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How to Plan a Trip to Kashmir – A COMPLETE Travel Guide

How to plan a trip to Kashmir? For this, there are a lot of factors that you will have to consider like how to reach, where to stay, what to see, things to do, what to pack, how much will it cost, itinerary planning, etc. All of these questions cannot be answered in a single post if you truly want it to be detailed.

I have visited Kashmir a few times and have written several detailed articles that can be of help to everyone planning a trip. This information is scattered in several posts and getting the details that you need can be a little time-consuming.

For the sake of convenience and ease of navigation, I am cataloging these articles in the post below. Follow the links, take a look at the articles and every question that you have about visiting Kashmir will surely get answered. You will find complete information about popular destinations like Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Gurez, and Aharbal, as well as some offbeat destinations like Drung Waterfall, Chatpal Valley, Sinthan Top, Daksum, and several other places.

If there are still some doubts left, you can contact me on Instagram and I will be happy to help in any way that I can. I would greatly appreciate it if you could also consider subscribing to my YouTube channel .

To get the best hotel rates, and taxi charges, and to organize your trip to Kashmir, you can speak with Kunal @ 9910 402 252 . Give him my reference and you will surely get a discounted rate.

A Timelapse captured in Nubra Valley of Ladakh

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Best Time to Visit Kashmir

When is the best time to visit Kashmir? There is actually no straight answer to this question because it will depend on what kind of trip you were looking forward to.

If you want to see snow, January and February are ideal times. If you want to see lush green views, September will be the best time. For a honeymoon trip, I will recommend April and September.

If you want to see flowers and the Tulip Garden, you should plan for April. If you want to see Apple orchards, August and September is the best time to go.

For photography, a trip in the post-monsoon season will be best. For budget travelers, August and November are good times to go.

This however is just a brief overview. For a more detailed and month-by-month breakdown of this information, please take a look at When is the Best Time to Visit Kashmir .

Mobile Network and Data Connectivity

BSNL has the widest network in Kashmir but Airtel is better in terms of the quality of the network. Jio works decently well but the services of Vodafone and Idea are not that great.

The important thing that you should know is that only postpaid connections work in the valley. Irrespective of which network you were on, your phone will be dead as soon as you enter Kashmir if it was a prepaid connection.

But if it was a postpaid phone, you would have good reception and data connectivity in tourist destinations like Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam. If you went a little offbeat, your phone may or may not work depending on the service provider.

I have covered this topic in great detail in another article Mobile Network and Data Connectivity in Kashmir that you can take a look at. I have given a region-wise breakdown of the network reception in this post.

Kashmir Trip Cost

How much will a Kashmir trip cost? This will depend on a lot of factors like the number of travelers, duration of the trip, mode of commute, personal preferences, etc. But with that being said, there is still an average per-person cost that can be calculated.

Take a look at this post – How to Calculate the Total Cost of Kashmir Trip . While I cannot give you the exact cost of the Kashmir trip, I can still give you an idea of how you can calculate your own Kashmir trip budget. That is the information that I covered in this article.

Using the numbers below, you will get a fairly good estimate of how much you will end up spending in the valley. These are some of the minimum expenditures that you will end up incurring for accommodation, taxi, food, shopping, etc.

Clothes to Pack for Kashmir Trip

The next important question will be related to your packing. The clothes that you need for visiting Kashmir will vary according to the season and month of your trip. It will also depend on the places you have in mind to visit and your mode of commute as well.

I will recommend taking a look at Clothes for Kashmir Trip – Things to Pack for Kashmir Trip for more information on this aspect. In this post, I have talked in detail about the kind of clothes that you should be packing for a trip to Kashmir in different seasons.

Places to Visit in Kashmir

Now let us take a look at the tourist destinations in Kashmir, places that you just cannot afford to miss. These are the destinations that will become the very highlight of your journey.

I am adding Srinagar first to the list because that is where you will have to go first. Srinagar will be your base to explore the beautiful valleys of Kashmir.

But is it just that? The answer is no.  It is not just a base to explore Kashmir but rather a place that deserves to be explored, a place of both natural and man-made beauty.

Shah Jahan a long time ago aptly called Kashmir the paradise on earth, and Srinagar is the heart of that paradise. With its serene blue lakes and magnificent gardens ringed by an Arc of Majestic Himalayas, it is a picture-perfect town that looks straight out of a painting.

There is just so much to see here and so much to do. This I believe is the very reason that despite all the unrest and tensions, Srinagar continues to remain one of the most visited tourist destinations in our country.

  • Srinagar – How to Plan your Trip and Explore?
  • Places to Visit in Srinagar and Things to Do
  • Best time to Visit Srinagar – Best Month, Season, Tips
  • Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar – Entry Fee, Timings, Trip Planning
  • Nishat Bagh Srinagar – How to Reach, Timings, Entry Fee
  • Hazratbal Shrine Srinagar – How to Reach, What to See
  • Chashme Shahi Srinagar – How to Reach, Timings, Tips
  • Pari Mahal Srinagar – Timings, How to Reach, Best Time
  • Floating Vegetable Market of Srinagar – Flower Market
  • Shikara Ride in Dal Lake Srinagar – Cost, Timings, Best Spot
  • Sound and Light Show in Srinagar in Dal Lake
  • Astanmarg – One of the Best Viewpoints in Srinagar

Gulmarg in my opinion is the biggest tourist attraction in Kashmir. Known as the meadow of flowers, it is a heavenly place to tread in that offers mesmerizing landscapes and an enthralling possibility of various adventure activities.

Such is the beauty of this tiny hamlet that it attracts people from all over the country throughout the year. It is possibly one of those destinations where the tourist season never ends.

From families to adventure enthusiasts, Gulmarg has a lot to offer everyone. It not only draws tourists from other parts of the country but also is a favorite weekend getaway for the local Kashmiris as well.

Below is a list of articles that I have posted on Gulmarg. I will recommend taking a look at these before visiting this beautiful little town.

  • Gulmarg – A Complete Travel Guide and Itinerary
  • Gulmarg in Winter Travel Guide
  • Places to Visit in Gulmarg & Things to Do
  • Best Time to Visit Gulmarg – Best Month, Season, Activities
  • Gulmarg Gondola – Travel Guide, Sightseeing, Safety Tips
  • Alpather Lake Trek Guide
  • Baba Reshi Gulmarg – History, How to Reach, What to See

If you were planning a winter trip to Gulmarg, you may want to check out the video below. This was shot during one of my trips to Gulmarg in the month of January.

The next destination that you must visit during your Kashmir trip is Sonamarg. The place is easily accessible, remains open for most of the year, has plenty of hotels, offers amazing views, and is perfect for all kinds of trips.

Public transport is also easily available. There is a daily bus between Srinagar and Sonamarg. Other than that, shared cabs also travel on the route regularly.

For accommodation, there is a wide range of hotels to choose from, both for budget travelers as well as someone looking for a luxury stay. Read on to find out more.

Below is a list of articles that provide the information that you need to know in order to plan your trip.

  • Sonamarg – A Complete Travel Guide and Itinerary
  • Best Time to Visit Sonamarg – Season, Month
  • Places to Visit in Sonamarg and Things To Do
  • Thajiwas Glacier – Sonamarg to Thajiwas Glacier Trek Guide
  • Hotel Barzman Sonamarg – A Great Place to Stay
  • Taxi Rates in Sonamarg | Sonmarg Local Taxi Rates

If you were planning on visiting Sonamarg in the winter season, you can also take a look at the video below to get more details on the topic.

The name Pahalgam needs no introduction. It is one of the most visited destinations of Kashmir, one that receives tourists all year long. No trip to Kashmir is complete unless Pahalgam is a part of the itinerary.

Located at a distance of about 100 kilometers from Srinagar, Pahalgam is best known for its awe-inspiring vistas, lush green meadows, dense forests, and pristine waters. The place is also noted for the annual pilgrimage to the shrine Amarnath Yatra that starts here in July and August.

In the articles below, I have talked about how a trip to Pahalgam can be planned, places you should visit there, accommodation, public transport, and several other useful tips.

  • Pahalgam – A Complete Travel Guide & Itinerary
  • What to see in Pahalgam – Sightseeing in Pahalgam
  • Best Time to Visit Pahalgam – When to go to Pahalgam

But in my opinion, the actual fun of visiting Pahalgam is in the winter season. This is when the natural beauty of this place is at its best. Take a look at the video below to know what I am talking about.

Drung Waterfall

Drung Waterfall, also known as Drang Waterfall or Durung Waterfall, is a destination that must find a place in your itinerary if you are planning a winter trip to Kashmir. It may not be that large in size but the sight that it presents in the winter season is truly majestic and is sure to charm you off your feet.

As the temperature in the valley drops, the water of this fall starts to freeze. By early January, the entire face of the mountain that it falls from is covered by a thick layer of ice. The water still continues to flow down but is surrounded by huge icicles and snow.

The waterfall is located about 42 kilometers from Srinagar and 16 kilometers from Gulmarg. It remains accessible for all 12 months and can easily be included in your trip to Gulmarg. You can visit Drung at any time of the year but it is in the winter season when the waterfall is truly at its best.

For more details on this one of its kind waterfall, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Drung Waterfall and What to See . You can also take a look at the video below for more details.

Gurez Valley

Gurez Valley is one of the least explored regions of Kashmir and the one that can truly be called an offbeat destination. It is a place of high scenic beauty that does not really get the attention that it truly deserves. The vistas and the natural beauty of the mountains that you see here are very different than what you will see elsewhere.

Usually, when you talk about visiting Kashmir, it is mostly 4 places that come to mind – Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam. Even Srinagar just acts as a base to explore the other three places.

But Kashmir is so much more. There are so many other places here that will leave you mesmerized if visited. Gurez is one such destination that I will highly recommend that you find a place for in your travel plans.

How you can plan your trip to Gurez are details that I have covered in the posts below.

  • Gurez Valley – A Complete Travel Guide & Itinerary
  • Places to Visit in Gurez Valley and Things to Do
  • Best time to Visit Gurez Valley – Month, Season, Snow, Road
  • Habba Khatoon Peak Gurez – The Legend of Habba Khatoon
  • Razdan Pass Gurez, Kashmir – Sightseeing & Trip Planning

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Let us now take a look at some offbeat destinations that do not find a place in everyone’s itinerary but are definitely worth visiting.

Yusmarg is located at a distance of about 50 kilometers from Srinagar in the Badgam district of Kashmir. At an altitude of 2,396 meters (7,861 ft), it is an alpine valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains and meadows of Pine and Fir.

It is one of those places in Kashmir that are immensely beautiful but do not get the attention that they rightfully deserve. But for someone wanting to go offbeat and stay away from the crowd, Yousmarg is perfect.

For more details on this destination, please take a look at Yusmarg – A Comprehensive Travel Guide & Itinerary .

Doodhpathri

Doodhpathri is a small hill station in Kashmir. It lies in a bowl-shaped alpine valley surrounded by snow-clad mountains and meadows of Pine Fir and Deodar. It sits at an altitude of 2,730 meters (8,957 ft) above sea level and receives heavy snowfall in the winter season.

The region does not have all-year road connectivity yet and in the months of peak winter, it can get very difficult to reach here. For the rest of the year though, a trip to Doodhpathri can actually be made in less than half a day.

To be honest, it is not yet a hill station as there is little to no development in the region. What you see is nature in its raw form. There are just a few houses of the local shepherds and that is the only sign of civilization that you will see here.

The area is largely unexplored and receives very little tourism. However, efforts are being made by the authorities to develop it as a tourist destination. JKTDC has also built a resort here for tourists who want to stay overnight. You can take a look at Doodhpathri – A COMPLETE Travel Guide & Itinerary to find out more.

Mughal Road

Not many people would know about the Mughal Road. Srinagar Jammu National Highway, also known as NH44, is often considered to be the only road connecting the cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

It is true that it is indeed a better maintained, wider, more traveled upon, and shorter way to travel between the two places but it is definitely not the only one.

There actually exists another route that is far more scenic, less crowded, takes you through some internal parts of Kashmir, and has existed for far longer than the regular NH44 highway. Yes, I am talking about the historical Mughal road.

This route is the alternate way to travel between Jammu and Srinagar and to reach some internal areas of Kashmir like the town of Rajouri. It is also a very scenic route that definitely deserves to be explored.

For more details on Mughal Road, you can take a look at the posts below.

  • Mughal Road – Route Detail, Sightseeing, Best Time
  • Peer ki Gali, Mughal Road – Trip Planning & Sightseeing

Aharbal Waterfall

Aharbal Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kashmir. It is also the most easily accessible one and yet never crowded. Located at a distance of only about 70 kilometers from Srinagar, it is a place that is amazingly beautiful but does not get the attention that it truly deserves.

If you are planning to visit Kashmir, I highly recommend that you find a day in your itinerary for a visit to Aharbal. How can you plan that is what I have talked about in the article below.

  • Aharbal Waterfall – A Complete Travel Guide & Itinerary

Can you visit Aharbal Waterfall in the winter season? It will depend a lot on the weather at the time of your trip but yes, a trip can be planned. Take a look at this short video below to see how this beautiful waterfall looks in winter.

Daksum Valley

Daksum, also known as Daksum Valley or Daksum Village, is a viewpoint or a picnic spot located on the Anantnag-Kishtwar road near Sinthan Top. Surrounded by lush green mountains and sitting right next to the Bringhi River, it is a popular spot among the locals for family outings and school picnics.

If you are someone who likes spending time in nature, away from the crowd in an offbeat place, Daksum may just be your cup of tea. It really feels like in the middle of nowhere and if you were here during the weekdays, there would hardly be anyone around. For more details, please read How to Plan a Trip to Daksum Valley .

Sinthan Top

Sinthan Top, also known as Sinthan Pass, is a mountain pass located in Kashmir’s Breng Valley, on the road that runs between Anantnag in Kashmir and Kishtwar in Jammu. At an altitude of 12,500 ft, the top of the pass is also known as the 360-degree viewpoint as it offers a charming panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and the valley.

It is a beautiful mountain pass that should find a place in every tourist’s itinerary who is coming toward Pahalgam. Due to its close proximity, Sinthan Top can be easily incorporated with a trip to Pahalgam. The drive from Srinagar to Sinthan Top through the Daksum Valley is also quite scenic and offers a chance to visit some other destinations like Achabal Gardens, Kokernag, and Daksum.

For more details, please read How to Plan a Trip to Sinthan Top and take a look at the video below. This video covers both Daksum Valley as well as Sinthan Top because both these places are right next to each other.

Chatpal Valley

Chatpal, also called Chattabal, is not really a name that many tourists know about. It is a small valley located near Pahalgam but while Pahalgam receives thousands of visitors each year, almost no one goes in the direction of Chatpal. It is one of those places in Kashmir that are still unexplored and yet to find their place on the tourist map.

The majority of the folks you will find in Chatpal will just be the locals from Anantnag or any of the nearby villages, out there for a picnic or a family outing. Even they visit Chattabal usually over the weekends, on Sundays. For the rest of the week, you will hardly see anyone there.

If you are someone who likes to go to offbeat places, away from the crowd, and spend some time in peace, then Chattabal will surely look charming to you. For more details, please take a look at How to Plan a Trip to Chatpal Valley and check out the video below.

Public Transport in Kashmir

The best way to travel to Kashmir is either by your self-owned vehicle or a private taxi. But if you are a budget traveler, you can also opt for public transport which is available in the form of buses and shared taxis. The problem however is that it is not frequent.

It will be hard to find a JKSRTC bus anywhere in Kashmir. You will have to rely on mini-buses and shared cabs operated by the locals. They do not have a set schedule or timetable but are available throughout the day.

For more details on this topic, please take a look at How to Travel in Kashmir by Buses & Shared Cabs . In this post, I have provided complete details on how you can commute from Srinagar to other places by public transport.

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If you are planning on renting a taxi for your trip, the posts below can help you get a cost estimate. An important thing that you should remember is that places like Pahalgam and Gulmarg have their own taxi rates.

What it means is that if you rented a taxi to Pahalgam from Srinagar, it could only drop you in Pahalgam. To visit local places like Betaab Valley, Chandanwari, and Aru Valley, you will have to rent a local cab in Pahalgam.

The same rule applies to Gulmarg. If you want to go for a drive to Bota Pathri, you will have to rent another cab in Gulmarg for that.

Similarly, this rule is also applicable if you intend to move on to Kargil, Zanskar Valley, or Ladakh after exploring Kashmir. Take a look at the posts below to find out taxi rates applicable for these particular regions.

  • Srinagar Taxi Rates
  • Pahalgam Taxi Rates
  • Sonamarg Taxi Rates
  • Gulmarg Taxi Rates
  • Kargil Taxi Rates
  • Ladakh Taxi Rates

Renting a Bike

Renting a bike in Srinagar is a great way to explore for people who reach Kashmir by flight. There are a few bike rentals in the city which you can get the bikes from.

Please take a look at How to Rent a Bike in Srinagar and Srinagar Bike Rental Rates . From both of these posts, you can get to know the procedure and the cost involved.

Self-Drive Rental

If you would however like to rent a car in Srinagar and drive it around on your own, that is also an option. Please take a look at How to Rent a Self-Drive Car in Srinagar for more details.

Itinerary Planning

Your final itinerary for Kashmir will entirely depend on the number of days you have in hand, your budget, and your preferences. But I will recommend taking a look at How to Plan Your Itinerary for Kashmir .

In this post, I have shared different examples of itineraries based on the time at hand. You can pick any one of the suggested itineraries and either follow it completely or modify it as per your requirements.

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Food to Try in Kashmir

Your trip to not just Kashmir but any place is incomplete unless you have tasted the local cuisine. That in my opinion is actually one of the best parts of traveling to different places.

The mouth-watering local food to try in Kashmir is an experience that you just cannot miss. Below is a comprehensive list of what to eat and where.

A common question that gets asked most often is about vegetarian food and its availability. You do not have to worry about that as well.

There are a lot of places all over Kashmir where they only serve vegetarian, even Jain food as well. So finding a place to eat will not actually be a problem.

The posts below provide more information on the food that you should try in Kashmir and where.

  • Food to Try in Kashmir – What to Eat & Where
  • Cafe Liberty Srinagar Review – You Must Eat Here
  • Kareema Restaurant Srinagar Review

In the posts below, I have reviewed some of the hotels that I have stayed at during my trips to Kashmir. You can take a look at the information and pictures that I provided and decide if you wish to stay at any of these.

Read through my reviews below. I have also posted pictures of the hotel rooms that you can take a look at and decide if you would like to stay at any of these hotels.

  • Hotel One Earth Trinetar, Jammu
  • Hotel Grand Valley Inn, Srinagar
  • Hotel Barzman, Sonamarg
  • Kashmir Tourist Camp, Sonamarg
  • Hotel Green Park, Gulmarg
  • Hotel Royal Park, Gulmarg
  • Hotel Affarwat, Gulmarg
  • Hotel Iceland, Pahalgam
  • JKTDC Resort, Yusmarg
  • JKTDC Resort, Doodhpathri
  • Hotel Kaka Palace, Gurez Valley
  • Hotel Kargil Heights, Kargil

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Travelogues

Below are the links to detailed travelogues that I was able to pen down of some of my Kashmir trips. If you would like to, you can take a look at these logs to gain further information and see pictures of the places.

I have tried to be as detailed as possible in these logs, providing several necessary details for anyone wanting to plan a similar journey.

This one was my longest trip to Kashmir and covered most of the tourist destinations.

  • Road Trip to Kashmir – Planning & Preparation
  • Delhi to Jammu by Road – Day 1
  • Jammu to Srinagar via Mughal Road – Day 2
  • Srinagar to Astanmarg – Day 3
  • Shankaracharya Temple – Day 4
  • Srinagar to Sonamarg – Day 5
  • Sonamarg to Thajiwas Glacier – Day 6
  • Sonamarg to Srinagar – Day 7
  • Srinagar to Pahalgam – Day 8
  • Pahalgam to Betaab Valley – Day 8
  • Betaab Valley to Chandanwari – Day 8
  • Pahalgam to Aru Valley – Day 9
  • Aru Valley to Srinagar – Day 9
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg – Day 10
  • Gulmarg to Bota Pathri – Day 10
  • Gulmarg to Srinagar – Day 11
  • Srinagar to Yusmarg – Day 12
  • Yusmarg to Doodhpathri – Day 13
  • Doodhpathri to Srinagar – Day 14
  • Srinagar to Dawar in Gurez Valley – Day 15
  • Dawar to Chakwali – Day 16
  • Gurez Valley to Srinagar – Day 17
  • Srinagar to Aharbal Waterfall – Day 18
  • Srinagar to Sonamarg to Kargil – Day 19 & 20
  • Kargil to Hambuting La Pass – Day 21
  • Kargil to Hunderman Village – Day 22
  • Drang Drung Glacier – Day 23
  • Zanskar Valley to Srinagar – Day 24, 25, 26
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg to Srinagar – Day 27, 28
  • Srinagar to Jammu to Delhi – Day 29, 30

The trip above was entirely in my Thar. Take a look at this second travelogue. This was a complete bike trip done in a different manner.

  • 9 Days Trip to Kashmir – Prologue
  • Delhi to Srinagar by Flight – Day 1
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg – Day 1
  • Sightseeing in Gulmarg – Day 2
  • Enjoying the Gondola Ride – Day 2
  • Alpather Lake Trek – Day 2
  • Gulmarg Sightseeing in the Morning – Day 3
  • Gulmarg to Doodhpathri to Srinagar – Day 3
  • Srinagar to Aharbal Waterfall – Day 4
  • Aharbal to Peer ki Gali to Srinagar – Day 4
  • Srinagar to Yusmarg – Day 5
  • Sightseeing in Srinagar – Day 6
  • Srinagar to Gurez Valley – Day 6
  • Dawar to Chakwali – Day 7
  • Gurez Valley to Srinagar – Day 8
  • Srinagar to Delhi – Day 9

This was the time when I caught a flight to Kashmir, hired a self-drive rental in Srinagar, and drove around some offbeat destinations.

  • Delhi to Pahalgam – Day 1
  • Achabal Mughal Garden – Day 2
  • Daksum Valley – Day 2
  • Sinthan Top – Day 2
  • Chatpal Valley – Day 2
  • Betaab Valley & Aru Valley – Day 3

Winter Trips

The travelogues above were both from the summer season. If you are planning to visit Kashmir during the winter season, the travelogue below can be of help.

  • Delhi to Gulmarg – Day 1
  • Sightseeing in Gulmarg – Day 3
  • Change in Plans & Another Day in Gulmarg – Day 4
  • Gulmarg to Delhi – Day 5

This one is another winter trip to Kashmir.

  • Delhi to Srinagar – Day 1
  • Srinagar Old City Tour – Day 2
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg – Day 3
  • Gulmarg to Drung Waterfall – Day 3
  • Shankaracharya Temple & Srinagar Local – Day 4 & 5
  • Srinagar to Pahalgam – Day 6
  • Srinagar to Aharbal Waterfall – Day 7
  • Winter Trip to Sonamarg – Day 8

How to Plan a Trip to Kashmir

Other Travelogues

These travelogues were written by other authors detailing their journeys. Take a look and I am sure you can get a lot of helpful details from their travel stories.

If you would like your travel story to be published on my blog, you can send it to me with the relevant pictures at [email protected] . I can give a final touch to the log, put it up on the log, and add the links here.

  • Delhi to Kashmir Road Trip in 4 Days
  • Bike Trip to Kashmir
  • Shankphal Trek from Jammu
  • Honeymoon Trip to Kashmir

If you would like to take a look at some of my images of places in Kashmir, you can take a  look at the posts below. This can help you decide whether or not you want to visit that particular place or not.

  • Doodhpathri Photos
  • Shalimar Bagh Photos
  • Alpather Lake Photos
  • Aharbal Waterfall Photos
  • Dal Lake Photos
  • Gulmarg Pictures

How to plan a trip to Kashmir – Conclusion

I believe that is it. This should cover the majority of the information that you need to get in order to plan an enjoyable and hassle-free trip to Kashmir.

