How To Plan A Trip To Kashmir?

Kashmir Trip Plan

Want to have an enjoyable trip to kashmir but baffled about basically everything? You are not alone. Everybody does and that’s where we come to the rescue.

Firstly, Kashmir is the ideal place to go for vacations. The place is blessed with numerous wide-spread vistas, several lakes and rivers that are as gorgeous as heaven, and mountains nestling all of this together. You will meet the warmest people here. Their hospitality and friendly nature will surely touch your heart. The place is home to Hindu temples, Shrines, mosques and other historical monuments. It is filled with gardens where tulips and other vibrant flowers bloom to the core.

There are hundreds of tourist attractions which are crowded with people coming from all over the world, enjoying a bunch of activities. You can trek here adding adventure to your trip or just enjoy some recreational activities like sightseeing and photography. There’s activities to be done best in summer in Kashmir and then there are winter-sports as well.
This is the reason for confusion because it has so many places to go and so many activities to do. Not being sure of the transportation options and then their prices is more bewildering.

In this travel guide, we have done a comprehensive breakdown of everything that you need to know to plan a trip to Kashmir.

Best Time to Plan Kashmir Trip

Kashmir in Summer (May to September)

Kashmir in Summers is a love story. The place gains a new life with colourful flowers bursting everywhere you see, weather being lovely and temperature is moderate too. It ranges from 15°C to 25°C.

It lowers down at nights but tolerable. Sun is out during daytime but nights are still comparatively colder.

Everyplace looks breathtaking during this time of the year. Shikara ride in Dal Lake of Srinagar is very popular. You can visit hill stations and enjoy activities like river rafting in Lidder and Aru Rivers. Paragliding is another thing to do.

It is the best time for different summer treks like Tarsar Marsar trek and Kashmir Great Lakes trek. They are perfectly doable as the trails are clear and easier to navigate. You can spend your summer vacations in the valley with your family, or a solo trip is a great decision too.

Kashmir in Winter (December to February)

Kashmir turns into a winter wonderland starting from December to February. Tourists can see snow in Srinagar as well as Gulmarg and Sonmarg. The temperature fluctuates between 0°C to -10°C. The intensity of snowfall and weather conditions depends on the location.

Higher altitude regions receive more snowfall and the weather is extremely chilly there. It may not be the peak time but different winter sports can still be fully enjoyed. Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination where you can experience the fun of skiing and snowboarding. There’s just snow forming a blanket over everything. It sticks to the ground in January and february.

You need some extra planning and packing for winters. It is harsh for non-locals or someone who is not accustomed to such cold weather. Bring plenty of woollen clothes like thermals and a waterproof jacket. Layer yourself along with other accessories like beanies, gloves, warm pair of socks and sturdy and comfortable boots.

Kashmir in Spring (March to April)

Spring in Kashmir is very short-lived but you can definitely visit it. Hotels and other tourist places start to open after being partially closed for winters. The benefit of visiting Kashmir in spring is that it is not very crowded this time and due to not being the peak season, you get good deals on hotels and other stuff. 

As far as weather is considered. You would feel cold during daytime as well as at night. Temperature is between 10 to 20°C and minimises to 5°C in the evenings. You can still see snow around, by the sides of roads but chances of a live snow is very rare. The lakes and rivers start to melt after being frozen for the whole winter. Activities like paragliding, trekking, hiking can be accessed. The scenic views get cleared up and you see a blend of snow-laden mountains and green landscape.  

It is important to pack some cotton as well as warm clothes, given the unpredictable climate.

Kashmir in Autumn (Oct. to November)

It is neither too cold nor too hot in autumn. People still visit kashmir during this time. Weather is cold but not freezing and the temperature hovers between 10°C to 20°C. During nights, in later days of November, it dips down below zero sometimes. There are very low chances of live snowfall in Srinagar but it is experienced in high-altitude regions.

The whole valley is flushed with different shades of hues and leaves on Chinner and Pine trees turns from green to golden. Sunsets and sunrises are just mesmerising. There’s a hint of freshness that you can sense in the morning air. It is crisp and soothing.

It is a good time to visit Kashmir as activities are still available and accessible to be enjoyed by travellers. Visit areas with dense forests and you will see the ground, transforming into a golden carpet with leaves laying around. It is the harvesting season of different fruits, especially apple-picking. You can surely join it after the permission. It is fun and informative.

