Jammu and Kashmir Tourism
Mystical journey to Jammu Kashmir
mellows down the chaos of body and soul. The unparalleled beauty of this state awaits you with its majestic snowy peaks, meandering woods, gushing streams, and unseen bounties of nature. 400 years ago, Emperor Jahangir described Kashmir as the Paradise on Earth
. And it continues to be the same even till today! The surreal beauty of Kashmir sets it apart from any other hill
destination in the country. And if you think the beauty of Jammu Kashmir
is restricted to nature only, it’s actually not!
This state surprises you at every step with magnificence of its historical monuments, sanctity of its religious places and intricacy of its handicrafts. There is an exploration of enchanting Kashmiri countryside on one hand and nerve wrecking adventure tourism on the other. The moment you enter Jammu Kashmir, its charm unfolds at every step you take forward. Take a look at this beautiful video for just 30 seconds to fall in for the beauty of Kashmir before we begin our journey!
Each city of Jammu Kashmir welcomes you with its distinctive beauty and
unique culture. Let us delve into the surprises that these cities of
Jammu Kashmir offer to you as a traveler.
Did You Know? If historical documents are to be believed, Kashmir was formerly a lake. Even the 'Nilamata Puran' described it as 'a land dessicated from water'.
Tourism in Jammu
Jammu city is located towards the southern part of J & K. It is a land of plush landscape enriched with religious spots and historical heritages. This winter capital of Jammu Kashmir is fringed by Himalayan Ranges on one side and meandering plains on the other. The city boasts of numerous attractions for avid travelers. The antiquity of Jammu and its significance in the history of Kashmir is celebrated through its destinations.
Did You Know? Jammu is 3000 years ago!!! It is said to have been founded by Raja Jambu Lochan.
Historical Places in Jammu
Jammu is dotted with history and its remnants in the form of monuments located therein. It is a historical city in every sense of the word and this fact is proven splendidly by the historical places that include Bahu Fort, Mubarak Mandi Complex, Amar Mahal Palace, Akhnoor and m
Religious Places in Jammu
Jammu is the city witnessing the largest footfall of pilgrims all through the year. It has numerous shrines that include Raghunath Temple, Bawe Wali Mata Temple, Purmandal Temple, Peer Kho Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Aap Shambhu Temple, Panchbakhtar Temple, Burj and Sui Simbli Temples, Chichi Mata Temple, Peer Baba Dargah, Idgah, Ziarat Peer Mitha Shrine, Gurudwara Sant Mela Singh Dastkari Ashram, Gurudwara Nanak Dev, Gurudwara Maharani Chand Kaur
and St. Mary’s Cathedral Church.
Also Read: Temples in Jammu
| Shivkhori in Jammu
Natural Places in Jammu
Jammu city also boasts of serenity of nature across its vast expanses. It has picturesque natural destinations to be explored by you, whenever you visit this city. Ranbir Canal, Mansar Lake Surinsar Lake, Jajjar Kotli
are some of its examples.
Where to Stay in Jammu?
Jammu is known for its religious and natural tourism. Hotels here range in category from Bread and Breakfast Hotels to plush 5 star rated properties. Hari Niwas Palace Hotel, Fortune Inn Riviera Hotel, Asia Jammu Tawi Hotel, Hotel 17 Miles, K C Residency Hotel, Jehlum Resorts
etc. are some of the star rated hotels and resorts of this city. Apart from these, there are many budget hotels as well in Jammu to stay during your trip.Also Read: Hotels in Jammu
How to Reach Jammu?
Jammu is the first largest city while entering the state from southern side. The city has sound connectivity by all the means of transport. Satwari Airport
is Jammu's own airport which is accomplished with standard of International aerodrome.
Jammu Tawi Railway Station
is the largest railway station of J&K. Daily luxury bus service from Delhi and Chandigarh are available for
tourists who like to reach Jammu by bus. State Transport buses of
adjoining states like Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Uttarakhand
provides daily bus service to Jammu region.
To know about the transport of Jammu in detail, Click Here
Tourism in Patnitop
Patnitop is an incomparable tourist spot in
Jammu region. This tranquil destination is perched upon a plateau at a
distance of 112 km from Jammu city. It is surrounded by thick pine woods
and scenic views of Chenab
Basin. From nature walks to skiing, Patnitop
offers you complete rejuvenation from bustling life of the cities.
During winters, this town turns into a paradise with snow all around.
numerous attractions to explore on your visit. You can enjoy a
delightful pony ride
from Patnitop as the base.
Did You Know? Patnitop is a distortion for Patan Da Talab which means "Pond of the Princess"
Religious Places in Patnitop
Patnitop has many religious places
to visit. These include some ancient temples present here since long
time. Some of the most valued temples in Patnitop are Shudh Mahadev Temple, Naag Mandir, Gaurikund
Natural Places in Patnitop
Patnitop is a nature’s trail with
lots of attractions awaiting you on each step. You can enjoy the bounty
of nature by visiting these places in and around Patnitop. Some of the
most popular natural destinations of this quaint town are Kud, Nathatop, Madhatop, Sanasar, Baglihar Dam, Batote
Where to Stay in Patnitop
Patnitop has impressive accommodation
facilities for the tourists. There are dak-bungalows
, tourism huts,
resorts, and luxurious hotels to stay here. Famous hotels in Patnitop
are Hotel Samson
and Hotel Trinetar
. These are wonderful accommodations
with classy amenities and facilities.
How to Reach Patnitop?
is the nearest airport for reaching Patnitop in J&K. Srinagar is
another option available for travelers to arrive at this hill station. Udhampur
is the major railway head for Patnitop. From here, it takes 1 hour
drive to reach Patnitop. Local transportations are easily available from
railway station itself. Patnitop
is situated between Srinagar
. National highway 1A and 1B
connect this place with other parts of state as well as rest of India.
Bus or taxis are available on regular interval from all major cities of
Jammu Kashmir to reach Patnitop.