If there is a specific question that you were not able to find an answer to, you can contact me on Instagram and I will be happy to answer. You can also consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and asking a question there.

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Unlock the secrets to planning the perfect trip to Kashmir with this comprehensive travel guide, offering everything you need to know for a seamless and unforgettable journey. From choosing the best time to visit to navigating local customs and attractions, this guide is your key to experiencing the magic of Kashmir to the fullest.

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Very helpful to plan a trip.

Thank you !!!

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I am also planning to visit Vaishnodevi and start from them to Srinagar. What is the travel options from Katra to Srinagar apart from cab?

You can find buses as well

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We are planning to visit Kashmir during end of May to 1st week of June for the first time with family. Can we see snow anywhere in Kashmir at that time?

Hi Prabal – No, not that late in the season. Snow this year is anyway very less everywhere

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Hello Mr. Vargis, I’m Rajarshi Roy from Kolkata and I must confess that your blogs are really superb and detailed and really helped me to plan my honeymoon tour to Kashmir on 6th May 2024. I’ve one question that is May a good time to spend 2 nights in Gulmarg or shall I plan a day trip to Gulmarg? Your reply will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

Thank you Rajarshi Ji. If you have time, I will definitely recommend staying in Gulmarg for the night

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Thank you for this comprehensive guide on planning a trip to Kashmir! Your personal experiences and detailed articles make it easier for us to navigate and plan our visit. Grateful for the valuable insights!

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This is really a complete kashmir travel guide, this is very helpful for planning a Kashmir trip

Thank you Ankita !!!

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Hi Vargis, Your blog is very useful. I am planning to visit Kashmir from Delhi in my own micro suv with 2 year old toddler in May 2024? is it ok? I have atleast 12 days in hand. Places of interest – srinagar, gulmarg, sonmarg, doodhpathri, pehalgam, gurez …please guide…Regards

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Hello Mr. VARGIS, Refer aforesaid views, I am writing to you for your guidance and suggest good contact number for the entire Kashmir tour Myself and wife both are senior citizens , we are intend to visit Kashmir in the month of April 24 for 9 nights/10 days.

Sir you can talk to Faisal @ 907 000 0036

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Hello, Vergis sir, Shall I visit the gurez valley after mid november?

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Hello vargas.khan,I want ti travel kashmir after15th November. May I get snow fall at any place ?

Not in November Bhai, not int the lower areas

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Hello Do we need to change taxi at tangmarg while going to hotel stay at gulmarg in March? Or we can take taxi hired for 5 days to at least hotel in gulmarg?

You can take a taxi for 5 days but if you are planning a trip in winter, then you will have to change at Tangmarg. For rest of the year, it can be the same cab.

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Hello Vargis bhai, Thanks a lot for detailed information, Extremely helpful to people like us to build DIY travel plan.

I am considering trip to Kashmir from Oct 14 to 24, Mainly Srinagar, Gurez, Gulmarg and Pahalgam, , is this good time to visit Kashmir and all these places i want to cover.

I am planning below itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Srinagar Day 2: Srinagar Local Day 3: Sringar Gurez Day 4: Gurez Day 5: Gurez to Gulmarg Day 6: Gulmarg to Pahalgam Day 7: Pahalgam Day 8: Pahalgam Day 9: Pahalgam to Sringar and flyout

Please let me know your thoughts if i should make any adjustment to above plan.

This is a good plan Sachin Bhai. I am assuming that you are going to book a taxi for the trip?

Yep, thanks for your feedback , Yep I plan to book taxi for entire trip, few questions.

1) Is Toyoto Etiros/Dzire is good for Gurez trip of you need to have Innova /Scorpio ? Do you know if Razdan pass would be open during October or there is chance of closure ?

2) I changed my plan a bit to skip Gulmarg as I am not interested in doing Gondola, so is there anything else interesting to do there, I assume As i am covering Doodthpatri from Srinagar, the scenary would be similar., what is your suggestion ?

3) what is your opinion on doing Day trip to Yusmarg vs Doodhpatri, from Srinagar ?, doing both on one day could be hectic right ? which one I should do Yusmarg or Doodhpatri ?

Here is my final plan with and without gulmarg as below, let me know your suggestion.

Itinerary 1: without Gulmarg Day 1: Arrive Sringar and go to Pahalgam Dah 2: Pahalgam Local Day 3: Pahalgam Local Day 4: Pahalgam to Gurez Day 5: Gurez Local Day 6: Gurez to Srinagar Day 7: Sringar local Day 8: Srinagar Doodhpatri Day 9: Srinagar Flyout in evening

Itinerary 2: with Gulmarg Day 1: Arrive Sringar and go to Pahalgam Dah 2: Pahalgam Local Day 3: Pahalgam to Gulmarg Day 4: Gulmarg to Gurez Day 5: Gurez Local Day 6: Gurez to Srinagar Day 7: Srinagar Local Day 8: Srinagar DoodthPatri Day 9: Srinagar local and Flyout.

1. Razdan Pass usually remains open in Oct. Scorpio / Innova will be better but it depends on the number of people traveling 2. Yeah, the scenery is more or less similar 3. Same on one day will be hectic. Doodhpathri is better

If the taxi driver is agreeing, the second plan would be better

Thanks a lot for your Feedback Vargisbhai ! Yes we are 3 people so I assume Dzire or Etios should be good enough to cover Dawar – Chakwali route, right ?

For Chakwali route, you will have to hire a Sumo from Dawar. The drivers from Srinagar usually refuse to go on that route due to extremely bad roads. A hatchback or a Sedan driver will definitely not go

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Special thanks Verghis Bhai for so detailed information on helping out Persons planning Kashmir trip. Me and my wife both early 69s are planning for Kashmir trip for 5 days 4 night somewhere in May next year. Can u suggest suitable itenerary for above and some insight that how should I plan for private taxi. Thanks

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This is the most genuine blog I have come across while planning my trip to Kashmir. This covers everything in great detail. Thank you Vargis for all that work and I assure you this helps us travelers very much.

Thank you Akash Bhai for your kind words !!!

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Hi, I am Saikat, I got guidance from you for my ladakh tour and it’s really help me a lot for that thank you. Now I plan to cover Kashmir and again I read your blog it will help us to cover. Now I want a reference of a good and reliable tour operator for Kashmir tour.

Take a look at the contact me page Saikat … I have mentioned a few numbers there

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I would be glad if you please let me know at the earliest about Local Sight Seeing in and around Srinagar and Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Yousmarg, Dudhpathri, etc., during my ensuing visit to Srinagar from 10th to 16th June 2023. I am a SOLO Sr. Citizen.

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Thank you so much Mr. Vargis for your details, Want to choose one destination among Doodhpathri, Yousmarg and Gulmarg, please advise.

Hi Sangita – Gulmarg is better among all three of them but also crowded. If not Gulmarg then Doodhpathri

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Dear All, This is the review about Kashmironline. We booked on a package in this summer for a family through them, but the hotel which they have opted in Srinagar was not good. No power to stay, no water and no hot water as well. We have to ask for all service every now and then. But upfront the agency collects the payment. Also, they never respond. The reason for booking through a travel agent is that we will not have issues and it will be a safe travel, but here its very bad, there will be a response saying that they will do, but nothing will happen. Remember people travelling to Srinagar / Kashmir make sure you are clear on package, would recommend to make arrangements on your own. Do not depend on any travel agents. Specially Kashmironline at all. They are not friendly and held me in a hotel to pay the final amount. Never trust on any customer and they do not need any customer satisfaction. I have informed very clearly the balance 7-8% (Approx 9000) of amount will be paid on last day of my travel in morning, irrespective of telling and informing the same, they holded in the hotel in the lobby asking for balance payment two days prior itself. The agency called up the hotel informed that before I leave collect the balance money. That looks very bad in front of others asking for money as if am going to move away without paying from them. My only question is if you guys or agency never trust on customer, how do you expect the customer to trust you. If something goes wrong, you will never revert back right. Now, I had a bad and worst stay in Srinagar, they never responded to me anything about that at all. The kashmironline person was apologizing but nothing happened. The issues repeated thrice for all 3 days of stay, our stay was ruined. We went for sight-seeing late for all 3 days and we are not provided with basic necessity of things to stay. Irrespective of informing that Iam not comfortable on the first day itself. Please be aware of these things in Kashmir. Never book though kashmironline at all. They never bother about any feedback or comfortable stay of customer. Only money is important. The driver they organized doesn’t even have a courtesy and he dropped us the railway station by 9pm and have requested him to take me to 5km nearby for dinner which he denied. He never answered any calls after dropping us. Irrespective of informing that we need to have dinner before dropping us, he never bothered that Iam with 2 kids without food travelling for whole night. He was keen on moving away since the money is fully paid a day prior. Important is he knows entire story of this issue. They never change and felt bad for booking with them. Entire trip is ruined and I have give other hint to save other atleast, not to get cheated. Since no one save me.. kashmironline These details are from my recent personal experience during the month of May 2023.

With Regards, Balasubramaniam.

Thank you Bala Bhai for sharing your experience. Most of these online travel platforms are more or less the same. They act as mediators only. I always tell people to not go with any online travel platform.

Hello Vargis Thank you so much for your details, Want to choose one destination among Doodhpathri, Yousmarg and Gulmarg, please advise.

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Hi Vargis, Thank you for your sharing and your article very details. If you don’t mind please suggest best travel agent in Kashmir who can arrange. We plan our trip on December 2023.. tq

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Hello. Thanks for the details. I am planning Gulmarg directly from the airport (2 nights) , then Sonmarg (2 nights), then Pahalgam (3 nights) and then Srinagar (2 nights). Is that itinerary okay ? Are these places equidistant

2 and 3 days is a bit much. Gulmarg 1 day, Sonamarg 1 day and Pahalgam 1 night should be more than enough. You can spend rest of your time visiting other places.

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Vargis Ji, we are not getting tickets for Gondola Ride. what would be other options?

No other option bhai. You can check at the counter if anyone is selling in black

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Hi I am visiting from may 1 to 6 ., this is my first trip to kashmir solo, will travelling to Kargil from Srinagar for 2 days be good ..?

That road is not open yet. There is no telling if it will open by May 1

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What a great Blog. Covers almost everything. The best part is that it is not commercial blogs, which generally have an interest in the places they mention. You have written in simple language and from your first-hand experience. I am a Sr. Citizen and also handicapped. I use an artificial limb, but mobility is not an issue (maybe rocky climbing and snow/water). I do travel a lot. My question is: Will you recommend Gondola Phase I and II? My Travel Agent has custom-built an Itinerary for my wife and me using taxis only for the 2 of us. I was told that there is a Union issue and private taxis are not allowed in Gulmarg and Pahalgam and I will have to book local taxis there.

Please advise keeping my handicap in mind. Thanks.

I intend to travel in mid-September.

Thank you for your kind words, Mr. D’Souza.

If you are going to stay in Gulmarg overnight, then yes, I will recommend the Gondola ride. If you are just planning a day trip, it will be best to skip it.

You do not need to rent another taxi in Gulmarg for sightseeing. They may ask to take you to Bota Pathri by renting another cab but avoid that. There is nothing there. All the other places in Gulmarg are near the market area. No additional taxi is needed.

Yes, you will have to rent another taxi in Pahalgam for local sightseeing. Srinagar taxi will not be allowed there.

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Hello Vargis, your blogs are awesome, provides complete details one need to plan themselves. Great work! I’m confused in choosing one between yusmarg and doodhpathiri. If i have to select one of these, which one should it be? TIA

Hello Priya Ji – Thank you for your kind words. Both of the places are equally beautiful but if I have to pick one, I will go to Doodhpathri.

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Such a detailed article!!! Thanks for sharing

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There are so many very well known and most liked temples in Kashmir I didn’t find any mention of these temples and places in your article is there any particular reason or you missed it In case you need any help to draw your attention towards those places I can do that

Pran Bhai Most of these temples are located in the old Srinagar town and I never had the chance to visit there until recently. I do not put any information on the blog until I have been to that place. Please see this post. I did visit the temples and highlighted them

https://vargiskhan.com/log/srinagar-old-city-tour/

If you have information on these temples, please do let me know and I will update. The two that I have been to is the Mangaleshwar Mahadev temple and the Ganesh Ji temple in Ganpatyar. I know there are a lot many others and I plan on visiting them during my next trip so that I can write a post about the temples in Srinagar.

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Khan Sir, We are 03 couples (65 years age )planning for Kashmir for 7 Night trip. 1n Gulmarg, 2 N Pahelgam,4N Srinagar. Will see sonmarg,Dooghpatri & all places in srinagar. Pl. suggest best travel agent in srinagar who can arrange . Our travel month is third week of March 2023. Thanks & regards, Pinakin Desai mob:7600227499

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Hi Vargis, your blogs are just out of this world. You can start publishing “Vargis Planet”

I have a mobility issue. Though I drive but I walk with crutches and small distances only. I followed your blog on Prashar Lake and you had clarified all my concerns so well that I drove upto the last possible point without any issue and then a little walk to the point from where the lake is visible. Though I didn’t trek down to the lake and temple. That was little too much for me.

Anyway, I am now planning to drive to Kashmir in Sept 1st week and plan to spend 3 days each at Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg. I wanted to ask you how long is the walks at various gardens in Srinagar. I also plan to do Doodhpatri, Yousmarg and Achabal.

Is there too much to walk in Phase 1 and 2 of Gandola, also Sonmarg, Kokernag, Daksum areas? I will be thankful if you can reply to me and help me plan better.

Hi Swati – Sorry I had been traveling myself for the last couple of months and did not see your comment until now. Sorry for the late reply. I guess you are already in Kashmir by now.

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30 Best Places to Visit in Kashmir - A Heaven Of Earth

April 16, 2024

With numerous breathtaking places to visit in Kashmir, it is an appealing gateway that welcomes millions of tourists annually. This bizarre city, located near several lovely sites, has many intriguing attractions. From stunning valleys and quaint villages to breathtaking fruit orchards, untouched meadows, fresh mountain air, and snow-covered slopes, Jammu is the ideal starting point for discovering Kashmir's attractions, and the Kashmir tour packages allow you to realise your dreams.

Unlock the wonders of this stunning region with carefully planned Kashmir tour packages , which provide a memorable journey through the magnificence that awaits around every corner.

Whether you're on a single trip, a romantic vacation, or a family vacation, these Kashmir tourist places will undoubtedly be on the to-do list. While visiting the beautiful Chashmashi Gardens or the Verinag Spring is a wonderful way to spend time with a loved one, a short trip to Dachigam National Park or Yusmarg would be excellent selections for a healthy family vacation.

So why delay? Plan a trip to Kashmir with Trip Planners India today.

Here Are The Top 30 Places To Visit In Kashmir

1. srinagar.

Srinagar  is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Srinagar is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir for honeymoon and concrete reasons. The city set along the banks of Jhelum has some of the best honeymoon places in Jammu & Kashmir. Whether it's the enigmatic Dal Lake or the beautiful Mughal gardens, you will have a beautiful time in this enthralling city with the Best Srinagar tour packages .

Experience the Best places to visit in Srinagar , including serene Dal Lake, lush Mughal Gardens, vibrant markets for unique handicrafts, and authentic Kashmiri cuisine for a memorable journey.

You can also explore the floating vegetable market at the edge of Dal Lake and visit the apple orchards to pluck fresh fruits from the trees.

  • How to reach: Fly to Srinagar Airport or get down at Udhampur Railway Station to reach Srinagar. 
  • Must do: Stay in the boat house, Visit the Mughal gardens, Take the shikara ride
  • Best time to visit: June to October, and for snow, you must visit Srinagar in December or January
  • Famous for: Gardens, lakes, and houseboats.
  • Ideal duration: 5 days

Gulmarg is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

The cosy and ideal weather makes Gulmarg one of the best Kashmir tourist places for tourists to visit. The mature pines grace the meadows and make the snow-capped peaks even more stunning. Even the cheapest Gulmarg travel package will give you a glimpse of some breathtaking places and things to do in Gulmarg , including the Anglican Church of St Mary's and the Strawberry Valley. 

The Apharwat Peak is one of the best places to visit in Gulmarg and is the perfect place for a gondola ride and exploring the snowclad slopes. It would help if you also visited the Ningle Nallah to witness a calm, cooling mountain stream. Seven Springs is another place to explore seven natural water outlets. Visit Gulmarg with the cheapest tour packages for Kashmir for an affordable and exciting vacation.

The Maharani Temple is perfect for couples with a religious side and is one of the most popular places to see in Srinagar. Moreover, Gulmarg is one of the best snowfall places in India to accompany your partner and have a romantic time. In this regard, you can visit Gulmarg with the best couple tour packages.

  • How to reach: Fly to Srinagar Airport or take a train to the Jammu Tawi Railway Station to visit Gulmarg. 
  • Must do: If you are visiting Gulmarg with your beloved, you should go for a gondola ride. Skiing and bird watching are some other activities to try in Gulmarg. The Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is also great for mammal viewing. 
  • Best time to visit: April to June
  • Famous for: Picturesque view of the Himalayan peaks in the background.
  • Ideal duration: At least 2 days.

3. Sonmarg

One of the best Kashmir tourist places to visit in May in India, Sonmarg also looks enchanting during the winter months. The natural beauty of the place, packed with peaks, lakes, falls, and forests, makes Sonmarg one of the most serene and aesthetic Kashmir honeymoon places. The Gangabal Lake, Satsar Lake, and Gadsar Lake are pristine water bodies that heighten the scenic appeal of Sonmarg. You can plan to travel to this place from any location.

This pass connects Sonmarg with Ladakh and is a hub of snow-covered peaks, Zojila Glacier, and deep denes. Baltal Valley is yet another undamaged attraction to immerse yourself in tranquillity, stunning beauty, and peaceful terrain. Sonmarg is also home to the Kargil War Memorial, a keepsake reminding us of the courage and bravery of our war heroes. It is one of the most beautiful places in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • How to reach: If you want to reach Sonmarg, you can fly to Srinagar Airport or go to the Jammu Tawi Railway Station. 
  • Must do: If you are in Sonmarg, don’t forget to trek amidst the snow-capped mountains or camp under the starry sky. White water rafting, fishing, and sledding are some of the other activities to try in Sonmarg. 
  • Famous for: Verdant vegetation and snow-capped mountains.
  • Ideal duration: 2 days

4. Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Betaab Valley, one of the best hill stations in Srinagar, served as the backdrop for a hit Bollywood film and can be visited with the best tour packages in India . This valley's coniferous forests and gushing streams will let you escape into a serene world. 

Despite the need for more organised tourist spots, the best Betab Valley Pahalgam travel packages will cover several destinations for weekend getaways and picnics. It is one of the picturesque places to see in Srinagar.

  • How to reach: Fly to Srinagar Airport or get down at Udhampur Railway Station to reach Betaab Valley. 
  • Must do: Trekking, camping, and hiking are some of the best activities for couples visiting Betaab Valley. 
  • Best time to visit: June to September
  • Famous for: The Bollywood film, Betaab, starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh, was shot here in 1983.

5. Pahalgam

Pahalgam  is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

The picturesque destination of Pahalgam sits amidst the Liddar Valley. Often referred to as the Valley of Shepherds, Pahalgam is one of the best places to visit in Srinagar. Once you step into Pahalgam, you will be transported to a world of tranquillity with breathtaking destinations. The best Betaab Valley Pahalgam honeymoon packages include stunning spots like Sheshnag and Tulian Lake. 

If you are a fan of the luxury sport of golf, play it with a scenic view of the Himalayas on the Pahalgam Golf Course with the recommended Pahalgam tour packages . If you are looking for the best season to visit Kashmir, then winter is the best to visit Pahalgam.

  • How to reach: Fly to Srinagar Airport or get down at the Udhampur railway station to reach Pahalgam. Some tourists also prefer getting down at the Jammu Tawi Railway Station to reach Pahalgam. 
  • Must do activities: Go for a picnic, pony riding, or zip lining at Baisaran. Kolahoi Glacier is a great destination for trekking. Shop for Kashmiri handicrafts, carpets, kaftans, Namaz prayer rugs, and other lovely items with Kashmiri embroidery. 
  • Best time to visit: March to June and October to February
  • Famous for: The annual pilgrimage to Amarnath Yatra.

6. Dal Lake

dal lake  is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

The Dal Lake, also known as the jewel of Srinagar, is connected with a visit to the town, serves as a visual representation of it and is one of the top places to see in Jammu Kashmir. It is Jammu and Kashmir's second-largest lake, spanning 15 kilometres. The mirror-like Dal Lake reflects the snow-dusted peaks of the Pir Panjal Himalayas as colourful shikaras (gondolas) float by. The houseboats and shikaras are the main attractions.

The Dal Lake in Srinagar, one of the best places to see in Kashmir, is also famed for its floating market (known as Raad), where traders have their own Shikaras and are not afraid to approach tourists with their most charming handicrafts, saffron, delicacies, and even ice creams in sight. During the winter, ice skating on the frozen Dal Lake is popular among tourists. The Kashmir tour package provides a complete guide to exploring Kashmir in September .

  • How to reach: Tourists can also hire a cab to Lal Chowk and then use public transport like the bus to reach Dal Lake.
  • Best time to visit: Shikara ride, shopping, houseboat stay.
  • Famous for: Scenic beauty and pilgrimage centre.
  • Ideal duration: 3 to 4 hours

7. Vaishno Devi

Vaishno Devi is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Additionally, the Ardhkuwari Gufa is a popular place for tourists visiting Vaishno Devi. This place is believed to be the place of meditation for Mata Vaishnodevi and is one of the most popular places to see in Kashmir.

  • How to reach: Fly to the Jammu Airport or get down at Udhampur Railway Station to reach Vaishno Devi. 
  • Must do things: Apart from worshipping at the shrine, you can also go trekking in Vaishno Devi.
  • Best time to visit: March to October
  • Famous for: One of the pilgrimages for Hindus in North India.
  • Ideal duration: 4 to 7 hours

Kupwara is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Among the most beautiful places in Jammu and Kashmir., Kupwara is a destination for couples with an unadulterated love for nature. You will find everything in this district, ranging from glowing valleys to picturesque meadows. Several Kashmir trips from Hyderabad include a trip to the Army Camp with brave soldiers guarding us and doing a thankless job. 

The Bangus Valley is another location to explore in Kupwara, with contracted trees and taiga. Chandigram, included within Lolab Valley, is yet another of the places to see in Jammu Kashmir for honeymoon couples. If you visit Kupwara, Sibam Valley and Lallab Valley are some of the best places to see in Kashmir.

  • How to reach: Fly to Srinagar Airport or get down at the Sopore Railway Station to reach Kupwara. 
  • Must-do things: Hiking, trekking, bird watching, and fishing are some of the most iconic activities tourists can try in Kupwara. 
  • Best time to visit: December to April
  • Famous for: Lush green forests and pastures.
  • Ideal duration: 2 or 3 days

Pulwama is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Pulwama, a quaint little town, is one of the best places to see in Jammu Kashmir for a honeymoon. The aromatic saffron fields, pleasant weather, and beautiful orchards lend this place encapsulating beauty. Numerous tourists from Kolkata plan this trip to Pulwama every year.

December is the best time to visit Kashmir, and Pulwama is one of the top places.

  • How to reach: How to Reach: Tourists can fly to Srinagar Airport to reach Pulwama. 
  • Must do things: If you are an adventure-lover, you should try activities like snowboarding, skiing, trekking, and mountaineering in Pulwama. 
  • Best time to visit: April to October
  • Famous for: Rice production
  • Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days

10. Anantnag

Anantnag is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Situated 53 kilometres away from Srinagar, Anantnag is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir for honeymoon in India on a low budget. The freshwater springs and gushing streams in the area make it extremely soothing. The lush gardens of Anantnag are a treat to the sore eyes. 

