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Jammu and Kashmir tourism has been described as a paradise many times, realizing that this is the ultimate tribute you can pay for it. But somehow, there is an ambiguity that does not do justice to this part of the country. What is heaven in Jammu and Kashmir? It is home to its alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes, amber hues of trees during autumn, boathouses, gondolas, apple orchards and everything else that is a part of its landscape.

1 yusmarg

Yusmarg is a hill station in the western part of the valley of Kashmir. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community believes that this is the place where Jesus once lived. The landscape here is more beautiful than anything you see. There are plenty of options for activities such as trekking and horse riding.

2 Gulmarg

Gulmarg has everything for it: snow-capped mountains, greenery, lakes, cedar and deodar forests and a variety of flowers. It is situated in a valley of the Pir Panjal Range. Its name means, flowering grass, and you will come across a lot of grasslands adorned with daisies. However, most of all, Gulmarg is the best skiing destination in Asia, has the most green golf course.

3 Sonmarg

Sonamarg means "gold medo", which is one of the best tourist destinations for sightseeing and adventure in Jammu and Kashmir. Its landscape is marked by a glacier, forests and snow-capped mountains. Three great lakes in Kashmir: Kishansar, Vishansar and Gadar can be reached from here. Camping and trout fishing are some of the adventure activities that are popular. Sonamarg is also the starting point of the trek to Amarnath Cave, a major Hindu pilgrimage center.

4 Pahalgam

Any tourist visiting the top 10 places in Jammu and Kashmir will always visit Pahalgam. Located in Anantnag district, it is situated on the banks of the Lidder River. It is a visual treat with its grasslands, forests and pristine environment. Aru Valley, Betab Valley and Bisran are some of the places that make Pahalgam the best in Kashmir for sightseeing.

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5 Gurez Valley

For six months, the Gurez Valley is cut off from the rest of the world, and it enhances its appeal as a famous tourist destination in Jammu and Kashmir. The people living here are one of the oldest tribes of Kashmir, called the Dard Shin tribe and they speak a language called Shin. The picturesque valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, grasslands, walnut and willow-laden grass and the Kishan Ganga River.

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6 Verinag

Verinag is a town in Anantnag district, where Verinag Vasant Attractions is a must see. The stone basin and the arches around it were built by Jahangir, while the beautiful garden next to it was built by Shah Jahan. Vasant is the main source of river Jhelum. There is also a Mughal garden right in front of this waterfall.

7 Srinagar

Srinagar finds a place in this list as it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the top honeymoon destination. The presence of several Mughal gardens, religious and historical sites as well as dal and nagain lakes has called Srinagar the "Land of Gardens and Lakes". Among other things that will surprise you, is the floating vegetable market on Dal Lake. The largest tulip gardens in Asia are also in Srinagar.