from Jammu tawi Railway station to Srinagar.

BY ROAD

Almost all the cities are very well connected with Jammu and Kashmir by National Highway 1A.There is good Bus and cab service in Jammu & Kashmir. Roads are also in good condition. If you are travelling by Road in Jammu and Kashmir then it is advisable to start your journey at least 1 or 2 hour before your scheduled time to avoid any type of traffic blockage.

WHAT TO SHOP IN JAMMU & KASHMIR

In Jammu & Kashmir you can shop a lot of souvenirs. There are number of Government emporiums are also there which offers great quality and rates. Jammu & Kashmir is famous for a lot of beautiful and amazing things like the Shahtoosh and Pashmina Shawls, Saffron, Kashmiri crewelwork, Hand Woven Carpets and Silk.

CUISINES OF JAMMU & KASHMIR

The Cuisines of Jammu & Kashmir has an influence of Hindu, Muslim, Persian and Afghan food. Each region has some its own special recipes and Food. In Jammu & Kashmir you can get Vegetarian food as well as Non Vegetarian food. People from Leh Ladhak use dairy products made up of Yak’s milk. Some of the famous dishes in Jammu and Kashmir are Rogan josh, Wazwan (multicourse meal), Noon Chai (salt tea), Kababs, Veth tsaman (Indian cheese curry) etc.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS IN JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu & Kashmir has color full fairs and festivals which reflects the true version of this state. Jammu & Kashmir has many festivals and fairs that are Baisakhi, Chaitre Chaudash, Food and Craft mela, Lohri, Bahu Mela (it is celebrated twice a year), and Hemis .

CLIMATE IN JAMMU & KASHMIR

Climate in Jammu and Kashmir is completely different from rest of the India. According to Study January is the coldest month and June is the hottest month. There is a heavy snow fall during winters and the entire area was covered with the white sheet of Snow.

 

Months Season
December – February Winters
March – April Spring
May – September Summers
October – November Autumn

 

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