Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state in India. In the seventeenth century the Mughal emperor Jahangir set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir. He said that if paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here, while living in a houseboat on Dal Lake. "Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast." If there is ever a heaven on earth, its here, its here, its here. In Jammu and Kashmir the most important tourist places are Kashmir, Srinagar, the Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Jammu, and Ladakh. Some areas require a special permit for non-Indians to visit.
Kashmir Travel Guides
How to reach
Flights operate to Jammu, Srinagar and Leh..
The last stop on the railway line north is Udhampur, where you can catch onward buses and hire SUVs/MUVs (Tata Sumo / Toyota Innova/ Mahindra Scorpio). However it is better to get down in Jammu and catch a taxi from there as these are more readily available. The Kashmir Railway is a railway line being built in India to connect the state of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country. The Project officially coded USBRL (Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Railway Link) starts from the city of Udhampur, 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of Jammu, and travels for 290 kilometres (180 mi) to the city of Baramulla on the northwestern edge of the Kashmir Valley. The route crosses major earthquake zones, and is subjected to extreme temperatures of cold and heat, as well as inhospitable terrain, making it an extremely challenging engineering project.
There are two ways to get in by land - via Jammu and up to Srinagar or via Manali in Himachal Pradesh and up to Leh.
Population: 12.55 million
Capitals: Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)
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The joyous chirping of birds, orchards heavy with fruits, alpine meadows dotted with grazing herds, and shepherds lilting with their music - a vivid mosaic of this place - takes shape before your wandering eye. It presents a picture of an unforgettable tapestry which is amongst the most beautiful any place in the world has to offer.
Fruits spill out of brimming baskets; strawberries and cherries, peaches and apricots; all the bounty of a fertile land. Pale green paddy fields rise in tiered steps upon the hills. In the high meadows, trout are jumping in rushing, snow-fed streams. The encircling snow-capped mountains provide a perfect setting for a valley that's vibrantly alive
The misty morning sprawls over the vivacious valleys, the flushing meadows wrap the hillsides like a cloak. The sunlight softly caresses the leaves, the dew drops sparkle like diamonds to welcome the new day. The rustle of the fallen leaves adds to the music of the place and the sweet fragrance of flowers lingers on...
The white sheet of snow spread far and wide concealing the resonating beauty of this paradise. The soft snowflakes adorning the coniferous, the misty hazy breath, the chilly breeze gently tingling your senses, the tender sunlight deflecting from the ice capped peaks and spreading the much needed warmth. All so milky and pure. It is picture of a true heaven on earth.
One of the major attractions for adventure loving tourists is skiing in the Himalayas. Gulmarg, the best ski resort in the Himalayas, was first established by the British in 1927, when two British Army Officers, Maj. Metcarp and Maj. Hadow had setup the Ski Club of India at Gulmarg. Skiing had become very popular during the pre-independence years and Gulmarg used to host two main events, one each during Christmas and Easter. In 1938-39 about 500 skiers are reported to have participated in the Christmas and Easter ski races. Gulmarg's atmosphere can generally be identified with 1940's and 50's European skiing-'the Alps of good old days'. It has good sunshine as well as good snow.
Full day for fishing with expert Gillies, or Shikaries, these men know the waters intimately - in many cases their fathers and grandmothers before them have accompanied visiting anglers on fishing trips. Overnight at hotel. Sonamarg - Full day for fishing. Evening walk or rest around the camp. Morning free. Afternoon drive back to houseboat for overnight stay. Evening Shikara ride to back waters. Overnight at houseboat.
Trekking is a major part of Jammu-Kashmir's adventure sports, but usually its Ladakh, that usually takes away the fame of being a trekker's paradise. Tourists are aware of Kashmir as a tourist destination, but take a closer look and you'll know what an important adventure centre this valley makes. The main place are Amarnath,Gulmarg ,Sonamarg ,Thajiwas etc
Rafting is the most popular adventure sport in Kashmir. Swift-moving rivers offer a thrilling experience for white water rafters. These rivers flow through deep forests, rocky terrains,
Camping is possibly the finest way to enjoy the serenity of nature with the company of your friends and family. It is the best mode to spend time in the lap of nature and forget the mundane affairs of an otherwise hectic life.
Kashmir was once called Heaven on Earth, and once of the most beautiful places in the world. However, in last couple of decades, terrorism has faded its charm - A place home to Himalayan Ranges.
Shalimar Bagh is one of the Mughal Gardens that was commissioned by then Mughal Rulers who visited Kashmir during summers. The garden is located on the banks of the Dal Lake, which is connected to the water body through a canal. Shalimar Bagh also holds other names like Shalamar Bagh, Faiz Baksh and Farah Baksh. There is another Mughal garden in the neighborhood, Nishat Bagh. Both the gardens add to the beauty and charm of Dal Lake.
Dal Lake is located in Srinagar in the northern state of India, Jammu and Kashmir also known as the crown of the country. Being the second largest lake, Dal Lake is the chief tourist spots in Kashmir. The main attraction at the lake is the water plant harvesting and the house boats and the floating gardens with a variety of flowers planted.
Nishat Bagh is the second largest floating garden of the valley that was built by the Mughals, and is positioned to the east of Dal Lake.Nishat Bagh also known as the ‘Garden of Pleasure’ was built in 1633 by Noor Jehan’s elder brother, Asif Khan. Towards the west of the lake is the Pir Panjal mountain range adding beauty, while the Zabarwan Mountains form the backdrop for the gardens. Asif Khan was the father in law of the famous Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan.
Wular Lake is situated in the Baramulla district of Srinagar, located 40kms away towards the northwest from Srinagar. ‘Wular’ Lake is also spelt as ‘Wullar’.Wular Lake is the largest fresh water lake in India and one of the largest in Asia. The lake is calm and has got a continuous inflow from the River Jhelum.It spreads over a vast area; however the area of the lake is not consistent throughout the year. With respect to seasons the size varies from 30 Sq. Km to 260 Sq. Km. People consider this location to be a perfect picnic spot and a wonderful place to go boating.
Hazratbal Shrine is erected in this city of snow capped mountains and Muslims consider it as the holiest shrine in Kashmir. The Shrine is positioned on the banks of Dal Lake. It is believed to possess a hair of Muhammed the Prophet, who preached Islam extensively, way back in history. This sacred hair is known as Moi-e-Muqqadas. The name as it defines is a combination of Arabic and Kashmiri together meaning “Majestic Place”. Assar-e-Sharief, Madinat-us-Sani, Dargah Sharif are the names that are used to refer this shrine.
Srinagar has two significant prayer edifice; one the Hazratbal Shrine and other Jamia Masjid. Jamia Masjid is known to be the biggest mosque in Srinagar.The Jamia Masjid is positioned in the middle of the Old City, in a place called Nowhatta. The construction of the mosque dates back to the fifteenth century. This is a very significant Islam structure in Srinagar and is considered very important. The Mosque was erected by Sultan Sikandar. However he just got the initial plan constructed, later additions to the architecture was made.
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