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Jammu and Kashmir, which is rightfully referred to as the “Crown of India,” truly does live up to its nickname as “Paradise on Earth.” “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here,” the Mughal Emperor Jehangir is said to have said.
Everyone who comes here is enchanted with Jammu and Kashmir. Every Indian traveller has the dream of at least once in their lifetime visiting this paradise. This land has been a source of inspiration for poets for generations and is now a popular vacation spot for all occasions and seasons.
The list goes on and on with charming Shikaras, famous Houseboats, vibrant tulips in spring, amazing snow-heaven Gulmarg, stunning Solang, and more. Enchanting Chinar trees, seductive deep deodar woods, lovely apple orchards, stunning saffron fields, majestic snow-clad mountains, etc.
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Places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir
Since Kashmir is full of so many tranquil and stunning sites, it is impossible to select out one as a must-see. Let’s take a quick glance at each of Kashmir’s major cities.
Srinagar: The lavish waters of Dal Lake are dotted with floating flowers, colourful shikaras, and colourful houseboats with wooded balconies. Wander the crowded streets of Raghunath Bazaar and Lal Chowk and pick out some vintage trinkets like embroidered scarves, pashminas, and Jammu and Kashmiri carpets to bring home. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is a place where you may stroll through a field of blooming tulips while being surrounded by powerful mountains and expansive, blue skies.
Gulmarg: Life is wonderful in Gulmarg. Gulmarg satisfies visitors from all walks of life with its assortment of babbling brooks, dense coniferous forests, and sheets of snow. The scenic locations for skiing, hiking, and ice skating will excite the adventurer in you. If you have a spiritual bent, visit the Baba Reshi shrine, St. Mary’s Church, and the Shiva temple.
Sonamarg: Sonamarg offers a variety of activities for you to partake in, whether you prefer calm reflection by the lake or a wild rafting trip at Shutkari Bridge. Spend some time with your family at your preferred picnic location near the Krishnasar Lake. Or ride an ice scooter in the Thajiwas Glacier and float across the regal and huge snow cover.
Pahalgam: On their way to the sacred Amarnath caves, which are Lord Shiva’s residence, pilgrims stop in Pahalgam as their base camp before carrying on to the shrine. Pahalgam is a great place for outdoor pursuits including fishing, trekking, and hiking, and the city also draws lots of visitors for the scenic splendour of the Liddar valley.
Jammu: Jammu, which is the southernmost part of Kashmir, is jokingly referred to as the state’s winter capital. Jammu is the initial destination for the majority of tourists throughout their trip. Numerous mountain ranges in this area, including the Shivalik, Trikuta Hills, Pir Panjal Range, and the Tawi River Basin, are beautiful and draw tourists. Here is where the well-known Vaishno Devi shrine is located, which also draws lots of pilgrims. Choose one of our affordable land-based Jammu packages.
What to eat in Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir’s cuisine is blessed with a long culinary history. There is a lot of desi ghee, Jammu & Kashmiri red chilli, and garam masala in its flavorful, nutritious meal. Here are a few delicacies that are worth splashing out on while visiting Jammu and Kashmir.
Rogan Josh – Everyone who enjoys meat is in for a treat. Yogurt is used to marinade the chunky lamb, which is then topped with brown onions and ground spices. The standard accompaniments for this are some steaming rice or the traditional Indian flatbread, roti.
Modur Pulav – Looking for a sweet treat? In this Jammu and Kashmiri treat, sweetened rice is cooked with milk, sugar, and ghee before being topped with saffron and dried fruits. You wouldn’t want to have just one serving of this dish, which is served in a sweet small clay pot.
Wazwan – Kashmiri cuisine has a multi-course dinner called wazwan. With a few vegetarian options, almost all of the recipes are meat-based and include lamb or chicken. It is well-liked all over the Kashmir region. Wazwan is additionally served at Kashmiri culinary festivals and reunions abroad.
Dum Aloo – Dum Aloo is a curry meal made with potatoes. Aaloo is a potato, and dum means slowly cooked. It comes from the Kashmir Valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and is a staple of the regional cuisine known as Kashmiri Pandit. Additionally, Banarasi and Bengali variants exist.
