Jammu And Kashmir

Discover Jammu And Kashmir

Travel to Anantnag, Bandipore, Baramulla, Budgam, Doda, Ganderbal, Jammu, Kathua, Kishtwar, Kulgam, Kupwara, Poonch, Pulwama, Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi, Samba, Shopian, Srinagar, Udhampur.

Jammu & Kashmir is a newly created Union Territory in India consisting of two divisions: Jammu Division & Kashmir Division, both of which are administered by the Central Government of India. It is located to the north of Himachal Pradesh & Punjab and to the west of Ladakh.

Among the many interesting facts about Jammu and Kashmir, one is that it was a princely state during the rule of the British East India Company & the British Raj from 1846 to 1947. The princely state was formed after the 1st Anglo Sikh War. During the Partition of India & its political integration, Hari Singh, the Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir, delayed his decision regarding integration with India.

Population of Jammu & Kashmir

According to the latest census conducted in 2011, the population in Jammu is 5.04 lakhs, while the population in Kashmir Valley is 69.1 lakhs.

Srinagar: Srinagar, city, summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir union territory(Jammu is the winter capital), northern India, situated in the Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent. The city lies along the banks of the Jhelum River at an elevation of 5,200 feet (1,600 metres) in the Vale of Kashmir.

Famous Places in Srinagar: Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh, Shikara rides, Wular lake, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Hazratbal Shrine, Staying in a houseboat, Nigeen Lake, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Baramulla, Char Chinar, Shankaracharya Temple, Pari Mahal, Yusmarg, Paragliding in Srinagar, Salim Ali National Park, Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Burzhama Ruins, Tarsar Marsar Trek, Dachigam National Park, Charar-i-Sharif, Kheer Bhavani Temple, Badamwari Garden, Apple Orchards in Srinagar, Tulip Garden in Srinagar, Challi Point, Nehru Garden Srinagar, Chinar park, Hari Parbat, Khanqah of Shah Hamdan, Anantnag, Sithan Top, Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara, Makhdoom Sahib Shrine, Kathi Darwaza, SPS Museum.

Dal Lake: The famous Dal Lake is the second-largest lake in Jammu & Kashmir. The mirror-like lake reflects the peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains while the colourful shikaras (gondolas) float around. The houseboats and shikaras are its main attractions.

Shalimar Bagh: Shalimar Bagh is the largest of the three Mughal gardens in Srinagar.  It is now a public park and is known as the “crown of Srinagar”. The chini khanas or arched niches placed behind waterfalls and the chinar trees are the highlights here.

Shikara rides: The paramount reason why people come to Srinagar is for the relaxing and memorable Shikara rides. Taking the ride across the scenic Dal Lake at the backdrop of the majestic slow clad Himalaya’s is indeed an experience in itself both enjoyable and unparallel.

Wular lake: The famed Wular lake is India’s largest freshwater lake. An experience unparalleled, it is home to several species of birds and thus haven for bird watchers. It is also popular for boating, water sports and water skiing.

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden: Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is the largest tulip garden in Asia which is set in the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range in Srinagar. Formerly known as Model Floriculture Center, it overlooks the mesmerising Dal Lake. The Tulip Festival held here is the highlight which attracts tourists from the world over.

Hazratbal Shrine: The Hazratbal Shrine is the holiest Muslim shrine and mosque in Kashmir. It houses a relic known as Moi-e-Muqqadas which is believed to be a sacred hair of Prophet Muhammad’s beard. Situated on the banks of Dal Lake facing the Nishat Bagh, it affords a picturesque view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Staying in a houseboat: Staying in a houseboat amidst pristine waters of the Dal Lake, is one of the most essential things to do in Srinagar. Made in wood and adorned in a typical Kashmir style decor, the houseboats are a perfect way to experience the quintessential local life in the luxurious way.

Nigeen Lake: Nigeen Lake is renowned for its pristine waters and stunning ambience. It is located next to Dal Lake but is much smaller in size. It is one of the best places in the city to catch the sunrise and sunset thanks to the beautiful landscape and willow and poplar trees surrounding it.

Nishat Bagh: The Nishat Bagh is a 12 terraced garden which is the second-largest Mughal garden in Kashmir after Shalimar Bagh. It has a splendid Mughal central water channel with several fountains, which is surrounded by tall Chinar trees.

Chashme Shahi: Chashme Shahi is one of the three Mughal gardens in Srinagar. It is a terraced garden dotted with walkways, colourful plants and pools of water. It is famous for its natural spring known as Rupa Bhawani.

Baramulla: A famous tourist destination located close to Srinagar, Baramulla’s charm lies in its untouched beauty. Enveloped by the Himalayas on all sides and resting on the banks of the River Jhelum, this city has been endowed with a quietly scenic landscape.

Char Chinar: Char Chinar is an island in the Dal Lake of Srinagar, surrounded by the Chinar trees on all four sides of it. Also known as Char Chinari (char chinari means four sides) and Rupa Lank, it was constructed by Murad Baksh, the brother of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The Char Chinar is best explored during a shikara ride in the Dal Lake.

Shankaracharya Temple: The Shankaracharya Temple in Srinagar, located on top of the Shankaracharya Hill, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest shrines in Kashmir. Situated at a height of about 1100 feet on the south-east of the city, this sacred temple offers splendid views of the valley and the snow clad mountains of the Pir Panjal range.

Pari Mahal: The House of Fairies or Pari Mahal is a historic monument placed above the beautiful Chashma Shahi Gardens near Srinagar. A well-laid spacious garden surrounds this structure, which was once a Buddhist monastery and later served as a school of astrology promoted by the eldest son of Shah Jahan, Dara Shikoh.

Yusmarg: At a distance of 47 kms from Srinagar, Yusmarg is the quietest place out of all tourist destinations in Kashmir which is also an amazing trek spot. It is one of the most romantic places in the state.

Paragliding in Srinagar: Paragliding is one of the most exciting activities that you can experience in Srinagar. Most of the adventure clubs let you experience the thrills of paragliding. Besides giving you a major adrenaline rush, it also let’s you have a gorgeous bird’s eye view of the valley below. If you are an adventure junkee, you should especially try this one out.

Salim Ali National Park: Located in Srinagar, Salim Ali National Park is a national park housing beautiful mangrove shrubbery habitat for several endangered animals and birds alike. Officially named in commemoration of ornithologist Salim Ali in 1986, this national park is spread across an expanse of 9 km.

Jamia Masjid: Jamia Masjid is a 600-year-old mosque in Srinagar, located in the Nowhatta area amidst the bustle of local bazaars. The tranquil mosque is known for its unique architecture, the highlight being the 378 wooden Deodar pillars. The mosque becomes especially crowded on Fridays.

