Jammu and Kashmir which is the northern most part of India is located in the Himalayan mountains, sharing borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Jammu & Kashmir is famous for its beautiful mountainous scenery, including Ladakh, which is one of the major tourist’s attraction owing to its beautiful landscapes and breathtaking topography. The state is majorly dominated by Muslim population.
A vacation to Jammu and Kashmir will bring various elements for you to discover including the Ladakhi food, weather and the landscapes. Not to mention the holy shrines of Jammu and the Buddhist monasteries, which remains to be very popular tourist attractions. Forts like Bhau Fort, Bage-e-Bahu, pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi, a visit to Gulmarg, which has become a very popular ski resort destination are some of the other places that will interest you while on your J&K holidays. The Dal lake in Srinagar is another major attraction and the tulip gardens which happens to have around 60 varieties of flowers, the Mughal Gardens, the Hazratbal Mosque, the Shankracharya Mandir there is so much to explore in this state which is no less than a paradise on earth.
Houseboats, commonly named as Shikaras have become a common feature in the lakes across the valley. While on your visit you will also enjoy the famous tea known as Kawa, made with spices and almond, a pleasant drink to counter the chilly Kashmir weather. One of the most artistic thing that you will witness in the valley is the houses which are primarily made of softwood and hugely influenced by the Tibetan and Islamic architecture.
The Best time to visit Jammu is between September to April, while the best time to visit Srinagar is between April to June when the temperatures are between 10 to 30 degree celcius.