Kashmir has a number of places that are perfect for skiing. There is Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg. All of them are excellent for skiing and each is unique in its own way
Gulmarg, located in the northern part of Kashmir, is one of the most popular snow sports destinations in the world. It is home to the world’s second-highest cable car and one of the largest ski resorts in India. It offers a wide range of winter sports activities, and has a range of accommodations and transport options.
If you are planning to visit Kashmir, you should definitely consider taking a trip to Gulmarg. The scenery here is spectacular and it is often covered in thick snow during the winter season. If you are interested in visiting Gulmarg during the winter season for snow, you should consider visiting the area in December to March.
Green Kashmir travels offers several other snow activities to its visitors. Sledging, ice skating, Skiing and snowmobiling are all available.
Sonamarg is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir. The place is known for its beautiful glaciers and mountain passes. There are several Himalayan treks that begin in Sonamarg. The town is located on the Srinagar – Ladakh highway. In winter, Sonamarg experiences sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall. You can reach the valley of Sonamarg from Srinagar in about two hours, passing through beautiful villages and landscape. The Ladakh highway is closed on the onset of winter due to heavy snowfall and is reopened in March. Sonmarg was inaccessible during winters but due to the opening of Z Mohr tunnel it is accessible through out the year now. Sonmarg receives a good amount of snow in winters which is a delight to see and surreal to experience it firsthand.
Green Kashmir travels offers several packages to cover these places in winters with good discounts and activities.
Clothing: If you are planning to visit Kashmir in winter you should carry certain essentials to ensure comfort during your trip. You must carry the right type of clothing & footwear to keep yourself warm and comfortable. It is recommended to bring along a pair of sturdy boots during winters. The Kashmir sun can be quite harsh and can dry your skin out so a good sun block lotion is recommended.
Travelling by road:
Travelling by bus to Kashmir in winter can be an adventurous. The beauty of the vale of Kashmir and the snowcapped mountains are a treat for the eyes.
The road connectivity between Jammu and Srinagar is excellent. There are buses that run on the NH 44 and NH 244. There are also private buses that operate from Jammu, the distance early used to be 300kms but after the recent realignment of the national highway the distance is further reduced to 260 Kms only. The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) operates buses to and from Srinagar. The buses run regularly and are inexpensive
You can hire a private cab or taxi to travel from Jammu to Srinagar. There are also shared cabs that can be hired from the Jammu Tawi railway station or B.C Road. The cabs are very economical if you book for several days at a time for your entire trip. The road journey between Jammu and Srinagar usually takes 6 hrs and during road repairs or traffic jams it can take 2 – 4 hrs more. You should be prepared for a long travel day and make sure to arrive early to avoid delays. You should keep warm clothes and basic medicines on hand.
You should book your stay in advance and can include breakfast and dinner in it to save yourself from going out in search of food in the chilly winters. You can also opt for a full day private tour of the city, including a shikara ride on Dal Lake and a visit to two stunning hill stations.
Travelling by Train
You can also travel by train to reach Srinagar. The trip from Delhi to Srinagar takes about 24 hours in which you can book the train from Delhi to Udhampur and from there take a cab or bus till Banihal Railway station. You have many trains from Banihal to Srinagar throughout the day. It is recommended to book your ticket in advance.
Travelling by flight
Travelling by flight to Kashmir is an easy and convenient way to reach the mystical paradise. However, it is important to be prepared for the weather. You should carry warm clothes and a few basic medicines. Although temperatures remain quite comfortable in the day, there are several activities that are not possible to do in Kashmir during winter. It is best to check the weather forecast before you travel. This can help you avoid the pitfalls. If it is snowing it may result in flight cancellations due to poor visibility during the snowfall. It is also important to carry warm clothing and a few rain gear items.
When travelling by air, the easiest way to get into Kashmir is via the Srinagar International Airport. This airport is well connected with major Indian cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Bangaluru, Lucknow & Jaipur. The flights are reasonably priced but during peak season the prices can be expensive and advance booking is advised.
During the Monsoon season, September to Mid-December, it is possible to find good deals on package tours. Apackage can include hotels, food, and flight fare. It is a great idea to book a package in advance. The airfare for the tour will be much lower than booking separately.
