Jammu and Kashmir Travel Blog

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir may be a great tourist destination. Kashmir is cradled high within the lofty green Himalayas and hailed everywhere the planet for its incredible natural beauty. Surrounded by mountain peaks, lush green valleys, glistening lakes, temples and spectacular Mughal-era gardens, it’s inspired poets through centuries. Kashmir is crisscrossed by chinar tree-lined roads and quaint wooden bridges; and is home to bustling bazaars, sufi shrines and forts. increase this, the charms of flavourful Kashmiri cuisine and apples and walnuts from the luxurious orchards surrounding it. In winter, Kashmir takes on a white glow, covered in soft snow and skiers making a beeline for its famous slopes. And in summer, because the snow melts, and therefore the flowers within the meadows bloom, it resembles an artist’s canvas.

Meanwhile, Jammu lies on the banks of the pristine Tapi river. it’s dotted with many temples. From the favored Hindu pilgrimage of Vaishno Devi, which is found nearby, to many religious structures set in picturesque surroundings, Jammu is that the ideal site to line on a temple trail and soak in spiritual vibes. . Take a stroll around the verdant vale of Pahalgam marked by the confluence of Sheshnag and Lidder Rivers, bask in the beauty of the Hagan Valley (now known as Betaab Valley on account of the Indian film of the same name) or marvel at the beauty of the snow-engulfed peaks surrounding the stunning Aru Valley—there are multiple vantage points in Kashmir that will cast a spell on you with their breathtaking scenery.

Don’t leave Kashmir before you See


Dal lake: The Dal Lake is the most celebrated and important lake amongst all in Srinagar. It is home to carved wooden houseboats, vibrant shikhars and floating gardens. Visit Dal Lake early morning to see Srinagar’s famous floating market. If you want, you can also book a stay in a houseboat.


Hazratbal Mosque: The silvery white Hazratbal Mosque is revered for housing a relic, the Prophet’s hair. Situated near Dal Lake, the only domed mosque in Srinagar is a place of serenity. Women are allowed only till the first part of the mosque.


Avantipur Temple: The famous Avantipur Temple was founded by king Avantivarman who reigned from AD 855-883. Over the years, the temple has been reduced to ruins but it is still a popular site for the devout.

Kolahoi Glacier: The only way to reach Kolahoi Glacier is through an arduous trek which is not for the fainthearted. At 18,000 feet, the breathtaking views definitely make the journey worth the effort. The glacier during summers is the source of the Lidder River and some of its tributaries also make it to the Sindh River.


Gadsar Lake: Situated in the Himalayan mountain range, Gadsar Lake is a high altitude lake that is known for its stunning natural beauty.  The site serves as a popular trekking base and trout fishing centre.

To Do :


Take a walk down the picture perfect Mughal Gardens and immerse yourself in their magnificent architecture. These gardens are a combination of Nishat, Shalimar and Chashm-e-Shahi, located on different sides of Dal Lake.


Trekking, trout fishing and whitewater rafting are the most popular summer activities in the Pahalgam valley. Try something new, the popular sport of trout fishing using a Pepsi bottle called Pepsi fishing. In the winter, walk on the frozen greenish-blue Sheshnag Lake or sledge across its famous snow bridge.


Trek to the highest lake in the Himalayan region, the Gadsar Lake. During winters, witness the valley enveloped in snow and indulge in activities like sledging, skiing and tobogganing.


Seeing Gulmarg from 10,000 feet is a surreal experience. It is considered to have one of Asia’s longest and highest cable car plans. The entire ride comprises of two stages – Gulmarg to Kongdoori and Kongdoori to Apharwat Peak. The first phase of the ride takes around 9 minutes while the second takes about 12 minutes. The cable ride till Apherwat offers you panoramic views of Gulmarg, truly a photographer’s delight.

Adventure activities in Gulmarg: Skiing, trekking and fishing are interesting activities to indulge in. Golfing is also one of the most popular things to do in Gulmarg. Gulmarg Golf Course with asymmetrical contours is counted amongst the largest 18-hole golf courses in the country. Situated on the lower ranges of Gulmarg, it has emerged as one of the most popular golfing destinations in India.

When to Go

April to June: This is the most popular time for tourists to visit as the weather is cool and temperatures range between 10 degree Celcius and 30 degree Celcius.

April: You can see the dazzling rainbow colours of the Tulip Festival in Srinagar during the first two weeks of April.

October to March: Srinagar transforms into a winter wonderland during these months when temperatures drop to minus 10 degree Celcius. While the frozen waters of Dal Lake become the playground for cricket matches, the slopes of Gulmarg see an ambush of skiers.