Jammu and Kashmir- 

The northernmost state of, It is well-known for its ability to excite visitors & travellers. Its beauty has been a delight since the beginning of time. Its beauty is evident in the snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, and the seasonal blooms (Tulip Garden is open this April), as well as the tranquil lakes. You should visit this place at least once in your lifetime. +

Have you yet been to the “paradise of earth”? We have compiled a list of 5 top places to visit in Kashmir on your Kashmir Tour. It promises some serious sightseeing!

Five Must-See Places in Kashmir You Should Visit Once In Your Lifetime

1) Gulmarg: Ice-capped Adventures, Snowboarding

Gulmarg is the best place for adventure lovers. Gulmarg is a popular hill station and is well-known for its beautiful beauty and great location. This lush green valley is dotted with colourful zinnias and forget-me-nots as well as daisies, buttercups and daisies. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, towering firs and poplar trees, and could be your ideal weekend getaway.

The main attractions are Gulmarg Ski Resort, Gulmarg Alpin Guides during winters, Sightseeing at Apharwat peak and Rani temple, Baba Reshi Shrine, St. Mary’s church, and Baba Resi shrine. A walk around the outer circle would be a refreshing option. Every nature- and wildlife lover should visit the Ningle Nallah and Alpather lakes as well as the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve.

How to get there: It is easily connected to Srinagar airport. Regular bus services depart from Srinagar. You can also catch a taxi or bus from Jammu’s nearest railway station.

Adventure lovers will love Gulmarg, which is snowcapped. Photo by Kavita Kapoor

2) Pahalgam – The hidden paradise

Imagine yourself taking a walk through the lush meadows and taking in the tranquillity of the Pine-covered mountains. The ripples of the river, ladder cut through the silence, creating a magical effect for your body, soul, and spirit. This is Pahalgam or the “valley of shepherds” for you. Pahalgam is a popular retreat for pilgrims, tourists, and adventure seekers alike.

The main attractions are sightseeing tours to Mamaleshwar temple and Chandanwari in Betaab Valley. Camping, hiking, and horse riding are all possible in Dabyan valley, Kashmir Valley. River rafting at Tarsar lake Trekking and wildlife adventure tour in Aru Valley.

How to get there: You can reach Jammu by bus or taxi at 255km.

3) Sonmarg: Breathtaking beauty

Sonmarg’s natural beauty is sure to leave you speechless. 

This tiny hill station is a gateway to Ladakh and is a paradise for adventure lovers. A bath in the bright red waters of Nilagrad is a great way to rejuvenate your body and soul.

The main attractions are: A hike to the waterfalls surrounding the Thajiwas glacier might be an excellent way to quench your thirst for adventure. It is recommended to review the Kheer Bhavani Temple, Gadsar Lake, Nilagrad and the satsar or gangabal lakes. A camping experience in a Gaddi tribal hut would be an entirely new experience. Some could also choose to trek through the Baltal valley, which would lead to Amarnath.

How to get there: It is located just 70 kilometres from Srinagar International Airport. You could also take a bus to Srinagar from Jammu.

4) Srinagar: 

The lush green valleys and the mesmerizing Dal Lake,

Srinagar is a popular destination for tourists and travellers. It is known for its beautiful Shalimar gardens and Shikara rides along the Dal lake. But there is more to it.

In Srinagar’s carpet-weaving factory, visitors can take a guided tour. Alternatively, they can visit the floating vegetable or flowers market. It is also a popular shopping spot to buy exclusive souvenirs such as shawls, Kashmiri handicrafts, and walnut wood carvings.

Main attractions/activities: Every traveller should take a Shikara ride on Dal Lake. Visit the Mughal gardens and Chasm e Shahi gardens, Hazratbal shrine, Indira Gandhi memorial tulip gardens. Enjoy bird watching at Walur Lake or the Dachigam National park’s wildlife. Discover your spiritual self at Anantnag Jamia Masjid or the Shankaracharya Temple.

You could also indulge in the delicious Kashmiri delights such as Nadru Yakhni and Rogan Josh or just eat a lot of delicious kebabs.

How to get there: You can take a taxi/car/bus to Jammu-tawai’s nearest railway station. Ready to hit the Dal Lake. Morning affair, when boats are slowly being rowed to Dal Lake in Srinagar. 

5) Yusmarg: Untouched natural beauty

In the morning sunlight, Yusmarg in Kashmir is beautiful. This paradise awaits your review

It would be an unforgettable experience to trek through the pine forests and snow-covered hills while a clear flowing water stream runs through the ravine. Every Sufi lover visiting Yusmarg should visit Charar-e-Sharief, the Sufi shrine dedicated to Nund Reshi.

Main attraction/activities: Trek to the Tosa Maydan. We believe that a passionate trekker would find the trip through extremely rough terrains, from Yusmarg, Gulmarg, and Poonch, fascinating. A fun and memorable experience could include horseback riding or pony rides to Doodganga.

How do you get there? From Srinagar, it takes only 1 to 2 hours to reach Yusmarg.

These 5 top places are recommended to adventure-lovers and thrill-seekers who plan on spending their next vacation in Jammu & Kashmir.