Kashmir Valley is considered as ‘Heaven on Earth”. It is India’s northernmost state that is famous worldwide for its majestic beauty. The valley of Kashmir offers a lot of important tourist hubs including Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, and Jammu.
Jammu is not only famous for the pilgrimage tour to the temple of Vaishno Devi but also famed for its natural splendor. Another shrine is Amarnath, a famous pilgrimage location that offers breathtaking views of Mt. Kailash and Himalayan snow-peaks along the trek route. In addition, Kashmir Valley’s Gulmarg is one of the most popular ski resorts in India and also is home to the highest green golf course in the world. You can also experience the picture-perfect Pahalgam and Sonmarg as well as a boat ride in the blue waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar.
Locally known as Devbhumi, Uttarakhand – a small north Indian state in the Himalayan region – is home to a large number of Hindu shrines. Uttarakhand has four very famous and beautiful shrines including Badrinath, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Gangotri. Besides shrines, it is also famous for its magnificent hill stations, the most visited of which are Almora, Mukteshwar, Kausani, Mussoorie, Pithoragarh, Nainital, Auli, and Ranikhet.
The state is also home to the Nanda Devi National Reserve, offering views of the snowcapped peak of Nanda Devi, and the Valley of Flowers National Park, which is famed for its meadows of various alpine flowers. Both these parks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Moreover, Uttarakhand has a number of trekking trails. Dehradun, the capital city of this small state, is a beautiful town in itself. Nainital is a small hill station that is well-known for the Naini Lake. Auli, a small village, is a popular skiing destination in Uttarakhand, also offering a panoramic view of the lofty Himalayan peaks. Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, Mussoorie is widely known as the “Queen of the Hills’ for its scenic beauty.