Kashmir Tourism
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Kashmir Tourism

Kashmir Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
A heaven on Earth, Kashmir is located in the north-western region of the Indian Subcontinent. With abundant natural beauty, the destination until the mid 19th century was geographically denoted as the valley nestled between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range. However, at present Kashmir denotes a much larger area that includes the Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. 

History of Kashmir

According to a legend, it is believed that Kashyap, the great sage drained a lake, which was inhabited by the Brahmins and then the place came to be known as Kashmir. A synonym for its turbulent past, Buddhism was introduced in the region by the missionaries of Emperor Ashoka. This religion flourished in Kashmir until the 2nd century, till the time it was ruled by Kushan. However, for several centuries, Hinduism was the dominant religion of Kashmir.

In the 7th century, the destination was under the rule of Durlabhavarrdhana, who founded the Karkota Dynasty. This was replaced in 855 AD by the Utpalas, who were then succeeded by the Tantrins, Yaskaras, Guptas and Loharas respectively. 

In 1346, the last Hindu king, Udiana Deva was replaced by Shams-ud-Din, the first Muslim king, who reigned in Kashmir. However, in 1586, the Mughal Emperor Akbar conquered Kashmir and made it a part of his empire.

In 1757, Kashmir saw the victory of Ahmed Shah Durrani as a result of which the destination went under the rule of Pakistan until 1819. However, Ranjit Singh won Kashmir from Pakistan and added it to his Sikh Empire. 

In 1846, the Sikhs were defeated by the British army and sold Kashmir to Ghulab Singh of Jammu. The destination was sold under the Treaty of Amritsar for INR 7.5 million. As a result of this treaty, Ghulab Singh acquired the status of an independent prince of Kashmir. 

Later, he conquered Ladakh also, which he added to his dominion. After he died in 1857, he was succeeded by Maharaja Ranbir Singh. As time passed, the destination was ruled by Maharaja Partap Singh and Maharaja Hari Singh respectively. 

In 1947, during the reign of Hari Singh, the Indo-Pakistan partition took place. However, during that time the rulers of the princely states were given freedom to accede to either Pakistan or India or to remain independent. Since the Maharaja of Kashmir was a Hindu, so he decided to join India, despite the fact that majority of population residing in Kashmir were Muslims. 

Things to do in Kashmir

Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist places in the country that is known for its natural beauty. From beautiful shikaras and wooden handicrafts to apples and cherries, all attract tourists from across the country to visit Kashmir. 

Tourists can also make a visit to Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated in the valley of Kashmir, Srinagar is known for its traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and also for its houseboats. In addition, tourists can also visit attractions like Hazratbal Mosque and Dal Lake.

The best time to visit this beautiful destination extends from the month of March to October. This time period covers three main seasons prevailing in Kashmir, namely spring, summer and autumn.  

Travelling to Kashmir

To reach by air, at Srinagar is the airport, which is approximately 14 km from the city of Kashmir. Daily flights to Srinagar are operated by Indian Airlines from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu and Jet Airways from Delhi and Jammu.

The nearest railhead to Srinagar is from Jammu Tawi which is approximately 305 km away. Trains from Delhi, Calcutta, Pune, Mumbai and other cities arrive at Jammu Tawi and so is of easy access. During peak tourism season, additional trains operate for and from this station.

Travelling within Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir SRTC bus services connect most points around the state. They even offer package tour to Gulmarg, Shonmarg, Yusmarg, Ular lake, City tour, etc. Tourists can opt for jeeps which are quicker in reaching locations. Private hire jeeps are also available. 

