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Every Indian who loves to travel has a dream to visit Jammu & Kashmir one time or the other since we have heard so much and seen numerous pictures in television and books. So here is some information on Jammu and Kashmir from tourism perspective.

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Jammu and Kashmir Vacation

Kashmir Houseboats

We have heard so much about Kashmir that sometimes it feels that we have seen it all. But if we really want to experience Kashmir and its divine beauty we definitely need to travel there. Dal Lake is the real beauty of Srinagar, the picturesque capital city of Jammu and Kashmir. The best time to visit this place is between October and February. It is located in the northern most part of India. It is India's one of the most popular tourist destinations. Dal Lake is the iconic emblem of the city. There are very few who have been to Srinagar and not taken a shikara ride. But there is much more to Kashmir then just houseboats and Dal Lake.

Places to Visit
Srinagar is known for its Mughal gardens, the most popular being Shalimar and Nishat. Chashmashahi, the spring of refreshing sweet water, is enclosed within a garden laid out by Shah Jahan in 1632. Then there is Shankaracharya temple atop Takht-e-Sulaiman hill, associated with a Hindu philosopher who visited 10 centuries ago. Other places to see are Hari Parbat Fort, which is sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs as it has temple of Goddess Sharika, the sufi shrine of Makhdoom Sahib and Gurudwara Chatti Padshahi surrounding it. Among other places are Kheer Bhawani, Pandrethan, which is situated barely three miles above Srinagar. Jama Masjid, the historical mosque, located in the old city is another attraction of the place.

Adventure Sports
During summer season Kashmir offers a series of adventure sports, such as water skiing, on Dal and Nagin Lakes. Water trekking is also another option one can try to explore the valley in a boat. You can go on a Shikara trip that takes tourists along a five-day route along rivers and lakes situated within the valley. Enjoy spending nights camping along the way. Trout fishing is another delightful water sport in Kashmir and fishing season lasts all through summer. Kashmir is also famous for mountaineering expeditions, to explore the undiscovered regions of the Himalayan range. Like the glaciers of Ladakh and Kashmir regions, which can be a challenging experience for the mountaineers. Some of the other adventure sports options you can try are:

Kayaking and Canoeing
Jeep Safari
Snow Skiing in Gulmarg
Trekking in Kashmir
Trekking in Zanskar
Motorbike Safari
Mountain Cycling
River Rafting

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