India is always known for its rich cultural heritage and historical places to visit. During summer in India, the hill stations become very busy due to long school holidays. Many tour operators can arrange cheap travel to your preferred destination, or you can select from their tailored made packages. If you are planning to visit India in summer in 2017, the following places are very famous holiday destinations in Jammu and Kashmir.
The beauty of Kashmir is like heaven on the earth. The hospitality of the people is so encouraging, that you love to visit this place very often. The most favorable destinations to visit are Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Ladakh and Srinagar.
The Sonmarg or the Meadow of the gold is a valley that shows amazing aspects in Kashmir, with snow covered mountains. The altitude is around 2730 meters from the sea level. This place used as the base of a major trek to several mountain lakes, like Gangabal, Satsar, Kishansar, Vishansar and Gadsar.The Sindh River flows through the valley. This place is famous for camping, trekking, fishing and a base to do yatra to the holy Amarnath cave, during Sawan Purnima. The major local attraction during summer is the trip to Thajiwas glacier, and ponies can be hired for this trip. The best time to visit is from May to October, when maximum temperature is around 25 degrees.
The Gulmarg is around 2650 meters above sea level, and has one of the best natural beauties which attract many tourists every year. This place is surrounded by dense forest and is famous for horse riding, cable car ride to Khilanmarg, snow skiing during winters and has the highest Golf playing field. The best months to visit is from May to October, when average temperature is from 14 – 21 degrees.
The Pahalgam or also known as “Valley of Shepherds” is around 7200 ft above sea level, and located 95 km from Srinagar. This place is a famous tourist attraction due to its natural beauty surrounded by pine forest and annual Amarnath Yatra that takes place every year in the months of July and August. Many Bollywood films have been shot in Pahalgam. The Lidder River is famous for adventures to have a great experience of river rafting. This is also famous for shopping, trekking and fishing.
The Ladakh is a foreign land in India for Indians, due to its distance, difficult journey through daunting mountains and landscape. The Ladakh is unique and means “Land of high passes” in Tibetan, and is located at the altitude of over 3000 meters. The high mountain’s tops are covered with snow. Few well fed valleys can be seen after miles of barren brown mountains. The places worth visiting are Leh (the capital of Ladakh), Kargil, Pangong Lake, Lamayuru Village and Monastery, Tsomoriri Lake, Sand Dunes at Hunder, Khartungla Pass, Gompas and Stupas and Zanskar. The important information for all tourists either Indian or foreigners are required permit while travelling to Pangong Lake, Tsomoriri Lake and other places bordering Tibet. The permit can be acquired from any travel agency in Leh, which is valid for 7 days.
The Srinagar is the best holiday destination with family in Jammu and Kashmir. It is the largest city and lies on the banks of Jhelum River. This city is famous as “Venice of the East” due to its Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake with many houseboats around the Srinagar, traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits. There are two other famous lakes in Srinagar called Manasbal Lake and Wular Lake. The Wular Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. Srinagar has some Mughal Gardens which includes Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring), Chashma Shahi (the royal fountains), Pari Mahal (the palace of the fairies) and Shalimar Bagh.
Jammu and Kashmir has international airport in Srinagar called Sheikh Ul Alam airport (SXR). Many airlines offer cheap flights to India from UK, but due to long journey, its best to fly from London by Indian airlines. The online booking system can find you cheap flights tickets to India, and hotels and airport transfers you can book separate. Due to the high demand, most of the tour operators have tailored made packages for Jammu and Kashmir. If you are not familiar with the place, it is advisable to book your vacation through a reputable tour operator, who can take all the pressure off from you and make your holidays a dream.