Ideal Duration of The Kashmir Trip

Ideal duration of the Kashmir trip would be 7 days. This one week includes your arrival, exploring major tourist places like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg and your departure. We see some places that lie in our ways while we visit some of them separately.

If this is your first time going to Kashmir, you can simply follow this well-curated itinerary that will adhere to your plans and schedules. It covers some of the major nearby attractions that you must have heard of.

Itinerary For Prominent Places Of Kashmir

First day of the trip will mark your arrival in the summer capital of Jammu And Kashmir, Srinagar. You will be picked by our driver at the airport or station. He will take you to your hotel or houseboat, whichever you have chosen as your accommodation. You should rest for sometime. If you have some time in the evening you can explore some attractions. 

Hop on the Shikara Ride in Dal lake. It is very popular in Srinagar and quite soothing. You will be ridden around the island, surrounded by Chinar trees.

Spend your evening strolling around the Boulevard Road, which is Dal Lake’s Embankment too. Call it a day and rest through the night in Srinagar.

It is going to be a long yet fun day. You will explore the entire city of Srinagar on a smooth ride with our driver. You can start this one day journey by visiting the famous Mughal gardens including Shalimar Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Nishat and Botanical Gardens here. Our driver will also act like your guide, telling you interesting facts and anecdotes about these places.

These gardens have long canals and gushing waterfalls with vibrant Tulip flowers, sprouting and attracting tourists. After these Gardens, Pari Mahal will be your next stop. Carry your Aadhar Card or any other ID proofs here, as you might need it. Our last destination of the day would be the ancient Shankaracharya Temple. It is located at the top of a hill in Srinagar. 

Return to your stay, have a steaming Kashmiri Dinner and enjoy your night stay in Srinagar.

On the third day of the trip, after having our breakfast in the morning, we will head out to Pahalgam, famously known as Valley of Shepherds. This drive will not be boring as we will explore some attractions lying on the way. You will spot the largest Saffron Fields of Asia- The Pampore Saffron Fields. Stop here and take a look around. After driving for a few kilometres, there is the ancient temple ruins of Awantipora.

You will see some bat-making factories there too. Once you start to reach Pahalgam, you will see some large orchards of apples, which also comes under some of the largest orchards of Kashmir. Enjoy a glass of fresh and refreshing apple juice. Witness the process of apple-pickin here. 

Reaching Pahalgam, spend the night in your hotel.

Pahalgam is known to have some of the vast valleys of Kashmir and we will spend the whole day exploring them. The three famous valleys of Kashmir- Aru, Betaab and Chandanwari would be our target. The beauty of these valleys is spell-bounding. The are the basecamps for some famous treks too. You can enjoy activities here like river rafting, paragliding, sightseeing and photography. 

Baisaran Valley of Pahalgam is known as Mini Switzerland of Kashmir and you can visit here by a pony ride or hiking. The day will be spent in the laps of nature and enjoying adventurous activities. Night stay in Pahalgam.

After breakfast. We will drive to Gulmarg Resort. You can take a break and stop at the gargling Drung Waterfall. On reaching Gulmarg, advance to enjoy the Gondola Ride, which is the highest cable car ride in the world, divided into three phases. Some other places to visit here are St. Mary’s Church, Temple Golf Course, Maharaja Palace, Strawberry Farm and Khilanmarg. Spend the evening in the Gulmarg market where you can buy souvenirs and other Kashmiri architecture. Spend the night here at Gulmarg.
Our last destination is Sonmarg, the Valley of Gold. On our way to the drive there, stop at the roadside and explore the paddy fields of Sindh river and Sindh Valley. On reaching Sonmarg, there are numerous places to visit such as Thajiwas glacier and wildlife sanctuary. The point that connects Kashmir to Ladakh- Zojila Pass, Zero point, can also be visited in Sonmarg. After a tiring yet adventurous day, spend the night at your accommodation.
Drive back to Srinagar and take your flight or train. Take back tons of memories. We hope you enjoyed the trip!