If you check out kashmir tour packages, you will find some religious spots, including the Ziarat Baba Hyder Reshi, Martand Sun Temple, and Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki. Some other captivating spots to explore in Anantnag include Verinag, Achabal, and Kishtwar National Park. 

As a meeting point of three streams, Arapath, Sandran, and Brengi, Anantnag is among the best Jammu and Kashmir tourist places. 

  • How to reach: Fly to Srinagar Airport or get down at the Udhampur Railway Station to reach Anantnag.  
  • Must do things: If you are in Anantnag, you will have to go river rafting, golfing, skiing, trekking, and mountain biking. 
  • Best time to visit: November to March
  • Famous for: Natural beauty, historical sites, and hospitable people.
  • Ideal duration: 4 days

11. Nishat Garden

Nishat Garden is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Nishat Garden, established in 1633 by Asif Khan, Nur Jahan's elder brother, is the second biggest Mughal garden and is one of the few unique places to visit in Kashmir. The Nishat Garden, often known as the "Garden of Bliss," is a stunning 12-terraced garden surrounded by towering Chinar trees. The park features a central water channel as well as other stunning fountains.

The Nishat Garden's design is inspired by Persian architecture, but the landscaping incorporates Kashmiri river patterns and landscape. The Nishant Garden also provides beautiful panoramic views of the lovely Dal Lake, with the magnificent Zabarwan Mountains providing the ideal backdrop. It is one of the most beautiful places in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • How to reach: 42 hr (2,355.7 km) via NH 44
  • Must-do things: Sightseeing, walking, shopping, and taking pictures.
  • Best time to visit: April to June and September to November
  • Famous for: Offers a breathtaking view of Dal Lake.
  • Ideal duration: 2 to 3 hours

12. Shalimar Garden

Shalimar Garden is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

The wonderfully laid-out Shalimar Bagh is the largest of Srinagar's three classic Mughal gardens. The Shalimar Garden was built in 1619 on the orders of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, who dedicated it to his wife Nur Jahan. This public park, nicknamed the "Crown of Srinagar," overlooks the glittering waters of the stunning Dal Lake.

'Shalimar' means 'Abode of Love' in Sanskrit and is also known as Farah Baksh and Faiz Baksh. The magnificent Shalimar Garden combines stunning artificial structures, dazzling architecture, natural attractiveness, and well-maintained vegetation.

  • How to reach : 41 hr (2,255.8 km) via NH 44
  • Must do things: Picnic, walk, and sightseeing
  • Best time to visit: Mid-February to Mid-April and September-October.
  • Famous for: Known for chini khanas, or arched niches, behind garden waterfalls.
  • Ideal duration: 1 to 2 hours

13. Chashmashahi

Chashmashahi is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Despite its many attractions, the city's Mughal Gardens are among the most breathtaking locations to visit in Kashmir. And the Chashma Shahi Gardens is one of them. This ancient garden was constructed in the early 17th century for Prince Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Emperor Shah Jahan. A freshwater spring flowing through terraces is in the middle of the garden.

  • How to reach: The Chashma Shahi is located within the jurisdiction of Srinagar city, 14 kilometres (9 mi) northeast of the Srinagar Airport.
  • Must do things: Picnic, walk, sightseeing
  • Famous for: Natural spring known as Rupa Bhawani

14. Yusmarg

The surreal beauty of Yusmarg, a short drive outside of Srinagar Main, has earned it the moniker "Meadow of Jesus." Yusmarg, one of the most popular destinations in Kashmir for weekend vacations, is a small paradise with lengthy stretches of expansive green fields stretching beyond the horizon.

Pir Panjal's highest peaks are located in The Meadow, including Tattakutti and Sunset Point, which provide unmatched scenery of the valleys below. Several Hindu temples and shrines can also be seen around the area. Yusmarg has continuous snowfall throughout the winter, making it an excellent location for winter activities like skiing. Winter is the best time for Kashmir vacation.

  • How to reach: 1 hr 32 min (48.9 km) via Charar-i-Sharief Yusmarg Rd
  • Must do things: Hiking, walking, sightseeing
  • Best time to visit: Between April and June and September to November.
  • Famous for: Long stretches of green pastures.
  • Ideal duration: 1 day

15. Aru Valley

With untrodden valleys and scenic landscapes, Aru Valley is one of the best places to visit in North India. Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the place oozes calming vibes. The Aru Valley Pahalgam tour packages include incredible places like the Tarsar Lake and Kolahoi Glacier. Aru Valley has several spots for picnics and trout fishing in the magnificent lakes. 

  • How to reach: Fly to Srinagar Airport or get down at Katra railway station to reach Aru Valley. 
  • Must-do things: Some of the best activities to try in Aru Valley include trekking, horse riding, and trout fishing. 
  • Best time to visit: July to September
  • Famous for: It is famous for its scenic meadows.
  • Ideal duration: 1 to 2 days

16. Amarnath

Amarnath is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Amarnath Shrine is one of Kashmir's most treasured tourist destinations and one of the most well-known Hindu sanctuaries worldwide. Amarnath is over 3,800 feet above sea level, so getting there requires significant walking. Along the route, one may see where the Amaravati and Panjtarni rivers converge and stop for a quick swim in the former.

Because of its height, the cave is only accessible to devotees for a few brief months of the year, during which time it is mostly covered in snow. The naturally occurring Shiva Lingam, which is kept inside its womb and is made of water droplets that gather and freeze inside the cave, is the main attraction of the Amarnath Cave shrine. It is one of the popular Kashmir places to see.

  • How to reach: Take a flight from the Srinagar airport.
  • Must do: Trekking, hiking, sightseeing, and peony rides.
  • Famous for: Narrating the secrets of immortality and the creation of the Universe to Maa Parvati ji.
  • Ideal duration: 1 or 2 hours

17. Sanasar

A little meadow in the Jammu region built like a cup, Sanasar is one of the least frequented locations in Kashmir. The meadow is named after the two settlements, Sar and Sana, and is renowned for its beauty, which is comparable to Gulmarg. One of the most well-liked locations in Kashmir for trekking and camping is Sanasar. Several moderately challenging hiking paths run through the area's hills, making it a great spot for novice and experienced hikers.

Here is the Shank Pal Temple, a renowned 400-year-old temple devoted to the snake-God Naga, accessible after a 5-hour hike. One of the nation's highest 9-hole golf courses is also located in the town. December is the best month to visit Kashmir.

  • How to reach: The Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Sanasar. From here, one can either hire a cab or take a bus to reach Sanasar.
  • Must do: Paragliding, camping, trekking, and golfing.
  • Best time to visit: May to June and September to October
  • Famous for: It is the aero-adventure-sports capital of Jammu

18. Khilanmarg

Khilanmarg is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

The claim that Khilanmarg is the most picturesque location in Kashmir will only be made by those who have been there. The valley's seductive scenery and jaw-dropping views will leave you in a trance. Situated 6 miles ahead of Gulmarg, this location is only frequented by the brave few. Even though there isn't much to do here, nature lovers will enjoy spending time here. It is ranked top among the Kashmir famous places.

The main draw in the summer is the fragrant flowers; in the winter, skiing draws visitors to this location. It is one of the famous Kashmir places to see.

  • How to reach: Take a train from Jammu Railway Station, or you can reach Khilanmarg by gondola from Gulmarg.
  • Must do: Visit temples, trekking, skiing
  • Best time to visit: November to February
  • Famous for: Scenic beauty, trekking and skiing
  • Ideal duration: 7 to 10 days

Baltal is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Baltal's stunning surroundings are why it's one of the most well-known locations in Kashmir. The Amarnath caves are barely 14 kilometres distant, providing a place for pilgrims to stay the night. This valley is among the most breathtaking tourist destinations in Kashmir because of its breathtaking beauty. This site is a must-see because it's conveniently close to Pahalgam and Srinagar. It is one of the popular Kashmir places to see with your family and friends.

  • How to reach: 2 hr 26 min (92.6 km) via NH1
  • Must do: Trekking, sightseeing, hiking, and camping
  • Best time to visit: May to September
  • Famous for: Best treks and camping sites

20. Drung Waterfall

Drung Waterfall is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Every year, visitors to Drung are drawn to this unusual waterfall, which is among Kashmir's top tourist destinations. The Drung Waterfall freezes over when the land is covered in snow; like a moment frozen in time, the water here clings to the rocks in massive pieces of ice. In the summer, the cascading waters of the waterfall blend seamlessly with the green river below, making it quite a sight to behold.

The lake below is still clear and blue, giving the location an ethereal beauty.

  • How to reach: Drung Waterfall can only be accessed through ATV or the chain taxis that are available in Tangmarg.
  • Must do: Skiing, sightseeing, picnic
  • Best time to visit: Mid-December to February
  • Famous for: A breathtaking waterfall amidst the lofty mountains

21. Doodhpathri

Doodhpathri is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Nestled in the Kashmiri district of Budgam is a meadow called Doodhpathri that is deeply rooted in local legend. Legend has it that Sheikh ul Aalam Sheikh Noor din Noorani, the saint of Kashmir, came to this place in search of water but discovered milk instead. As a result, the meadow became known as Doodhpathri.

Doodhpathri is now one of the most peaceful locations in Kashmir and is popular with hikers and picnickers. The hill station's most picturesque picnic locations may be found in the meadow, with several moderately challenging hiking routes winding through it.

  • How to reach: Take a cab from Srinagar or Srinagar airport to reach Doodhpathri. 
  • Must do: Sightseeing, trekking, hiking, walking on the riverside, fishing
  • Best time to visit: April to September
  • Famous for: It is believed that the saint of Kashmir, Sheikh ul Aalam Sheikh Noor din Noorani, found milk while searching for water.

22. Apharwat Peak

Apharwat Peak is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Apharwat Peak, located at an altitude of 4,200 metres above sea level, is one of the key locations in Gulmarg that contributes to the allure of this sight. Strategically located near the Line of Control, the summit is bordered by Pakistan. With its extensive snow cover for most of the year, it's a must-see tourist destination that you can experience with one of Kashmir trip packages. Additionally, the majority of Gulmarg's winter sports operate from this location.

  • How to reach: By Gondola cable car ride
  • Must do: Hiking, trekking, and sightseeing
  • Best time to visit: Between March and October
  • Famous for: Ideal location for skiing

23. Nigeen Lake

Nigeen Lake is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Nigeen Lake, which is in Srinagar's eastern region, is regarded as a part of the stunning Dal Lake. Despite being divided from it by a little causeway, it provides an equally breathtaking sight to see while travelling with the well-designed Kashmir tour packages. The name of this lake, which is also known as "The Jewel in the Ring," comes from the great number of tall trees that surround the lake.

  • How to reach: By air, you will reach Nigeen Lake, which is 22 Kms from Sheikh ul Alam International Airport Srinagar.
  • Must do: Shopping, picnic, sightseeing
  • Best time to visit: June to August
  • Famous for: Famous for its pristine waters

24. Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden was constructed with the intention of enhancing Kashmiri tourism and floriculture, and it was made public in 2007. The project was a great success, and this lovely garden was listed as one of the top 5 tulip gardens in the world in 2017. With the unique Kashmir tour packages, you may experience this well-known attraction during your visit to Kashmir at its best. 

The "Queen of the Night" and other extremely rare tulip species are a blessing in this garden. Visit during March and May, when the amazing yearly celebration takes place at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, which is the garden's major attraction. It is a top Jammu and Kashmir tourist point.

  • How to reach: 22 Kms from Sheikh ul Alam International Airport Srinagar by air.
  • Must do: Sightseeing, photography, shopping
  • Best time to visit: April
  • Famous for: Largest tulip garden in Asia.

25. Baisaran Valley 

With its stunning beauty, Baisaran Valley, a paradise to see during your Kashmir tour, is sure to attract visitors. This verdant meadow, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, offers a captivating view of grazing horses and alpine flowers. The peaceful atmosphere encourages walks and relaxing picnics, making it the perfect getaway for those who enjoy the outdoors and want to be at peace with the natural surroundings. Purchase the recommended Baisaran Valley Pahalgam travel package to go to Baisaran Valley.

  • How to reach: From Srinagar, hire a cab, and then just a 5-kilometre walk from Pahalgam. 
  • Must do: Horse riding, hiking, sightseeing, photography
  • Best time to visit: January to March
  • Famous for: Magnificent beauty

26. Mughal Gardens

The Mughal Gardens, which provide a variety of beautiful gardens, are regarded as some of the best places to go in Srinagar when booking a Kashmir trip package. Constructed during the Mughal era, these gardens showcase exquisite Persian architecture and are abundant with verdant grass and vibrant flowers. The Mughal Emperor Jahangir designed the location of these gardens, and as such, the splendour of the area is a tribute to him.

  • How to reach: 41 hr (2,351.4 km) via NH 44
  • Must do: Trout fishing, trekking, skiing
  • Best time to visit: February to March
  • Famous for: One of the seven most majestic Mughal gardens.

27. Gurez Valley

Gurez Valley

Gurez is one of the unique places to visit in January in Kashmir, India, due to its pleasant weather. In fact, it is one of the best places to celebrate New Year in India . Since Gurez Valley is a lesser-known hill station, it is one of the best honeymoon places in Kashmir to enjoy some quiet and solace. The Krishna Ganga River is one of the best spots to explore as part of Gurez tour packages. 

Dawar Swamp is a great location for exploring some cheerful birds amidst an unnatural location. The Razdan Pass is yet another spot to take a look at the green gorges of Kashmir and click some breathtaking pictures. The Habba Khatoon Peak in Gurez is one of the most romantic places in the world, with a gorgeous waterfall. 

  • How to reach: You can reach Gurez by going down to Jammu Railway Station or the airport. 
  • Must do: Trekking, birdwatching, and festivals
  • Best time to visit: October to April
  • Famous for: Famous for the peak Habba Khatoon

28. Jamia Masjid

This mosque, which is one of the most significant sites in Srinagar, is situated near Nowhatta. Sultan Sikandar built the mosque in the year 1400 AD. Furthermore, Zain-ul-Abidin, Sikandar's son, enlarged the mosque. This mosque is known for its captivating courtyard and its 370 wooden pillars, which are regarded as its main features. It is one of the most unique places to visit in Kashmir.

  • How to reach: 41 hr (2,342.3 km) via NH 44
  • Must do: Try local food, sightseeing, temples
  • Best time to visit: October to mid-March
  • Famous for: It is a sy mbolic gesture of Islamic power across India

29. Sinthan Top

Sinthan Top is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

Sithan Top is a mountain pass located along the Kokernag-Sinthan Top-Kishtwar Road National Highway in the Pir Panjal Mountain Ranges and is one of the popular Jammu and Kashmir tourist attractions. Jammu and Kashmir are connected via this route. 

Recently, the snow-covered mountain top has become a popular tourist attraction because of its picturesque surroundings and breathtaking vistas. Trekking, skiing, and mountaineering are also popular there. It is one of the most beautiful places in Kashmir.

  • How to reach: You can take a car or a taxi from Pahalgam, and it should take you about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach Sinthan Top. 
  • Must do: Horse riding, paragliding
  • Best time to visit: Between April and September
  • Famous for: Beauty and appealing tourist attractions.
  • Ideal duration: 24 hours

30. Shankaracharya Temple

Shankaracharya Temple is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir

One of the oldest temples in Kashmir is the Shankaracharya Temple in Srinagar, which is devoted to Lord Shiva and is situated atop Shankaracharya Hill. The temple is named after the famous philosopher Shankaracharya, who was thought to have visited Srinagar roughly ten centuries ago. It is also known as the Jyesteshwara Temple. The temple has the Shiva Linga that he revered.

This is thought to be the location of Adi Shankaracharya's spiritual enlightenment. Following this, he is associated with founding the four Advaita schools of Hindu philosophy, which upholds non-dualism. It is one of the unique places to visit in Kashmir with your partner.

Situated on a sturdy rock, the Shankaracharya temple is built upon a lofty octagonal platform that a flight of around 243 steps may reach. The temple's summit has a wide viewpoint of the valley below. It is a top Kashmir sightseeing destination.

  • How to reach: 33 min (10.6 km) via Reserve Forest Rd
  • Must do: Praying, sightseeing, hiking
  • Famous for: Dedicated to Lord Shiva and is thought to be the oldest shrine for worship in the Kashmir valley.

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Which is the best month to visit Kashmir?

The best time to visit Kashmir is during the summer months, from April to June when the weather is pleasant and the flowers are in bloom. September to November is also a good time, known as the autumn season when the weather is cool and the landscapes are vibrant with autumn colors.

In which month Kashmir has snowfall?

Snowfall in Kashmir usually occurs from December to February, with January being the peak month for snowfall. This is when the region transforms into a winter wonderland, attracting tourists for snow-related activities.

How many days are enough for Kashmir?

The ideal duration for a trip to Kashmir depends on your interests and the places you want to visit. A typical itinerary could range from 4 to 7 days to cover the main attractions adequately.

How much does it cost to visit Kashmir?

The cost of visiting Kashmir can vary based on factors such as accommodation, transportation, activities, and dining preferences.

Which are the main tourist attractions in the Kashmir region?

Some of the main tourist attractions in Kashmir include Dal Lake, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Shankaracharya Temple, and the Mughal Gardens.

What are the best things to buy in Kashmir?

Kashmir is famous for its handicrafts such as Pashmina shawls, Kashmiri carpets, papier-mâché items, saffron, spices, and traditional Kashmiri attire like pherans.

What are the best places to visit in Kashmir for a honeymoon?

Popular honeymoon destinations in Kashmir include Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, and the romantic houseboats on Dal Lake in Srinagar.

What are places to visit in Kashmir in May?

In May, you can visit places like Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, and the Mughal Gardens to enjoy the pleasant weather and scenic beauty.

What activities can we do in Kashmir?

In Kashmir, you can indulge in various activities such as shikara rides on Dal Lake, trekking in the Himalayas, skiing in Gulmarg, river rafting in Pahalgam, and enjoying the scenic beauty of Sonamarg.

What is the famous food of Kashmir?

The famous food of Kashmir includes Rogan Josh (a flavorful lamb dish), Wazwan (a multi-course meal), Yakhni (a yogurt-based curry), Kashmiri Pulao, and Kahwa (a traditional Kashmiri green tea infused with spices and saffron).

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Shikaras in Dal Lake, Srinagar

The capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir. Nestled on the picturesque banks of the Jhelum river, Srinagar is known fondly as the “Heaven on Earth”. The biggest city of Kashmir, Srinagar is known famously for its colorful Shikaras and houseboats floating on the postcard-perfect Dal Lake. Srinagar has also gained a lot of fame across the globe for its dreamy Mughal gardens, namely Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Chashm-E-Shahi Garden. Srinagar also makes for an excellent shopping destination in Kashmir, where you can shop for Kashmiri apples, dried fruits, fragrant local spices, and Kashmiri shawls. Highlights: Stay in a boathouse, shikara ride, Mughal gardens

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Nicknamed as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is one of the most romantic places to visit in Kashmir. Gulmarg lets you soak in the picturesque views of colourful flowers spread against majestic snow-clad mountains. Perched at an elevation of around 2,730 meters above sea level, Gulmarg is a famous skiing destination. Packed with lush forested valleys, deep ravines, and breathtaking flowerbeds, Gulmarg also has the second-highest Gondola ride in the world. Gulmarg is also packed with a host of amazing attractions to visit such as the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Gulmarg Golf Course, Alpather Lake, and Strawberry Valley. Highlights: Trekking, Gondola rides, skiing, mountain biking

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Lying 80 kilometers north-east of Srinagar, Sonamarg translates to "The Meadow of Gold '' in English. Nestled at an altitude of about 2,800 kilometers above sea level, this place is known popularly for its serene lakes, majestic glaciers, and snow-clad fields. Packed with magnificent peaks like Sirbal Peak, Machoi Peak, Kolahoi Peak, and Amarnath Peak, Sonamarg makes for an excellent trekking destination. Sonamarg serves as the base camp for a number of scenic trekking routes that take you to picturesque mountain lakes, including Satsar, Kishansar, Gangabal, Vishansar, and Gadsar. The Thajiwas range divides the Sonamarg Valley into two parts with one part housing the fir-clad Thajiwas and the other housing the Thajiwas glacier and cascading waterfalls. Highlights: Nature walks, camping, trekking, waterfalls

Betaab Valley

Betaab Valley

 In the year 1983, this little Kashmiri Valley formed the backdrop of the hit Bollywood flick Betaab. Since then, the former Hagan Valley has earned its name ‘Betaab’ Valley. With its backdrop dotted with coniferous forests, gushing streams and meadows, the beauty of Betaab beckons to all those looking to escape into the serenity of the natural world. Although lacking in organized tourist spots, Betaab can be one of the best places to visit in Kashmir for day picnics or weekend getaways. One can also enjoy a number of trekking trails here. Location: near Pahalgam, Baramulla, Hajan, Jammu and Kashmir 192126 Highlights: Photography, trekking, nature camping, ‘Bobby’ hut Checkout:  Luxury Tour Package to Kashmir

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Lying in the Anantnag district and perched at an elevation of around 2,740 meters above sea level, Pahalgam is a paradise on earth. Located at a distance of around 95 kilometers from Srinagar, Pahalgam boasts breathtaking flower-clad meadows, serene lakes, and lush dense forests. Sprawled on the calm banks of River Liddar, the town of Pahalgam is a hub for adrenaline enthusiasts, offering a range of adventure sports, such as trout fishing, trekking, and hiking. The natives also offer thrilling sledge rides on the icy glaciers. Pahalgam also serves as the base camp for one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimages, the Amarnath yatra. The top attractions of Pahalgam include Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, and Kolahoi Glacier. Highlights: Betab Valley, canoeing, horse riding

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Known to be “The Jewel of Srinagar”, Dal Lake spreads across an area of around 26 square kilometers and is one of the major attractions included in our Kashmir tour packages. Popular as one of the most spellbinding places to see in Srinagar , this hillside lake flaunts colorful Shikaras, traditional wooden houseboats, and floating markets. Tourists visiting Dal Lake love to take a ride in the beautiful Shikaras, which are basically wooden boats decorated beautifully with canopies overhead.

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Vaishno Devi

Vaishno Devi

Vaishno Devi is believed to be a trio of three Goddesses: Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati, and Mahakali, in Hindu mythology. One of the most popular places to visit while touring with our Kashmir tour package , this spiritual attraction-spot draws in millions of devotees from all over the world.

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Perched at an altitude of around 1,577 meters above sea level, Kupwara boasts dense trees, rugged mountains, rolling meadows, deep valleys, gushing streams, and shimmering lakes. Spread across an area of around 2,379 square kilometers, the town of Kupwara is also known for its bountiful wildlife. Lying at an approximate distance of around 90 kilometers from the capital of Srinagar, Kupwara offers astounding views of nearby mountain ranges including Dajalongun, Bulbeer, and Feshiltong. Offering a number of amazing trekking routes, this place lets you enjoy excellent trekking opportunities. Famous primarily for its valleys, Kupwara attracts tourists with its Bangus Valley, Lolab Valley, and Seemab Valley. Other top attractions of Kupwara town include Kheer Bhawani Temple, Badra Kali Temple, Jamia Masjid Handwara, and Gazi Masjid. Highlights: Valleys, religious places, trekking, boating Planning for a Honeymoon in Srinagar, Checkout & Book:   Srinagar Tour Packages For Couple

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Lying at a small distance of around 40 kilometers from Srinagar, Pulwama is known fondly as the “Rice Bowl of Kashmir”. This quaint scenic town is known famously for its aromatic saffron fields, pleasant weather, and picturesque apple orchards. Flaunting majestic waterfalls, verdant valleys, and mesmerizing natural springs, Pulwama is also nicknamed as the “Anand of Kashmir”. Pulwama also offers a host of adrenaline-pumping options for the adventure junkies. During the summers, Pulwama becomes an excellent trekking and mountaineering destination, while in the winters it offers amazing snowboarding and skiing opportunities.  Highlights: Natural Springs, Apple Orchards, saffron fields, Mountaineering, trekking, skiing, snowboarding Explore the Beauty of Srinagar, Checkout & Book :  Srinagar  Tour Packages You Can Also Book:  Things To Do In Paris At Night

Anantnag

Set around 53 kilometers from Srinagar, Anantnag happens to be the financial and commercial capital of Kashmir. Packed with mesmerizing freshwater springs, gushing streams, and breathtaking lush gardens, Anantnag is one of the most divine places to see in Kashmir. Right near Anantnag lies the meeting point of three streams, namely Brengi, Sandran, and Arapath. Anantnag is packed with a number of religious destinations, such as Martand Sun Temple, Kheer Bhawani Asthapan, Ishmuqam Shrine, Ziarat Baba Hyder Reshi, and Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki. Other attractions of Anantnag include Kishtwar National Park, Verinag, and Achabal. Highlights: Religious places, sightseeing, nature walks Planning a Trip to Kashmir, CheckOut & Book:  Best Kashmir Holiday Packages Also Checkout:  Uffizi Gallery Tickets

Nishat Garden

Nishat Garden

Established by the elder brother of Nur Jahan, Asif Khan in 1633, Nishat Garden happens to be the second largest Mughal garden. Nicknamed as "Garden of Bliss", the Nishant Garden is a spectacular 12 terraced garden encompassed by lofty Chinar trees. The garden is home to a central water channel and a number of beautiful fountains. While the design of the Nishat Garden is based on Persian architecture, the landscaping is based of Kashmiri water patterns and terrain. The Nishant Garden also offers breathtaking panoramic views of the stunning Dal Lake, with the magnificent Zabarwan Mountains serving as the perfect backdrop.