Burzhama Ruins: Burzhama Ruins is situated in Burzahom in Srinagar. It is archaeological excavation site where numerous relics and remnants have been discovered suggesting the existence of an ancient settlement hundreds of years before. The excavations include skeletons, pottery, dwelling pits, mud brick houses and bone and stone tools.

Tarsar Marsar Trek: A trek that not only gives you a thrill of adventure but also a glimpse of nature’s beauty so spell bounding is one of the most memorable trips of Tarsar Marsar Trek. Nestled in the lap of Aru Valley of Kashmir, the trail is of quite a magnificence adorned with variety of landscapes.

Dachigam National Park: Situated 22km from the main town of Srinagar, Dachigam National Park is known for housing rare Kashmir stag which is the only species of red deer in India. Other animals that can be spotted here includes Himalayan brown bear to Pygmy Owlets to the predators, the leopards.

Charar-i-Sharif: Charar-i-Sharif is a Muslim shrine dedicated to Hazrat Sheikh Noor-ud-din Wali, situated around 30 kms from Srinagar and built around 600 years ago. Sheikh Wali was the first person to preach Rishism in the valley and propagated non-violence, vegetarianism, communal harmony and tolerance. His remains were buried at this shrine and ever since it holds significant religious importance.

Kheer Bhawani Temple: Situated in Tul Mulla village near Srinagar, Kheer Bhavani Temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Bhavani- the incarnation of Goddess Parvathy. The temple was originally named Bhavani Mandir but eventually came to be known as Kheer Bhavani due to the delicious rice pudding offered as prasad. It is built over a holy water spring in between tall chinar trees.

Badamwari Garden: Believed to have been built during 14th century, Badamwari Garden is a piece of heaven tucked away in Srinagar. Sprawling over the hills of Koh-e-Maran, the enchanting garden is replete with vibrantly blooming bushes and shrubbery. It is houses a magnificent dome at the centre and has trails carved for tourists to walk on.

Challi Point: Challi Point is one of the most trendy and popular places in Srinagar. With the Dal lake in the backdrop, this place bustles with both tourists and locals spending some enjoyable time amidst breathtaking sceneries.

Nehru Garden: Providing the best view of the Dal lake is Nehru Garden, a botanical garden in Srinagar. It was built in 1969 in the memory of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The Nehru Garden is popular for housing a collection of rare Kashmiri tropical plants. Other things to see include 15000 ornamental plants and a collection of oak trees.

Chinar Park: Chinar Park is a recent addition to the tourism scene in Srinagar. Housing three island, old Chinar trees, flowers, musical fountains, kiosks, an open air theater for cultural programs and swings, the park is quickly making its way to the list of favorites of the town.

Hari Parbat: The majestic mountain overlooking the city of Srinagar is called Hari Parbat. Besides the famous Hari Parbat Fort, the mountain also has various Hindu and Muslim shrines and even a Gurudwara here. This park was open to public visitation only in 2014. Today, visitors can set up picnics here. The fort is in turn fortified by mountains and water bodies.

Khanqah Of Shah Hamda: Built on the sandy banks of the Jhelum river in Srinagar, is the Khanqah Of Shah Hamda. It is bustling with activity and people on the sixth day of Dul-Haj (the last month of the Islamic Lunar calendar), on the death anniversary of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani.

Anantnag: The capital of commerce of J&K, Anantnag is filled with hot springs, lakes, temples and shrines. The place is known for its religious tolerance and there are shrines that belong to both the Hindus and the Muslims.

Sithan Top: A mountain pass in the Pir Panjal Mountain Ranges, Sithan Top is found along the National Highway of Kokernag-Sinthan Top-Kishtwar Road. This pathway connects Jammu and Kashmir. The snow-laden hilltop is lately emerging as a new tourist destination owing to the beautiful views and the idyllic setting. It is also popular for mountaineering, trekking and skiing.

Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara: Situated right out the Hari Parbat’s southern gate in Srinagar, Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara is the most important and probably the largest Sikh gurudwara in all of Kashmir valley. The shrine has a sanctum sanctorum in middle of a large rectangular hall. It also has accomodation facilities and langar food is offered to all visitors every day of the year.

Makhdoom Sahib Shrine: Located towards the south of Hari Parbat in Srinagar, Makhdoom Sahib Shrine is an Islamic shrine dedicated to Sufi saint Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom aka Makhdoom Saheb aka Hazrat Sultan aka Mehboob-ul-Alam aka Sultan-ul-Arifeen. Built in Mughal style architecture, the sturdy shrine rests on innumerous pillars and is thronged by pilgrims all through the year.

Kathi Darwaza: Kathi Darwaza is the main entrance gate of the famous monument Hari Parbat Fort in Srinagar. A rare specimen of Mughal architecture, the high domed gate is flanked by bays and has tiny Mughal and Persian inscriptions etched on the interior walls and ceilings. The gate, no doubt, accentuates the grandeur and splendour of the fort.

SPS Museum: SPS Museum is situated at Lal Mandi in Srinagar and is popular for its had crafted products and notable archaeological artefacts collected from across the state. The museum has been divided into separate sections including archaeology, manuscripts, enamel ware, decorative art, natural history, paper mache and the like.

Shopian: Shopian or Shupiyan, known as Shupyan in Kashmiri, is a hill district with its administrative division in Shopian, located in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, since it is situated on the historical road commonly known as Mughal Road, most of its area is occupied by forests.

Famous Places in Shopian: Peer Kigali, Aharbal Waterfall, Mughal Road, Kousarnag

Peer Kigali: The Pir Panjal Pass, also called Peer Ki Gali is a mountain pass and a tourist destination, located in the Pir Panjal Range in Jammu and Kashmir. It connects the Kashmir Valley to the Rajouri and Poonch districts via the ‘Mughal Road’. It is the highest point on the Mughal road at 3,490 m (11,450 ft) and lies to the south west of the Kashmir valley

Aharbal Waterfall: It is also known as “Niagara Falls of Kashmir”, is a hill station in the south-western part of Kashmir Valley in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, south of the summer capital of Srinagar . The place is quite peaceful and suitable for expeditions, trekking, photography, and fishing. Due to mesmerising look of meadows, pine and fir tree forests, the abutting snow clad mountains, the waterfall attracts many Indian and international tourists.

Mughal Road: A great deal of significance lies in the form of Mughal Road, a highway of great historical importance across the Peer Panchal Ranges. The Mughal Emperors after whom the road is named, used to visit the valley via this route through the apple town of Shopian. A sarai(resting place) at Shadmarag is still witness to the grandeur of Mughal carvans passing through this road

Kousarnag: The kousarnag lake is situated in the Pir Panchal range at a heigh of 4000 metres above sea level to the south of Shopian. It is about 5 KMs long and 3 KMs wide and is the source of river Vishav. It is at a distance of 34 KMs from Shopian. Its blue, rippling water reflects the lofty snowy speaks surrounding the spring.

