The alpine sceneries and mesmerizing views, if there is heaven on earth then it is Kashmir. From the snow-clad peaks to the calmness of Dal Lake, from the dense valleys to awe-inspiring meadows, the beauty of Kashmir can't really be described in words. If eternal beauty fascinates you, then planning a trip t Jammu and Kashmir should be a must in your bucket list.
The pine, deodar and chinar trees and smiling faces will make you forget your stress in life. Jammu and Kashmir is crown to the glory of vibrant India. If you are an avid traveler, your trip would be incomplete without visiting the mesmerizing Jammu and Kashmir. Plan a trip to explore pristine lakes mirroring the sky and exotic gardens. Every corner of Kashmir will give you a glimpse of the beauty of Mughals. Every corner of Jammu will captivate your senses. You will fall in love for sure.
Dal Lake: Located in Srinagar, Dal Lake is a major tourist attraction. The lake makes up for a spectacular sight with enchanting locales. The amazing ride to traditional houseboats and Shikara will surely make you feel surreal. The hour-long sightseeing of the lake will take you to another world.
Vaishno Devi temple: Vaishno Devi temple is the most popular temple of India. Located at the top of Trikuta hills, it's dedicated to Ma Vaishno Devi. More than 8 million people visit the shrine every year. It's a divine experience that can't be missed, do visit the temple for some solace.
Shalimar Garden: Another major tourist attraction in Srinagar is Shalimar garden. The lush green garden with Terrace lawns and enchanting fountain pools make up for an awesome sight. It has a very Mughal influence and feel to it. You've got to visit the place for its captivating beauty.
Shankaracharya Temple: Its the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage destination of Srinagar. This ancient temple stands tall at the height of 1100 above the surface. The view from the place is captivating. You should visit the spot when you visit Srinagar.
Bagh-e Bahu-Aquarium: If exploring creative places is in your wish list, then you should visit this place. The place has an amazing collection of exotic marine life. It's the largest aquarium that displays more than 400 varieties of marine fishes. Its a popular spot for tourists in Jammu.
If you are visiting Jammu, then also visit the famous Raghunath temple. The temple is famous for its seven Hindu shrines. It's a beautiful temple if you wish to seek some peace of mind away from the hustle bustle of the city. If you are an art and history lover, then do take time out to visit the Bhimgarh Fort. Located 150 meters above the ground, the place is quite different.
Your trip would be incomplete if you don't visit the Bahu plaza. You can buy some amazing handicrafts and wooden artifacts from this market. You can also visit the local Hari market if you like to splurge on things. The market has the best collection of Pashmina shawls and earthenware crockery. Also, visit the local restaurants to get a flavor of local Kashmiri cuisine. You will love the taste of Kashmiri cuisine for sure. Jammu also has some authentic delicacies.
The best time to visit Jammu and Kashmir is in September or October. The autumn season during this time is perfect for sightseeing. It is not too cold nor too hot so it's a perfect time to experience the beautiful vibe of Kashmir. Light monsoon showers during the season make the place all the more majestic. The temperature during this time is between 15 to 22°C.
Summers can be hot depending on temperature. If you are visiting in summers, then the best time would March or April. When the snow melts, the valley becomes all the more magical. You can explore the place better during this time. Winters in Jammu and Kashmir are damn cold, so you can experience freezing of lakes as well. Winters are a good time if you are an indoor person. You can watch the beauty of the place from your hotel. The snow clad mountains and lush landscapes make the place more alluring.
You can reach Jammu and Kashmir by road, rail route or air travel. It's easy to travel by road to reach the place. It's well connected to the northern parts of India. If you are traveling by road, you can take a cab or a bus from Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Shimla, and Ambala.
Most cities of Jammu are also connected to the national highway. If you plan to travel by train, you can take a train to Jammu Tavi railway station. Book a cab from the place to reach your destination of the holiday.
If you wish to travel by air transport, then you can take a flight to three domestic airports that are near Jammu, Leh, and Srinagar. There are many connecting flights from metro cities of India too.
If traveling is in your wish list this year, then do plan a holiday to this magnificent place and get enthralled by its charm.