Location: Bagh Hussain, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India

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Shalimar Garden

Shalimar Garden

The beautifully laid Shalimar Bagh happens to be the largest amongst the three iconic Mughal gardens in Srinagar. The Shalimar Garden was constructed back in 1619 under the orders of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, who dedicated it to his wife Nur Jahan. Nicknamed as the “Crown of Srinagar”, this public park is set overlooking the shimmering waters of the picturesque Dal Lake. The very term ‘Shalimar’ translates to ‘Abode of Love’ in Sanskrit and is also referred to as Farah Baksh and Faiz Baksh. The exquisite Shalimar Garden offers an amazing amalgamation of stunning man-made structures, brilliant architecture, natural allure, and well-manicured gardens. Location: Chinar chowk, Shalimar, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 191121 Highlights: Picnicking, bird watching, chinar trees Click Here to Book:   Kashmir Tour Package From Kolkata

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Chashmashahi

Chashmashahi

Among its many attractions, the city’s Mughal Gardens stand out as some of the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir. And the Chashma Shahi Gardens are only one of them. Dating back to the early 17th century, this historic garden was built under the command of Emperor Shah Jahan for his elder son, Prince Dara Shikoh. At the centre of the garden is a freshwater spring which flows in terraces. The garden also has a number of little springs discovered by the saint Rupa Bahini, who was also known as Sahibi, thus giving the garden its name. The lush flowering lawns exhibit a striking display of Iranian designs, and stand testament to the architectural brilliance of the erstwhile Kashmir, making it one of the most sought after of historical Kashmir places. Location: 7, Boulevard Rd, Chashma Shahi, Rainawari, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190001 Highlights: Freshwater spring, traditional Persian architecture, Chinar orchards Planning for a Honeymoon in Kashmir, Check out & Book:  Kashmir Honeymoon Packages

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

Nestled in Downtown Kashmir, Jama Masjid is the biggest mosque in the city and one of the most important of Kashmir tourist places. Renowned for its historic importance, the inception of the Masjid dates back to the early 15th century, when it was constructed by Emperor Sultan Sukder. Since then, the Masjid has suffered several fire breakouts and undergone several reconstructions, with its existing construction taking place under the reign of Aurangzeb in 1672. The grandiose Masjid stands out in its Indo-Saronic style of architecture. A vast courtyard flanks its entrance, and is dotted by 370 wooden pillars. The expansive halls here can accommodate up to 33,333 people at once, and is thronged by devotees on each Friday of the week. Location: Nowhatta Kathi Darwaza Road, Nowhatta, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190003 Highlights: Deodar pillars, black marble mehrab, Chaar-Bagh style courtyard Checkout & Book :  Cheapest Jammu Kashmir Tour Package                                 Kashmir Tour Package from Pune

Yusmarg

A short drive outside Srinagar Main, the ethereal beauty of Yusmarg has earned it the title of the ‘Meadow of Jesus’. With its long stretches of vast green pastures stretched across the horizon, Yusmarg is a little paradise of its own, and is one of the most sought after Kashmir places for weekend getaways. The Meadow is home to some of Pir Panjal’s highest peaks, such as Tattakutti and Sunset Point, which command unparalleled views of the valleys below. A few Hindu shrines and temples can be found scattered across the meadow as well. During winters, Yusmarg remains covered in unbroken blankets of snow, and can be a great place for snow sports like skiing. Highlights: River sports, snow sports, temples, trekking trails Suggested Read:  Best Places to Visit near Jammu                                Best Places to Visit in Srinagar

Aru Valley

One of the most underrated places to visit in Kashmir, Aru Valley stands out in its quiet beauty. Riddled with pristine lakes and scenic meadows, the untrodden valley can be a great place for a weekend escapade or a day picnic. The many lakes here offer several scenic picnic spots, although one can spend a happening time trout fishing in their waters as well. Horse riding and trekking are also popular tourist spots in Aru, with several hiking trails making their way through the hills here. Aru Valley is a popular Kashmir tourist places for snow sports as well, with Heli skiing and skiing being some of the most sought after winter adventures here. Highlights: trout fishing, winter sports, horse riding, trekking Do Checkout:   Kashmir Tour Packages For Family

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One of the most priceless of Kashmir tourist places, the Amarnath Shrine is among the most popular of Hindu shrines across the world. Perched at an altitude of over 3,800 feet above ground, reaching Amarnath requires a fair bit of trekking. On the way, one can witness the confluence of the river Amaravati with Pantjarni, and can also take a quick dip in the former. Owing to its height, the cave remains sealed shut with snow through a major part of the year, and is open to devotees only for a few short months. The biggest highlight of the Amarnath Cave shrine is the naturally occurring Shiva Lingam housed within its womb, formed out of water drops that collect and freeze inside the cave. Location: Baltal Amarnath Trek, Forest Block, Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir 192230 Highlights: Amaravati snaan, naturally occurring Shiva Lingam, stunning views Click Here to Book:   Amarnath Yatra Helicopter Package

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One of the least visited of Kashmir places, Sanasar is a little cup shaped meadow in the Jammu region. Named after the two villages of Sana and Sar, the meadow is known for its Gulmarg-like beauty. Sanasar is one among the most popular of places to visit in Kashmir for trekking and camping; several hiking trails of moderate difficulty snake their way through the hills here, making it an ideal place for amateurs as well as experts in the sport. A 5-hour long trek leads to the Shank Pal Temple here, a famed 400-year-old Temple dedicated to the snake-God Naga. The town is also home to one of the highest 9-hole golf courses in the country. Highlights: Trekking, camping, Naga temple, snow sports

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Dachigam National Park

Dachigam National Park

Popular as the only home to the now endangered Kashmir stag, Dachigam National Park nestles a little outside main Srinagar. Formerly a game reserve for the Emperor of Kashmir, the National Park has been a protected area since 1910. Brimming with carpets of grassland that bloom in spring and freeze in winter, Dachigam is among the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir. Apart from the Kashmir stag, herds of musk deer, langurs, black bears and much more. The sheer strength of its bird population makes it one of the best Kashmir famous places for birdwatchers as well. Location: Near Harwan, Dachigam Rd, Jammu and Kashmir 191202 Highlights: Jeep safaris, birdwatching tours, trekking, Valley of Flowers Also Checkout & Book:  Gulmarg Packages

Khilanmarg

A short walk from the Gulmarg Bus stop, Khailnmarg is breathtaking in summers. One can reach this little valley via a short trek across the meadow, or even take a pony ride to it. One of the most underrated of Kashmir tourist places, Khilanmarg offers the perfect getaway from the busy city life. During spring, the meadow remains virtually covered in a blanket of flowers, and offers quite a spectacle. During winters, Khilanmarg transforms into a thriving winter sports destination, with its slopes giving way to ski trails. The valley is also well known for commanding panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. On a clear day, one can also catch a glimpse of the Nanga Parbat from here.  Highlights: Picnic areas, Himalaya views, snow sports You Can Also Checkout:   Tour Packages From Delhi To Kashmir

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Baltal is best known as the base camp for Amarnath Yatra. The little valley, however, is blessed with enchanting sites of its own, and is among the most picturesque of Kashmir tourist places in its own right. A plethora of waterfalls, glaciers and mountain peaks dot the landscape here, making it an ideal visit for photographers and all those looking for a quiet retreat in the heart of nature. The Sindh River flows happily through Baltan, and is a great place for trout fishing or white river rafting. Trekking is a popular activity here as well. Owing to its altitude, however, Baltan remains open to tourists for only six months a year- between April and September. Highlights:  Trekking, camping, snow sports, river rafting Book Now:  Jammu Kashmir Tour Package From Mumbai

Doodhpathri Gurez Valley

Doodhpathri Gurez Valley

 Nestled in the Budgam district of Kashmir, Doodhpathri is a meadow closely attached to local myth. According to legend, the Kashmiri saint Sheikh ul Aalam Sheikh Noor din Noorani had arrived here in search of water, and found milk instead. Thus, the meadow earned its name Doodhpathri. Now one of the quietest places to visit in Kashmir, Doodhpatri is frequented by picnickers and trekkers. Not only is the meadow home to some of the most scenic picnic spots in the hill station, but several hiking trails of moderate difficulty snake their way through it as well. Highlights: Trekking, picnic, river fishing Click Here To Book Now:  Tour Packages From Ahmedabad To Kashmir

Verinag

Nestled in the laps of the Pir Panjal mountains, this natural spring stands out in its stunning blue hue. A beautiful Mughal Garden and arcade sprawls around the spring, built by the 17th century Emperors who were bewitched by Verinag’s beauty. The Jhelum River, which flows through Kashmir, is also said to originate at the Verinag spring. The flowers in the garden change color with every season, making it one of the most picturesque places to visit in Kashmir. The tank at Verinag is usually teeming with a variety of colorful fish, and can be a great place to enjoy a casual evening stroll as well. Location: Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir Highlights: Guided tours, spring, gardens and picnic areas You Can Also Book:   Jammu Kashmir Tour Packages From Pune

The Great Lakes Trek

The Great Lakes Trek

A route often followed by trekkers here, the Great Lakes Trek takes you across some of the most beautiful places to see in Kashmir. Riddled by steep ascents and descents, the trek is a fairly difficult one, and is best suited to seasoned trekkers only. The long 6-day effort, however, is quite worth it- travelling across 7 of Kashmir’s most beautiful valleys, the Great Lakes trek validates the hill station’s status as ‘heaven on earth’. Patches of snow, alpine leaks and vast stretches of flowering meadows cut their way through the serrated mountains here, with each new valley offering an adventure of its own. Highlights: High altitude lake views, trekking across 7 valleys, panoramic Himalaya views Checkout & Book:   Trek to  Kashmir Great Lakes

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Aharbal Waterfall

Aharbal Waterfall

Also known as the Niagara Falls of Kashmir, Aharbal flows in seclusion. Among the least known of Kashmir's famous places, the beauty of Aharbal is largely untouched. Here, the thunderous river Vishav tumbles down over 25 feet to create the mighty waterfall. Although the height is not much, the sheer volume of Aharbal’s water creates a roar so majestic that it can be heard from quite some distance. Reaching Aharbal is quite easy; one can trek right till the edge of the ridge here and enjoy the view without any interruptions. One can also try fishing in its waters, although they’d need a permit for the same. Location: Jammu and Kashmir, Sedew - Aharbal Rd, Aharbal, 192303 Highlights: Photography, fishing, trekking You Can Checkout Great Discounts On:   Jammu And Kashmir Tour Packages From Chennai

Drung Waterfall

Drung Waterfall

One of the best tourist places in Kashmir, this unique waterfall attracts tourists to Drung throughout the year. During summers, the gushing waters of the waterfall merges seamlessly with the green river below, and is quite a sight to behold in winters, however, when the land is steeped in snow, the Drung Waterfall too, freezes over- like a moment stuck in time, the water here clings to the rocks in massive pieces of ice. The lake below remains crystal blue and clear, adding an ethereal charm to the place. Location: Drung, Jammu and Kashmir 193402] Highlights: Frozen waterfall, refreshment shops Checkout & Book:  Tour Packages To Kashmir From Kerala

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They also enjoy shopping authentic Kashmiri items from the floating market or lake market. These markets lay amidst the lake and sell a number of items like saffron and handicrafts. The houseboats on Dal Lake feature floral motifs and intricate carvings and offer breathtaking sights of the majestic lake. These boats are equipped with single rooms and luxury suites and offer comfortable accomodation to the visitors. During the winter season, the visitors also enjoy ice skating on the frozen lake.Location: Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.Timings: Anytime.Best Time to Visit: May to November. 

Shankaracharya Temple

Get ready to set out on a journey to the Shankaracharya Temple, situated atop a hill called Takht-e-Suleiman in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Built during the reign of King Gopadatya in 371 BC, it is believed to be one of the oldest temples in India. You can soak in the peaceful ambience at this historic shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also known as Jyesteshwara Temple, it pays homage to the great philosopher Shankaracharya, who visited Srinagar around a thousand years ago. The temple houses the revered Shiva Linga which was worshipped by Adi Shankaracharya himself. You can learn more about the legend here which states that Shankaracharya attained spiritual enlightenment at this sacred site. Experience the stunning beauty of the valley and the famous Dal Lake as you gaze from the circular chamber at the main shrine, forming a captivating view.Visit this spiritual and historical landmark in Kashmir as it is also a remarkable piece of architecture that gives insight into ancient forms of art. Additionally, the stunning views from the temple allow you to marvel at the city and appreciate the natural beauty around it.

Gulmarg Gondola

The Gulmarg Gondola is the second largest and second longest cable car ride in the world. You can take the ride with Kashmir tour packages and capture the panoramic views of the surrounding Pir Panjla ranges. It is a major attraction of Kashmir, ferrying hundreds of people to and from the Apharwat Mountain.Gulmarg Gondola is divided into two phases. Phase 1 starts from Gulmarg Gondola and reaches Kongdoori Station at an elevation of 2,990 metres. Every hour, it transports around 1,500 people to a height of 3,100 metres. Upon reaching the top, you can take part in various beginner-friendly skiing runs near the station.Moving forward, Phase 2 links the Kondoori Mountain to the Apharwat Peak. It ascends to nearly 4,000 metres. This phase transports 600 people per hour to the mountain to let them enjoy a 30-minute trek to the top. On the ride, you will see panoramic views of the Line of Control (LOC), the stunning Nanda Devi, and the Pir Panjal Range. Besides the scenic views, the Gulmarg Gondola offers horse riding and snow skiing activities as well.

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Places To Visit In Kashmir

Epitomizing heavenly beauty on earth, Kashmir takes you closer to Nature’s magic through its pleasant weather, snow-capped mountains, gorgeous meadows, lush green gardens, stunning water bodies, traditional houseboats, scrumptious food, quaint valleys, magnificent architecture, world-famous pashmina, and sheer natural beauty. The more you explore the Kashmir tourist destinations, the more you get mesmerized. It is also a gateway to several other beautiful valleys of Kashmir.

Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, Kashmir Tourism has a lot to keep you spellbound. How about a Kashmir honeymoon tour ? Ahh, what can be more romantic than this? This paradisiacal land attracts honeymooners just like a magnet attracts iron nails. The popular tourist places in Kashmir have something to offer to every kind of traveler. So whether you are planning holidays with your family, friends, or even alone, Kashmir is the best bet!

So, are you ready to make your holidays once in a lifetime experience? Here are some of the top places to visit in Kashmir that offer experiential journeys to its travelers:

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Dal Lake in winter

If you have not visited Srinagar, you have not visited Kashmir! Synonymous with natural beauty, Srinagar is the capital city of Jammu & Kashmir ideally located along the banks of the Jhelum River. The word Srinagar originated from the Sanskrit words ‘Sri’ meaning ‘wealth’ and ‘Nagar’ meaning ‘city’, denoting its historic significance as a prosperous trading hub.

Surrounded by the Himalayas, the city boasts amazing landscapes, sheer natural beauty, mesmerizing gardens, Shikara ride, houseboats, and much more. You can spend a night on a houseboat while enjoying the sound of sprinkling water under a moonlit night.

Shikara boats floating on Dal Lake

It is an enthralling lake famous for its Shikara ride. Enveloped in astounding natural beauty, the lake is a big hit with travellers as well as locals for spending evenings capturing heart-warming hues of sunset on the waters against the mountainous backdrop. Anybody visiting Srinagar looks forward to this experience. The floating markets on Dal Lake make the shopping experience interesting and exciting!

Tulip Garden

Promise, you will gape in awe at the sight of the colourful tulips spread across 30 hectares in this world-famous garden. You will feel as if you have landed in paradise! Surrounded by mountains, it is the largest Tulip garden in Asia which opens from March to April. The garden is dotted with 15 lakh tulips with 68 different varieties of tulips. The garden has Dal Lake on one side and the Zabarwan Hills on the other.

Shalimar Bagh

Established in 1619 by the Mughal emperor Jehangir, the Shalimar Bagh is a must-visit attraction of Srinagar . Its fountains, gorgeous trees, variety of flowers that blossom in spring and autumn and plenty of tranquillity make it a famous garden of Kashmir.

Shankaracharya Temple

According to the legends, it is the oldest temple in the valley. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The great saint Adi Shankaracharya attained spiritual enlightenment at this place and hence it attracts people from far and wide. Offering a bird’s eye view of the city, this temple is located on the Shankaracharya hill at a height of 1100 feet above sea level.

Nishat Bagh

Impeccably laid out against the mountain background, Nishat Bagh, also known as the ‘Garden of Bliss’, is one of the famous Mughal gardens. A visit to this garden located on the banks of the Dal Lake will treat your eyes with beautiful terraces, fruit & chinar trees, and colourful flowerbeds. Take a leisurely walk or just sit in one place and enjoy the natural beauty.

Nigeen Lake

Pristine deep blue water and mesmerizing ambiance are what await you at this lake! Just get onto a houseboat and explore its beauty. It is a perfect place to get engrossed in Nature. Also known as ‘The Jewel in the Ring’, this lake’s name is inspired by the plethora of tall trees surrounding it.

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April to October is the best time to visit Srinagar as it remains covered with blossoms and looks enchanting. It is advisable not to visit during extreme winters (December & January) as due to heavy snowfall the roads might get blocked.

Plan a stay on iconic houseboats on the pristine Dal Lake for an enthralling accommodation experience.

Rejuvenate yourself by visiting the world-famous Tulip Garden boasting of hundreds of varieties of colourful tulips. Open from March to April, it is the largest tulip garden in Asia.

Do visit Polo View market for handicrafts like pheren, pashmina shawls, saffron, wood crafts, carpets, papier mache artefacts, kahwa (Kashmiri tea), and walnuts. Also, while shopping at Polo View, you can check out some bakeries where you will find amazing delicacies of walnut.

Treat your taste buds with Wazawan, the traditional Kashmiri food.

Srinagar is home to mesmerizing lakes such as Dal Lake which is famous for its scenic beauty & Shikara ride and Nigeen Lake which boasts pristine deep blue water and a captivating ambiance.

It is the perfect place to experience the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir.

Srinagar experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, with mild summers and chilly winters. One can visit Srinagar any time throughout the year.

Take blessings at the Shankaracharya Temple, the oldest temple in Kashmir named after the great Indian philosopher Shankaracharya. Located on a hill at 1100 feet, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is the place where he attained enlightenment.

Srinagar is a gateway to the famous pilgrimage of Hindus, Amar Nath Yatra, and other beautiful valleys like Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam.

The famous Dal Lake freezes in winter during the ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’, a 40-day harshest winter period.

The Dal Lake floating market is India’s first floating market established in 1854. Here you can buy fresh vegetables and lovely flowers.

Srinagar has its own international airport offering flights to major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Amritsar, etc.

Gulmarg

Gulmarg is a snow paradise, a cup-shaped valley ideally nestled in the Pir Panjal range of the western Himalayas. One of the best skiing destinations in India, Gulmarg offers adventure in plenty. The word Gulmarg is derived from two Persian words ‘Gul’ meaning flowers and ‘Marg’ meaning meadow.

The breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, gardens blossoming with flowers of varied hues, and pine vegetation make this valley a treat for the senses. It is popularly known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’ because it boasts a variety of wild mountain flowers. From sheer natural beauty to snow adventure, this valley has a lot to offer to every kind of tourist. So, whether you are a honeymooner, adventure enthusiast, or willing to spend some quality time with your family, Gulmarg tour is waiting for you!

Popular attractions of Gulmarg

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Gulmarg Gondola Ride

Synonymous with Gulmarg, Gondola Ride is Asia’s largest & highest and the world’s second-largest & highest cable car ride. It is the top attraction of Gulmarg where travellers come from far and wide. During the gondola ride, you can experience the adventure as well as the scenic views of the mountains. The gondola can ferry 6 people at a time. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm. The ride takes place in two phases:

First phase: Begins from the Gulmarg resort to Kongdori Station (2600 m), which takes 9 minutes.

Second phase: It starts from Kongdori Station to Kongdori Mountain (3747 m) to Apharwat Peak, which takes 12 minutes.

Third Phase: It begins from Kongdori to Mary’s Shoulder (Chairlift phase).

Note: Children below 11 years of age are not allowed for the third phase of Gondola ride.

Skiing is on your mind? Head to Gulmarg, the world’s third-highest ski resort popular for its powdery snow runs. The majestic Apharwat Peak in Gulmarg is the longest ski slope in Asia, at an altitude of 4390 m. One can reach this peak through a 12-minute ropeway ride. If you are uncomfortable with skiing, you can enjoy snow through sleighing and snowboarding. There are opportunities for both experienced as well as amateur skiing enthusiasts.

Gulmarg Golf Course

Established in 1911 amidst alpine mountains, Gulmarg Golf Course is known to be the world’s highest green golf course at an altitude of 9000 feet. Come summer and golf lovers head to Gulmarg for golfing holidays! It is an 18-hole golf course located on an arresting meadow offering a variety of blooming flowers. It is aptly famed as the best summer golfing destination in the world.

Gulmarg skiing destination

Gulmarg is a winter wonderland so the best time to visit Gulmarg is winter i.e. from October to March when it is covered with snow and perfect for adventure activities. In winter the temperature reaches to sub-zero range. And if you wish to enjoy the lush greenery and picturesque scenery, then visit during summer i.e. from May to August.

Must go for world famous Gandola Ride in winter.

Children and elderly may face mountain sickness at phase II of the Gulmarg Gondola Ride as it is almost at an altitude of 4000 m. The first phase of the ride is almost suitable for all.

Book tickets for Gondola Ride online in advance to avoid last-minute hassle.

Take gumboots to protect your feet from cold and easily accessibility on snow when you go for snow activities and avoid wearing your own normal shoes.

Carry really warm jackets, lowers, mufflers, gloves, and shoes when in Gulmarg to face extreme cold in winter.

The Gondola Ride in Gulmarg is a star attraction that one must experience. Although cable car is operational throughout the year, the perfect time to experience a Gandola ride is in winter.

Gulmarg can be visited throughout the year as it offers different hues and charms in different seasons.

It is a popular honeymoon destination.

Gulmarg’s ski slopes are considered among the best ski destinations in the world.

Gulmarg Golf Course (2,650 m above sea level) is the most elevated green golf course in the world and is the longest in India measuring 7505 yards.

The nearest airport is in Srinagar, at a distance of 56 km.

Gulmarg mostly experiences a cold climate throughout the year so always carry some woolens while travelling to this valley.

