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Things to do in Kashmir

Overview

Cliffhangers India arranges a range of activities here in Kashmir. Some of the prominent and most sought-after activities are mentioned below:

1. Paragliding in Kashmir

Paragliding is the most exciting adventure activity that you can experience in Kashmir. This activity is very much sought-after by adventure lovers. This gives a perfect adrenaline rush. Paragliding doesn’t need prior training or some credentials. All you need is to follow the basic guidelines and instructions and have the will to fly in the air over the beautiful valley of Kashmir.

There are many paragliding points in Kashmir, but, the best is in Srinagar. The fly point is at a place called Astanmarg which is towards the outskirts of Srinagar. The takeoff point at Astanmarg is 2100ft above the landing area.

2. Summer Camping in Kashmir

Cliffhangers India’s Kashmir summer camping is a blend of outdoor education and activities. From pitching a tent to high-altitude acclimatization training, from imparting teamsmanship to cultivating environment-friendly consciousness, our camping inculcates many things other than just an outing vibe.

3. Rafting in Kashmir

Rafting is one of the best adventure activities you can enjoy here. The famous rafting places in Kashmir are in Pahalgam and Sonamarg area. In Pahalgam, rafting happens in the Lidder river before the main market of Pahalgam. In the Sonamarg area, the rafting place is in the Sindh River on the way to Sonamarg. In both of these rivers the rafting ride is easy and of grade 4.

The best season for whitewater rafting is summer and between June and August.

4. Fishing & Angling in Kashmir

Kashmir is undoubtedly the angler’s paradise. It offers the best and clean waters for angling. The famous and most attractive fish here is trout fish that come in different colors. Trout fishing is done in the Lidder river and Sindh river. The best lakes for angling are Gangabal Lake, Kishansar, and Vishansar Lake.

However, angling needs permission from Fisheries Department. Cliffhangers India gets the permission and other required passes granted for angling packages.

5. Mountain Cycling In Kashmir

Kashmir is famous for its mountain trails. The best activity one can do in these trails apart from trekking is mountain cycling. The trails are long and are in all the trails of Kashmir. However, you can best enjoy mountain cycling in Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

10 Surprising Things to do in Kashmir in 2023

Kashmir is among few of the places in the world that never disappoints a traveler with its sheer beauty and hospitality. From snow-capped mountains, romantic shikara rides to skiing and walk in jungles and lush meadows, it throws its charm everywhere.

It offers beauty and landscape for family tourists, adventure lovers, honeymoon couples or solo travelers and all other tourists.

Here are some of the best things to do in Kashmir to make your trip memorable.

1. Trekking

Considered best trekking and hiking place in India, Kashmir trip becomes memorable once you visit its lush meadows, shimmering lakes and water bodies. Its jungle walks are other-wordly, with the sun kissing down on your cheek and feet dipping into green patches of its land.

You can either go for traditional trekking where camping and bonfire nights are enjoyed, or you can just have day walks and return to your cosy hotel rooms by the evening.

Best Treks: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Tarsar Marsar Trek, Gangabal Lake Trek, Kolahoi Glacier Trek, Marchoi Trek, Salnai Trek, Mahadev Trek etc.

Best Day Hikes: Dachigam National Park Walk, Sheeshnag Lake Walk, Lidderwath Walk, Dhumail Walk etc.

2. Skiing & Snowboarding

Gulmarg is the best skiing destination in an entire Asia. In winters it is covered in all white with snow with the background of snow-capped mountains. Take a Gandola ride – a cable car ride – over its landscape and get a bird view of the entire range and Gulmarg place.

Try some ski or snowboarding rides on its fresh snow layers with our expert guides and instructors. For sightseeing, visit a church, temple, children park; enjoy an ATV ride that stretches long along with cycling and farm walks.

3. Dal Lake

Dal Lake is famous and known throughout the world. Take a round around its banks, take a memorable shikara ride on its waters, and visit charming Mughal Gardens in its vicinity.

Visit the interiors of Dal Lake and early morning wonder at how floating Market is abuzz in the middle of the lake.

Dal Lake has a sister lake called Nigeen Lake, a serene location. Nigeen lake has some of the best houseboats on its banks.

For sunset view, two places in Srinagar stand out among all: Shankaracharaya and Pari Mahal. The two places give a vintage point from which you get a breathtaking view of entire dal lake and interiors of the city.

4. Mughal Garden Tour

Mughal gardens in Srrinagar have a grand location and vibe. Situated just at the bottom of the zabarwan mountain range and beside the dal lake, these gardens are gorgeous.

The two famous mughal gardens are Nishat and Shalimar Gardens. Apart from these gardens one can visit botanical garden, Chashmashahi, harwan garden in Srinagar.

5. Golf Course Tour

Another best place to visit in Kashmir are its golf courses. Its three golf courses are situated at Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

Even if one doesn’t know golfing, one can visit these places for their sheer beauty and landscape.

Srinagar golf course is just beside dal lake and below the zabarwan mountain range which holds Pari Mahal and Mughal Gardens.

6. Tulip Garden

Kashmir has Asia’s largest tulip garden in Srinagar near the dal lake. Since tulips are short lived, tulip season is only fro few weeks starting from end march to mid april. This garden is thronged by tourist all over the world to see colourful tulips that spread to a vast land here.

7. Kashmiri Wazwan

This Kashmiri cuisine is known all over the world, this collection of non-veg cuisines that Kashmiris mostly serve in weddings is a treat to have. It has minimum seven non-veg dishes cooked with different style and variety that gives a delight to your taste buds.

In veg enjoy the local Haakh and Nadru with the local pickles.

8. Downtown Heritage Walk

Stroll around the old interiors of the city called downtown locally. Downtown Srinagar has all the Kashmiri artifacts and four centuries of art in the form of mosques, temples, crammed lanes and houses. See the wood carving designs and paper machie artistry of the real Kashmir here.

9. Houseboat Stay

Spending a night in a houseboat is a unique and beautiful experience that you can only have in Kashmir.

Houseboats are wooden houses that are in the lake, they have exquisite wood artistry. Be it a couple for honeymoon, a family trip, friends reunion, all love to spend a night at houseboat.

10. Cable Car Ride – Gondola

Riding a cable car in Gulmarg is one of the exciting things to do in Kashmir. It takes a tourist to the higher reacher of Gulmarg and gives a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

This ride is more interesting when there is snow on the upper reaches of mountains that makes the view breathtaking.

Gulmarg Gandola ride has three phases:

  • Phase 1: Gulmarg to Kongdoori
  • Phase 2: Kongdoori to Apharwat Peak
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