jammu & Kashmir

Places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir

Nestled amongst the Himalayas in the Northern-most parts of India, Jammu and Kashmir is a visual delight like none other. When speaking of Jammu & Kashmir, most people are referring to the larger area of the union territory. This region comprises of the Hindu- dominated Jammu and Katra, located in the south, the Muslim- dominated Jammu, located in the far North, and the Himalayan lands of Ladakh and Leh, located even further up North, at much higher altitudes. The region is disarmingly beautiful and the people are deeply hospitable. On seeing images of the region it is difficult to believe that it is amongst one of the most militarised and disputed lands in the world.

The historical context:

The ethnologically based division of Jammu and Kashmir, also known as J&K began during the Indian freedom struggle. All princely states in pre-partition India, of with the J&K territory was one, were given the option to either join the country of India or Pakistan. The region’s Hindu king chose India, yet large portions of its Muslim majority are said to have wanted to join Pakistan. What began is decades of strife, contempt, and tension culminating in three wars and significant political skirmishes, one of which is still ongoing. Since 1947, both India and Pakistan have appealed to various international peace- maintaining bodies, each laying their claim on the disputed territory. Jammu and Kashmir is therefore highly militarised, it currently being under the control of the Indian government. Since 1962, even China has laid claim to parts of the region.

A topic of great political and emotional sensitivity, the dichotomy of Jammu and Kashmir’s serene peaceful mountains and its turbulent socio-political state are unfathomable to most.

Is Kashmir safe?:

Despite all of this, Kashmir remains a largely safe region to travel to for tourists, and continues to have a bustling tourism economy, a testament to the beauty of this region.

The climate:

Outside of the summer months, Jammu and Kashmir and completely inaccessible by road.

30 places to visit in the union territory area of Jammu & Kashmir:

Jammu & Kashmir

  • Gulmarg
  • Pahalgam
  • Rajouri
  • Pulwama
  • Vaishno Devi
  • Amarnath Cave


  • Dal Lake
  • Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden
  • Nishant Bagh
  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden


  • Pangong Lake
  • Nubra Valley
  • Khardung La
  • Tso Moriri Lake
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Leh & the Royal Leh Palace


  • Chadar Trek
  • Mulbekh Monastery
  • Phuktal Monastery
  • Drass Valley
  • Kargil War Memorial

28 places to visit in the union territory area of Jammu & Kashmir:

#1 Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu Kashmir

While Jammu and Kashmir are almost always referred to in the same breathe, both regions are unique in very interesting ways. Jammu, instead of being a singular city, is more in reference to the area. Situated on the banks of of River Tawi, Jammu is divided through the middle by the Shivalik Hills, and the rivers Chenab and Ravi also flow through it. This unique combination of rich topography makes it the land of beautiful valleys, lakes and meadows, engulfed within snow-clad Himalayas. A rich history of valour and glory, Jammu is home to some of the most sacred temples in India, drawing in millions of devotees every year, even in the wake of the civil unrest int he region. During non-disputed times, the numbers were even higher.

A beacon on culture and tradition, the handicrafts, traditional jewellery and dry fruits of the area are popular souvenirs for travellers. From architecture and painting, to richly embroidered clothes and the musical local languages, art is a way of life in Jammu.

While Jammu is bustling and vibrant, Kashmir is serene and idyllic. Surrounded by tall, lush green mountains further elongated by Chinar trees and misty clouds, Kashmir is the picturesque land of the Santoor, apple orchards, and saffron. The valley sits between the Air Panjal range and the mighty Himalayas. Kashmir is also know for its floating houseboats, markets and local cuisine, including the spiced Kahwa tea.

Visit if:

Ideal for both adventurers and those in search of tranquility, Kashmir is the person tourist location. A seamless amalgamation of culture, shine, history and nature, Kashmir is ideal for everyone from solo travellers and backpackers to family and friend groups.

Stay for:

Owning to the various day trips one can make from it’s central cities, a week long vacation is the ideal duration to spend here

Best time to visit:

The summer and monsoon months from March to November are ideal since most tourist attractions are open, and the weather ranges from a pleasant 20 degrees to 11 degreed Celsius.

Reach via:

While New Delhi is the closest international airport, any frequent flights ply from parts of India into the airport in Srinagar. Travel within the region is by road (cab, car rentals, government operated bus, private coaches, etc) or rail.

