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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Virat
  • Virat
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 19 Reviews

"A must visit for lovers of snow and mountains" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Beautiful is just one word to describe the place. We traveled from Chandigarh to Jammu to Srinagar And then Kargil and finally Leh. The whole route by road is a bit tiresome but all along the route the mountainous journey is an experience in itself. Snow covered mountains and roads, narrow passes and beautiful valleys are present along the route. The boat house in Srinagar and local markets are a steal. Lots of places to visit in and around srinagar. Kargil has an impressive army outpost and the memorial is a must visit for any tourist. There are decent hotels at all these places and the traditional food and drinks are a must. The journey to Leh from Srinagar takes a day depending on the conditions. Sometimes there is a halt in between due to the weather. The journey to Leh is as beautiful as described in the pictures and blogs of various tourists. If possible, adventurers should do a bike trip to Leh. It is an experience of a lifetime.
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Niraj Bora
  • Niraj Bora
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Excellent place for trekking" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Went trekking from Gulmarg for a 5 day trek with IndiaHikes and visualised a beauty that far exceeds any imagination. Even though the trek was exerting, the nature relieved of all tiredness that we got. Indiahikes has Kashmir Great Lakes trek as the best voted trek among all those present. We crossed 7 lakes and some dense forests in shivering cold and rain to finally finish the trek. It was memorable.
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Farzeen Seenu
  • Farzeen Seenu
  • Lives in Kannur
  • 1 Review

"An awesome place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The natural beauty of the place is just awesome with loads of gardens and mountains. The most interesting part is that houses has a major role in tourism, since almost all spots has to be reached on horses from a base point. If you want to play in snow the best time to be is in march when the snowfall has stopped. But if you want to relax and enjoy the beauty be there in august and September.

Best way to reach is by flight to Srinagar from Delhi. Again if you love adventure ride on the roads its just superb but be prepared fully, many stretch of roads are just roads and mountains. The local food is just awesome with spices should really give it a try. Sheep and goat meat are popular among locals and pure vegetarian is a hard thing to find.
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Sanjana Sinha
  • Sanjana Sinha
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Kashmir is a great place spend time" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I went to Kashmir few months ago. Kashmir is still the same. After the flood tragedy, people that it will took time to recover. But nope, Kashmir people never lose hope. I went there and found that things are same as they were one year ago. Kashmir is a nice place to visit. Moreover, people there are very kind and helpful.
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Harish Phulara
  • Harish Phulara
  • 10 Reviews

"Kashmir is still a great place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I went to Kashmir last month. Yeah, after that flood tragedy, Kashmir people did not sat back. They worked hard and hard and finally made Kashmir the best once once again. Kashmir is still the same that it used to be 1 year ago. Things are fine. It was a memorable journey. Summer is the best time to go there.
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Puneesh Mittal
  • Puneesh Mittal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"The best place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kashmir is surely the best place to go in your holidays both in winters as well as summers. The best place to relax. I stayed on a houseboat and I tell you I still miss that place and the moments spent there. Take a long vacation and go to Kashmir and other places that are nearby. People are very nice.
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Vidhyasagar Sonawane
  • Vidhyasagar Sonawane
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Kashmir- heaven"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Feel, experience, and enjoy serene beauty of Kashmir. Enjoy Dal Lake ride in Shikara in morning, afternoon, moon night. Experience heavenly experience on Wular Lake, feel colour changes of water and ancient engineering marvel in veering, look out glaciers in Sonmarg, try to explore mystic Himalayas.
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Shalini Malhotra
  • Shalini Malhotra
  • Lives in Goa
  • 1 Review

"A slice of paradise in India!"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Kashmir with my family last year. The place was everything that we had always heard about. Lovely mountain ranges in Sonmarg and Gulmarg, beautiful valleys in Pahalgam and the famous Dal Lake and Mughal gardens in Srinagar. But the tourism industry needs to improve a lot in Kashmir. The guides are not professional and you get the feeling that everyone is out to make a quick buck.
Also the locals don't value the beauty of the place they live in. Most of the places are not well maintained and you find people littering and throwing garbage everywhere. The airport is probably the dirtiest one in the country with empty cups and plastic bags thrown all over the place. All in all Kashmir is worth a onetime visit for all the history associated with it. For mountain lovers Himachal Pradesh is a much better option!
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Shreyansh Goel
  • Shreyansh Goel
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Heaven on earth; good place to visit in India"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a very beautiful place, easy to reach by airlift. Srinagar, the city with many beautiful lakes is home for many Kashmiris. The main attraction of Srinagar is its houseboats which feel great to live in. Next comes the most beautiful place in Kashmir I.e. Pahelgaon and Gulmarg. Both of these are very beautiful places and are famous for trekking by foot or by horse. Also you can reach at mini Switzerland, a big picnic ground, in Pahelgaon via trekking. Gulmarg is famous for snow in every season, and some snow sports to live the dream. Must visit.
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Mukesh Kumar
  • Mukesh Kumar
  • Lives in Dimapur
  • 1 Review

"Heaven on Earth"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Kashmir and had awesome experience. Kashmir is really the paradise on the Earth. Heard a lot about Kashmir since childhood but had enthralling experience when I visited. People are so good that I can't even believe now. One must visit Kashmir
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