Read More about Patnitop Here
Tourism in Udhampur
Tourism in Jammu region is not complete
unless you plan a trip to Udhampur city. Udhampur offers magnificent vistas of nature and religion
across its landscapes. It is a perfect destination to spend your
vacations. The city is located amid the Eucalyptus forests of Shivalik
ranges. The mountainous treks of this city are quite inviting for the
adventure freaks. It is also an important base for Indian Army and Air
Did You Know? Udhampur is the fourth largest city of state of Jammu Kashmir!!!
Historical Places in Udhampur
Udhampur is one of the most
prominent historical cities in Jammu Kashmir. It was founded by and
named after Raja Udham Singh
. Reminiscences of its history are present
in the form of historical places of Udhampur that include Sheesh Mahal, Bhimgarh Fort, Ramnagar Fort
Religious Places in Udhampur
Udhampur also carries forward the
religious legacy and culture of Jammu. It has numerous temples and
shrines that remain thronged with devotees throughout the year.
religious places of Udhampur are Pingla Devi Shrine, Kalika Temple, Krimchi Temples, Siar Baba, Kansar Devta Shrine, Babore Temples, Cairhai Mutal, Shiva Parvati Cave Shrine, Agar Jitoo
and ISKCON Temple.
Natural Places in Udhampur
Udhampur is rich with a varied
landscape. The city has many excursions for travelers who love adventure
as well. Natural places that you must visit in Udhampur are Latti, Moungri, Bhairav Ghati, Sehad Baba, Pancheri etc.
Where to Stay in Udhampur?
Being a tourist destination, Udhampur
has many hotels, guest houses, and budget accommodations to suit every
class of travelers. There are famous hotels like Hotel Devika, Hotel
Singh Axis, Hotel Blue Sapphire
etc. to serve tourists coming to
Udhampur. These hotels offer comfortable stay along with all required
amenities to their guests.
How to Reach Udhampur?
Udhampur is a major halt for many trains
running in valley. Satwari Airport in Jammu is the nearest airport for Udhampur. It is situated 36 km away from the main town. Udhampur
is well connected to other part of India through trains plying between
Udhampur and other major cities of India. Buses
and sharing cabs are available from Jammu to reach Udhampur. It is
situated at the distance of 36 km which need about 1 hour to reach.
Tourism in Katra
The quaint town of Katra is synonymously known for the sacred Vaishno Devi Mata Shrine
. This town located at the foot of Trikuta Hills is nearly 42 km away from Jammu city. It is place from where this holy pilgrimage starts. A trek of 12 km takes the devotees to holy caves of Mata. Along with its religious values, this town has transformed as a booming tourism industry as well. Katra has numerous places to eat, most of them being vegetarian along with well laid out markets and some nearby shrines as well. At Katra itself, you need to register yourself for undertaking this holy yatra.
OMG! The length of the tallest bridge on the Udhampur-Katra Railway Line is 85mts!!!
Religious Places in Katra
Katra is out and out a religious town. It is enriched with the most revered shrines of Hindu religion. These include Mata Vaishno Devi, Ban Ganga, Charan Paduka, Ardh Kuwari, Nau Devi Cave, Shiv Khori Temple, Dera Baba Banda, Bhairon Temple, Deva Maayi Maa and Temple.
Natural Places in Katra
At distance of 10 km from Katra, Baba Dhansar
is an excellent picnic spot.
This tranquil place is fringed on all sides by thick woods and amazing water bodies. A must visit!
Where to Stay in Katra?
Katra is the base camp for sacred yatra to Maa Vaishno Devi Shrine
. Hence, the town is infused with numerous accommodations as well. Its accommodation facilities range from budget hotels like Hotel Devi Mahal, Hotel Bhawani International, Jagdish Residency, etc. to star rated hotels like Hotel Vaishnodevi, Om Karan Residency, Jai Maa Inn, Van Durga Vilas, Atrium on the Greens
and White Hotel
. Also there are many guest houses and free accommodations like 'Sarai
' in Katra for the pilgrims.
How to Reach Katra?
Jammu Airport is the nearest airport for arriving at Katra. It is located 50 kilometers away from the main town area. Its newly launched railway station has given wonderful connectivity to this region. Now, trains from Kota, New Delhi, and Yashwantpur
directly arrive at Katra station. Katra is well connected to Jammu by bus and taxi services. Jammu is the nearest major city serving as base station that offers excellent connectivity for Maa Vaishno Devi shrine. Private taxis and buses ply between Jammu and Katra. It is the most prominent transportation used by people.
Did You Know? The pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi Temple can directly reach the base camp at Katra through the Udhampur-Katra railway line.
Tourism in Srinagar
is not only the summer capital of the state, it also offers a panorama of natural beauty and medley of culture and traditions. Wrapped in rich history of Kashmir, it is the city of surprises. Beautiful lakes dot Srinagar
with canopied Shikaras
offering interesting rides.
The city is also popularly known for houseboat hotels floating on its lakes. Then, there are floating markets, divine religious places, and exciting winter sports to captivate your imagination. Srinagar
offers you serenity and usual humdrum of an urban city side by side. For nature enthusiasts, adventurists, and avid shoppers also, the city unfolds as a must visit destination of Kashmir Valley.
The Biggest Tulip Festival ever held in India as well as South Asia is organized in Srinagar every year in the first week of April!!!
Historical Places in SrinagarSrinagar
is full of historical monuments and structures that are captivating for every traveler. These monuments speak for the glory of this city which is one of the oldest in world. They showcase the brilliance of Mughal, Rajput, and European styles of architecture. Historical places in Srinagar are Hari Parbat Fort, Pathar Masjid, Sher Garhi Palace, Harwan Excavations, Cemetry of Baha-ud-Din, Kathi Darwaza
Religious Places in SrinagarSrinagar
has many religious spots related to Kashmiri Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs. These places are revered for their spiritual values. They represent the religious tolerance of Kashmiris. They are ancient in existence and visited by tourists around the year. Some of them are Shankaracharya Temple, Jyetheswara Temple, Sarika Chandreshwar Temple, Kheer Bhawani Temple, Pandrethan Temple
and Jama Masjid.