Samba: Famous as land of Rajput warriors, Samba town is situated on the stream Basantar. Samba was principally established somewhere in 1400 A.D. As per folklore, Malh Dev, the younger son of Rai Saidu of Lakhanpur was the founder of Samba, who married into the family of Ghotar, a local tribesman. After his marriage he stayed at Samba and made himself the master of the tract with Samba as its capital. Samba ultimately came under the supremacy of Jammu, during the period of Hari Dev in 1816 A.D. In 1822, Suchet Singh younger brother of Raja Gulab Singh was made the Raja of Bandralta and Samba.

Famous Places in Samba: Shri Narsingh Dev Ji Temple, Baba Sidh Goria Shrine, Utterbehani, Chichi Mata, Baba Chamlyal.

Shri Narsingh Dev Ji Temple: Thousands of pilgrims go to Ghagwal’s centuries-old Lord Vishnu temple, which is barely 300 metres from the National Highway and attracts thousands of visitors on Navratras and other events.

Baba Sidh Goria Shrine: A prominent temple, where tens of thousands of people pay homage each year and is the presiding god of numerous clans, is located 8 kilometres from Vijaypur on the National Highway.

Utterbehani: Utterbehni is a holy site located five kilometres from Purmandal, on the bank of the famous Devika River, with centuries-old temples.

Chichi Mata: It is located on the National Highway, barely 2 kilometres from Samba town, and is a well-known temple in the area. Throughout the year, it draws visitors and pilgrims.

Baba Chamlyal: Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from both India and Pakistan attend a shrine on the Indo-Pak border’s zero line, which attracts international attention during the yearly assembly.

Reasi: The name Reasi is derived from the town’s old name “Rasyal”. In the eighth century, Reasi was a part of the Bhimgarh state established by Bhim Dev. The erstwhile Bhimgarh State now called Reasi was established by Bhim Dev in the eighth century. Brief account of the successive rulers is known from 1652, when Hari Dev was the king of Jammu. In 1810, during the rule of Diwan Singh, Jammu was under turmoil. Maharaja Ranjit Singh sent Gulab Singh to take control.

Famous Places in Reasi: Siyad Baba, Shiv Khori, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, Bhim Garh Fort, Dera Baba Banda Bhadur, Salal Power Project, Baba Aghar Jitto, Nau Devi Mata Mandir.

Siyad Baba: It enjoys the status of one of the biggest waterfall in North India. Located on the Chenab River in Reasi District standing at an elevation of 466 meters, it descends from over 100 feet making a spectacular view.

Shiv Khori: Holy cave of Lord Shiva is situated at Shiv Khori (Ransoo) . A large fair takes place on shivratri day which continues for three days.In July an estimated 16,000 devotees visit this place. This Holy Cave attracts near about 20 lac pilgrims every .

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine: Vaishno Devi shrine is located in the lap of Trikuta hills which is 13 Kms from base camp Katra, which is one of the prominent town of District Reasi and 63 kms from Jammu city.The Shrine is famous pilgrimage centre in Jammu and Kashmir state. It is managed by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board since 1986.

Bhim Garh Fort: This is an historical fort built by Gen. Zorawar Singh, the famous Dogra General who repelled the Chinese from Ladakh. The fort is built on the bank of River Anji at a hillock. It is also an attraction for the tourist visiting Reasi.

Dera Baba Banda Bhadur: Dera Baba banda is another place of the tourist attraction. Baba Banda Singh was a famous saint soldier of Guru Govind Singh. A Gurdwara on the bank of Chinab is reminding memories of his time. He spent his last days here. This place is considered as a major pilgrimage center for Hindus & Sikhs situated in Bhabbar area of District Reasi.

Salal Power Project: Salal Power Projectis also a source of attraction for visitors situated 23 Km away from Distt. H.Q. Reasi surrounded by mountains. Salal Hydroelectric Project constructed on river Chenab in the district Reasi. The project has capacity of 690 MW. The beneficiary states are U.P, J&K, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, H.P. Chandigarh & Rajasthan. The visitors show enthuse to have a sight of the Project.

Baba Aghar Jitto: Baba Aghar Jitto a spiritual devotee of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. A farmer sacrified his life for getting due right share of agriculture crop from Jagirdar Bir Singh who denied to give the committed share. This is why he scarified his life for getting his right & became famous among the farmers, have a attraction for yatries also. The statue of Baba Jitto is situate near road side in the lap of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.

Nau Devi Mata Mandir: A highly reputed temple situated 9 kms away from Katra town. It is one of the main tourist attraction who wants to have darshan of 9 Devi’s. The darshan can be performed in the form of Pindies.

Ramban: Ramban is one of the newly carved out districts of Jammu and Kashmir state which came into being on 01-04-2007 after the erstwhile Doda district was further split into three districts of Ramban,Kishtwar and Doda .The boundary lines of the district stand drawn with the famous hill resort of Patnitopon its south, Assar on its east,Gool on its west and Banihal on its north District Ramban shares its boundary with Reasi, Udhampur, Doda, Anantnag and Kulgam. District Ramban consists of six tehsils (Ramban, Banihal, Pogal, Paristan, Gool, Batote),Ten.Ramban town which is the district headquarter is located along the river Chenab also known as “chanderbagha” on the national highway 44 which passes through the district and connectsJammu and Srinagar cities .

Famous Places in Ramban: Dagantop, Tattapani, Sanasar, Patnitop.

Dagantop: Dogan Top is situated about 10kms from Gool on Gool-Mahore road. It is situated at an altitude of nearly 2000 metres above thesea level and offers a panoramic view of the Gool town. The area has lush green meadows and offers excellent opportunity for winter games like skiing and snow sledges.

Tattapani: This place is famous for the sulphur spring whose water is believed to have miraculous healing powers. It is located at about 40kms from the Ramban town.

Sanasar: Sanasar is the name given to the two small villages of Sana and Sar in Jammu province, Jammu and Kashmir state, India. Named after small local lakes, Sana and Sar are located 20 km west of Patnitop, Udhampur district on the national highway 1A. A nearby mountain range is called the Shanta Ridge.

Patnitop: The Lush Wooded Pine Forest In Patnitop Offers Ample Opportunity For Trekking caption This state is known for its many picturesque locations and landmarks, and travelling to Jammu and Kashmir.

