Things to Do in Kashmir

With a range of activities, Kashmir soothes your soul with the fresh mountain air, verdant valleys and long stretches of snow-clad mountain peaks. The valley brims with wonder and beauty never seen before Earning the name ‘Paradise on Earth’.

If you are planning a trip to the picturesque valley of Kashmir, we are here to help you choose the best things to do in Kashmir. Buckle up for a memorable escape in the alluring gardens, gurgling rivers and breathtaking valleys. Recreate some Bollywood dance performances in the gorgeous Betaab Valley on your holiday. Walk through the millions of tulips in the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden or visit the Shalimar Gardens to appreciate the natural beauty of this heavenly valley. 

In addition to the picnics and sightseeing in the scenic locales, you can satiate your thirst for adventure with a thrilling gondola ride in Gulmarg or a skiing adventure in Apharwat Peak. If you wish to soak in the serenity of Dal Lake in Srinagar, book a houseboat ride on a Shikara and gaze at a spectacular sunset. You can also consider adding a trip to Kupwara or the famous Shankaracharya Temple to have a wholesome vacation in Kashmir. 

So, pack your bags and get ready to experience the heavenly land of Kashmir Valley and its wonders!

Best Things to Do in Kashmir

1) Ride Shikaras on Dal Lake: Riding on a beautiful Shikara through the serene waters of Dal Lake is one of the quintessential things to do in Kashmir. While you glide on the Shikaras, the traditional Gondola rowing boats, you can just lay back and relax in picturesque surroundings. Nishat Gardens, Shalimar Gardens and Hazratbal Mosque are among the few tourist places to visit on a Shikara ride. If you wish to have a dreamy escape, you can also choose to stay in a shikara houseboat and watch the sunrise and sunset while listening to the melodious chirping of birds. This activity also promises a glimpse of the local culture as you can interact with local vendors who sell fruits, vegetables, handicrafts and other souvenirs on the lake.

2) Visit the magnificent Shankaracharya Temple: Marvel at the panoramic views from the Shankaracharya Temple in Srinagar, on the top of Shankaracharya Hill. Perched at a height of 1100 feet, this Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Considered one of the oldest temples for worship in Kashmir, you can admire its ornate architecture. As you walk through the temple, the 20-foot tall octagonal base supporting the square building can awe you. The temple is a revered site for the celebration of festivals like Maha Shivaratri. Make sure you are wearing your most comfortable footwear as you may be climbing a staircase of 243 steps to reach the temple on the hilltop. 

3) Take a Gulmarg Gondola Ride: Taking Asia’s longest and highest cable car ride in Gulmarg is one of the most popular things to do in Kashmir, deserving a spot in your itinerary. The marvellous views of the snow-clad mountains and lush green forests from the gondola promise to mesmerise your soul. If you are a thrill-seeker, riding on this ropeway takes you from Gulmarg to Kungdoor Station in 9 minutes and then from Kongdoori Mountain to Apharwat Peak in 12 minutes. You go up to a height of 13,780 feet and soak in the panoramic views of the tall pine trees from above while sipping on a delicious cup of coffee.

4) Explore the beautiful Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden: Visit the largest tulip garden in Asia, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar. It was previously known as Siraj Bagh, and can still delight your soul if you are a nature fan. The garden is known for the annual Spring Festival where you can see more than 1.7 million colorful tulip bulbs. Walk through this 30-hectare garden and see different types of Tulips like strong gold, margaritas, candela, kung fu, early harvest and lie de France. Apart from the tulips, you can also discover other varieties of flowers like hyacinths, daffodils and ranunculus here. Located at the foothills of Zabarwan mountain, this seven-terraced garden offers a romantic landscape to click many incredible pictures.

5) Witness the Apharwat Peak: Explore the most scintillating mountain peak in Gulmarg, the Apharwat Peak, elevated at a height of 4390 metres. While you are riding the second phase of the Gulmarg Gondola ride, you can witness the most breathtaking sight of the Apharwat Peak. Capturing the magnificent views of the snow-covered Apharwat Peak is one of the most amazing things to do in Kashmir. This is a delight for photography lovers to gaze at the picture-perfect views of alpine meadows. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you can also try winter sports like skiing, sleighing and snowboarding here. For those who are visiting during summer, try horseback riding in the lush green landscape.

6) Explore the Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden: Nestled on the shores of the idyllic Dal Lake, exploring Shalimar Bagh is one of the best things to do in Kashmir. Spread across an area of 31 acres, this beautiful garden was originally named ‘Farah Baksh’ meaning ‘house of love’. The charming garden enthrals architecture fans with its terraced landscape comprising of chinar trees, fountains and water channels. While you are here, you can travel back in time and imagine how the Mughal Emperor Jehangir spent his time in the serene garden during his summer retreats. You can also discover the main attractions of the garden here which include the Chini Khanas, Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khaas.

