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Best Things to Do in Kashmir

Located in the lap of the Great Himalayas, Kashmir is the hub of various outdoor activities. The tall mountain ranges, the green valleys, and cascading springs make Kashmir a perfect holiday destination for tourists to enjoy every aspect of the state. Nature, with all her beauty, creates spells among the tourists. After having soaked in their share of the beauty of nature, tourists can easily engage themselves in the top things to do in Kashmir, like - fishing, golfing, aero sports, water sports, and trekking.

Best Things to do in Kashmir for a Particular Season

Jammu and Kashmir have a lot to offer adventure seekers in all seasons.

Summer Season

As the weather is quite summer. So, the summer season is best for-

  • Trekking
  • Mountaineering
  • Water sports

Winter Season

Winters are most suited for skiing on snowy ramps. April to November period is most suitable for golfing.

Come to Jammu and Kashmir to explore the numerous marvels you can see and the many adventure wonders you can do.


FAQs about Best Things to Do in Kashmir

Q: What are the main activities of Jammu and Kashmir?

Ans. If you are an adventure enthusiast, here are some of the exciting activities of Jammu and Kashmir to indulge in -

  • Golfing - Gulmarg
  • Skiing - Gulmarg
  • Trekking - Kashmir Alpine Lakes Trek
  • River Rafting - The Lidder river in Pahalgam
  • Mountain Biking - Gulmarg to Pahalgam, Srinagar to Gulmarg, etc.
  • Shikara Ride - Dal lake, Srinagar
  • Wildlife Safaris - Dachigam National Park
Q: Which thing is best in Kashmir?

Ans. The untouched beauty of Kashmir is the best thing. Other than that, Amarnath Cave, Vaishno Devi Temple, and Charar-e–Shariefsacredgious spots receive thousands of tourists every year. Adventure lovers have options like skiing, mountain biking, and treks like Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Pahalgam-Kolahoi Glacier Trek, etc. Shikara ride on Dal Lake in Srinagar is a loved activity by Kashmir. Shopping for Pashmina shawls & blankets, carpets, etc., is another best thing in Kashmir.

Q: What are the most popular things to do in Kashmir with children?

Ans. Activities for kids in Kashmir make the trip more exciting. Here are some of the top ones -

  • Enjoy a Shikara ride in Srinagar.
  • Stay in a houseboat.
  • Take the famous Gulmarg Gondola for splendid views.
  • Try your hand at golfing.
  • Relish delicious Kashmiri cuisine.
  • Explore attractions in Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Srinagar, and Sonmarg.
  • Take your kids shopping.
  • Enjoy pony rides in Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Yusmarg, and Gulmarg.
Q: What are the top attractions to visit in Kashmir?

Ans. Here is a list of top attractions in Kashmir to visit on a sightseeing tour -

  • Vaishno Devi
  • Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden
  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
  • Betaab Valley
  • Dachigam National Park
  • Shri Amarnath Ji Cave Temple
  • Pari Mahal
  • Chashma Shahi Garden
  • Hazratbal Masjid

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Jammu and Kashmir has well defined trekking tracks set amidst the youngest and highest mountain range in the world. One can enjoy the exquisite sceneries and have an insight to real life in villages that adorn these routes. You need not be experienced trekker to enjoy this adventurous trekking tour in Jammu and Kashmir. Amarnath Yatra is one of the most famous trekking routes in Jammu and Kashmir. Chandanwadi, Sheshnag and Mahagunas Pass are the areas which one passes through while trekking to holy Hindu shrine , the Amarnath cave. This trek is not only pilgrimage tour but also turns out to be perfect to explore serene environment of valley. Ladakh is major trekking centre with numerous trekking routes. Zansskar valley trek is most famous which takes you to Drang- Drung glacier and Panzila Top at an altituide of 4400 m. Tour to Pir Panjal Range, Ferozpur Nala, Tejjan and Danwas are other major trekking routes.
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Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir is the best place to indulge in adventurous skiing sport. Gulmarg has Asia’s best skiing resort in terms of facilities and surrounding ecstasies. It is also the highest lift served resort I the world. In Gulmarg even beginners can learn skiing on two Poma ski-lifts on the snow covered golf course. You can choose from height and slopes you are comfortable with. If you are good at skiing than step into gondola and reach the top of Apherwat mountain at about 13000 ft . Breath taking view of twin peaks of Nun and Kun and chilling biting feeling in the air will leave you mesmerized. After being satiated slide down the unpredictable slopes of mountain.
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Aero Sports

Jammu is the best place where you can enjoy adventurous Aero Sports like Para Gliding, Hot Air Ballooning, and many other activities for adventure lovers. For Para Gliding there are many training camps set here which provide all required equipments to tourists. Zanskar and Sanasar Valley are most popular destinations for aero sports in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Water Sports

Jammu and Kashmir is home to two main fast paced rivers -River Indus and River Zanskar. These two rivers make the perfect setting for white water rafting. Two different stretches of River Lidder near Pahalgam are great for rafting for first timers and learners as the slopes are not that steep. Day long excursions to river are also popular among tourists. Adventure seekers can also opt for white water canoeing in rivers like Suru, Drass and Sindh and in the many high altitude lakes like Vishensar, Gangabal and Kaunsarnag. Angling is another fast catching up sport in Jammu and Kashmir.
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These golf courses are best in Asia. The best time for taking up golf extends from April to November. Gulmarg Golf Club is the highest green golf course in the world and is a course of Par 72 that is good enough to hold any professional level events. Surrounded by Pine and Chinar trees, golfing here is not only spell binding but is equally challenging as well. The Royal Springs Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jr. of America who has his name attached with many world famous golf courses. Situated close to beautiful Chashmeshahi Gardens the course is 18 hall, 72 track and has hosted many international level golfinf events.
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Angling and Fishing

In Jammu and Kashmir Angling and Fishing is another fast catching up sport. The hilly brooks and rivulets have abundant wealth of fishes of different varieties. Relaxing experience of fishing in hilly areas in the soothing sun itself is a unique experience. Government has made it compulsory for tourists to take permission from the Directorate of Fisheries, Tourist Reception Center, Srinagar for fishing and angling. Tourists can also witness traditional fishing from houseboats and shikaras in Dal Lake.
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