Rajouri: Rajouri district is located in the Jammu Province flanked by the Poonch district in the north, Jammu district in the south, Reasi district in the east and POK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Mirpur) in the West Rajouri. Rajouri area has great importance in ancient times. In Mahabharata there was a Kingdom known as Panchal Desa. The King of this state was Panchal Naresh whose daughter Dropadi was married to Pandavas. The historians identify Panchal Desa as the Panchal range of mountains. Rajouri was also a part of this kingdom of Panchal Naresh.

Famous Places in Rajouri: Manma Mata Temple, Muradpur Sarai & Mosque, Nadpur Sarai.

Manma Mata Temple: If you are wondering about the things to do in Rajauri then visiting Manma Mata Temple is one of the best things you would be doing, making your vacation even more interesting.

Muradpur Sarai & Mosque: The Muradpur Sarai & Mosque is again a very religiously active place to visit. It is situated in Muradpur town at a distance of 7 km from Rajauri. Fundamentally, it is a medieval Sarai with enclosure walls giving it a religious feel.

Nadpur Sarai: The Nadpur Sarai is situated at a distance of around 10km from Nowshera. This tourist destination comprises a very spacious rectangular courtyard that is surrounded by an enclosed wall.

Pulwama: Pulwama, a beautiful district in Jammu & Kashmir, is also known as the Rice Bowl of Kashmir. The district comprises of 323 villages, which are grouped in 5 tehsils, namely Awantipora, Shopian, Pulwama, Tral and Pampore. Situated at a distance of about 40 km from Srinagar, Pulwama got the status of the district in 1979. Pulwama was earlier known by the name of Panwangam that was later renamed to Pulgam. The district of Pulwama was ruled by the Kashmir Sultanate from 1346 to 1586 AD. The Mughal rulers came here in the 16th century and during the early 19th century, the Afghans began to rule the region.

Famous Places In Pulwama: Aharbal Falls, Shikargah, Payer Temple, Avantishwar Temple, Tarsar and Marsar Lake.

Aharbal Falls: There is no doubt about the fact that Aharbal Falls is one of the most interesting places to experience in Pulwama. Being a tributary of the Jhelum river, this place is through and through amazing to experience in all its immensity. The scenic and natural beauty of this place attracts a great number of tourists and travelers from around the world.

Shikargah: Shikargah is quite an enchanting place to visit, especially with your family. This place is surrounded by lush green forests which makes it one of the most awesome tourist attractions to explore. Locals claim that the last ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, used to arrive here to hunt wild animals.

Payer Temple: The Payer Temple is also located at a distance of around 3 km from Pulwama. If the legend is to be believed, then this temple dates back to the 10th century. The most fascinating thing about the temple is that it is a monolith structure.

Avantishwar Temple: Located in the Jawbrari village this temple dates back to the 9th century AD. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu this place has an amazing spiritual aura owing to which it attracts a great number of devotees.

Tarsar and Marsar Lake: The Tarsar and Marsar trek which is in Kashmir is quite different in trekking as compared to anywhere else in the country. However, you would get to explore some of the most amazing alpine lakes while on this trek.

Poonch: Poonch has had known history since epic age. The natives believe that Lord Rama and the Pandavas had visited this area. According to a popular legend, Poonch got its name from Maharishi Pulastya, grandfather of Ravana. It is said that in ancient times Pulastya worshipped here for a long time. After him the area came to be known as Pulast Nagar, which, with the passage of time, got distorted from Pulast to Printus, Printus to Prooms and then ultimately to the present name of Poonch. In Kashmiri language Poonch is still known as proons.

Famous Places in Poonch: Noori Chhamb, Girgan Dhok and Lakes, Poonch Fort, Mandi, Loran, Nandishool,

Surankote, Behramgala, Dehra-Gali.

Noori Chhamb: This place is connected to the Mughal Queen Noor Jahan. It is 45 kilometers from Poonch Town. There is a waterfall which gives rise to dense clouds of water vapors. The place was much admired by Emperor Jahangir. He later named the place as ‘Noori Chammb’. The Mughal Queen enjoyed her baths here. A mirror was placed besides the fall the remnants of which are present till date.

Girgan Dhok and Lakes: A total of seven lakes are found in this valley. It is 0 kilometers from Poonch. The seven lakes are the Sukhsar, Neelsar, Bhagsar, Katosar, Kaldachinasar and Nandansar. The valley has an elevation of 12000 feet.

Poonch Fort: This is presently the headquarters of the Poonch district. It was built by Raja Abdul Razaq Khan in 1713 AD. Poonch was once known as Rustam Nagar. Even though the Raja belonged to the Rathore clan of Rajasthan, the architectural style is strictly Mughal. The central block of the building was added during the Sikh rule which lasted from 1819 to 1846.

Mandi: Mandi is a small village situated near the northern confluence of the two streams namely, Gagri and Pulsta. It is a narrow valley surrounded by low, steep, grassy hills. A temple is present in this village which is dedicated to Swami Budha Amar Nath. Kashmiri language is spoken by most people of Mandi. It has become one of the favorite spots due to its pleasant weather.

Loran: This village is situated 35 kilometers from Poonch. It is present near the beginning of the Pir Panjal mountain range. A small stream flows through this place called Loran Nollah. It adds beauty to this place. A fort which was earlier known as the Loran-Kote was once the capital of Poonch, the remains of which are found till date.

Nandishool: This place is situated 12 kilometers from Loran. It is a mesmerizing waterfall with a height of 150 feet. The Rural Development Department has constructed a tourist hut near the place.

Surankote: Situated on the banks of the River Suran, Surankote is a small village which offers breathtaking views. It has lofty peaks forming the background. The place derives its name from an old fort called Kote which was built in 1036 AD.

Behramgala: Behramgala is a small plateau found on the historic Mughal Road. Mountains and forests surround this place. The confluence of two streams, Parnai and Thata Pani is found nearby. This place is about 40 kilometers from Poonch.

Dehra-Gali: This place is 45 kilometers from Poonch. It has thick forests all around. It is situated at a height of 6300 feet.

Kupwara: District Kupwara is the northern frontier district with an area of 2379 square kilometers, having more than 240Kms of LOC and came into existence in the year 1979. The district kupwara is exquisitely beautiful with vibrant culture, diverse heritage, unique folklore and vast meadows. kupwara district  is located between Pir Pancha land Shams Bari mountain ranges. These mountain ranges have beautiful meadows and pastures in their bosom which provide grazing ground for cattle and sheep. Besides they also are health resorts and tourist spots for the adventurous souls.

Famous Places in Kupwara: Seemab Valley, Lolab, Bungus Valley, Sadhna Pass View Point.

Seemab Valley: The Seemab Valley is located at the entrance to the LolabValley, approximately 4 kilometres from the tourist welcome centre in Kupwara. The valley offers natural scenic splendour and a perennial water source known as DaalKul. It is surrounded by beautiful green woodlands and so offers plenty of opportunities for day picnics.