Kashmiri Haak Saag – Kashmiri haak is a typically Kashmiri dish of greens (saag in Hindi) cooked with mustard oil, asafoetida (hing), and dried red chillies.
Ambal – Sweet and sour vegan recipe Ambal made with pumpkin is one of the most loved cuisine from Jammu region of J&K State (India).
How to reach Jammu & Kashmir
By Air – The closest airport to Jammu & Kashmir is the Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar. It is situated approximately 15 kilometers away from the city centre. Direct flights to Srinagar are available from India’s major cities. If you are travelling from Mumbai or Delhi, note that flying to Jammu is another option
By Train – The nearest railhead to Jammu & Kashmir is the Jammu Tawi Railway Station, situated 305 kilometres from the main city centre. This railway station also enjoys good connectivity with cities such as New Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai. New Delhi-Jammu Tawi Rajdhani Express, Jammu Mail and Jammu Tawi Express are some of the trains that run to and from Jammu and New Delhi. Reach Jammu and you will find several options to travel to Jammu & Kashmir and Srinagar plied outside the station. Some of them are shared cabs, taxis, buses that will take you to the city.
By Road – If you are looking for a road trip and wish to enjoy the journey as much as the destination; Jammu & Kashmir is the perfect travel destination for you. You are in for a treat if you are travelling from Jammu, with Jammu & Kashmir being only a seven to eight-hour drive along with a few halts en route. You could also hire a private taxi or cab with a local driver who would be able to get you through the uphill climb and narrow roads as you make your way to Jammu and Kashmir
Things to do in Jammu and Kashmir
There can never be a shortage of things to do and enjoyable things to engage in while you are in such a beautiful place to make your stay unforgettable. Here are some of the top things to do in Kashmir to help you make the most of your time there:
Houseboat: You might choose to extend the delight by sleeping on a houseboat floating over the Dal Lake in addition to taking a wonderful Shikara day tour. Nothing less than a stay at a luxury hotel is provided for your overnight stay, including access to the finest opulent amenities. Additionally, you have the exceptional chance to savour some regional specialties while taking in the scenic landscape of the valley.
Gulmarg Gondola – Kashmir tourism boasts of all available alternatives to assist their visitors have the most unforgettable stay in the Kashmir valley, from floating over the water to flying high in the sky. Your travel plan for Jammu and Kashmir must include a trip on the Gulmarg cable car. It’s literally the only way to simultaneously catch a peek of the stunning snow-covered mountains in the valley, the flower-covered fields, and the serene lakes below!
Pony Ride: In the Pahalgam area of Jammu and Kashmir, you must enjoy a pony ride. It’s a unique experience that lets you gently take in all the breathtaking splendour that the valley has to offer.
Shopping – Without shopping, a holiday wouldn’t be complete! Therefore, Kashmir tour packages do give visitors adequate time to buy in the local marketplaces and bring home some magnificent gifts. Both indigenous food like dry fruits, fresh fruits like apples, cashews and walnuts, as well as spices like saffron, may be found in plenty. If you enjoy wearing clothes, you’re bound to adore the warm and toasty Pashmina shawls as well as the classically embroidered kurtas for men and women.
Shikara Ride: The Shikara, a traditional light rowing boat in the shape of a gondola, is unique among lakes and is typically seen on the former Dal Lake. If you want to really appreciate the magnificence of the area, you should arrange time to experience it because it is one of the most amazing and serene aspects of a visit to Kashmir. Alongside the houseboat, it is recognised as a cultural emblem as well. Along with recreation and tourism, locals use Shikhara for transportation, fishing, and the harvesting of seaweed. You should not skip seeing these exquisitely adorned boats on the lake while on your Kashmir Tours.
Best time to visit Jammu and Kashmir
The best time to visit Jammu and Kashmir is between April and June. The sparkling Dal lake calls out to you for overwhelming Shikhara rides or adrenalin pumping water sports. Low season discounted Jammu & Kashmir tour packages are available from December to March.