Jammu and Kashmir is India's northernmost state that comprises of three regions namely Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and the Himalayan Mountains. These three states are contradictory in culture and topography. The State is also considered as the Heaven on Earth by most of the tourists.
Jammu and Kashmir is one of the popular tourist destinations in India. Jammu, the city of temples attracts several Hindu and Muslim pilgrims all round the year. Kashmir is well-known for its mountainous landscape. Ladakh which is popularly known as Little Tibet is famous for its snow covered mountains and the ancient Buddhist culture.
Tourist can see the several places of attraction during tours of Jammu and Kashmir. The most famous destinations are Kashmir, Jammu, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Ladakh, Leh, Patnitop, pilgrimage center Amarnath Caves, Vaishnodevi Shrine and the beautiful Mughal Gardens. Besides these Dal Lake is one of the most visited spots by several tourists.
Tourists can stay at the luxurious houseboat and enjoy a ride on the Dal Lake in Srinagar. Gulmarg and Patnitop are the two Himalayan peaks where one can go skiing and trekking and experience the nature closely
. The Mughal Garden is famous for vibrant colorful flowers where as Amarnath Caves and Vaishnodevi are the two pilgrimage destinations where in one can visit historical and mythological sacred places. At Amarnath Caves there is also the ice lingam of the Lord Shiva which represents the deity and Vaishnodevi is a sacred shrine located at a height of 5,300 feet above sea level.
At Pahalgam, one can enjoy various outdoor activities like golf, horse riding, trekking and also fishing at the river Lidder. Ladakh is famous for Gompas or monasteries which are religious residents of the Buddhist monks. The largest monastery in Ladakh is the Hemis Gompas which is situated at a distance of 45 kilometers from Leh. Leh is the capital city of Ladakh. Leh is famous for river rafting, trekking, mountaineering and several outdoor activities like Polo, Archery, Jeep safaris and Yak safaris.