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.
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. Down Town 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 – Gandola
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