Lolab: Lolab valley, named after Maharaja LOLO, is famed for its beautiful green woods and meadows, extending about 25 kilometres from north-west to south-east, with widths ranging from a few yards to 5 kilometres. It is crossed by the Lalkul stream (Lahwal). Water to Lalkul is supplied by various rivers coming from the surrounding hills, which are covered in deep Deodar forest, and the valleys, which have an average depth of 7 to 15 feet and are unique in their kind.

Bungus Valley: The valley of Bangus is one of Kashmir’s lesser-known locations with significant tourism potential. Bangus, located in the Trans-Himalayan region, is a rare natural mix of a mountain biome with grassland flora at lower elevations; and Taiga or Coniferous woodland. The valley is located in the northern portion of the district Kupwara, within the Handwara sub-district, at an elevation of roughly 10,000 feet above sea level.

Sadhna Pass View Point: Sadhna Pass is a mountain pass in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located in the Himalayas and links the Karnah tehsil of the Kupwara district to the remainder of the Indian-administered Kashmir valley. It is part of the huge Shams Bri mountain range. It is approximately 3000 metres above sea level. The pass is well renowned for its mythical narrative of Blind and Deaf Fairies, which has been passed down through generations.

  1. Kulgam: The word ‘Kulgam’ denotes “Kul” meaning thereby the “Whole” and the “Gam” in Arabic to  “teach righteousness”.

Mir Syed Hussain Simnania (RA) had invited  Hazrat Amir Kabir Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) to Kashmir and mystical poetess Lal Ded  to Kulgam where their disciples like  Sheikh Noor-ud-din Noorani (RA), manifesting the composite culture, promoted and encouraged it even when dissension in rest of the Asiatic Countries was taken as heretics. Kulgam, as such, is believed to be a place acting as torch-bearer for righteousness in the circumspection.

Famous Place in Kulgam: Aharbal, Kounsarnag Lake, Chiranbal, Badi Bahek, Vasak Nag Kund, Houen Heng, 

Ziyarat Sharief Sheikh Ul Aalam Chimmer, Syed Simnania Ziyarat Sharief Kulgam, Panchanpathri D K Marg Kulgam.

Aharbal: Among the most popular tourist attractions in Kulgam, the sheer magnificence of Aharbal, located on the River Veshav, is a sight to behold and befitting of its sobriquet – ‘Niagara falls of Kashmir ‘The rumble of fierce white water gushing through, amplified by the tranquil environs, are like beats of nature that merge into a pool of calm, azure blue water, after the 25 metre fall.

Kounsarnag Lake: Nestled in the lap of Pir Panjal peaks on three sides, this snow fed lake in Kulgam, the source of River Veshav, is situated at about 4000 ft above sea level. Aharbal to Kousarnag, via Kungwattan and Mahinag is a major trek route, spanning 3 days.

Chiranbal: A short distance from the Manzgam (6 Km Approx.). Interspersed with luxuriant forest trees with towering mountains in sight, this vast expanse of emerald green is an untouched slice of nature’s bounty. The open, lush landscape of this montane meadow, bifurcated into hear (small) and bon (big) Chiranbal, offers a spectacular panoramic view. Campers and nature lovers can soak in nature’s goodness while the Zajinar River, on the banks of which Chiranbal is situated, offers fishing and swimming for enthusiasts.

Badi Bahek: Tucked away in DH Pora , surrounded by Pine forests and snow capped mountains is a hidden green gem called Badi Bahek. The untouched alpine pasture spread over acres of verdant green, dotted by a few nomad mud huts, is nature in its pristine glory. Its pure, picturesque beauty is a feast for the eyes.

Vasak Nag Kund: Situated at Kund, Tehsil Devsar in Kulgam Vasak Nag is a cold water spring of special significance. The Waltengo Nar villagers believe it is the outcome of a pact between the Sufi Saint Syed Noor Shah Baghdadi (RA) and a Hindu seer that the spring flows merely for 6 months before disappearing back into the earth mysteriously.

Houen Heng: A piece of tragic history lies buried under Kulgam’s snow covered Houen Heng (Dog’s Horn) peak (4200 ft above sea level). On 7th February 1966 a Fokker F 27 IA aircraft veered 12 miles off its course, crashing straight into the mountain, claiming all 37 lives on board.

Ziyarat Sharief Sheikh Ul Aalam Chimmer: Sheikh-Ul-Alam (RA) was born and brought up in Qaimoh. He had spent most of his life in Qaimoh. At the age of 30, he left for his home & retired to caves for meditation. The cave is located in a small village Guffabal of Tehsil Qaimoh and is about 15 feet deep. The place is visited by pilgrims to the present day.

Syed Simnania Ziyarat Sharief Kulgam: Previously called Shampora, Kulgam as it is called today, owes it name to the celebrated Iranian Saint Syed Simanania (RA) who choose to settle here, while travelling through Kashmir.

Panchanpathri D K Marg Kulgam: Situated close to Sheikh ul Aalam (RA) Astaan (Shrine) at Chimmer is Panchanpathri ( pathri meaning valley).With its open lush ground lined by alpine trees and a cool stream flowing through it, it serves as an idyllic picnic spot for those looking for leisure travel and offers a perfect skiing opportunity during winters. It has also gained popularity as a cricket ground among the locals and it is likely may chance upon a game in action.

Kishtwar: Kishtwar is first referred to in the Rajatarangini by the ancient name Kashthavata during the reign of Raja Kalsa of Kashmir (1063–1089), when “Uttamaraja”, the ruler of Kashthavata visited the court of the Kashmir King in company with several other hill chiefs to pay their respects to the Raja. This place, as said by people, is also mentioned in the epic Mahabharata.

Famous Places in Kishtwar: Chowgan, Machail Mata, Kishtwar National Park, Sinthan Top.

Chowgan: In the center of the Kishtwar there is a big play ground/ grazing field known as Chowgan. Its area is about 520 Kanals or 165 Acres. It is surrounded by Chinar, Deodar and different kinds of trees. It is the main attractive place in the Kishtwar district.

Machail Mata: The Himalayan pilgrimages are the oldest organized travel system, evolved over time by Hindu sages and embodying the spirit of wander, adventure and spirituality”. One of the holy trinity, Maa Chandi is a living goddess. Vedic myths, spiritual and even astronomy testify to his existence from the dawn of time.

Kishtwar National Park: Kishtwar possesses a unique position in Jammu and Kashmir because of Kishtwar High Altitude National Park spread over an area of 2190.50 Sq.Kms providing a natural habitat to various species of mammals and and of birds, this sanctuary has an altitude range of 1700 to 4800 Metres.

