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Attraction of Jammu & Kashmir

Srinagar

Thriving on both the sides of River Jhelum, Srinagar is located in the western part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. With its unparalleled wonders, the city is famous for its lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. Situated at an altitude of 1730 m above sea level, Srinagar boasts of being the summer capital of the state of J&K. Srinagar enjoys an alpine weather and receives heavy snowfall in December-February. The best time to visit Srinagar is during summers between April and June.

The city is packed with numerous sublime lakes, which offer the best setting for sports like Canoeing and Kayaking. Tourists can also enjoy rides on traditional Kashmiri boats- “Shikaras”. Kashmiri Houseboats offer a unique experience of living on water. Besides, Srinagar is probably the best place to explore the arts and crafts of the state. The traditionally rich markets of the city are popular for a number of handicrafts and dry fruits.

Pahalgam

Popular as 'The Valley of Shepherds', Pahalgam is considered a jewel in the Lidder Valley. The small and beautiful town lies at an altitude of 2130 metres, about 95 km from Srinagar. This renowned hill resort in the Kashmir Valley also has the advantage of the stunning Lidder River running right through the town. The town, being situated at the confluence of the Aru and Sheshnag Rivers, offers outstanding views of the majestic snow-capped mountains. Pahalgam is Kashmir's premier resort that stays cool even during the summer. It is one of the major saffron growing areas of Asia.

Jammu

Famous for its landscape, majestic mountains, enchanting rivers and gardens, Jammu is the second largest town in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The district is situated on the south-eastern slopes of the Shivalik range. It is the renowned winter capital of the state. Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, Jammu is situated 290 km from Srinagar. The picturesque river Tawi also contributes a lot to the natural beauty of the region.

But, Jammu is not only about the scenic beauty, rather it draws lakhs of tourists every season ancient temples, Hindu shrines, castles and forts. Jammu, popularly known as “the city of Temples”, is a unique tourist destination. Hindu holy shrines of Amarnath and Vaishno Devi are the biggest attractions in Jammu. The surprise element is the unique blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture styles.

Katra / Vaishnodevi

One of the most revered sacred sites of the Hindus, the shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi is located 16 km north of Jammu and 13 km of Katra, in the mountains of Trikuta Hills. The cave temple is devoted to Goddess Vaishnavi, the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Kali and Goddess Saraswati. The shrine of Vaishnodevi is situated at an altitude of 1,700 mt. People believe that anybody who walks to the abode of Mata Vaishnavi to ask for a boon rarely goes back disappointed.

Gulmarg

Located in the Baramulla district, 57 km southwest of Srinagar, Gulmarg is a hill station with unparalleled natural beauty. The place is situated in a pine surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range. Perched at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level, Gulmarg was discovered as a hill resort in 1927 during the British rule in India. The place was originally called “Gaurimarg” by the local people, but the name was changed to 'Gulmarg' by Sultan Yusuf Shah in the 16th century.

Sultan was highly inspired by the beauty of the grassy slopes and flower meadows of Gulmarg. This destination served as a popular resort during the Mughal reign. Even the great emperor Jahangir once collected 21 different varieties of flowers from this valley. Gulmarg also boasts of having the highest green golf course in the world. The best time to visit Gulmarg is during winters between November to February.

Sonmarg

Sonamarg, literally meaning “The Meadow of Gold”, is a real treat to the eyes. This renowned hill station is a popular base for adventure sports as well. This adventure destination is located 80 km northeast of Srinagar and is known as a trekker's heaven. Being situated at a high altitude of about 2740 m, Sonamarg remains cold even during summers. The meadow, surrounded by snowy mountains, dense forests full of sycamore and alpine flowers, silver birch, and fir and pine, presents a captivating sight. May-June is considered the best time to visit Sonamarg.

Patnitop

Located in the Shivalik belt of the Himalayas, Patnitop lies at an altitude of 2024 metres with all its natural beauty. This charming plateau is surrounded by dense woods and lush greenery of Pines and is considered one of the best-developed tourist spots in the Kashmir valley. It is situated about 112 km from Jammu on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Because of its tranquility and refreshing sites, Patnitop draws a number of tourists throughout the year.

The River Chenab flows in close proximity to the location. In ancient times, there was a pond “Patan Da Talab” (meaning pond of the princess) where the princesses used to take bath. The town was called 'Patnitop' in the British era because of this pond. There are three ice-cold freshwater springs in Patnitop which are believed to have medicinal properties. Although it is relatively unknown in comparison to other hill stations of the state, it is unbeatable in terms of natural beauty and adventure sports.

 
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