Jammu and Kashmir is synonymous with picturesque beauty, idyllic landscape, and towering snow-clad peaks. Situated in the Northernmost part of the country, Jammu and Kashmir is called the roof of India. It has several hill stations which are the most suitable destinations to find respite from the sweltering summer heat. Now known as a holiday destination for "all seasons", with so many unbelievable places to visit, here's a list of the ten best places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir in 2020.
Far-famed as the snow paradise of India, Gulmarg is famous for having one of the world's most formidable and largest ropeways with an aerial distance of approx. 4.5 Km. Located about 3979 m above sea level, the view from the top is bewildering. Snow falls are regular round the year, giving every vacationist a fair chance to enjoy the fall!
A scenic terrain, favourable weather and vibrant culture, Pulwama represents Kashmir in its best form. Located about 40 Km away from Srinagar, Pulwama is best known for its Saffron fields. Also, a lot of trekking paths are available from Pulwama to the beautiful valley of Kashmir.
Surrounded by Betaab Valley and Lidder Lake, Pahalgam is the place you should visit to experience pristine water rivers and impressive deep valleys. Also, Pahalgam is famous for river rafting at Lidder Lake and shopping for traditional Kashmiri items.
The capital of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Srinagar, is one of the most impressive places in India. You can take a boat ride (Shikara) on the serene Dal Lake, get a view of the city from the top of Shankaracharya Temple and book a stay in the iconic houseboats on your trip to J&K. You are sure to fall in love with this natural haven!
Sanasar is one of the offbeat hill stations in J&K region. It is an adventure-lovers' haven offering various outdoor activities such as rock climbing, paragliding, zorbing, abseiling and trekking.
6. Tarsar Marsar Trek
Tarsar Marasr trek not only gives you a kick of adventure but also a sight of its natural beauty. It is such a spell-bounding trek that it is one of the most visited attractions in Jammu and Kashmir. Situated in the lap of Aru Valley, the trail quite a beauty, adorned with a variety of sceneries.
Known as 'the meadow of gold', Sonamarg showcases one of the most scenic views in Kashmir. Green grasslands, Snow-clad mountains, and horses to ride on, Sonamarg is what they call, King's paradise. Moreover, Sonmarg is also one of the base points for beginning the Amarnath Yatra. Zorbing, river rafting, and trekking are the various activities conducted in its picturesque vicinity. And the best time to visit Sonamarg is during summer, as it is expected to receive heavy snowfall during winters.
8. Kashmir valley
Surrounded by the Karakoram and Pir Panjal ranges, Kashmir Valley, is an oval saucer-shaped landmark of Kashmir. It is the largest Himalayan valley and offers a mesmerising view from all possible directions. This 130 Km running valley is an excellent trail for all trekkers and highlanders alike!
Though known for being a war-ground between India and Pakistan in the infamous Kargil War of 1999, Kargil has now become an amiable tourist destination with historical significance. Since Kargil acts as a gateway to Leh, tens of thousands of travellers stop by Kargil on the way to Leh. Besides its war stories, there are many monasteries and temples that are worth a visit.
The rocky mountains, gushing river water and flourishing meadows paint a perfect picture of this beautiful city. Far-famed as the Crown of Kashmir, Kupwara is one of the most visited tourist destinations in J&K. Imagine hot springs and pools with water throbbing like quicksilver and the beautiful birds flapping about the sky, restless, Yes! Kupwara is a place where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the best of what nature can provide!
Best Time To Visit Jammu and Kashmir
The best time to visit Jammu and Kashmir is during Winter season, i.e., from September to January. Winters are an ideal time to visit this natural haven as it offers pleasant weather and favourable conditions for sightseeing.