Gulmarg enjoys a literacy rate of 99.24 %.

3. Sonamarg

Sonamarg valley, Srinagar

Famous as the ‘Meadow of Golden Light’, Sonamarg is a popular tourist destination in Kashmir. It is derived from two Hindi words, ‘Sona’ meaning gold and ‘Marg’ meaning meadow. As you travel through this wonderful hill station through its winding roads you will be greeted with changes in its landscape. Its green meadows, scenic beauty, lovely streams, gushing rivers, glaciers, and majestic mountains will surely adorn your Kashmir holidays with great memories. For adventure lovers, it offers activities such as trekking, skiing, hiking, fishing, river rafting, etc. Visit walnut orchards for their beauty.

Sonmarg, Kashmir valley

Thajiwas Glacier

Located at an altitude of 9,186 feet, Thajiwas Glacier is a must-visit tourist attraction of Sonamarg. Surrounded by meadows, frozen lakes and conifer trees, and overlooked by Thajiwas mountain, this glacier leaves the visitors spellbound with its natural beauty. There are several lovely waterfalls surrounding this glacier. You can enjoy a sledging ride here to add some more adventure to your trip. April to October is the best time to visit this glacier. It is so much fun to take a pony ride to reach the glacier.

Baltal Valley

Perched at an altitude of 2,743 m, Baltal Valley offers spectacular natural beauty through its snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and the Sindh river that flows through it. It is perfect for clicking some picture-perfect photographs and soaking in Nature’s bliss. It also offers mind-blowing views of the Zoji La Pass and camping opportunities. It serves as a base camp for pilgrims going for the Amarnath Yatra. It is open only for six months starting from April to September as it enjoys a pleasant climate during this period.

Zoji La Pass

Famed for its extraordinary beauty, Zoji La Pass is located at an altitude of 11,575 ft connecting Kashmir to Dras and Suru valley. It experiences heavy snowfall during winter and remains closed on Fridays for maintenance work. While traveling to this pass it is better to start around 7 am to avoid traffic which increases by 10 am. May to October is the best time to visit Zoji La Pass.

Gadsar Lake

Beautifully located at 5,000 m above sea level, Gadsar Lake is also called the Lake of flowers. Surrounded by Alpine meadow, this lake is home to some rare and endangered fishes like brown trout fish. Other attractions include floating icebergs and a variety of wildflowers.

riding horse in Sonamarg Valley during winter

In summer, the best time to visit Sonamarg is from April to June as the weather remains pleasant and the valley gets beautified with flowers and greenery. If you wish to enjoy snowfall and snow activities, the October to March (winter season) is perfect.

Visit Thajiwas Glacier for adventure and scenic beauty. A pony ride to this glacier is an added attraction.

Zoji La Pass beckons you to explore sheer adventure and stunning mountain beauty.

Sonamarg is very scenic and is perfect for family holidays, adventure lovers and honeymooners.

Sonamarg attracts tourists in summer as well as in winter as it offers different charms in different seasons.

It is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts with its rivers teeming with mahseer and trout.

It is a heli base for the renowned Amarnath Yatra and a link that connects Srinagar and Kargil.

The nearest airport is the Srinagar International Airport which is 70 km from Sonamarg.

Sonamarg is a gateway to Ladakh.

As per the records, Sonamarg was once a part of the famous Silk Route that connected India with Tibet.

4. Gurez Valley

Gurez Valley

Located at an altitude of 2,400 m and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Gurez Valley is a destination with indescribable grandeur. It is an offbeat tourist attraction of Kashmir where Natural beauty and serenity are served in plenty. It is a perfect place to just rejuvenate your body and mind! Its charm is different from the rest of Kashmir. It boasts sparkling rivers, lakes and dense forests complemented with diverse species of flora and fauna including the rare Himalayan brown bear and snow leopard.

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Kishanganga River

It is a picturesque and fierce river flowing through the Gurez valley, finally merging into the Jhelum River near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. Lined with pebbles on its banks, the Kishanganga River is an ideal place for rafting. You can also enjoy camping near the river as there are several camping spots there. There is also a dam on this river where one can capture beautiful sunrise.

You will find this mesmerizing lake on the way to Gurez in Bandipora district, and is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. It sprawls across 24 km in length and 10 km in width. The source of water for this lake is the Jhelum River. The lake has a small island at its centre called ‘Zaina Lank’. Capture spectacular sunset views from this lake and indulge in boating, water skiing, etc.

Razdan Pass

Your journey between Srinagar and Gurez brings you to a high-altitude (3,300 m) Pass called Razdan Pass. You can take a break here to enjoy the scenic beauty.

Habba Khatoon Peak

It is a pyramid-shaped peak which is a dominant attraction of Gurez Valley. Named after the well-known Kashmiri poetess Habba Khatoon, this fascinating peak offers amazing sunset and sunrise views. There is a small stream of underground water emerging from the peak and flows down into the Kishanganga River. This stream is believed to have medicinal properties.

April to October is the best time to visit Gurez Valley as the weather remains cold yet pleasant. It is not accessible by road during January and February as it remains covered in snow and the temperature drops up to -10 degrees Celsius.

The nearest airport is the Srinagar International Airport which is 133 km.

Gurez has a unique cultural heritage reflected beautifully through its Dard tribe.

The charming Kishanganga River, lofty Hibba Khatoon Peak and huge Wular Lake are must-visit attractions of Gurez.

Gurez remains cut off from the rest of the world due to heavy snowfall in winter.

Razdan Pass remains closed in winter.

Gurez Valley holds historic significance as it was once an important trade route connecting the Indian subcontinent with Central Asia and beyond.

Come summer and Gurez valley blooms with vibrant wildflowers making the landscape picturesque.

5. Pahalgam

Aru Valley Near Pahalgam

Pahalgam Valley boasts enchanting landscapes and the majestic Himalayan peaks. With sparkling rivers, soaring pines, apple orchards, and verdant forests, Pahalgam is a popular attraction of Kashmir. Located in the Anantnag district of Kashmir on the banks of the gushing Lidder River, Pahalgam is known as the ‘Valley of Shepherds’. Apart from getting soaked in the sheer natural beauty of Pahalgam, you can also indulge in river rafting and trout fishing at Lidder River. Many Bollywood movies have been shot in this valley.

Baisaran Valley pahalgam

  • Betaab Valley

Earlier known as Hagan Valley or Hagoon, this captivating valley was later renamed Betaab Valley after the hit Bollywood movie Betaab which was shot here. Located 15 km away from Pahalgam, Betaab Valley lures travellers with its gorgeous green meadows, dense vegetation, winding streams, lofty mountains, and picturesque vistas. It also serves as a trekking base and camping area for travellers who desire to explore the nearby mountain routes. The Lidder River flows through this valley adding more charm to it.

Chandanwari

Let loose in the enthralling charm of snow at Chandanwari, a stunning valley that is also a gateway to the holy Amarnath Yatra of Hindus. It is an offbeat tourist destination located at an altitude of 2,895 m. It remains enveloped in snow from November till May and offers amazing sights of glaciers melting down into the Lidder River and offers opportunities for sledging.

Located 12 km from Pahalgam in the Anantnag district of Kashmir, at an altitude of 2,414 m, Aru Valley takes pride in its meadows sprawling far and wide, snow-capped mountains, charming lakes, and picture-perfect views. Come winter and this valley gets covered in snow offering great opportunities for skiing and heli skiing. It also serves as the base camp for trekking to the Tarsar Lake and Kolahoi Glacier. Other activities that you can enjoy here are horse riding, photography, and fishing.

Baisaran Valley

Located just 5 km from Pahalgam, it is a valley with extraordinary beauty where several Bollywood movies have been shot. Encircled with pine forests, this valley offers plenty of natural beauty to keep you spellbound. It is popularly known as the mini Switzerland of India. It is also a base for trekkers visiting Tulian Lake.

Pahalgam during winter season

Pahalgam can be visited at any time of the year as it enjoys a pleasant climate. In winter it gets cold but it doesn’t experience harsh winter.

Srinagar International Airport is the nearest airport to Pahalgam, located around 92 km from it.

A trip to Pahalgam is incomplete without visiting the enchanting Betaab Valley.

Explore the valley on a pony ride for the ultimate thrill.

Pahalgam serves as a base for the famous Amarnath Yatra taken by the Hindu pilgrims.

Baisaran Valley near Pahalgam is famed as mini Switzerland of India.

Enjoy snowfall in December

hill station in yusmarg

Surrounded by lofty mountains and forests, Yusmarg is a beautiful lush green valley located at an altitude of 7861 feet in Budgam district of Kashmir. Known as the ‘Meadow of Jesus’, this valley is believed to be the place where Jesus once lived. Its gorgeous grassy pastures sprawl across acres of land, and the marvellous landscape beauty makes it look like a place straight out of a fairy tale land. A pony ride for exploring the valley would add fun to your expedition. There is also a wonderful trekking route from Yousmarg leading to a famous spot called Tosa Maidan, a lovely meadow where you will find nomads grazing their cattle.

Lush green meadows of Yusmarg

Doodh Ganga

Flowing through Yusmarg, Doodh Ganga is a lovely river known for its water that appears milky, and hence it was named Doodh Ganga. It is a starting point for several trekking expeditions and is also a wonderful camping site. The river teems with trout fishes and is perfect for angling and fishing.

Tosa Maidan

Surrounded by dense forest, Tosa Maidan is a gorgeous meadow located at an altitude of 3,000 m and sprawling across 100 sq. km. It inhabits a variety of flora and fauna including rare species such as musk deer and Himalayan black bear. It was once used as a firing range by the Indian Army. You can enjoy trekking and camping here.

Nilnag Lake

It is a captivating high-altitude lake, cradled by hills, located 4 km downhill from Yusmarg. Its blue water gives it the name Nilnag. It offers great trekking opportunity as a trek to this lake pass through a beautiful pine forest dotted with several water streams. It is a 13 km uphill trek and once you reach there you will be amazed with the sheer natural beauty.

The best time to travel to Yusmarg is from April to June, September, and October.

Yusmarg offers great trekking trails, so try it out.

Visit the Bobby hut at Yusmarg for it is the place where the super hit Bollywood movie Bobby was shot.

Trek to the famous Doodh Ganga River from Yusmarg (just 2 km) and you will be greeted with immense natural beauty.

Explore the valley on a pony ride for thrill and fun.

Yusmarg is an offbeat travel destination offering plenty of natural beauty and tranquillity.

Srinagar International Airport is the nearest airport to Yusmarg, located around 44 km from it.

Choose from these top places to visit in Kashmir to make your Kashmir holidays memorable and pleasurable!

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Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

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Dachigam National Park

Shri Amarnath Cave Temple

Shri Amarnath Cave Temple

Sri Shankaracharya Temple

Sri Shankaracharya Temple

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Gulmarg Gondola

Sinthan Top

Sinthan Top

Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden

Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden

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Shah Kashmir Arts Emporium

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Cheshma Shahi Garden

Jamia Masjid Srinagar

Jamia Masjid Srinagar

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People also read kashmir, people also read ladakh, frequently asked questions, q: when is the best time to visit kashmir.

The best period to explore Kashmir spans from March to October. Spring and summer, running from March to May, unveil vibrant blooms and verdant landscapes, while June to August is an ideal time for trekking enthusiasts. The autumn months of September to October paint a picturesque scene with a palette of golden hues. Winters, spanning from November to February, cater to snowfall enthusiasts and winter sports aficionados, offering an excellent time for activities like skiing.

Q: What are the top places to visit in Kashmir?

Explore the allure of Kashmir with must-visit sites such as Dal Lake in Srinagar, the charming towns of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, the exquisite Mughal Gardens, the iconic Shankaracharya Temple, and the historic Jamia Masjid. Don't miss the opportunity to discover Sonmarg, known as the meadows of gold, and revel in the beauty of Srinagar's enchanting tulip gardens during the vibrant spring season.

Q: Are there any offbeat places to explore in Kashmir?

Certainly! If you are an avid explorer looking for offbeat destinations in Kashmir, Doodhpathri and Yusmarg are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

Doodhpathri:

Nestled amidst dense forests and breathtaking meadows, Doodhpathri is a pristine escape from the usual tourist trail. The name, translating to "Valley of Milk," perfectly captures the untouched beauty of this serene destination. Far away from the hustle and bustle, Doodhpathri offers a tranquil ambiance with gushing rivers and meadows blanketed with vibrant flowers. It's an ideal spot for those seeking solitude and a connection with nature.

Tucked away in the lap of snow-capped mountains and dense forests, Yusmarg is a haven for nature lovers. The tranquil meadow, surrounded by pristine landscapes, offers a peaceful retreat from the more crowded tourist spots. The Doodh Ganga River adds to the serenity, providing a soothing soundtrack to accompany your exploration. Whether you choose to indulge in horse riding or prefer a leisurely nature walk, Yusmarg promises an immersive experience away from the usual tourist hustle.

Both Doodhpathri and Yusmarg offer a unique blend of untouched beauty, making them perfect choices for those who appreciate tranquility and desire to explore the lesser-known facets of Kashmir. These offbeat gems add a touch of authenticity to your Kashmiri experience, creating memories that go beyond the conventional tourist destinations.

Q: Which local dishes should one try in Kashmir?

Enjoy the delicious food of Kashmir that reflects the region's essence. Try Kashmiri dishes like Rogan Josh, Dum Aloo, Gushtaba, and Yakhni, each with a unique blend of spices and local ingredients. Explore various rice dishes, including pulao and biryani, showcasing the diverse culinary styles of the region.

Discover Wazwan, a traditional multi-course meal symbolizing Kashmiri hospitality. This feast introduces you to delightful dishes, carefully prepared and served with cultural flair.

Vegetarian options in Kashmir include Lyodur Tschaman, a cottage cheese dish with local spices, and Nadir Monje, a curry featuring lotus stems.

Don't miss the famous Kashmiri Kahwa, a traditional green tea with spices and almonds, offering a delightful beverage and embodying the warmth of Kashmiri culture. Savor this aromatic tea while taking in the beauty around you, creating a memorable sensory experience. Embark on a food adventure, relishing the diverse and flavorful offerings that Kashmir's culinary scene has to offer.

Q: What are the popular activities in Pahalgam?

Nestled in the lap of breathtaking landscapes, Pahalgam stands as a haven for adventure enthusiasts, offering a myriad of activities that cater to every taste. Here are some of the popular activities that make Pahalgam a sought-after destination:

1. Trekking:

Pahalgam is adorned with an extensive network of trekking trails that lead to some of the most scenic spots in the region. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or a novice, the trails cater to various difficulty levels, ensuring an immersive experience amidst lush greenery and panoramic vistas.

2. River Rafting:

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Pahalgam boasts the thrilling activity of river rafting. The Lidder River, coursing through the region, provides an ideal setting for this exhilarating water adventure. Brace yourself for an exciting journey as you navigate through the river's twists and turns, surrounded by the enchanting beauty of Pahalgam.

3. Horse Riding:

The undulating meadows and charming landscapes of Pahalgam make horse riding a delightful activity. Set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, this leisurely ride allows you to explore the town at a relaxed pace, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings.

4. Betaab Valley:

Named after the Bollywood movie "Betaab," this valley is a visual treat with its lush greenery, crystal-clear streams, and breathtaking views. It serves as a perfect location for nature lovers, providing an opportunity to unwind and connect with the pristine beauty that defines Pahalgam.

5. Aru Valley:

Aru Valley, another jewel in Pahalgam's crown, is renowned for its meadows and alpine scenery. Offering a serene escape from the bustling city life, Aru Valley is perfect for nature walks and picnics. The meandering Lidder River adds to the picturesque charm of this valley, creating an idyllic setting for relaxation and exploration.

Q: Are there any famous shopping markets in Srinagar?

Yes, explore markets like Lal Chowk and Polo View.

Srinagar, with its rich cultural heritage and artistic traditions, beckons visitors to explore its bustling shopping markets, each a treasure trove of local crafts and vibrant experiences. Among the noteworthy shopping destinations, Lal Chowk and Polo View stand out as iconic hubs where visitors can immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Kashmiri craftsmanship and culture.

Lal Chowk, situated at the heart of Srinagar, is a bustling market that pulsates with energy. This vibrant bazaar is renowned for its diverse range of goods, from traditional Kashmiri handicrafts to contemporary fashion. As you navigate through the narrow lanes, you'll encounter shops adorned with intricately woven Pashmina shawls, handcrafted carpets, and exquisite papier-mâché artifacts. Lal Chowk is not just a shopping destination; it's a cultural odyssey where every item tells a story of Kashmir's artistic heritage.

For those seeking a more leisurely shopping experience, Polo View offers a delightful promenade with shops lining the road, providing a picturesque view of the snow-capped mountains. This market is a haven for those in search of Kashmiri souvenirs, traditional jewelry, and handwoven fabrics. The unique charm of Polo View lies in its ambiance, allowing visitors to peruse the goods at their own pace while soaking in the scenic beauty that surrounds them.

What to Explore:

1. Handwoven Carpets and Rugs: Lal Chowk and Polo View are known for their exquisite collection of handwoven carpets and rugs, displaying intricate patterns and vibrant hues that reflect the artistry of Kashmiri weavers.

2. Pashmina Shawls and Kashmiri Apparel: Delve into the world of luxury with Lal Chowk's offering of authentic Pashmina shawls and traditional Kashmiri attire. Polo View, with its collection of boutique stores, also presents a unique array of fashion items reflecting the region's distinct style.

3. Papier-Mâché Artifacts: Both markets are adorned with shops showcasing the intricate beauty of Kashmiri papier-mâché artifacts, including decorative boxes, trays, and figurines. These pieces are not just souvenirs but embodiments of Kashmir's artistic legacy.

4. Local Cuisine and Street Food: Beyond the shopping delights, these markets also offer a culinary journey. Indulge in local Kashmiri street food, savoring the flavors of Wazwan cuisine and traditional teas.

Q: Is it possible to visit both Gulmarg and Pahalgam on a single trip?

Yes, with proper planning, you can explore both destinations. But it is advisable not to do both on the same day as you will be very tired and will not have enough time to explore both places nicely. It is better to keep both destinations for different days to be able to grab the essence of the destinations properly.

Q: Can I visit Kashmir in winter, and what activities are available during that time?

Kashmir, adorned with a pristine blanket of snow during the winter months, transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland that beckons adventurers seeking the thrill of snow activities. Embracing the chilly temperatures becomes a rewarding experience as a myriad of snow-centric activities, with skiing taking center stage, unfold against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas.

Winter Wonderland Activities:

1. Skiing Extravaganza:

Winter in Kashmir opens up a playground for skiing enthusiasts. The region boasts world-class skiing slopes, particularly in Gulmarg, where the Gulmarg Ski Resort stands as a premier destination for skiers of all levels. From beginners to seasoned professionals, the slopes cater to diverse skill sets, ensuring an exhilarating experience against the breathtaking snow-covered landscapes. The Gulmarg Gondola, one of the highest cable cars globally, whisks visitors to the Apharwat Peak, providing access to some of the finest skiing terrains.

2. Snowboarding Adventures:

Alongside skiing, winter in Kashmir invites snowboarders to carve through the powdery slopes. Gulmarg's terrain offers ample opportunities for snowboarding enthusiasts to showcase their skills and relish the thrill of gliding down the snowy expanses.

3. Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking:

For those seeking a more serene winter experience, snowshoeing and winter hiking present ideal options. Trails in places like Pahalgam and Sonmarg allow visitors to explore the snow-clad landscapes at a leisurely pace, reveling in the tranquility of Kashmir's winter wonder.

4. Frozen Lake Adventures:

Lakes like Dal Lake in Srinagar and the frozen Sheshnag Lake near Pahalgam provide unique settings for winter activities. Ice skating and ice fishing are popular pastimes, allowing visitors to interact with the frozen landscapes in a different way.

5. Winter Festivals and Cultural Experiences:

Winter in Kashmir is not just about adventure sports. The season also marks the celebration of winter festivals, where locals and visitors come together to revel in the cultural richness of the region. Traditional festivities, local performances, and vibrant markets add a touch of warmth to the snowy surroundings.

Q: Is Kashmir safe to travel?

Yes, Kashmir is safe to travel to. But it is advisable to keep following the local news for recent updates.

Q: What are the famous Mughal Gardens in Srinagar?

Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, and Chashme Shahi.

Srinagar, often referred to as the "Venice of the East," is not only renowned for its serene lakes and houseboats but also for its enchanting Mughal Gardens that stand as testaments to the grandeur of Mughal architecture and landscape design. The trio of Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, and Chashme Shahi unfolds a botanical tapestry that captivates visitors with its intricate layouts, cascading fountains, and vibrant flora.

1. Shalimar Bagh:

Translated as the "Abode of Love," Shalimar Bagh is a sprawling Mughal garden that dates back to the 17th century. Commissioned by Emperor Jahangir for his wife Noor Jahan, this garden is a masterpiece of symmetry and aesthetics. Divided into three terraces, each representing a different facet of paradise, Shalimar Bagh is adorned with terraced lawns, flowing water channels, and a central water canal flanked by Chini kiosks. The garden's ethereal charm is heightened by the presence of fountains, pavilions, and meticulously manicured flower beds.

2. Nishat Bagh:

Nestled on the eastern side of Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, meaning the "Garden of Joy," is the largest Mughal garden in Kashmir. Built by Asaf Khan, the brother-in-law of Emperor Jahangir, the garden showcases a 12-terrace layout, each representing a zodiac sign. Nishat Bagh offers a panoramic view of the lake and the Zabarwan Range, creating a picturesque backdrop. Strolling through the terraces adorned with cypress trees, blooming flowers, and cascading water channels, visitors experience a serene connection with nature and Mughal opulence.

3. Chashme Shahi:

Translated as the "Royal Spring," Chashme Shahi is a smaller but equally captivating Mughal garden, renowned for its natural spring believed to have healing properties. Commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, this garden is perched on the foothills of the Zabarwan Range. Chashme Shahi's terraced layout, Persian-inspired architecture, and the refreshing sound of the natural spring create a tranquil oasis. The terraces are adorned with vibrant flowers, fragrant roses, and terraced lawns that invite visitors to unwind in the lap of nature.

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Kashmir 3 Days Itinerary

KASHMIR 3 DAY ITINERARY – Experiencing The Heaven on Earth in just 3 Days

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Kashmir is an ultimate destinations for all Indian. Everyone dreams about visiting it atleast once in their life span. I had a chance to visit this beautiful place back in April’2018. Based on my experience I am sharing a perfect Kashmir 3 day itinerary , which can help in planning a trip to Kashmir . Here I have tried to cover almost all major attractions in Kashmir. But one can always extend it for few more days to make it more relaxing and to cover more places.

WHY TO VISIT KASHMIR

It is said that Kashmir is the most beautiful place on earth. As the Mughal Emperor Jahangir said ‘If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here’. After visiting the place, I can vouch that this quote is 100% true. The beautiful Dal Lake of Srinagar, the hills of Pahalgram and snow clad mountains of Gulmarg and Sonamarg are just a sight to behold. The beauty of Kashmir and its valley is incomparable to any other place and this is the reason it is a very precious part of India.

Placed like a crown on the head, Jammu & Kashmir sits in the northern most part of India. It is one of the Union Territories of India (since Aug-2019 after the amendment of Art 370). Jammu & Kashmir is divided into 3 parts – Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. Kashmir and Ladakh in particular, are extraordinarily beautiful and hence, quite popular amongst tourists from India and around the world.

Apart from extraordinarily beautiful valleys, Kashmir is equally famous for its intricate craftsmanship in the form of famous Pashmina Shawls and Carpets . Other than this, Kashmir’s traditional food ( Wazwan for non vegetarian, dishes prepared from lotus stem) and drinks like Kahwa are definitely worth trying. Kashmiri people are the most humble people to talk to. They go beyond limits to help and support tourists. It is in their culture to treat tourists as Gods. You will be surprised and amazed by their good behaviour.

