Kashmir Tourism

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Ideal duration: 4 - 15 days

Best Time: October to March Read More

Major Airports: Srinagar, Jammu, Leh

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"Paradise on the Earth"

Jammu and Kashmir, India

Popularly known as the "Paradise on Earth," Jammu and Kashmir is a tourist favorite for its scenic splendor, snow-capped mountains, plentiful wildlife, exquisite monuments, hospitable people, and local people handicrafts. Nestled in the Himalayan, Pir Panjal and Karakoram mountain ranges are renowned for their natural beauty and gentle people. Kashmir is memorable, as it's not only a nature lover's paradise but also a must-visit place for all adventure junkies.

Kashmir's trekking and hiking routes are spellbinding, dotted with the most beautiful mountain peaks, massive glaciers, splendid monasteries, blue lakes, rivers, forests, verdant meadows, and tall pine trees. While adventure sports like Skiing, golf, river rafting, paragliding, and camping make the trip to Kashmir more adventurous, Amarnath and Vaishno Devi attract many pilgrims every year. 

Among one of the top honeymoon destinations in India, Gulmarg boasts of being a beautiful town, unlike the crowd in Manali and Shimla. Kashmir is also home to Asia's longest Cable Car - Gulmarg Gondola, a truly enchanting experience. The Shikara in the Dal Lake of Srinagar cannot be missed! The exquisite Mughal gardens like Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and Chashm-E-Shahi are also must-visits. The state's unparalleled beauty and charm and the residents' sweetness will remain etched in your memory forever.

Kashmiri cuisine or Wazwan, is famous all over the globe. So when in Kashmir, trying out the local dishes, which are rich in unique fragrant spices, is a must. Also, the Kashmiri shawls, Kashmiri apples, and dried fruits (almonds and walnuts) from the Lal Chowk Market are a must-buy. Be mindful of heavy snowfall affecting connectivity to some destinations in Kashmir during the winter months of December to February.

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Must Know Before You Visit Jammu and Kashmir

Essential Tips 
  • Heavy snowfall affects the connectivity to some destinations in Kashmir during the winter months of December to February, plan your trip accordingly.
  • Communal tensions also lead to frequent curfews in some parts of the state; however, things have improved in the past few years. Yet, it's best to be cautious.
  • All postpaid SIM work until Bandipore. Prepaid sim card does not work in Kashmir due to security reasons.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Jammu and Kashmir is exotic and is rightly called heaven on Earth. One cannot travel to J & K all year long as the weather is rather cold and gets freezing in the winter months.

What's Not So Great?

Kashmir could seem a little pricey which is a downside.

For Whom?

It makes an excellent destination for couples and is among the popular honeymoon locations in the country. Other than that, families also travel to Kashmir and Vaishno Devi for holidays and pilgrimage. Trekkers, backpackers, solo travellers and all travel enthusiasts, in general, have Ladakh on their wish lists.

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Hema Priya Darshini

2 years ago
Very nice site, easy to understand as well as makes your plan trip easier. Jammu & Kashmir is really a 'Paradise of Earth'. If you'll visit there, you will forget yourself and start floating in the b (Read More)eauty of the place. I've been there for more than 1 year that's one of my best memory. Everything will be Awesome and of course, the snow-capped mountains, handicrafts, gardens, cloths, wildlife, food etc...there's a lot to say! It'll really amaze you by it's beauty. The best place ever I can say! If you are really planning to go for a trip, I suggest to you go for a trip to the Paradise, Jammu & Kashmir. I'm sure you will be lost in the heaven. And also, Srinagar, you must give a visit to the summer capital of J&K. The Dal Lake, Tulip Garden and all other places will really make you feel better, relaxed and of course, surprised. BEST PLACE EVER! If you really wanna go to heavenly place, a place which will give you happiness, relaxation, adventure, surprises and lot more, I say, just go to Jammu & Kashmir. I'm really sure that when you'll return after spending your days in the 'Paradise of Earth', your mind will be fully filled with happiness and with the sweet memories of journey to Jammu & Kashmir. You will never forget those memories. They will be always with you. I am still waiting to visit Jammu & Kashmir once again to forget myself and get mixed to it's beauty once more. "If there is a heaven in Earth, it is here...it is here...it is here"

Twinkle Kalda

2 years ago
Super place. It is so beautiful.Vaishno devi and amarnath yatra is good. Amarnath yatra is hard but good. Gulmarg sonamarg Pahalgam and srinagar is also beautiful. I am giving you one advice to all i (Read More)f you are going Kashmir please visit this place in january because january is the best to visit Kashmir as it is that you can experience snowfall.

FAQs on Jammu and Kashmir

What makes Kashmiri carpets popular?

