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Plan Your Kashmir Trip | A Complete Kashmir Guide of 2024

Plan your Kashmir trip, which famous as Paradise on Earth, is a region steeped in history, culture, and a complex geopolitical landscape. Located in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, Kashmir has been at the center of political tensions, territorial disputes, and the aspirations of its people. Kashmir is mostly covered by the Himalayan Mountains, serene lakes, and lush valleys, which continue to enchant visitors despite the ongoing political strife. Although Kashmir is a region settled in the northernmost part of the Indian subcontinent, it is basically renowned for its breathtaking beauty, different culture, and very complex history.

Kashmir : At A Glance

Location: The Kashmir region is located in the northern part of India
Temperature: During summer, the temperatures are not very high it is between 28 to 31°C in June to September. The lower temperatures are around 9 to 15°C between (November to February)
Weather: Summer weather in Kashmir is a little warm, the people of Kashmir just enough to use their ceiling fans. Although the days are mostly warm and the nights are quite cold.
Language: Kashmiri language is used in Kashmir which is also called Dardic language.
Population: As per the estimation of 2011 the population is 12 million.
Geographical area: the area is about 2, 22,236 sq. Km
GDP: As per the estimation of 2022 the GDP is US$6.6 Billion.

Best Places To Visit In Kashmir

1. Srinagar:

Srinagar

Srinagar is called the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir & famous for its beautiful Dal Lake, houseboats and beautiful Mughal gardens like Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh. There is a shikhara ride on Dal Lake during sunrise or sunset you should really try this out. Srinagar has been settling in the beautiful Himalayas that are supported by the Jhelum River, it is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. you can also take a shikara ride in the daytime also a night cruise for a beautiful evening. Because of its admiring location, Srinagar became a popular tourist destination.

  • Best time to visit Srinagar:  September to November
  • Srinagar is famous for:  Boating, elegance markets.
  • Approx duration: 1-2 days 

2. Sonmarg:

sonmarg

Sonmarg is one of the main tourist attractions. Thajiwas Glacier is the main point to enjoy which is accessible as a short trek or a short ride from the main town. Visitors can enjoy scenic views of snow-covered mountains and rich green valleys while visitors trekking toward the glacier. During the winter season, Sonmarg converted into a white wonderland and offering opportunities to visitors for skiing and snowboarding. It is also called the base point for trekking outings to the Thajiwas glacier. For its stunning landscapes and enjoyable climate, Sonmarg attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. Although it is the best place to visit.

  • Best time to visit Sonmarg: From April to June
  • Sonmarg is famous for: Boating, trekking to Thajiwas glacier, also river rafting.
  • Approx duration: 1-2 days 

3. Gulmarg:

Gulmarg

The Gulmarg is known for its Gondola ride, it is one of the highest cable cars in the world, and Gulmarg is another popular attraction in the town. Visitors take a gondola ride from the base station to Kongdoori Mountain and then the ride further takes up to the Apharwat Peak, which offers them very stunning views of the Himalayas along the way. Gulmarg is also a popular tourist destination; it has also been affected by the political stress in the region. However, efforts are made to ensure the safety and security of tourists who visit the area, it allows them to enjoy the natural richness and creative activities that Gulmarg has to offer. These treks allow visitors to explore the spotless beauty of the Himalayan region and they will get to experience the local culture and hospitality.

  • Best time to visit Gulamarg: From October to June
  • Gulmarg is famous for: The gondola ride, alpine touring, trekking
  • Approx duration: 3-4 days

4. Pulwama:

Pulwama

Pulwama is a very famous district located in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is based in the southern part of the Kashmir Valley. The district headquarters is the town of Pulwama. Despite the challenges posed by the security situation, Pulwama remains home to a strong population that emerged in agriculture and other livelihood activities. The district’s economy depends heavily on agriculture, with crops such as rice, wheat, and fruits being cultivated in its fertilized lands. Visitors who visit Pulwama can explore its countryside view, visit local markets, and experience the welcomed hospitality of its residents.

  • Best time to visit to Pulwama: From April to October
  • Pulwama is famous for: Its tulip garden, Shankarcharya temple, Aharbal waterfalls, Tarsar Lake.
  • Approx duration: 3-4 hours

5. Vaishnodevi Temple:

vaishnow devi

The Vaishno Devi Temple is a highly admired Hindu temple site located in the Trikuta Mountains in the Indian Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. the temple is dedicated to Mata Vaishno Devi, which is considered a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Mahalakshmi. The temple is situated at an altitude of approximately 5,200 feet above sea level and is settled in a cave in the mountains. Devotees who came believe that Mata Vaishno Devi will fulfill the wishes of those who visit her shrine with devotion nature. Mata Rani, called Vaishnavi It is believed that during the pooja and aarti in the cave, Goddesses Laxmi arrive at the Holy cave to pay their respect to Mata Rani.

