‘Paradise Personified’, Kashmirhas one language and that is beauty. The valley witnesses a rush of tourists mostly in summers; however, those who are avid adventure fanatics may not get deterred by season and situation. Thriving adventure activities in Kashmir has opened doors for excellent adventure tours in the valley. Jeep safari, trekking, wildlife and photography have become reasons for people to visit Kashmir.,Shikara ride, water skiing, powder skiing and fishing have emerged as major attractions in Kashmir.
Nestled between the Himalayan and Pir Panjal ranges, the Vale of Kashmir boasts about the adventure avenues that it offers along with its splendid natural beauty. Trekking is one of the activities that have gained immense popularity in Kashmir. The beautiful trails of Aru Valley in Pahalgam, Khilanmarg in Gulmarg and the rigorous trails of Thajiwas Glacier in Sonmarg and Dudhnag and Nilnag trails of Yusmarg are major trekking attractions in Kashmir. Also, one can find several easy to moderate trekking trails that are worth exploring.
Undoubtedly Kashmir is a paradise that shelters diverse flora and fauna. One of the major activities that draw many nature lovers is bird watching. The splendid wetlands of Gharana and Surinsar are home to many species of migratory and indigenous birds. Coots, Cormorants, Egrets, Mallards and Terns are some of the migratory birds seen in these wetlands. The region also nurtures many rare species of bird like Black Necked Crane, Falcon, Ibis bill, Pied Fisher bird, European blue whistling Thrush Vulture, and the Yellow billed magpie. Dal Lake and Nagin Lake are places where one can enjoy bird watching in Kashmir.
Amongst the many activities that have been introduced in Kashmir, horse riding has made its own mark. One of the oldest activities and needless to say the most popular one as well, horse riding in Kashmir is no less than an adventure. Pahalgamto Betaab Valley, and Baisaran, Gulmarg,to Khilanmarg, the green meadows of Yusmarg, and Sonmarg to Thajiwas Glacier are some incredible trails where one can enjoy horse riding. Along with other destinations, Srinagar remains a popular hub for horse riding activity in Kashmir as well.
Leisure holidays in Kashmir have become a way of tourism in Kashmir. Visitors have been seen visiting the Valley to enjoy some leisure time. For such visitors and those who have passion for fishing, angling has become another reason to plan a holiday to Kashmir. The snow-fed streams and the spring-fed streams are home to fishes like brown trout, rainbow trout, carp and mahaseer. There are nearly 61 beats open for angling and fishing in Kashmir Valley. The fishing season is between April and October.
Several avenues for mountain cycling, river rafting, golfing, and boat ride, mountaineering, skiing and paragliding have also been opened. The rigorous trails of Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg and Yusmarg offer adventure aficionados great opportunity to enjoy mountain cycling in Kashmir. River rafting in Lidder River in Pahalgam has also become a major attraction in Kashmir. Whereas, Kashmir also house some of the finest gold courses in India set against picturesque background. Dal Lake and Nagin Lake have become popular venues for tourists and local to enjoy shikara ride in Kashmir. Pahalgam is a well-known hub for paragliding in Kashmir and is as popular as Sanasar in Jammu region. Adventure seekers have great opportunity for mountaineering as well- lofty mountains like Harmukh (5,148 m) and Mount Kolahoi (5,425 m), Tattakutti (4,742 m) and Sunset (4,745 m) make mountaineering in Kashmir a memorable experience. Skiing in Kashmir valley is another major attraction; the lofty snow-clad mountains of Gulmarg and Pahalgam provide the apt avenues for swift and enthralling skiing experience.