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Places to visit in Kashmir

Set foot in the places to visit in Kashmir, and you would be amazed by the things to do in Kashmir. There is the beautiful dal lake that is known for its sparkling water and the famous ride on the thin canopied boats called Shikaras.

Places to visit in Kashmir also has to offer itself towards the religious side with the well-known Amarnath Temple. The Amarnath temple is considered as one of the holiest shrines of India and places to visit in Kashmir. There are also some best tourist attractions in Kashmir beautiful gardens set amidst the scenic city of Srinagar; with a beautiful flower arrangement. These gardens were built during the reign of Mughals, and hence they have a touch of Mughal architecture. Mughals were known to be one of the best architects in the world, owing to their fine and intricate art designs. There also many glaciers in and around Sonmarg, which is one of the best tourist attractions in Kashmir.  While, on the other side, Gulmarg opens to a fresh burst of tulip flowers, which offer a visual feast! Gulmarg also has to offer a lot of ski resorts and quixotic ambience to invite you into nature with the best.

Most of you must be having preconceived notions about the tourism of places to visit in Kashmir gate. You must be thinking; this place is all about nature and snow and there wouldn't be much to do here. Then you are so wrong, my friend.

With its picturesque lakes, snow-clad mountains, sailing shikaras, colourful tuft tulips and beautiful houseboats, places to visit in Kashmir gate is a real heaven on Earth. But, this is not all about places to visit Kashmir India; it is adorned with a whole lineup of hotels and resorts of the finest quality, contributing towards it being a famous tourist destination.

Other than all the resorts and hotels, there is a whole range of activities you can do in places to visit in  Kashmir India to make your trip and enthralling experience. Ranging from Shikara rides, river rafting, mountain biking and jeep safari to fishing, bird watching, horse riding and motorbiking; places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir offers an array of exciting things to do.

When you leave places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir, you would be astonished by the amount of fun you had as against to what you have expected. The beauty of places to visit in Kashmir cannot be expressed in words of any form; it is a Paradise in itself. You have to be there, to experience it!

Shikara Ride

Small boat or popularly known as Shikara ride is one of the most enjoying experience for tourists visiting Srinagar. You can get Shikara from various locations around Dal Lake

Sonamarg

Sonamarg actually means, “Meadow of Gold.” This small mountain town set in a scenic position is the starting point for a range of hikes and adventures into the surrounding peaks, glaciers, and streams. There are many guides available in an around Sonamarg who will take you to show the area, or you can even hire a pony for the trip up the glaciers. As the snowfall gets heavier during winter, this village remains uninhabited and inacce

Bird Watching

At the wetlands of Surinsar and Gharana,  Bird Watching is a sheer pleasure. Known as the bird watcher's paradise, these two places are the home to many migratory birds every winter from Siberia to its abode. You can spot some of the rare species of birds like the coots, cormorants, egrets, mallards, pintails, and terns. One of the fascinating birds of this area is the Bar-headed geese which are often spotted in the Gharan wetland. It flies

Para Gliding

One of the most favorite aero sports of Kashmir is Para Gliding. With a jump from one of the topmost cliffs that take you on a ride over the lush valleys and majestic snow-capped mountains, this ride is a specialty in itself. The best time for paragliding is during the interval of May-June and September-October.

 

Location:

Kashmir Loom

They are the official sellers of all kinds of Kashmir shawls in fabrics of cashmere, silk, cotton, in contemporary designs and colors. They offer costly products and take appointments to make them for you.

 

Location: The Bund, Srinagar

Known for: Kashmiri shawls

Bargaining: Impossible!

Cafe de Linz

This place offers you something different when compared to other restaurants. They have a very unusually cozy ambiance with dim lighting, seated in a semicircles format. It serves authentic Indian and Chinese dishes.

 

Must eat: Rogan Josh

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 300-400 approximately

Address: Court Road, Srinagar

Opening hours: Noon to 10:30 pm

Jama Masjid Mosque

Located in the heart of the old city, the Jama Masjid Mosque is the home for many Muslim devotees across the valley. This historic mosque features four towers, three gates and two minarets made of sandstone and white marble. It was built by Shah Jahan with 5000 artisans who intricately carved verses from the Koran.  The inside of the mosque has a black and white marble floor which resembles Muslin prayer mat and can house about 2,500 people

Hazratbal

This beautiful shrine has been delicately carved out of white marble. It is a house with many items of religious importance tied to the prophet Muhammad, and it open for all the visitors. You can head here for the Friday prayers to catch crowd of pilgrims arriving to pay their respects to Muhammad artifacts.