BRIEF HISTORY OF JAMMU & KASHMIR

Click on the below link to know about the brief history of Kashmir post Independence and Partition, control of Pakistan and China on Kashmir and formation of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as Union Territories etc.

( https://www.pinningdestinations.com/brief-history-of-jammu-kashmir/ )

Jammu & Kashmir Map

HOW SAFE IT IS TO TRAVEL KASHMIR

Yes, it is safe to travel to Kashmir. However, it is advisable not to go on hiking or trekking to some isolated hills or go close to the borders, apart from that, every other place is safe to travel. Kashmiris are warm people to interact with and very helpful. In Srinagar, you will witness a policeman standing every 500 meters, guarding everyone. There are numerous check points at the Airport, thus assuring complete safety.

Also, one often see in the news about stone pelting and attacks on tourists but as per the locals of Kashmir, there has never been any attack on tourist.

DURATION OF THE TRIP 

This trip is of 3 days. One day for Srinagar, one day for Gulmarg and one day for Pahalgram. You can easily extend it for more days to make it a more relaxed trip. One can also plan to include Sonamarg as well.

KASHMIR 3 DAY ITINERARY – TRIP COST

  • Return Flight/Train/Roadway from India:  9,000 – 15,000 INR/Person (106-160 US$)
  • Hotel: 5,000 – 20,000 INR/Day (65-265 US$)
  • Food & Local Transport: 10,000 – 15,000 INR/Person (133-200 US$)
  • Miscellaneous:  3,000 – 5,000 INR/Person (40-65 US$)
  • Approx Total:  30,000 INR/Person for 3 days (400 US$); If planned to stay at Lalit Grand Palace than 80,000 INR/Person (1065 US$)

BEST TIME TO VISIT 

Kashmir is always beautiful be it any month. You can choose any month to travel, as this heaven on Earth will never disappoint you. Be sure, a trip to Kashmir will always be memorable.

March – May 

This is the Spring Season of Kashmir. Temperature is warm around this time roughly ranging from 10°C-25°C. Flowers bloom around this time and there is lush greenery everywhere with mountains still covered in snow thus providing an extremely beautiful scenery. Tulip Garden season also comes around this time of the year.

June – August 

This is the Summer Season of Kashmir. Days are warm around this time. Temperature ranges roughly around 15°C-30°C. It is a good time for sightseeing as melting ice and slight rainfall fills the river and canals hence providing a spectacular view. This period is full of tourists as it is the summer vacation time in India.

September – November 

This is the Autumn Season of Kashmir when everything green turns to orange – thus offering a golden view all over the valley, which is truly mesmerising. Crowd is relatively low around this time hence making it perfect for a quiet escape. Temperature is moderate around this time ranging from 20°C-30°C during day time and around 11°C-15°C in the night.

December – February 

This is the Winter Season of Kashmir. Temperature ranges from 8°C to-10°C. The entire valley is covered in snow. If you want to see “white” Kashmir – this is the perfect time. Gulmarg and Sonmarg are heaven around winter season. You can enjoy skiing and various other snow activities.

HOW TO REACH SRINAGAR / HOW TO TRAVEL WITHIN SRINAGAR

Sheikh Ul Alam Airport of Srinagar is well connected to all major cities in India. A round trip cost of airfare from all major cities in India for Srinagar will be roughly starts from 9000-20,000 INR (US$ 130-US$ 275)/Person.

Sadly, there is no railway network in Srinagar and the nearest railway station is in Jammu , which is 300 kms from Srinagar. After reaching Jammu Railway Station, one can hire a car or bus till Srinagar. This takes 7-9 hours to reach Srinagar.

For travelling within Srinagar – taxis, auto rickshaws are easily available at affordable prices. Srinagar Airport is roughly 10-15 kms away from main Srinagar. It takes roughly 400-500 INR (US$ 5-7) for a cab ride from the Airport to the main center of Srinagar.

For going to neighbouring areas, it is best to rent a 8-10 hour car along with a driver, who will guide you about the places on the way in depth. Rental cars can be arranged very easily from any tour operator shops. No need to visit them physically – search in Google and get the list. Look at the ones with good ratings – call them and fix it. They will send a car with driver directly to your hotel. It is advisable to do this one-day prior. Charges usually range from US $30-50/Day for an SUV car having a capacity of 6 people. If you do not want to rent a car, then there are Private and Govt buses from JKSRTC also available to take you to neighbouring areas. Bus ticket from JKSRTC can easily be booked online from www.jksrtc.co.in .

WHERE TO STAY IN SRINAGAR, KASHMIR

Click on the link below to check out best area to stay in Srinagar and the various options of Hotels in Srinagar – High End Hotels, Mid Range Hotels and Budgeted Hotels.

( https://www.pinningdestinations.com/the-best-hotels-to-stay-in-srinagar/ )

TIPS FOR KASHMIR TRIP

  • If reaching Srinagar by flight, then there will be many check points to clear, in order to come out of the Airport. Same goes while boarding a flight from Srinagar. Be patient, as it involves some extra time as usual.
  • Always walk and trek instead of taking a pony ride. Don’t be fooled by the people asking you to take a pony ride. It is much more convenient to walk.
  • Don’t forget to shop while in Kashmir. Kashmiri shawls, specially Pashminas, although expensive (starts from 8000 INR and goes up to 1,00,000 INR) but definitely worth it. Other items to buy from Kashmir are handmade silk carpets (very expensive), Dry Fruits, original 100% pure Saffron (Kesar), Kashmiri Salwar Kameez etc.
  • Do not miss to taste the delicacies of Kashmir like Kahwa (Kashmiri Tea), Wazwan (multi course Kashmiri dish made from lamb and chicken), snack prepared from lotus stems.
  • Availability of alcohol is very limited in Srinagar. It is restricted to 5 star hotels or at cantonment area. There is no alcohol shop in Srinagar (might be just one but not sure). Be prepared for this before hand.
  • If looking forward for a trip to Ladakh, it is better to plan a road trip from Srinagar instead of Manali, This route will offer a mesmerising view of theKashmir valley, Sonamarg, Kargil etc. on the way. The problem (giddiness) of low altitude to high altitude that people usually face while driving from Manali to Leh is not much from this route. While returning, one can take Leh to Manali route. In this way both views can be covered.

KASHMIR 3 DAY ITINERARY

  • 1st Day : Day tour of Srinagar – Shankaracharya Temple, Tulip Gardens, Mughal Gardens and Shikara Ride at Dal Lake
  • 2nd Day : Srinagar to Gulmarg – Day Trip
  • 3rd Day : Srinagar to Pahalgram – Day Trip

Kashmir 3 Days Itinerary

KASHMIR 3 DAY ITINERARY IN DETAIL

Day 1:  day tour of srinagar – shankaracharya temple , tulip gardens, mughal gardens and shikara ride at dal lake.

Srinagar , also known as the heaven on earth, lies on the banks of River Jhelum. Lakes, valleys and hills surround this beautiful city. Srinagar is extremely famous for Dal Lake , which is often called as lake of flowers, Mughal Gardens and Houseboats (Shikara).

Begin your 1 st Day by exploring the city of Srinagar. Best way to do that is to hire a rental car along with a driver from any of the tour operators in Srinagar (search them in Google and strike a deal). It should cost approximately 1500-2000 INR (20-24 US$). To visit all the good tourist places in a day in Srinagar, it is really important to start early. Else one can always divide this into 2 days.

Shankaracharya Temple

Best place for the early morning hours is Lord Shiva Spiritual Temple ‘Shankaracharya’ which is situated at Shankaracharya Hill of Zabarwan Mountains. It is also the enlightenment place of the great Sage Shankarcharya. One has to do a little trek (around 250+ steps) to reach the temple, as the temple is situated at an elevation of 1100 feet. On reaching, one can enjoy the beautiful 360° view of the entire city of Srinagar specially the Dal Lake, which is not possible from any other place.

P.S.: Mobile phones and cameras are not allowed inside the temple. Timings of visiting the temple is from 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM. People with knee problems, kids or health issues can avoid this place.

Tulip Garden

Right after Shankarcharya Temple, visit the Tulip Garden – Asia’s largest and World’s 2 nd  largest Tulip Garden, if you are traveling to Srinagar around Tulip Garden season, which is generally from March end till the 2 nd  week of April.

Click on the  below link to know more about the  wonderful Tulip Garden of Srinagar, Kashmir

( https://www.pinningdestinations.com/visiting-tulip-garden-kashmir/ )

Tulip Garden Kashmir

Right next to the Tulip Garden is Botanical Garden . No need to visit, as you can check its view from the Tulip Garden.

Stop over for lunch at any of the various options available at the lakeside road.

Click on the link below to know about the b est choice of restaurants  in Srinagar, close to Dal Lake .

( https://www.pinningdestinations.com/the-best-restaurants-in-srinagar/ )

Mughal Gardens

Afternoon can be planned to visit the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar. There are 4 Mughal gardens in Srinagar – Shalimar Bagh , Pari Mahal , Nishat Bagh and  Chasme Shahi . All of them were built during the Mughal rule in India. Mughal Emperors – Jahangir and his son Shah Jahan had special love for Kashmir. They used to spend many summers in Srinagar and therefore got these gardens constructed. All of them are mostly constructed in a similar style. They are all located on the top of the hills, have mountains in the backdrop, terraced layout with water fountains running in the middle, surrounded by flowers, trees and fruit orchards and over looking the Dal Lake.

It is not at all necessary to visit all 4 of them. Moreover, after a visit to the Tulip Gardens – none of them will appeal that much. You can choose to visit any two of them – which will be more than enough. Shalimar Bagh is the largest amongst them. It looks quite mesmerising during the spring and autumn seasons. Nishat Bagh is 12 terraced, huge and beautiful garden overlooking the Dal Lake. Chasme Shahi is small and a charming garden, built around a spring. Fresh spring water is the main highlight of this garden. Pari Mahal , also known as the abode of the fairies, is seven terraced and builton the top of Zabarwan Mountains. As it is located on the top of the hills, it provides a beautiful view of the Dal Lake and the surrounding areas.

Kashmir 3 Days Itinerary, Nishat Garden

Shikara / Char Chinar

Shikara (wooden boat) ride is the best thing to do around sunset time in Srinagar. It is the main highlight of Srinagar. Beauty of Dal lake is beyond words. One can easily spend hours enjoying the spectacular beauty of thelake and the mountains nearby. Shikara ride on the Dal Lake is such a heavenly beautiful experience, it feels like you are floating in heaven.

Kashmir 3 Days Itinerary, Dal Lake Srinagar

You can even stop for a short while at Char Chinar . It is a man made Island made by the Mughals during their rule in India. It is a square shaped island with Chinar Trees planted at the corners. Chinar Trees are quite prominent in Kashmir. Chinar trees were brought to Kashmir from Persia during the Mughal era. These trees are huge and evergreen in nature.

Kashmir 3 Days Itinerary, Char Chinar

You can also enjoy lake market at Dal Lake, as there are many shops and boats selling flowers, wooden artwork, saffron etc. The cost for a Shikara ride starts from Rs 400 (US $ 5) for 1 hour and goes up to Rs 1300 (US $17.5) for 4 hours. One

Shikara can accommodate a maximum of 4 people. Mornings and sunset time are the best time to enjoy the Shikara ride. Reach the lake side around 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM and book the Shikara on the spot.

Dinner at some of the best restaurant in Srinagar

After the mesmerising boat ride at Dal Lake, end your day with dinner at one of the best restaurants in Srinagar ( https://www.pinningdestinations.com/the-best-restaurants-in-srinagar/ ).

After dinner enjoy some shopping in local market. Later reach back the hotel and relax for the day.

  • 09:00 AM: Visit to Shankaracharya Temple
  • 11:30 PM: Visit To Tulip Garden,Srinagar
  • 01:30 PM: Lunch at one of the lakeside restaurant
  • 03:00 PM: Visit to Mughal Garden – Chasme Shahi & Nishat Bagh
  • 04:30 PM: Shikara Ride at Dal Lake
  • 08:30 PM: Dinner at one of the famous restaurant in Srinagar

Places to visit, eat and stay in Srinagar

DAY 2: Day trip to Gulmarg

About gulmarg.

Gulmarg is a popular hill station of Baramulla district of Kashmir, which is situated at an elevation of 2600 meter (8530 feet) above the sea level. It is just 54 kms from Srinagar and takes only 1.5 hours to reach (by road).

It is often called the Winter Wonderland of India. Gulmarg experiences heavy snowfall from Dec to mid Feb and a lot of tourists specially honeymooners visit Gulmarg around this time to enjoy the fresh snowfall. Gulmarg, during this time, looks straight out of heaven. People enjoy a lot of snow activities here like Gondola ride (rope way), skiing, playing with snow etc. The most popular, luxurious and the only 5-star hotel in Gulmarg – The Khyper Himalayan Resort and Spa , is a delight to stay as this hotel offers mesmerising view of snow-clad mountain peaks. Snow in Gulmarg can also be enjoyed all around the year at Phase 2.

Gulmarh Kashmir

How to Reach Gulmarg from Srinagar

For easiest way to reach Gulmarg from Srinagar is to hire a rental car along with a driver available from any car rental company in Srinagar. Cost for this will be roughly 2500 – 3000 INR (US $33-40) with a capacity of 4-6 people. A public and private bus can also be taken to reach Gulmarg. Fare of Non A/C Bus (A/C bus is not at all required) will be roughly 150-200 INR / Person (US $2-2.5). For a day trip to Gulmarg, it is important to leave early in the morning from Srinagar, around 8:00-9:00AM.

Gondola Ride Gulmarg

The main highlight of Gulmarg is the Gondala Cable Car Ride (Ropeway), which is the second highest cable car ride in the world. It directly takes you to the mountain top, which is entirely covered with snow, hence providing a wonderful view all over. Timings for the Gondola ride are from 10:00 AM upto 5:00 PM.

Gondola ride consist of 2 phases. First phase is Gulmarg to Kungdoor (12,293 ft), which takes roughly 10-12 mins to reach from Gondola Cable Car. Cost for this is 700 INR (9.5 US$). The second phase starts from Kungdoor to Afarwat  (13,780 ft), which takes 12-14 mins to reach. Cost for this phase is 900 INR (12 US$). Tickets can be purchased from the ticket counter in Gulmarg, which is open from 8:00 AM till 4:00PM. Nowadays, there is also an option to buy online, which is the best way to avoid the queue at the ticket counter.

In our case, the car driver was extremely helpful and got the cable car (Gondola) tickets booked for Phase 1 and Phase 2, through one of his known fellows in Gulmarg in the morning only. Due to this advance booking, we did not have to stand in a queue. The person who bought the tickets for us also became our tour guide at a very minimal cost. As there is heavy snow in Phase 2, snow boots are required, which are readily available on rent (100 INR/Pair). It is better to rent the boots in Tangmarg rather than in Gulmarg. Our driver arranged this for us as well.

Gulmarg Cable Car Map

Reaching Gulmarg and enjoying Cable Car

After reaching Gulmarg, the car has to be parked in the parking lot and one has to walk till the Cable Car station, as cars are not allowed up till the cable car station. At the car parking area, you will be forced by local pony owners to take a pony ride for this. Kindly note that it is just at a distance of 500-600 meters, which can be covered by walking. The pony owners follow a much longer route to reach cable car station, which is a big waste of time. Please do not fall for this.

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After reaching the cable car station, board the Phase 1 cable car. One cable car can accommodate 6 people. You will be amazed to see the beauty of the hills as the cable car moves upward.  After reaching Phase 1, board cable car for Phase 2. The view from the cable car will definitely blow your mind away. The view looks like the mountains and valleys are all covered by a snow blanket. After reaching Phase 2, enjoy walking and playing in the snow on the mountain peak. You can even go for a skate ride there.

If hungry, go back to Phase 1 as there are good variety of food choices available. Covering both phases, specially Phase2, is a must if, one wants to enjoy the mesmerising snow view and have a beautiful experience. Apart from the Gondola ride, there is not much to do in Gulmarg. Infact, Gondola ride is the main highlight of Gulmarg.

Snow at Gulmarh Kashmir

Gulmarg Golf Course

If visiting during summers, a visit to Gulmarg Golf Course can be planned. Gulmarg Golf Course is the highest golf course in the world with a spectacular landscape in the backdrop. This golf course completely gets covered in snow during winters.

After spending some quality time in Gulmarg, reach back to Srinagar. Drop by some place in between for early dinner and call it a day.

  • 08:30 AM: Leaving for Gulmarg from Srinagar by car
  • 10:00 AM: Reaching Gulmarg
  • 11:30 AM: Gondola Ride from Ground toPhase 1 (tickets were pre-purchased)
  • 12:30 PM: Gondola Ride from Phase 1 to Phase 2
  • 02:30 PM: Going back to Phase 1 and enjoying some snacks
  • 03:00 PM: Back to Base
  • 03:30 PM: Going back to Srinagar
  • 05:00 PM: Reaching Srinagar
  • 08:00 PM: Shopping and Dinner in Srinagar

DAY 3: Day trip to Pahalgram

About pahalgram.

Pahalgram is a beautiful hill station in Anantnag district of Kashmir. Situated at the banks of Lidder River , this town is popular for its lush green meadows and sparkling water valleys. Pahalgram is 90 kms from Srinagar and therefore can very well be planned as a day trip from Srinagar. It takes only 2-3 hours to reach (by road).

Baisaran Hills Pahalgram

How to Pahalgram from Srinagar

The easiest way to reach Pahalgram from Srinagar is to hire a rental car along with adriver from any of the car rental companies in Srinagar. Cost for this will be roughly 3000-3500 INR (US $40-46) with a capacity of 4-6 people. A public or private bus can also be taken to reach Pahalgram. Cost of bus fare will be roughly 300-350 INR/Person (US $4-5). Please don’t forget to buy Saffron on your way to Pahalgram, as it is 100% pure and is grown in a village, which comes on the way from Srinagar to Pahalgram.

Baisaran Hill Pahalgram

The most popular place visited in Pahalgram is Baisaran , which is known as Mini Switzerland of India. Baisaran is at a mountain top, full of lush green meadows. It is surrounded by pine trees with snow-clad mountains in the backdrop. Baisaran is an extremely beautiful place and definitely a must visit. It will remind you of the numerous Bollywood movies that has been shot here, from the classic Bollywood movies like Kabhi Kabhi, Silsila to thelatest oneslike Haider, Highway, Bajrangi Bhaijaan etc.

Pahalgram Kashmir

For reaching Baisaran (mountain top) one has to either trek 5 kms (roughly for 1-2 hours) or hire a pony. A healthy and fit person can definitely go trekking, otherwise, ponies are easily available at the mountain base. Cost for pony ride will be 700-900 INR/Person (US $9-12). Always negotiate well with the pony owners. Pony ride is totally a thrilling experience. The track is such, that many a times, it will give chills of slipping and falling down but, it does not happen as these ponies are very well trained. These are the same ponies that take people to Amarnath Cave. Elderly people and people with knee problems can avoid going to Baisaran, as this can be a risky trek for them.

Your mind will be blown after reaching Baisaran and looking at the mesmerising view all around. Adventures like Zip-lining and Zorbing are available at Baisaran. There are a few small tea and snack corners here as well, where one can enjoy a quick snack. After spending sometime here you can go back to the mountain base.

Other Places to visit in Pahalgram

One can also plan to visit Betaab valley , Chandanwari (base camp for Amarnath Yatra) and Aru valley (base camp for Kolhoi Glacier and Tarsar Lake trek), which are further 15-20 kms ahead of Pahalgram. All 3 can be covered together, but for this, one has to hire another car from Pahalgram Bus Station (to cover these parts cars from Srinagar and outside areas are prohibited), which costs roughly 1500-2100 INR/car (US $20-28). These cars drive you through all the three places (Aru Valley, Betaab Valley and Chandanwari). The best part of the journey is the wonderful view of the Lidder River, scenic meadows, lakes, mountains etc. that will fall on the way while reaching these valleys.

Pahalgram Map

Unlike Baisaran, there isn’t any trek to mountain tops for these places. They can be easily reached by car. If wanting to cover everything – Baisaran, Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Chandanwari etc. in a day trip from Srinagar, then it is really important to leave early morning around 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM from Srinagar. Only then, will you be able to finish off your trip by evening and be back to Srinagar by 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM. If starting late from Srinagar, one will have to choose between Baisaran or Betaab valley/Chandanwari/Aru Valley. If you have some extra days in hand, you can plan to stay for a day or two in the beautiful Phalagram and enjoy all the places at leisure.

PS: Always check weather forecast before hand, for trip to Phalgram. Phalagram often experiences rainfall. On a rainy day, trek or pony ride to Baisaran will be risky and very tough.

Pahalgram Kashmir

If someone has few more days in Kashmir then one can explore Sonamarg . It is said to have more snowfall than Gulmarg and the beauty is more spectacular.

  • 05:30 AM: Leaving for Pahalgram from Srinagar
  • 08:00 AM: Reached Pahalgram
  • 09:00 AM: Pony Ride to Baisaran
  • 10:00 AM: At Baisaran
  • 12:00 PM: Leaving from Baisaran and reaching Base
  • 01:00 PM: Hiring Carfrom Taxi Stand for Aru Valley, Betaab Valley and Chandanwari
  • 02:00 PM: Stopping somewhere for Lunch
  • 05:00 PM: Going back to Srinagar

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“If there is heaven on earth, it is here… it is here… It is here”

Heaven on Earth Kashmir is one of the most beautiful travel destinations to visit in North India. Nowhere in India you will behold the scenic landscapes, icy glaciers, pristine lakes and lofty mountains as beautiful as Kashmir . Serenity and Tranquility redefines itself from the ambiance of Kashmir. Be it summer, Winter or Monsoon, every season has its own charm in Kashmir. The numerous wonders of nature, culture, cuisines and rich history of Kashmir will elevate your travel experience in Incredible India.

Here is a list of Top 15 tourist places to visit in Kashmir Valley

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Doodhpathri, sinthan top, the great lakes trek, warwan valley, tulail valley.

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Srinagar Shikara Ride

If you ask us ‘Show me the soul of Kashmir Valley’ – we would recommend you to visit Srinagar once in a lifetime. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Kashmir Valley. It is a place where you will feel the healing touch of nature. It is Decked with lofty green Himalayan mountains. Delightful Shikara Rides, glistening lakes which would take you to the world of quietude and peace and alluring Mughal Era gardens: you will lose your mind and find your soul here.

Chinar trees lined roads, fascinating wooden fridges, delightful bazaars, ancient forts and spiritual hubs and apple orchards painted the city into a garden of Eden. Artists, couples, families and backpackers frequently visit Srinagar to come close to nature’s heart. When are you coming?

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Gulmarg - Gondola Ride

This tiny paradise of Kashmir really shines bright in winter when the entire landscape is covered in snow and opens lots of opportunities for snow adventure activities like skiing, snowboarding and Heli- skiing etc. But summer here is a scene of dreams. In dreams, nothing is real and the fantasy tickles our senses with excitement and curiosity. Gulmarg’s landscape in summer is like a fantasy world. The rolling meadows, lofty mountains, blissful mountain streams will make your day wonderful. Even reaching here will seduce your senses as you will come here through Gondola Ride which will pass through hills and valleys covered in mist and clouds. That experience is a bliss. Gulmarg is one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit in Kashmir.

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Sonmarg Kashmir

At an altitude of 2730 meters the meadow of gold shines brightest from the lofty Himalayan peaks. This beautiful countryside is one of the most popular places to visit for a hill station family vacation in Kashmir. Jagged glaciers, scenic countryside views, emerald meadows, refreshing mountain lakes, soothing nature walks- these sightseeing experiences will make you feel like you are chasing angels. It is a place where you will feel most alive. Moreover, the Sindh River which flows through Sonmarg will take you to the recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.