7) Visit Kupwara: Explore serene lakes and gurgling streams crossing through mountains in the alluring landscapes of Kupwara. Discovering many hidden jewels of Kashmir in the scenic town of Kupwara is an exhilarating experience that you can consider on your trip. Nestled at a height of 1,577 metres above sea level, this town boasts the picturesque Bangus Valley where you can wander amidst the lush green meadows. While you are in Lolab Valley in Kupwara, you can explore the beautiful groves of chinars, walnut, apple, cherry, and peach trees. Make sure you also visit the Sattbarran Kalaroos which boasts ancient caverns that date back to the Stone Age. Other places to visit in Kupwara include Seemab Valley and Chandigham.

8) Take a tour of the Betaab Valley: Named after the popular Bollywood movie Betaab, this valley was originally called Hagan or Hagoon Valley. If you are a Bollywood fan, consider visiting here to sing and dance your heart out in the lush green meadows encompassed by beautiful mountains. Walk through the landscape filled with trees of chinar, deodar, pine, willows and poplars. You can enjoy a laid-back holiday with a picnic in this exceptional landscape or go for a trekking adventure. The breathtaking valley is encircled by deodar trees and pine forests and also serves as a camping site if you are going on the Amarnath Yatra.

9) Marvel at the Aru Valley: Among the popular things to do in Kashmir, visiting Aru Valley tops the chart if you are a nature lover. In this pristine valley encompassed by mountains, you can marvel at gorgeous views of the Lidder River. For those who wish to try trekking, Aru Valley offers a base camp for trails to the Kolahoi Glacier and Tarsar Lake. The valley remains covered with snow in the winters which allows you to indulge in adventure sports like skiing and heli skiing here. You can also enjoy the tranquil environs by trying horse riding, having a picnic, fishing in the Aru River or being a shutterbug to capture marvellous scenes with your camera. 

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Dal Lake
Serene Shikara Rides
Floating Gardens
Kashmir Beauty
Houseboat Haven

Known to be “The Jewel of Srinagar”, Dal Lake spreads across an area of around 26 square kilometers and is one of the major attractions included in our Kashmir tour packages. Popular as one of the most spellbinding places to see in Srinagar, this hillside lake flaunts colorful Shikaras, traditional wooden houseboats, and floating markets. Tourists visiting Dal Lake love to take a ride in the beautiful Shikaras, which are basically wooden boats decorated beautifully with canopies overhead.

Shankaracharya Temple

Visit the Shankaracharya Temple, a special place in Srinagar that sits high on a hill. Climb 250 steps to reach the temple and admire its breathtaking beauty. The temple is very old, with a unique design and inscriptions on its walls. From the top, you can see amazing views of Dal Lake and the Jhelum Valley. Inside, there is a cave where Adi Shankara, a wise scholar, meditated. The temple has a rich history, and it is believed that it was repaired by King Gopadittya. Visiting here can provide you with a mix of adventure, history, and peaceful moments.

Gulmarg Gondola
Alpine Adventure
Cable Car Charm
Panoramic Peaks

Gulmarg Gondola is the second highest and second longest cable car ride in the world. This cable car ride is divided into two phases up to the Apharwat Mountain. The first phase takes you from Gulmarg Resort to Kongdoori Station. In the second phase, you can move from the Kongdoori Mountain to the Apharwat Peak. After reaching the top, you can catch stunning views of Mt.Nanda Devi and the Pir Panjal Ranges.

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Breathtaking Landscape
Largest Tulip Display
Vibrant Spring Showcase

Opened for public in the year 2007, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden was built with the aim of improving floriculture as well as tourism in Kashmir. The initiative proved to be a huge success and in the year 2017, this beautiful garden had its name among the world’s 5 best tulip gardens. On your visit to Kashmir, you can explore this famous attraction at its best with the special Kashmir tour packages. This garden is blessed to have even the rarest of rare tulip varieties, including the “Queen of the Night”. The main highlight of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is the enchanting annual festival, which is held in Spring, between March and May.

Apharwat Peak
Skiing Paradise
Breathtaking Views
Majestic Heights

Located at a height of 4,200 m above sea level, Apharwat Peak is one of the most significant places in Gulmarg that attributes to the beauty of this attraction. The peak is positioned strategically, close to the Line of Control, with Pakistan neighboring it. It is covered in deep snow for most parts of the year, making it a all-time-visit tourist spot to explore with our Kashmir tour packages. It is also the site where most of the winter sports in Gulmarg are organized.

Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden
Royal Garden Retreat
Mughal Grandeur
Historical Elegance
Architectural Marvel

Forming the largest garden of the 3 breathtaking Mughal Gardens, the amazingly laid out Shalimar Bagh makes for one of the most sublime places to see in Srinagar. According to history, this stunning garden was constructed by Jahangir back in the year 1619 for his beautiful wife Noor Jahan, thus making it a historically significant attraction to explore with our special Kashmir tour package.

Manifesting the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Mughal horticulturists, this garden overlooks the mesmerizing Dal Lake and showcases surreal architecture.

Vaishno Devi
Hindu Temple
Spiritual Pilgrimage
Holy Cave

Vaishno Devi is believed to be a trio of three Goddesses: Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati, and Mahakali, in Hindu mythology. One of the most popular places to visit while touring with our Kashmir tour package, this spiritual attraction-spot draws in millions of devotees from all over the world.

Pristine Landscapes
Tranquil Valleys
Unexplored Beauty
Peaceful Haven

Head to the northern part of Kashmir, and you will find the picturesque district of Kupwara. It is known for its lush green valleys and serene landscapes. You can find diverse flora and fauna here, adding to its charm. Kupwara's tranquil environment and hospitable locals provide a warm welcome to all who visit this place. It is a perfect spot for nature lovers and also for those seeking peace, away from the city's hustle.

Betaab Valley
Bollywood Backdrop
Picturesque Landscapes
Lush Greenery

Inspired by the name of Sunny Deol’s Bollywood movie Betaab that was shot here, the picturesque Betaab Valley is known all over the world for its breathtaking location, dancing streams, and romantic climate. You can experience the aura of this place and delve into its magic with our very special Kashmir tour package. This spellbinding valley is surrounded by lofty mountains packed with pine forests and deodar trees and is adorned by the serene Lidder River flowing through it.

Aru Valley
Hidden Paradise
Trekking Trails
Panoramic Views
Wildlife Haven

Offering incredible beauty and charm, the world-famous Aru Valley happens to be one of the most exquisite tourist places in Srinagar. Calling on to a huge number of fun and thrill enthusiasts from across the globe, this place offers a plethora of exciting adventure activities to experience with our Kashmir tour packages.

Nigeen Lake
Houseboat Haven
Mountain Mirror
Serene Waters

Lying on the eastern part of Srinagar, Nigeen Lake is considered to be a part of the beautiful Dal Lake. Although separated from it by a narrow causeway, it offers an equally magnificent view to marvel at while touring with the well-crafted Kashmir packages. Also referred to as “The Jewel in the Ring', the name of this lake is inspired by the plethora of tall trees that surround the deep blue waterbody.

Dachigam National Park
Kashmiri Paradise
Snow Leopard Realm
Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated 22 kilometres from Srinagar, Dachigam National Park is a wildlife haven in the Zabarwan Range. Home to the rare Hangul deer, also known as the Kashmiri Stag, it spans hundreds of acres of land. you can find stretches of forests and grasslands here that are a treat to the eyes. It is a symbol of nature's strength and beauty and offers an unforgettable escape into the wild.

Mughal Gardens
Historic Elegance
Floral Extravaganza
Timeless Beauty
Cultural Landscapes

Presenting a combination of several wonderful gardens, the Mughal Gardens is counted among some of the most brilliantly engineered places to see in Srinagar with the Kashmir travel packages. Built by the Mughals, all these gardens feature the beautiful Persian architecture and are filled with lush grasses and colorful flowers. The site of these gardens and their planning was made by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and hence, the place’s grandeur is dedicated to him.

Zoji La
High-altitude Pass
Adventurous Terrain
Himalayan Gateway
Scenic Mountainous Route

Zoji La in Sonamarg is a vital mountain pass linking Ladakh and Kashmir. It stands as a breathtaking route, with winding roads at an altitude of 11,575 feet. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it offers stunning views that promise an unforgettable journey. It is a path of adventure, showing nature's raw beauty.

Nature's Retreat
Panoramic Views
Picturesque Landscape

Set at an altitude of 2000 feet above sea level, this 6 km walk is actually a miniature valley and one of the most sought after places to visit in Gulmarg with our Kashmir packages. It is surrounded by majestic sights of the mighty Himalayas and some of its tallest peaks. Apart from immense natural beauty, Khilanmarg also offers opportunities for plenty of adventure sports here.

