Kashmir is surrounded by snow capped mountains and sparkling lakes which on earth creates a picturesque landscape. This state of India is divided into three regions – Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, which is covered by the mighty Great Himalayan and Pir Panjal ranges. Kashmir is often referred to as Indian Switzerland due to the various scenic places as the place is blessed with the most picturesque views that are worth a visit. The state has a long list of places that best reflect the beauty of nature and that cannot be missed by any traveler.
After two consecutive lockdowns, Kashmir has finally chosen tourist activities. Tourists with a negative Covid-19 certificate are allowed to visit the valley to ensure maximum safety and precautions. This is a welcome step after the lockdown phase, but before planning to visit this beautiful valley be sure to follow all security protocols and check local government guidelines. So, during Covid, this is pretty much an amazing place to visit.

3 places to visit in Kashmir

For the first time if you are traveling to Kashmir, you cannot dare to miss these picturesque places of Kashmir and enjoy the scenic beauty of the state at its best. Check out this list of the best places to visit in Kashmir and for your next vacation choose the best. These are all picture-worthy places, so make sure you have a camera!

1. Srinagar – Heaven on Earth

Srinagar – Heaven On EarthOne of the most beautiful and famous places to visit in Kashmir as well as India is Srinagar. From boating to trekking, from bird watching to water skiing, the place of Srinagar has it all. The largest city in Kashmir, this place is surrounded by green mountains and the main highlight being Dal Lake. This place gives an insight into Kashmiri cuisine and culture.
Best time to visit: June to October, and for snow, visit Srinagar in December or January
Things to do in Srinagar: stay in the boat house, visit Mughal gardens, take the shikara tour
How to reach:

  • By Air: Srinagar Domestic Airport is well connected to all major cities in India and you can easily board a flight and view Srinagar.
  • By Bus: Board a public or private bus to Srinagar.
  • By train: Jammu is the nearest train station.

Accommodations: Four Points, Hotel Fabulous Kashmir, Shamus Javed Home Stay, S Group Of Houseboat, Radisson Srinagar
Places to visit: Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Mughal Gardens

2. Gulmarg – Ski at your own pace

Gulmarg – Ski Your WayGulmarg, also known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, is a feast for the eyes with its vibrant flower spread against the snow-capped mountains as a background. One of the best places to visit in Kashmir is Gulmarg for all the right reasons. This region of Kashmir is also known as an adventurer’s paradise due to its vast possibilities for skiing in the snow while enjoying the surrounding. The best time to visit Kashmir for snowfall is in winter, that is, from December to January.
Best time to visit: June to October, and for snow, December and January would be the best
Things to do in Gulmarg: Mountain biking, skiing if you visit in winters, trekking and gondola rides for the valley panoramic view.
How to reach:

  • By Plane: You can take a flight to Srinagar Airport, then hire a taxi to Gulmarg to reach in 3 hours.
  • By Bus: Take a bus to Srinagar and then take a connecting bus to Gulmarg.
  • By train: Jammu is the nearest train station.

Accommodations: Heevan Retreat Gulmarg, Hotel Affarwat, Nedous Hotel Gulmarg, The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, and The Rosewood
Places to visit: Apharwat Peak, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, and Strawberry Field

3. Sonamarg – The land of gold

Sonamarg – The Land Of GoldSonamarg, is known as the “Golden Meadow”. An endless stream of stunning flowers and undulating hiking routes are its attractions. Sonamarg must be in every visitor’s list for its fascinating aura and breathtaking views. The best season would be summer to visit Kashmir, that is, from May to June, when the valley blooms with variegated flowers.
Best time to visit: June to October, and for snow December to January
Things to do in Sonamarg: Camping, nature walks and trekking
How to reach:

  • By plane: You can take a taxi from Srinagar airport as it is located at a distance of 70 km from Sonmarg and get there easily.
  • By Bus: Take a bus to Srinagar and then a connecting bus to Sonamarg.
  • By train: Jammu is the nearest train station.

Accommodations: Hotel Akbar Sonamarg, Hotel Barzman, Hotel Snow Land, Hotel Village Walk, Sheen Woods Resort


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