 

Location:<

G M Shah

These were the people who designed the beautiful clothes Nargis Fakhri wears in the movie Rockstar. They sell authentic Kashmiri fashion with hand embroidery on wool, cotton, silk and even prints and net. However, they are a bit high on the price end.

 

Location: Polo View, Srinagar

Ahdoos Bakery

Some of the famous Kashmiri pieces of bread like baqarkhani and sheermal and a wide variety of puffs are available in this bakery. They also make many walnut based treats like biscuits, tarts, and cakes that are a blessing to mankind.

 

Location: Residency Road, Srinagar

Known for: Bakery products

Bargaining: You can try to bargain

Krishna Vaishno Dhaba

If you miss home food, then this is the best place to come. It is a very quick serving dhaba with authentic Indian food suitable for backpackers and tourists.

 

Must eat: Vegetarian dishes

Approximate Cost for two:

Apharwat Peak

Located about 4,200 meters above Mean Sea Level (MSL), Apharwat Peak is the best location for winter activities in Kashmir. With snow covering the peak most of the year, it makes a perfect location for skiers and snowboarders every month. From beginner skiers to advanced ones, all of them are fond of this place during winters. However, in summer, lush greenery blooms, creating conditions for perfect horseback rides through the mountains. Another

Amarnath Yatra

Spirituality is a beautiful journey that begins from within; it connects you to your ever-glowing soul, the pure consciousness. Seekers of the spiritual world always seek to find answers and travel to distant places to attain spiritual knowledge. India is one country, where spirituality is deeply rooted and which better place than Amarnath to explore your own divinity and find answers that take you to the path of enlightenment. Amarnath is a Hindu shrine, which is located in

Rafting

The mountain ranges are a home to several rivers that offer a pleasurable sight, including all the adventure ingredients to attract a large crowd of enthusiasts. It is a real blessing for the adventure-seekers who come to Kashmir for an activity-oriented trip in Kashmir.

 

Location: Gulmarg, Sonmarg, P

Amin Bin Khalik

Since time immemorial, Kashmir is world famous for its dry fruits. This Srinagar store sells the best locally farmed produce. Saffron, Walnuts, Smoked Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Mushrooms, Dates, Prunes, etc. are just some of the items. Another special offering of Amin-Bin-Khalik is the Masala Tikki; a local savoury meat dish.

 

Locati

Kashmir Essence

This beauty brand sells products that are made from completely natural products. From fruit face packs to lavender cleanser to olive body butter, you will get a great variety of naturally made products that are suited to most of the skin types.

 

Location: Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar

Known for: Beauty based products

Bargaining: Fixed rates

Dal Bar

The area in and around Dal Lake is pretty famous and has many restaurants and hotels located here. The Dal Bar is one of them, where the tourists can unwind themselves and enjoy their favorite drink. It is a gorgeously decorated bar with timber and stone finish bar counter that gives you an ancient feel. It also offers scintillating views of the lawns and Dal Lake.

 

Location: The Lalit Grand Palace, Gupkar Road, Srinagar

Contact: 01

Shankaracharya Hill

This charming forested hill is the home for a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are two hundred and fifty steps; the ascent of which will lead you to this ancient temple built in the ninth century A.D. This beautiful temple is made of grey stone blocks and is one of the oldest designs of the country. The best part about this temple is that electronic devices are strictly not allowed there and should be deposited with the military perso

Sinthan Top

Situated about 3,658 meters above the sea level, Sinthan Top offers beautiful panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains and the low-lying regions of the area. The spot of readily accessible to a highway but you need to navigate yourself and face a few obstacles before you reach the top. You can also take a walk further and land in snow, while you get a 360-degree view of the entire area which is really breathtaking and magnific.

Horse Riding

Horse riding in Kashmir is not just an activity but also a unique means to explore the natural ranges and countryside. You can readily hire horses here or approach the local Travel Desks to guide you for the same. In addition to riding, trekkers also hire horses for carrying their equipment and luggage to the highlands. The popular spots for horse riding are Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

 

Location: Gulmarg and Pahalgam

For: Young people

Angling

Kashmir, often regarded as the angler's paradise is a home to a network of rivers and streams and high altitude lakes that make it perfect for the anglers. Many snow and spring-fed streams offer opportunities to fish in the area. The season for fishing runs from April to October with many people from India coming here just to fish.

 

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Asia Crafts

This is the place to buy those intricately designed rugs, carpets, and furniture from Kashmir. They also sell bright jackets and exquisitely detailed furniture that is carved out of walnut wood, along with painted parchment lamp shades.

 

Location: The Bund, Srinagar

Known for: Rugs and carpets

Bargaining: Might work out, if you try really hard.