Travelling by bike
Travelling by bike during Kashmir in winter can be quite a challenge. However, there are several places to visit that can be accessed by bike. It is also important to know the weather conditions of the state at different times of the year. This will help you choose the best time for your trip.
In the winter, the temperature is chilly, and the sun may be foggy. So, if you plan to visit Kashmir in the winter, keep in mind that you should stay hydrated and keep your temperature constant.
Kashmir valley is surrounded by the Karakoram Mountains, and is shaped in an elliptical saucer shape. There are several trekking pathways through the area.
Another beautiful place to visit in Kashmir is Gulmarg. It is a mountain resort with a variety of activities. It has ski tracks, a frozen lake, and some of the world’s highest Gondola rides. It’s also a good location for camping.
The Srinagar to Manasbal Lake to Wular and Sumbal to Srinagar motorbiking route is a popular choice. It is a route that takes about four hours. This road is one of the few asphalted roads in the northern part of the country. The route is also a must-do for any cyclist who wants to explore the beauty of Kashmir.
Staying in a hotel
In winter, Srinagar hotels can be a bit cold. Fortunately, hoteliers in the city have installed central heating boilers. However, the city still sees low temperatures as the mercury drops.
Srinagar hoteliers are preparing to cater to tourists from across the globe. They’ve installed heating equipment’s, and electric blankets on beds to keep guests warm. So, if you plan to visit the valley during the coldest months of the year, make sure to heed the above tips to help you avoid getting too cold.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Srinagar. You’ll find some great places to eat, too. For instance, you can enjoy a wazwan dinner, a walk through the 17th-century gardens, or a swim in the infinity pool. You can also take a cable car ride in Gulmarg.
If you don’t want to stay in a resort, you can stay in houseboats. These two- to three-bedroom floating hotels are dotted around Dal and Nigeen Lake. They come with traditional Kashmiri decor and offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Guests can even enjoy a Kashmiri wazwan dinner.
Kashmir is a full year tourist destination; nature has bestowed Kashmir with natural beauty and adventure sports potential at the same time. Kashmir climate is divided into four Seasons namely Spring, Summer, Autunm and Winter.
Spring: March – April – May
March is the onset of spring season in Kashmir Valley. The weather starts to improve the temperatures start to rise gradually and Snow in lower areas starts to melt. Ending March is the season when tulips start to bloom in Tulip Garden Srinagar. The agriculture activity starts in Kashmir during this season, Almond, Apricot and Cherry trees start to blossom, the paddy fields are blooming with mustard flowers. The weather is mostly pleasant but you need to keep summer cool clothing with you. Sleeve less jackets and sweaters are mostly used in this season.
Places to visit during spring in Kashmir: Badaam Wari, Tulip Garden, Dachigam, Hokar Sar, Aru Valley, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Drang, Pahalgam, Wular Lake, Yusmarg
Best Time to Visit For: Snow, Cherry Blossom, Almond Blossom, Bird Migration, Flowing Streams, Tulip Festival
Summer: June – July – August – September
June is the start ofsummers in Kashmirthe mercury starts to go above 26 C and the weather is pleasant. This time of the year Kashmir is on a full bloom, the gardens are lush green with all the flowers vibrantly adding to the beauty of the gardens. Trekking in Kashmir starts from June mid onwards, the snow melts in the higher altitudes making way for visiting the high-altitude lakes, high pastures and meadows. It is among the high season time in Kashmir, tourist all over the globe come to witness the beauty of Kashmir. The fruits start to ripe towards the end of July and September. You don’t need any woolens at this time of the year apart from light sweater or wind cheater if you are visiting places at higher altitude.
Places to visit during spring in Kashmir:Badaam Wari, Tulip Garden, Dachigam, Hokar Sar, Aru Valley, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Drang, Pahalgam, Wular Lake, Yusmarg, Aharbal, Achabal, Kokernag, Daksum, Sinthan Top, Gurez, Bangus, Thajwas, Dal Lake
Trekking: Vishansar & Kishansar Lakes, Gangbal & Nundkol Lakes, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Kounsarnag, Alpathar lake, Baisaran, Kongwattan, and many more treks and camps
Best Time to Visit For:Trekking, orchards, Leisure , Flowing Streams, Cultural tours, Biking Tours.