  • Best time to visit Vaishnodevi temple: From March to October
  • Temple is famous for: For devoted to Mata Vaishnodevi temple, trekking.
  • Approx duration: 2-3 days 

6. Shri Amaranth Cave Temple:

Amarnath cave temple

The Amarnath Cave Temple is an admired Hindu temple located in the Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir, located at an altitude of approximately 3,888 meters above sea level, the cave is dedicated to the great Lord Shiva, one of the principal deities in Hinduism. The religious journey to the Amarnath Cave Temple is taken on mostly during the Hindu month of Shravan, The journey to the temple is considered heavy and demanding, involving the trek of approximately 46 kilometers The Amarnath Yatra, a religious journey is known as one of the most journey in Hinduism that attracts lakhs of devotees from all over India.

  • Best time to visit Amarnath Temple: From June to August
  • Temple Cave is famous for: For trekking, beautiful photography and manifestations in the temple
  • Approx duration: 3-5 days 

Where To Stay In Kashmir

Affordable hotels in Kashmir:

1. Hotel Kashmir Inn
Starting from Rs 900 – 1000 per night

2. Hotel Room
Starting from Rs 950 – 1,050 per night

3. Costa Green
Starting from Rs 650 – 900 per night

4. Hotel Narayan
Starting from Rs 750 – 850 per night

5. Dal point view
Starting from Rs 550 – 750 per night

However, these are some affordable hotels, if you and your family are planning to visit Kashmir. the best part is these hotels are near the exploring places.


Luxurious hotels in Kashmir:

1. Hotel Royal Savoy Kashmir
Starting from Rs 7,050 to 8000 per night

2. The Lalit Grand Palace, Srinagar
Starting from Rs 13000 to 12000 per night

3. Royal Hilton
Starting from Rs 17000 to 17500 per night

4. The Orchard Retreat
Starting from Rs 17500 to 18000 per night

5. Hotel snow land
Starting from Rs 16,250 to 17,500 per night

So, these are some recommendations of luxury hotels, if you visit Kashmir. although if you are not planning for an outing you can also enjoy it by staying in a hotel. Along with this, the hotel will provide free breakfast too.

Famous Food In Kashmir:

1. Kahwa namkeen chai:
Kahwa namkeen chai is a different type of traditional Kashmiri tea which is made with green tea leaves, milk, salt, and spices. It is a popular drink in Kashmir and it is often served with
kahwa, made with nuts and spices. The kahwa is often served hot, especially during the winter
season in Kashmir by drinking kahwa it is believed that it has various health benefits
including digestion and immunity.

2. Yukhni Pulaw:
Yakhni Pulao is a famous traditional rice dish from the Kashmiri cuisine,it comes from the Kashmir Valley in the northern part. It is a flavorful rice dish prepared with rich basmati rice, fragrant called “yakhni” and often they include tender pieces of chicken. Yakhni pulaw is often served with raita and a salad, yukhni pulaw contains a lot of spicy herbs to give it a spicy flavor and if you are a spice lover then you will definitely love this yukhni pulaw.

3. Dum Olav:
Dum aloo is also called dum aloo, basically, it’s a north-side dish but kashmirians made it different with their different spices which give the recipe a good form. In Kashmir, it is served with hot naan and roti. Dum Olav is one of the most favorite in Kashmiri cuisine and it is also prepared during festive occasions, weddings, and family gatherings. It is loved for its comforting taste and the depth of flavor that makes you fall in love.

4. Chaaman:
Chaaman is a very popular Kashmiri dish that is made with paneer cooked in a rich, form of creamy gravy. The gravy is generally made with yogurt, and spices such as turmeric, ginger, garlic, and all the spices. Chaaman is basically served with rice or naan. The fried paneer cheese cubes are boiled in a pot of hot water consisting of different spices such as cloves, cardamom, and fennel powder. Which gives the dish next-level taste.

5. Sheermal:
Sheermal is a flavorsome that you must try on your trip in Kashmir. sheermal is Flavored with saffron, this is a type of flatbread will melt in your mouth and will leave you with an amazing taste. It is Crispy and sweet, Sheermal is that food which you can easily prepare at home. Sheermal is a dish you can enjoy it during special occasions, festivals, and celebrations, and it holds a special place in your heart. Its mouthwatering flavor and unique texture make it a beloved treat for those who love to eat sweets.

How To Reach Kashmir:

From Bangalore: 

By Air: If you want to go from Bangalore to Kashmir by air. There are several airlines that operate flights from Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore to Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar, Kashmir. it takes approx 3 to 4 hours.

By Train: If you want to go by train you can take a train from Bangalore to Jammu Tawi Railway Station. The journey can take 40 to 50 hours to reach.

From Delhi:

By Air: The most convenient way to reach Kashmir from Delhi is by taking a flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport. Your journey can take approx 1.5 to 2 hours.

By Train: Although there are no direct trains to Kashmir, you have to take a train from Delhi to Jammu Tawi Railway Station. after reaching Jammu you can travel to Kashmir by road, from Jammu to Srinagar, Kashmir it takes up to 6 to 10 hours.

From Mumbai:

By Air:  The most convenient way to reach Kashmir from Delhi is by taking a flight from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja international airport to Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport. Your journey can take approx 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

By Road: it is possible to travel from Mumbai to Kashmir by road, it takes a long journey of approximately 2,000 to 2,500 kilometers, depending on the route you have taken.

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