Jammu and Kashmir Travel Guide

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Introducing Jammu and Kashmir

Known to be a paradise on Earth, Jammu & Kashmir is unrivalled for its beauty – the Dal Lake, floating markets, the apple orchards, the pristine valleys and snow-capped mountains are beyond stunning. Captured countless times on the lens by filmmakers and veteran photographers, the north-Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir sees influx of tourists from across the world. Here there is something for everyone – from skiing to white-water rafting and hiking to witnessing the Tulip Festival. Walking in the lush Mughal gardens in Srinagar, visiting the frozen Sheshang Lake and sledging in Pahalgam, trekking to the highest lake in the Himalayan region i.e. the Gadsar Lake in Sonmarg and a cable ride in Gulmarg are just a few of the many things to do in the state – all of these complemented by the most heavenly views.
Top Cities of Jammu and Kashmir

 

Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

The climate in Kashmir differs from alpine to subtropical and the best time to visit depends on what you wish to do in the mesmerizing land. Overall, December to March is the ideal time to see the state in all its winter-time glory, also making it perfect for skiing. Kashmir Valley receives a lot of snowfall while Jammu has milder winter temperatures, relatively. Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Srinagar and Patnitopsee enthusiastic travelers who want a retreat in the snow.Summer season lasts from June through August and more favorable temperatures attract more tourists – hotel prices shoot up and you need to be ready tolerate the crowds everywhere you go. This is also the time when pilgrims head to holy destinations like Vaishno Devi. From September to November is the monsoon season when the crowds decrease and accommodation prices also dip. 
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History & Culture

The state of Jammu & Kashmir is part of the larger region of Kashmir, which has been the subject of dispute since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947.India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the state – currently the territory is divided: Pakistan controls under half, India controls over half and China controls a tiny part.
Jammu was historically the seat of the Dogra dynasty and more than two-thirds of the population here is Hindu which lives in the southeastern portion of the region. To the northwest, the proportion of Muslims increases.The Kashmir valley, surrounded by the highlands of the broader Kashmir regionis where the majority of the people are Muslims who speak Kashmiri or Urdu. Distinct from the rest of the country, the state has a unique cultural blend. There are varied ethical entities, diversity of languages and food as well as fairs and festivals. Kashmir has a rich musical and dance tradition with instruments such as the saz, santoor, rabab, sitar and garaha. These same instruments are used in Jammu in the Hindu folk dances and ballads.

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Geography

Located almost entirely in the Himalayas, the state of Jammu & Kashmir is bordered by Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in the south. Towards the north-east and east lie the regions administered by China. Towards the south-west lies Pakistan and towards the north-west lies the Pakistani-administered portion of Kashmir. The larger region in which the state is situated is called Kashmir. The terrain is majorly mountainous with valleys and glacier-fed rivers. A significant geographical feature is the Pir-Panjal range which is the southern-most mountain range of the Himalayas. This range along with the western end of the Greater Himalayas forms the breath-taking valley of Kashmir. The Karakoram Range straddles the Indian and Pakistani sectors of the Kashmir region and has some of the highest peaks in the whole world such as K2. The Dal Lake and its floating market are a visual treat for the eyes as colors explode and fresh produce is traded every day. Apple-picking at an orchard is another picturesque and indulgent activity you must do here. 
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Places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir

Aru Valley

Pahalgam

Chandanwari

Pahalgam

Dal-Lake

Srinagar

Mughal Gardens

Srinagar

 