Autumn: October – November
The season that can bring out the hidden poet inside you in the autumn in Kashmir. It’s also known as the golden season of Kashmir. The trees turn yellow and golden brown in this season. Many people prefer to visit Kashmir during this time, particularly foreigners and the poet class. This time is also good for honeymooners as the mild day temperatures and colder night temperatures play a big role in staying together. The famous Chinar tree has got its name in this season as the Persian word Chi-nar means “Like Fire”. The Chinar leafs turn Golden fiery during this season. The tree looks like a ball of fire at the time of sunrise and sunset, so the name Chi-Naar. Naseem Bagh university campus in Srinagar is a famous place to visit at this time in Kashmir. The autumn season is also known as the season of poetry and nostalgia.
Must see places during autumn in Kashmir: Naseem Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Dachigam, Safron Fields of Pampore, Hokar Sar, Srinagar Golf Course, Residency Road Srinagar, Drang Water Fall, Pahalgam Village Life, Apple Orchards, SPS Museum
Best Time To Visit For: Honeymoon, Holidays, Photography Tours, Cultural Tours, Business Tours, Destination Weddings. Apple Picking, Saffron picking
Winter: December – January – February
Snow the word in itself is a temptation for those who live in coastal or hot regions and for Kashmir it’s a blessing. Every year Kashmir witnesses snow fall in December January February. In lower areas like cities and towns the snow fall can be between 3 inches to 24 Inches but on higher reaches and villages the snow fall can range between 2 feet to 12 feet. December January February is the winter season in Kashmir which begins from November onward. Temperatures start to dip with every passing day you can have bright sunny days but the winds are cold. The temperatures can dip up-to -10°C at some places. Usually you will witness lesser flow of tourists in Kashmir during this time. Winter is also the off season for tourism in Kashmir. Hotels and flights are cheaper than summers and you can get good deals on your holidays during this season. After the snowfall the valley of Kashmir is covered with the blanket of white snow all over, temperatures dip, Kangri’s (Kashmiri Fire Pot) are out to keep Kashmiri people warm.
Must see places during winters in Kashmir: Frozen Dal Lake, Gulmarg Gondola, Handicraft Centers, Drang Tangmarg, Wular Lake, Hokar Sar, Jehlum Bund Srinagar, Boulevard Road, Shanker Acharaya, Hari Parbhat Forte.
Best Time To Visit For: Snowfall, Skiing, Snowboarding, Frozen Lake View, Handicraft Shopping.
What is the best time to visit Kashmir?
All in all, Kashmir is four season destination it only depends on what kind of climate, weather and activities you prefer on a holiday. Going by the tourism trends in Kashmir, most of the travelers prefer to visit Kashmir in warm weather, that is from mid of March to end of September. The peak months for tourism are May June July & August. However, to enjoy snowfall in valley 3rd week of December to 1st week of January is the best time to visit Kashmir. You can visit in spring season between March to May and can still enjoy Snow in Gulmarg and Sonmarg. Kashmir is a soothing experience for the eyes and the soul of a nature lover, no matter what season which month you choose, you will love the way Kashmir presents itself. Many people in India visit Kashmir as it is a pocket friendly tour destination in India or in other words cheapest tour destination in India.
If you’re planning a holiday in Kashmir & Ladakh, there are several places that you should visit. Some of the most popular destinations are Pahalgam, Nubra Valley, Yusmarg, and Anantnag. These places are incredibly beautiful, but they can also get pretty crowded.
The best time to visit Nubra Valley is between June and September. The days are brighter and the temperatures are warmer during this time. After October, the Khardung La Pass is usually closed due to heavy snowfall and heavy rains. The Nubra Valley is one of the most stunning landscapes in Ladakh. It lies about 130 kilometers northwest of the city of Leh. The valley was once part of the Silk Route, and today it is a popular trading center for horticultural crops and Pashmina wool. Nubra is divided into 3 divisions namely – Hunder , Diskit & Summur. It is famous for its sand dunes and unique double humped camels also known as batarian camels. You can reach Nubra from Leh via Khardungla which is the highest motorable road in India. The driver is beautiful and you will witness the diversity of the Ladakahi landscape.