One of the most popular items from the local handicraft industry is the Kashmiri carpet. The origin of these carpets, locally known as 'Kal baffi', goes back to the 15th century when Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin brought weavers especially from Persia and Central Asia to train the locals in the art of carpet weaving. Tourists from various parts of the country and outside are usually in awe of the intricate details and craftwork on these carpets. Mostly, they are made of silk or wool or an amalgamation of both and come with a cotton base. Kashmiri carpets are handwoven and take a long time to be made given the intricate designs and delicate handwork on these beauties. Budget wise, they fall on the expensive side but come with a guarantee of adding value to your interiors.

What is Kashmiri Phiran?

When in Jammu & Kashmir, 8 out of 10 locals you meet tend to look similar in terms of what they wear. Phiran is a local garment that is widely worn in the state by men and women alike. A long gown made of wool, a phiran is the most common garment you will find in possession of the locals. While for women, phirans come with designs on the neck and sleeves, for men, the fabric changes slightly, usually simpler and darker in colour. These are worn with fancy tarangas on their head by women as men wear turbans and skull caps.

How and when is Hemis Festival celeberated?

Imagine a splash of vibrant colors in the snow-clad valley of Ladakh. Hemis festival is the biggest festival of Ladakh celebrated in honour of Guru Padmasambhava’s birth anniversary. Every year in the 5th month by the Tibetan calendar, the lamas and locals come together to celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is especially known for the world famous characteristic masked dance. All participants wear masks and move around slowly to the music of drums and trumpets. Tourists come in huge numbers to participate in the vibrancy of the celebrations.

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How are the local people of Jammu and Kashmir?

The people of Jammu and Kashmir are as beautiful and pure as the state itself. They lead a simple life and are known for their loving and affectionate nature even towards the tourists. Majorly Hindu, Muslim and Buddhism are the three religions followed by the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh respectively. While Urdu is the official language of Jammu and Kashmir state, the other languages spoken here are Kashmiri, Ladakhi, and Dogri. Eid-ul-Fitr, Baisakhi, Lohri and Hemis Festival are the main festivals of the state, and they are celebrated by people of all faiths together with the same enthusiasm.

What is the history of Jammu and Kashmir?

The city of Jammu is said to have been founded by Raja Jambulochan in the year 2900 BC. It has found several mentions in Indian epics like the Mahabharata. Years later, in Akhnoor, the excavations revealed evidence of the state being a part of the Harappan civilisation. Evidence from the Mauryan and Gupta period have also been found here. Jammu- Kashmir has seen the rule of multiple rulers in succession majorly dominated by the Hephthalites, Kushano- Hephthalites followed by the Shahi dynasty then Ghaznavids, Timur, Mughals and Sikh before the final submission to the British rule.

The Dev dynasty is said to have ruled here for the longest and is considered responsible for having kept the city in isolation hindering its development. This, however, is said to have been revived by the Dogra rulers who are credited for building the infrastructure and educational facilities here. However, in the year 1947, as is known, the decision by the then Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh to sign the instrument of accession which made J&K a part of India has been the source of tension between India and Pakistan for decades now. As a member of the Indian Union, under article 370 of the Indian Constitution, Kashmir has been given special status as per which the state has its constitution. This was adopted in the year 1956 but only came into effect on January 26, 1957. Kashmir is the only state to have its flag which can be hoisted with the flag of the Union of India.

What is the landscape of Jammu and Kashmir?

With its location in the north, Jammu & Kashmir is often called as the crown of India. It can be essentially divided into three parts - Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. While most of Kashmir is covered with forested slopes, waterways and terrace fields, Jammu area has a mix of plains and mountains, and Ladakh is largely a majorly isolated cold desert. All of J&K is exquisite in terms of the scenic beauty and rich diversity in varieties of flora and fauna. Geographically, it shares borders with Punjab and Himachal in the South, and international borders with China in the North and East and is separated from Pakistan by the Line of Control.

What are the major festivals celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir?

Kashmir is a place where so many religions live harmoniously together and hence it is no doubt that Kashmir is very diverse when it comes to its cultural traditions and festivals. The Spituk Gustor Zanskar, a Tibetan festival celebrated in the monasteries of Thiksey, Spituk and Karsha Nanzkar on the 30th and 31st of October, every year. Gustor represents the victory of good over evil and it is during this festival that visitors can witness the re-enactment of the killing of the anti-Buddhist king, Langdarma by the Buddhist monks.

Another very unusual festival celebrated here is the Tulip Festival. Celebrated for the first 15 days of April every year at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar, this is one of its kind. Considered as Asia's largest tulips show, there are almost 50 varieties of tulips grown especially for this event and is a delight to the eyes! The Losar or the New Year for Kashmir starts on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar and goes up to 15 days. It is one of the main festivals in the state. Other festivals include Dosmoche, Matho Nagrang, Ladakh Festival, Amarnath Yatra, Sindhu Darshan Festival, Hemis Festival and Galdan Namchot.

Why is Kashmir called the Paradise on Earth?

Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast,
Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast.

These were the words that Amir Khusro used to describe Kashmir. He was a poet during the Maluk Dynasty when they entered through the Karakoram into Kashmir. This is the earliest reference of Kashmir as Paradise. 
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