Things to Do in Jammu and Kashmir

Gulmarg's stunning excellence, its pine encompassed bowls, and plushness of sprouting blooms make it a prime hill station in Jammu and Kashmir. Amid winters, Gulmarg is country’s best ski-resort destination which is accessible by the Gulmarg Gondola. The Gondola Cable Car covers an airborne separation of 5 km and reaches the Apharwat top. It works in two stages. The main stage takes you from Gulmarg to Kongdoor. It begins from 2,990 m and has a vertical ascent of 400 m. Consistently it ships 1500 individuals to the stature of 3100 m from where a few simple keeps running for skiing are available. Next, stage 2 brings into the image the huge Himalayan Ranges as it goes to a dimension higher than previously. The link vehicle climbs 1,330 vertical meters to a stature of almost 4,000m and achieves the Apharwat Mountain. It conveys 600 individuals for every hour. In the wake of touching base at the station, you can additionally have a 30 minutes trek to come to the peak. From here the LOC or the Line of Control is noticeable. 
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One among the biggest and most astounding 18-hole golf-course in India, the Gulmarg Golf Course is located on the lower scopes of Gulmarg. Did you know that golfing began in this region in around the mid 1920s? But the present day structure planned by Ranjit Nanda – an outstanding golf-course designer – was introduced just in 2011 by Omar Abdullah, the then Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Gulmarg has gradually risen as a standout amongst the most prevalent spots to visit in Gulmarg and a famous golf destination in India. The course is open from 08:30 am – 10:00 pm with price ranging from INR 800.
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Just 6km from the Gulmarg transport station, Khilanmarg is a little heaven covered with blossoms of different hues in spring which changes into a skier's fantasy goal in the winters. The pinnacles are in clear view from the skiing slants and they give an excellent foundation to the diversion. Likewise, the celebrated Nanga Parbat which is 7100m high is near it and makes an ideal picturesque photo.
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Chandanwari, situated on the outskirts of Pahalgam, is one of the best traveler places having extraordinary religious significance. It is the inception purpose of the Amarnath Yatra, an imperative journey held in the Hindu month of Sawan. Supplied with amazing excellence, this spot is a central fascination for people wanting to try sledging. Undulating scenes and sporadic greenery overhangs the geology of this little place.
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A stunningly wonderful spot Kolahoi Glacier is one of the must see touring places in Pahalgam. The solitary method to get to the Kolahoi Glacier is through a difficult trek, not for the weakling. At 18,000 feet, the breathtaking scenery makes it a worthwhile experience. The trek is flushed with thick green mountain vegetation and green dales. Roaring River Lidder, thick conifer woodlands with super cold garrulous rivulets are all there to make the trek to the frigid mass even more vital. 
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Found high on the Indian National Highway 1D, Zoji La is one of the profoundly roosted, and unsafe yet exciting mountain goes in Kashmir. It interfaces Srinagar to Leh as well as it is one of those exciting traveler puts in Sonmarg that makes you a stride nearer to the Himalayas. What goes through the Kashmir valley and Ladakh bringing them and their own corners nearer is a high mountain pass, Zoji-La Pass at an elevation of 3528 m over the ocean level. Certain parts of the pass, particularly, can be somewhat of a perilous ride; subsequently one must go down this one, just with a prepared driver, used to such steep and energetic turns and streets. Likewise the pass gets shut once in a while amid the winter months. 
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Enjoy one of the most immaculate encounters when in Srinagar — staying in vibrant, majestic houseboats of Kashmir. These beautiful floating boats are quite similar (and also smaller) than usual inn and offer customary encounters with a cutting edge comfort. You can revive yourself in the room, and when you're sick of resting, you can invest your energy appreciating the normal magnificence around from the balcony of the watercraft. Imagine indulging in a hot Kashmiri meal sitting in a royal dining room on the boat? Romantic, isn’t it? For those unaware, The price for a standard room in a decent houseboat begins from INR 1,500 every night.  
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The breathtaking palace — Pari Mahal , also known as The Palace of Fairies, is a seven-terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan mountain range, overlooking the city of Srinagar. And what better than seeing a city at its best — by Paragliding. Get ready for the most joyful Kashmir trip experience ever! The strange airborne perspective of the city will give you a chance to take a look at its flawless lakes and delightful gardens at the same time, abandoning you requesting more. Paragliding at Pari Mahal is open on all days of the week from 08:00 AM to 6:00 PM and the cost fluctuates according to the span and the sort (solo or pair) of the flight. 
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Packages & Recommendations

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The Golden Triangle with Leh

11 Nights / 12 Days
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Private Van Tour
Flight Not Included
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Included Cities
New Delhi (1N), Agra (1N), Jaipur (2N), New Delhi (1N), Leh (2N), Nubra Valley (1N), Leh
... New Delhi (1N), Agra (1N), Jaipur (2N), New Delhi (1N), Leh (2N), Nubra Valley (1N), Leh (1N), Pangong Tso Lake (1N), Leh (1N)
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$ 1,490
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