Sights in Jammu and Kashmir

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Thiksey monastary

Thiksey monastary

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The Indus valley in the west of Jammu and Kashmir remains one of the most inaccessible areas of the Indian subcontinent .  It is located in the Tibetan plateau and was originally part of the Western Tibetan Kingdom and hence contains a rich living Buddhist heritage.

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Jammu Kashmir is known as the "Paradise on Earth" because of its unparalleled natural beauty. Situated in the lap of the great Himalayan Mountain range and the Karakoram Range of mountains, Jammu and Kashmir Sights offer lush green forests, clear blue lakes and tall icy mountains. Some of the best sights are as below:

Kashmir

Probably you will be entering Kashmir from Delhi, the capital of India. If you really want to enjoy the beauty, then it is advisable that you travel to Srinagar from the plains by car or bus. Once you leave the plain and enter Kashmir, a whole new world will open up. The Pirpanjal range toward the southwest climbs up to over 15,000 feet. The beautiful Banihal and Jhelum valleys, surrounded by snowy peaks, will serve you an unforgettable experience. The journey from Delhi or Chandigarh to Srinagar will never fade from your memory.

Srinagar

The beautiful green and gorgeous valley of Srinagar is just unearthly. Boating over the beautiful lotus-covered Dal Lake and a tour around the hued and charming Mughal gardens will take your breath away.

Deep into Kashmir 

Now you can drive farther into Kashmir. Getting deep into the valley will make you feel small among the vast Karakoram Range of mountains. Driving along the Srinagar-Sonmarg-Kargil highway may make you feel sad as many soldiers died around that beautiful mountain pass during Indo-Pak War. The highway will lead you to Mulbek where you will find a beautiful rock-carved seventh century Buddhist monastery. Further north into Ladakh and the small village of Alchi, you will be greeted by a unique aboriginal Indo-Asian Drokpa tribe. This small area is the only area in whole of the world where you will find them.

Ladakh, the Ceiling of Kashmir

From Alchi, it will be a drive through a harsh, rocky landscape to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. The unique Likir and Phyang monasteries feature stunning ancient wall frescos. A visit to the Shey Palace and the Stok Palace will give you a rare opportunity to meet the royal family of Ladakh. Your next destination from Leh will be the Nubra valley. The road passing through Khardong-la Pass (17,000 feet) is the highest mountain road pass in the world. The panoramic view of the Indus River valley and the Zanskar Mountain from the pass is enthralling. A camel safari on the back of the double-humped Bactrian camel in the Nubra valley will add to the interest of your trip.

Amarnath Yatra

If you want to end your sightseeing on a religious note, then there is nothing like visiting Amarnath, a cave temple. The natural beauty and the grandness of the Himalayas around the trek route from Seshnag to Amarnath are  inspiring. The Hindu God of Shiva is naturally created by the ice here. The temple is at an altitude of around 13,000 feet and is only open to tourist for two to three months during summer.


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July 15, 2005 change by hirankarunaratna

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