Itinerary For Offbeat Places of Kashmir

If you want a two-week vacation in Kashmir, here is a detailed breakdown of the itinerary including some of the most off-beat places of Kashmir. This one comes together in 16 days.
Kashmir welcomes you on the first day of the trip. Once you reach the airport/station, our driver will already be there to take you to your hotel/ houseboat. Enjoy Shikara ride in Dal Lake and an evening walk by the Boulevard Road. Night stay at Srinagar.
Head to high-altitude Sintham top connecting Kashmir to Kishtwar. The pass experiences snow till June and if you find some, you can indulge in some snow-sports. Hiking to a nearby alpine lake is another thing to do. Enjoy the scenic view from the snow-capped mountains. Night stay at Daksum.
Morgan top connected Kashmir to Warwan valley and you can enter the valley through it. Four alpine lakes dot the pass and you can explore them. Coming down you will enter the remote Ishan Valley where you can interact with the locals and get an insight into their household and livelihood. Night stay at Warwan.
Dig deep into the valley and explore more of it by exploring the last village of the region- Sukhnai Village. The village has dreamy written all over it. You will witness the traditional lifestyle of locals there. Spend some time in the vast grasslands, set against the backdrop of snowy mountains. Night stay at Warwan.
Enjoy a car drive to Daksum. On visiting there, you can witness the local life of inhabitants. Explore the apple orchards. Reach Kokernag and Achabal and enjoy the scenic views. Night stay at Daksum.
Reach Aharbal and explore Aharbal- the Niagra Fall of Kashmir. Aharbal is the largest and most gorgeous waterfall of Kashmir. It is not a very crowded place and you can have some peaceful time here. Night stay at Aharbal.
Drive to Peer ki Gali. Peer ki Gali is an high-altitude pass which connects Kashmir to Rajouri. It is also known as Mughal road. In ancient times, it was a grand old road of the Mughal dynasty. Night stay at Doodhpathri.
Nestled in the Pir Panjal Range and surrounded by forests, lies a vast meadow of Kashmir- Doodhpathri. At the end of the meadow- you will see the Doodhpathri river with sparkling water. You can enjoy ATV rides, Paragliding, and pony riding here. Night stay at Doodhpathri.
Head to Yusmarg and visit the Valley of Jesus. It is believed that Jesus stayed here for some time. You can enjoy trekking and Pony rides here. A freshwater lake called Nilnag Lake lies at a walking distance or you can book a horse to reach here. It is a calm lake. Bargah meadow lies here too, where you can hike. Night stay at Yusmarg.
After having breakfast, it will take you 3 hours to reach Bangus Valley. Reshwari Bangus would be your accommodation. Explore the greenery in the Bangus meadows. Night stay at Bangus.
Enjoy your breakfast and head out to Lolab. You will be there by 11. Utilise the day exploring the valley. Kalaroos Caves along with Sadbaran are some of the tourist spots and are very mysterious too. Visi the paddy fields of the valley. You can enjoy trout fish in your meals here or Saag if you are a vegetarian. Night stay at Kolab.
Keran valley is present in India and Pakistan both. It’s half divided between the two countries by the Kishanganga river. After reaching the valley, walk to Kobra Post and there you will be closest to the other side of the border. You can see houses, locals and even say hello to them. Most of them wave back. Night stay at Lolab.

As you say goodbye to Lolab, on your way further, you will see the largest freshwater lake of India- The Wular Lake. moving upward to the hilly side from Bandipora, you will come across the Razdan Pass and the scenic views here will capture your heart. This high altitude pass connects Gurez to Kashmir. You can take a break by the dhabas and have some tea or coffee.

After reaching Gurez, you will be taken to the famous Kishanganga river which also happens to be the lifeline of the valley. The river originates in India and then finds its way further in Pakistan. A large dam is built over it where you can spend some time.
Another highlight of Gurez is the Khandyal Top from where you get the panoramic views of the entire Dawar Valley.

After exploring these places, have a steaming lunch at Log Hut cafe which has a good environment.

Nights stay at Gurez.

Start the day by visiting Habba Khatoon Peak and Spring. It is a very famous spot of Kashmir, where you can visit throughout the year. Explore a nearby village called Chorwan Village. After this, Pakistan land starts. Sheikh Pora village would be our next destination. The setting of the village is very ideal with forests surrounding it. There are mountains in the background. Have a slow stroll here and interact with villagers who belong to the Shina tribe. You will get an interesting insight into their households and architecture. Night stay at Gurez.
On the second last day of the trip, we will head out for Athwatoo after Breakfast and after a few hour road trip, we will be there before lunch. Explore some nearby villages here. You can even hike to some famous waterfalls. You will hear many folklores here from villagers about the Prophet Moses. Intecat with the inhabitants. Night stay at Athwatoo or Manasbal.
We will drive back to the airport and before that Manasbal Lake falls in the way where you can enjoy some water-based sports or shikara ride. Drop at the Srinagar Airport.