Chashme Shahi
Royal Spring
Mughal Charm
Historic Elegance

Popular all over the world for its mesmerizing natural spring, Chashme Shahi happens to be a section of the famous Mughal Gardens of Srinagar, and is a must-visit attraction on your trip to Kashmir. Commissioned by Shah Jahan as a dedication to his son, Dara Sikoh, this stunning garden was constructed back in 1632 by the emperor’s governor, Ali Mardan. According to popular beliefs, this place was first discovered by Rupa Bhawani, Kashmir’s renowned female saint. The name of the site is thus inspired from the clan to which the saint belonged, that is the Sahib clan of Kashmiri Pandits.

Lidder River
Riverside Serenity
Scenic Waterway

Passing through the majestic echoing valleys of Pahalgam is the Lidder River, known for its pleasantness and charmness. Originating in the Kalohi Glacier, this river flows to a distance as long as 75 kms. The Lidder has a grandeur of its own, and has captivated the minds of explorers for hundreds of years. It passes through the picturesque setting of the Pir Panjal Mountain Range, with lush green valleys and scores of pine trees all around. Nothing is more beautiful than time spent exploring this river in its natural setting. 

Jamia Masjid
Architectural Marvel
Cultural Heritage
Historical Sanctuary

Lying in the central part of the city, Jamia Masjid happens to be one of the most ancient places to visit in Srinagar. Explore the mosque’s architecture with the well-created Kashmir tour packages, and witness its resemblance to the Indo-Saracenic architectural style. It also showcases certain similarities to the traditional Buddhist pagodas. In addition to its rich historical significance, Jamia Masjid is even famous as Kashmir’s largest mosque. The place can accommodate around 33,333 individuals at one time.

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Hill Station Charm
Panoramic Vistas

Situated in the Lower Himalayan Range, Patnitop is a must-visit place in Jammu & Kashmir. It offers beautiful views of the Chenab Basin and Pir Panjal Valley. With charming meadows and natural freshwater springs, it is a hub for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Skiing and trekking are some of the famous activities that you can do in Patnitop.

Thajiwas Glacier
Majestic Icefall
Glacial Beauty

Thajiwas glacier is located 3 km from Sonmarg, and is called the “Jewel of Kashmir” with its frozen lake, snow-covered mountains, fir and pine trees, alpine meadows, gushing waterfalls, and small streams. A favorite destination for trek lovers, it is also known for activities like sledding, and pony riding, all of which can be experience with our well-curated Kashmir packages. The ideal time to visit this stunning place is between April and October.

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What are the best things to do in Kashmir?

1. Shikara Ride in Dal Lake: Are you wondering what to do in Kashmir? Go for one of the most famous and loved Shikara rides that will let you endure the eternal beauty. Feel the bliss of the calm waters of Dal Lake or Nagin Lake while rejoicing the incredible natural bounty around and be astonished.

Watch seaweed variety and clusters of fishes, or shop for some traditional handicrafts or beautiful flowers from the floating markets, while enjoying a soothing sightseeing tour on a traditional Shikara, and mark your trip with fascinating memories.

-Location: Dal Lake or Nagin Lake, Srinagar City, Jammu and Kashmir
-Timings: 10 AM to 9 PM

2. Stay in a houseboat: One of the best activities to do in Kashmir includes a short yet mesmerizing stay in a houseboat. Known as the floating houses, these offer a chance to experience the traditional Kashmiri life while staying over the serene water of Dal Lake or Nagin Lake.

Suitable for couples, families to groups, the stay in a traditional houseboat is extremely rewarding. Enjoy the natural bounty while having traditional meals and relish a comfortable stay in a beautifully carved houseboat that features essential modern amenities and Kashmiri warm hospitality.

-Location: Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir, India

3. Skiing in Gulmarg: If you are looking for adventurous things to do in Kashmir, go skiing in the beautiful snow capped valleys of Gulmarg. Experience your adrenaline rush and relish the beauty around you while skiing through.

Known as one of the best ski resorts, it offers numerous easy to difficult slopes that attract amateurs to expert skiers. Gulmarg turns into the most happening place in Kashmir in winters and a haven for all snow sports and adventure lovers. So, if you want to enjoy something thrilling, do include skiing in Gulmarg on your bucket list.

-Location: Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India
-Timings: 11 AM to 5 PM

4. Take a Gondola Cable Car Ride: Marvel at multiple wonders and enjoy the world's second-highest cable car experience in Gulmarg. Explore the beautiful snow capped mountain ranges in Kashmir while riding high in the air in a cozy cabin with this world-famous Gondola Cable Car Ride and be stunned by nature's glory.