Don’t miss out on:

– Gulmarg


Regarded as India’s best location for skiing, Gulmarg is a pine-fringed mountain side town located at an election of 2730 metres. Also called the Meadow of Flowers (in the summer), the region features many star attractions like the 1890s Anglican Church of St Mary, 1965 neo-colonial style Hotel Highlands Park in the historic Gulmarg Golf Club, and the backing stands off the bald Mt Afarwat. A must visit is two-stage gondola cable car that flutters you to 3747m.

Please note:

With over 40 options for accommodation, Gulmarg is steadily growing as a major tourist location.

– Pahalgam


In the lap of tranquility is nestled this picturesque destination of Pahalgam. Located at an elevation of 2740 metres above sea level, the area of often called the Valley of Shepherds, owing to its large concentration of nomadic tribes. The region is known for its lakes, tall pine trees, trekking trails, and beautiful vistas from the nearby summit.

Please note:

The region is also known for its unique selection of amusement parks.

– Rajouri


The sweeping green of terraced farmland is all the eye can see from the lush valley town of Rajouri. A famous located int he region, the town is associated with the Hindu epic, The Mahabharata, as a part of the kingdom of Panchal. At the foothills of the Pir Panjal range, Rajouri is known for places like Rajouri Fort, Gurdwara Chhati Padshahi, Balidan Bhavan, Rama Temple, Jama Masjid and Shiv Mandir.

Please note:

The region is ideal for amateur trekkers and photographers

– Pulwama


Also called the Anand of Kashmir (Joy of Kashmir) the region is overflowing with apple orchards and natural beauty. Built by 16th century Mughals, it also has many historical ruins.

Please note: Having been the region for the most recent attack and politico-military skirmish between India and Pakistan, travel tot he region may still be limited and restricted.

-Vaishno Devi


Perhaps the most popular location for Hindu pilgrims all around the world, Vaishno Devi draws in millions of devotees a year. Believed to be a shrine to the singular incarnation of three Hindu goddesses – Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati, and Mahakali, Vaishno Devi comprises of a holy cave that people must client uphill 13 kilometres to view.

Please note:

The trek takes 6-9 hours to complete, and one can see people of all ages, walks of life, and nationalities come together to complete it.

– Amarnath Cave

Amarnath cave

Considered the holiest shrines in dedication to the Lord Shiva, the Amarnath Cave is a 5000 year old significant pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is especially known for the annual festival of the Amarnath yatra, held in June – August.

Please note:

Do not miss the Shiva Lingam visible inside, It is flanked by two ice formations depicting Goddess Parvati and Shiva’s son Ganesha.

#2 Srinagar


Known for its beautifully silken sunsets, reflected on the whites of the snow-capped mountains that surround it, Srinagar is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in India that you could visit. The tar lined dark roads and oil lamps floating on lakes add a mystical quality to the already surreal vistas available to view here. The local culture and traditions are as fascinating as they are rich, seamlessness blending years of strife and sadness into a genuine respect for life and freedom.

The region awakens to Fajr (pre –dawn prayers) and celebrates life with zikr, accompanied by music flowing waters under its nine prominent bridges. With he smell of chai and rose gardens in the air, one can not help but meander through the valley’s many Mughal gardens, old buildings, and scenic wooden mosques. The crowning glory of the region – the Dal Lake has attracted travellers to it for centuries, from Sufi saints to photographers with large white lenses.

Visit if:

Ideal for every type of traveller – poor or rich, rugged or luxurious, nature loving or thrill seeking, Srinagar is a must-visit location int he area. With appropriate accommodations for solo travellers and large groups or families, Srinagar offers something for everyone.

Stay for:

3 to 4 days

Best time to visit:

The summer and monsoon months from March to November are ideal since most tourist attractions are open, and the weather ranges from a pleasant 20 degrees to 11 degreed Celsius.

Reach via:

While New Delhi is the closest international airport, any frequent flights ply from parts of India into the airport in Srinagar. Travel within the region is by road (cab, car rentals, government operated bus, private coaches, etc) or rail.

Don’t miss out on:

– Dal Lake

Dal lake

The ‘Jewel of Srinagar’, Dal Lake is spread over 26 sq kilometres in Srinagar. One of the most visited parts of the city, the still glistening lake perfectly reflects the sky above, as well as being dotted with colorful Shikaras, traditional wooden houseboats, and floating markets. A visit to Srinagar is incomplete without a ride on a Shikaras, the aforementioned wooden boats decorated beautifully with floral motifs and intricate carvings and canopies overhead. If you have some money to splurge, some of the Shikaras are also single room accommodations, designed to act as luxury suites. During winter the lake freezes over and is home to many ice skating related activities like sledding, hockey and more.

– Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden

Shalimar Bagh Mughal garden

The largest of the three Mughal Gardens that Srinagar is known for, Shalimar Bagh is a horticulturists paradise. Said to have been constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahaan, who’s down for architectural marvels such as the Taj Mahal, the gardens (like the Taj Mahal) are said to have been in honour of his beautiful wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Combining the breath taking craftsmanship of the Mughals and the natural flora and fauna of the region, the gardens overlook the Dal Lake, and are often regarded as a fine specimen of the architecture of the times. The man-made structures are nestled so respectfully amongst the natural splendour, that they seem almost of the garden itself, grown alongside the tall branches that surround them. Beautifully carpeted in lush green grass, the garden is also know for its many varieties of flowers, trees, almonds and walnuts.

Please note: Located in Chinar Chowk, Shalimar, the gardens are open from 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM, on all days of the week, with an entry price of INR 10, per person.

– Nishat Bagh

Nishat bagh

Just next to Dal Lake in Srinagar, the Nishat Bagh gardens are among the three well known Mughal Gardens in the region, Nishat being the second largest in size. An enchanting 12 terraced garden, the whole area is packed with green trees, scented flowers, and beautiful fountains. These perfectly manicured and pristinely maintained gardens are backdropped by the mighty Zabarwan Mountains, the juxtaposition of which emphasises the beauty of the gardens manifold better. The gardens’ storied elevation provides panoramic views of the lake below.

Please note: Located ion the main road, the gardens are open from 9 AM to 10.30 PM, on all days of the week, with an entry price of INR 10, per person.

– Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

Indira Gandhi tulip garden

Opened in 2007, the garden is a dedication to India’s first female prime minister, a strong and stead fast woman whose controversial decisions during the war lead to her unfortunate demise by assassination. The garden was built with the idea of promoting flower-growth called ‘floriculture’ int he region, and has proves a great success. In 2017 the garden was named amongst the 5 best tulip gardens in the world. Blessed with some of the rarest variety of tulips, the climate of the Srinagar valley is ideal for the growing of tulips, and the even the rarest in the world, the “Queen of the Night” tulip can be found here. The garden also hosts an annual festival which is a major attraction to the area from the months of March to May.

Please note: Located on Cheshma Shahi Road in Rainawari, the gardens are open from 7 AM to 7.30 PM,, on all days of the week. The entry fee for adults is INR 50, per person, while the fees for children is INR 25.

#3 Ladakh


An erstwhile buddhist kingdom, Ladakh is is known for its unbelievably jagged skyline, richly coloured mountains and waters that are so blue, people often accuse photograph of the region as being doctored. They’re not. The surreal beauty of this serene land is like none other, a vista that are are guaranteed to never forget. The dramatically rocky outcrops, picturesque gompas, meditational mani walls and multi hued flags are just a few of the colourful elements that dot this untouched, unobstructed landscape. The very traditional and culture of the locals speaks trendy to current conversations on respect for the environment, ecological awareness, and the preservation of nature. This magnificent and unexplored wonderland is often called heaven on Earth, where one can equally enjoy a relaxing walk along the water, or one of the many adventure sports offered here. Water rafting, safaris, etc. are very common here. Ladakh is first and foremost a bikers heaven, it being one of the most sought after road trip routes in India. Called the ‘Land of Passes’, if Jammu and Kashmir are paradise on Earth, Ladakh is the gateway to the same. Seated proudly at 2750 metres at its lowest and over 7500 metres at its highest, Ladakh’s unique topography presents a variety of both high altitude peaks as well as lush green grasslands.

A centre for Tibetan Buddhist culture in India, the region also attracts many who come to pay their respects at its colourful monasteries. Home to rare wildlife like the Tibetan antelope and yaks, the area is truly spectacular.

Visit if:

Ideal for every type of traveller, may they be an adventure seeker or peace seeker, it is advised that travel within Ladakh will test the limits of your vertigo, fear of heights, car sickness and/or respiratory abilities. Leh in particular is a popular destination for backpackers and solo travellers, owning to its extremely affordable accommodation services (provided you book in advance).

