Hill Stations in Jammu
Jammu and Kashmir, considered the “Paradise on Earth”, attracts tourists all year around. It is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Mountain Ranges, which are visible from all parts of the region.
The snow covered mountains with lush green backdrop are scenery worth watching. The weather is always pleasant and the cool breeze flowing in summer especially brings the campers to this destination. March to October would be the ideal time to holiday in the hill stations of Jammu while the rest of the states are burning in the scorching heat! The following are the popular choices of the hill stations located in Jammu:
Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and holds a central location in the Kashmir Valley. It is surrounded by several lakes such as the Dal Lake, the Nagin Lake and the Anchar Lake. The houseboats and the shikaras fill the Dal Lake, giving the tourist an interesting and unique experience on the waters. The Dal Lake is famous for its floating market, wherein one can shop for the famous Kashmiri knitted fabrics while enjoying the Kashmiri Muslim cuisine at the same time. The Mughal Gardens and the Shankaracharya Temple are its major attractions.
Pahalgam valley is located in the Anantnag district, 96 kilometers from Srinagar. It is the base camp for the religious pilgrimage to the Amarnath Temple. This valley is suitable for various adventurous activities like river rafting and trekking. The Aru Valley and the Betaab Valley are its popular tourist spots, Betaab valley being named after the filming of the movie Betaab in the valley. The Mamal Shiva Temple is also visited by the tourists in Pahalgam, as a lot of followers of Lord Shiva traversing to the Amarnath shrine pay their respects in this Shiva temple as well.
Sonmarg literally means a Meadow of Gold. It is so, because when the sun’s rays falls on the beautiful meadow of this area, they appear to be glittering with gold. It is just 87 kilometers from Srinagar and is considered a gateway to Ladakh. It is surrounded by gushing glaciers and tracks for trekking. The Thajiwas Glacier and Zoji-la Pass are its important places to visit. Sonmarg is famous for its trekking and hiking tracks, providing the hikers to select their level of difficulty from moderate to hard.
Gulmarg gets its name as it truly is a meadow of beautiful and colorful flowers that decorate the region all year round. The best ski resort in India with the highest slope for skiing has its home in Gulmarg. The longest and the highest cable car in Asia is the famous Gondola Ride. The ride leaves the traveler with a mesmerizing and breath-taking experience.
The picturesque landscape, snow covered mountain ranges, plush gardens with colorful flowers generating aromatic fragrance and the cool wind blowing, makes Jammu and Kashmir the most desired holiday destination for the tourists from both within India and abroad. Mother Nature has truly bestowed its best to this region.