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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Ankita Sarkar
  • Ankita Sarkar
  • 1 Review

"Rightly termed as heaven on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Kashmir is one of the most wonderful places I have ever been to. Not only because of the eye warming snow-capped mountains of Sonmarg and Gulmarg but also for the magnificent beauty of the Dal lake. The beauty of the gardens is also mesmerizing, the variety of flowers will captivate you and one can spend hours just to look at them.
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Siddharth Shah
  • Siddharth Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"True paradise on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is truly said, if there is Paradise on Earth, it's here in Kashmir.

Yes truly it's a Paradise. I visited on 25th March to 31st March, the best time to see snow. It's snow snow everywhere. The climate was cold but manageable. It was 5-6 degrees all through out, expect for in Gulmarg. Here it was minus 1, so we got to see snowfall.

We were only our family. My wife, my son of 6 yrs and I. I know first thing comes to ones mind is how cold it is. Yes it is cold but pretty manageable, provided you take along proper woollens with you. Body warmers are of great use, specially for kids.

In hotels which I have stayed (I guess most hotels have this facility) are fitted with heaters and heat mattress on bed. So room stays quite warm.

Places to see : we started with Srinagar with a House boat stay on Dal Lake. Go around Dal lake in Shikara Ride for two hours. First hour is mostly included by your tour agent, 2nd hour is of Rs. 300 to 400. Beautiful experience.

In Pahalgam, go sight seeing on horse. Very enjoyable and Rs. 850 to 1000 depending on the sights covered. I took separate horse for my kid. Horses are trained so all well and a helper comes along so no worries. It's a good experience. Go to other sightseeing in car that is local. Only local taxis are allowed in Pahalgam. Rs. 600 to 1500 and no bargain. Remember this is a separate cost, no tour operator will include this.

Gulmarg is the best location. Just awesome in this time of month. Fully covered with Snow and we were the lucky ones. We got to see snowfall. Paisa Vasool. We did not do Gondala Cable ride as all the snow was right at our hotel. As it was snowing we couldn't go. But if weather permits, it is a must visit.

Sonmarg, we did not go due to bad weather. This was on 28th March and it was a flood alert. But weather was not that bad. Again to Srinagar for two days. Veg food is no problem but for non-veg people, it's a heaven again.

Advice: take proper woollens, hand gloves and body warmers.
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Sachin Markapuram
  • Sachin Markapuram
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews

"Truly Heaven on Earth" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I visited Kashmir for one week and was amazed, thrilled and surprised with excellent scenic beauty of Gulmarg valley and astonishing beautiful view of Pahalgam mountains which is also called Mini Switzerland.

People of Kashmir are very friendly and helpful. You can depend on them but should be careful with some local villagers who will demand more money for a simple rides.

Bargaining with people will save you money, don't forget to visit Meena Bazaar for shopping carpets, shawls etc on Dal lake while enjoying the Shikara Ride.
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Chandini Subramoniam
  • Chandini Subramoniam
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Must visit place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
You must visit Kashmir both in winter and in winter, the beauty of winter is unimaginable. Kashmir is noway inferior to Switzerland. I had taken my parents who are 80 and 85. Believe me the people are so so helpfully. I did not find any difficulty in transporting them from the base to the hotel on top. Food is amazing especially the lotus root sabji. And the pulao. Cannot forget kawah, the most delicious drink, coming piping hot. Shopping of course was very interesting buying silks and jewellery.

We visited Srinagar, stayed in Dar es Salaam hotel, absolutely marvellous location at the banks of Nagin lake. Took the shikara ride and shopped in the lake. Stayed in the boat house in Daal lake which was not very nice as it was freezing cold. The toilets were not so good. Food was good. But too many vendors coming to the boat house to sell was annoying. Shikra ride in the Daal lake was very nice, watched a variety of birds and the beautiful snow clad mountainside. Visited the different gardens but no use as there were no flowers. We also went to fulmars and pehelgaon. All awesome places. This is too long to explain. So rest in the next.
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Junaid Wani
  • Junaid Wani
  • Lives in Srinagar
  • 1 Review

"Paradise on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kashmir is really a place to visit and great things to see. Mountains covered with snow and people are very loyal and humble. Many resorts to visit here like Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Kokernag, Verinag, and many more. We visited many places and all were good. It is good in summers here.
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Pushpinder Singh
  • Pushpinder Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Wonderful experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The views and natural beauty is really unmatched at Kashmir. The not to miss place I would name is Soanmarg. The ultimate view at the snow covered mountains makes you feel in a different world.

The food is very much belly friendly there. You can easily find all kinds of foods ranging from north Indian to south Indian.

Advice :-

Do not hire guides at locations. They are waste of time and money. They will show you unnecessary areas or locations telling x movie was shot here or that song was shot here.

Gondola ride is a must try at Gulmarg.
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Dinesh Chordia
  • Dinesh Chordia
  • Lives in Aurangabad
  • 1 Review

"CLASSIC DESTINATION"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
KASHMIR, The name spells magic. It was just wonderfull to see snow clad mountains, for a person from deccan region, every snow lover, will never miss this wonderful place. Gulmarg's gandola experience was fantastic, skiing was memorable, then pahalgham was breath taking experience altogether, water rafting was really super experience.

The houseboat stay at srinagar was exciting, the spin chilling cold in the month of may, made me wonder about the even colder months of december and january, I would like to go again, this time in january to experience a different climate. Six days of my kashmir trip was the best ever, and I would recommend everyone, to alteast visit kashmir once in their life time, truly said "THE HEAVEN ON EARTH".
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Shivam Pandit
  • Shivam Pandit
  • 8 Reviews

"Paradise of Earth"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kashmir is really a paradise on the Earth. There are number of places worth seeing like gulmarg, pahalgam, aru, Srinagar, dal lake, etc. Apart from that there are famous Mughal gardens in Anantnag as well as Srinagar like shalimar and nishat gardens. Ride in Dal lake is mesmerizing.
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Hari Lal
  • Hari Lal
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"An awesome place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Honeymoon!!

As the name tells it everything. The purpose of the visit was romance and loads of fun. Kashmir was definitely the best place for it. Let the family tell whatever they want but kashmir is the place you must go. Kashmir= switzerland. !!

Suggested time is : Dec - feb for winer & to see snow fall. April to july for enjoying spring & summer.

This will definitely be a trip i'll never forget in my life.
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Vaibhav Saxena
  • Vaibhav Saxena
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"Heaven on earth"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The most amazing and mesmerising place ever seen in my entire life. A must visit destination with your family, friends or loved once. The most amazing part is the clean white snow and the green high hills. Places located in Kashmir like Pahalgam and gulmarg are the destinations than should not be left. People say that it's an heaven on earth and that is totally correct. Visit atleast once before you die.
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