Ahdoos

It serves some authentic Kashmiri delicacies at reasonable rates. Apart from these, it also has a wide range of Asian and vegetarian options and a bakery that serves lip-smacking desserts.

 

Must eat: Lamb dishes

Approximate Cost for

Baisaran

This place is known as the Switzerland of India. With dense pine forests, long dark meadows and snow-capped peaks that give the area a look just like the Alpine Republic, this is a must visit part of Kashmir. It is an ideal campsite for trekkers and honeymoon couples. They also host many outdoor activities like balloon-rolling to keep the tourists entertained. You can also take pony rides to get a view of this place in detail.

Pari Mahal

Home and library for Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh, the seven-terraced garden represents fine examples of contemporary Islamic architecture and design. You can take a small ride up to the Pari Mahal, this walled set of gardens provides a notable view of the surrounding area. There are breathtaking views of stunning gardens alongside the lake.

 

Location: Srinagar

Known for: Scenic views of the lake and gardens.

How to reac

Skiing

Skiing is one of the prime attractions of Srinagar. Gulmarg is considered as the best ski resort in the Himalayas. You can ski in the snow-clad mountains of Gulmarg especially during winters to get an amazing experience. There are trainers for all levels of skiers across the world who will offer training to tourists. Skiing in Gulmarg is often the best before Christmas.

 

Location: Gulmarg

For: Young people.

Difficulty

Saklains Coterie

This is where you can get really enticing essential oils made from naturally obtained walnut and lavender. Handmade soaps such as Royal Saffron, Almond Honey are also very popular here. This is a family owned and managed small business and you can also get some authentic Kashmiri teas here.

 

Location:

Aziz Ahmad Kozgar

This ancient store run by Unanis is a famous hub for distilled rose water stored in decanters which makes your day incredibly fresh with its pure rose fragrance.

 

Location: Old City, Srinagar

Known for: Rosewater

Bargaining: Impossible!<

Lhasa Restaurant

This is one of the beautiful restaurants of Srinagar, located on the banks of Dal Lake. It has Buddhist elemental design and style with a walled garden incorporated into the dining room.

 

Must eat: Chinese and Tibetan dishes

Approxi

Betaab Valley

With lush green meadows and snow-capped mountains, this valley is the starting point for many trekkers in the Valley. There is a dense vegetation of conifers and lush green shrubs that captivate the true essence of Kashmir. Dotted with color huts, shelters and many different species of birds, this valley has a specialty in itself. In the Betab Valley, you can go horseback riding or even have a picnic on the banks of snow-fed, Jade River that bub

Tulip Festival

Why should you attend this: To get a glimpse of these beautiful tulips.

Who should attend this: People who are enthusiasts of flowers and want to get a deep insight into Kashmiri culture.

Mountain Cycling

The mountain and hilly terrain of Kashmir offer ample opportunities for cyclists to test their cycling skills. There are challenging routes and sturdy terrains to be conquered within a few days, which serves as a true test of their activity. It is also for the adrenaline junkies who want to see Kashmir from a different angle, along with the adventures it has to offer.

 

Location: Mountains and Hilly terrains

For: Young people and cou

Sunbeam

One stop destination for souvenirs of all kinds. They have wooden objects, woven carpets and chain-stitch rugs that will give your home that Kashmiri touch and make it authentic. It is a fantastic choice to shop at when you are doing your home!

 

Location: Polo View, Srinagar

Known for: Souvenirs

Bargaining: Can bargain

Mughal Darbar

It is a home for some of the most authentic Mughal dishes served in Kashmir. It is very economical and worth it, compared to the quality of food it serves.

 

Must eat: Kashmiri Wazwan

Approximate Cost for two:

Undress

This bar is one of the authentic bars of Srinagar that offers wine and beer tasting. Once you enter this bar, you want to relax and have a great time. It is a safe place with good music and a delightful crowd.

 

Location: Hotel Broad Way Link Road, Kashmir Golf Course, Nohata, Srinagar.

Dal Lake

Often referred to as the 'Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir,' Dal Lake is one of the most precious slices of paradise in Kashmir. Surrounded by the lush Mughal gardens and lined with British-built houseboats, the lake is the region's favorite summer destination for centuries. The houseboats and Shikara rides that present a scintillating sight of floating gardens and markets filled with vibrant lotus flowers, fruits, and vegetables; is worth a millio

Chashme Shahi Gardens

Mughal emperor Shah Jahan presented this to his son Prince Dara Shikoh. It is the smallest of the three Mughal gardens in Srinagar and takes inspiration from Persian gardens with a freshwater spring in the center which is a highlight of the gardenas it is known to have high mineral content. The water from the springs flows down the garden and creates several water features, including a waterfall and fountain.

