Last Updated: August 2, 2019 Kamlesh Nayal
Whether you are planning for your ever romantic honeymoon trip or warm family getaway tour, the name of Kashmir should never miss out your notice. The heaven on earth, paradise of romance, Kashmir is known to be India’s proud for its exotic natural ambiance. Surrounded by two titanic mountain ranges- the great Himalayan and Pir Panjal, the city exudes a picturesque landscape which is certainly distinctive from a common getaway. From a relaxing leisure stay to adventurous mountain trekking or river water rafting, Kashmir can be the best setting.
In recent past, the advanced transportation system and lavish accommodation facilities have added to its easy to access trait booming its magnificent tourism industry.
Here is the list of top 10 packages for Kashmir tour which are frequently chosen by the tourists worldwide.
Kashmir Honeymoon Tours
When it comes to spend the golden moments of your life, you must be always specific. Honeymoon, being one of those few moments in life which you want to cherish for lifelong, should be always special. To meet your requirement impeccably, there can never be a better option than Kashmir honeymoon trip. While the winter attracts attention for the unpolluted snowy mountain peaks and surroundings, the spring and summer attracts attention for the honey-dewed orchards, brimming lakes and dot less blue sky. The loveliest season to visit Kashmir can be the autumn when slowly green turns to gold and then to brunette and red. For spending a romantic holiday, the newly married couples can pick a 5 night/6days package to enjoy the beauty of this mesmeric land. Let’s have a look on a compact and reasonable itinerary.
Day 01: Go for nearby sightseeing like Chasma – e – Shahi & Mughal Gardens, Shankaracharya temple, and Pari Mahal. Overnight stay at houseboat.
Day02: Go for a Shikara ride on the Lilly-laden lake in the morning. Spend your full day enjoying outing to Sonmarg, a splendid tourist spot perched with blooming flower gardens surrounded by gigantic mountains, pine and fir trees. Long stretches of mountains are the source of many Himalayan lakes.
Day 03: Enjoy the world’s longest cable car drive in Gulmarg. A short trek up to Khilangmarg which can be covered in about 3 to 4 hrs or enjoy the scenic view of Kongdori on a Cable Car Known as (Gondola).
Day 04: Start your journey to Pahalgam and if weather permits, you can have a glimpse of Kolhoi Glacier in Lidder Valley from a distance. You may take pleasure in a peaceful walk along the River Lidder.
Day 05: It’s better to hire a pony and leave for Chandanwari and Betaab Valley. Have your lunch in open air surrounding. Enjoy the natural scenario of Pahalgam walking on foot.
Day 06: Get ready to leave as per your flight departure time. Reach at Srinagar Airport and leave for your onward destination.
Kashmir Family Vacation Trip
It may be the relaxing moments of summer vacation or chilling winter, a trip to Kashmir is always at the peak of choice. Being one of the major holiday destinations in India, Kashmir houses number of matchless terrains to attract in-house as well as global tourists. From religious to serene natural ambiance each single spot has something unique to bestow. Destinations like Dal Lake will give you a chance to enjoy the Kashmir special Shikara ride whereas the religious spots like Kheer Bhavani, Shankaracharya Temple, Hazratbal Shrine etc will satiate your pious soul. Artistically set gardens like Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and Chasm-e-sahi garden will give you a brief idea about the height of artistic sense of the Mughal Empire Jahangir. Other must-see destinations include Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Avantipur ruins and Pahalgam. Whereas Gulmarg is known for the longest and highest cable car ride Asia, Pahalgam is the starting point for Amarnath pilgrimage. Do not forget to experience the overnight stay at the world famous houseboats.
To have a glimpse of the most popular locations in Kashmir, a 5n/6days tour package will be an ideal one.
