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Kashmir Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Kashmir

Mesmerizing lakes, important pilgrimage sites, snow-capped Himalayas, awe-inspiring meadows, and alpine scenery form the major allure of Kashmir, one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.


  • Dal lake in Srinagar
Kashmir At a Glance
  • Capital City:Srinagar
  • Average Climate:2°C to 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit:March to Dec
  • Major Airports:Srinagar Airport, Jammu Airport
  • Ideal Durations:3 to 4 days

Kashmir Travel Guide

The valley of Kashmir occupies the topmost position on the map of India. Kashmir, along with the regions of Jammu, Ladakh, and Gilgit, forms the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir Valley is the biggest of the numerous valleys in the state.

As a tourist destination, the state of Kashmir provides the best combination of all-natural elements. A range of mighty mountains, serene lakes mirroring the vast sky overhead, picture-pretty gardens, and so much more - Kashmir tourism has it all. Adorned with magnificent lakes and gardens, every pillar in this beautiful city would tell you the tale of a glorious past. Stay at a houseboat that rims the Dal Lake or ride through the tranquil waters on a Shikara

Read the following Kashmir tour guide to know more.

Key Information About Kashmir

Kashmir Tourism Information
Local Language In Kashmir Kashmiri, Urdu, Dogri
Kashmir Also Known As Heaven of earth
Transport In Kashmir Bus, Taxi, Boat
Area 68,000 Square Kilometer
Kashmir Is Famous For Scenic splendor, snow-capped mountains, plentiful wildlife, exquisite monuments, hospitable people, and local handicrafts.

Places to visit in Kashmir 

Due to the various picturesque places to visit in Kashmir, it is often referred to as India’s Switzerland, as the area is blessed with the most scenic views that are worth a visit. The state has a long list of places that reflect nature’s beauty at its best and cannot be missed by any traveler. Check out this list of Kashmir tourist places and pick the best ones for your next vacation. 

  • Srinagar 
  • Gulmarg
  • Sonamarg
  • Leh
  • Kupwara
  • Kathua
  • Kargil

Things to do in Kashmir

Primarily located in the Himalayan ranges, Kashmir offers many experiences that one must take by indulging in the below listed exciting things to do. The location and the terrain make some of the items exclusive to this destination, so go ahead and enjoy all of them. Take a look!

  • Enjoy your Shikara ride.
  • Fun on a Houseboat Stay
  • Catch the Gondola's Cable Car Ride
  • Have a joyful time at Gulmarg Golf Club.
  • Savour Kashmiri Cuisine
  • Go shopping in Kashmir.
  • Take up pony rides.

Best time to visit Kashmir

The best time to visit Kashmir is from March to October, when the weather in Kashmir is pleasant and the natural beauty peaks. In spring, the flowers are in full bloom, and the valleys are covered in a carpet of colors. Summer is perfect for outdoor activities such as trekking, camping, and rafting. Autumn brings a magical charm with the changing colors of the trees. However, we advise you to avoid visiting during the winter, as the region experiences heavy snowfall, making exploring and moving around challenging.

How to reach Kashmir

The state is well connected by air, road, and rail to other parts of India. The easiest way to get to Kashmir is by air, with Srinagar International Airport being the main airport in the region. The area is also well-connected by road, with National Highway 44 connecting Jammu to Srinagar. Additionally, there are regular train services to Jammu Tawi railway station, the nearest railway station to Srinagar. From there, one can hire a taxi or bus to reach Kashmir. Read more about the how to reach Kashmir.

Accommodation in Kashmir

Encompassing serenity, Kashmir has outstanding accommodation options, offering commendable hospitality to tourists. The hotels and resorts in Kashmir, ranging from budget to luxury, provide top-notch services and promise to make your stay pleasant and memorable. So whether you are looking for a heritage experience or a rendezvous with nature, the hotels and resorts in the Kashmir Valley offer complete relaxation. Ramada by Wyndham Katra Station Road, Four Points by Sheraton Srinagar, Welcomhotel by ITC Hotels, and Vivanta Dal View are some of the best hotels in Kashmir.

Where to eat in Kashmir?

Kashmiri cuisine is known for its rich flavors and aromas, and plenty of restaurants and eateries offer delicious local dishes. Some popular dishes include Rogan Josh, Gushtaba, and Wazwan. Srinagar has many restaurants and cafes serving Kashmiri cuisine, such as Mughal Darbar, Ahdoos, and Shamyana Restaurants. Local street food such as kebabs, samosas, and phirni can also be found in popular markets like Lal Chowk and Dal Lake. Many hotels and guesthouses also offer traditional Kashmiri meals for their guests.

How to get around in Kashmir? 

If you head to the Kashmir region, you’ll hear people talking about ‘minibusses.’ It is the most common and widely used local transport in Kashmir, which operates in the city and the suburban areas. In addition, you can avail of auto rickshaws for commuting, which are also available.

Kashmir tour packages

Kashmir, can be best explored with Indian Holidays well-planned, fully structured, affordable travel packages. Our Kashmir tour packages include comfortable, pre-booked accommodations, excellent sightseeing tours, and fun activities that will make your trip unforgettable. Whether you're interested in adventure sports or just relaxing in beautiful surroundings, our Kashmir packages have something for everyone. With 24/7 genuine travel assistance available, you can rest assured that your trip will be hassle-free and enjoyable from start to finish.

Travel tips

  • Be careful if you have any health conditions. Avoid reaching the upper parts of the destinations in Kashmir.
  • Avoid having drinks outside.
  • Plan according to the climate of Jammu and Kashmir, as it is too cold there. 
  • It is usually advised to avoid public transportation. If you do, use Google Maps to ensure you are on the right path.
  • For security reasons, don't take pictures at the Srinagar international airport. 
  • Only a postpaid SIM card works in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh, and Ladakh. Prepaid SIM cards do not work in these states due to security reasons. Check with your tour operator for more details. 
  • If you go to a holy place, cover your head at the main entrance and remove your shoes.



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Faqs about Kashmir Tourism

Q: What is the best time to visit Kashmir?

Ans: The best time to visit Kashmir is during the spring and summer months - from March to August. The weather conditions are ideal for sightseeing. Even during winter months, we see tourists as many important places remain open, although the weather becomes extremely cold.

Q: What are the most popular tourist places in Kashmir?

Ans: Srinagar, Gulmarg, Katra, Pahalgam, Patnitop, and Sonmarg are some of the most popular tourist places in Kashmir.

Q: What other surrounding cities or places can be combined with the Jammu and Kashmir tour?

Ans: Generally, tourists combine Leh and Ladakh with their Kashmir travel itinerary. Other popular places nearby are Amritsar, Mcleodganj, Shimla, Manali, Kasauli, and Kull.

Q: Which food is famous in Kashmir?

Ans: Some of the popular foods for non-vegetarians are Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Matschgand, and Qabargaah. Whereas vegetarians can devour Kashmiri Dum Aloo, and Paneer Chaman.

Q: What should be the budget for Kashmir trip?

Generally, INR 12k or USD 150 is considered a decent amount for a Kashmir trip. It also depends on how long you want to stay and how thoroughly you want to explore because Kashmir has no end to its attractions.