 

Location: Nr. Rajbhawan, Foothill, Srinagar

Gondola cable car ride

Gondola in Gulmarg is one of the beauties of Kashmir. It is visited by almost everyone who reaches to Kashmir, to experience the alluring views and snow-capped mountains. The cable car ride in Gondola is an ultimate attraction for the visitors. One of the cable car moves up from Gulmarg to Kongdoor, and another one goes up from Kongdoor to Apharwat. It is about 13,500 ft above the sea level and offers a view like no other.

 

Location: Gulmarg

City Walks

For all those who are not adventure-enthusiasts, Srinagar has a way to entertain them. The capital of Srinagar, formerly called 'Shahar-e-Khas' by Mughals, offers an excellent opportunity for city walks along its pathways filled with historical charms, ancient shrines, gurudwaras, churches, temples, mosques, forts, bazaars, and many more. This walk helps you get a deep insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Kashmiris.

Gulshan Bookstore

This is the place for all book lovers. Ranging from political, botanical to coffee-table and travel books about Kashmir, this is one of those book destinations you want to reach.

 

Location: Residency Road, Srinagar.

Known for:

Coffea Arabica

It is a perfect bistro to spend your evening chilling with your friends. It has all kinds of coffee and bakery foods that will make your evening better.

 

Must eat: Pizzas, Momos, and Milkshakes

Approximate Cost for two:

Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

You close your eyes and enter the garden, and open them to find yourself submerged in a pool of flowers There are tulips of all colors in this garden that have been planted with seeds brought specially from Spain. They are the best during springs, and the nearby Dal Lake along with these flowers provides the perfect backdrop for photography. These flowers represent the ones from Amsterdam.

 

Gulmarg

Gulmarg is a town nestled in the Pir Panjal range of the Western Himalayas at an altitude of 8,690 feet above sea level. Literally translated as ‘Meadow of Flowers’ it is encased by glimmering snow peaked alps, verdant green pastures, colorful meadows, deep valleys and pine covered slopes.

A picturesque beauty, it is known for its ski resort which was established in 1927, the Gulmarg Gondola – Asia’s seco

Golfing

The golfing course at Gulmarg is something you have never even looked or imagined before. It is situated at a high-altitude of 2,650 meters and is the greenest golf course you will ever come across in your life. Here in Gulmarg, you will be able to play for more extended hours because of the weather conditions that cooperate with the body and does not let you get tired quickly. There are many cups held in this golfing course, and also temporary

Para Gliding

One of the most favorite aero sports of Kashmir is Para Gliding. With a jump from one of the topmost cliffs that take you on a ride over the lush valleys and majestic snow-capped mountains, this ride is a specialty in itself. The best time for paragliding is during the interval of May-June and September-October.

 

Location:

Bird Watching

At the wetlands of Surinsar and Gharana,  Bird Watching is a sheer pleasure. Known as the bird watcher's paradise, these two places are the home to many migratory birds every winter from Siberia to its abode. You can spot some of the rare species of birds like the coots, cormorants, egrets, mallards, pintails, and terns. One of the fascinating birds of this area is the Bar-headed geese which are often spotted in the Gharan wetland. It flies

Shikara Rides

One of the most famous boat rides on the scintillating Dal Lake is the Shikara boat ride. It is regarded as one of the most relaxing and serene aspects of a Kashmir holiday, offering a relaxing sightseeing tour of the interior and calm parts of Dal Lake. You can spot many large and striking birds like white breasted kingfishers. There are also many floating markets and gardens along the way that will definitely grab your attention.

Rafting

The mountain ranges are a home to several rivers that offer a pleasurable sight, including all the adventure ingredients to attract a large crowd of enthusiasts. It is a real blessing for the adventure-seekers who come to Kashmir for an activity-oriented trip in Kashmir.

 

Location: Gulmarg, Sonmarg, P

Angling

Kashmir, often regarded as the angler's paradise is a home to a network of rivers and streams and high altitude lakes that make it perfect for the anglers. Many snow and spring-fed streams offer opportunities to fish in the area. The season for fishing runs from April to October with many people from India coming here just to fish.

 

Lo

Horse Riding

Horse riding in Kashmir is not just an activity but also a unique means to explore the natural ranges and countryside. You can readily hire horses here or approach the local Travel Desks to guide you for the same. In addition to riding, trekkers also hire horses for carrying their equipment and luggage to the highlands. The popular spots for horse riding are Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

 

Location: Gulmarg and Pahalgam

For: Young people

Skiing

Skiing is one of the prime attractions of Srinagar. Gulmarg is considered as the best ski resort in the Himalayas. You can ski in the snow-clad mountains of Gulmarg especially during winters to get an amazing experience. There are trainers for all levels of skiers across the world who will offer training to tourists. Skiing in Gulmarg is often the best before Christmas.

