'Heaven on Earth' is the most common phrase used when it comes to describe Jammu and Kashmir. May it be the alpine trees, lush green meadows, crystal clear lakes, snow-clad mountain ranges or cheerful locals, the state has a lot to offer to every kind of traveller and that's the reason it receives tourists from all over the world. The beautiful landscapes of Jammu and Kashmir are full of vibrancy and show a different colour palette in different seasons. While there are amber and coral hues in the autumn, winter is defined by snow white landscapes. The spring season is warmer and the sunshine makes everything look vibrant. Every season has something in store for the tourists. Every nook and corner of the union territories are is beautiful in some way or the other. We have curated a list of the top 7 places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir for a magical experience amidst the mountains.
7 Places To Visit In Jammu And Kashmir To Witness Magic This Winter
Snow-clad mountains, alpine trees, lakes, pines and everything that defines a dreamy wonderland is found in Gulmarg. Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination in Asia and also has the highest cable car project. Gulmarg is a must-visit destination in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sonamarg translates to 'meadow of gold' and is one of the best tourist attractions in Jammu and Kashmir. The scenic landscapes of Sonamarg are marked with glaciers, snow-capped mountain ranges and pine forests. You can visit the great lakes in Kashmir namely Kishansar, Vishansar and Gadsar from here.
Located on the banks of the river Lidder, Pahalgam is visually appealing and looks as if it is straight out of a painting. Lush greenery, water bodies, dark forests and the backdrop of mountains; this is what Pahalgam looks like. Aru Valley and Betab valley are sight-seeing locations in Pahalgam.
One of the most famous tourist destinations of the country, Sringar cannot be missed from the list. Srinagar has many Mughal gardens, historical sites, Dal and Nageen lake, which are must-visit places in Srinagar. The floating market in Srinagar which sells local wares are also a one-of-its-kind experience.
5. Vaishno Devi
One of the famous pilgrim sites in India, Vaisho Devi temple stands on the Trikuta hills in Jammu. To visit the temple, one needs to either take a trek of around 15 kilometres or use other options like ponies, palkies, helicopter or battery-operated cars.
Leh has witnessed a great hike in the number of tourists ever since Bollywood movies like 3 Idiots were filmed here. Leh is a picturesque place with scenic backdrops, clear lakes, tough terrains which are just as breath-taking as the lush greenery in Sonamarg. The major tourist attractions in Leh include Shanti stupa, Leh palace, and calming monasteries across the terrain.
Yet another scenic location, Yusmarg is a hill station in the Western region of the valley of Kashmir. The landscapes in Yusmarg are very similar to the scenic locations in Switzerland with green meadows and lush trees. One can have a good trekking excursion or go horse riding in Yusmarg.
We hope you visit each of these places on your next trip to Jammu and Kashmir.