Travel in Jammu and Kashmir | Complete Guide by folkslyfo

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Most of the people find it hard when it comes to Travel in Jammu and Kashmir. They are one of the most visited places due to religious places. Here I present you a categorized list of 25 places that you visit according to your plan. Obviously, you can not see all parts of Jammu and Kashmir unless you have more than a month’s holiday.
Place your holiday, visit some places the first time and leave the rest for next time. It also matters you are planning your trip with your friends, family, or office colleagues. The interest also plays an important role, If you are in Jammu for religious purposes, or if you are for sightseeing.

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The Major Travel Attractions in Jammu & Kashmir

1. Vaishno Devi

The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is one of the holiest and most auspicious pilgrimages of the Hindus all over the world. It is situated at a height of 5,300 feet and is about 14 km from Katra. The trek is full of beautiful sceneries and chanting of “Jai Mata Di”. The hills are very steep so you will have to be careful while you trek. It also requires good health to complete this trek. If you find it difficult this your health and stamina, you can hire animal transport too.
Base camp for Vaishno Devi is Katra. So, Let’s see how you can reach to Katra

How to Reach

  1. By Air: Nearest Airport to Katra is Sarwari Airport in Jammu. You can fly from any major city here. After reaching there you can hire a cab. Cab facility is very frequent so you won’t face any problem. If you wish, you can also take public transportation. Katra is 48 km from Jammu. From here, you can either trek 13 KMs or take a helicopter service.
  2. By Rail: The closest railway to Vaishno Devi is Katra Railway Station. Railways are well connected with other cities.
  3. By Road: Katra has good road connectivity with neighboring cities. You can choose to book a bus or drive your vehicle too.
Vaishno Devi travel chart folkslyfo
Source: maavaishnodevi.org

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2. Amarnath

As most of us know, Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. At the height of 12,756 ft and about 141 km from Srinagar. The major attraction of this place is the fact that most of the time these caves are covered with snow and only for a short duration of time in a year they melt. This is the time people make their registration on the pilgrimage website to visit this place. Most of the surrounding mountains are you will see are covered with snow.

Amarnath travel pic

There have been changes in Route, Eligibility criteria, and Duration of Amarnath Yatra in response to COVID 19. Check their official website for detail Information

3. Srinagar

Srinagar is the major tourist attraction for the people looking for beautiful sights in the valley. Houseboats floating on Picturesque lakes, tulip gardens, lust green vegetation, and tall woods are common features of this place. Srinagar is originated from the Sanskrit meaning “‘the city of wealth and abundance”. Also, most of us know it is a popular city of lakes and gardens too. Few most visited places that you should surely make a list while you travel in Srinagar.

  • Dal Lake: One of the prominent lakes of Srinagar. Dal lake offers you a lifelong experience of natural beauty. The beautiful floating houseboats carved with wood and “shikara” ride surrounded by floating gardens with vibrant colors flowers.
  • Mughal Gardens: These gardens are built at the time of the Mughal era. The artistic architecture is proof of their rich artistic skills. The gardens are a combination of the Shalimar Gardens, Nishat Bagh, and Chashm-e-Shahi. These gardens are full of fountains and beautiful flowers. You can also take “shikara ride” to visit the floating market.
  • Shikara Ride:  You must be wondering what is this shikara ride that I am talking about. So, When a tourist arrives to travel in Srinagar most of them, book a houseboat which is a floating houseboat. So, they need transportation to take them from one place to another, as there are a lot of places that are on lakes.

How to Reach

  1. By Air: Srinagar Airport(Sheikh ul Alam Airport) is an international airport. It has regular flights for major cities in India.
  2. By Rail: If you want to take a train and reach Srinagar, you have to reach either Jammu Tavi or Udhampur Railway Station. From here you will have to take the public buses or you can hire a taxi.
  3. By Road: Being a capital of the state, the roads to Srinagar are well connected with neighboring states.

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4. Gulmarg

Popular skiing destination located in the Pir Panjal Range of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. One of the top honeymoon destinations in India and also an adventure hub. Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, which is situated here has developed this place as a center for hosting the winter sports festival. You can experience facilities like skiing, snowboarding, and trekking. Some of the top places that you should add to your bucket list when exploring Gulmarg.