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Betaab Valley Kashmir

Betaab Valley will take you to the land of secluded serenity. The healing touch of nature will make you feel like you are moving through nature in a metaphysical sense. It is one of the most popular destinations in Kashmir for couples to cherish some romantic moments. Lush green pastures, snowcapped mountains, soothing streams add beauty and vitality to the ambiance. It is also one of the popular bases for trekking and camping. From here pilgrims head for the holy Amarnath Yatra.

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Pahalgam Kashmir

Enchanting and beautiful, the vistas of Pahalgam will definitely take your breath away. The confluence of Sheshnag and Liddar river, thrilling trekking routes, fascinating forests, alpine meadows, mesmerizing valleys, and blissful picnic spots-the list is endless. Pahalgam is one of the best destinations for family vacations in Kashmir. It used to be a shepherd’s village once upon a time. Tall Fir covered mountains and abundance of greenery – The stillness in them is a sort of relief.

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Yusmarg Kashmir

Away from the chaotic modern world, Yusmarg is one of the most enchanting places to visit in Kashmir Valley. This sprawling meadow is a home to the most alluring Doodh Ganga River, which looks so gorgeous that you will be compelled to live here forever. Numerous Apple trees, Sufi shrines, grassy pastures, deep forests and snowcapped mountains will captivate your mind.  Moreover, the slopes of Yusmarg is a wonderful place for skiing in winters. In summers, the beauty of nature can be really experienced delightfully with enchanting nature walks. For trekking, you can go to Kuti Tata and Sang-e-Safed Peaks and Nilang Lake will be a perfect spot for a family vacation, it’s an amazing picnic spot.

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Doodhpathri Kashmir

Doodhpathri – the Valley of Milk is a must visit place if you are looking for a unique destination in Kashmir Valley. Situated at an elevation 8,957 m from sea level, it is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations to visit in Kashmir Valley. There is an interesting tale behind its name. It is said that one a famous saint of Kashmir Sheikh ul Aalam Sheikh Noor din Noorani prayed here. One day he was in search of water in the meadows to offer prayers So, he pricked the ground with his stick but milk came out instead of water. He asked if milk can only be used for drinking, not for ablution. Hearing this the milk changed its state to water. Since then, the water flowing through the meadows has a milky appearance and is named Doodhpathri. Pine, Fir and Deodar Forests, natural meadows, flowery landscapes and lush vegetation of this place attracts lots of tourists every year. Indeed, it is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir Valley.

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Sinthan Top Kashmir

Lies between South Kashmir’s Breng Valley and Kishtwar, sinthan Top is a beautiful mountain top to visit for holidays in Kashmir. It offers 360-degree panoramic views of the entire Jammu and Kashmir. The most interesting fact is that you can enjoy the bliss of snow even in summers here. It is covered in snow throughout the year. The Sinthan Maidan is a wonderful place to visit for a family vacation in Kashmir as it offers paragliding and horse-riding activities. Adventure enthusiasts can try trekking, skiing and mountaineering for thrill and excitement. Those who are looking for adventures, snow activities, Sinthan Top is a perfect place to visit for memorable moments.

Also Read: Film Tourism in Kashmir

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

One cannot miss the wonderful Kashmir Great Lakes Trek when it comes to holidays in Kashmir Valley. Rugged mountains, rolling green meadows, Breathtaking Alpine lakes and soothing valleys makes this trek one of a kind. The snow patches on the corners of the lakes are quite a sight to behold. Enchanting grasslands, meadows and remote passes – here ‘the magic of nature takes over and heaviness of life lifts a little’. No place can beat the beauty of this trek. It is a must try trek in Kashmir if you love challenges. It is a moderate difficulty trek. For a beginner, it can be a little overwhelming for your body.

Also Check Out: Popular Trekking Routes in Kashmir

Daksum Kashmir

Get lost in the folds of time and fade away from the chaos of the world in Daksum Valley. This place’s beauty will be etched in your heart forever. Daksum is a blank slate, it can be painted in any color. If you are an artist, its breathtaking landscapes will inspire you to paint beautiful pictures, the mountains here will appeal to all adventure lovers, picnic spots will make the day best for family and friends and couples will spend romantic moments in the romance inducing sceneries. When it comes to tourist places, Daksum is often hidden from the travel itinerary of Kashmir Valley. But Daksum should be considered as its beauty will connect you with everything in nature. Dark coniferous forests, grassy meadows, natural springs, camping and trekking opportunities, trout fishing in Bhringi River and beautiful wooden slopes the memories of these vistas if once entered your soul will never look for an exit.

Also Read: Adventure Tourism in Kashmir

Warwan Valley

Warwan Valley is a beautiful doorway to a new world of serenity. 150 km from Srinagar, its only 3 hours’ drive from Anantnag District. Crystal clear water from stunning waterfalls, exquisite cedar trees, enchanting forests, soul seducing views of Warwan river which is also the source of mesmerizing Kanital Glacier and most surreal village vistas. It is one of the most popular places for trekking. Views of Breathtaking River deltas, wildflower meadows, glaciers and abundance of greenery will make this trek visually appealing. It is advisable to only do this trek if you are physically fit. Doing this trek would be one of the best things to do in Kashmir Valley.

Also Read: Popular Honeymoon Destinations in Kashmir

Pulwama - Naghbaren Unexplored Kashmir

Pulwama, the rice bowl of Kashmir, is a must visit place if you are planning a Kashmir Tour. Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of saffron fields, delightful weather, picturesque orchards, alluring waterfalls, enchanting valleys and blissful natural springs. Family vacation here will be one of the most refreshing one as the natural landscapes of Pulwama will remove all the tiredness of your spirit. It is a beautiful place of romance for couples where they can spend some delightful moments to cherish forever. In summer adventure junkies try trekking and camping for thrill and excitement. Winters bring snowboarding and skiing opportunities. It is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir.

Also Read: Most Famous Hill Stations of Kashmir

Anantnag - Verinag Spring Kashmir

Not only Anantnag is the financial and commercial capital of Kashmir but also a beautiful paradise for tourists for holiday. If you are looking for a place to rejuvenate your mind then fresh water spring, streams, breathtaking gardens, spiritual places will bring back the lost essence of your soul. It is one of the most beautiful summer getaways in Kashmir valley. Every year pilgrims undertake a challenging journey to Amarnath Cave Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva from Anantnag. You can explore beautiful places like Pahalgam, Kokernag, Achabal, Verinag, Daksum.

Also Read: Pilgrimage Tourism in Kashmir

Tulail Valley Kashmir

Ever heard about Tulail Valley? Well, some of you must have heard about it. Tulail valley is one of the most soul seducing places to visit in Kashmir valley but it is most of the time hidden from Kashmir’ list of best travel places. The scenic landscapes of Tulail Valley consist of breathtaking villages, green mountains, flowery meadows and the amazing weather will make your day. For nature photographers and couples, you will lose yourself in the beauty of this place.

Also Read: Heritage Tourism in Kashmir

Karnah - Skiing Adventure in Karna Kashmir

Karnah is a place in Kashmir where you will hear yourself better and return to a happy state of mind from the tiredness of city life. It is one of the offbeat places to visit in Kashmir. This small yet beautiful valley is decked with dense green meadows, lofty mountain peaks, magnificent forts, palaces and verdant forests. The fairy tale-like landscapes are picture perfect for romantic poses and amazing selfies. Don’t forget to visit the scenic villages of Tangdar, Saidpura, Gundi Gurjan andTeethwal etc. camping, reli-skiing, rock climbing, skiing and camping are some of the best things to do here to completely enjoy your Kashmir holidays.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many days are required to explore the best of kashmir valley tourism.

If you have much time in your hand then plan your Kashmir trip for 7 days. 7 days are enough to visit Srinagar, Pahalgam, Yusmarg, Dudhganga, Gulmarg etc. these are all the premier locations of Kashmir. If you want to visit offbeat places you need more days.

Which are the best places to visit for honeymoon couples in Kashmir Valley?

Best places to visit in Kashmir for Honeymoon trip-

Which are the best summer visiting places in Kashmir?

Best places to Visit in Summer in Kashmir are-

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What is the distance between Gulmarg to Pahalgam?

The distance between Gulmarg to Pahalgam is around 91.0km

What is the distance between Srinagar to Gulmarg?

The distance between Srinagar to Gulmarg is around 49.5km.

Which are the best places to visit in Kashmir Valley in Winters?

Some of the best places to visit in Kashmir in Winters are-

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  • Anantnag and Qazigund

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15 Top Places to Visit in Kashmir in 2024

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Kashmir’s blissful aura can never be expressed in words. Snowy glaciers, pristine lakes, expansive grassland, and stunning orchards await visitors in this paradise. The unbelievably beautiful places to visit in Kashmir have fascinated tourists from worldwide, and now it is your turn to discover this ‘ Paradise on Earth’ . 

If you are planning a trip here in 2024, we have compiled a list of 15 tourist places in Kashmir to include in your itinerary for a memorable vacation.

List of  Best Places to Visit in Kashmir in 2024 with Friends and Family

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Srinagar (5200-ft), Kashmir

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Gulmarg (8,694 ft.), Kashmir

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Pahalgam (7,200 ft.), Kashmir

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Pulwama (5,419 ft.), Kashmir

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Aru Valley, Kashmir

We have carefully selected these attractions to ensure that there is something for everyone. All of these places to see in Kashmir are among the top-rated attractions by tourists from around the world. It is now up to you to plan your itinerary as per the days in hand and get mesmerised by the heavenly charm of Kashmir.

Q. Which is the most beautiful place in Kashmir?

A. Some of the beautiful Kashmir places to visit are Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam, and Aru Valley.

Q. Is 4 days enough in Kashmir?

A. Some of the famous places in Kashmir to explore in 4 days are Srinagar, Pahalgam, and Sonmarg.

Q. What is the famous food in Kashmir?

A. The famous food dishes in Kashmir are Goshtaba, Rogan Josh, Dum Aloo, Naat Yakhni, Kashmiri Rajma, Aab Gosht, Nadir Monji, and Tabak Maaz.

Q. Which is the best month to visit Kashmir?

A. The best month for Kashmir sightseeing is from April to October.

Q. Which time snowfall is best in Kashmir?

A. The best time for a Kashmir view with snowfall is from December to February.

Q. What is the best time to visit the tulip garden in Kashmir?

A. The best time to visit the Tulip Garden, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir is from late March to April end.

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Our 9 days Kashmir trip itinerary with family

“Kashmir is not just a place, It is an emotion that everyone wants to experience!!!!”

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“You have got Kashmir and Himalayas. You are the richest when it comes to natural beauty!” – While we were playing in the snow at Mount Titlis on our trip to Switzerland, our guide remarked vividly. Years later, I can now comprehend the statement completely. As I relive every moment of our 9 days trip to Kashmir . After hearing, reading and witnessing the beauty of Kashmir through books, media and our own parents, we waited for years to finally be able to experience this “heaven on earth”. There is for sure, that every Indian wants to visit this paradise at least once in his lifetime. We have compiled this complete guide for a trip to Kashmir that will help you plan your trip to Kashmir in a smooth, hassle free manner. And here we bring to you our 9 days Kashmir trip itinerary with family.

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This Kashmir trip itinerary for family is based on the trip to Kashmir that we took with our family in April, 2022. It can vary for others based on their requirement. So, we will provide some alternate itineraries towards the end of the post. To get the details of how to make the hotel bookings in Kashmir, how to book a cab in Kashmir, where to stay in Kashmir, what to eat in Kashmir, how to go shopping in Kashmir and even general tourist scams in Kashmir, read our upcoming comprehensive Kashmir travel guide. Either you can follow this same itinerary on your own. Or, you can book your Kashmir trip via ekashmirtourism.com 

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Day 1 : Arrival in Srinagar

We took a flight to Srinagar from Bangalore. It was a connecting flight. As there was no suitable budget direct flights from Bangalore to Srinagar operating at this point. We had a flight from Bangalore to Delhi and then another flight from Delhi to Srinagar. We reached Srinagar early in the morning, around 8:00am. The April-June time frame is peak tourist season in Kashmir. So, the influx of tourist is high. There was a huge queue at the airport exit, after navigating it we took a cab to our hotel, Walisons Hotel, Srinagar .

Related read : Is it safe to visit Kashmir now ?

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Since we had a night flight, and we arrived early at our hotel, our rooms were not ready. So, we headed straight to the Tulip Gardens near Dal Lake . Since, the Tulips were in full bloom at this point, we didn’t want the chance to miss witnessing them in full bloom. We dropped our luggage at the hotel. And then requested the driver who dropped us from airport to hotel to take us to the Tulip Gardens. By 8:30am, we reached the gardens. There was no queue at the ticket counter and no rush inside.

We thoroughly enjoyed the gardens. And then by 10:00am, we headed back to the Tulip Garden parking lot. Where we had our late breakfast.

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While visiting the Tulip Gardens of Kashmir, I couldn’t help but draw a comparison in my mind with the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens of Netherlands which I had visited on my trip to Europe, from Amsterdam. Each one has it’s own surreal beauty. And I couldn’t really tell which one is better than the other. So, I will say, visit both ! (I am always greedy when it comes to travel :D)

After spending considerable time witnessing the tulips and having some picture perfect instagram moments with them, we returned back to our hotel. This time, our rooms were ready. We shifted to the rooms to catch up on some much needed sleep. And retired to bed after an early dinner later.

Note: You can also arrive in Srinagar by road from Jammu. Jammu is well connected with rest of India through road and rail network.

Day 2 : Places to visit in Srinagar

Today, post breakfast, we started our exploration of Srinagar – our one day of sightseeing in Srinagar . From this day onwards we had booked a dedicated cab till the end of our journey.

The first site we visited was Pari Mahal. It is a beautiful garden around a 7 storied building. But the best part is the views of Srinagar, Dal Lake and the surrounding mountains that you get from the garden. Take a virtual tour of Pari Mahal with us in this vlog :

Next we headed to the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar. We visited Chash-me-Shahi Garden and Nishat Bagh. Although there are other gardens also in Srinagar including Shalimar Garden, after visiting 2 mughal gardens of Srinagar, we felt we had enough 🙂 . Since, all these gardens look alike beyond a point.

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So, next around 4:00pm, we headed for Shikara ride. After much hassle and bargaining, we and the shikara owners came to an agreement. And finally we had a 2.5 hrs Shikara ride on the Dal Lake . Which included visiting all the famous spots around the lake, stopping for tea and snacks and finally visiting the shops on the bank of the Dal Lake.

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Watch our vlog on our Dal Lake Shikara ride here .

Day 3 : Srinagar to Pahalgam Transfer

Today, post breakfast, we traveled from Srinagar to Pahalgam . We reached our hotel in Pahalgam, the Oswal Cottage , by afternoon. And had lunch. Post this, we enjoyed the beautiful sceneries around. And just relaxed. However, some of our friends headed to explore Bisaran Valley. It takes around 3 hours for the complete round trip. Although Bisaran Valley is only 6km from where we stayed. But the terrain is rough. And only accessible through a horse ride. Since we were with kids and moreover our younger one hates any animal interactions, so, we didn’t go. Although if you are not constrained like us, I will highly recommend visiting the Bisaran Valley. Because it is very beautiful.

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Day 4: Pahalgam to Aru Valley, Betab Valley and Chandwari

Today we has another action packed day in our Kashmir trip itinerary with kids. As, we spent the day visiting Aru Valley, Betab Valley and Chandwari from Pahalgam . These are the most famous and beautiful valleys around Pahalgam. Which have completely different charms in different seasons.

When we arrived here in April, the spring was in full bloom and the valley was on the verse of welcoming summer. Green meadows spread in front of the snow clapped mountain peaks reminded me of some of the beautiful scenes we had encountered in Tuscany while doing day trips from Florence when we spent almost a week in Italy.

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Day 5: Pahalgam to Gulmarg Transfer

Today, post breakfast, we started for Gulmarg from Pahalgam. Watch our road trip experience from Pahalgam to Gulmarg on this vlog . Actually, Gulmarg is the most famous ski resort destination in Asia and India. By the time we booked our accommodation, almost everything in Gulmarg was either full or exorbitantly charged. So, we booked our stay at Hotel Pineview in Tangmarg which is almost 10km before Gulmarg. Nevertheless, we reached here by noon.We had our lunch on the way. After reaching Tangmarg, our driver connected us with a guide who was going to accompany us to the Gondola ride.

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The guide further took us to a shop where we hired shoes, jackets and bought gloves and caps for all of us to be used the next day. Also, we rented a vehicle to take us till the Gondola. Since our regular cab drivers prefered to return back to Srinagar. The shoes were to be packed and placed in the car the next morning. So, booking them in advance really saved our time.

Day 6: Gulmarg Gondola Ride

Finally arrived that day of our Kashmir Trip itinerary with family which the kids were waiting for since day 1 – the day of Gondola Ride in Gulmarg . Today, we woke up really early in the morning. And started around 8:00am from our hotel in Tangmarg for the Gulmarg Gondola point. We had pre-booked our Gondola ride online through this government site. Also, we had booked for both phase 1  and phase 2  . Since when we reached here, the snow in phase 1 had reduced a lot. After arriving at the parking for Gulmarg Gondola, we walked to the Gondola and reached there just in time, around 8:30am. Still there was already a huge winding queue. And it was only at 10:30 that we reached the Gondola cable car.

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As we sat into the Gondola and started our journey up the mountains, I couldn’t help recall the same experience scaling the heights of Mount Titlis on a day trip from Lucerne with Aashi. Who was precisely the same age at that time as Ishi is now. And once we reached the top, we had a gala time playing in the snow. The memories are as fresh as if it happened yesterday. I guess that’s why we need to spend more on experiences and less on material things.

We reached phase 1 in around 10 mins. But we decided to go to Phase 2 first. Because this year, the summer started early and there was not much snow in phase 1 left. So we went to Phase 2. However, the weather soon turned our plans upside down. It started with a snowfall and then turned into a snow storm. I and my friend decided to return back to the Gondola station with the kids. As the temperature dropped to -5 degrees and the kids started to feel cold. However Abhishek and 2 other friends decided to take the plunge and enjoy snow activities.

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Day 7: Gulmarg to Srinagar Transfer

After having a gala day at the Gulmarg Gondola, we started back for Srinagar from Gulmarg on the 7th day of our 9 days Kashmir Trip Itinerary with kids. We started post breakfast from our hotel in Tangmarg, Hotel Pineview . And reached our houseboat, Chicago Group of Houseboats in Srinagar by lunch time. Yes, today we were going to experience staying on a houseboat in Srinagar . The access to the houseboat was through a short Shikara ride from ghat no 9 on Dal Lake. After reaching the houseboat and dumping our luggage, we again took another shikara to return back to the main road for lunch. Since lunch was not provided on the Shikara. After having lunch, we just relaxed in our houseboat in Srinagar. And prepared for the next day when we planned to have a day trip .

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Day 8: Srinagar to Doodhpathri day trip

On the second last day of our 9 days Kashmir trip itinerary with family, we embarked on a day trip to Doodhpathri from Srinagar. Although for the past 2-3 days we were having a tussle to select between Sonmarg and Doodhpathri.

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Sonmarg is yet another winter destinations in Srinagar. It witnesses a lot of snowfall in the winters. So much so that you can only travel here with special chained vehicles that can navigate snow. However, the snow cover had reduced when we visited here in mid-April. But the temperature was still very low here.

Doodhpathri on the other hand is a lush green meadow. It was not that chilling cold, not that crowded and touristy also. So, finally we picked Doodhpathri over Sonmarg. And then had a wonderful day basking in the sun in one of the most beautiful valleys of Kashmir.

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Day 9: Flight back from Srinagar

Finally came the day to say goodbye to Kashmir. We boarded our morning flight from Srinagar and embarked on our way back home. With memories of a lifetime. However, we want to come back to Kashmir. This time in the winter season. To witness the completely transformed landscape of Kashmir. And the winter wonderland that it is called. Hope that materialises soon.

Alternate Kashmir trip itinerary with family

The 9 days Kashmir trip itinerary with kids that we did was a really relaxed one. Since we were traveling with little kids, we didn’t want to overexert ourselves. But, if you are pressed by time on your Kashmir trip itinerary with family, or want to cover alternate things, here are some alternate Kashmir trip itinerary with family options for you. Some of these are aggressive on timelines, you can opt them when traveling solo, with friends or backpacking.

Kashmir Trip Itinerary Option 1 : 5 days trip to Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg

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  • Arrive in Srinagar in the morning. Get an early checkin at your hotel if possible. If not, at least dump your luggage. And head to the Tulip Gardens. Spend couple of hours here. Have lunch. And post lunch take a Sikara ride on the Dal Lake. Stay near Dal Lake if possible.
  • Srinagar to Pahalgam day trip. Start early in the morning by 7:00am, reach Pahalgam by 9:30am. From here, take a day trip to explore Aru Valley, Betab Valley and Chandanwari. Return to Srinagar by 6:30 or 7:00pm in the evening
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg day trip. Today, go straight to the Gulmarg Gondola from Srinagar. Pre book the gondola ride tickets. Reach here by 10:00am. And then enjoy the snow activities in Gulmarg. For a complete detail of how to book the Gondola and how to enjoy your day in Gulmarg, read this post.
  • Do a day trip from Srinagar to Sonmarg today.
  • Spend half the day sightseeing in Srinagar. Visit some of the famous gardens, Pari Mahal and some other attractions. Post noon, checkout from your hotel and start back home.

While staying all 5 nights in Srinagar, you can spend a couple on a houseboat – a different kind of experience.

Kashmir Trip Itinerary Option 2 : 3 days visiting Pahalgam and Gulmarg

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If you are really pressed by time, I will suggest, skip Srinagar. And head straight to Pahalgam and Gulmarg. Do a day trip to each of these from Srinagar. And then head back to your home on the third day. Of course, you will miss the Sikara ride on the Dal lake and the other attractions that Srinagar has got to offer. But then you have to make a choice when you are that limited by time.

Kashmir Trip Itinerary Option 3 : Srinagar, Pahalgam, Kargil and Ladakh

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This is a very different itinerary than the rest two I proposed above. If you are visiting Kashmir in summer months, like June, there is not much of snow to enjoy. So, you can altogether avoid the snow destinations like Sonmarg or Gulmarg. Spend the first couple of days in Srinagar enjoying the local sites. And then do a day trip to Pahalgam from Srinagar on the third day. On the fourth day head to Kargil. And from there, embark on a trip to Ladakh for the next 5 days!! Making the most of your time in Kashmir. And combining two most exotic destinations of India into one single trip!!

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Join us on a captivating 9-day journey through Kashmir with our family-friendly itinerary, carefully crafted to ensure an unforgettable experience for all. From leisurely shikara rides on Dal Lake to thrilling adventures in the mountains, discover the beauty and charm of Kashmir while creating cherished memories with your loved ones.

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Arrive at Srinagar

Arrive at Srinagar before 8 AM. Make sure to shoot some amazing visuals of the Himalayas before your flight lands. Left-side seats are better for this.

Have breakfast and go for a city tour, covering the following places. You can hire a cab or an auto for this.

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You can spend around 30 - 45 minutes in each of these places.

Post the city tour, you can proceed for lunch. You can try out some of the following restaurants.

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Post lunch, proceed towards Dal lake and check into your hotel. You can also stay in one of the houseboats in Dal lake. Listing down some recommendations for your stay:

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After you checkin, rest till evening. In the evening, proceed towards Dal Lake for an amazing sunset boat ride. The ride typically lasts for 1 - 1.5 hours and shall cost you about INR 500 - 800 per person. Make sure that you bargain. During the ride, you will come across people in boats selling snacks, kahwa (traditional Kashmiri tea), artifacts, etc. You will also pass by the floating market. The prices here can be a tad bit more expensive compared to land costs.

Post the boat ride, you can have dinner and call it a day. 

On day 2, finish your breakfast early and proceed towards Pahalgam. You can hire a cab for this. The journey from Srinagar to Pahalgam should take about 2 - 3 hours. En route, you will pass by saffron fields, apple orchards and cricket bat factory. You may also purchase dry fruits and saffron from any of the shops on the way.