This must not miss activity in Gulmarg suits all sorts of travelers from family vacationers, romantic couples to adventurer seekers. The ride happens in 3 phases, first two are through closed cabins while the last phase includes the chairlift.

-Location: Gulmarg to Kongdori to Apharwat Peak / Mary Shoulder
-Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

5. Savor the Local Cuisine of Kashmir: To please the traveler in you, Kashmir offers a promenade of traditional cuisines. The renowned delicacies not only leave you fascinated but can surely satisfy the foodie in you.

To have the best experience of local food, stroll around the small alleys and the local markets and taste the local dishes prepared by natives. Do not forget to taste the Kashmiri Kahwa, Paneer Chaman, Saag, and several other non-veg dishes like Rogan Josh, Modur Pulao, Matschgand, etc. Each dish offered is unique and can highlight your exquisite Kashmir journey.

6. Shopping: No trip can be complete without buying the traditional handicraft or specialty of that region. It is even said that one of the most enduring things to do in Kashmir is shopping.

Strolling through the local markets lets you discover splendid souvenirs that are offered here at small stalls to big stores. Be it antique items, astonishing copper wares, or fresh handcrafted products, Kashmir offers everything. World-famous shawls, carpets, and the best variety of fruits are a few items that must be picked before getting back to your home

-Timings: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (for all markets and showrooms)

7. Paragliding: Amongst the most renowned adventurous activities to do in Kashmir, Paragliding is truly enthralling. Dropping yourself high from the mountains and gazing over Kashmir's beauty from atop is not only surreal but can make you experience something extraordinary.

Feel the rush in your adrenaline while rejoicing the majestic lush valleys beneath you with paragliding. And make sure to click pictures or ask for a recorded video to share your guts with your friends. You can club your paragliding experience with little treks in the surrounding area and make it more memorable.

-Location: Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Bhaderwah, Sanasar, Srinagar
-Timings: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

8. Explore the Old Srinagar: Discover the true Kashmiri life, culture, and traditions of Kashmir with a walking tour of the Old Srinagar. Exploring some hidden gems, visiting some historic points of interest like Spice Market, Budshah Tomb, Hari Parbat Fort, etc., and tasting local dishes at street-side restaurants will definitely amaze you to the core.

With a tour to the Old City in Srinagar, you will cross winding alleys, get to meet locals, discover their culture and see the old houses and get the real taste of the Kashmiri lifestyle.

9. Pay a visit to Kheer Bhawani Temple: Are you wondering, what to do in Kashmir that brings utmost peace? Then visit Kheer Bhawani Temple in Tulla Mulla village near Srinagar. One of the most famous holy shrines of Hindus, this is visited by devotees to seek the blessings of the deity and experience immense bliss.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ragnya Devi and is named Kheer Bhawani as devotees serve Kheer to please and seek blessings of the Goddess.

-Location: Tulmulla - Dangerpora Link Rd, Tulmulla, Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir, India
-Timings: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

10. Pony Ride Excursion: Riding a friendly pony is also one of the most engaging things to do in Kashmir. It lets you enjoy the ancient way of traveling and feel like locals. Endure the experience while crossing the beautiful valleys and collect several cherishable memories of crossing well-known to hidden treasures of the region.

Kashmir is blessed with various gorgeous destinations from Pahalgam, Gulmarg, to Patnitop, Sanasar, and Kishtwar that offer great opportunities to enjoy the experience of pony rides and have an everlasting journey.

-Location: Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Yusmarg, Patnitop, Sanasar, Kud, Nubra, Zanskar, and Drass valley.
-Timings: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

11. Stroll at Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden: Do you want to dive into the aura of a variety of flowers spread across wide lands? Then head towards the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden. Home to a variety of gorgeous flowers, it is the largest tulip garden of its kind in entire Asia. And visiting this place with your family or beloved makes your trip truly fascinating.

If you are planning a Kashmir trip between March & May, plan it during the Tulip Festival held annually in the garden and be amazed by the rainbow of colors that gets exuded with a variety of blooming flowers.

-Location: Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Cheshma Shahi Road, Rainawari, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
-Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM

12. Play Golf: Offering invigorating surroundings and well-managed courses in Gulmarg and Srinagar, Kashmir is a great destination to enjoy the game of Golf. Playing golf amidst the surroundings of chinar and pine in Kashmir is not only exciting but offers pleasant reminiscences of playing at the world's highest green golf course as well.

Golfing in Kashmir is also preferred for the pleasant climate and comfortable temperatures as it enables the players to enjoy the game for longer hours.

