Jammu and Kashmir Tourism
Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Kashmir and its valleys
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About Jammu and Kashmir Tourism
Say hello to a land of unrivalled beauty and history
The Dal Lake and the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar accentuate the Kashmir tourism. There may not be a heaven or a land of milk and honey, but there is Kashmir Valley, which attracts travelers from all over the world. Drifting shikaras on sparkling lakes on a summer evening, the vibrancy of Mughal gardens in spring, enjoying snowfall on a winter’s day, and apple picking in an autumn’s afternoon are some of the ways to put a state of ecstasy on your face.
History of Kashmir
Bounded by Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to the south, Afghanistan to the north-west and Pakistan to the west; Kashmir is located in the north-western region of India. Since the partition of the Indian continent in 1947, as this region has become the subject of dispute between the two nations, India and Pakistan, its south and south-eastern portion makes a state of India. And, as per the agreement of 1972, the administered portions of the two nations are divided by a ‘line of control’.
Culture of Kashmir
Replete with a rich and varied culture, the lifestyle of Kashmiri people is mostly influenced by literature, dance, music, food and festivals that are celebrated there. With exposure to solidarity during the times of independence, the locals of Kashmir have become a part of new literature and learning. Blessed with glacial mountains, crystal clear waters, pine forests, Chinar groves, and pine trees, the region of Kashmir has been detached from the whole country for a long time. However, now it inhabits people from different races, making it a potpourri of different cultures.
Honeymoon in Kashmir
Epitomizing romance, resplendent nature, breathtaking views, and the surreal settings of the region make it one of the best travel destinations for honeymoon. Boasting tranquillity and scenic views, the beguiling beauty of Pahalgam is beyond words. While, Gulmarg- another glittering town of Kashmir offers some romantic backdrops replete with lush green meadows and snow-clad mountains.
Whether you’re trekking with nomads or expats in Pir Panjals; cherishing honeymoon in meadows of Sonamarg; enjoying views of snow-capped glaciers on pony rides in Pahalgam; skiing in Gulmarg on fresh snow; making an arduous pilgrimage to bow before your maker; just admiring the serenity of Dal Lake in your lover’s arms; Kashmir never lets you down.
Attractions in Kashmir
Tourist places in Jammu and Kashmir comprise unimaginable beauty. As you have strolled through narrow markets of Srinagar, taken the bumpy – or somewhat scary – rides along the Jhelum or Chenab, you can’t leave behind Kashmir. The state of absolute bliss, to be here and having lived here, stays with you wherever you go.
Commence an enticing journey to the crown of India with a visit to Srinagar. And, as get to enjoy the Shikara ride while sailing through the snow-clad mountains and sparkling waters of Dal Lake. While, a visit to Leh introduces you not only with its queer beauty but adventure too. Grab an opportunity to satiate an adrenaline junkie in yourself, and partake in trekking, mountain biking and many more activities. However, if you want enjoy skiing, Gulmarg is one of the most best destinations to hop on to. Besides that, a tour of Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Doda, and many more gems of the region are meant to make your journey a memorable one.
The occasional traveller may not realise on the first visit, but Kashmir is like a multi-faceted jewel. Longer you stare at it, more beautiful it gets. The Jammu region has a lot of Hindu temples, local museums, and historical sights, while Kashmir is all about being outdoors. Streets in summer are lively and buzzing with local guides and vendors whereas snowfall in winter provides a much-needed boost to Kashmir tourism and region’s economy.
Things to Do in Kashmir
Blessed with alluring landscapes, the Heaven on Earth offers a bounty of offerings for every kind of traveller, be they adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers or connoisseurs. Curating one of the best lists of things to do, the crown of India really knows how to win its visitors’ hearts.
As you enjoy a sojourn in Kashmir, do go for a shikara ride on Dal Lake, and cherish the alluring surroundings. And for panoramic views, one can get on a gondola ride. While, a tour to Magnetic Hill is surely meant to provide its visitors with some magical views. People can also get to enjoy trekking at Chadar Lake, and grab an opportunity to enjoy a sojourn in a wooden houseboat.
Festivals of Kashmir
While, the major sightseeing and activities do offer an exhilarating experience to the visitors of Kashmir, this paradise on earth also let people enjoy many festivals that also add a bouquet of memories to their journey. Inhabiting people of many cultures, here one can enjoy the celebration of Eid ul Azha, Festival of Hemis, Baisakhi- which embarks the harvesting season, annual festival of Shikara, and many more.
Shopping in Kashmir
What’s more? As you are busy making making some beautiful memories on this tour, the markets of Kashmir filled with ethnic art and craft pieces offer you a chance to take some memories along back home. Here, visitors can choose to buy souvenirs like: handicrafts, pashmina shawls, saffron, hand-woven carpets, and much more.
