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Things To Do In Jammu and Kashmir

Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Kashmir and its valleys
Tourism In Jammu And Kashmir

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Things To Do In Jammu and Kashmir

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Pony rides in Sonamarg and Pahalgam are among the popular things to do in Kashmir. A few hours ride on winding trails takes visitors through dense forests and beautiful meadows. The ride is reasonably priced for its duration and is suitable for visitors of all ages. Camping and trekking near Sonamarg are popular among thrill-seekers.

Gulmarg is a hub of several adventure activities in Kashmir, especially during winter. December through February when the terrain is covered in snow, tourists take gondola rides and skiing lessons in Gulmarg. The sweeping views from Apharwat peak mesmerise honeymooners and children. Exploring the Gurez valley in North Kashmir is one of the best things to do in Kashmir. The valley is home to a few nomadic tribes that retain their old traditions and live a simple life. Taking a wooden boat ride on Dal Lake is one of the wholesome family activities to do in Kashmir.

Lay back and sail on the placid waters of Dal Lake, admire the sights of Pir Panjal mountains, ski down the powdery slopes in Gulmarg, go on a shopping spree in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, take a pony ride in Sonamarg, opt for paragliding in Aru, or join the batch of pilgrims on their way to sacred Amarnath Cave. The fun and the range of things to do in Kashmir never end.

Pashmina shawls, antiques, salted tea bags, willow baskets, and local spices are some of the best things to bring back from Kashmir. Saffron grown in fields of Pompore is one of the most expensive spices in the world. Local vendors sell woollens made from Pashmina, Kashmiri carpets, and handicrafts in the Old Bazaar and street markets. Bargain while shopping in Srinagar and you will definitely find a good worth for your product. While shopping in old Srinagar, one can also take the self-guided heritage walk to admire the city’s architecture.

The white waters of Lidder River are easy or moderate making the river ideal place to do rafting. Once you’ve visited the Betaab Valley near Pahalgam, do find time to conquer the noisy waters of river Lidder. Paragliding in Sonamarg, Bhaderwah, and Gulmarg will leave you speechless as you take it the majestic views of mountains. If you would rather take things slow, there’s a golf club in Gulmarg which is open to the public in summer. Besides all the adventure and fun activities, gorge on delectable Kashmiri cuisine and take a cup of salted tea which will help you maintain body temperature.


Explore Dal lake by going on a Shikara ride
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Shikara Ride in Srinagar

Lakes in Kashmir are ideal to float along and enjoy the beauty of nature with mighty greens towering on either side, or stretches of calm waters lying ahead. A Shikara ride in Kashmir along one of the region’s lakes is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. A Shikara is a long wooden boat that you’ll often find floating along ...

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One of the best rides that you will take in your lifetime
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Gondola Ride in Gulmarg

Background history says that the work on the Gulmarg Gondola Project was started by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in 1987. The whole Gondola ride has two phases: Phases I and II namely from Gulmarg to Kongdoori and Kongdoori to Apharwat Peak respectively. The time taken to complete the first phase is around 10 minutes...

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Enjoy one of the best activities to indulge in Srinagar
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Trout Fishing in Srinagar

Trout are a quite popular game fish and many state wildlife agencies keep ponds, lakes and streams with trout for the anglers to catch. One can enjoy trout fishing in Kashmir between April and September. The best destinations for fishing are Pahalgam, Kokernag, Sindh, Lam, Gurez, Hamal, Sukhnag, Doodhganga in Yousmarg. For ...

Adventure Fishing trip Nature
Enjoy a trek like no other in picturesque Srinagar
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Trekking in Srinagar

Kashmir is not only about lakes and greenery- it also provides tourists a variety of adventures and the most attractive among them is trekking. Trekking in Kashmir amidst the beauty of nature will be a lifetime experience which will enrich their soul.

The most famous places for trekking in Kashmir

Pahalgam:- The main attr...

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Try Skiing in Kashmir
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Skiing in Srinagar

The best time to visit Kashmir if you’re on a skiing quest is between the months of November and March, depending on the exact spot you’re visiting. Skiing in Kashmir is arranged by the local tourism department. If you’re more experienced, though, there are several packages by local agencies that you can opt for to go skiin...

Adventure Himalayas Nature Skiing
The recent craze for aero sports has certainly helped make paragliding a rage here
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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...

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Enjoy a fun ride in Srinagar
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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...

Adventure Nature Horse Riding
A lot of scope for tourists and locals to go fishing
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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 ...

Adventure Sightseeing Nature Fishing trip
A sought-after skiing destination in India
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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...

Adventure Nature Skiing
Kashmir hills are filled with terraced tea cultivation
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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...

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Is the consumption of liquor allowed in Kashmir?

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.

When is the off season of Jammu & Kashmir?

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.

Is it safe to travel to Jammu & Kashmir?

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.

Are houseboats safe to stay in?

Always rent out houseboats that have been registered with the Jammu & Kashmir tourism department.

What are some of the local dishes that one must try on a trip to J&K?

Wazwan is a must have when in Jammu and Kashmir. Also, try to drink their special pink tea, known as Kahwa.

When is the best time to visit Kashmir to see snowfall?

December through February is the best time to see snowfall in Kashmir Valley.