Stay for:

Ideal for a 7-8 day stay, owning to its many day trips from Leh.

Best time to visit:

Ladakh’s roads and main attractions are all accessible in the summer months of April to June when the temperature averages at a pleasant 15 degrees C. It is said though, that for the daring, the near freezing temperatures of the monsoon months, and the sub-freezing temperatures of the ruthless winter have a special charm of their own.

Reach via:

434 kilometres from Srinagar, and 494 kilometres from he city of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, from there Ladakh can be accessed by road – one can hire a jeep, car service or take a bus.

Don’t miss out on:

– Pangong Lake

Pangong lake

A slice of heaven located at an elevation of 14,270 feet, Pangong Lake of ‘Tso’ is a pristine body of water in Ladakh, and the highest lake in the world. About 60% f the lake is technically in China, and its elevation combined with brackish salty water doesn’t allow any vegetation of marine life exist inside it. Surrounded by high peaks on all sides, this crystal clear blue water body is a major attraction for adventurists, photographers, migratory birds and the accompanying bird-watchers. He temperature oscillates between -30 and -10 degrees, making the lake freeze into thick ice sheets, a peculiar phenomenon for a salty water body.

How to reach:

Located 225 kilometres from Leh, the lake can be accessed by road routes

Please note:
All Indian passport holders must acquire an Inner Line Permit to visit the lake, while foreign nationals must acquire a Protected Area Permit to visit this location.

Due to the elevation, those with breathing problems and vertigo must be cautious.

– Nubra Valley

Nubra valley

It is often said that many parts Ladakh appear as if they are on the surface of the moon – large expanses of rocky terrain covered in brown-grey mud or thick blankets of snow. When this visual is brought to mind, it is almost always in reference to Nubra Valley. This high altitude col desert is home so some of the most beautiful attraction fo the region, Diskit Monastery,Hunder Sand Dunes, Samstanling Gompa, Yarab Tso Lake, and the villages of Turtuk and Panamik.The plateau separates the Ladakh Range and the Karakoram Range, making is a long view with mountains on both sides. A short detour from here are the san dunes of Hunder, expansive white hills with mesmerising views west enjoyed on double-humped Bactrian Camels.

How to reach:

Since the valley is accessed via Khardung La, the highest motorable civilian all weather pass, it can be visited year road. The best weather for a visit is int he summer and monsoon months from April to October.

Please note:

Due to the regions politically sensitive nature, All Indian passport holders must acquire an Inner Line Permit to visit the lake, while foreign nationals must acquire a Protected Area Permit to visit this location.

– Khardung La

Khardung La

The gateway to some of Ladakh’s most enchanting views, Khardung La is an all-season pass, meaning it can be used all through out the year. A regular amongst tourists and local nomadic tribesmen, the region is at an elevation of 5,359 metres and is nailed as the highest motor able pass in the world. The pass links Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia.

The pass also has historical significance when in World War 2, it was used to make an attempted transfer of war ammunition to China. It was formally built up in 1976, and made accessible to motor vehicles in 1988.

How to reach:

Located 39 kilometres from Leh, it is best reached via road, using cab, car rental, or bus services.

Please note:

The pass is maintained by the Border Roads Organisation and is of great strategic importance as it is used to carry goods to the Siachen Glacier, a significant government military outpost. All Indian passport holders must acquire an Inner Line Permit to visit the lake, while foreign nationals must acquire a Protected Area Permit to visit this location.

– Tso Moriri Lake

Tso moriri lake

Without a doubt, Tso Moriri is the most popular and most photographed part of Ladakh. An equally popular tourist location and Bollywood filming venue, the scenic valley lake enamours all who visit. Located at a whopping 4595 metres above the sea level, Tso Morir is nestled within the Changtang Wildlife Sanctuary. Since it is protected land, visitors are not allowed to have limited camping activities along its 28 kilometre long banks, though many alternate accommodations with spectacular views are available at a short distance away. The 100 feet deep lake is also a hidden gem amongst the tall mountains that surround it, yet this cold desert is a untouched lake with ombre shades of blue that give all who visit a strange sense of engulfing warmth.

How to reach:

The lake is 220 kilometres from the city of Leh, making the road journey (the only accessible option) a 5 hour trip, one way.

Please note:

All Indian passport holders must acquire an Inner Line Permit to visit the lake, while foreign nationals must acquire a Protected Area Permit to visit this location.

