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There are many things that you can see and do in Jammu & Kashmir. The state is a paradise for a number of thrilling adventure sports like diving, whitewater rafting, paragliding, trout fishing, parasailing, ice skating and water skiing. Traveling in shikara or houseboats is a lifetime experience that everyone will love to cherish. The snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan, Pir Panjal, Hindu Kush and Karakoram mountain ranges leave the visitors spellbound.The major places of interest in the state of Jammu & Kashmir are the following:
The winter capital of the state, Jammu is also known as the city of temples. The city of Jammu can be split into two divisions, the old and the new city. Other than the exquisite temples and mosques, there are a number of mansions and citadels to see in the city.
Srinagar is the summer capital of J&K. The city is well-known for its serene lagoons, Mughal gardens, and lush green landscape. Srinagar is situated on the riverbanks of Jhelum. It is mostly famous for its handicrafts goods and houseboats (Shikaras) which float on the famous Dal Lake.
Pahalgam is a popular hill station in the state. It is famous for its excellent scenic features. It is used as the campground for the religious Amarnath pilgrimage. The snow-clad peaks, pine forests, and lush green meadows make it a special place. The Lidder river is an important river in the area.
Gulmarg is the hub for winter sports in the country. Trekking and skiing are the two most popular sports that the travelers love to participate here. There is a skiing resort and a golf course which is the tallest green course across the world. Gulmarg is a popular shooting location, as well.
Sonmarg is another scenic hill station, famous for its forested areas and raving rivers. A popular adventure sports location, Sonmarg features uncommon varieties of flowers and snowy mountains at the background.
Patnitop is famous for its picnic spots and is also a hill station in the region. Nathatop houses a number of snow-clad peaks.
Vaishno Devi lies at a distance of 14 km from Katra and it is one of the holiest religious sites for the Hindu pilgrims. Visitors can reach there by riding a horse or walking.
Leh is a very beautiful place and is one of the most visited tourist draws in the country. It is the capital of Ladakh and lies on the Indus river valley. Leh is famous for the Leh Palace, Buddist temples (including Shanti Stupa), Pangong Tso lake, the war museum and the donkey sanctuary. Whitewater rafting is a popular activity here.
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