What to Wear in Kashmir: Everything You Need to Know

Kashmir is brimming with natural richness, rich culture, tradition, and heritage. There are houseboats, Mughal gardens, palaces, and more that make Kashmir a one-of-a-kind destination in India. Now, when it comes to visiting this beautiful place, visitors must need to be well-versed with what they need to pack for the vacation to Kashmir. In this article, we talk about what to wear in Kashmir so that you can pack easy for your much-awaited trip. 

What to Wear in Kashmir?

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Packing your clothes to Kashmir depends on factors such as when you're planning on visiting, and to which places and ensuring that you respect traditional norms and cultural expectations.

What to Wear in Kashmir During Dummer (April to June) 

In Kashmir, the weather starts to change from spring to summer after March. Visitors experience cold, warmth, and slight rain. The summer months are from April to June and the average temperature is about 25 degrees Celsius and it tends to get colder at night.  While visiting Kashmir during summer, carry cotton clothes including cotton trousers, light jeans, jeggings, track pants, and half-sleeve t-shirts and shirts. Khadi clothes will also make you feel comfortable during this season. Along with these, make sure to carry light woolens and full sleeve shirts and t-shirts as the temperature drops once it rains, making visitors feel cold and chilly. And nights also get colder. Also, make sure to pack umbrellas and raincoats to protect yourself from the drizzle. 

What to wear in Kashmir During the Monsoon (July to August)

The monsoon season in Kashmir starts from July to August, and this region experiences heavy rainfall. So visitors traveling during this time must make sure to carry umbrellas, raincoats, waterproof pants and jackets, and other comfortable outfits such as cotton trousers or pants, full-sleeve, and half-sleeve shirts and t-shirts, tops, and light jeans. During this time, the weather also tends to get warmer. That being said, visitors can only see greenery all around no matter where they go because of the rains. During the evenings, the weather gets colder, so pack some light woolens too. The temperature hovers around 25 degrees Celsius. So light clothes and woolens and rain-protective gear will be all you need during your trip to Kashmir during monsoon season. 
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What to Wear in Kashmir During the Shoulder Season (September to October) 

Weather during this time in Kashmir is pleasant, even though it starts getting colder. You may also get to experience snowfall in the high-altitude areas during late November. Pack warm clothes or heavy woolens for both mornings and evenings. And if you’re exploring Gulmarg or Pahalgam, heavy woolens are a must. Full-sleeve sweaters, socks, thick trousers, and warm jackets should make it to your packing list.

What to Wear in Kashmir During Winter (November to March) 

Kashmir, during winter, transforms into a land of snow. This happens between mid-December to early-march. There’s heavy snow in the valley and the winters get cold. When visiting the Kashmir Valley during these months, make sure to pack heavy woolens including cardigans, pullovers, sweaters, trench coats, socks, caps, mufflers, warmers, earmuffs, and gloves. Be sure to carry water-resistant jackets for emergencies. Ensure that you bring snow boots that aren’t prone to slipping on the snow. And snow boots can be rented out in Kashmir at major tourist spots. Additionally, travellers should remember to carry a waterproof bag that can protect your money and gadget from getting wet when it snows. 
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What Kinds of Clothes to Wear in Kashmir

Kashmir is a region with a Muslim majority, where you’ll find each woman dress modestly from head to toe. If you’re a woman, you must dress in a way that shouldn’t offend the culture and locals. The general rule for packing here is wearing anything that covers shoulders and legs. It isn’t necessary to pack only traditional Indian outfits. As long as your tops, tees, trousers aren’t too tight, transparent, or body-hugging, they are fine. Skirts, especially long skirts are fine for Kashmir. One of the key items to pack during your trip to Kashmir is a shawl or scarf that helps with covering shoulders if you’re wearing sleeveless outfits. 

Other Things to Carry:

    • Torch
    • Hiking boots
    • Umbrella
    • Moisturiser, cold cream, sunscreen, lip balm
    • Thermos to fill hot water in winters
    • Medicines
    • Light snacks
    • Cash
    • Camera

What the Local People Wear in Kashmir 

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Pheran: It looks like a traditional churidar pajama but this clothing has sleeves that are long, broad, and loose with heavy embroidery, making this a perfect blend of Indian and Iranian clothing. It includes a headdress or scarf, either a taranga or kasaba. This can be worn by men too, but the style would be a bit different. For men, a pheran is a long, loose gown that hangs just below the knee, which they wear with pajamas. This entire outfit is accompanied by a cap that is tightly worn on the head 

Where to Buy Local Kashmiri Clothes

The beautiful traditional dresses of Kashmir can be bought from the local stores, especially in the tourist hangouts of the region. You’ll be spoiled for choice here with various colors, designs, embellishments, accessories, and more.

This is everything about what you can wear in Kashmir during your next visit so that you can plan your trip at ease. Make sure to explore all the beauty Kashmir offers, along with indulging in fun activities and shopping.

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