– Magnetic Hill

Magnetic hill

If you cannot imagine how an entire hill can be magnetic don’t worry, neither can many physicists when they first hear of this unique natural phenomenon. The hill is said to defy the very laws of gravity. A white sign indicates where people must park their vehicles (in neutral). On doing so, gradually, the vehicle begins moving uphill at a speed of 10-20 kilometres per hours, all by itself. This gravity-defying hill is a sensation that attracts hundreds of tourists every month, each speculating about the possibilities of how this phenomena occurs without man-made tampering. While the region is undoubtedly rampant with folk theories as to how this happens, scientists believe that it is either an anomaly in the Earth’s magnetic pull or the fact that the hill is in such a unique position that an optical illusion trick the eye into believing that they are moving uphill while they are indeed moving downhill.

How to reach:

Magnetic Hills are on the Leh-Kargil-Baltic national Highway and can therefore be accessed by road, 30 kilometres from Leh.

Please note:

All Indian passport holders must acquire an Inner Line Permit to visit the lake, while foreign nationals must acquire a Protected Area Permit to visit this location.

– Royal Leh Palace

Royal leh palace

One of the most famous locations to visit in Leh, the Royal Palace was constructed in the 17th century, originally contracted by the the founder of the Namgyal Dynasty, Tsewang Namgyal, and later completed by Sengge Namgyal. The auto of the rock fortress is strong, magnanimous, and unreachable on the outside, yet the inside holds a sense of warmth and comfort that could not have been fathomed on first arrival. The palace was invaded by Zorawar Singh Kahluria, yet somehow managed to maintain its splendour. Consisting of nine storeys, each part of the palace was constructed with a specific function in mind, and still provides panoramic views of the bustling town below as well as the Stok Kangri mountains in the distance. Inspired by the Potala Palace of Lhasa, the Royal Leh Palace is a shrine to Tibetan architecture, 450 year old paintings, carefully curated exhibitions of ancient artefacts and the culture of the region over the years.

How to reach:

Open between 7Am and 4PM, the place is just 2.2 kilometres from the main city.

Please note:

Photography is not allowed inside the premises. An entry fee of INR15 for Indian tourists and INR100 for foreign nationals is charged.

#4 Kargil


The second largest city in the Ladakh region, after Leh, Kargil is both a breathing beauty and a site well known to Indians as the primary location for one of the most gruesome battles between India and Pakistan, the 1999 Kargil Wall where Pakistani soldiers, disguised as Kashmiri military insurgents, infiltrated the area in and around Kargil. Ever since, the region has become synonymous with many popular movies, both Bollywood (Indian Hindi film industry) and of Pakistani origin.

Located at an elevation of 2676 metres and seated on the banks of Suru aka the Indus River, Kargil is known for its rich cultural, historical and political importance. In the winters, climatic temperatures as low -45 degrees celsius have been recorded, while the summers are cold but sunny and pleasant. Up till the 18th or 19th century, the people of the region were predominantly Tibetan Buddhists, though after that period many of them converted to Islam. A mix of Dard and Tibetan descent, they are known as ‘Baltis’.

Today a peaceful and immensely beautiful city, there is no doubt that the region carries some scars from its troubled past. A famous spot for tourists every year, the unmarked sprawling mountains, pristine flowing waters, and endless sky above create a region of serenity instead of scars.

Visit if:

Ideal for nature lovers, Bollywood buffs, as well as patriotic domestic travellers, the city of Kargil is a very unique an interesting location to visit in the region. Somehow the perfect combination of history, heritage and beauty, the region has something unique to offer for everyone.

Stay for:

3-4 days

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Kargil is in the summer months of April to June when the temperature averages at a pleasant 15 degrees C and the sun is shining bright through its long days.

Reach via:

Kargil is a landlocked region, meaning like the majority of Ladakh the only way to reach it is via road. Cab and bus services are available from Srinagar, though it is locked in the winter months due to snow-piling. The road to Kargil from Das is open almost throughout the year.

Don’t miss out on:

– Chadar Trek

Chadar trek

For years now, Chadar trek has been known as the crowning glory of any adventure seeker’s bucket list. Located int he Zaskar region of the Himalayas, it is not only the most popular trek in the area, but also the most daring. That does not stop hundreds of people from attempting the route, especially the winter trek which is said to test the limit of human ability, The trek begins at the river in Chelling, at the point where the river begins to freeze. After crossing the relatively stable ice sheets that cover it, trekkers walk through 600 metre tall cliffs on both sides to reach the end of the Zaskar tributary of the Indus River, having travelled 16 kilometres a day. The temperatures at Chadar touch -35 degrees, and the total distance is 75 kilometres.

