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Reasons to go to Kashmir

1Srinagar: Heaven on earth
Srinagar: Heaven on earth

Srinagar is known for it's historic gardens, beautiful houseboats, meandering river and pleasant climate. It is packed with enthralling valleys and surrounded by lush green hills. HolidayIQ reviewer Nur Khalisaah says, “Though most trees are bare, one can't help but marvel at the beauty of the Dal Lake and its surroundings. You can even shop while travelling on the shikhara because they have mobile 'bazaar' on their shikara. Laze about in the houseboat while sipping the Kashmiri tea.”

Dal Lake is a beautiful sheet of water reflecting the carved wooden balconies of the houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal Mountains around.

Must-see: Shankaracharya Temple, Mughal Gardens, Nishat Bagh, Sonamarg, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Amarnath Cave among others.

How to reach:

By Bus: JKSRTC and private operators run bus services in the area linking with the major cities of the country.

By Train: The Srinagar railway station makes it possible for regular trains to Srinagar from the major cities of the country to become available.

By Flight: Srinagar airport has regular domestic flights to Srinagar from other cities of the country.

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2Dal Lake, Kashmir
Dal Lake, Kashmir

“Carrying your camera is a must or you will miss a lot of moments,” says HolidayIQ Traveller Dinesh Verma. HolidayIQ Traveller Tushar Janardan says, “Kashmir is a picture perfect location! Reflection of lights from the shikara at sunset is the best thing to capture.”

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3Trek seven lakes in Kashmir
Trek seven lakes in Kashmir

HoidayIQ reviewer Niraj Bora says,” Went trekking from Sonmarg for a 5-day trek and visualised a beauty that far exceeds any imagination. 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.”

HolidayIQ reviewer Arjun says, “There is no noise, pollution or traffic as it is away from main market. I did the trek with my friends.”

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4Go 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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5Heavenly Dal Lake and gardens out of the movies
Heavenly Dal Lake and gardens out of the movies

HolidayIQ reviewer Rahul Bhatnagar says, "I visited Kashmir with my aged parents and wife. The place is a heaven in itself. We have vowed to come back to Kashmir again in the winter to cherish the white beauty of these places since we have now seen the rich and beautiful green Kashmir."

HolidayIQ reviewer Vijay Verma shares, "Landing in the valley of gardens, of lakes, of fir trees and world-famous spots developed by Mughals and visited by millions of people, was a proud moment for me as the long-awaited dream was getting realised. I could hardly wait to reach the floating houseboats on Dal Lake and enjoy the furs of Persian carpets under my feet."

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Reviews (253)

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

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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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View of the mountains and snow
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Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir
Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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