Sinthan Top: Kishtwar district situated amidst snow-capped mountains, emerald valleys, fruit orchards, whispering deodar and pine forests with their rich flora and fauna, gurgling streams meandering through lush green meadows, sprinkled with colorful natural wild flowers, create a grandeaur that is hard to match.

Jammu: It is located to the north of Himachal Pradesh & Punjab and to the west of Ladakh. Jammu is known as the City of Temples & offers plentiful sightseeing opportunities with its gardens, palaces, forts & religious attractions, the most famous of which is Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra.

Famous Places in Jammu: Bahu Fort, Mubarak Mandi Palace, Bagh-e-bahu, Amar Mahal Museum, Raghunath Temple, Raghunath Bazaar, Mansar Lake, Surinsar Lake, Shivkhori, Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary, Nathatop, Peer Baba Dargah, Vaishno Devi, Peer Kho Cave, Ranbireshwar Temple, Akhnoor Fort, Dogra Art Museum, Purmandal, Dargah Garib Shah, Gole Market, Mahamaya Temple, Bahu Mela, Poonch Fort, Bhairavnath Temple, Katra.

Bahu Fort: The Bahu Fort stands tall and sturdy on the left bank of the Tawi River. Raja Bahucholan constructed this magnificent fort over 3000 years ago, making it one of the oldest monuments in the city. This fort is also famous for its Goddess Kali temple.

Mubarak Mandi is a royal palace: The Mubarak Mandi is a royal palace in Jammu that once served as the residence of the maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir from the Dogra dynasty. One of its most spectacular segments, The Shesh Mahal or The Pink Hall houses the Dogra Art Museum which has several miniature paintings and Emperor Shah Jahan’s golden bow and arrow, among other interesting things.

Bagh-e-bahu: Situated by the iconic Bahu Fort, the Bagh-e-bahu is a beautiful and popular garden of Jammu. Atop a mountain facing the Tawi river, this garden is a combination of sprawling lawns, grand fountains, charming stone sculptures, a beautiful lake and a large aquarium.

Amar Mahal Museum: Constructed by King Raja Amar of Dogra in the 1890s, this museum was home to the royal family for many years. Made of red sandstone, the palace was turned into a museum with rich collections of paintings, books, inscriptions and sculptures.

Raghunath Temple: The Raghunath Temple is a prominent temple and one of the biggest complexes in entire northern India. The regal temple has many gods and goddesses, but the presiding deity is Lord Rama. The temple comprises a complex of seven Hindu shrines.

 

Raghunath Bazaar: The Raghunath Bazaar in Jammu is one of the best shopping destinations in the region. Some of the shopping items are phirans, tweeds, woollen carpets, woven willow baskets, brass and silverware, silk and embroidery works.

Mansar Lake: Mansar Lake is located 62 km from Jammu which is a lake fringed by forest-covered hills, over a mile in length by half a mile in width. Besides being a popular excursion destination in Jammu, it is also a holy site, sharing the legend and sanctity of Lake Mansarovar. Mansar Lake is also home to two temples, Umapati Mahadev & Narasimha and the temple of Durga apart from many others.

Surinsar Lake: The Surinsar Lake, considered a twin of the Mansar Lake, is a captivating lake placed in the setting of the densely wooded mountain ranges. It is a favourite among locals and tourists, serving as a perfect getaway for those looking for a change of pace from the din of the city.

Shivkhori: In the lap of nature , the Shivkhori shrine is situated on a hillock in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. The cave is dedicated to one of the forms of Lord Shiva ( unborn and invisible ) resting place in the lingam. The cave consist of many magical and natural impression and images of other deities . The route from Jammu to Shivkhori is full of mountains and waterfalls.

Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary: Known for a large population of Pheasants, this wildlife sanctuary, just a little away from Jammu, is home to an abundance of fauna, especially birds. While here, one can spot countless Pheasants, Indian mynah, Blue Rock Pigeon, Indian Peafowl, Red Junglefowl, and Chakor.

Nathatop: One reaches Nathatop after a short trek from Patnitop. The hill station is covered with snow during winters thereby enhancing its beauty two times. One can happily go skiing in these mountains. Nathatop has also become very famous for its paragliding.

Peer Baba Dargah: Dedicated to an Islam saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah, this Dargah, attracts devotees across religions. The saint was said to have lived for 500 years, only on milk. He also shared connections to the Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

Vaishno Devi: Vaishno Devi is a temple town that’s home to the famous Vaishno Devi Mandir. Located in Trikuta hills, 13 kms from Katra. This renowned shrine allures millions of devotees from all over the world. Popularly known as Mata Rani, Vaishnavi and Trikuta, Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Durga.

Peer Kho Cave: On the banks of Tawri River, are these cave temples tied to instances from the Ramayana. Nearby, one also finds the Panchbakhtar temple and Ranbireshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which too have their origins and depictions shared with legends and epics.

Ranbireshwar temple: The Ranbireshwar temple is one of the oldest temples in Jammu and the largest temple of Lord Shiva in North India. The largest Shivlinga of the country, set at 8 feet and made of a single black marble stone is found within.

Akhnoor Fort: The Akhnoor Fort is perched on a cliff, situated on a historical site by the banks of the river Chenab. This fort is said to be built on the ruins of a town from the Harappan Civilisation. This monument is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India

Dogra Art Museum: Housed in the Mubarak Mandi palace, the museum is an ideal destination for witnessing and experiencing the folklore and culture of Jammu along with Ladakh and Kashmir.

Purmandal: A little away from the city of temples, is a modest instance of religion and spirituality, a holy town, by the name of Purmandal.

Dargah Garib Shah: Another shrine, which has its devotees, spread across religions, this one is dedicated to a saint, Garib Shah who preached of humanity and unity.

Mahamaya Temple: The Mahamaya Temple was built to honour Mahamaya, a local freedom fighter of the Dogra community, who sacrificed her life about 14 centuries ago to save her region from foreign invaders. This temple attracts scores of devotees throughout the year who come to pay their respects to the great heroine.

Bahu Mela: One of the biggest Hindu festivals held in Jammu, the Bahu Mela is a grand celebration held in the Bahu Fort in Jammu. The fair is filled with fun, frolic and jubilance, with lights decorating the whole place, brightening up the entire atmosphere. It is a great place to view the traditions and customs of the people of Jammu.

Poonch Fort: The Poonch Fort hosts a series of grand structures reflective of a combination of architectural styles of the Dogra rule, the Sikh rule and the Muslim rule. This majestic complex is sprawled across the top of a small hill, covering an area of 7,500 sqm.

Bhairavnath Mandir: No journey to Katra is complete without having visited Bhairavnath Mandir. The cave temple of Bhairavnath is dedicated to a saint by that name. A steep 2km journey from the Bhawan leads you to Bhairavnath temple. The temple provides picturesque views of the forest fed mountains. Ponies are available for the up down journey incase you can not climb the steep stairs.