Natural Places in SrinagarSrinagar
is the paradise personified for nature lovers. The city seems to be dotted with magnificent Mughal gardens, lakes and sightseeing attractions that will take away your breath. Some of the most visited natural attractions of Srinagar
are Shalimar Gardens, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Pari Mahal, Tulip Garden, Challi Point, Nehru Garden, Shupiyan, Badamwari Garden, Nagin Lake, Nasim Bagh, Harwan Garden
Where to Stay in Srinagar?
Srinagar witnesses large footfalls of travelers all round the year. As such, the city has been the hub of staying facilities. It has many world class hotels, resorts, and guest houses for accommodations. 5 star rated hotels like Vivanta by Taj
and Lalit Grand Palace
are accompanied here by budget hotels like Al Sabha Inn, Safeer, JH Bazaz
etc. Also, there are 3 and 4 star rated properties like Swiss Hotel, Nigeen Resort
How to Reach Srinagar
Srinagar has its own commercial airport that connects the city with rest of the world. It is the part of Kashmir Railways and has railway station at the elevation of 1591 meters. The tracks are still in developing phase and train service is available till Baramulla region. The route is incomplete between Banihal and Katra and it will be completed soon to give train connectivity to Srinagar. Srinagar-Leh railway project is also proposed for future.
Bus or cab service is available from major adjoining towns like Jammu
, and Leh
. People who want to arrive here by their own vehicle should have expertise of driving in mountainous roads.
Tourism in Anantnag
Anantnag city offers a complete dekko of magnificent and heavenly Kashmir valley. It has some of the most allured gems of Kashmir. It is enriched with numerous natural springs that gave Anantnag, its name. The area has some of the most revered shrines for Hindus and Muslims. It is the base point for venerated Amarnathji Yatra
and it also has the famous Zain-ud-Din Wali Shrine
. Anantnag district has significant traces of history found at Martand Sun Temple
whose remnants tell the tales of its glorious past. The district is also an exotic tourist destination due to royal parks and gardens developed here, some existing since Mughal era!
Did You Know??
The name of the Betaab Valley in Anantnag is inspired by the hit Bollywood movie, 'Betaab', starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh!!!
Religious Places in Anantnag
Anantnag is one of the most religiously diverse regions of Kashmir valley. There are many shrines related to both Hindus and Muslims. Main religious spots of Anantnag are Martand Sun Temple, Uma Devi Temple, Amarnathji Caves, Devibal Temple, Bawan Temple, Ziarat Baba Hyder Reshi Shrine, Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki, Masjid Syed Sahib, Chapel of John Bishop
and many more.
Did You Know??
This only church of Anantnag is situated in John Bishop Memorial Hospital in Mohalla Sarnal.
Also Read: Religious Places in Anantnag
| Mosques and Shrines in Anantnag
| Temples in Anantnag
Natural Places in Anantnag
Anantnag carries the legacy of Mughal dynasty beautifully with its Mughal gardens. These gardens along with other natural places of this city are the most endearing way to spend your vacations in Kashmir valley. The most alluring natural places of Anantnag are Achabal, Verinag, Kokernag, Sherbagh Park and Daksum.Also Read: Parks and Gardens of Anantnag
Where to Stay in Anantnag
In spite of being an exceptional tourist destination, Anantnag surprisingly does not have many accommodation facilities. All the decent and star rated hotels are located in Pahalgam instead. Some of the famous hotels in Anantnag are Standard Hotel
and Hotel Alpine
. There are rest houses and JKTDC tourist bungalows near attractions like Kokernag
of Anantnag.Also Read: Budget Hotels in Anantnag | Guest Houses in Anantnag | Resorts in Anantnag
How to Reach Anantnag?Srinagar
is the nearest airport that provides get in point for Anantnag. It is 62 km from the main city. The other choice of airport is at Jammu
. Bus or taxi is the most prominently used transport in Anantnag. NH1 and NH 1A connects Anantnag
and Srinagar while NH 1C connects it with Ladakh
region. Train is available to reach Anantnag from Srinagar. Jammu is not yet connected through railway as development is still going on for this track.
Tourism in Pahalgam
At an elevation of 7200 meters from sea level, stretches out the breathtaking vistas of Pahalgam. This serene town on the banks of River Lidder is a fascinating destination of Kashmir Valley. As a favored spot for film directors and tourists alike, Pahalgam offers more than just tourism. Its thick pine forests and plush greenery enchants the onlookers with their aura. The place also has numerous health resorts while it is base camp for trekkers. Famous for its adventure sports and pony rides, Pahalgam is the perfect picture view of mighty Kashmir valley.
In case you wish to go for angling in Pahalgam, you need to have permission from the Directorate of Fisheries, Srinagar! This permit is given for a maximum of 3 days only!
Religious Places in Pahalgam
Pahalgam is an endearing sight of nature scattered all around. The tranquility of this valley has allured the sufis and munis of this valley as well. As such, there are religious shrines also in Pahalgam.
Some of them are Ziarat Hazrat Zain-ud-Din Wali in Aishmuqam, Bamzu Cave Temples, Mamleshwar Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple
and Jamia Masjid
Natural Places in Pahalgam
Pahalgam is a prime spot for tourism in Kashmir valley. It is a dream location for many Bollywood movies as well. Hence, there is no dearth of natural attractions in this beautiful town. These natural places of Pahalgam include Pahalgam Golf Course, Tulian Lake, Club Park, Aru Village, Lidder River, Zoo, Chandanwari.
Where to Stay in Pahalgam
Apart from being one of the best health resorts in Kashmir valley, Pahalgam is also touted to be the most crowded destination. As such, it boasts of numerous staying options also. You can spend your vacations peacefully in this town by staying at any of these accommodations. Some of the famous hotels of Pahalgam are Lidder Palace Hotel, Volga Hotel, Hotel Senator Pine N Peak, Forest Hill Resort
etc. These are luxurious hotels in Pahalgam. The town also has many budget accommodations for comfortable stay at affordable prices.
How to Reach Pahalgam
This tranquil place is connected to rest of the country through Anantnag
which is approximately 45 km from here. Srinagar
is the nearest airport. It is 95 km away from Pahalgam. There is no train service to Pahalgam. The nearest major railway station is at Jammu which is 255 km from this town. Roadways are mostly used convenience to reach Pahalgam in Jammu Kashmir. Bus and private cabs are available from Udhampur or Jammu
to reach here. Srinagar can be the ideal place to reach Pahalgam as it is less than 100 km in distance.