How Much Does a Trip to Kashmir Cost?

Transportation costs ( breakdown of cots for airfare, train tickets, and road travel): Flight tickets to Kashmir depend on which city you are boarding. Taking an example, the one-way flight tickets from Delhi to Srinagar cost around INR 5000 to 7000.

The nearest station is Jammu Tawi station and this again depends on your location and the class of the train that you choose.
For train tickets , it will cost around INR 1000 to 3000.

A road trip to Kashmir is another viable option. The mileage of the vehicle will decide the fuel and total cost required. Keep some spare fuel as well.

For day-to-day travel, a sedan is for INR 1800 per day. They are luxurious and comfortable. It will include full-day sightseeing. It is suitable for 3 people. For an Innove, INR 2000 per day will be the cost. It contains airport transfers too.

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Popular Places For Your Kashmir Trip

Gulmarg

Gulmarg stands at the top among the popular attractions to be visited by travellers in Kashmir.

It is a recognised skiing destination, and you will find it quite crowded in winters especially in January and february.

It is also a favourite honeymoon spot where you can enjoy a bunch of activities. There are numerous places to visit in Gulmarg like St Mary’s Church, Khilanmarg, Maharani Temple, Baba Rezi Shrine etc.

Pahalgam

Situated at an altitude of about 2740m, Pahalgam is famous for its widespread vistas, The ABC valleys, namely Aru, Betaab and Chandanwargi.

You can’t miss these spots. Here you can do river rafting in different rivers and paragliding. A bunch of other activities like Sightseeing and photography are popular too.

Summer is a great time to plan a trip to Kashmir and then visit Pahalgam. Many bollywood movies has been shot here. It is every filmmaker’s delight.

Srinagar

The summer capital city is a prominent tourist attraction itself. Shikara ride in the Dal Lake is unmissable.

It is very fun and soothing too. There are various places to visit here like the famous Mughal Gardens containing Nishat, Shalimar and Chasme Shahi.

Vast and big markets of Srinagar are perfect for a shopping spree where you can purchase various souvenirs and Kashmiri Architecture. Pashmina Shawls are another especially in these markets.

Lolab Valley

One of the most remote areas of kashmir, Lolab is a military sensitive area due to its proximity to the border. It is at a distance of about 114 kms from Srinagar.

It is also called the fruit bowl of kashmir due to various fruit orchards found here. You can find apricots, apples, and berries in ample amounts.

The mysterious Kalaroos Caves and Sattbaran are the highlights of this place. There are numerous forests, meadows and paddy fields here to be explored.

Sonamarg

Sonamarg is another place that you must include in your itinerary. The scenic beauty here is surprisingly amazing.

It has numerous trekking trails. One of the prime highlights of the hill station is Thajiwas Glaciers which is about 3 kms from here.

The top of the glacier gives you a panoramic view of the entire town. Baltal is another one. Pony rides are very popular here which you can experience.

Yusmarg

Yusmarg is nestled in the Pir Panjal Range and is said to be the place where Jesus once lived and hence the name. The meadows, mountains, lakes and rivers show unparalleled beauty.

There are many small treks and hikes which you can undertake to add some adventure to the journey.

There are some places in Yusmarg that are perfect for sightseeing such as Charar-e Shareef and Nilnag Lake. enjoy the popular pony rides here in the vast vistas.

Bangus Valley

It is one of the most off-beat places of Kashmir where very few travellers visit but who do, they definitely visit again.

It is mesmerising. It is in the Kupwara district and the Mawri River flows here. You will see a different world in Bangus, which is very different from our general city life.

There are never-ending grasslands here where you will see horses grazing. There are many activities to enjoy here like trekking, hiking. Fishing and wildlife safari. 128 kms separate Bangus and Srinagar.

Sinthan Top

Sinthan top lies in-between Anantnag and Kishtwar district, situated at an altitude of more than 12,000ft.

The astonishing beauty of this lesser-explored place melts your heart. You will see many streams while on your way to the top. Take a break and explore them too.

