It is said that if there’s heaven on earth, it’s in Kashmir. The beautiful hill station in the upper Himalayas needs no introduction. With all the verdant meadows, crystal clear lakes, a lot of snow, and soothing silence of the hills, each town and village of Kashmir is as beautiful as heaven, and you can’t disagree.
This list of 7 incredibly beautiful places in Kashmir will make you explore Kashmir tour packages right away.
1. Srinagar – A city inarguably picturesque
Asia’s largest tulip festival makes Srinagar one of the most colorful places in India, and attracts thousands of tourists, including young couples, every year. Romance begins to flow in the air of the town as soon as summer arrives. From adventure enthusiasts to peace lovers, Srinagar is loved by all.
Best time to visit in Srinagar: June to October and December to January
Things to do in Srinagar: Mountain biking, trekking, skiing, and scenic gondola rides
2. Gulmarg – A heaven for skiers
Country’s best skiing destination, Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful places in India. Due to its proximity to Srinagar it is one of the most visited hill stations in J&K. In winter, the little hill station is buried under a thick sheet of snow; in summer, the meadows turn green, and the flowers paint the valley with thousands of colours.
Best time to visit Gulmarg: April to June are best for those who enjoy summer. And for those who enjoy snowfall and skiing can visit from December to march
Things to do in Gulmarg: Trekking, mountain biking, skiing, and gondola rides
3. Leh – Mecca of adventure enthusiasts
Leh needs no introduction! The barren mountains, the alpine lakes, and the serenity – each characteristic of this popular hill station is absolutely breathtaking. Every biker’s dream, this place is a must visit not just for bikers, but for every mountain enthusiast. The onset of summer is the perfect time to book your trip to Ladakh.
Best time to visit Leh: April to June, September to October. The roads generally become inaccessible from November till May due to heavy snowfalls.
Things to do in Leh:
Trekking, mountain biking, and undoubtedly nature photography
4. Pahalgam – An unspoilt beauty you can’t miss
Pahalgam is such a beauty, and those who want to spend time in tranquility should visit the valley at least once. The snow clad peaks, green slopes, gushing rivers, authentic Kashmiri cuisine, and overall scenic beauty are reasons you shouldn’t miss visiting Pahalgam while you’re in Kashmir.
Best time to visit Pahalgam: June to October, December to January
Things to do in Pahalgam: Visit to Betab and Aru Valleys, horseback riding, canoeing
5. Kargil – A beautiful town in Suru valley
The second largest town in Ladakh, Kargil occupies an important place in the Indian war history. It is heaven for mountain lovers and adventure enthusiasts, and thus sees a lot of tourists through the year. It is a popular holiday destination for honeymoon couples, families, and solo and group bikers.
Best time to visit Kargil: March to June
Things to do in Kargil: Mountaineering, trekking to Suru Valley, pay a visit to Mulbek Gompa, Shergol, Urgyan Dzong and Wakha Rgyal
6. Sonamarg – Silvery scenery against emerald meadow
If you’re visiting Kashmir, then this has to be on your list! Also called the ‘meadow of gold’, Sonamarg is a heaven for those in love with the mountains, nature walks, and absolutely scenic treks. Besides admiring the surroundings, there are a lot of adventurous things to do as well. The best one being taking a scenic drive through the roads of Sindh Valley, which is sure to mesmerize you.
Best time to visit Sonamarg: June through October, December & January for snow
Things to do in Sonamarg: The hill station is known or camping, trekking, and nature photography
7. Kupwara – A district of shimmering lakes and Rocky Mountains
The gushing clean water, the majestic sunsets, and the tall Deodar trees, Kupwara is surely one of the most beautiful hill stations in Kashmir. The authorities are making the valley easily accessible, and the roads are being upgraded so that more and more tourists can experience the beauty of this place.
Best time to visit Kupwara: April to October
Things to do in Kupwara: Visit Lolab valley, Qamar Reshi Sahib Shrine, and Sheikh Baba Behram