Katra: The shrine of Vaishno Devi, one of the most important places of worship in India calls the little town of Katra its home. The pilgrimage route is only complete when Shiv Khori, 1.6 km away from Vaishno Devi is also visited.

Ganderbal: Ganderbalis a town and a municipality committee in Ganderbal district in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the headquarters of Ganderbal district. It has an average elevation of 1,619 metres (5,312 feet). It is bordered by district Srinagar in the south, Bandipore to the north, Kargil in the northeast, Anantnag to the south-east and Baramulla in the south-west.

Famous Places In Ganderbal: Sonamarg, Mansbal Lake, Thajiwas Glacier, Gadsar Lake, Nilagrad, Kheer Bhawani Temple.

Sonamarg: Sonamarg, which means ‘meadow of gold’ has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. The Sindh meanders along here and abounds with trout and mahseer, snow trout can be caught in the main river. In late April when Sonamarg is open for road transport, the visitors can have access to snow which is furnished all over like a white carpet.

Mansbal Lake: Manasbal Lake is located in Ganderbal District in the State of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The name Manasbal is said to be a derivative of the Lake Manasarovar. Lake is encircled by three villages viz., Jarokbal, Kondabal (also called Kiln place.

Thajiwas Glacier: Thajiwas glacier at an altitude of 9,186 feet is a striking silvery scene set against emerald meadows and a clear blue sky. In summers, you can take a half-day hike to numerous waterfalls around this glacier.

Gadsar Lake: Sonmarg with its primitive and idyllic feel offers respite from city life. You can go soul searching to Gadsar Lake, which at 16,400 feet lies frozen throughout the year. Surrounded by snow covered mountains and shrouded in alpine flowers, from Gadsar Lake you can enjoy panoramic views of the frozen Satsar and Baltan Lakes.

Nilagrad: Nilagrad near Sonmarg is where a mountain river, red in colour, meets the mighty Indus River. The Baltic community that stays here believes that the waters have curative powers. Over the weekend, people swarm the banks of the river for a dip in the healing waters. With picturesque meadows around, it’s also an ideal picnic spot.

Kheer Bhawani Temple: The Kheer Bhawani Temple, situated in the middle of a natural spring, is often visited by tourists out of curiosity. Devotees offer milk and kheer to the resident deity. Popular with all tourists, it is especially revered by the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.

Doda: Doda district abounds in scenic spots with large forest area, snow-clad peaks, virgin trekking routes and majestic Chenab river passing through it. The district offers a variey of tourist spots, health resorts and enthralling trekking routes despite the vast-potential. But for the commuting/transportation constraints, the district has attracted a sizeable chunk of Domestic/Foreign tourists.

Famous Places in Doda: Dessa Valley, Padri, Telli Garh, Jai Valley.

 Dessa Valley: This is place exist in the womb of Hills all around the hill cover this beautiful little Valley. This place so good All the beautiful symbol of vedas are found there so this place is called Davebumi. It is a picnic spot the distance from Jammu railway to Gai is about 280km. The head post office is doda and Branch post office in GAI. This place is know connected to Srinagar through Dessa Capran road. The first motrable bridge under progress in Gai village. Most of the population of this village was under B.P.L The cause behind this is that the politicians are not take it Serious.

Padri: One of the beatifull landscapes named Padri lies on upcoming Bhaderwah-Chamba National Highway at a distance of 41 Kms from Bhadarwah. The landscape runs in kilometers and is ideal for adventure sports like Snow-skiing in winters and Paragliding in summers. One feels extremely delighted reaching there. It is also highest Pass on Bhadarwah Chamba National Highway (The inter-state link). The visitor must carry woolens to enjoy the beauty of Padri even in summers.

Telli Garh: Another beautiful spot namely Telli Garh has been identified for construction of Tourist Complex comprising of Nine Bed Rooms, Two VIP Suits, One Restaurant and Auditorium along with Floral and Herbal Garden is being developed. The work on this spot is being carried out and shall be completed by end of 2010.

Jai Valley: Jai the Everlasting Green Valley lies on the North East of Bhadarwah town about 32 Kms. away connected to the town by beautiful Bhadarwah-Jai Link Road. The Valley runs in kilometers bisected by the rivulet called Jai Nallah flowing towards the Thathri Tehsil Headquarters where it merges into Kalgoni Nallah which has mighty waterfalls and rocks which pose challenge to expert rock climbers. The Jai nallah is popular for Trout Fish Culture. The stay facility for the tourists is available as “HOLIDAY VILLAGE” built by way of colorfull tented accomodation and the well designed Igloo Huts. The facility for the adventure lovers and trekkers is also available in the shape of a Youth Hostel which accomodates around 150 guests.

Budgam: Budgam district is a district in the Indian administered union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Created in 1979 with its headquarters at Budgam, it is the district with the largest population of Shias in the Kashmir valley.

Famous Places in Budgam: Doodhpathri, Yusmarg, Tosamaidan.

Doodhpathri: Doodhpathri (translation; Valley of Milk) is a tourist destination and hill station in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Yusmarg: Located in Bagdam district, Meadows of Jesus or Yusmarg is known for its long stretches of green pastures.

Tosamaidan: Tosa Maidan is meadow in khag tehsil of Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.

  1. Baramulla: This treasure trove of Kashmir derives its name from the Sanskrit word “Varahamula”, an amalgamation of the words “Varaha” or Boar and “Mul” meaning deep or root, meaning “Boar’s molar”. Featuring in various Hindu mythological texts, Baramullah (or Baramulla) is said to have been found by Raja Bhimsina in 2306 B.C. Situated on the banks of the Jhelum river, the city resides in the Baramullah district just 55 kilometres from the capital city of Srinagar.

Famous Places in Baramulla: Gulmarg, Eco Park, Wular Lake, Manasbal Lake, Tangmarg.

Gulmarg: Any list related to the most beautiful regions is incomplete without the mention of Gulmarg. Undoubtedly a paradise on earth, the region of Gulmarg is situated in the Baramullah district, 17 kilometres from the Baramullah town. Literally meaning the “Meadow of Flowers”, Gulmarg is famed for its dazzling and enthralling skiing slopes at an altitude of 4,267 metres. A paradise for nature lovers and adventure freaks, this town rests in a bowl-shaped valley in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayan mountains at an elevation of 2,650 metres.

Eco Park: 5 kilometres past the Baramullah town rests the Eco Park, a lovely little island on the Jhelam river. A charming tourist destination, this park was built on the land where Jhelam river takes a two-way diversion. A wonderful view and a sprawling landscape makes this park quite a fun picnic spot. To reach the park, one has to cross a long and wonderful hanging bridge over the Jhelum. The park is well maintained and covered in lush greenery with wooden huts strewn about, making it a tranquil site.