In winters, heavy snowfall is experienced here, blocking the routes, so it is best to visit the place from April to september. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the valleys from Sinthan top.

Doodhpathri

Literally meaning valley of milk, Doodhpathri has gained popularity in recent times and many tourists now visit this place to experience its pristine beauty.

Shaliganga river flows here, getting the sparkling waters from Ashtar Glacier. It is a winter-sports destination where you can enjoy snow biking, skiing and more. Some other things to experience, particularly in summers are paragliding,

camping, sightseeing, trekking etc. Pony rides are another thing to consider doing here.

Daksum Valley

Daksum is a very charming place located about 40 kms away from Ananatnag. You can visit here on your one day trip to Kokernag.

You will see traditional Kashmiri cottages here with coniferous forests surrounding the region. You can hear the calming giggling of Bringhi river in Daksum.

It is every trekker’s bliss, offering some great trails for it. It is at a distance of 85 kms from Srinagar. Summer is the preferred time to visit Daksum as sights are crystal-clear and it turns into a piece of heaven.

Gurez Valley

Gurez valley is a rare gem of Kashmir, still unexplored though. Dawar Village is one of the highlights of Gurez valley where you can interact with locals.

You can relish delicious dishes such as Rogan Josh and Kashmiri Pulao. Hiking and trekking are another adventurous thing to do in the valley, including the trek to Harmukh Peak.

Bird watching feels splendid here. It is a military sensitive area and there is very limited electricity here and sometimes, not even non-existent. You can’t miss exploring the Kishanganga River.

Wular Lake

Wular lake is the largest freshwater lake in India. It is 40 kms away from Srinagar. The length of the river is 16 kms and it is 10 kms wide.

It is home to different types of fishes and accounts for about 60 percent of Kashmir’s fish yield.

It is in the Bandipora district and is fed by the Jhelum River.

You can visit the lake and enjoy some water-based activities here or just enjoy the serene atmosphere.

Must Try Experiences On A Kashmir Trip

Shikara Ride

Shikara ride is one of the most relaxing things to do in Kashmir. You can enjoy the ride on the day that you land in Srinagar.

You can visit the famous Shalimar and Nishat Garden via the ride. Another place that can be visited through the ride is Hazrat Mosque.

It is one of the highlights of Dal lake in Srinagar. Another lake where you can experience the fun of the ride is Nigeen Lake. It is less crowded but offers an equally amazing experience.

Gondola Ride

Gondola Ride in Gulmarg is something not to be missed. It is the largest cable car ride in the world.

The ride offers aerial views of the place and mountains that you can enjoy while having a steaming plate of maggi and tea. The timing is from 10 am to 5 pm. It is divided into two stages-Gulmarg to Kongdoori and Koongdoori to Apharwat.

It takes approximately 2 hours for the complete experience from waiting in line for your turn to enjoying it. Carry any ID proof for ticket booking.

Trekking

Kashmir has plenty of treks for thrill-seekers. They will keep you adrenaline-pumped throughout the trek.

Treks like Tarsar Marsar trek and Kashmir Great Lakes trek along with Warwan Valley trek are some popular ones. Summer is an excellent time for these treks given the pleasant weather and routes are clear and accessible.

It takes approx 7-9 days for the completion. There are some short treks too like Tulian Lake trek and Markha Valley trek.

River Rafting

Rivers like Lidder and Sindh are the favourite destination for experiencing the adventure of  river rafting in Kashmir. Pahalgam and Sonmarg offer great river rafting  spots.

The grades in river rafting range from Grade I to Grade IV. It is beginner-friendly as well as ideal for experienced rafters. It is a popular adventure activity that you can enjoy in Kashmir. 

Follow the instructions of the Boat leader to be safe and comfortable. Wear appropriate clothes- not too loose, not too tight.

Photography

Given the mesmerising panoramas and snow-laden mountains, Kashmir is every photographer’s delight. Every single place is worth capturing. Whether you are into nature photography or love wildlife photography, you can come to Kashmir to click some mind-boggling shots.

There are various ancient monuments, Gardens, lakes, streams, meadows that seem like some scenes from a movie. They are just postcard perfect.

Even the locals are very warm and friendly and happy to get clicked if done after taking permission. Click some outstanding portraits and gather memories for a lifetime.

