Mostly famous for Srinagar, Dal lake and ist houseboats, the state has much more to lure the tourists in its kitty! Three religions' shrines, beautiful natural surroundings and changing colours of the weather, will call you back to Jammu and Kashmir.
Vaishno Devi temple:
One of the most famous shrines of India, lies on the Trikuta hills, 13 kms near Katra and around 50 kms from Jammu. This cave temple is thronged by devotees throughout the year. Here the Mother Goddess is assumes three forms of energy, the creator, the protector and the destroyer. The clear water of the Ganges trickles regularly on the feet of the goddess.
Other than the devotional aspect of the place, the surroundings are immensely beautiful with lush green mountains and deep valleys where you can see gushing waterfalls
The Bahu Fort:
About 5 kms from the main city of Jammu on the opposite bank of River Tawi is the ancient and majestic Bahu fort built by the then ruler, Bahu Lochan, which gives the fort its name. This is one of the oldest edifices still present in this region. The fort was built some 3000 years ago and till date the Grandeur of the glorious era can be imagined. Today it is surrounded by a lush green terraced garden, with waterfalls and flowers of just about every kind and colour.
Ladakh. The coldest part of Jammu and Kashmir, is known as the cold desert. The land where snow sun and silence prevail; and time seems to stand still. The land where human bows to the bounty of natural beauty and rigidity at the same time. The vast mountain ranges, the clear blue sky and the Indus River flowing by. A mixture of Buddhism and Islam, with monasteries and festivities, the people of Ladakh are equally tough, just as the climatic conditions and the mountainous terrain. Relatively young land, formed just a few million years ago; Ladakh is one of the lowest population densities in the world having 2 inhabitants per kilometer. The imposing mountains, the dry terrains, the chilly weather and the overpowering silence, but the smiling faces of those 2 inhabitants in one km area make all the difference.Ladakh is a virtual paradise for Adventure sports - Mountaineering, trekking, white water rafting, canoeing and many others.
The PangongTso Lake:
The Pangong Lake, situated at an altitude of 14,000 ft (4,267m) is a major attraction and can be reached by trekking. The beautiful lake is bisected by the international border between India and China. Spangmik is the farthest point up to which foreigners are permitted. The lake presents a spectacular view of the mountain ranges and their reflections shimmering in the ever-changing blues and greens of the lake's brackish waters. It is possible to sight the huge yaks and the Pashmina mountain goats famous for their wool in this region.