Katra Mata Vaishno Devi : Amidst the beautiful mountains and scenic beauty of Jammu, at foothills of Trikut Parvat, Katra, lies the temple of Mata Vaishno Devi. At an altitude of 5,300 feet and with mountains forming the lower Himalayas, it is one of the most sought after places in India. The Yatra takes through several temples namely, Bhumika Temple, Ban Ganga temple, Ardh Kuwari temple, Shri Ram Temple, and Bhairon Temple. The Mata Vaishno Devi Pindis are situated in a 95 meter long cave. After darshan, devotees return to Bhavan to collect their belongings and then back to Katra.
Srinagar : Enclosed by Himalayan Mountains on all sides, lies Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley which is prominently called Heaven of Earth. Upholding the title given to this place, Srinagar provides you the most gorgeous view of its lakes, gardens and houseboats. Justifiably dubbed as summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar never disappoints you culturally, religiously or as a traveller. While Hazratbal Mosque and Jama Masjid offers you impeccable architectural finesse, Shankaracharya Temple and Hari Parbat Fort delivers the cultural lushness of the region. If you are amazed at the beautiful trees and natural beauty of the valley, wait till you reach Dal Lake. The serene waters of Dal Lake and Shikara rides would ease you beyond imaginations. And the nerve-wracking car ride to Khilanmarg Snowpoint is spine-tingling. A visit to Srinagar is never complete without a tour of the royal Mughal Gardens. It is an assembly of several gardens constructed in Persian architectural styles. On the banks of Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh and Chashma Shahi Bagh truly are treats to eyes. Enveloped by the mountains, the ecstasy of the garden-fresh places seems like a paradise.
Gulmarg : Just 2 hours of a car ride would take you to Gulmarg from Srinagar. Gulmarg, the 7th best skiing destination as recognized by CNN International, gives you view of magnificent Himalayan mountaintops. Being at the touching distance from Line of Control, Gulmarg is guarded by Indian army at all times. Slope of approximately 5 kilometers is ideal for skiing and it ends at the town of Tangmarg.
Pahalgam : A 2 ½ hour cab ride from Srinagar Airport would take you to Pahalgam. Rested in nature’s motherly lap, the trips to Kashmir valley, Dabian and even Baisaran, the so called mini-Switzerland would soothe you and make you want to spend as much time here as possible. Chandanwari is a glacier and marks the start point of Amarnath Yatra. Betaab Valley is also an attraction for movie buffs for many films still get shot here. The journey to Tulian Lake, Aru valley and experience of white water rafting (if you are adventurous enough) would stay in your memory for a lifetime.
Amritsar – the city marked by its spirituality and liveliness
Amritsar is a famous city in the northern state of Punjab in India. This city greets large numbers of tourists throughout the year including the Sikh pilgrims who come to visit the holy shrines and gurudwaras here. Apart from the religious significance, the city of Amritsar also offers the vibrance that appeals the enthusiasts who travel in search of liveliness and genres of it like finest foods and joy and fervor. Situated just 28 kilometers from the international border with Pakistan, it also welcomes guests at the popular Wagah border that witnesses an authentic show by the forces personnel as a mark of tradition. If you are also looking to visit Amritsar then do not miss out these attractions!
Golden Temple:- Also known as Harmandar Sahib, Golden Temple is the most revered place for the Sikh community. It attracts large numbers of Sikh pilgrims throughout the year while foreign tourists are also attracted towards its unique charm that builds through the fine architecture and the spiritual feel. Its foundation was laid by a Muslim Saint Hazrat Miyan Mir Ji while the designing was done by Guru Arjan Dev Ji. Baisakhi which is the harvest festival of north India is celebrated with great fervor at Golden Temple when lakhs of devotees and tourists visit the place.
Wagah Border:- Wagah Border is the check post at India Pakistan border in Punjab. The Beating Retreat ceremony which is performed every day before the sunset draws thousands of tourists, both from India and abroad. The military personnel stationed at the Wagah Border offer the programmed performance in the most authentic way that is simply unique in the world. People visiting Amritsar as tourists should never miss it!
Jallianwala Bagh:- Jallianwala Bagh has found exceptional place in Indian history because of the bloody and cowardly act of General Dyer in 1919 before the nation became independent. He ordered his forces for the massacre of innocent civilians that gathered there on baisakhi day. This act was highly criticized including in British administrative circles and General Dyer was relieved from active service. Today, the memorial is visited by tourists who want to get the closer glimpse of what happened there decades ago.
Kurukshetra – a destination known for its spirituality!
Kurukshetra is a district in the northern state of Haryana. The city finds special place in Hindu mythology because of its connections with various legends and folklores that have been preserved as icons of religion and culture through generations. Kurukshetra is the place where the battle of Mahabharata is said to have been fought between the kauravas and pandavas and therefore this city is also referred to as the birth place of Bhagwat Gita!
Historians and cultural analysts in India have hailed Kurukshetra as the ‘cradle of civilization’ because of the rich milieu of various dimensions like spirituality, learning and the dharma. Today, Kurukshetra is visited by large numbers of tourists, most of whom are the Hindu devotees who throng to the religious shrines and temples here. The city is also among the oldest ones in India. Here are the top destinations that are on the ‘must visit’ list of the tourists and pilgrims coming to Kurukshetra.