Shopping

There are various shopping hubs in Kashmir where you can buy things for yourself or friends and family.

You can buy carpets having a great and distinct pattern, walnut wood items, Kashmiri Pashmina Shawls, local spices, dry fruits and more. Some popular markets of Kashmir are Lal Chawk, Floating vegetable market, Residency Road, Kashmir Government Arts Emporium, Zaina Kadal Street and more. 

It is important to avoid paying over-price. Don’t buy everything you see.

Accommodation Options in Kashmir

Staying in a houseboat in Dal Lake or Nigeen Lake is a surreal experience. You get a big bedroom and kitchen and sometimes a balcony too. You wake up to the stunning view of the lake and around. You should stay in a houseboat on the day that you arrive in Srinagar. This option of accommodation is particularly available in Srinagar.
There are hotels starting from one-star to five-star. Srinagar has enormous options of hotels and resorts where you can rest at night after a physically-demanding day at sightseeing. You get delicious meals and cosy stay at these hotels. They provide several services like Wi-Fi, rental bikes etc.

They are a convenient option at the off-beat places of Kashmir. Government set up different guest houses where you can spend the night. They are affordable but with limited service. They may or may not have electricity.

Homestays are another good option where you stay with a local family. You get the chance to experience the authentic reception of Kashmir. They serve you hot and delicious meals, prepared from locally sourced ingredients.

Tourists also choose to stay in huts and cottages that are made from wood and there are blocks in them. You get the experience of staying under a starry sky and enjoy the serenity that your surroundings offer. It is a very popular option in Gurez Valley.

Carry all the camping gears such as a sturdy tent, sleeping bag and a sleeping matt. Pitch your tent near a water-source to cook your meals and for drinking purposes. Camping is famous especially during trekking.

Tips To Visit Kashmir

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Packing Tips: pack lighter in a spacious backpack but don’t forget anything that you will need there. Last minute packing is the worst decision. Start packing at least 2-3 days before your flight or train. 

Acclimatisation:  it is very important as doing it properly ensures a safe and fun trip. Nobody wants to get sick on their vacations and you can avoid that by simply acclimatising. 

Respect local cultures: whenever you are visiting a sacred place like a temple or shrine, cover your head with a scarf to pay your respect to local beliefs and culture. 

Advance booking: book everything including your flight or train tickets and accommodation in advance to avoid last-minute hustles. It will not only save your energy but also money. 

Documents: carry all the ID-cards including your driving licence in case you want to rent a vehicle and explore around. 

Click pictures: carry a camera in which good-quality pictures can be taken. Capture memories of a lifetime. 

Essential Information For Your Kashmir Trip

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How to reach Kashmir

By Flight: Srinagar Airport is the only one and flights are the quickest way to reach Kashmir. It takes just a few hours saving time and the risk of cancellation. Regular flights are scheduled from major Indian cities to Srinagar. Book your flight tickets in advance prior to 2-3 months to get good deals. Our representative will already be at the airport to pick you.

By Train: Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest station to where different trains operate from cities. They are affordable and an assured way to reach Kashmir. On reaching the station, our driver will be there to pick you and take you to Srinagar.

By Road: The main road connecting Kashmir to different cities is National Highway 1D which also links Jammu to Srinagar. Choose a car that has travelled long distances before with a good mileage. Keep some spare fuel.

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Payment Methods In Kashmir

Online payment methods work only in cities and hill towns like Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonamarg and Gulmarg. Even hotels accept credit/debit cards. 

However, you must carry some cash to buy stuff from local places or places that accept cash only. It is quite prominent in off-beat places because network coverage is quite weak there and sometimes non-existent. Carry the cash from your home itself as you won’t even find ATMs for a hundred kilometres on some days. It is advisable to follow such important measures.

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Packing Tips For Kashmir Tour

Clothes: pack appropriate clothes according to the weather conditions. It is always more or less cold in Kashmir, so carry warm clothes like thermals, jackets along with accessories like gloves, a beanie, a few pairs of socks and a sturdy yet comfortable pair of boots. A raincoat is a must if you are visiting in the monsoon season. Cotton clothes should be in your bag if your trip is in the summer.

Gadgets: carry electronic gadgets like a satellite phone, GPS, power bank, portable charger, camera, torch etc. 

Other Essentials: pack some power bars and light snacks, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, moisturiser, basic medicines like painkillers and personal meds if any etc.

