1. Jammu City

The city of Jammu is indeed one of the famous places in Kashmir area. As you may know it, the city is bestowed by the presence of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, a significant pilgrimage spot for Hindus. It is also called the City of Temples, as there are many religious sites here, including Peer Baba Temple, Mahamaya Temple and Peer Khoh. Other than the spiritual side, the city is beautified with scenic charm and rugged Bahu Fort.

Best time to visit: Anytime is the best time to visit
Things to do in Jammu: Temple visit, sightseeing and trekking

2. Kathua

Commonly called the “city of sufis”, this city in Jammu and Kashmir shares the southern borders with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The city has a large presence of Sufi shrines of Pirs within its boundaries. For the history lovers willing to have a glimpse of Kashmir’s past, Kathua should be on your list of top places to visit in Kashmir. Situated on the banks of a river, Kathua offers scintillating views and serene atmosphere. The city is also a gateway to a state and a big industrial town with army presence.

Best time to visit: Summer is the best time to visit Kathua
Things to do: Jasrota fort is a must visit for history lovers. Picnicking in Ujh Barrage

3. Kishtwar

Since Kishtwar is somewhere far from tourists’ radar, offbeat travelers consider it a gem. The landscape here bewitches with its lofty hills, lush greenery consisting of pine and Deodar forests. The national park in Kishtwar attracts wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Other than that Machail Yatra and Sarthal Yatra are two pilgrimage circuits of high reverence, which you must consider during your visit. When searching for best places to visit in Kashmir, do include this in your itinerary.

Best time to visit: Summer
Things to do: Trekking, camping, wildlife safari and pilgrimage

4. Doda

Blessed with diversity in its landscape, Doda is a place for adventure and nature lovers. Whether you are a beginner in adventure activities or an expert, you will consider this a gem. Doda is, though lesser-known among tourists, it is well known for two Hindu shrines, namely – Athra Devi Temple and Chandi Mata Temple.

Best time to visit: Summer
Things to do: Trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing and temple visit

5. Poonch

One of the top beautiful places in Kashmir, without a doubt, is Poonch. The lush green meadows, view of snow-capped mountains and the eighteenth century Poonch Fort combine to weave a panorama that makes you weak in the knees. The seven lakes of Girgan Dhok have to be in your itinerary, alongside many religious shrines like Baksh Sahib and Gurudwara Nangali Sahib.

Best time to visit: Summer
Things to do: Temple visit, trekking and sightseeing

6. Vaishno Devi – Haven For Pilgrims

Nestled in Trikuta Hills, Vaishno Devi is a town famous for the temple that goes by the name of the town. It is said that Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Durga from Hindu mythology. This place is considered sacred as it is counted among one of the 108 Shakti Peeth in India which is why this temple receives a heavy footfall every year. The journey to the temple includes a trek of 13 kilometers which takes 9-10 hours depending on your pace. Services like palanquins, ponies, and helicopters are also available for those who cannot walk or wants to read early. There is no doubt that Vaishno Devi is counted among the top places to visit in Kashmir.

Best time to visit: March – October
Things to do: Trekking, shopping, and trying local food.

7. Patnitop – Picture-Perfect Paradise

Endless meadows and picturesque views describe Patnitop the best. Blanketed by the sky-high Himalayas covered with snow, Patnitop has created a niche in the tourism industry due to its surreal beauty. Along with this, the place also offers some thrilling activities that will treat the adrenaline junkie in you. It proves to be one of the top tourist places in Kashmir for both families and friends.

Best time to visit: May – June, September – October
Things to do: Trekking, paragliding, and skiing

8. Bhaderwah

Located in Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir, Bhaderwah is another one of the Kashmir tourist places that you must visit on your vacation. A scenic drive to this place is all you need to make your experience in Kashmir most memorable one. The rich flora fauna of this place will leave you invigorated and gratifying. This place is also famous for a huge variety of snakes. There is no doubt in the fact that it is the most beautiful place in Kashmir that you every nature lover must explore.

Best time to visit: May-June
Things to do: Trekking, skiing, Mela Patt

9. Kishtwar National Park

If you love nature and animals, then you should definitely add Kishtwar National Park to enjoy Kashmir sightseeing. There, you will find musk deer, Himalayan black and brown bear. The national park is located on a plateau above Chenab River and just below the Nagin Sheer Glacier. The lush greenery and landscapes will leave you reinvigorated. It is spread over a whopping area of 400 sqkm where you will find a variety of flora fauna. It is one of the famous places in Jammu and Kashmir known for wildlife and nature.

Best time to visit: May-June, September-October
Things to do: Wildlife safari