Jammu & Kashmir is among the most visited tourist destinations in India. Places like Zanskar, Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Srinagar possess an extraordinary beauty, as if they were examples of nature's brilliant poetry. Its beauty appears in a new light each season. The best time to visit it depends on the kind of experience you are looking to have. During summer, spring & autumn, the lush greenery steals your heart, while the arrival of winters lends it a resemblance of a snowy fairyland.
Summers in Kashmir is quite different than that of the rest of the country. It is marked by pleasant and comfortable weather. It begins in May and ends in August. Those visiting it from relatively warmer areas will find it cold enough for warm clothes. The temperature during this season fluctuates between 25°C to 35°C. Enjoy a shikara ride on Dal Lake, exploring the valleys of Sonmarg, visit the historical attractions & do much more.
Jammu receives heavy rainfall during the monsoons, particularly in the southern part of it. Kashmir also receives heavy rainfall, although Ladakh does not. This is a good time to visit certain parts of Kashmir, like Gulmarg, which has lush green meadows. Even though there is heavy rainfall in Jammu, the weather is extremely hot and humid. A large number of devotees visit it during this time for the Amarnath Yatra.
With the arrival of Autumn between the months of September to October, Kashmir is painted in hues of yellow, gold and orange.
After the monsoons, the landscape is marked by a rich profusion of contrasting colours. A shikara ride, walk in the Mughal Gardens, hike to Shankaracharya Temple and other activities are best enjoyed during the autumn season. The winter season in Jammu and Kashmir begins lasts from November to February. The images of Kashmir that you have seen time and again, and which has been captured in books, movies, literature & art, is best witnessed during this season. Adventure sports & gondola car ride in Gulmarg, Chadar Trek on frozen Zanskar Lake, pony ride in Pahalgam or enjoying the "harissa", winters presents Kashmir in an entirely new light.