Kashmir Pilgrimage Tours
If you are a devout soul and pilgrimage is the synonym of travelling for you, then you must plan for a tour to Kashmir. Exclusively designed shrines and temples located by the river side and mountains generate calmness to the devoted soul. The most important tour to this land is organised for the ever popular Amarnath shrine. Pahalgam is the base camp of this dedicated spiritual trekking. The journey starts from the end of June and the divine clock ticks till August. The naturally emerged ice ‘lingam’ of lord Shiva is the main centre of attraction. Apart from Amarnath, the imposing setting of Kheer Bhavani, the divine abode of Goddess Ragnya Devi and the Chakreshawri temple at Hari Parbat emanate a heavenly feel. The pristinely elegant Hazratbal mosque, Char-e-Sherief and Jama Masjid introduces you with the original Persian architectural style reflecting the sacred colours of Sufi sect. The Shiva and Vishnu Temple at Avantipur, Mamal at Pahalgam, Martand and Pandrethan are some of the must see religious spots in Kashmir which mark a unique identification of Hinduism perched in the valley.
Rafting in Kashmir
If you are an enthusiastic soul and adventure attracts you more than leisure, do not miss to experience the water rafting in Kashmir. The ice cold streams of water, force of the river flow, and the rocky surface of the river will make you feel different. Among many other options of river rafting, well known mountain streams like Lidder in Pahalgam area and Sind River in Sonamarg can be utterly adventurous. Lidder River has two short stretches apt for white water rafting. August and September are the perfect season to experience the real charm of rafting in Kashmir. The rapids are not very hard and thus can be the excellent tryout platform for the beginners. One can also look for white water canoeing in rivers like Drass, Sindh or Suru and a couple of high altitude lakes like Kaunsarnag, Gangabal, and Vishensar. Rest assured that you will find it worthy to spend your priceless time and money here in Kashmir.
Leisure holidays in Kashmir
Spending your valued holidays in Kashmir can be of high importance even if you are not into any sporty activities. The impressive landscape and healthy weather will let you feel the experience of spending some memorable moments in the paradise of earth. While the scenic beauty is astounding, most of the hotels are also unique and can add life to your comfortable stay in Kashmir. Go for a relaxing Shikara ride on the crystal clear lily laden Dal Lake and enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding natural ambience. Stroll across the well set Mughal Gardens like Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chasm-e-Sahi and feel the soothing effect generated by multihued flower bed. Have a glimpse of the vicinity of Wular Lake edged by magnificent alpine pastures, coniferous forests, and orchards. It is also one of the significant Wetlands of International Importance. If you are here by the end of winter go for fishing which is an unforgettable experience. Golfing in the refreshing environment shaded by Pine and Cinar trees is another wonderful experience. April to November can be the best time for that. Other Kashmir leisure holiday destinations are Nageen Lake, Manasbal Lake, Dodhpatri, Verinag, Kokernag, Khilanmarg, Yusmarg etc.
Mountaineering trip to Kashmir
If you are a sporty adventurous soul and reaching at heights is your passion Kashmir can offer you some of the best mountain trekking zones. Sky scrapping undulating terrains is rich in distinctive variety of flora and fauna. Most of the peaks are located on the Indo-Pakistan or India-Tibet border and witnessing the views of these neighbouring countries from the height is an unforgettable experience. One of the most important mountaineering spots is the small Himalayan peaks of Kashmir which are comparatively challenging to climb and satiate the hunger of your adventure-freak nature. Major mountain peaks of this part of Himalaya are Harmukh, Tattakuti, Sunset (highest peak in the Pir Panjal range) and a number of small peaks in Sonamarg and Pahalgam are some other significant destinations for mountaineering in Kashmir. Ever-enthusiast tourists can plan for a 20-30 days trip to taste the real charm of nature’s abundant delight.
Being surrounded by the great Himalayan and Pir Panjal Range, Kashmir houses enormous variety of flora and fauna. Apart from abundant terrains densely populated by the rare animals the meadows are enriched by a few well planned wildlife tracking destinations.