-Location: Srinagar/Gulmarg/Pahalgam Golf Course, Jammu, and Kashmir
-Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

13. Bird Watching: One of the most soothing things to do in Kashmir is to watch beautiful birds flapping their wings or bobbing their heads. This region is a gorgeous haven for bird watchers as it is home to more than 550 native and 262 migratory birds.

Head to Hokersar for seeing several varieties of ducks like Tufted Duck, Garganey, Brahminy Duck Greylag Goose, and Northern Pintail, or plan a visit to Dachigam to get the views of monal pheasant, blood pheasant, crimson tragopan, golden eagle or koklass pheasant. Dal Lake is also great for watching a variety of migratory birds in the winter season.

-Location: Dal Lake/Hokersar/Dachigam National Park/Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

14. Visit Shalimar Bagh: Be mesmerized by the Persian beauty of this architectural and ancient marvel, the Shalimar Bagh, which dates back to the 17th century. Either stroll along this gorgeous garden decorated with ornate terraces, fountains, flowers, or just sit back and relax and soak in the serene environment and surroundings.

The Chini Khanas are other highlights of the Shalimar Bagh that amuse the visitors with their undulating charm and a dazzling sight of oil-lit lamps. A beautifully designed canal that passes through the center of the garden also makes the visit more enticing.

-Location: Chinar chowk, Shalimar, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 191121
-Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

15. Wildlife Tour: Spot the exotic animals of Kashmir in the region's famous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries with a wildlife tour and capture them in your camera to keep the memories intact. Dachigam National Park, Kishtwar High Altitude National Park, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, and Overa National Park are the most beautiful destinations for a wildlife tour in Kashmir.

With a wildlife tour or jeep safari, you get the chance to spot a variety of animals and birds like Kashmir stag, wild cats, leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, wild goats, etc. in their natural habitat.

16. Camping: With a diverse landscape stretching from the golden meadows of Sonamarg, the valley of Pahalgam to the Great Lakes amidst high Himalayan peaks, Kashmir offers ample opportunities for camping amidst nature. Spending the nights right under the sky in a temporary tent is truly extraordinary and a must for all experiential travelers. 

Camping not only offers a thrilling escape but is also a rejuvenating experience for relishing natural surroundings, birds chirping, star-lit sky, bonfire nights, and traditional recipes along with some necessary modern amenities. From Pahalgam, Aru, Gulmarg, Chandanwari, Sonamarg, Yusmarg, Sanasar, Baisaran, to Patnitop, camping destinations in Kashmir are plenty.

What are the best adventure activities to do in Kashmir?

1. River Rafting: Amongst the top adventure activities in Kashmir, it is preferred by all sorts of tourists. Home to manymajestic rivers like Lidder and Sindh, Kashmir offers Grade I to III and even IV rapids along the beautiful stretches of Pahalgam and Sonamarg. While Grades I to III are for beginners and amateurs, Grade IV is the choice of experts.

2. Paragliding: Gliding high above in the sky and relishing the marvelous views of the valleys and mountains of Kashmir just like a bird is simply extraordinary. Avail this thrilling activity through the adventure clubs at Jammu, Batote, Sanasar, Suru Valley, or the Zanskar and mark your trip with unforgettable memories.

3. Skiing: Sliding down snow-covered hills on skis lets the participant feel the rush in adrenaline. One of the most thrilling things to do in Kashmir, skiing is a preferred choice amongst all sorts of travelers for being full of fun and excitement. You can enjoy skiing in either Gulmarg, Pahalgam, or Sonamrg, but Gulmarg ski resort is considered to be the best choice. 

4. Mountain Biking: Pedaling through the majestic mountains and valleys of Kashmir on a modern bike is absolutely stimulating and promises the ultimate fun. Gulmarg Trail, Yousmarg Trail, Pahalgam Trail, Kishtwar Trail, and Sonamarg Trail are a few of the fascinating trails that offer the perfect settings for this adventure.

5. Horse Riding: Crossing thegorgeous and diverse landscape of the region makes the experience of riding a horse full of refreshing moments and spectacular sceneries. The popular areas in Kashmir for horse riding are Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

6. Trekking: Kashmir is a dream destination for all trekking and hiking lovers for its imposing mountains, beautiful trails, and unmatched scenery. It offers a number of easy to challenging treks, including Sheshnag Lake, Tarsar Marsar Lakes, Lidder valley Pahalgam, Gangabal Lake, Vishansar Krishansar Lakes, and many more.

7. Jeep Safari: Another interesting way to explore the exclusivities of Kashmir is to opt for a jeep safari. Jeep Safari enables all sorts of travelers to enjoy an adventurous expedition without much effort. It is preferred by families and even honeymooning couples.