Tourism in Gulmarg
With proximity to Srinagar
, Gulmarg, in Baramulla district, is one of the premier hill resorts and best ski destination of country. The place was given the name of Gulmarg, meaning meadow of flowers, by Shah Yusuf Shah in 16th century. Its grassy slopes, expanses of paddy fields, and deep meadows of wild flowers endow it with picturesque sights. Gulmarg is a paradise for adventure freaks. It is the best site in India for skiing while one can also indulge in golfing, trekking, trout fishing, mountain biking, and snowboarding in its landscapes. And not to miss the popular Gulmarg Gondola ride at whooping elevation of 13000 ft.
Gulmarg Gondola is The World's Second Highest Operating Cable Car!!!
Religious Places in Gulmarg
The tranquility of Gulmarg is marked by its religious shrines that are sacred and absolutely admirable for their location. The main religious places of Gulmarg are Baba Reshi Shrine, Maharani Temple, St. Mary’s Church
and many more.
Natural Places in Gulmarg
Gulmarg is a hill resort with lots of attractions and trek tours. Its snow covered peaks and valleys in winters become the prime skiing destination. All in all, Gulmarg offers a pleasure retreat in closeness of nature. Prominent natural places to see here are Alpather Lake, Khilanmarg, Gulmarg Biosphere, Apharwat Peak, Kongdori, Gulmarg Golf Course, Ningle Nallah, Ferozepur Nallah, Lienmarg, Imambara Goom, Outer Circle Walk
Where to Stay in Gulmarg
Gulmarg is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Jammu Kashmir. It has high influx of foreign tourists as well. From western style BB’s to budget hotels, all types of accommodations are easily available here. For luxurious stay, there are also star rated hotels in Gulmarg. The famous hotels in Gulmarg are Apple Tree Resort, Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, Hotel Affarwat, Hotel Vintage, Hotel Nedous, Hotel Pine Spring, and Hotel Hilltop
How to Reach Gulmarg
Srinagar Airport is nearly 56 km away from main Gulmarg. It is approachable by taking cabs or taxis from airport terminal. Gulmarg does not possess best of railway infrastructure in this region. Major broad gauge station is at Jammu which is well connected to other parts of India. It is situated at the distance of 290 km from Gulmarg which is covered by bus or taxi.
Tourism in Sonamarg
The unrivaled landscape of Sonamarg displays the exquisite Kashmiri countryside. Rightly called as Meadow of Gold, Sonamarg is rich with bounty of nature splashed all across its scenery. It has Sindh River flowing through the valley leading to famous Thajiwas Glacier. Take pony rides to the glacier or trek towards it from the highway. Either ways, you will enjoy the scenic beauty of Sindh Valley that allures you to come back again.Let's now have a look at this video to have an insight of the beautiful Sonamarg...
Natural Places in Sonamarg
Sonamarg is a place full of natural surprises. It offers shorter treks to scenic lakes and Harmukh Mountains. The trip to Sonamarg should not be wrapped up without visiting Zojila Pass from where road from Srinagar
passes by. Some of the other prominent places to check-out in Sonamarg are Zojila Pass, Baltal, Nilagrad River, Nichinai Pass, Satsaran Pass, Yousmarg
and Satsar Lake.
Where to Stay in Sonamarg
Sonamarg is a tourist hub in Jammu Kashmir. It has so many excursions and adventures to explore. Hence, the town also has many hotels, resorts, and guest houses for comfortable stay. These accommodations also remain abuzz with tourists around the year. Some leading hotels and resorts in Sonamarg are Hotel Sonamarg Glacier, Hotel Sounsar, Hotel Sonamarg Palace, Hotel Rah Vilas, Namrose Resort
How to Reach SonamargSrinagar
is the major town situated 70 km from Sonamarg through which air connectivity is provided to this town. Hire taxi from airport to reach Sonamarg comfortably. Jammu
is major railway station through which Sonamarg is connected to rest of country. This station is 370 kilometers away from Sonamarg. Sonamarg is well connected through National Highway 1 to Srinagar and Jammu. This highway further connects it with Ladakh
region. Deluxe buses are available at all major cities of J&K to reach Sonamarg. Private taxis are also available for tourists.
Tourism in Budgam
The beautiful locales of Budgam make it the preferred tourist spot in Kashmir Valley. It also has the only airport of the valley and it exactly depicts rich culture of Kashmir. Pehjan, Khag, Doodh pathar, and mount Tatakutti are the famous places to explore in this district. It has the highest Chinar of the world. Yousmarg, Charar-e-sharif, Tosamaidan, and Nilnag are other attractions of Budgam district.
How to Reach Budgam
Srinagar Airport at distance of 25 km is nearest Airport for Budgam. Private cabs are available effortlessly from terminal to reach here. Long distance trains are not available for Budgam. The strategic center, Anantnag is little bit far away, at 75 km distance from the town. Private bus and taxis are available from major towns of Jammu Kashmir to reach Budgam.
Did You Know?
Only DMU unreserved trains connecting Banihal ply between these two towns!!
Tourism in Leh
Splendid beauty of Ladakh
is nothing less than a religious sojourn for a harried soul. This cold desert of India is heaven for adventurists. It is a much desired spiritual recourse for those who seek respite from humdrum of our world. Amidst the lofty Himalayan ranges on one hand and Karakoram on the other, Leh
is the city that you must visit once in your lifetime. It is enriched with principles of Buddhism, vast expanses of untouched beauty, pristine lakes and valleys as well as warmth of Ladakhi people. So let us explore beauty of the ‘Land of Passes'.
Did You Know?
When Ladakh was divided into two districts of Leh and Kargil, Leh was given a much bigger share of it. So much so that it is the largest district in India!!!
