From Buddhist Monasteries to Ancient Shrines, Char Dham Yatra to Himalayan treks, colorful gardens to serene valleys, rugged terrains to breathtaking view points, Jammu and Kashmir undoubtedly is at the zenith when it comes to tourism.
There is no dearth of natural beauty in Jammu and Kashmir, be it the Dal Lake in Kashmir, Betaab Valley in Pahalgam, Pangong Lake in Leh or Lolab Valley in Kupwara, every attraction promises to sway away the heart of the visitors at once.
No doubt why Jammu and Kashmir allures millions of tourists every year, the state houses some of the most revered shrines and monasteries. Vaishno Devi, Amarnath, Shankaracharya temple, Thiksey Gompa, Phyang monastery, Rozabal are some popular names in the list of must-visits in Jammu and Kashmir.
Walk through the colorful Mughal gardens of Kashmir, have a look at the beautiful palaces of Leh, explore the forts of Jammu and enjoy sightseeing at the valleys of Ladakh, explore every nook and corner of Jammu and Kashmir.
When it comes to adventure, there is a wide array of options to choose from. Mountain Biking at Khardung La, White Water Rafting in Indus, Paragliding in Sanasar, Angling in Lidder, Sledding at Patnitop, Skiing in Khilanmarg, Camel Safari in Hunder, there is much to explore and experience.
These varied options make Jammu and Kashmir a great holiday destination for every kind of traveler.
In this blog, we sum up for you, 51 things to do in Jammu and Kashmir. Pick up the best for you and
Conquer the Mighty Passes of Ladakh
Well-known as the land of passes, Ladakh offers numerous mountain passes which make it a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The mountain passes take you to the beautiful monasteries, serene lakes and craggy mountains of Ladakh.
These mountain passes allure people from all across the globe for an exciting road trip. A road trip through these criss-cross passes makes one enjoy a unique experience. Nothing can be better than a road trip which offers spectacular views like Ladakh. Ladakh offers a number of mountain passes; the most popular amongst them is Khardung La Pass- Highest Motorable Pass in the world, other passes are Chang La, Fotu La, Namika La, Tanglangla Pass and Zoji La.
Shikara Ride in Dal Lake
Also known as ‘Jewel in the crown of Kashmir’, Dal Lake is one of the most popular attractions of Jammu and Kashmir. Dal Lake is not only popular for its beauty and serenity, but also its colorful Shikaras. You really can’t miss enjoying a Shikara ride at Dal Lake.
The ride offers a soothing and relaxing experience to every tourist. Dal Lake is dotted with a number of Shikaras (long boats) which are beautifully decorated. These colorful boats offer an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Kashmir at its best as you sail through its most popular attractions. Shikara ride at the lake is a popular thing to do in Kashmir for those who wish to enjoy some time amid a soothing and pleasant ambiance.
Vaishno Devi Yatra
One of the most visited pilgrim sites in India, Vaishno Devi is a holy shrine set at an elevation of 6200 ft. Millions of pilgrims visit the site every year to seek the blessings of Maa Vaishno. Maa Vaishno is present in this cave shrine in the form of Pindis which are natural rock formations.
It is believed that no prayers go unanswered at this shrine and it is the place from where helpless and disheartened return happy. To reach the shrine, devotees have to cover a trek of 13.5 km. Ponies, palanquins and helicopters are available for reaching the shrine. The best time to visit the site is from the month of March till July and September to December.
One of the most popular Mughal Gardens in Jammu and Kashmir, Chashme Shahi is a beautiful garden known for its Mughal charm. The garden features Mughal architecture and also takes some influence from Persian architecture. The terraces of the garden are beautifully covered with colorful flowers. Beautiful waterfalls and fountains adorn this garden and make it more alluring.
The place is set at a picture perfect location which offers a number of views to capture in the camera. This is why, the place is a must visit for photographers. The star attraction of the garden is its freshwater spring which flows through the centre of the terraces into three sections: waterfall, fountains and aqueduct. The most popular feature here is the stream, rich in minerals and iron and has healing properties.
The garden remains open from 09:00 am in the morning till 07:00 pm in the evening. It is open all days except Friday. Entry fee to the garden is INR 10 per person.
Shalimar bagh is one of the finest Mughal Gardens in Srinagar. The garden was built back in 1619 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife, Nurjahan. Earlier, the garden served as the summer residence of the Mughals. Major area of the garden is covered with water canals and fountains which add to the beauty of the garden. Colorful flowers, soothing ambience and old Mughal architecture make this place perfect for a day out with friends and family. Nothing can be better than relaxing at the garden on a fine sunny day. Light and sound shows are organized in the garden every evening. The best time to visit the garden is from the month of May to October. Shalimar Bagh is open all days of the week except Friday from 9 am till 7 pm.
A popular attraction of Jammu city, Bahu Fort was built back 3000 years ago by Raja Bahulochan. During 19th century, the fort was renovated by the Dogra Rulers. Bahu Fort holds immense religious importance as it houses a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. The temple is known as “Bave Kali Mata temple”. The historical ambience of the fort opens arms to history buffs and photographers from all over.
Bagh-i-Bahu, one of the largest underground aquariums in the subcontinent is located in the garden of the fort. The aquarium houses 400 varieties of marine and fresh water fish. The fort is a delight for every kind of traveler who desires to spend some great time at a beautiful place with their friends and family.
Golfing in Gulmarg
Gulmarg is not only known for its natural beauty and serenity, but also as a great golfing destination. Set at an altitude of 2,650 meters, Gulmarg Golf Course is the second highest and oldest golf course in the world. The golf course was built back in the year 1911 by the Britishers. The golf course was recently redesigned in the year 2011. The golf course is set at a beautiful location which adds to the fun of golfing at the course. Spread over an area of 7505 yards, the gold course has a layout of 18 hole, par 72. It is a must visit if you wish to experience golfing at its best.
What if you got to trek over a frozen river? Chadar trek is one of the most exciting and challenging treks. Covering a distance of 105 km, you will have to trek up to the Zanskar Valley which is beautifully nestled amid snow capped mountains. To reach the valley, you have just one way. Cross the frozen Zanskar River and enjoy every unique element of this trek, the unusual camping sites, picture perfect scenery and chilly weather. Test your trekking skills with this trek. Beat the extreme conditions and climb over the snow covered trails.
Set at an altitude of 1100 feet on a hill known as Takht-I-Sulaiman, Shankaracharya Temple is one of the oldest shrines of Jammu and Kashmir. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple dates back to 200 BC. The temple offers a great view of the snow covered mountains of the Pir Panjal Range. The inner chamber of the temple features a number of Persian inscriptions which were engraved during the time of Emperor Shahjahan’s rule. One needs to climb 100 steps to reach this temple which is set at an octagonal platform.
People from all over visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. The temple is not only known for its religious importance, but also architectural importance. The temple remains open all days a week from 8 am till 5 pm. The best time to visit the temple is from the month of May to September when the weather remains pleasant.
Shanti Stupa was built back in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. The stupa is located at a height of 4267 meter on a hilltop in Chanspa, 5 km away from Leh. Shanti Stupa safely preserves the remnants of the Buddha. Shanti Stupa was built with an aim to promote world peace and to commemorate 2500 years of Buddhism. Also, the stupa acts as a symbol of ties between the people of Ladakh and Japan. The white-domed stupa offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. This is why, the place is a popular tourist attraction of Leh. The beauty of the place lies in its tranquility which offers a unique experience to every visitor. Shanti Stupa remains open for tourists from 5:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m.