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With lush green forests, snow covered peaks, ancient temples, serene blue lakes and incredible scenic beauty, Jammu and Kashmir could be regarded as a Paradise on Earth.

The place is an ideal holiday spot for both nature and adventure lovers.

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir is the only state in India that has a winter and a summer capital.

In winter, Jammu serves as the capital of the state, while Srinagar takes over the role in summer.

Known as the 'Switzerland of India', Jammu & Kashmir is a popular travel destination among tourists from around the world.

Five 'Must Do' Things in Jammu & Kashmir

1. Shikara Ride on Dal Lake

Shikara Ride on Dal Lake

A stay on a houseboat, or a Shikara ride on the bank of Dal Lake, is something you should never miss.

It is one of the major attractions of the state that pulls in tourists and grabs their attention. A boat ride on the Dal Lake offers an ultimate sightseeing experience of Srinagar and allows people to closely witness the everlasting scenic beauty of the state. You can capture beautiful surroundings with your camera and take home some lifetime memories.

Houseboat Owners Association.

2. Skiing in Gulmarg

Skiing in Kashmir
Skiing in Kashmir.

Winter adventure sports are another amazing thing that draws vacationer’s attention and convinces them to plan a trip to Jammu & Kashmir.

With snow-capped mountains for most of the year, the state offers various exciting winter sports to all those who seek adventure and thrill.

Skiing in Gulmarg, voted one of the best skiing destinations in Asia, is one such adventure activity that you should not miss.

Kashmir Heliski.

3. Visit the Monasteries and Caves

Ladakh monasteries are the rare gems of Jammu & Kashmir tourism.

Thikse Monastery
Thiksey Monastery - 9 miles from Leh - houses 500 monks.

There are many caves and Buddhist monasteries located in Jammu & Kashmir.

You can visit some of the famous ones like Amarnath caves devoted to Lord Shiva and Shanti Stupa, a Buddhist monastery representing peace and prosperity.

Apart from its religious significance, these caves and monasteries of Jammu & Kashmir are also famous for their beautiful location.

4. Shopping in Lal Chowk

Any trip to Jammu & Kashmir is incomplete without shopping.

Going on vacation and not getting anything for close ones left at home is very disappointing. So, don’t miss out the chance of shopping in the Lal Chowk market; a famous shopping spot in Srinagar.

The market has some of the busiest streets with shops and vendors trying to convince visitors to buy their products. You can get walnut wood made carvings, tiny trinkets, jewellery boxes, traditional Kashmiri paintings and pashminas made woolens for gifting purposes.

5. Ride on Gulmarg Gondola

Gulmarg Gondola is another popular attraction that makes tourists go crazy as they experience the real fun and adventure in Jammu & Kashmir. These cable-cars comprise of two riding sections, each covering the distance of 2.5 kms.

A ride in the first section of the cable-car begins from the height of 8,000 feet to 10,500 feet at Kongdori. However, the second section of cable car goes up to the height of 13,500 feet from the great peak of Apharwat mountain.

Here you will have the chance to see some picturesque landscapes and snowy mountains.

Gulmarg Gondola.

Jammu & Kashmir Travel Tips

Stay with locals, especially if you are visiting the region for trekking.

You can get some great deals on accommodation and food in the homes of locals and it's a great way of learning the culture and tradition of Jammu & Kashmir.

Also, don’t miss out on trying Wazwan, a multi-course Kashmiri cuisine comprising of 36 different delicious dishes. Wazwan is a famous Kashmiri meal that takes a lot of time for preparation and consists of a variety of vegetarian dishes, non-vegetarian dishes and desserts.

Jammu & Kashmir Tourism

From interesting tourist spots, ancient temples, thrilling adventure activities, beautiful sightseeing to delicious local cuisine, Jammu & Kashmir has plenty of things to attract the tourists.

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation.

By Pawan Kotiyal (pawantmi).

About The Author

Pawan Kotiyal - Tour My IndiaContact Pawan Kotiyal

As a successful Head of Business Development in India’s leading travel company, Tour My India, Pawan Kotiyal has set himself high work standards.

Pawan is also an avid traveller who likes to discover the lesser-explored destinations in India. Trekking and photography keeps him busy and he likes to write about his travel experiences; to help those with similar interests in travel, trekking and photography.

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