Kashmir is known for its unearthly beauty, which has earned it the sobriquet of being the "Paradise on Earth". Kashmir Valley is part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in north India. The decade old political and civil turmoil in the region has not taken anything away from the beauty of Kashmir. With peace returning to the Kashmir Valley, it has now become a tourist hot spot owing to its amazing cultural diversity, the sheer beauty of the mighty Himalayas, and the green valleys whose beauty has attracted a horde of migrants from West Asia and Central Asia down the ages.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir is known as "Paradise on Earth". The beauty of the snow capped mountain peaks, the fragrant orchards and pine forests, and green meadows; attract thousands of tourists to the state. The peace and normalcy, returning after two decades of insurgency, has also been instrumental in increasing the tourist inflow to the tourist spots in Kashmir. Kashmir abounds in tourist spots and attractions, from the temples and pilgrimage centers of Jammu to the snow capped peaks at Gulmarg.
Jammu valley is one of the three major regions of Jammu and Kashmir. The capital of the state, also known as Jammu, is a famous pilgrimage destination for the devout, and one of the major tourist spots of Kashmir. Jammu city is also a rich cultural site, with temples and palaces dotting the cityscape. A visit to the chief tourist attractions of Jammu, like the Bawey Mata temple, and the magnificent Raghunath Mandir are a must on your Jammu tour itinerary.
Srinagar is named as the "City of Lakes". With a mixed Hindu, Mughal and Sikh past, the city is an amalgamation of various cultural influences. Srinagar is one of the major tourist spots of Kashmir owing to its pleasant weather and many tourist attractions, which include the iconic Dal Lake, the Mughal Gardens and the Hazratbal Shrine.
Gulmarg's beauty pulls at the heartstrings, making your Kashmir tour itinerary incomplete without a visit to this spot of Paradise On Earth. Gulmarg has been popular with Emperors and shepherds, Sultans and farmers, alike for its grassy knolls and a profusion of wild flowers. The major tour attractions of Gulmarg include the world's highest golf course and ski resort.
Pahalgam is one of the most beautiful mountain resorts of Kashmir. The major tourist attractions of Pahalgam are the myriad tracking routes, the nature trails, the skying resorts and the Pahalgam wildlife sanctuary.
Leh, the capital of Ladakh, is a popular, if unconventional, tourist spot of Kashmir. The cold desert surrounding the city is visited by scores of tourists looking for a place off the beaten path. Leh is a known as a center for Buddhist culture and religion, and the many monasteries, temples and Gomphas dotting the city is a testimony of the piety and religiosity of the people.
Zanskar is a modern day Shangri La owing to its near inaccessibility. The mountain passes leading into Zanskar are open for only a few weeks in the summer months. But once there, the intrepid adventurer is amply rewarded for his or her pains. The breathtaking beauty of this city in the cold desert area of Ladakh, the Gomphas and Buddhist temples of Zanskar, are the major tour attractions of the city.
Kargil district lies to the West of Ladakh. The people of Kargil are chiefly agrarian, and have herded cattle and tended to crops for generations. The town of Kargil is the capital of Kargil district. It is famous as one of the transit points on the famous Silk Route of ancient Asia. The Suru River flows through the city, adding to its rugged charm.
Patnitop is another unusual tourist spot of Kashmir. It is famous for its hill resorts, the fragrant pine forests and breathtaking beauty.