One of the most important Hindu pilgrimage centers of India, the devotees believe that in every lunar month, the icy Shivalinga in the cave of Amarnath begins to take its shape on the first day of the bright half of the month
Drass is a small township lying in the center of the valley of the same name at an altitude of 3230 m. Known as the second coldest inhabited place in the world, it experiences repeated snowfalls during winters and the temperature drops to as low as minus 40 degrees and even more. The valley starts from the base of the Zojila pass, which is said to be the Himalayan gateway to Ladakh.
Gulmarg is a hill resort of repute, not only for its beauty and prime location but also as being the highest natural golf course of the world, situated at an altitude of 2890 m. Hub of activity from mid-December to March, Gulmarg is an enviable winter sports resort with all the equipment and training facilities available for skiing, etc.
Kargil was once the trade and transit center of
the Pan-Asian trade network and has also been the gateway for
caravans of silk, brocade, carpets, felts, tea, poppy and ivory to
China, Tibet, Yarkand and Kashmir. It is situated at an altitude of
2,704 m above sea level. Famous for apricots, Kargil is the second
largest urban center of Ladakh.
Famous for scenic beauty, the jewel of the Liddar
valley, Pahalgam is situated in the western part of the state of
Jammu and Kashmir. Set at 2130 m above sea level, surrounded by the
great Himalayas, it is positioned on the banks of the Liddar River.
112 km from Jammu, Patnitop boasts of being a
hill resort of matchless beauty. Perched on a beautiful plateau and
encased by thickly wooded forests, it offers pretty picnic spots,
tranquil walks and panoramic views of the mountainous of the basin
of River Chenab.
Sonamarg means a meadow of gold. A tranquil
valley set amongst glaciers and placid lakes, it has flower-laden
meadows, panoramic views of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks and a
number of trekking and hiking trails. Situated in the western part
of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is set an altitude of 2740 m
above sea level and is surrounded by the Himalayas.
The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar
is a scintillating hill resort located ideally in the Kashmir
valley. Lovely lakes and roomy houseboats, dry fruits, Chinar trees
and traditional Kashmiri handicrafts are the highlights of the
One of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage in North
India, it is a cave shrine of the Mother Goddess, who is said to be
the merger of three mightiest deities of Maha Kali (Goddess of
power), Maha Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge), and Maha Lakshmi
(Goddess of wealth). The number of pilgrims who come here to pay
homage to the Goddess keeps on swelling year after year.
35 km from Zanskar, along the long rough road
from Padum, a titular king ruled the Zangla Valley till his death
until a few years back. The old castle is now in utter ruins and the
only surviving edifice is a small chapel that occupies a hill and
sits overlooking the deserted valley below.
The hidden kingdom of the hill resort of Zanskar
is famous for its snow-white high hills and gorgeous Gompas or
monasteries. The lovely and spectacular landscapes and the Buddhist
culture heavily influencing the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the
Zanskar Valley instantly mesmerize one.
There are numerous popular excursion spots in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.