The sunny side of Kash­mir

Jammu and Kash­mir is renowned world­wide for its nat­u­ral beauty, high al­ti­tude lakes and breath­tak­ing land­scapes. The state is now en­cash­ing on its nat­u­ral as­sets and warm hos­pi­tal­ity, to show­case it­self in a new light to tourists all over the world.

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Jammu and Kash­mir is a com­bi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing one wants from snow clad moun­tains, me­an­der­ing streams, flora and fauna, to lakes and a cold dessert. With three re­gions, Jammu, Kash­mir and Ladakh, the state is a key spir­i­tual and re­li­gious hub, ca­ter­ing to all age groups, old and young. J&K is as­pir­ing to be not only an ad­ven­ture tourism hub but also a des­ti­na­tion that of­fers niche prod­ucts and is soon emerg­ing as a MiCE hotspot.

Tulip Gar­den

Tulip Gar­den in Kash­mir is the Asia's largest and the state hosts a fes­ti­val around the month of April to show­case the charm­ing beauty of the gar­den. The tulip gar­den in Sri­na­gar is com­monly known as Si­raj Bagh and is lo­cated on the banks of the fa­mous Dal Lake. When view­ing the gar­den, you are able to see the large va­ri­ety of colours of the flow­ers. There are over 60 va­ri­eties of early, mid and late bloom­ing tulips.

Golf­ing

Kash­mir of­fers a unique op­por­tu­nity to play golf in in­vig­o­rat­ing sur­round­ings, where the wind whis­pers through enor­mous trees of chi­nar and stately pine. The golf course at Gul­marg, sit­u­ated at an al­ti­tude of 2,650 m, is the high­est green golf course in the world. The Kash­mir Golf Club has all the lux­u­ries fit­ted that make play­ing golf a me­morable ex­pe­ri­ence while the Royal Spring Golf Course has been voted as In­dia’s best golf course.

Raft­ing

With the in­tri­cate net­work of Moun­tain Rivers flow­ing through myr­iad rocky gorges, forests, flow­ers and high moun­tain vil­lages, the Lid­der River, Pa­hal­gam pro­vides ideal lo­cales for the per­fect wa­ter ad­ven­ture. The suit­able pe­riod for river run­ning de­pends on the ad­e­quacy of wa­ter vol­ume. Thus, the pe­riod be­tween April and Septem­ber is most ap­pro­pri­ate.

Ski­ing

Ski­ing is one of the prime at­trac­tions in Kash­mir and is apt for ad­ven­ture seek­ers. Gul­marg is con­sid­ered to be the best ski re­sort in the Hi­malayas and is ac­cred­ited as the high­est ca­ble car en­abled ski re­sort in the world mainly due to a Gon­dola Ca­ble Car Lift. For skiers vis­it­ing Gul­marg, ac­com­mo­da­tion is avail­able at the JKTDC Huts sit­u­ated at Pat­ni­top, Sanasar and Kud apart from the sev­eral pri­vate ho­tels avail­able for book­ing at Pat­ni­top and Kud

Moun­taineer­ing

Climb­ing in the Hi­malayas can be very stim­u­lat­ing. Rich in flora and fauna, the sum­mits of most peaks are an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. More re­cently, peaks in the re­stricted area of the Nubra Val­ley in the Ina­ian Karako­rams have also been opened to for­eign and In­dian tourists. The pop­u­lar peaks of Ladakh and Kash­mir where moun­taineer­ing ex­pe­di­tions are or­gan­ised on a reg­u­lar ba­sis are Ap­sarasas, Chong Kum­dan, Teram Kan­gri Group, Tughmo Zarpo and Saser Kan­gri. Places like Pa­hal­gam, Gul­marg and Sona­marg serve as base camps for trekking tours to moun­tain peaks.

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