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Reasons to go to Kashmir

1You better have your weatherproof game on!
You better have your weatherproof game on!

One moment it will be quite dry, the next moment it can start drizzling or snowing! Have you considered this possibility? Often the weather is unpredictable in such places and it is best to carry a weatherproof jacket. A waterproof jacket that is also windproof and is a must to keep you warm and allow you to continue your hiking trips

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2Kashmir is heaven on earth
Kashmir is heaven on earth

Kashmir is a popular tourist attraction famous for its lush valleys, the Dal Lake, and it's picturesque landscape. The combination of snow-capped mountains and the rich valleys in winter makes Kashmir the top honeymoon and winter holiday destinations in India. Also, it is famous for these fruits like apples, cherries and walnuts. Some of the most popular destinations in Kashmir are Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Srinagar, and Sonamarg.

Top things to do in Kashmir: The shikara ride, skiing in Gulmarg, white water river rafting, horse ride in Pahalgam.



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How to Reach:

By Road - National Highway 1A connects the Kashmir to various cities of India.

By Train - Take a Train to Jammu railway station, then you can easily hire a taxi to Kashmir.

By Flight - Fly to Srinagar International Airport, then hire a Cab/Taxi to Kashmir.

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3Go Snow Leopard Spotting In Kashmir
Go Snow Leopard Spotting In Kashmir

HolidayIQ Traveller Menino Henriques shares, “The snow leopard comes down to hunt the mountain goats and other animals that come to a lower altitude for grazing. We were very lucky indeed to have spotted three snow leopards on our trip as I have heard stories of people staying up in the mountains for months before they can spot a snow leopard.”

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4Snowfall in Kashmir starts in December
Snowfall in Kashmir starts in December

HolidayIQ Reviewer PIJUSH GHOSHAL says, “River Lidder is flowing by the side and snow clapped peaks are covering the place from all sides. ”

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5Trek through the seven lakes in Kashmir
Trek through the seven lakes in Kashmir

8 days, 7 glacial lakes in various shades of blue, a trek through emerald grasslands sprinkled with vibrant wildflowers and spectacular views of the Himalayas. This trek requires tough preparation as participants cover 10 kilometers a day with varying levels of oxygen depletion. Not for the faint hearted but worth a try. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Niraj Bora shares, “Went trekking from Sonmarg for a 5-day trek and  visualised a beauty that far exceeds any imagination. Even though the trek was exerting, the nature relieved us of all tiredness. The Kashmir Great Lakes trek is among the best treks. We crossed 7 lakes and some dense forests and after shivering cold and rain, we finally finished the trek. It was memorable.”

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Reviews (349)

Bhuvan

Bhuvan4.0/5

1 review

Kashmir

I visited Pahalgam . Srinagar and Gulmarg Food and Shopping: food was good. Must try kashmiri pulao and dum aaloo. Dana pani rest. At Pahalgam is nice veg place to visit. Highlight of the trip: all I can say is kashmir is paradise on this part of the world

Quanitah

Quanitah5.0/5

1 review

Kashmir

Sightseeing was awesome except Sonmarg.
Food and Shopping: good
Highlight of the trip: hotel Rose Petal in Srinagar was awesome in terms of service and food, the staff was very courteous.

Recommended Duration in Kashmir

Number of days to spend in Kashmir as recommended by our travellers.

3 days

20%

4 days

20%

5+ days

60%

Kashmir Overview

History of Kashmir

Kashmir, referred to as heaven owing to its unmatchable beauty is surrounded by China, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since the partition of India and Pakistan, Kashmir has been under a dispute. Line of Control, the border, divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. The hindus and muslims here have always lived in harmony. The Rishi tradition of Hindus and Sufis have also co-existed in harmony. Earlier, Kashmir was called Kashyapamar and then later became Kashmir itself.

People And Culture of Kashmir

Jammu is majorly Hindus, with the presence of Sikh and Muslims too. Kashmir is majorly Muslim dominated with Hindus and Sikh being the minority. People of Leh are Buddhist. People of Kargil are Shia Muslim. The people of Kashmir are widely known for their hospitality. Simple, warm and always welcoming with open arms. Kashmiri is the language spoken here. The culture of Kashmir is highly influence by Persians and Central Asian cultures. Sightseeing in Kashmir will give one a clear idea of the culture of the place.

Things To Do in Kashmir

With beautiful gardens, snow peaks, lakes, monuments, there are so many places to visit in Kashmir. Dal Lake is a world famous Kashmir tourist place. Chasme Shahi, Betaab Valley, Shalimar Bagh comprise of the lush greenery portions of Kashmir. One can also head to Ladakh without which Kashmir sightseeing is incomplete. Ladakh has now turned into a hot tourist destination especially for the bikers. Travellers can also take a ride on the Gulmarg Golconda over the snow peaked mountains. Kashmir places to visit also include Shankaracharya temple, Vaishnodevi temple and Amarnath for all the Hindu devotees. Nubia Valley and Khardung La are famous mountain terrain places to visit and bask in the beauty of Kashmir. Jhelum river, Lidder river, Wular lake, are must visit places to see in Kashmir along with Dal Lake.

Food And Shopping in Kashmir

There are so many things to do in Kashmir apart from the sightseeing. Kashmir’s pashmina shawls and stoles are world famous Kashmir attractions. Apart from this, there is so much more to shop when in Kashmir. Vintage maps, Chai Shoda for tea addicts, Namda (Kashmiri hand woven carpets), jewellery, Kashmiri art, spices and Doda Sapphire.

Kashmir tour is not complete without tasting its food. Kashmiri cuisine is world famous for the use of spies like cloves, cinnamon, saffron, cardamom. They give a special aroma and taste to the food. Rice is an important part of the cuisine. For non veg lovers - mutton, fish, chicken are also a part of the cuisine. The feast in Kashmir is called the Wazwan. Green tea or Kahva is also an important part of the meal.

Accommodation in Kashmir

Srinagar airport is 14 km away from the main city. Travellers need not worry about how to reach Kashmir as the connectivity of flights, trains and buses are very well maintained. Flights to Kashmir fly from Delhi, Jammu and Mumbai. Srinagar railway station can be reached from Delhi, Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai. Buses to Srinagar run from Jammu, with high frequency. Hotels to house boats, Kashmir offers world class options for stay. Taj Vivanta, Hotel Lalit, Grand Mahal are the few to mention luxury stay hotels in Kashmir. One can also choose to stay by the lakes on a house boat all night.



Photos of Kashmir

Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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Nilanjan Nandan

View of the mountains and snow
Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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Dibyendu prakash bairagi

Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir
Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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Dibyendu prakash bairagi

Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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