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Sightseeing in Jammu & Kashmir

Sightseeing in Jammu and Kashmir is all about admiring the scenic beauty of Kashmir Valley, religious heritage of Jammu among other things.

Mother Nature has generously endowed the Kashmir Valley with unmatched natural beauty. High snow clad mountain ranges, picturesque green valleys, deep blue mountain lakes that reflect nature’s bounty and sparkling silver rivers, thick forests and picture postcard perfect formal gardens and waterfalls make Kashmir amongst the most beautiful of places in the world.

Kashmir is a great place to visit for tourists whether domestic or foreign. Unfortunately, the surcharged atmosphere and constant border skirmishes do not make it an ideal holiday destination. A few of the main sightseeing places in Jammu and Kashmir are Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam Sonamarg, Leh, and Dachigam National Park. Kashmir has as well a few places of pilgrim interest such as Amarnath and Vaishno Devi, both these places being accessible, although Amarnath needs a special government permit.

Jammu was the stronghold of Hindu Dogra kings. Its religious heritage is evident in an abundance of temples, pilgrimages and popular temples like the shrine of Vaishno Devi. The region is also well known for its scenic beauty as it lies against a splendid background of mountains and secluded forest retreats.

Srinagar - Dating back to the 3rd century BC, Srinagar was founded on the banks of the River Jhelum by Emperor Ashoka, in the very heart of the Kashmir valley. Modern Srinagar lies around the picturesque Dal Lake. Take a sightseeing tour to the formal Moghul gardens, the Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chasm-e-Shahi, and Pari Mahal. These gardens were laid out by the Emperor Jahangir and are located between the Dal lake and the mountain ranges

Ladakh is the northern most province of the state, with an almost moonscape like topography in its topmost reaches, it is an interesting place to visit in Jammu and Kashmir. The Ladakhis lead a tranquil life, completely at one with their surroundings and the Tibetan Buddhist influence is very palpable. It can be seen at the numerous monasteries that seemingly cling precariously to hilltops and cliffsides making Ladakh one of the most vibrant repositories of the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism anywhere in the world.


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