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Jammu and Kashmir, is known as heaven on earth. In the seventeenth century the Mughal emperor Jahangir set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir. After getting mesmerized with the beauty of this valley, he is reported to have said, "if paradise is anywhere on the earth, its here, its here, its here."
In Jammu and Kashmir the most important tourist places are Kashmir, Srinagar, the Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Jammu, and Ladakh. Some areas require a special permit for non- Indians to visit.
Famous Tourist Destinations
*. Vernag - A fresh water spring and a Mughal garden next to it, spring is chief source of Jhelum River.
*. Srinagar - Capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Dotted with lakes and gardens, this city of Kashmir is always a treat to enjoy in.
*. Dal lake - the most famous lake in Srinagar. Located in the heart of city it is dotted with the famous house-boats called shikharas.
*. Manasbal Lake - One of the deepest lakes of the country, its blue waters leave tourists spellbound.
*. Shalimar Gardens - it is the famous Mughal Garden of the city. It attracts huge crowds of tourists - both local and outsiders.
*. Nishant Gardens -Mughal Garden
*. Chashme Shahi - Mughal Garden
*. Pari Mahal - old monument of Pari Mahal, one can have full view of Dal Lake .
*. Shankaracharya Temple - Ancient Temple of Shiva
*. Hari Parbat - Ancient Temple of Sharika Bhagwati and an old fort on this hill.
*. Kheer Bhawani Temple
*. Gulmarg - Popular hill station and skiing destination.
*. Pahalgam - Hill station
*. Betaab Valley - A lush green valley 15km from Pahalgam where the movie Betaab was shot.
*. Sonmarg - Hill station
*. Yusmarg - Hill station
*. Amarnath temple - pilgrimage site for Hindu devotees of Shiva.
Patnitop: a scenic resort.
*. Vaishno Devi - famous shrine of hindus.
*. Bhaderwah - Hill station
*. Other places: Mantalai and Shivkhori, Punj old fort, Shahdra Sharif shrine, Bhimgarh Fort, Ramnagar Fort etc.
*. Leh - capital of Ladakh, famous monasteries.
*. Nubra Valley - scenic valley with towns of Deskit and Hundar. Known as the "orchad of Ladakh".
*. Lake Moriri - one of the largest and high altitude lakes.
*. Pangong Lake - Lake divided between India and China. It is one of the largest salt water lakes of Asia.
*. Zanskar - an appalling valley famous for its scenic trekking areas.