Kashmir Travel Guide
Hey guys, welcome back to my blog. The Week 2 of #BlogchatterA2Z begins today with letter G. And, I thought of bringing to you an ultimate travel guide to help you plan a trip to Kashmir. Jammu & Kashmir is a state in northern India surrounded by the great Himalayan ranges. J&K consists of 3 regions – Jammu, Kashmir Valley, and Ladakh. Today, I will be talking about the Kashmir valley which is famous for its beautiful landscape, snow-capped mountains & pristine lakes & rivers. Not to forget the warm and lovely people of Kashmir.
I know currently the situation in Kashmir is bit tensed & not favorable for tourism. Also, families may not consider it as a preferred travel destination. But, I am sure that everything is going to get normal very soon. And, travelers & tourists will start flocking this beautiful valley once again.
I fell in love with Kashmir at a very young age. I have heard many stories of its heavenly beauty from my parents & have seen it in their b&w honeymoon pictures.
It was my childhood dream to travel to this beautiful destination. And my dream came true last year when we planned a family trip to Kashmir in the month of October. My mother and mother-in-law had also joined us since it was a special birthday trip for my husband.
We were confused about whether to go or to cancel this trip until the last minute. But once we stepped out of the airport and the fresh air touched us, we knew our stay in Kashmir was going to be very memorable. And, we would be taking back so many memories with us.
Here’s a famous quote by Mughal Emperor Jehangir when he visited Kashmir “Gar Firdaus bar-rue zaminast, hamiasto, hamin asto, haminast.” Meaning ‘If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here’. And, it still holds true.
Let me help answer some of the common questions which we had while planning our trip.
When to visit?
The first thing we wanted to check was the best time to visit Kashmir. We were looking for the month of October which is considered the onset of winter season & also the offseason in Kashmir. My husband called a few tour operators in Kashmir and checked with them about the weather conditions. He even checked with the hotels to be sure about the weather since we were traveling with a toddler and senior citizens.
Kashmir is one destination in India which you can visit at any time of the year. It depends on what you want to enjoy there. And what temperatures you can tolerate.
- Summer – April to June (Max tourist footfall)
- Monsoon – July to September
- Winters – October to March (Max Snowfall in Dec-Jan-Feb)
Summer months get the maximum crowd in the valley. However, people who love snow, flock in the winter months. We visited in October and found it to be the perfect time to enjoy the true beauty of Kashmir, it was neither too cold not too hot.
How to Reach?
Since we had only 5 days in hand, we chose the fastest way to reach Srinagar. The airport is very well connected to all the major cities in India. The flight takes only 1 hour 30 min from Delhi to Srinagar. And the fare ranges from INR 3000 to INR 5000 depending on the airline. You can reach Kashmir by any of these means, by-
Air- Srinagar International Airport
Road- Delhi to Srinagar (809 Km via NH 44)
Train- Jammu Tawi Railway Station in Jammu
Places to Visit in Kashmir?
Now that you have decided when & how you want to travel to Kashmir, it’s time to decide which places you want to include in your itinerary. Below is the list of 10 famous places in J&K-
Here’s a Quick 5D/6N Kashmir Itinerary
This is the itinerary that we followed for our 5-day trip.
Day 1- Delhi to Srinagar to Pahalgam
- Apple garden
- Lidder Amusement Park
- Lidder river near the hotel
Overnight stay at Kolahoi Green Resort, Pahalgam
You may also read – Leisure time with kids at Lidder Amusement Park!
Day 2- Pahalgam Day Tour
Places we visited in Pahalgam
- Betab valley
- Aru valley
Day 3- Pahalgam to Gulmarg
- Gondola ride
Day 4- Gulmarg to Srinagar
Places we visited in Srinagar
- Dal Lake
- Char Chinar (movie shooting – Notebook)
- Chashme Shahi Park
Overnight Stay at Hotel New Park, Srinagar
Day 5- Srinagar to Sonmarg (Day Trip)
Places we visited in Sonmarg
- Baltal Helipad
- Baltal Valley
- Fishing Point
- The Last Village
- Thajiwas Glacier
Overnight Stay at Hotel New Park, Srinagar
You may also read – How to choose the best kid-friendly hotel?
Most important question – Is it Safe to Visit Kashmir?
We all know the situation in Kashmir. We keep hearing about the news of violence, stone pelting, and ceasefire violation in J&K. Srinagar is the main city that witnesses the violent protests by the frustrated youth. But let me tell you, Kashmir is the warmest place on Earth & the care and hospitality by the Kashmiris is truly heart touching.
For Kashmiris, tourism is the main source of their income. And, they can never go against tourists or hurt them. In fact, they go out of their way to save tourists from any foul situation. During our stay, we felt that warmth, love, and care in their hospitality.
You may read this article for more info – Is it Safe to Travel to Kashmir?
Guys, that’s all about Kashmir for today. I will share details of our favorite places in my upcoming posts. Hope you liked reading this post. Don’t forget to share it with your friends and family.
Have you visited Kashmir? What is your favorite memory from your trip? Do share with me in the comments below.
Today is Day 7 of #BlogchatterA2Z and the letter of the day is ‘G’. My theme for the challenge is ‘Traveling with kids’ & I have chosen G for Guide.
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I have not visited Kashmir yet but yes it is my bucket list. Thanks for sharing this.
My pleasure dear.
Yes, I visited a few places in J&K. Patnitop is one of them. I visited most of the temples near J&k and Himachal also. Kashmir is really a heart of India.
Yes, Patnitop is also a nice place to enjoy the snow. Kashmir is truly a paradise on Earth. Thanks for stopping by, Deepika!
Sorry, I forgot to mention it. I love all the pictures, especially of the uncle and aunty.
Aww, thank you so much dear 🙂
Kashmir is indeed heaven on earth! I have the fondest memories of celebrating my first Valentine’s Day after marriage, skiing with my husband in Gulmarg.
I also have a memory related to Patnitop coming up as part of the AtoZChallenge. Hope you’ll stop by to read it 🙂
Oh wow, even I want to visit Gulmarg during winters. Would love to read it. Please share the link.
This is by far my favorite post. It has memories, pictures and some travel advice. Kashmir has been on my wishlist for a long time now. I’m. Just scared to make the plan with a toddler.
I am glad you liked this post. Thank you, Sonia! But why are you scared?
Amazing read, enriched with so many necessary info, the picture of your parents in really nice.
I am glad you liked it. Thank you so much.
I have yet to visit heaven on earth, and your post is going to be the ready reckoner guide. thanks for sharing. Loved your parent’s picture, the old is gold moment.
Yes, old is gold, thank you for stopping by.
So many memories fashed back! loved the post! it’s the heaven on the earth
Thanks Vidhya 🙂
I had not visited Kashmir yet but the place is on my bucket list. after reading your post, I am having a strong feel to plan a vacation for Kashmir visit. great information with great detailing. loved it totally.
You should definitely plan a trip to Kashmir once the situation cools down. And thank you so much for the lovely words.
Ah, lovely memories. Kashmir is a beautiful place and I so want to visit heaven on earth.
Thanks for stopping by, Dipika 🙂
I have never been to Kashmir yet but went to Jammu. Your post is really helpful for anyone who plans to visit J&K.
Thank you, Deepa 🙂
Hi. Very nice post. Great info..
However plz share some info regarding travelling with kids. Like food wise mostly… Whats available.. What to carry.. Etc… That’ll be a great help…
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