Gulmarg travel pic folkslyfo
  • Gulmarg Gondola
  • Skiing in Gulmarg
  • Alpather Lake
  • Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
  • Strawberry Valley
  • Gulmarg Golf Course
  • Khilanmarg
  • Imambara Goom
  • Tangmarg
  • Children’s Park, Gulmarg
  • Ziarat of Baba Reshi
  • St Mary’s Church
  • Ferozpur Nallah
  • Kanchenjunga Museum
  • Gulmarg Snow Festival
  • Seven Springs

———- Places To Visit In Gulmarg

How to Reach

  1. By Air: Srinagar Airport is the only closest airport. Gulmarg is 56 km far from the Srinagar Airport
  2. By Rail: If you want to travel via train, then Jammu is the nearest possible station. Still, there is around 315 Km of distance remaining from your destination.
  3. By Road: Roads are well connected with the neighboring cities. But people mostly take a flight to Srinagar and from Srinagar hire a cab or taxi.

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5. Patnitop

Patnitop is visited throughout the year due to its scenic beauty and awesome climate. This place has some of the old temples, adventurous treks that should not be missed. Patnitop, the name itself means “Pond of the Princess”. It is said that this place was existed in the meadows and was the bathing ground for princesses.

  • Nathatop
  • The Naag (cobra) Temple
  • Sudh Mahadev Temple
  • Madhatop
  • Shiva Garh
  • Mantalai
  • Shudh Mahadev Ka Pahad
  • Kud
  • Sanasar

———- Places To Visit In Patnitop

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How to Reach

  1. By Air: Nearest airport Jammu which is 60Km from Patnitop. You can find regular flights to Jammu from any major cities.
  2. By Rail: The nearest railway station is Jammu (Jammu Tawi) and Udhampur. You can reach any of the stations according to the availability of trains.
  3. By Road: You can find buses run by private owners and government busses. If you want to travel in Jammu and Kashmir with comfort, the option of traveling in comfortable buses is also available and since the roads are well connected to the neighboring places you would not face any problem.

6. Pahalgam

Pahalgam is famous for its beautiful scenery. This place is such a beauty that it has become one of the favorite spots for directors to shoot their film. Travel in Jammu and Kashmir is not that costly. This is the place which is a lot cheaper and you can save more if you travel with public transportation. This place is a hub of numerous activities including adventurous trekking sports and Amarnath Yatra.

Location: Pahalgam Heritage, Kashmir
Pic Credit: Amoolya B Paul

How to Reach

  1. By Air: Nearest airport to reach your destination is Srinagar Airport which is around 95 km from Pahalgam. From the Airport you will get taxis very easily for your destination.
  2. By Rail: The nearest railway station is Jammu which is 255 km for the Pahalgam and Udhampur which is 218 km away from the Pahalgam. You can reach any of the stations according to availability.
  3. By Road: You can get a lot of busses from Srinagar, Jammu, and Anantnag at a very economic cost. if you want to take a comfortable ride, go for taxis.

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Popular Hotels to Book in Pahalgam

7. Sonamarg

Location: Sonamarg, India
Pic Credit: Shankar Ganesh

Sonamarg, “Meadow of Gold” Situated at a high altitude of 2800 mt. This place is a home for Nature-loving people to travel in Jammu and Kashmir. The view of mountains covered with the glacier, dense forest, the meadow are some of the features of this place. These characteristics make this place well suitable for any type of person. You can plan a family trip or an office trip. It absolutely no matters and when your trip will end your mind will be full of natural energy.

Baltal:- If you are planning to go to Amarnath. After you land from a flight in Jammu, you can take a cab and reach either Baltal or Pahalgam. From Baltal it takes 1-2 days to reach Amarnath.

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How to Reach

  1. By Air: Nearest airport to reach your destination is Jammu Airport. It is 120km far from Patnitop. You will have to take a Bus or hire a cab for the rest of the distance.
  2. By Rail: There are no direct trains. The nearest stations are Udhampur and Jammu (Jammu Tawi). Udhampur is 45km far from Patnitop, while Jammu is 61km.
  3. By Road: Roads are well connected. But driving for long would be tiring. Hire a cab or take a driver. The driver should be experienced enough to handle a car in terrain regions.

Conclusion:-

Jammu and Kashmir is not the only place of the unseen natural landscape but also a holy pilgrimage. Travel to Jammu and Kashmir, these mountains will through challenges whereas the lakes will embrace you in the moonlight night. The Place which is known as heaven on earth is not just a phrase given to this place but also a true justification for such a beautiful place. This blog has all the necessary details that a person would need to ensure they are well known about the place before they are planning. I wish you all happy Journey and I wish your eyes capture most beautiful memories and your heart fills with joy.

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