8. Hot air Ballooning: Witnessing the beautiful scenery of Kashmir while floating in the air on a hot air balloon is indeed an unbeatable experience. The valleys of Suru and Zanskar are the best destinations to enjoy this amazing activity. It is also one of the most loved activities in Kashmir by honeymooners and couples.

What are the romantic things to do in Kashmir?

1. Stay in the Houseboat: Staying in a traditional houseboat floating on the pristine Dal Lake offers the best opportunity to kindle your love life and enjoy a romantic retreat. The ambiance, the aura, and the spectacular views of the surroundings make the stay truly extraordinary and one of the most romantic things to do in Kashmir.

2. Shikara Ride: Cruising over the Dal Lake on a beautiful Shikara while holding your love's hand certainly leaves love birds with more than romantic memories. The serene beauty of the surroundings and blossoming lotus and water-lily also create a romantic setting.

3. Enjoying Candle Light Dinner: Wondering what to do in Kashmir for a romantic evening? Having an open-air candlelight dinner with your beloved and feasting on delicious Kashmiri cuisine certainly makes the romantic trip everlasting.

4. Playing with Snow: Making a snowman or playing with snowballs amidst the carpets of white gold in Gulmarg or Sonmarg are the best romantic activities in Kashmir. Sliding on the slopes of snow and clicking pictures in romantic poses are loved by all couples.

5. Gondola Ride: Relishing the beauty of Kashmir with your better half on board the world's second-highest cable car is unquestionably poetic and romantic. 

What is the best time to visit Kashmir?

Summers (March to June) in Kashmir offer pleasant weather with bright blue skies, making it the best time to visit Kashmir. The climatic conditions are favorable during this period, and you can enjoy sightseeing and also indulge in outdoor activities. But if you are a snow fan, the winter months (November to February) offer the best opportunities to savor the taste of the best winter activities in Kashmir.

What is Kashmir famous for?

Renowned as the "Paradise on Earth," Kashmir is famous for its natural splendor, snow-capped mountains, exotic wildlife, marvelous monuments, local handicrafts, holy shrines, and rich heritage. Pristine lakes, houseboats, Gondola, snow activities, Kashmiri hospitality are other highlights of this scenic city.

How to reach Kashmir?

- By Air: Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport Srinagar, located at approx. 14 km from the city center, serves flights to some of the major cities of India like Delhi, Leh, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Goa, and Jammu.

- By Train: The nearest railhead to Srinagar is Jammu Tawi Railway Station, located approx. 300 km away from Srinagar, which runs regular trains to Delhi and many other major cities.

- By Road: NH 1 and NH44 connect Kashmir to major cities of India while the Jawahar Tunnel connects Jammu to the valley of Kashmir. JKSRTC buses, private buses, and cabs are different means to reach the city by road.

Is it safe to visit Kashmir?

Kashmir is safe for tourists and sees a multitude of tourist activities happening every year. Even Kashmir people are very friendly and treat tourists with utmost respect and love. All the tourist places in Kashmir are safe to visit with no attack registered on any tourist.

How many days are enough for Kashmir?

To experience all major attractions of Kashmir like Srinagar, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, you need a minimum of 5 days. But if you are short of time you can plan a short trip including the places of your choice. Similarly, if you want to enjoy all the exclusivities of this nature's paradise you need at least a 15 days and 14 nights trip. 

Where to go skiing in Kashmir?

To enjoy one of the most exhilarating winter adventure activities in Kashmir, skiing, head to either Gulmarg, Pahalgam, or Sonamarg. However, Gulmarg offers the best slopes in the country for skiing and is recognized as one of the world's premier skiing resorts. In winters, its meadow gets converted into baby slopes that are ideal for beginners and amateurs. For experienced skiers, the higher mountains slopes serve the best opportunities. 

What are the best treks to do in Kashmir?

1. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: Situated in the Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, this trek includes a total of 74.4 km trekking in six days. Starting from Sonamarg, it ends at the Gangabal and Nundkol Lake at 13,500 ft.

2. Tarsar Marsar Trek: The trek is 47.6 km long and lets you touch the altitude of 13,201 ft. It is a moderate trek with longer trekking days and a few steep climbs and requires 6 days to complete.

3. Stok Kangri Trek: Starting from close to Leh, this trek leads you to an elevation of 20,182 feet. The climb is steep, involves some rock climbing, and is referred to as a moderate trek.

4. Naranag Gangabal Trek: An easy all-year-round trek, it passes through the well-established paths. It touches the altitude of 6,982 ft at Gangabal and Nundkol Lake, located at the foothills of the imposing Mount Harmukh.

