Jammu & Kashmir is also called the paradise on Earth. Tourists from all over the world long to visualize the scenic beauty of Kashmir at least once in their lifetime and so flock Kashmir in large numbers every year. If you wish to visit this heavenly location, this informative travel guide below will surely make your journey hassle-free.
The valley of Paradise, Jammu and Kashmir is one of India’s most captivating, beautiful, charming and famous travel destinations. Guarded by the magnificent Himalayan range, this mountainous valley hosts religious diversity as well. Hindu (South Western Jammu), Muslims (Northern Kashmir) and the Buddhists (North Western part of the state) are the predominant clans in this state.
Although infamous for the regular outrages that happen in Jammu and Kashmir, yet the state attracts travelers from all over the world, every year.
Before planning a trip to this state, one must have a thorough idea about it.
The place is bestowed with fresh and serene environment and a varied climatic condition. The summer season stretches from May to September when the climate remains warm and pleasant. Though southern part of Jammu experiences a comparatively warmer climate, with the day temperature ranging between 25-35 degrees, but this is the best time of the year for you to visit Jammu and Kashmir.
Post summer, autumn sets in when the valley displays a rather rusty look with trees slowly shedding their leaves and nature turning into a russet colored lass.
December – February are the winter months when the valley becomes strikingly cold with snowflakes covering the whole terrain. During this time, Kashmir turns into a home ground for various adventure activities like snow skiing, helli skiing etc.
The month of March marks the onset of spring which is the most pleasant of all the seasons. With all the greeneries and freshness around, the valley looks like a vibrant highland lass. For a nature love it is the best time of the year to visit Kashmir.
How to Reach:
One can reach the state of Jammu and Kashmir via rail, air or road routes.
- Air: The three main airports of the state are Jammu airport (Jammu) , Aerodome airport (Srinagar), Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport (Leh).
- Rail: You can avail a train from almost all the prime cities of the country to reach the Jammu-Tawi station. Another important railway station at Srinagar is the Bahihal station. However, this station is accessible only in summer. To move further uphill from these railstations you need to avail buses or cars.
- Road: Various important cities of the state are crisscrossed by the national highway 1 A that connects them with other important cities in the neighborhood like Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh etc.
Major Tourist Attractions:
Lakes, mighty mountains with snow clad peaks, rugged terrain, glaciers, temples and not to forget, houseboats or shikara are the major tourist attractions over here. Nature is at her charming best at this state and you can have the taste of adventure as well as spirituality if you visit here. Some of the major tourist attractions include:
Standing on the bank of Jhelum River, the city of Srinagar reflects liveliness. The Shankarachariya Temple, Jama Masjid, houseboats are some of the major attractions over here. Adventure lovers can also engage themselves with activities like skiing, trekking, bird watching etc.
Unlike Srinagar, Jammu reverberate spirituality and tranquility. The city is dotted by a number of temples and mosques like the Vaishnudevi temple, Mahamaya temple, Raghunath temple, Peer baba etc.
One of the most exotic hill stations near Srinagar is Gulmarg where the mesmerizing beauty of nature leaves one spellbound. Guarded by a vast stretch of coniferous forest of pine, fir and poplar, the road to Gulmarg is itself very beautiful. It is one of the major skiing destination as well
This is another place of attraction in Jammu. Located at the convergence of the Sheshnag Lake and Lidder River, the hill station is dotted with a number of temples and undulating green meadows.
Further uphill from Pahalgam, is Chandanwari which is accessible by car. From Chandanwari, one needs to trek or go by pony to Panchtarni or to the source of Sheshnag.
Festival and Culture
Kashmiri people are known for their humble nature and cordial and warm behavior. Lohri (Jan), Baisakhi (April) Bahumela (March and Oct) JhiriMela(Oct-Nov) and Navratri (Oct) are some of the popular festivals of Jammu and Kashmir.
So far lodging is concerned, there are comfortable resorts in Srinagar, Gulmarg and other tourist spots of Jammu and Kashmir. The luxury houseboats or Shikara of Dal Lake are another attraction.