Pahalgam is a picturesque town known for its stunning pine trees , river and streams. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam draws thousands of tourists every year. this town boasts beautiful panoramic views of the Himalayan Ranges. It is also the starting point of the famous Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. The village is also one of the entry points to the holy dham of Amarnath, one of the four holiest sites in Hinduism. Chandanwari is the starting point of Amarnath Yatra. The word Chandan Wari means Sandal Garden, Sandal tree is unlikely to survive at such a high altitude. The view from the Chandanwari Glacier point is truly breathtaking.
Pahalgam is also home to the historic Sheshnag temple, which is an ancient Shiva temple. Thousands of pilgrims visit the town each year to worship the Lord of the Mountains.
One of the least-known hill stations in Jamu Kashmir, Yusmarg is an ideal tourist destination. A newly built motorable road connects this sleepy town with the rest of the state, making it a perfect destination for those looking for a scenic and peaceful getaway. The town is also home to a stunning lake, and it’s surrounded by lush, evergreen forests. The town is also a popular location for trekking, horseback riding, and trout fishing.
The beautiful and scenic surroundings of Anantnag, Kashmir, are a great draw for tourists from all over the world. It is located 53 kilometres from Srinagar and is surrounded by lush greeneries and freshwater springs. Tourists can also visit several religious destinations including the Martand Sun Temple, Kheer Bhawani Asthapan, Ishmuqam Shrine, and Masjid Baba Dawood Khaki.
There are several notable places and shrines in Anantnag, including the tombs of famous Hindu saints and popular shrines. This town is also home to some of the oldest buildings in the world, but you will not find many ruins from this time period. The Sultan Sikander’s reign, however, completely destroyed many of the architectural monuments in the region.
Dachigam National Park
Dachigam National Park is situated on the east side of Dal Lake, about 22 kilometres from Srinagar city. It is a 161-square-kilometer national park. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
This park is home to a diverse range of flora, including 500 species of shrubs and trees. A majority of the park is covered with coniferous forests, but alpine pastures are also found. In the park, visitors will also find a Trout Farm and a Leopard Zoo.
To get the best out of a Pangong Lake tour in Jamu Kashmir, you should know where to look for permission to enter the lake. Since it’s a disputed region, it’s important to have the proper permit before visiting the lake. You can obtain this permit online, or from the Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Leh’s main bazaar
The Dal Lake is a popular tourist attraction in Jamu Kashmir, and it was founded by the Maharajas of Kashmir. The British colonizers also wanted to build summer houses in the mountains, so they built palatial houseboats on the lake. Today, the Dal Lake has become synonymous with houseboats, and many of them are floating hotels.
Sonamarg is easily accessible by road and has hotels that cater to all budgets. From the hotels that line the road, to the ones that are spread over the entire valley, there is something to suit all budgets.
Located 5 km from Pahalgam, Baisaran valley is the perfect getaway for adventure seekers. The valley is covered in dense pine forests and has picturesque views of the Lidder valley and Pahalgam town. It is also the perfect place to go for a leisurely horseback ride and experience the serenity of nature.
Vaishno Devi temple
Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of Hindu Mother Goddess Durga and Adi Shakti. In India, “Maa” and “Mata” are used for mother, so Vaishno Devi is often associated with Mata. This manifestation of Adi Shakti is a manifestation of the three Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, and Mahasaraswati energies, which have a strong impact on the region.
Shalimar Bagh is located in Srinagar which is the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a Mughal Garden which is also known as Farah Baksh, Faiz Baksh or Shalimar Gardens. Built in 1619 by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Juahan / Noor Jahan, It is a situated on the shore line of Dal Lake with a canal flowing from the garden into the lake.
The garden has three beautiful terraces which have a lot of architectural details. There are more than 400 fountains in the garden. The garden is known for the arched niches also called Chini Khanas, which are the small niches in the walls in which oil lamps were lighted at night and the reflection would be seen in the waterfalls.
The first one is a public garden or the out garden with the Diwan – e – Aam (Public Hall). In this hall a small black marble throne was installed over the waterfall.
The second terrace known as Diwan – E – Khas (Hall of the Noble) which was only accessible to the noblemen or the guests of the court. This terrace has two steps and is broader than Diwan e Aam. It has a carved stone platform which is surrounded by fountains from all sides. The royal bathrooms are near the north-west boundary of the enclosure.