Historical Places in Leh
History of Ladakh is gloriously signified by the serene monasteries and gompas of Leh. It has numerous historical monuments depicting the rich history of this region in J&K. These include Hall of Fame
, Leh Palace
, Victory Tower
, Shanti Stupa
, Palace of the King of Ladakh
, Stok Palace Museum
Religious Places in Leh
Leh is a religious destination that greets you with its humility. It has more than 35 monasteries existing along with mosques and gurudwaras. Most prominent religious places in Leh are Phyang Monastery
, Likir Monastery
, Jama Masjid
, Yung Drung Gompa
, Hemis Monastery
, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
, Spituk Monastery
, Alchi Choskor Monastery
, Diskit Monastery, Stakna
Monastery, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
, Samstanling Monastery
, Monastero Chemre Gompa
, Basgo Monastery
, Manjushri La Khang
, Lamayuru Monastery
, Sankar Monastery
, Vajra Bhairav Shrine
and many more.
To know about more religious spots, Click Here
Natural Places in Leh
Nature shows itself at best in Leh. This is a place known to be the most naturally rich region of India. As such, the moment you are here, get ready to be amazed by the beauty of Leh unfolding in front of you. The most astounding natural places of Leh are Tso Moriri, Magnetic Hill, Khardung-La Pass, The Moon Land of Lamayuru, Spangmik
Where to Stay in Leh
For a comfortable stay in Leh, there are many accommodations available to the tourists. These include 4 star rated hotels as well as guest houses. It is huge region to be explored for its beauty and adventures. Hence, people love to stay here for long. Top hotels in Leh are Hotel Jorchung, Hotel Chube, Hotel Grand Dragon, Hotel Lasermo, Gomang Boutique Hotel, Hotel Zen
etc. The city also has tent stay facilities for campers and trekkers. Cold Desert Camp is one of them. You can say in a guest house of Leh for affordable accommodation. Padma, Kider, Oriental, Sia-La, Raku, Asia Guest
house are some of the famous guest houses in Leh.
Also Read: Accommodation in Leh
| Hotels in Leh
Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
How to Reach Leh
provides good connectivity to travelers who desire to visit Leh. Air India, Go Air, and Jet Airways are the three flights operating from this airport connecting Leh to New Delhi
. People can find flights from Srinagar
as well to arrive here. There is no train service in Leh. The nearest rail heads are Jammu, Chandigarh
. All stations are situated at pretty long distances which take nearly 2 days to reach by road. Two most convenient routes are available to reach Leh by road, Manali- Leh and Jammu- Leh. Bus and private taxis are available from both towns to arrive Leh. Manali
is 475 km away which takes nearly 12-13 hours to reach. Jammu is 736 km from Leh taking nearly 14 hour drive to reach.
Also Read: Transport in Leh
Tourism in Kargil
Kargil is second largest city in Ladakh. It is situated at distance of 204 km from Srinagar
. It is one of the most enchanting and challenging places to reach in Ladakh region of Jammu Kashmir. After the conflict of 1999 between India
and Pakistan, Kargil rose to attention of many people who were still unaware of this place. It is called Eastern Gateway to Kashmir Valley and is the mecca for adventure lovers.
Did You Know?
The Kargil War took place between May 1999 to July 1999 in the district of Kargil and is famous by another name called 'Operation Vijay'!!!
Places to Visit in Kargil
Kargil offers best trekking and mountaineering routes to you. The city also boasts of old and spiritual monasteries.
Some of them are Mulbek Monastery, Drass War Memorial, Pashkum, Sani Monastery, Rangdum Monastery, Phoker Urgiyan Rzong, Shargole, Phutkal Monastery
and many more.
Where to Stay in Kargil?
Kargil is a less travelled part of Jammu Kashmir. For travelers, it has few hotels and guest houses. But even in these options, you can feel the warmth of Ladakhi culture. Siachen Hotel, Kargil Retreat, Zozila Residency, Hotel Caravan Sarai
and Hotel Greenland
are famous hotels in Kargil.
How to Reach Kargil?
Kargil does not possess its own commercial airport. Srinagar
and Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
(Leh Airport) are the nearest aerodromes placed at the approximate distance of 210 km. Srinagar and Leh are the major routes through which tourists can reach Kargil. Roads via Srinagar are closed during November and May. However, roads via Leh remain open almost throughout the year. Scheduled bus of state transport and private taxis are available to reach Kargil from Srinagar as well as Leh-Ladakh
Wildlife in Jammu Kashmir
In terms of wildlife also, Jammu Kashmir scores quite high. It has several high altitude national parks and biosphere reserves to protect its wildlife. While planning trip to this state, try not to skip these sanctuaries to catch glimpse of rich flora and fauna possessed by Jammu Kashmir. But before that, lets see some videos about the Wildlife in Ladakh Region...
Not Enough? Here is the Second Part!Source:Differism
Some of the popular wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in this state are:
The Hemis Altitude National Park in Ladakh
The Hemis Altitude National Park
is situated on congregation Point of Indus River.
Stretched in the area
of 600 sq km, it is one of the biggest grasslands that serve as adobe
for many rare species of animals.
Overa Wildlife Sanctuary in Pahalgam
Situated on the outskirts of Pahalgam, Overa Wildlife sanctuary is most allured wildlife reserve for tourists. It houses the animals like snow leopard, Deer, Langur, and other endangered species. It is scattered in the area of 32 sq km and is nearly 75 km from Srinagar
Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary in Srinagar
Spread over the
landscaped area of 140 square kilometer, Dachigam wildlife sanctuary is
one of the important reserves of Jammu & Kashmir.
It is located at elevation ranging between 1700 and 4000 meters. The park is situated 22 km from Srinagar
and is abode for rare species of trees, animals, and birds.
Ram Nagar Wildlife Sanctuary in Jammu
Ramnagar is one of the easiest destinations of Jammu Kashmir to explore its wildlife. It is located at 6 km distance from Jammu. It is occupied in the area of 31 sq km at an altitude ranging from 430 and 611 meters. Jammu Tawi railway station is the most appropriate way to reach this sanctuary.
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Kishtwar High Altitude National Park
As one of the biggest wild reserves, Kishtwar High Altitude National Park
is an alluring place for nature enthusiasts.
It houses 15 rare species of mammals along with wide range of trees, birds and rare fauna.
This national park is situated at the distance of 250 km from Jammu.
