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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Rupa Pipariya
  • Rupa Pipariya
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Heaven on the earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Excellent tourism place. No other place is found so beautiful in India. I loved Kashmir very much. The place is full of nature and the climate is also pleasant and lovable. Mind blowing place. If we visit Kashmir then we don't need to go to Switzerland at all. Its the place where one can enjoy the beauty of nature. We felt happy all the time. Its the combination of Snow, wind, greenery, blue sky, colourful flowers. Everyone should visit Kashmir once in their life. Worth visiting place in India.
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Ayush Agarwal
  • Ayush Agarwal
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful, heaven on earth!!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
An awesome mind blowing place. Loved the picturesque scenic beauty of the valleys!! The shikara ride was a memorable one. With every ups comes some downs!! Well there is one with Kashmir too.

We all are aware of the safety concerns currently creating havoc on the Crown of our country!

There have been many terrorist attacks but I was stuck and hit by locals who attacked us, hurled large bricks on our car windows, thereby hurting me critically and risking the life of our family and my 6 months old brother.

However, apart from that the trip was awesome. Chasma Shahi a must visit place in Kashmir.
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Rajan Kapani
  • Rajan Kapani
  • 2 Reviews

"Paradise on the Earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
What a beautiful place KASHMIR GOD HAS CREATED.

1. Srinagar - Beautiful DAL LAKE with Shikara ride and fountains all over.

2. Stayed in a LUXURY 5 star like HOUSEBOAT for two nights and enjoyed the luxury sceneries.

3. GULMARG - Wow, covered with SNOW all over. Stayed in a luxury hotel where the snow was 10 to 15ft high in front of our room.

4. Next day went higher up for a Gondola ride upto 2nd false and enjoyed a lot. It was covered with SNOW.

5. Drove to Sonmarg, also Snow both side of the road and mountains covered with SNOW. What a beauty.

6. Next day drove down to PAHALGAM, stayed in a 5star hotel for 2 nights, upgraded to Presidential suite. No snow but what a beautiful sceneries all around the mountains. Drove down to Arul Valley and Betab Valley and enjoyed the beauty of the nature and God's creation.

7. Back to Srinagar, stayed in a luxury villa in front of DAL LAKE. What a beautiful scene.

Enjoyed the most memorable experience of our life. One day will come back again to this beautiful God created paradise.
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Dheeraj Gulati
  • Dheeraj Gulati
  • Lives in Jalandhar
  • 1 Review

"Nature is everywhere" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The place is live heaven on earth. Everywhere there was mountain, flowers, trees, houses on mountains. The fruit is very good there. The best example of food is apple. Its very tasty. There is snow everywhere on the higher mountain. Kashmiri local food is also very good.
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Kanan Vora
  • Kanan Vora
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  • 1 Review

"Trip to heaven." new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I must say God has lavishly endowed natural beauty to Kashmir. We visited Kashmir from 11th to 19th April 2015. We stayed 2 night in pahalgam which was just beautiful. On first day we visited baisaran valley which was just amazing, one has to take pony for the same which is bit adventurous. Second day we went to see chandanwadi, aru valley and betab valley which is equally beautiful.

Then we move to gulmarg which is 5 hours drive from pahalgam. In gulmarg there was full of snow around the hotel and we felt as if we have come in different world only. Next day we visited gondola, where both the phases were operational. Which was again a very different experience itself. Then we moved to Srinagar there we stayed for 3 nights including one night in houseboat, we did local sight seeing in one day which includes Tulip garden, tulips were in full bloom. Flowers were looking simply superb which was the main attraction for us to visit Kashmir in the month of April.

Next day we had plan for Yusmarg, but due to road was under construction so couldn't go and we opted to Manasbal lake and khir bhawani temple. Manasbal lake is okay not very clean but surrounding is good khir bhawani temple is very peaceful. Last day we went to Sonmarg which had just opened and have no words to express it's beauty!!!! one should not miss!!!

This is whole about our trip to heaven, which was just wonderful ll.
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Aman Gupta
  • Aman Gupta
  • Lives in Bareilly
  • 11 Reviews

"Best place for vacation"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The best parts is the atmosphere and the road trip. Best place for 16-35 aged people. No fear of anything like terrorist activities, everyone was cool out there and quite helpful too. Please make sure that your stay must be at hotel in front of Dal lake in Srinagar. It will add an extra twist.
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Vimal Ragaven
  • Vimal Ragaven
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"My favourite destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kashmir is my most favourite destination. I like to visit Kashmir yearly once. The cold climate there makes me to feel pleasant. Especially the ladakh lake is awesome. The flower gardens are very beautiful. Apple trees with apple were extremely fair to see. Overall, I like Kashmir very much.
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Vishal Gupta
  • Vishal Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Truly natural"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kashmir is truly a place called jaanat in my word a awesome place with such a beautiful sightseeing. So much adventurous places are there to visit like gulmarg, srinagar, dal lake, shikara ride, gandola ride. I visited there previous year with my friends group and stayed there around 6 days and really want to visit there again.
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Aashish Sawhney
  • Aashish Sawhney
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 1 Review

"A great experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Thanks to holidayIQ for helping me find the perfect location at affordable cost. I have had a lifetime experience. The location is so beautiful that I can't explain it in words. The food was also too delicious. I loved visiting the great places at location and enjoyed throughout with family. Thanks holidayIQ.
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Kushal Pandya
  • Kushal Pandya
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Heaven on land"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of the best place in the world. Its like heaven on earth. The best place to go is in summer and winter vacation. All the three seasons are favourable for Kashmir. So you can travel any time to the heaven. Winters are more favourable to see the snowfall and beauty.
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