Famous Food of Kashmir
Once you’ve inhaled the aroma of famous dishes of Kashmir- Rogan Josh, Modar Pulav, and Matschgand, the gluttony side of you will beguile to extend the sojourn for a longer time. However, that are not the only dishes you can indulge yourself in here. Crammed with a bevy of restaurants, here you can also enjoy dishes, including momos, thukpa, skyu- a traditional dish of Leh, and sip a cup of butter tea, which is mind-boggling.
Jammu and Kashmir Tourism lists all the sought-after destinations in the state where travellers want to escape the sweltering summer. Whether you’re planning a romantic rendezvous or a long pilgrimage, there are plenty of places that fit into your idea of paradise.
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Apharwat Peak in Gulmarg
Apharwat Peak is one of the main attractions of Gulmarg tourism. Ski-lovers always find their way to this summit to enjoy their hobby. This place is sure to provide you an out of the world experience while skiing. Since Kashmir is popularly known as the Switzerland of India, you would not deny this post your visit to Apharw...
Sonamarg in Srinagar
Kashmir, the land of snow-capped mountains, exquisite gardens, colorful valleys, traditional houseboats and romantic lakes is a home to a beautiful place called Sonamarg. Also known as the “Meadow of Gold”, Sonamarg is an elevated area on the bank of Nallah Sindh River. Amazing glaciers, placid lakes and exquisite waterfall...
Ningle Nallah in Gulmarg
Ningle Nallah is just 10kms away from the Gulmarg town. Mountains always have wild stream and rivulets flowing here and there. Ningle Nallah is one such mountain stream that has become a popular tourist attraction of Gulmarg. Either side of the stream is like a painted canvas of green meadows with wildflowers. The gurgling ...
St. Mary`s Church in Gulmarg
Every tourist destination has some religious places among the sought-after tourist spots. Religious places are mostly characterized by architectural excellence of our ancestors. This 100 years old church stands sturdy and tall even after so many years.
However, St. Mary’s Church of Gulmarg did receive some renovation and ...
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Golf Course in Gulmarg
Gulmarg golf course is also amongst the few largest 18-hole golf courses in our country. For golfers, this is a dream golfing destination in India. Tourists love to visit this place to golf, or to learn to golf. Golfing in Gulmarg started as early as the 1920s, when India was British India. Since then, the golf course has c...
- Golf Course
Things To Do In Kashmir
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Paragliding in Srinagar
A visit to Kashmir Valley is a dream come true for most tourists, with rolling mountains, snow-capped peaks, beautiful flowers carpeting the mountainside, and snug corners to revel in! Enjoy a breathtaking tour of the valley when you go paragliding in Srinagar as you get a panoramic view of the valley from above. Quite a fe...
Horse Riding in Srinagar
Horse riding is quite famous in Kashmir mainly because the environment and the beauty of the place. One can take in the dazzling splendor of India through Kashmir itself. The emerald blue waters and breathtaking snow capped mountains are a treat to watch while horse riding. Summer is the best time for horse riding in Kashmir.
Major places to go to for Horse Ride-
Some of the best places for Horse riding in Kashmir are Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Kokernag, Lolab Valley, Yusmarg, Srinagar and Gulmarg. Tourists can come for a horse ride without any prior stresses as the guides be with them all the time. It would be best to hire a horse through a tourist office as there may be times, the local horse owners may charge higher prices. Hiring a horse from the tourist office is also important for safety purposes, for instance, any accidents can be looked afte...
- Horse Riding
Fishing in Gulmarg
Many people love fishing and fishing in a hill station is something else. The serenity, view and weather that hill stations have to offer, make the whole fishing activity even more interesting. Fishing is more of a summer activity in Gulmarg.
Since the summer sees extra crowd populating the ski resorts, it is recommended ...
- Fishing trip
Skiing at a Ski Resort in Gulmarg
Gulmarg is considered as the best skiing destination of India. This place is characterized by steep skiing slopes that are set amongst breathtaking and picturesque views. Due to these qualities, Gulmarg draws ski enthusiasts in large numbers every year. The skiing area of Gulmarg is known as the Gulmarg ski resort. The Alp...
Tea Plucking in Gulmarg
When talking about “things to do” in Gulmarg, you can indulge in tea plucking. Of course, there`s no skipping the mountainous adventure sports like skiing and snowboarding but you must also get to experience the local non-adventurous activities like tea plucking.
For those who like the slow side of life instead of the ris...
- Tea gardens
How To Reach Jammu and Kashmir
Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers
Srinagar International Airport (SXR), also known as Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport, and Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) in Leh are the major airports in Jammu and Kashmir state. The airport in Srinagar is connected with major cities in India including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The airport in Leh has direct flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Taxi rentals and private shuttles are available at both airports in Jammu and Kashmir.
Furthermore, Jammu Aiport or Jammu Civil Enclave handles domestic flights from major urban centres in India.