Achabal Wildlife Sanctuary in Anantnag
Achabal Wildlife sanctuary territory begins from the popular Mughal Garden which is spread over in the area of almost 12 sq km. It preserves flora and fauna in its premises. The location of Achabal
is easy to trace from the city of Anantnag
Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary in Jammu
Leopard, Goral, Grey Langur, rhesus monkey, and wild boar are the endangered species preserved in Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary
This reserve is situated at the distance of 26 km from Jammu over an area of 33 sq km.
Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary in Jammu
Spread over area of 98 sq km, Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary
is most desired tourist destination of Jammu Kashmir. It is positioned at distance of 58 kilometers from Jammu. It holds 15 rare species of bird, 8 species of mammals and mixed shrubs in its forest.
Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary in Jammu KashmirJasrota Wildlife Sanctuary
is spread over an area of 10 sq km beneath the streams of Ujh River in Jammu Kashmir. The sanctuary is placed 65 km from the winter capital of J&K, Jammu.
The area is well known for bamboo plantation. September to March is probably the best time to visit and watch migratory as well as resident birds of this sanctuary.
Kazinag National Park in Baramulla
Kazinag National Park is placed along LOC spread across the region of Baramullah. It is occupied at the distance of 70 km from Srinagar at the elevation ranging from 1800-4300 meters. Baramullah railway station is near but it is yet to connect with main line of Baramullah. The park offers better service for travelers to enjoy natural habitats for wildlife of J&K.
Rajaparian Wildlife Sanctuary in Srinagar
Rajaparian Wildlife Sanctuary acquired its name from the stream Rajparian Nallah that drains this region. It is situated nearly 100 km from Srinagar. The wildlife is scattered over the area of 49 sq km. It is protected under the J&K Wildlife Protection Act 1978.Also Read: Wildlife in Leh-Ladakh | Wildlife in Jammu
Lakes in Jammu Kashmir
Rich landscape of Jammu Kashmir
is distinctively marked by its lakes. The state has some of the largest and most pristine lakes. These lakes have perfect backdrop and are nestled amidst the Himalayan ranges and other mountain ranges of this region. These lakes of Jammu Kashmir are tranquil and they offer complete serenity to your mind with their beauty. Some of the famous lakes of Jammu Kashmir are:
Dal Lake in Srinagar
It is the most popular lake of Jammu Kashmir. In Srinagar
, Dal Lake is the prime attraction for every traveler. It is in fact, a part of Kashmiri lifestyle there.
Gadsar or Yemsar Lake in Ganderbal
This lake in Ganderbal
district is perfect for trout fishing. It is an alpine lake fed by
glaciers. As such, it has ice cold water, even during summers.
Nagin Lake in Srinagar
This picturesque lake is overlooked by Zabarwan Mountain on one side and Hari Parbat on the other. It is quite popular for water skiing and other sports.
Wular Lake in Bandipore
This lake is known for its exquisite flora and fauna. You can enjoy a delightful picnic at this lake.
Tarsar and Marsar Lake in Aru Valley
These twin lakes are situated in Anantnag
district of Jammu Kashmir. They can be reached via trekking routes from Pahalgam or Ganderbal.
Manasbal Lake in Ganderbal
This lake is situated in Jhelum valley and fringed by beautiful forests. It is a scenic lake and a paradise for bird watchers.
This is a holy lake that falls in the route of famous Amarnathji Yatra
. It has elevation of 3590 meters and believed to be created by Sheshnag, the holy king of snakes.
Pangong Tso Lake in Leh
It is the highest brackish water lake in world. Located in Ladakh region, it is a favorite tourist attraction of this Jammu Kashmir. To know more, click here
Vishansar and Kishansar Lake in Sonamarg
These twin lakes are a favorable place for tourists and trekkers. You can trek to them via Shitkadi or reach from Sonamarg. Visit here in summers or winters, these lakes always amaze you with their beauty.
Kausar Nag Lake in Shopian
It is also called Vishnopad Lake. It feeds River Vishav and it has elevation of 4000 meters above the sea level.Also Read: Lakes in Ladakh
| Tsarap Chu River in Leh
| Mansar Lake Near Jammu
| Water Bodies in Jammu Kashmir
Glaciers in Jammu Kashmir
Jammu Kashmir has many glaciers attracting adventure lovers from all parts of the world. These glaciers feed the rivers of Jammu Kashmir. They are massive in size and magnificent in beauty. In short, they are an absolute heaven for trekkers and mountaineers. Some of the main glaciers in Jammu Kashmir are:
Siachen Glacier in Ladakh
Siachen Glacier is situated in the valleys of Srinagar
amid Karakoram ranges of Himalayan Mountain.
It is the second largest glacier other than polar areas. It is situated at 35.42 Degrees North 77.10 Degrees East exactly near the Line of Control.
River Shyok, Nubra and Indus originate from Siachen Glacier. It is the major source of water for long Indus River.
Snow leopard, ibex and brown bear are occasionally found in the region of this Glacier.
Shafat Glacier in Ladakh
Nun and Kun are two mountain ranges that constitute Shafat Glacier in Himalayan Ranges. It is spread over 14 km in north eastern Himalayas and positioned at the distance of 85 km from Kargil. People can come across through Srinagar
which is 294 km from this place. It feeds water to Suru River which is one of the tributaries of Indus River.
Drang-Drung GlacierDrang Drung Glaciers
are located in the region of Kargil near the Pensi La mountain pass. It
is placed at average altitude of 4780 meter i.e. 15680 feet from sea
level in Zanskar Range of Himalayan Mountains.
It is major source for
Zanskar River and Stod River which are tributaries of Indus River. These
glaciers are located 206 miles away from Srinagar which is accessible
by National Highway 1D.
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Kolahoi Glacier in Pahalgam
Kolahoi Glacier is well known and most allured attractions of Jammu Kashmir. It is situated in the outskirts of Pahalgam, usually trekked for adventure. Being situated 26 km from Pahalgam, it is visited by travelers who wish to satisfy their adventurous instinct. Kolahoi Glaciers are situated at the average elevation of 4700 meters which also includes the Kolahoi Peak. Lidder River is the major stream which drains from this glacier.
