(Last Updated on : 25/04/2017)
Hill Stations of Jammu and Kashmir
are the prime tourist attractions in global tourism sector. The snow capped mountains, green pine and fir, foothills, glacial lake and small streams are the cynosure to the national and international level tourists. The destinations are also popular for the adventure and nature tourism. Some of the hill stations of Jammu and Kashmir are Bhadarwah
, Yousmarg, Srinagar
Bhadarwah, Doda District
Bhadarwah valley is located in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains
, and at about 80 kms from Batote.
Patnitop, Udhampur District
Patnitop is a hilly tourist location and noted for the Shiwalik
belt of the Himalayan Mountain Range.
Aru, Anantnag District
Aru is a tourist spot and serves as the base camp for trekkers to the Kolahoi Glacier
, the Tarsar-Marsar lakes
and the Katrinag valley.
Gulmarg, Baramulla District
Gulmarg is known as the "Meadow of Flowers". Gulmarg is a hilly town, a hill station, a popular skiing
destination. Gulmarg is located at about 52 km from Srinagar. It is located at 34.05 degree North and 74.38 degree East. It has an average elevation of 2,690 m (8,825 ft).
Pahalgam, Anantnag District
Pahalgam is located about 45 km from the District Headquarters at Anantnag. Pahalgam was once a tourist attraction and a favourite place for shooting of Bollywood
films, and is still a health resort.
Srinagar, Kashmir Valley
Srinagar is famous for its gardens, lakes
and houseboats. It is also known for the traditional Kashmiri handicrafts
and dried fruits.
Yusmarg or Yousmarg, Kashmir Valley
Yusmarg is a hill station with an alpine valley covered with snow clad mountains
and the meadows of Pine and Fir. It lies 13 km south of Charari Sharief a town of Budgam District
of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sonamarg, Ganderbal District
Sonamarg, known as "Meadow of Gold" is a hill station and popular for Kolhoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier with some peaks of above 5000 meters like Sirbal Peak, Kolhoi Peak, Amarnath Peak and Machoi Peak.
Leh, Leh District
Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh
. Leh is located in Leh district in Jammu and Kashmir. Leh district
has an area of 45,110 square km. Leh is the second largest district in the country, after Kutch, Gujarat
. The town is dominated by the ruined Leh Palace, the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace-the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala
, during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. Leh is at an altitude of 3524 metres and connects via National Highway 1D to Srinagar in the southwest and to Manali in the south via the Leh-Manali Highway.