Wular Lake: One of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, Wular Lake is 16 kilometres long and 10 kilometres wide. Located 60 kilometres from Srinagar, the gigantic size of the lake varies every season from 30 to 260 square kilometres. Located at an elevation of 1580 metres, this vast glittering paradise was formed due to the tectonic activity and restricts the flow of the Jhelum river, which traverses it. Gathering its name from the Sanskrit word “Ullola” meaning turbulence, the lake and its surrounding areas provide habitat to a wide variety of plants, animals and aquatic life.

Manasbal Lake: The deepest lake in India at the depth of 43 feet, Manasbal Lake needs no introduction. Flanked by villages on all sides, this lovely lake is situated in the Ganderbal District of Jammu & Kashmir, 30 kilometres away from Srinagar.

Tangmarg: A gateway to Gulmarg, Tangmarg’s history goes back to the era of the Mughal empire. Deriving its name from the colloquial words of Tang (Pear) and Marg (place), the town is located 39 kilometres from Srinagar and is situated on the foothills of the Pir Panjal mountain range among the scattered Pear trees that grow around here. Famed for the handicraft items sold here, several breathtaking attractions in Tangmarg include Ferozpore Nallah, Waters Meet and Baba Reshi Shrine.

  1. Anantnag: Anantnag is one of the most beautiful cities in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, with gushing streams and sights and sounds that make Kashmir the heaven that it truly is. Located at a distance of 53 km from Srinagar, Anantnag is regarded as the commercial and financial capital of the Kashmir valley.

Famous Place in Anantnag: Martand Sun Temple, Amarnath Ji’s cave, Kishtwar National Park, Aishmuqam Shrine,

Jhelum River, Kherbawani Asthapan, Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki, Ziarat Baba Hyder Reshi, Chapel of John Bishop’s Memorial Hospital, Imambara Goom, Bandipore, Manasbal Lake, Wular Lake, Sopore, Parihaspora, Lal Chowk,

Martand Sun Temple: Being a Kashmiri Hindu temple, the Martand Sun Temple was dedicated to Surya and was constructed between the 7th – 8th century. Martand is another name in Sanskrit for the Hindu Sun-god. The temple is located five miles from Anantnag . This square lime stone temple was built at the top of a plateau near to a small town , Anantnag by a king called Lalitaditya of Surya dynasty. It is known to be one of the finest works by him. The way the construction is done, it shows the skills of the artisans .

Amarnath Ji’s cave: Amarnath Ji’s cave is a place 46 km from Anantnag. The best time to visit this place is during the annual procession of Amarnath that begins at Srinagar and crosses this area.

Kishtwar National Park: Spread over an area of 400 sq.km the Kishtwar National Park contains 15 mammal species including the musk deer and Himalayan black and brown bear.

AIshmuqam Shrine: As per beliefs, Ishmuqam Shrine is the famous disciple of Kashmir’s renowned Saint Sheikh Noor-ud-din is to be resting in peace here. Sheikh Zain-ud-din is said to have offered his entire life to the Almighty. Tourists from all faiths and religions come here to be blessed.

Jhelum River: It is the largest and most western of the five rivers of Punjab, and passes through Jhelum District. It is a tributary of the Chenab River and has a total length of about 450 miles (725 kilometers). Baramulla, being set up on the banks of the river Jhelum itself makes it very convenient for the tourists to bookmark this attraction in their bucket list.

Kherbawani Asthapan: Located close to the Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki, Kherbawani Asthapan houses Kherbawani spring. It is believed that Kashmir’s Maharaja Pratap Singh was an ardent devotee of the place and made a lot of offerings here.

Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki: Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki, built around 600 years ago, is counted amongst the oldest mosques of the town. It is situated in Anantnag’s Mohalla Khaki Shaban at Reshi Bazaar.

Ziarat Baba Hyder Reshi: Ziarat Baba Hyder Reshi is a well known shrine that is located in Danter village in Anantnag District. This site, otherwise known as Harda Reshi or Reshi Molu.

Chapel of John Bishop’s Memorial Hospital: Chapel of John Bishop’s Memorial Hospital is located beneath the grounds of John Bishop Memorial Hospital in the town of Mohalla Sarnal in Anantnag. The chapel was built in the year 1982 for the Christian officials and Protestant Christians, who demanded a separate praying ground.

Imambara Goom: Imambara Goom is a religious attraction located at Ahmadpora near Baramullah. It is a sacred destination for Muslims, Hindu, Sikhs and Buddhists alike. The view of the snow-dusted mountains adds to the tranquil atmosphere.

Bandipore: Bandipore town, otherwise known as the Port of Wular, is located on the eastern bank of the Wular Lake, one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia.

Manasbal Lake: Situated at a distance of 60 km from Srinagar, Manasbal Lake is a bird watchers?? paradise. There are a number of exotic species of birds which inhabit here and during summers it also invites a lot of migratory birds.

Wular Lake: Wular Lake in Baramullah was formed by internal tectonic plate activity of earth. The waters of this lake are fed by Jhelum River. It is one of the largest freshwater lakes of Asian continent. This lake covers an area of 30-260 sq kilometres. The lake is also a home for few migratory birds and is excellent for bird watching.

Sopore: Sopore town, founded Sopore in 880 AD during the rule of King Avantivarman, lies at a distance of 48 km from the district of Srinagar on the banks of the River Jhelum. It is the biggest trade centre of the North Kashmir region and is known among tourists as the apple town of Asia.

Parihaspora town: Parihaspora town, located at a distance of 26 km from Srinagar, is one of the popular attractions of Baramulla. It is especially popular among tourists for its ancient archaeological monuments, namely Pattan Bazaar and Parihaspora Pattan. The structures unearthed represent the architectural style of the ancient period.

Lal Chowk: The historic and strategic importance of Lal Chowk has been ever present in the Indian history books since the struggle for freedom that the country overcame in 1947. Named after the much famed Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Lal Chowk translates to the same name. The name was given by left-wing activists. Located in the centre of the city of Srinagar, it has witnessed several historical moments in its lifetime – from the unfurling of the national flag here in 1948 by former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to the infamous attacks on the then BJP president Murali Manohar Joshi by Pakistani militants in 1992. It houses the famous Ghanta Ghar – Clock Tower, which was built here in 1980.

Bandipore: Bandipora city is the headquarters in Bandipora District. Bandipora District is one of the 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory. The District lies in Northern Kashmir with Baramulla District in South and Kargil District in East. It is the 14th largest District by population in Jammu and Kashmir.