Dachigam National Park It is known to be one of the most significant wildlife sanctuaries in Kashmir. It is an abode to various wild species like Himalayan Black Bear, Jungle Cat, Long-tailed Marmot, Musk Deer, Babbler, Koklass Pheasant and Bearded Vulture.
Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve Another important wildlife destination in Kashmir is Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve. One can witness here the Himalayan red fox, musk deer, black & brown bear. It is also known as a bird watchers’ paradise. March-May is the best season for bird viewing, whereas for animal sighting September-March is the peak time. It houses a variety Avifauna which includes upland birds, both resident and migratory.
Kishtwar High Altitude National Park For animal sighting lover, this park can offer a 15 mammal species which includes Himalayan black and brown bear and musk deer. Other prominent varieties of animals include leopard, langur, hangul, goral Himalayan brown bear, markhor and some more. Whereas the variety of avifauna is enriched by 50 species of birds including bearded vulture, griffon vulture, Himalayan jungle crow, paradise flycatcher, white cheeked bulbul, golden oriole, and Indian Mynah.
Skiing in Kashmir
Being the highest Cable car in the world, Gulmarg Gandola is a significant skiing destination in Kashmir. It is also known as the 7th best skiing destination in Asia. Popularly known as Gandola ride, this unforgettable cable car ride takes the tourists up to Kongdori, and let them enjoy the splendid view of the meadow from the top.
Pahalgam is another inevitable destination for experiencing an irresistible skiing in Kashmir. For snow-skiing, it is regarded as one of the major destinations in Kashmir. The magnificent picturesque landscape drawn by the thick layer of powder snow awakens the kids inside the traveller. December to March is the best season to feel the real charm of skiing in Kashmir.
To enjoy the fullest out of your investment, it’s better to choose a convenient sight-seeing package and talk to your tour operator to customise it as per your need. In this way, you can have a glimpse of other significant tourist spots across the skiing area.
Lake Tour in Kashmir
If you are not into trekking, mountaineering, or other commonly known activities, you can simply pick any of Kashmir Holiday Package for lake tour in Kashmir and have an unforgettable experience.
Surrounded by lush green forest and magnificent landscapes most of the lakes in Kashmir are edged by the great Himalayan Range. A morning or evening walk through the magnificent trails can rejuvenate you enthusiastically.
Dal Lake Enjoy a never had before experience of Shikara ride on Dal Lake. Witness the magnificent view of surrounding flower beds and well planned gardens. Highest variety of floating vegetation and breath-taking houseboats add to the exclusiveness of the lake. Nageen Lake is another part of the same lake divided by a man manmade causeway.
Alpather Lake Alpather or frozen lake is known across the country for remaining frozen across the winter season. Edged by rocky mountain and abundant meadows of wild flowers the lake vicinity is every wildlife photographer’s delight.
Manasbal Lake Embraced by Aha-thung, a low hill on one side and a lofty plateau on the other, Manasbal is a lake lover’s delight. The lake is the best place for birdwatching. Apart from this commonly known lakes Kashmir also houses a number of other not-to-miss lakes like Wular Lake, Anchar Lake, Visansar Lake, Gangbal Lake etc.
Trekking in Kashmir
Experiencing Trekking in Kashmir is an incredible experience without a doubt. There are number of trekking trails to explore with astounding scenic beauty which can leave a soothing effect on your strenuous nerves. Different types of trekking expeditions are organised by tour operators. Among the short trekking trails, Gulmarg and Pahalgam are the most noteworthy and widely trodden treks.
However, if one is utterly enthusiast and die-hard fan of trekking, the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek can be the most enthralling trekking experience. One has to trek up to 63 km of undulating Himalayan terrain and maximum altitude will be 13, 750 feet. A package of 8 days tour will be an ideal one to explore the entire region. Other significant trekking trails are Aru-Lidderwat, Aru-Kolahoi Glacier and onamarg-Vishensar/Kishensar Trek etc.
Published: 15 Mar, 2014