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One of the all sanctuaries present in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the one at Dachigam is the best known. Once an exclusive hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Kashmir, it was declared a national park in 1951, owing to a strictly enforced conservation programmed, to preserve the Hangul population or the Kashmiri Stag.

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Dachigam National Park was setup in 1981. It lies in the eastern part of Jammu & Kashmir State . The park is at a high altitude, lying on the Himalayan Mountains and therefore it is covered with snow. Owing to the snow factor, the park has less of vegetation and more of Rocky Mountains and coniferous woodland.


A huge cup shaped meadow, lush and green with slopes where the silence is broken only by the tinkle of cowbells, Gulmarg looks like a fantasy set in a film and not surprisingly have been the venue of several films.

The valley of Gulmarg , a large meadow about 3-sq-kms in area, stands at 2,730 meters, 56-km south west of Srinagar . The name means 'Meadow Of Flowers' and in the spring it's just that, a rolling meadow dotted with countless colorful Bluebells, Daisies, Forget Me Not's and Buttercups. The valley itself is about 3-km long and up to a km wide.

All around are snow-capped mountains, and on a clear day one can see all the way to Nanga Parbat is one direction and Srinagar is another. It's a popular day trip from Srinagar to Gulmarg, although many people extend their stay or use it as a base for trekking. The road from Srinagar rises gently towards the lower slopes of the range, passing through rice and maize fields.


Situated 112 kms from Jammu , Patnitop is a relatively unexplored tourist spot, compared to the other resorts in the state. As this place has not been exposed too much to the tourists, its beauty is unmatched. This hill resort is perched on a beautiful plateau, enveloped by thickly wooded forests. Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the mountains cape of the Chenab basin.

In winter, the resort is generally covered with a thick mantle of snow, thus providing opportunities for various snow games including skiing. It is the best-developed tourist spot of Jammu and is second to none in its natural charm, climate, pine forests and lush green cover. With all its beauty at a hill station, it is a charming plateau at 2, 024m. Dense woods and lush greenery of Pines surround the meadow. Tracks lead to pockets where time stands still and calm prevails.



Katra town is taken as the base camp for the pilgrims visiting the famous shrine of Vaishnodevi in the Trikuta hills. Every year, nearly 4 million pilgrims pass through Katra on their way to Vaishnodeviji. Accommodations are available in tourist bungalows, yatrika and a number of private hotels.


Sonamarg is better known as "Meadow of gold", located at an altitude of 2730m. Sonamarg is 80 km northeast of Srinagar . The weather in Sonamarg is alpine. Summers (April-June) are mild and winters are cold (November-February). It experiences heavy snowfall in December-February.

onamarg and the areas around it have a number of trekking and hiking trails, which attract the adventure-seeking tourists. A spur of the Thajiwas range divides the Sonamarg valley. This spur is covered with pine, fir, and birch trees and has a number of camping sites nearby. On the other side of the spur, one can find a number of waterfalls and the Thajiwas glacier. Trekking routes from Sonamarg lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar (4080 m), Krishansar (3810 m), and Gangabal (3658 m). Other important lakes worth visiting in this area are the Gadsar Lake (which has abundant snow trout) and the frozen Satsar Lake (which is surrounded by alpine flowers and trees). One can enjoy the scenic beauty of Sonamarg by walking through its quiet meadows and flower-carpeted fields.


95kms far from Sringar, Pahalgam serves as the base camp for trekking. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims approach the Amarnath cave from this area. Untouched by the hands of progress, this place is an angler's delight and even an amateur can catch a rainbow trout from the rushing streams. The large brown bear is a natural inhabitant of the thick pine and cedar forests around the town.

Jahalgam has a golf course at 2400 meters above sea level. Camping equipment, ponies and skiing equipment are also readily available.

Raghunath temple

The name of the temple is taken after one of the names of Lord Rama.This temple is totally dedicated to Rama. Work on the temple was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh, founder of the Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir in 1835 AD and was completed by his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh 1860 AD. The inner sanctums of the temples contain gigantic statues of Gods and Goddesses and numerous 'lingams'. It contains representatives of almost the entire Hindu Pantheon, which makes it a rare sight to see. The inner walls of the main temple are covered with gold sheet on three sides. There are many galleries with lakhs of 'Saligrams'.

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