Jammu Tawi, located in the state’s winter capital, is the busiest railway station in Jammu and Kashmir. It serves as the northern terminal of major trains connecting the city with the rest of India. Regular express trains from Jammu to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Trivandrum run efficiently.
The picturesque section between Banihal and Baramulla of Jammu–Baramulla railway line passes through several towns in Kashmir Valley. It is an excellent alternative for those wanting to take the tracks not often taken.
Jammu and Srinagar, seasonal capitals of the state can be reached throughout the year by road. Jammu is served by a network of state and national highways. If you’re wondering about how to reach Kashmir Valley by road, follow the NH1(A) that passes through the city of Jammu to Srinagar in Kashmir Valley. The highway continues to the east before terminating at Leh in Ladakh region. NH1 is a major and vital highway which handles the primary traffic coming in and out of the region. Government and private operators run buses and taxis between Jammu, Srinagar, and Leh.
The Jawahar Tunnel, 2.8 kilometres in length, connects Jammu with Kashmir Valley. The 3,528-m-high mountain pass Zoji La carries the Srinagar-Leh highway extending into Ladakh. The 474-km-long Leh-Manali Highway is another major road with serving the Ladakh region. Both Srinagar-Leh and Leh-Manali highways remain vulnerable to weather conditions in winter as the snowfall blocks the road access.
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Trip to KashmirThe cab did not take to gulmarg instead we had to book another cab paying extra money. Also flexibility was requested at the very start but still the agent denied covering 2 areas in same day even though it was part of itinerary. One day we asked the driver to come back after an hour but he vanished and switched off his phone
Trip to KashmirService was good from Classic holidays I would recommend them to be the facilitator for anyone who is traveling to J&K.
Trip to KashmirThanks for the well planned trip(Rabiya). We had a very memorable trip and driver (Farooq)was very informative and friendly.
Trip to KashmirIts great time to me ....i m vary happy to stay and enjoying there everything was fabulous and so beautiful... Nature was superb and all thinhs like mountain's snow and tree etc. Shows life's very glamour Sikara ride superb.....pahalgao trip was awesome and sonamerg trip also greatful
Trip to KashmirWe had a winter trip in Jan 19 to Gulmarg. We have chosen Uniglobe. Their support was excellent, throughout the journey. Both the agent and the driver were caring. Very good follow up.
Trip to KashmirOur Trip to Kashmir was a memorable one with Rizz Tour Travels, just before the travel we had fallen sick due to viral free but Mr. Mirr had taken utmost care to make us feel comfortable. The best part of it was the daily followup and the travel guide cum chauffeur whose name was also Mr. Mir he had arranged also gave us that special attention and care which is given in our homes when we are not well. Gulmohar trip was the best part of it . All in all I will say it was awesome experience. I would recommend Rizz Tour Travels for my family and friends who would plan a trip to Kashmir, so that you dont miss on hospitality or any spot to visit.
Trip to KashmirTravel agent (Zippgo) were absolutely spot on and knew what they were doing. Aaliya Showkat and team made a very good and a feasible plan based upon the budget and were always receptive and cordial in terms of the needs of the guests. Driver, Mr. Irshad was extremely pleasant and accommodative. He made things even more easier for us. Hotel staff (Victory Inn) were very nice and easy to deal with. The trip was very nice. The trip to Pahalgam was very good! The roads leading to Pahalgam are very close to nature.
Trip to KashmirWe had a very good time. Beautiful place and amazing hospitality at every place we visited.
Trip to KashmirWell planned, the agent was flexible with the itenary and didn't moving hotel bookings. The agent was very approachable and made us feel very comfortable given the situation. The driver Muddasir was friendly and kept us aware of all locations on route. Gulmarg, Pahalgam and the gardens of Srinagar.
Trip to NainitalTravel agent are little bit unprofessional, desling with customers should be better and daily they can contact the customers and well being.Any other place in Uttaranchal. and Himachal pradesh and in jammu kashmir ,inform me ,if you can arrange,keep in touch It is a very good place ,unexplored but the can allow us to watch nature beauty, and in nainital we have to engage another local cab,arranged by your driver.
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FAQ's of Kashmir
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December through February is the best time to see snowfall in Kashmir Valley.
Yes, it is safe to visit Jammu and Kashmir. Try to stay away from border areas and areas known to be sensitive and prone to problems.
Tourists should visit Jammu & Kashmir during the off-season between April-July and from October-December. This is the best time to visit Jammu & Kashmir as the hotels and tour packages have major discounts on offer.
Always rent out houseboats that have been registered with the Jammu & Kashmir tourism department.
There is no ban on liqour in Kashmir, but there aren't many hotels that offer alcohol for consumption. You can still carry your own.
Wazwan is a must have when in Jammu and Kashmir. Also, try to drink their special pink tea, known as Kahwa.
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