On arrival at Pahalgam, check into your hotel. The following are our recommendations:

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Post lunch, proceed towards Pahalgam taxi stand. You can hire a pony here to visit places such as mini Switzerland, Kashmir valley, Pahalgam valley, etc. The cost of pony will depend upon the places that you want to visit and should range from INR 4000 - 5000 per person. Again, make sure to bargain. This should take about 4 - 5 hours to complete.

P.S. Even though this experience is slightly expensive, we strongly recommend it. The views are to die for, and movies such as Bajrangi Bhaijan were shot in these places. 

Post this trip, return to your hotel for dinner and call it a day.

Pahalgam and return to Srinagar

Post breakfast, proceed to Pahalgam taxi stand. Please note that the cabs you hired from Srinagar are not allowed here, and you need to hire local union cabs from the taxi stand to visit Aru Valley, Betab Valley, and Chandanwari. During winter months, you may hire a sled in these valleys since walking can be a bit taxing in the cold weather. Gumboots will be available for rent in front of the entrance of these places. You can spend 1 - 1.5 hours in each of these places.

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Once you cover these places, you can return to Srinagar. En-route, visit Avantipur ruins.

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In the evening, you may visit Lal Chowk market or take a stroll along the banks of Dal Lake.

On day 4, finish your breakfast early and proceed towards Gulmarg. You can hire a cab for this. The journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg should take about 1.5 - 2 hours. Please note that during winter months, depending on road conditions, your vehicle may not be allowed in Gulmarg and you may have to hire a local union cab. Here also, on the top, you may hire a sled during the winter months. You can also rent jackets, gumboots, etc. here. The main attraction in Gulmarg is the Gondola ride. The queue for getting the tickets can sometimes be very long, so plan on reaching Gulmarg early. It is also possible to book these tickets online. Gondola has two phases. The ticket price will depend upon the phase that you want to visit.

You can also try out activities such as skiing and snowboarding here. You may spend 4 - 5 hours here, depending upon the crowd and number of activities that you want to do.

Post this, definitely visit Drung waterfall, especially if you are visiting during the winter months. The frozen waterfall is one of the best natural sights that you will see in your life!

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You may choose to spend the day in Gulmarg, or return to Srinagar in the evening.

The following are some of our recommendations for stays in Gulmarg:

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The journey from Gulmarg to Sonmarg can take 3 - 3.5 hours. If you are traveling from Srinagar, it will take 2 - 2.5 hours. 

The biggest attraction of this place is the Thajiwas Glacier. You can hire a pony similar to Pahalgam here also.

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Return to Srinagar in the evening.

Departure from Srinagar

Check out from your hotel post breakfast and proceed towards with lots of memories to be cherished for a lifetime!

1. The land cost in Kashmir is expensive compared to other destinations (for hiring pony, local cabs, renting winter wear, etc.). Make sure that you bargain for a fair price and also carry sufficient amount of cash with you. While ATMs are available in Srinagar, they are sparsely available in other locations and online payment is not always an option.

2. If you are traveling during winter, make sure to carry sufficient amount of winter wear such as thermals, jackets, sweaters, etc. While gumboots are available for rent in places with heavy snow, you must carry woollen socks and a good pair of shoes.

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  • Uncovering 5 Offbeat Places In Kashmir That Make You Memorable For A Lifetime

21 May 2024

Nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas, Kashmir is a paradise on Earth, renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. While the iconic Dal Lake and the pristine Gulmarg meadows are well-known to travellers, Kashmir’s true allure lies in its offbeat destinations. These offbeat places in Kashmir offer an authentic glimpse into the region’s raw beauty, vibrant traditions, and warm hospitality. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or a cultural enthusiast, there’s something for everyone in the hidden corners of this incredible region. So, buckle up and get ready to go on an extraordinary adventure where you’ll discover the true essence of Kashmir.

5 Offbeat Places In Kashmir

Kashmir offers several offbeat destinations for those seeking offbeat experiences. Below are the best offbeat places in Kashmir:

1. Srinagar

Enjoy a shikhara ride at the Dal Lake in Srinagar, one of the popular offbeat places in Kashmir.

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Srinagar, the ‘Paradise on Earth’, is the capital of Kashmir, one of the most popular offbeat places in Kashmir. It is a beautiful city in the Himalayas, known for its serene lakes, Mughal gardens, and traditional houseboats. The city is divided by the Jhelum River, with the older part of the city on the left bank and the newer part on the right bank.

Srinagar is famous for its lakes, Dal Lake being the most well-known. You can also take shikara rides on the lake, explore the floating vegetable market, and admire the beautiful scenery. Srinagar is also home to several beautiful Mughal gardens, including Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, and Chashma Shahi. These gardens are known for their terraced lawns, fountains, and colourful flowers. You can also worship at Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in Kashmir.

Travel Distance: 132 Km

Travel Time: 3 hours and 31 minutes

Best Time to Visit: April to October

How to Reach Srinagar: The nearest airport to the city is the Sheikh ul Alam International Airport, which is approximately 15 Km away from the city centre. The closest railway station is Srinagar railway station in Nowgam. The city is also well-connected by road, and you can easily access it by bus, car, or taxi.

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The serene Sind Lake is nestled in Sonmarg.

Sonmarg, also known as ‘The Meadow of Gold’ in Kashmiri, is a picturesque town. It’s among the best offbeat places in Kashmir and is famed for its breathtaking landscapes, stunning natural beauty, and serene atmosphere. Sonmarg offers a captivating vista of snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows carpeted with vibrant wildflowers, and the meandering Krishen Ganga River.

Beyond the breathtaking scenery, Sonmarg offers a range of activities for every kind of traveller. Adventure seekers can opt for a thrilling pony ride or a jeep safari on the treacherous yet rewarding route to the Thajiwas Glacier. In winter, Sonmarg transforms into a winter wonderland, perfect for indulging in snowmobiling, skiing, and even snowboarding.

Travel Distance: 215 Km

Travel Time: 5 hours and 47 minutes

Best Time to Visit: April to June or September and October.

How to Reach: The nearest airport to Sonamarg is Srinagar International Airport, approximately 80 Km away. You can also reach Sonmary via train. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi, about 375 Km away. You can hire a taxi or cab to reach Sonmarg from the airport or the railway station.

3. Pahalgam

A tranquil riverside campsite surrounded by dense pine forests in Pahalgam.

Pahalgam, also known as the “Valley of Shepherds”, is one of the offbeat destinations in Kashmir. It is a stunning hill station in the Anantnag district of Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 2,740 metres, Pahalgam is famed for its breathtaking scenery, including lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains, and the meandering Lidder River.

Those seeking adventure can trek through the Himalayas, explore glaciers like the Kolhoi Glacier, or try their hand at white water rafting on the Lidder River. For a more leisurely pace, visitors can take a horseback ride through the meadows, go golfing on the scenic Pahalgam Golf Course, or relax by the Lidder River and soak in the breathtaking views.

Travel Distance: 120 Km

Travel Time: 3 hours and 36 minutes

Best Time to Visit: April to June

How to Reach: The nearest airport to Pahalgam is Srinagar International Airport. You can also reach Pahalgam in Jammu, which is approximately 254 Km away. From Jammu, you can take a taxi or bus to Pahalgam. Pahalgam is also well-connected to Jammu and Srinagar via a network of roads. State bus services and private buses are available from Jammu, Srinagar, and Anantnag.

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Breathtaking Suru river in Kargil, which is among popular Kashmir offbeat places.

Situated amidst the majestic Himalayas, Kargil is among the popular offbeat places in Kashmir. It is sculpted by snow-capped peaks, shimmering glacial lakes, and rugged valleys. This town, cradled at an altitude of over 8500 feet, was a crucial point on the ancient Silk Route and resonates with a rich cultural heritage. Kargil’s strategic location has also shaped its history, having witnessed several battles.

Kargil offers many exciting activities for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure. One such option is trekking through the picturesque Suru Valley, where you can encounter traditional villages and serene landscapes. Wildlife enthusiasts can go on jeep safaris to spot elusive Himalayan animals like marmots and ibex. During summer, mountain biking through the valley trails is a thrilling way to explore the region’s natural beauty.

Travel Distance: 332 Km

Travel Time: 8 hours and 43 minutes

Best Time to Visit: March to October

How to Reach: You can reach Kargil via the Leh Airport (214 Km from Kargil) or Srinagar Airport (223 Km from Kargil). The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi Railway Station, which is about 456.5 Km Away. You can further take a taxi or cab to reach Kargil.

Enjoy the majestic view of Gulmarg, one of the popular offbeat places in Kashmir.

Gulmarg, aptly named the “Meadow of Flowers,” is nestled amidst the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. At an elevation of 2,650 metres, Gulmarg boasts stunning scenery with snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows bursting with vibrant wildflowers in summer, and clear, crisp air.

You can wander in the meadows and explore Gulmarg’s cultural heritage. Visit the serene Baba Reshi Shrine, a revered Sufi saint’s tomb. Explore the historical Maharani Temple, offering a glimpse into the region’s past. You can also find peace at St. Mary’s Church, a charming Christian architecture amidst the mountains. All these popular tourist attractions make it one of the popular offbeat places in Kashmir.

Travel Time: 1 hr 18 min

Travel Distance: 60.5 km

Best Time to Visit: The best times to visit are Summer (May to October), Spring (April to June) and Autumn (September to November).

How to Reach Anantnag: The nearest international airport to Anantnag is the Sheikh Ul Alam Airport in Srinagar, about 62 Km away. Anantnag also has its own railway station, connected via the Kashmir Railway that runs from Baramulla to Qazigund. You can also reach this place via a car or taxi.

Further Read: Places To Visit In Gulmarg In May

Kashmir is a place of unparalleled natural beauty, offering much more than just the famous destinations. Are you ready for an extraordinary adventure? Book your trip to Kashmir today and uncover the beautiful places the destination offers. So, start planning for an adventurous trip today and add these offbeat places to stay in Kashmir to your list!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Offbeat Places In Kashmir

What are the best places to visit in Kashmir?

Kashmir is home to many surreal places, including Gulmarg and Kargil.

Which part of Kashmir is unexplored?

Bangus Valley, nestled in Kupwara district, is one of Kashmir's hidden gems. With its remoteness and breathtaking natural scenery, the valley is famous for its lush greenery, serene streams, and soothing environment.

Which is the most beautiful area of Kashmir?

Srinagar is the most beautiful area of Kashmir. You can experience a serene shikara ride on the tranquil Dal Lake and enjoy the panoramic city view from the summit of the Shankaracharya Temple.

What is unique in Kashmir?

Kashmir boasts a rich cultural heritage reflected in its unique traditions and crafts. The Pheran, a flowing robe, is a staple of Kashmiri attire. The copper kettle Samovar is a centrepiece for brewing traditional Kashmiri Kahwa tea. Kashmiri artisans also create beautiful handcrafted walnut furniture and souvenirs, making for cherished keepsakes. All these items are unique to Kashmir.

Which month is best to visit Kashmir?

The best time to visit Kashmir depends on your preferences. However, spring (March to May) offers pleasant weather with blooming flowers and vibrant meadows. Summer (June to August) is also ideal as the temperature is comfortable and perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

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15 Best Places to Visit in India, According to Travel Experts

F rom the alpine meadows of Kashmir to the palm-fringed beaches of Goa, these are some of the subcontinent’s most enchanting destinations.

As a former longtime Delhiite and frequent traveler to India, people often ask me what the country is like. I never know how to respond, for trying to sum up a nation as vast and diverse as India feels impossible. So, instead, I asked a few experts for their insights.

“If you visit India, you feel you have visited several countries, as every part is different,” says Mohd Shafi Billo, an inbound tour operator who specializes in helping international travelers plan their trips to the country. “It’s an exceptional destination, thanks to its culture, history, and inclusiveness of different people from different faiths, and it has everything to offer, from forts to mausoleums, wildlife tours to mountain adventures.”  

Shoba Rudra, founder and partner at hospitality consultancy Rare India , agrees. “The country is living a dynamic moment in history, ever-changing,” she says. “What's constant, however, is the vibrant culture lived through its festivals, cuisine, heritage, crafts, and performing arts.”

While it would take years to see it all, India is an approachable destination — if you can narrow things down. With that in mind, here are 15 of the best places to get you started on your sojourn to the subcontinent.

Stretching along the southernmost part of India’s Malabar Coast, the tropical state of Kerala entices visitors with its marshy backwaters, which most people visit on overnight houseboat adventures. These popular cruises “showcase lush landscapes and peaceful villages, and [give visitors] a glimpse into local life amid tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings,” says Billo. While the backwaters are a star attraction, the state offers much more to explore, from the tea plantations of Munnar, known for its cool climate and seemingly endless rolling hills, to the historic city of Kochi, celebrated in equal measure for its rich coastal history and contemporary art scene . The beaches aren’t too shabby, either. “North Kerala is also famous, as the Malabar Coast is where the spice trade flourished,” says Rudra. “The coastal area is picturesque and this region is still unexplored.”

On the opposite end of the country from Kerala, Kashmir offers entirely different — but equally captivating — landscapes. With its alpine climate, evergreen trees, and snowy winters, Kashmir is often likened to a mini Switzerland . Famed 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau once proclaimed in Farsi, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this,” and he may have been onto something. At the heart of it all is Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, which is known for its elegant gardens and watery centerpiece, Dal Lake. “Highlights include staying on a houseboat or taking a shikara [traditional Kashmiri boat] ride,” says Billo, who hails from the area. Don't leave without indulging in wazwan , an opulent, meat-heavy feast that can feature up to three dozen dishes in one sitting. 

Occupying a high-altitude plateau in the northernmost reaches of India, Ladakh is characterized by otherworldly landscapes and big skies, punctuated by palatial stupas and monasteries. Many visitors come to Ladakh’s capital, Leh, during the short summer tourist season, but this surreal region offers plenty more to experience beyond the city. Billo suggests visiting the Nubra Valley, an isolated part of the old Silk Road that’s only accessible by crossing Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable passes. “The valley offers a glimpse into Ladakh's unique geography and cultural diversity with monasteries, quaint villages, and apricot orchards,” says Billo. The region is also rich with unusual wildlife, from elusive snow leopards to the scaled-down Bactrian camels that originated in the steppes of Central Asia.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

On the banks of the sacred Ganges River, the holy city of Rishikesh has held a place in the hearts of spiritually minded travelers — both from India and abroad — for generations. It’s the self-proclaimed “yoga capital of the world,” with a mix of traditional ashrams (spiritual rest houses) that cater largely to Hindu pilgrims and yoga centers that attract international visitors with teacher-training courses and meditation retreats. If you’re not into yoga, you’ll still find plenty to do here. Popular activities include visiting the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram (dubbed the Beatles Ashram in honor of its most famous former residents) to whitewater rafting adventures on the mighty Ganges. It’s also a great place for a wellness getaway, and nearby Ananda in the Himalayas was voted one of Travel + Leisure readers' favorite international spas in 2023.

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If you’re looking for a place that’s unlike anywhere else in India — or, frankly, the world — head to the intentional community of Auroville in South India. This UNESCO-recognized global township was founded in the 1960s with the goal of "realizing human unity," beyond the illusory divisions of creed or nationality, and it's home to generations of residents from around the world. Many visitors come for an hour or two, just long enough to view Auroville’s spiritual center — the golden, dome-shaped Matrimandir . However, it’s worth sticking around a bit longer to get a feel for what the community is about. As Akash Kapur, who grew up in Auroville and authored " Better to Have Gone " and " India Becoming ," puts it: "Come to Auroville if you're interested in alternative societies, sustainable living, or spirituality, but try not to just drop in for a few hours (as many do), and instead spend some time here, really getting to know the people and their work. The community rewards sustained immersion."

Andaman Islands

Although most people associate the crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea with Thai island getaways, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in this tropical region are under Indian control. This little stretch of paradise is full of gorgeous shorelines, but most visitors devote their vacations to the island of Swaraj Dweep (formerly known as Havelock). The most popular beach on the island is Radhanagar Beach , which offers just over a mile of white sand sandwiched between tropical jungle and warm, transparent waters. Getting to this remote island requires a bit of gumption: You'll need to fly from the Indian mainland to Port Blair on South Andaman Island, then catch a ferry or charter a seaplane for the final stretch. While visitors are welcome on many islands in the chain, a few — including secluded North Sentinel Island — are off-limits. 

While many travelers see India’s capital as a jumping-off point for visiting further-afield destinations, it’s worth sticking around for a while to truly appreciate what Delhi has to offer. There’s certainly never a dull moment in this busy metropolis, whether you’re shopping for handicrafts at one of its numerous markets or learning about medieval and Mughal history at one of its three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Humayun's Tomb, Qutb Minar, and Red Fort. Although Delhi is undeniably rambunctious, it also has a quieter, more peaceful side that you can find amidst the trees and 15th-century tombs of Central Delhi’s Lodi Gardens or in the quiet interiors of the Baháʼí Lotus Temple.

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Many travelers to India put the 17th-century Taj Mahal at the top of their list. This white marble mausoleum is easily India’s most recognizable structure — and it’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World . This popular attraction also has a romantic backstory. “This iconic symbol of love is renowned for its architectural beauty, intricate marble work, and the captivating story behind its creation by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal,” notes Billo. The bodies of the emperor and his wife remain interred in the Taj to this day. 

Jaipur. Rajasthan

The capital of Rajasthan and one-third of North India’s popular Golden Triangle tourist route (which also includes Agra and Delhi), Jaipur is a must-visit for those who love architecture and shopping. “The Pink City, as it's nicknamed, offers a rich cultural heritage, stunning [landmarks] like Amber Fort, vibrant bazaars, and intricate handicrafts,” says Billo. Many of Jaipur's key attractions are found in the historic walled part of the city, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. Highlights include Jantar Mantar (a collection of oversized — and fully functional — astronomical instruments dating to the 17th century) and Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, a honeycomb-shaped palace designed with tiny windows that allowed air to flow freely through its interior.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Dubbed the Blue City because of the cerulean-colored buildings that extend for miles through the oldest part of town, Jodhpur has long attracted travelers eager to explore the ramparts of the larger-than-life Mehrangarh Fort. It’s also home to the grandiose Umaid Bhawan Palace , which made headlines in 2018 when Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tied the knot there. While Jodhpur’s beautiful, regal architecture is reason enough to visit, there’s more to the city than massive forts and grand palaces. “The area around the Toorji ka Jhalra stepwell in the old city is fun to explore,” says hotelier Sapna Bhatia, owner of Kaner Retreat and Jodhpur-area native. “For nature enthusiasts, there’s the Rao Jodha desert park near Mehrangarh Fort.”

Udaipur, Rajasthan

T+L readers' favorite city in Asia and second favorite city in the world , Udaipur very much fits the bill of a fairy tale destination. Nicknamed the City of Lakes, thanks to its seven lakes, this gorgeous destination is home to some of India's finest luxury hotels plus historic whitewashed palaces, including the magnificent City Palace, an 11-palace complex that houses hotels, a huge museum with an impressive collection of European crystal, and a royal residence. A short boat ride from the palace lies the 18th-century Taj Lake Palace, an opulent palace-turned-hotel in the middle of Lake Pichola. It’s a quick drive from The Oberoi, Udaivilas , a purpose-built palatial hotel with onion-domed cupolas and a moat-like swimming pool that directly connects to some of the rooms. 

If you’re looking for a less-frequented, but no less amazing, alternative to more touristed states such as Rajasthan, consider Gujarat. “Under-explored but culturally rich, this state in India is a tapestry of festivals, textiles, architectural heritage, communities, and landscape,” says Rudra. Gujarat was also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the Salt March, one of his most famous acts of peaceful protest, through the state in 1930. Rudra suggests visiting the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial , which “honors the activists through murals, installations, sculptures, art, and related film.” It's also worth checking out the Kutch district, known for its distinct metal bells , which were originally used for keeping track of livestock and are now popular as decorative wind chimes.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

The northeast Indian state of Assam is home to a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts: Kaziranga National Park . This expansive, UNESCO-listed wildlife refuge near the borders of Bangladesh and Bhutan has the largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses on the planet, providing a home to roughly 2,000 of these massive beasts. Although rhinos are the star attraction on park safaris, all sorts of animals live here, including tigers, elephants, gibbons, sloth bears, and a small number of endangered Ganges River dolphins. 

Historic, glitzy, and positively gargantuan, Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is easily one of India’s most cosmopolitan destinations. This city by the sea is the nation's financial and entertainment capital, and while you’re unlikely to rub shoulders with Bollywood stars here, you're sure to see a lot of impressive attractions in very little time. Take a boat out to Elephanta Island to explore fifth– and sixth–century rock-hewn cave temples, marvel at the grand Indo-Saracenic architecture at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , or see thousands of clothes hanging out to dry at Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open-air laundry. Then, head to the sleek neighborhood of Bandra West, where many of Mumbai’s best restaurants and hotels are located, including Taj Lands End, voted T+L readers' favorite city hotel in India in 2023.

India’s smallest state, Goa, is arguably its top beach destination, where long days of swimming and sunbathing turn into longer nights of partying on the sand. While Goa has been known as a hippie haven since the 1960s, it's started to shed its reputation in recent decades. It’s still very much a party state, though it also draws in families and couples in search of sea and sun, sans nightlife. It’s a great place for history buffs as well, with numerous seaside forts and UNESCO-recognized churches that were built when Goa was under Portuguese rule. And while the destination has always been loved for its fiery dishes that combine traditional Konkani ingredients with Portuguese influences, it has also emerged as a culinary hot spot , where a new generation of chefs is showcasing everything from Japanese yakitori to jackfruit tamales.

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2024 is a big year for Illinois. This year, the Prairie State is one of two states home to both broods of periodical cicadas emerging in a rare, double-brood event.

Trillions of 13- and 17-year cicadas part of Brood XIX and Brood XIII are have been waiting for the right conditions to emerge in Illinois and over a dozen other states this year. Once they're above ground, the cicadas will feed, mate and die, while the next generation will then head underground to start the cycle all over again. And although they are big and loud, cicadas pose no danger to humans or pets .

Ready or not, both Brood XIX and Brood XIII cicadas have already been spotted above ground in Illinois, with many more expected to be coming soon.

Here's what you should know about where to to find them.

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When are cicadas emerging in Illinois?

According to  Cicada Mania , the insects begin to emerge when the soil 8 inches underground reaches 64 degrees, and are often triggered by a warm rain. This year, Illinois will see both cicadas in the double brood : Broods XIX and XIII.

Both broods have been spotted above ground in Illinois, according to Cicada Safari , a crowdsourced cicada-tracking app by Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Where have cicadas been reported in Illinois?

Cicadas have already been spotted a few places in Illinois, according to  Cicada Safari . Brood XIII has started to emerge near Peoria, Illinois in the central part of the state, according to the app.

The other brood in Illinois, Brood XIX, has been spotted in large numbers in southern Illinois near Springfield, Champaign and around the St. Louis area along the Illinois/Missouri border.

The Cicada Safari app allows users to submit pictures and video of cicadas in their area, which builds an interactive map tracking the species as they emerge this year.

Which cicada broods are in Illinois?

Illinois is getting a visit from both of the broods emerging this year: Brood XIX and Brood XIII.

Brood XIX brood last emerged in 2011, and after 2024, is set to emerge again in 2037. Brood XIII last emerged in 2007, and after this year, will come out again in 2041.

Besides Illinois, Brood XIX will also be found this year in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Brood XIII will also be found in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.

2024 cicada map: Check out where Broods XIII, XIX will emerge

The two cicada broods will emerge in a combined 17 states across the Southeast and Midwest, with Illinois and Iowa expected to host both.

What's so special about the two broods coming out at the same time?

While both annual and periodical cicadas come out in various areas every year, it is rare for two different broods to emerge at the same time.

Broods XIX and XIII  last emerged together 221 years ago in 1803 , when Thomas Jefferson was president and there were only 17 states in the Union. After this year, they are not expected to emerge again at the same time until 2245.

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