 

Location: Gulmarg

For: Young people.

Difficulty

Mountain Cycling

The mountain and hilly terrain of Kashmir offer ample opportunities for cyclists to test their cycling skills. There are challenging routes and sturdy terrains to be conquered within a few days, which serves as a true test of their activity. It is also for the adrenaline junkies who want to see Kashmir from a different angle, along with the adventures it has to offer.

 

Location: Mountains and Hilly terrains

For: Young people and cou

Cafe de Linz

This place offers you something different when compared to other restaurants. They have a very unusually cozy ambiance with dim lighting, seated in a semicircles format. It serves authentic Indian and Chinese dishes.

 

Must eat: Rogan Josh

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 300-400 approximately

Address: Court Road, Srinagar

Opening hours: Noon to 10:30 pm

Krishna Vaishno Dhaba

If you miss home food, then this is the best place to come. It is a very quick serving dhaba with authentic Indian food suitable for backpackers and tourists.

 

Must eat: Vegetarian dishes

Approximate Cost for two:

Ahdoos

It serves some authentic Kashmiri delicacies at reasonable rates. Apart from these, it also has a wide range of Asian and vegetarian options and a bakery that serves lip-smacking desserts.

 

Must eat: Lamb dishes

Approximate Cost for

Lhasa Restaurant

This is one of the beautiful restaurants of Srinagar, located on the banks of Dal Lake. It has Buddhist elemental design and style with a walled garden incorporated into the dining room.

 

Must eat: Chinese and Tibetan dishes

Approxi

Kashmir Loom

They are the official sellers of all kinds of Kashmir shawls in fabrics of cashmere, silk, cotton, in contemporary designs and colors. They offer costly products and take appointments to make them for you.

 

Location: The Bund, Srinagar

Known for: Kashmiri shawls

Bargaining: Impossible!

G M Shah

These were the people who designed the beautiful clothes Nargis Fakhri wears in the movie Rockstar. They sell authentic Kashmiri fashion with hand embroidery on wool, cotton, silk and even prints and net. However, they are a bit high on the price end.

 

Location: Polo View, Srinagar

Ahdoos Bakery

Some of the famous Kashmiri pieces of bread like baqarkhani and sheermal and a wide variety of puffs are available in this bakery. They also make many walnut based treats like biscuits, tarts, and cakes that are a blessing to mankind.

 

Location: Residency Road, Srinagar

Known for: Bakery products

Bargaining: You can try to bargain

Amin Bin Khalik

Since time immemorial, Kashmir is world famous for its dry fruits. This Srinagar store sells the best locally farmed produce. Saffron, Walnuts, Smoked Almonds, Dried Cranberries, Mushrooms, Dates, Prunes, etc. are just some of the items. Another special offering of Amin-Bin-Khalik is the Masala Tikki; a local savoury meat dish.

 

Locati

Kashmir Essence

This beauty brand sells products that are made from completely natural products. From fruit face packs to lavender cleanser to olive body butter, you will get a great variety of naturally made products that are suited to most of the skin types.

 

Location: Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar

Known for: Beauty based products

Bargaining: Fixed rates

Asia Crafts

This is the place to buy those intricately designed rugs, carpets, and furniture from Kashmir. They also sell bright jackets and exquisitely detailed furniture that is carved out of walnut wood, along with painted parchment lamp shades.

 

Location: The Bund, Srinagar

Known for: Rugs and carpets

Bargaining: Might work out, if you try really hard.

Saklains Coterie

This is where you can get really enticing essential oils made from naturally obtained walnut and lavender. Handmade soaps such as Royal Saffron, Almond Honey are also very popular here. This is a family owned and managed small business and you can also get some authentic Kashmiri teas here.

 

Location:

Aziz Ahmad Kozgar

This ancient store run by Unanis is a famous hub for distilled rose water stored in decanters which makes your day incredibly fresh with its pure rose fragrance.

 

Location: Old City, Srinagar

Known for: Rosewater

Bargaining: Impossible!<

Sunbeam

One stop destination for souvenirs of all kinds. They have wooden objects, woven carpets and chain-stitch rugs that will give your home that Kashmiri touch and make it authentic. It is a fantastic choice to shop at when you are doing your home!

 

Location: Polo View, Srinagar

Known for: Souvenirs

Bargaining: Can bargain

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