If there is a paradise on earth, it will be in Jammu & Kashmir. With Srinagar as its Capital it’s a heaven on earth. Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir are well connected by rail, road and air. Jammu & Kashmir can be divided into three parts to visit which are Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Kashmir can be visited throughout the year depending on the area one wishes to visit. The top ten places to visit Kashmir can be listed as under:
The state capital is located on the banks of river Jhelum. It is well known for the famous Dal Lake where one can take shikara rides or stay on a houseboat. You can get handcraft items like woolen shawls which are hand-woven, carpets or rugs. One can buy dry fruits or saffron from Srinagar.
It is not far from Srinagar, and it is one of the most beautiful hill stations. It is famous for the wildlife including wild animals and exotic mountain birds. The coniferous forest range is surely a paradise for nature lovers.
It is a popular hill station abundant with grassy slopes and wildflowers which will mesmerize you. It is not only a hill resort but Gulmarg boasts to have the world’s highest lush green golf course. There are several viewpoints from where a traveler can see the beauty of snow-capped mountains.
Meaning the “Meadow of Gold”, with snowy mountains at the backdrop standing tall against the blue sky is looks very beautiful. One can visit the Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during summer. The Sindh River flows through the valley and one can have a catch of Trout fish.
5. Leh & Ladakh
No words can describe the beauty of Leh & Ladakh. The charm of this place is the natural beauty of the mountains, the challenging roads to reach there, the weather, the photogenic atmosphere and the beautiful blue Pangong Tso Lake, the highest altitude saltwater lake in the world. There are the many other lakes in the area such as Tso Moriri lake, Yarab Tso lake and few more one can visit.
6. Vaishno Devi
The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is a famous religious place. Every year thousands of pilgrims trek to this place to offer prayer to Hindu Goddess. One can also take the helicopter ride to visit the shrine if booked in advance to avoid the rush.
This district shares a border with Pakistan is blessed with charming places and can be an intriguing holiday destination. One can visit Dehra ki Gali, Thanna Mandi or Kotranka Budhal for sightseeing. The magnificent Rajouri fort is also a must visit.
The place is named after Raja Udham Singh. It is the second largest city in that region. The lush green surroundings, the series of eucalyptus trees and some oldest structures draw a beautiful canvas on the traveler’s mind.
It may be called as the crown of Kashmir. Kupwara can’t be missed if you visit Jammu & Kashmir. The place has green meadows, alpine mountains and various streams. From the top of the Ainch Mountain, one can get a panoramic view of the Kashmir Valley.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Kargil, situated at India-Pakistan border is connected to the famous Zojila Pass. If you want to trek, do camping or rafting, Kargil is the place to do so. One can make an excursion to Drass to have a breathtaking view.
Each and every part of Jammu and Kashmir is worth to visit for its natural beauty. However, these ten places which are listed above are a must visit and cannot be missed at any cost. Unless and until you visit Kashmir, your journey to India remains incomplete. Make sure to visit Kashmir at least once in your lifetime and get enthralled by the beauty of paradise on Earth.