Machoi Glacier in Sonamarg
Machoi Glacier is situated in the region of Sonamarg nearly 8 km from central land. The average elevation of Machoi Glacier is 4800 meters from sea level. Machoi Peak is positioned in the eastern side of glacier at the elevation of 5458 meters. This Glacier is around 9 km long which fill river Dras and Sind with its melting ice.
Rimo I Glacier in Ladakh
Rimo 1 Glacier is one of the most massive stocks of ice located at the altitude of 24229 feet. Rimo 1 is located near Siachen Glacier as part of Rimo Muztagh, a sub range of Karakoram Range. It is an allured place for mountaineers, many of whom have climbed these steep ranges. Tsewng Samanla, Nima Dorje, Yoshio Ogata, and Hideki Yoshida climbed this glacier in 1988.
Parachik Glacier in Kargil District
Parachik Glacier is a beautiful location situated at the slopes of Nun - Kun Mountains. Its melted water adds in Suru River.
A foot over bridge is constructed in front of Glacier which offers panoramic view of Parachik Glacier.
It is positioned 90 km from Kargil.
Thajiwas Glacier in Sonamarg
Thajiwas Glacier is placed in the back drop of Sonamarg region. It is one of the easily accessible destinations visited by tourists frequently. Trekking is quite popular among visitors and ponies are also available to make trek easy. Glacier is located 7 km away from Sonamarg.
Baltoro Glacier in Ladakh
Situated at the central part of Karakoram Range, Baltoro Glacier is one of the largest Glaciers of Jammu Kashmir.
Spread over the length of 62 km, it is situated in the area of Baltistan.
It can be reached via Skardu region of Ladakh
Nubra Glacier in Ladakh
Nubra Glacier is found in the southern
terrains of Karakoram ranges which fall in Ladakh
region of Jammu
Kashmir. This Glacier is part of Siachen Glacier.
Valleys in Jammu Kashmir
Jammu Kashmir is a state full of natural vistas. Among all its bounties, valleys of Jammu Kashmir are the real gems that adorn its beauty. The state has some of the most stupendous and lush valleys of the world. They are nothing less than bliss for adventurists, a romantic getaway for couples, and tranquil escapade for distressed minds. Just leave your worries behind and set your feet on the paths that are laden with nature, spirituality, and adventure. The famous valleys of Jammu Kashmir are:
Lidder Valley in Anantnag
This is a Himalayan sub valley having pristine Lidder River flowing through it. Covering 40 km long stretch, this valley has many other glacier fed streams running through it. It is also a natural habitat for Himalayan Bear.
Betaab Valley in Pahalgam
It is located between Pahalgam and Chandanwari on route of Amarnathji Yatra
. A famous Bollywood film was shot here, giving its name as such. It is favorite spot for trekkers and campers.
Zanskar Valley Ladakh
This valley separates Zanskar region
from rest of Ladakh. It covers area of 7000 sq km and has Zanskar River
flowing through it. It is one of the favorite trekking destinations in
Jammu Kashmir. Phutkal Monastery is the biggest attraction in this
valley apart from its varied landscape.
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Sind Valley in Ganderbal
This 65 km long valley connects Ladakh
with the rest of country through Zojila Pass. It has historic significance as gateway for many religious preachers to the valley. It has Sind River and its tributaries flowing through its vast expanses.
Lolab Valley in Kupwara
This is a Himalayan sub valley in Kupwara of Jammu Kashmir. It is an oval shaped valley formed by the flow of Lahwal River. It has several landmarks in its stretch. Also, the valley is home to most distinctive flora and fauna of this region. Lolab valley has also many accommodation facilities for the tourists. This valley has natural springs and dense forests to invite you again to this part of Kashmir valley.
Gurez Valley in Bandipore
It is quite unexplored by travelers but accounts as a must visit place in Kashmir valley. This valley is famous for its scenic vistas enriched with Habba Khatoon Peak named by renowned Kashmiri poetess and meandering Kishen Ganga River. This river is excellent spot for river rafting but only after taking special permission from Tourism Enforcement Director of Kashmir. The spectacular mountain peaks in Gurez, its small hamlets, deodar woods, and journey past Razdan Pass exemplify the charm of this valley.
Suru Valley in Ladakh
This serene valley of Ladakh
is drained by Suru River. Kargil town of Ladakh
is nestled in this valley. It houses the famous Rangdum Monastery of Gelungpa sect of Buddhism. In lower parts of Suru Valley, you can witness lush meadows of willow and poplars. The twin peaks of Nun Kun Massif overlook this valley from their elevation of 7000 meters. Apart from tourist bungalows, there are several camping sites as well for staying and enjoying the beauty of Suru Valley.
Aru Valley in Pahalgam
It is an exotic tourist destination near Pahalgam town of Anantnag district. Known for its pictorial environs, this valley also serves as base camp for trek to Kolhoi Glacier, Lidderwat, Marsar Lake as well as Tarsar Lake. Aru valley has Aru River flowing through it. It has numerous water bodies and lush greenery to allure tourist. In winters, Aru Valley becomes the mecca for skiing.
Warwan Valley in Kishtwar
This valley has enchanting Margan Top,
gushing waterfalls, and stretches of greenery adorning its landscapes.
It lies between Kashmir and Ladakh
This underdeveloped place takes you one step nearer to nature when you
can witness the beauty of Zanskar range on one hand and Dariya-e-Chenab
on the other. The valley remains secluded for most of the months.
Vailoo-Inshan Road is the only accessible and motorable road to reach
this exotic spot in Kashmir Valley.
Nubra Valley in Ladakh
is the most exotic valley in Jammu Kashmir. Diskit is the prime
attraction of this valley that has confluence of Nubra River with Shyok
River. This valley has altitude of 3048 meters and you can reach here
from famous Khardung-La Pass. It is cold desert with Siachen Glacier
lying to its north. While trekking along this valley, you must visit
Diskit Monastery, Hundar, Panamik Springs, Samstanling Monastery
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Best Time to Visit Jammu Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir is one of the best places of tourism in India. It attracts hordes of tourists all through the year. But due to climatic conditions, it can’t be explored just any time of year. Hence, let see the suitable time to visit Jammu Kashmir for tourism.