The third terrace known as the Diwan – E – Zanana (Hall of the Ladies) is the top most terrace and is accessible after passing through two guard rooms to restrict the entry to the Harem. There is a baradari in black marble which is also known as the Black Pavilion in the Zanana Bagh.
Best Season to visit Shalimar Bagh:
Shalimar Garden can be visited throughout the year but the best time to visit is from Spring till Autumn (April – October).
Starting from Spring the flowers are at the full bloom and the garden is lively.
At the onset of winter i.e autumn the garden looks wonderful with the chinar leaves changing the color at the time of Sunrise & Sunset resembling fire from a distance.
Shalimar Garden Visiting Timings: The garden is open from Sunrise to Sunset.
How to reach Kashmir to Visit Shalimar Bagh:
o visit Shalimar Bag you have to reach to Srinagar.
There are many direct flights to Srinagar International Airport from Delhi , Mumbai , Chandighar, Jammu & Amritsar. The flights can be connected with any other destination as the flights start from early morning till late evening.
The nearest railway stations to Srinagar are Jammu Tawi & Udhampur. After deboarding the train you can book a seat in a shared Jeep to Srinagar or hire a cab to Srinagar,
Srinagar is connected to rest of India through NH-44 which used to known as NH – 1A prior to the new numbering of highways in India. The distance from Delhi to Srinagar is 860 Kms and from Jammu it is 260 Kms.
The Ultimate Post for Covid-19 Travel Guide to Kashmir
Kashmir’s state borders are open for tourism now, vacationers and explorers can Visit Kashmir now. below are some of the guidelines to travel to Kashmir. The coronavirus test report is needed to enter the state. Each traveler should fill the ICMR structure on their appearance. Travelers with RT-PCR negative test reports can skip seclusion. All Travelers are exposed to obligatory Covid-19 antigen tests. Traveler Needs to have confirmed hotel bookings. Shikaras rides are completely operational in Dal Lake. Transports, autorickshaws, and taxis are operational in the state. There is a restriction on highway travel however by flight you can travel to Kashmir. If you Looking for Kashmir Tour Packages, You Can submit the below form or emails us directly, We at Green Kashmir Travels Customise your tour packages keeping views all Covid 19 Sop”s
Do I require a Covid-19 PCR-RT test report while visiting Kashmir?
You Can Visit Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Yusmarg doodthpatri as destinations, however, there is a restriction in visiting Mughal Gardens in Srinagar. Rest all famous place as mentioned earlier open for visit. Kindly find the below-mentioned measures that hotels need to implement for safe and secure travel. All travelers traveling out locally to Kashmir should go through warm screening before they can enter Kashmir. If the temperature recorded is higher than the necessary number, you will be approached to take a Covid-19 RT-PCR test for which you will bear the expense of the test, or sometimes it is done free of cost. If Negative you will be allowed to continue your tour, If the result shows positive, the state protocol for Covid-19 will be followed. It is mandatory for everyone to wear a mask in public and you may incur a fine or penalty.
Temperature screening at the time of check-in and sometimes also during check-out
Sanitizer availability at the hotel and inside all the rooms
Disposable gloves mandatory for hotel staff at bar and restaurant
Contact tracing forms at every hotel
For traveling in Kashmir You need to keep in view below mentioned points
Book your travel and accommodation in advance.
Talk with your hotel about their sanitizing facilities and the Covid-19 related precautions they are taking.
Download the Arogya Setu app on your mobile phone.
Try to get tested before your travel and keep the Covid-19 negative certificate handy during your commute.
Find the latest information about containment zones in Kashmir as non-essential travel is not allowed in any of the zones.
Business in Kashmir is resuming however the wellbeing of the explorers and staff stays a key need. While a portion of the major restaurants is back to typical working with a restricted limit, large numbers of the food outlets have moved to conveyance just or takeaway offices. Food establishments are additionally operational and open for clients with social distance seating and expendable cutlery to keep away from any transmission. You can also see this list of some amazing foods in Kashmir like Kashmiri wazwaan that you must try. A personal PPE kit that will include a face shield, sanitizer sachets, and a pair of disposable gloves for flight, or any kind of commute you do during your vacation in Kashmir. We at Green Kashmir Travels provide the Best Deals for Kashmir Tour Packages and Leh Ladakh Tour Packages