5. Kolahoi Glacier Trek: One of the arduous treks in Kashmir, it should be attempted by only experienced trekkers with suitable physical fitness. The trek needs about 5 days and takes you up to an altitude of 12,000 ft above sea level. It crosses different rivers originating from the glacier and takes you through the valleys of the Himalayas up to the glacier.

Which are the best houseboats stays in Kashmir?

1. Butt’s Clermont Houseboat: Offering cozy suites, it offers a retreat by the western shores of Dal Lake overlooking Naseem Bagh. The captivating beauty of the lotus garden enhances the stay experience to another level.

2. Royal Group of Houseboats: If you are thinking of what to do in Kashmir for a memorable trip. Stay at any of these houseboats to enjoy a sojourn amidst the picturesque region of Mahadev Mountain Range and enjoy exceptional services and hospitality.

3. Royal Dandoo Palace Group of Houseboats: Amongst the most beautiful houseboats, here you will experience a stay in the wood-paneled houses that come decorated with traditional handicrafts and a cozy fireplace. The houseboat management also arranges for birdwatching tours and picnics.

4. Lighthouse Group of Houseboats: Thoughone of the mid-range houseboats,the services and hospitality on the offer are competent enough to make the trip a memorable one. The Kashmiri dishes served on the houseboat are true delights for the visitors.

5. Butterfly Houseboats: The top choice for all luxury lovers, this 5-star property offers an excellent stay along with a plethora of recreational facilities. Stay at this houseboat to enjoy a memorable holiday over Nigeen Lake. 

What are the best things to buy in Kashmir?

1. Carpets

2. Walnut Wood Items

3. Paper Mache Articrafts

4. Kashmiri Pashmina Shawls and Dress Material

5. Tea

6. Copperware

7. Saffron

8. Dried Fruits

9. Spices

10. Traditional Silver Jewelry

11. Carpets

12. Willow Bats

13. Kashmiri Lac Ornaments

14. Traditional Costumes

15. Kashmiri Apples, Apricots, Plums, and many other fruits

What are the best things to do in Kashmir in winter?

1. Skiing: One of the most adventurous things to do in Kashmir in winter, it lets you glide on the slopes of different levels amidst the white carpet of snow.

2. Sleigh Riding: Looking for what to do in Kashmir in winter? Indulge in sleighing with your partner or kids and enjoy the thrills of sliding down on the snowy slopes while riding on a sleigh.

3. Ice Skating & Ice Hockey: In winters, lakes in Kashmir become frozen, offering an ideal setting for ice skating or hockey. Try your hand at any of these exciting activities to do in Kashmir and endure something thrilling.

4. Attending Snow Festival: Held in Gulmarg in January, this 3-day festival offers a number of activities like snow cycling, biking, skiing, snowboarding, baseball, and ice-skating. However, snow cycling and biking are the major attractions of this annual festival.

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Kashmir Things To Do Reviews

Reviewed: 31 Aug 2023
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Amritambu Nambeesan
Reviewed: 08 Jun 2021
A truly heavenly experience with Thrillophilia in Kashmir, that I endured with my family on this trip to the paradise on earth. I went there with my family and I booked the package from Thrillophilia and they provided us with world-class services, facilities, and hospitality. From tasty breakfast a... Read More
Dhanadeepa Gandhi
Reviewed: 01 Mar 2021
Just like every other travel enthusiast who keeps Kashmir on their bucket list I was no different. And, I am glad I made my Thrillophilia plan my entire Kashmir tour with much élan. The Shalimar Bagh captivated my senses and the spell-binding sunset views at the Pari Mahal, over the Dal Lake, transp... Read More
Rahul Yadav
Reviewed: 24 Feb 2021
Jammu Kashmir has always been on my mind since ages and we were waiting for the right time. My partner came across an exciting tour package to Kashmir from Thrillophilia and we just couldn't resist ourselves. Booking the same over the internet, it was damn easy and the representatives helped us navi... Read More
Suryakanta Mehra
Reviewed: 12 Feb 2021
Whenever I think of Kashmir, the placid valleys, the snow and the stunning greenery blur past. We went to the iconic Gulmarg and Sonmarg and also took an unforgettable shikara ride in Dal Lake. I am still cherishing the memories of the trip I took in January this year with the images of ever-classic... Read More
Rajendra Bande
Reviewed: 08 Nov 2020
Born and brought up in the southern part of India, the name “Kashmir” was a land out of a fairytale. At the first opportunity of having a solo trip, I decided to visit this “ Land of Unimaginable Beauty”. Luckily I got to know about Thrillophilia, and sought their help. From booking hotels and plann... Read More

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