Jammu Kashmir in Winter
It is a myth that Kashmir region is not worth visiting during winters. In fact, during winter, the valley gets covered with white sheet of snow which is too beautiful to miss! The soaring mountains capped with snow look magnificent in their perfect setting. Travelers who travel in winter can see a different facet of Jammu Kashmir. Skiing activity can be enjoyed in this season at few destinations of Jammu Kashmir. Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Srinagar
are the few regions that are well known for sporting activities during winter. Though, Leh
is not that easy to visit for travelers during winter due to extremely low temperature.
Jammu Kashmir in Autumn
Autumn is all together a good time to visit valley. Though the temperature remains below average, but still people find places that are comparatively less crowded. Accommodation and other facilities are available are low rates which make staying and sightseeing more pleasurable. It is the driest season and perfect for exploration. Temperature remains well in control, especially at Jammu and Kistwar region. It is also flowering season and most of areas are covered with beautiful rows of flower in meadows. The valley looks awesome during this phase of time. Leh
is hard place to survive but the beauty is undoubtedly the key feature during autumn season.
Jammu Kashmir in Summer
Summer in J&K state is the best time to visit for tourism. The maximum temperature of Kashmir valley dwells in the range of 20-25 degree Celsius. But, temperature of Jammu region remains in the range of 35-45 degrees. Summer season makes Leh
also warm and its temperature rises between 20 -25 degree Celsius. Due to blistering heat in plain areas of India, many vacationers come to Kashmir valley as well as Leh
for escapade. Sporting events like paragliding, river rafting, trekking, and camping are enjoyed at Pahalgam, Jammu
and Gulmarg. Gondola ride is quite famous adventure during summer at Gulmarg. Avoid Pahalgam and Anantnag
during Amarnath Yatra
as huge crowd turnout at these places during summers.
Jammu Kashmir in Spring
March and April mark the onset of spring season in Jammu Kashmir. It is one of the most magnificent time to visit Kashmir Valley. After harsh winters, roots of grass sprout and create miles of velvet cover on soil. Trees grow with new leaves and fruits begin to rope up on branches. The nature of valley is bountiful and untouched after winter. It reflects refresh and enchanting views of serene environment during March and April. Ladakh
region lifts itself from hard winter in this season.
Things to Carry while Going to Jammu Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir is considered most volatile state in terms of climatic condition. The main three parts that constitute the state are Ladakh
, and Kashmir. Weather of these regions is quite different and geographical conditions are also diverse. Living, exploring and traveling altogether differs at these areas. Let us see some of the main things to carry while traveling in these regions of Jammu Kashmir.
Things to Carry while Travelling to Leh
is termed as a cold desert. It is situated at very high altitude as well. People having respiratory problem or prone to asthma attack must not try this destination. Due to thin atmosphere, people are vulnerable to get sunburn and frostbite at the same time. So be cautious while moving to this region.
As per weather condition, warm clothes, full in size covering complete body along with woolens, are must while going to Leh-Ladakh
. Moisturizing cream and sun burn cream should be taken along. Muffler, scarf, gloves, glares, woolen socks, and cap must be included in your travel bag to escape from windy cold. Mostly, the region is explored on ponies or by walking. Hence, clothes must be comfortable to take rides and walk long distances. Additional pair of shoes is advisable while arriving in Leh-Ladakh
. Rain coats are also suggested as surprise shower occurs at valley in any season. Emergency kit and first aid box must also be a part of your backpack for Leh
At Leh, visitors must be aware of climatic updates and current affairs of region. They must take advise from hotel staff regarding tourist attractions which you are about to visit and take valuable guidance for exploration. Transportation available is quite limited and time bound. You must avail schedule of buses and taxis available for particular area. Binoculars and camera with good zoom as well as excellent resolution must be taken to capture magnificent views of Leh-Ladakh
region. Hats should be worn while traveling in open to avoid sun burn in day time.
Things to Carry while Travelling to Kashmir
Kashmir region has been victimized by terrorist attacks driven by Pakistan. This region is completely under Indian Army which looks after the security of tourists as well as locals. Before arriving into this region, you must take note of current affairs and situation of valley. Internet network or phone network does not work in upper areas. So, you must take extra storage cards for snaps and videos to send these images to your friends. Srinagar
, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Anantnag
, Pahalgam and Budgam are the main regions visited by travelers.
Proper planning of trip is essential along with proper reservation of hotels and resorts for staying. In summer, light woolen clothes along with comfortable clothes are better to carry. Clothes which give free movements of legs are good to wear at Kashmir. Trekking shoes with comfortable sole is advisable to carry as mostly Kashmir is explored by walking. In winter, heavy woolens are must along with shawls, muffler, and thermal wears to escape from shivering cold. Other things to carry to Kashmir Valley include cold cream, torch with batteries, medical kit with medicines, as well as umbrella for surprise rain, and snow boot for trekking. Post paid connections of Airtel and BSNL work there. So be on these network before arriving otherwise you will be out of coverage.
Things to Carry while Travelling to Jammu
Fact File of J&K
Best Time To Visit: March to October
Languages Spoken: Urdu and English
Other Languages: Kashmiri, Dogri
State Animal: Hangul
State Bird: Black Necked Crane
State Tree: Chinar
State Flower: Lotus
Tourism Helpline: 1800-103-1060
is visited almost throughout the year. It is a crowded town. Take enough time to explore it entirely. Visitors must keep identity proof for hotel bookings and security checks. Suitable hotels near airport or market area should be reserved according to need. Summers are hot, so normal clothes are comfortable. In winter, light to heavy woolen should be taken according to requirement. Medical assistance is available in city. People traveling to Maa Vaishno Shrine
can book helicopter ride from Katra to shrine for comfortable journey. Yatra ticket is must for visitors of Maa Vaishno. So, take it before starting journey from Katra.With all its natural beauty, spiritual values, and historical heritages, Jammu Kashmir is certainly the paradise on earth. Visit it once in your lifetime to know how rich the nature can be! It is a heavenly place!! So, pack the bags and come to experience it!