Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jammu & Kashmir Tourist Attraction

Jammu & Kashmir has a distinctive flavor of its own. Despite insurgency and tight security in the valley, Kashmir beckons travelers from all over the world for its mesmerizing charm and unpredictable lovely landscapes. jammu is particularly a Hindu dominated region and throng by pilgrims for highly revered Vaishno Devi temple. Apart from the this, Patnitop, Sanasar, Krimchi, and Krishtwar are a few destination to be named for adventure activities. Kashmir is on the other hand a Muslim heartland closer to Afghanistan or Iran than the neighboring states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The snow clad mountains, apple orchards, rows of pin-straight poplar trees paint a fascinating picture. Enjoy a luxury life on a houseboat and float on the clear blue Dal Lake on a Shikara and perceive the beauty of the valley without seeing it - the mountains, the lake, the floating islands, the soft blurred sunset, all of these certainly makes one forget the terrible notoriety of the valley. There are ample travel opportunities in the state. A few of them are given below:


Patnitop - Patnitop is a famous hill resort located 112 km from Jammu city. Perched at an altitude of 2024m, the place is shrouded by wood, serene environs. The place has enough good picnic spots and bestow a breathtaking views of mountainscape of the Chenab basin. In winter the place is especially attract people who wants to engage in snow sports. Due to tourists inflow, large number of comfortable huts and tourists bunglows are made by J&K TDC with all facilities.

Vaisno Devi Shrine - This is one of the most revered shrines of India, tucked at a height of 5300 ft on Trikuta Hills. Vaishnodevi shrine is in a 100 feet long cave with a narrow opening. Before entering into the cave, people need to wash their body in Ganga's cold and crystal clear water. There are three natural pindies of Maha Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi and Mahakali located at the place, symbolizing creative, preservative and destructive respectively.


Dal lake - A vast flat sheet of clear water reflecting the wooden houseboats and lofty peaks of Pir Panjal is undoubtedly the jewel of Kashmir. The lake has inspired many poets and writers and praised by tourists whoever witness the charm of it. The lake is 6X3 km long and separated into four parts known as Gagribal, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal and Nagin. There are number of houseboats and shikaras float on the lake. There are plenty of accommodations available at the Boulevard road, which is situated near the Dal Lake. Alternatively you can stay at Houseboats, which is altogether a new experience. Information booking and reservations can also be done from the JKTDC offices across the country.

Sonamarg - The ephemeral tender green cultivation and in the background majestic Himalayas, an amazing serenity envelops the whole of Sonamarg. The place is located at a height of 2740m and a gateway to Ladakh. The land is covered by forests of sycamore and alpine flowers, silver birch, fir and pine. Three lakes viz  Kishensar,Vishensar and Gangabal can be viewed from Nichnai Pass. Zoji-La Pass at 3540 m is situated east of Sonamarg and leads into Ladakh Plateau. Sonamarg is located approx, 110 km from Srinagar and the nearest airport is in Badgam District. The nearest railhead is at Jammu.


Ladakh - 'Roof of the world', Ladakh enthrall visitors with its stark barren mountains and absolute distinctive culture. Ladakh has ample things to offer to travelers - Buddhist monastery, rugged trekking routes, camp on the Ladakh plateau where the earth seems nearer to the sky. Ladakh beckons adventure enthusiasts from all over the world because of plenty of adventure activities. River rafting, trekking, and mountain climbing are some of the most sought after adventure activities conducted in the valley. 

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