Jammu and Kashmir or ‘The Switzerland of India’ as it is affectionately called is a paradise on Earth. Cradling in the mighty Himalayas, Jammu and Kashmir is a jewel in the crown of India. Renowned for its natural beauty that is untouched by the man and his means; this state resides under the clear blue skies and stretches the lush velvety greens till one can see. With the snow-capped Himalayan peaks in the backdrop and being home to some of the most alluring hill-stations in India the state constitutes of three major districts naming Jammu, Ladakh and the Kashmir Valley. While the entire district of Jammu is dotted with temples and shrines, the Kashmir Valley is known for its landscape. Ladakh on the other hand is known for reflecting Buddhist culture in the form of beautiful vibrant monasteries. Some of the major rivers like Jhelum, Chenab and Indus also find their path through the state. With a persona so dignified, Jammu and Kashmir holds its head high and arms wide, welcoming tourists to come and explore the state and take home a piece of paradise.
A well-developed area of the Kashmir Valley, Pahalgam resides on the banks of the Lidder River. Pahalgam literally translating to the Shepherd’s village is one of the most picturesque destinations. With the snow-capped Himalayan peaks in the backdrop and the rivers of Lidder and Sheshanaga cascading from the mountains, Pahalgam is a zero-point for the trekkers. The list of treks that commence from this hill-town makes it a trekker’s love. Located at an elevation of about 7200 feet, the city is famous for being the base camp for the Amarnath Yatra. The lush green velvety ground stretching till the foothills of the Himalayan Range and crystalline blue skies overhead, the city is illuminated with the aura of nature where one can reside in peace. The major attractions for the tourists here are the Betaab Valley, the Aru Valley, Tulian Lake and the Sheshanaga Lake. Being such a splendid destination, the city can mesmerize any one with its charm.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir is amongst the top tourist destinations of the country. Situated at an altitude of about 1585 meters the city quietly sits on the periphery of the river Jhelum. The tranquil waters, the snow-clad peaks and the quiet surroundings make the city a paradise on Earth. Srinagar is sprinkled with lakes and garden all over the city. The place also mirrors beautiful Mughal architecture. The Mughal Gardens that stand along the sides of the Dal Lake are great examples of Mughal planning and are richly blessed with beautiful flowers. Srinagar is also famous for its lakes where one can quietly cruise in the wooden boats called Shikara. The major places of attraction here are the lakes of Dal and Nigeen which are separated by a causeway. Apart from the lakes the Shalimar Garden, Pari Mahal offers a breath taking view. Whether they are the shrines of various religions or the gardens and the lakes, Srinagar encompasses a majestic charm and resides in the quaint Himalayan surroundings.
Gulmarg or the meadow of flowers was initially known as the Gauri Marg representing the pathway of the Goddess Parvati. Beautifully laden with flowers for three quarters of the year Gulmarg covers itself with a sheet of snow during the winter months. Gulmarg is one of the prime destinations for skiers in the country to give a rush to their adrenaline on the snow-clad slopes. Gulmarg displays a rich variety of flowers and its enchanting beauty is incomparable. Whether it is the frozen lake where one can cross the paths in the wintery days or the Khilanmargand Bota Pathri where one can seek peace and relax themselves, Gulmarg has it all. It is also home to a golf course gaining the title for being located at the highest altitude round the globe. Gulmarg is a charismatic destination and can never be disappointing.
Jammu and Kashmir is a paradise on Earth and with the splendour that it contains; the state can make you experience heaven as soon as you set your foot here.