Known as the ‘Paradise in Heaven’ and ‘Abode of tranquillity’, Jammu and Kashmir are popular hill destinations. Known for its snow-capped landscape, mesmerizing lakes and breathtaking views, the place is fantastic. Famous amongst honeymoon couples and adventurous enthusiasts, Jammu and Kashmir is the go-to spot if you are looking for a unique experience. And in case you are perplexed about where to start, here is a curated list of the top 7 places to get the ball rolling. 

 

1-  Srinagar- 

When we think about Jammu and Kashmir, the first thought that comes to our mind is Srinagar. A hub for tourists, especially in the summer months, the place is a peaceful abode for all who want to hide away from the scorching heat of the sun. Situated in the heart of the state, Srinagar is known for its snow-capped mountains and serene views, which are worth photo capturing.

Further, the area’s highlight is Dal Lake, whose breathtaking view is sure to mesmerize you. In many movies like that of “Mission Kashmir ”, the Lake is truly iconic. Shikara ride is a must-have while you visit here, as you truly will feel in heaven on these wooden wonders as you drift on the Lake. Eateries outline the coast of the Lake where one can enjoy with their loved ones. And yes, a trip to Srinagar is incomplete without buying the famous pashmina shawls. 

 

2-  Leh

If you are an adventurous person, Leh is the best place to visit for you. Boasting numerous trekking trails, the site invites youngsters for bike rides to enjoy the rough terrain there. Perched at the height of 3524 feet, Leh is one of those beautiful places with mountain ranges and lakes together in one screenshot. The gorgeous views will instantly transform you into an abode, making you forget all your worries and stress.

Owing to the famous movie 3 Idiots, some regions have become quite popular and tourists’ throng there to take pictures of themselves. In addition to some splendid picturesque scenes, Leh is also home to many historical monuments like the Shanti Stupa and the Leh Palace. There are a lot of things to be explored in Leh in terms of the culture and heritage of the place. And yes, if you feel like going for meditations, there are thousands of retreats offering the option. Do include Leh in your Kashmir tour package to give yourself some cherished memories.

 

3 –   Gulmarg

A popular hill station, Gulmarg has gained popularity in the recent past. It is a quaint place that stands testimonial to its name; It is the perfect hibernation hideout from the extreme summer weather. Known for its snow blanket, the destination is truly a paradise and invites guests from all over the continent.

Gulmarg has a mythological stance which is ideally from where it gained popularity. Initially, it was named Gauri Marg, in respect of Goddess Parvati, which culminated in Gulmarg down the ages. Further, the Britishers made this place famous, as they used to vacay here while travelling to North India.

You can revel in the beauty of nature here as you stroll through the ways, and sports enthusiasts would genuinely love this place. Due to thick snow blankets for a few months, Gulmarg has become a popular destination for snow activities like skiing and snowboarding. 

 

 4- Pahalgam

 A small yet exciting place to spend some time, Pahalgam is a beauty to behold. Known for its picture-worthy valleys with streams and lakes, the site is a feast for the eyes and attracts many tourists who want to soak themselves in the unadulterated beauty of nature.

Situated at the height of 7200 feet, along the banks of the ridder Lidder, the spot is dotted with flora and fauna that can be enjoyed and captured. All the more, it holds particular historical importance owing as it stands en route to the Amarnath yatra. This beautiful yet low-key place is a must-visit with your family and friends

 

5- Katra

Popularly known as the pilgrimage centre, Katra is the abode to the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi, which has its unique importance in the spiritual space. While here, a trek of approximately 14 kilometres takes you to the leading site, which can be done on legs, ponies, or there are even helicopter facilities.

Many consider it pious to go there on foot and enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the place along the way. Being a popular tourist destination, umpteen hotels can be found here catering to all budget ranges. 

 

6- Jammu

 The state’s winter capital is as beautiful as the summer capital and invites you all year long. Jammu has many tourists’ attractions ranging from palaces to parks offering a plethora of things to indulge in. Bahu Fort is a must-visit here.

Located approximately five kilometres away on the banks of the Tawi river, the fort has a fantastic view and stands as a symbol of historical importance. Peer Kho caves is another exciting spot to visit. Home to seven pious Shiva Lingam, a visit here is adventurous. Jammu is a beautiful place, and a lot can be explored while you are here

 

7- Patnitop

A less known spot, Patnitop has recently gained popularity among honeymoon couples in the recent present. A very-quite place away from the hustle-bustle of the city, couples find it perfect for spending some time together.

Situated on a plateau, the place blossoms with its greenery, sharpening the outline of the mountains during the tourist period. Temples like Naag Mandir and Nathatop are pretty popular here, luring thousands of religious people. Additionally, there are many beautiful lakes that are worth capturing.