Accommodation options in Kashmir

There are ample accommodation options in Kashmir and range from heritage hotels to luxury hotels and to budget hotels
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Kashmir Traveller Reviews

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Sahil Chawla

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  • Sahil Chawla
  • Lives in Panipat
  • 1 Review
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"Truly, a jannat" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I went to kashmir 11 months ago and I love that place and after two days I am again going there. I love the places which were around especially Gulmarg, I enjoyed the rides of udan khatola there then I went to Sonmarg which is also a very beautiful place then I went to pahalgam which is truly a janat of Kashmir and then the last day of our tour we will be chilling out in Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. There is also places like dal lake, nishat garden etc. which is the heartbeat of Srinagar.
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Pm Mahajan

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  • Lives in Amritsar
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"Heaven on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A very beautiful place to rejuvenate yourself. Best place ever and have fun. Full of romance, that's why it's known as heaven on earth. Everyone likes to go as it has a very cool environment and is an amazing place. Dal Lake, Chashma Shahi, Nishat Garden and Gulmarg are the must visit places.
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Taneshq Verma

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Switzerland of India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a very cool experience in houseboats there, shikara. Beautiful scenery. A very pleasing weather all the time. Best time is November. It was chilly mornings. Gulmarg is too good to be visited. Pahalgam can be avoided. Dal lake view is awesome.
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Afroz

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  • Afroz
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Heaven on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Beautiful mountains, lake, greenery and people's everything is outstanding. Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast. If there is a heaven on earth, it's here. We enjoyed a lot our itinerary was Srinagar hotel, sonmarg, pahalgam, aru valley, betaab valley, chandanwari, mini Swiss( baisaran ) etc. You must visit in a lifetime.
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Rinku Raina

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  • Lives in Pune
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"Really, a heaven on earth"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Being a lover of mother nature, and visiting Kashmir are one of the best things I have ever done. I was totally mesmerized by the beauty of Kashmir. What more you want beautiful lush green mountains covered with snow. Cool breeze. Water is clear as glass. A shikara ride on dal lake Or a day in house boat. And All that stress one lives with in cities just leaves you and you don't wanna go back. Really loved the place and every Indian should visit atleast once.
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Pyayathi Yaya

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"One of the best place of tourism"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kashmir is one of the best place of tourism. One of the good mountain place. Mountain full of snow. Full of cool air. One of the best place for honeymoon. Very calm place. So many temples here in around the mountains. Summer time also very cool in Kashmir.
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Manoj Bafna

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  • Manoj Bafna
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Journey to Heaven"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kashmir is one of the best Holiday destination. Our Boat House stay in Dale Lake, Srinagar was superb. We experienced joy of staying in water here. Snowfall at Gulmarg and Gondola Journey was awesome, I felt like we are in other world. Snow Mountain Climbing at Patnitop and Pahalgam's beauty is unforgettable. I would suggest nobody should miss Kashmir.
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Suganya Vivekananthan

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  • Suganya Vivekananthan
  • Lives in Chennai
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"An unforgettable experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
An unforgettable experience all travel lovers should go through. The houseboat stay, shopping, sightseeing, climate were all appeasing to our senses. The hospitality and good nature of the natives also attracted us. Food and fruits available here are really palatable. No words for nuts and saffron. Their rates compel you to pack them home. Horse ride, gondola rides were new for us from Chennai. Would love to visit Kashmir once again
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Aditya Thombre

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  • Lives in Nagpur
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"Crown of India - best time spent"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a must place to visit in India. You have to plan at least 12 days of holiday to enjoy whole kashmir as its a big place. Best place to visit with family or group of families. Lots of spots to see ice to play with shopping to do and lots and lots. Can't describe in this little place. You will surely love it here.
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Saiyam Jain

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  • 12 Reviews
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"Heaven of Earth-Kashmir"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place is truly Heaven on earth. The place has Gulmarg to the valleys of Pahalgam and bustling town of Srinagar. Gulmarg is the highest cable car in the world. Also it has a lush green Golf Course the highest golf course in the world.

Pahalgam has beautiful valley and is also the base for Amarnath yatra. You have Aru and Betaab Valley to checkout. Srinagar being the capital is a place full of gardens. Kashmiri woolen products and carpet is popular here. Ahdoo restaurant is famous for wazwan cuisine.
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