How to reach:

Beginning from Leh, the trek is attempted from start to finish by foot.

Please note:

Treacherous and daunting, this trek is neither for the faint of heart, nor the amateur trekker

– Mulbekh Monastery

Mulbekh monastery

A point of confluence for the two Buddhist sects – Drukpa and Gelugpa, the Mulbekh Monastery holds gompas for them both. The monastery grounds also feature a nine metres tall statue of Maitreya Buddha, carved out of limestone. Relic so other stucco statues and frescos have also been unearthed. The structures all hold within them priceless remains of painting and ancient prized items. The entire complex is located just 45 kilometres from the palace of Rajah Kalon of Mulbekh located nearby.

The history of the monastery is till date under dispute. Some postulate that the establishment of the Gompa and the associated idol dates back to the 8th century, while others believe that it was constructed in the age of Kushanas. While it is clear that the monastery is a missionary activity, is it said that the sculptor was Ladakhi and not Tibetan, as the Kharoshti scripts in the main structure proves evidentially.

How to reach:

Located 45 kilometres from Srinagar and 260 kilometres from meh, one can reach the gompa by bus or jeep.

Please note: The gompas are open from 08:00 am to 06:00 pm, on all days of the week, with no entry fee charged.

– Phuktal Monastery

Phuktal monastery

The Phugtal or Phuktal gompa or monastery is a popular attraction, nestled on the slope of the Lungnak Valley. The name ‘Phuktal’ means cave of liberation or leisure and the monastery is said to have been built over 2500 years ago. This fact is especially impressive when approaching the monastery, seeing it perched precariously on the steep mountain-side. It is said to have been a cave built to be a open welcoming place for any number of sages or saints who wishes to meditate here. The monastery is currently maintained by the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, established in the early 15th century by Jangsem Sherap Zangpo. The festivals celebrated here as per the lunar calendar are famous in the region, coupled with the scenic views that the building structure provides. Smonlam Chenmo is the most important one as it signifies the entry of the New Year.

How to reach:

This significant Buddhist monastery is so remote, even from the already remote nearest town, that it can only be reached via walking. All larger essentials are carried by herd animals during the summer or on the frozen Zanskar River in winter.

Please note: The monastery are open from 06:00 pm to 04:00 pm., on all days of the week, with no entry fee charged. Camera photography and outside food is not allowed here.

– Drass Valley

Drass valley

Popularly called the gateway to Ladakh, this region is where the 1999 war with the Pakistani army in Kargil was initiated, but the dropping of shells on the surrounding villages. Nestled amongst snow-capped peaks, the region was eventually re-captured, though it remains a memorial spot to the war.

How to reach:

Located at a height of 3,300 metres or 10,800 on NH1, Drass is most popularly known for being the second coldest inhabited place in the world, and the coldest in India. It can only be accessed by road.

Please note:

Located at 3230 meters above the sea level, the region’s temperatures hit -12 degrees on average, during winter.

– Kargil War Memorial

Kargil war memorial

Built by the Indian Army to commemorate the lives lost during the 1999 Kargil War with Pakistan, the memorial honour the many many martyrs that lost their lives on the very pink limestone hills from whence the central memorial structure is built. The complex also features a huge Indian Flag weighing about 15 kg flutters majestically over the memorial.

How to reach:

The memorial is accessible via Srinagar or Leh by road

Please note:  The best time to visit Kargil War Memorial is during the summer months from March to June. The mobile connectivity in the region I limited. The memorial is open from 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM pm., on all days of the week.

Emerald green mountain peeks merge seamlessly into huts that have resided in the same valley for centuries. The glistening clear waters and the thick blankets of snow seem to cloak the turbulent socio-political scene of the country. If the resplendent views and the deeply hospitable people are not enough, visit Kashmir for its perfectly manicured gardens, shimmering blue lakes, rolling mountains and endless supply of breaking vistas. The settling tranquility of Jammu, the rich culture of Kashmir, the chanting monasteries and frozen lakes of Ladakh come together to create an atmosphere you are unlikely to ever forget. May you be a domestic or a foreign tourist, Jammu & Kashmir will welcome you in with one arms.

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