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Health precautions in Kashmir

If you are going to Kashmir to undertake any trek, it is essential to be physically and mentally prepared for it. Treks are physically tiring and to have a successful one, start jogging for jobs prior to a month or two. Do some strength training and include exercises that target your legs, hamstrings, calves etc.

Above all, eat a clean and balanced diet.
Once you are in Kashmir, take some time to acclimatise in Srinagar before going to high-altitude regions. It is crucial to avoid high-altitude sickness and the symptoms that come around with it. It can literally ruin your whole trip.

Don’t eat anything at any place. Check if proper hygiene is followed and only after full assurement , sit to dine at that particular place. Carry your own water bottle and dry fruits to snack during road trips.
Don’t do any activity if you had any injuries in the past and you are really unsure about it. It is not suggested to put your health at risk for a few minutes of fun. Do it when you are fit for it.

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Language & Network Connectivity in Kashmir

The foremost thing to know is that only postpaid sims work in Kashmir Valley. BSNL has good coverage. Airtel and Jio too while Vodafone lacks a bit. 

Again, it also depends on the location. Data connectivity is good in Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonamarg but it is little to non-existent in remote areas. People know Hindi and English, so if you speak them in a decent manner, you are good to go. Be polite with the locals. 

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Travel restrictions & Guidelines to Visit Kashmir

There are no travel restrictions as such to travel to Kashmir and we do not meet any permit to visit kashmir. All Indians can visit Kashmir without any permission required.

For all foreigners, a normal Indian visa is required which allows them to travel all over India including Kashmir.

However there are some places where foreigners are not allowed like Gurez Valley. Here only Indians are allowed to enter.

There were some rules and regulations post-covid for a few months but since it is a long-gone story, they are not in the running anymore. You can safely visit Kashmir without any worries.

Plan a trip to Kashmir with Cliffhangers India to enjoy your vacations to the fullest. From Kashmir trip packages to cab services in Srinagar, you get everything you need at an affordable price.

We certainly can’t wait to welcome you to Kashmir!

FAQ's

A 7 day Kashmir trip costs around 32000 for two people. This includes transportation in a sedan cab and hotel stay with breakfast and dinner. The stay is in a standard hotel. Only transportation cost for a sedan is 1800 per day which 3 people can share.
A week is enough to cover all the major tourist places like Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Srinagar. If you want to explore the offbeat places, it will take you around 15 days.
Yes, a solo trip to Kashmir is totally possible. Many people do it every year and you can definitely plan it all by yourself. Cliffhangers India offers great packages at an affordable price and makes it a little easier for you.
No. We do not meet any permit to visit kashmir. All Indians can visit Kashmir without any permission required. For all foreigners, a normal Indian visa is required which allows them to travel all over India including Kashmir. However there are some places where foreigners are not allowed like Gurez Valley. Here only Indians are allowed to enter.
Indeed, Kashmir is safe for local as well as foreign tourists. It has been a flourishing tourist destination for some years now and the government is putting efforts regularly to make it as safe as possible. You can visit Kashmir without any worries.
It snows in winter, particularly from December to March, but the snow that sticks to the ground and makes the skiing slopes is in January and february. High-altitude regions receive snow till June. It depends from place to place.
Summer is an excellent time to plan a vacation to Kashmir. The climatic conditions would be in your favour and you can do a bunch of activities like trekking, hiking, river rafting, paragliding and sightseeing. For skiing and snowboarding, winter is a convenient time.
You can reach Kashmir via a flight from your city to the Srinagar Airport. Jammu Tawi Station has trains operating regularly from different cities. Last option is a road trip to Kashmir given the well-connected highways and roads.
There are various options of accommodation in Kashmir like luxury hotels, Houseboats, cottages, homestays, government guest houses and camps. Each of them have their pros and cons. Choose accordingly.
In summer, the temperature of Kashmir varies from 20-30°C and dips down to minimum 10°C. Winters are freezing in Kashmir when the mercury level goes below zero and up to -15°C sometimes. Pack clothes after getting the current weather updates.
Winter months start from December to March. Cold breezes start from November itself but the snowfall winter is experienced in these months. The whole valley is covered in snow like a blanket of salt.
Summer commences from May and lasts till august. It does start raining in July and August. These are the best months for a Kashmir trip where you can enjoy numerous activities.
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