How to plan a trip to Kashmir? For this, there are a lot of factors that you will have to consider like how to reach, where to stay, what to see, things to do, what to pack, how much will it cost, itinerary planning, etc. All of these questions cannot be answered in a single post if you truly want it to be detailed.
I have visited Kashmir a few times and have written several detailed articles that can be of help to everyone planning a trip. This information is scattered in several posts and getting the details that you need can be a little time-consuming.
For the sake of convenience and ease of navigation, I am cataloging these articles in the post below. Follow the links, take a look at the articles and every question that you have about visiting Kashmir will surely get answered. You will find complete information about popular destinations like Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Gurez, and Aharbal, as well as some offbeat destinations like Drung Waterfall, Chatpal Valley, Sinthan Top, Daksum, and several other places.
Best Time to Visit KashmirWhen is the best time to visit Kashmir? There is actually no straight answer to this question because it will depend on what kind of trip you were looking forward to.
If you want to see snow, January and February are ideal times. If you want to see lush green views, September will be the best time. For a honeymoon trip, I will recommend April and September.
If you want to see flowers and the Tulip Garden, you should plan for April. If you want to see Apple orchards, August and September is the best time to go.
For photography, a trip in the post-monsoon season will be best. For budget travelers, August and November are good times to go.
Mobile Network and Data Connectivity
BSNL has the widest network in Kashmir but Airtel is better in terms of the quality of the network. Jio works decently well but the services of Vodafone and Idea are not that great.
The important thing that you should know is that only postpaid connections work in the valley. Irrespective of which network you were on, your phone will be dead as soon as you enter Kashmir if it was a prepaid connection.
But if it was a postpaid phone, you would have good reception and data connectivity in tourist destinations like Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam. If you went a little offbeat, your phone may or may not work depending on the service provider.
Places to Visit in Kashmir
Now let us take a look at the tourist destinations in Kashmir, places that you just cannot afford to miss. These are the destinations that will become the very highlight of your journey.
I am adding Srinagar first to the list because that is where you will have to go first. Srinagar will be your base to explore the beautiful valleys of Kashmir.
But is it just that? The answer is no. It is not just a base to explore Kashmir but rather a place that deserves to be explored, a place of both natural and man-made beauty.
Shah Jahan a long time ago aptly called Kashmir the paradise on earth, and Srinagar is the heart of that paradise. With its serene blue lakes and magnificent gardens ringed by an Arc of Majestic Himalayas, it is a picture-perfect town that looks straight out of a painting.
There is just so much to see here and so much to do. This I believe is the very reason that despite all the unrest and tensions, Srinagar continues to remain one of the most visited tourist destinations in our country.
- Srinagar – How to Plan your Trip and Explore?
- Places to Visit in Srinagar and Things to Do
- Best time to Visit Srinagar – Best Month, Season, Tips
- Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar – Entry Fee, Timings, Trip Planning
- Nishat Bagh Srinagar – How to Reach, Timings, Entry Fee
- Hazratbal Shrine Srinagar – How to Reach, What to See
- Chashme Shahi Srinagar – How to Reach, Timings, Tips
- Pari Mahal Srinagar – Timings, How to Reach, Best Time
- Floating Vegetable Market of Srinagar – Flower Market
- Shikara Ride in Dal Lake Srinagar – Cost, Timings, Best Spot
- Sound and Light Show in Srinagar in Dal Lake
- Astanmarg – One of the Best Viewpoints in Srinagar
How to plan a trip to Kashmir – Conclusion
I believe that is it. This should cover the majority of the information that you need to get in order to plan an enjoyable and hassle-free trip to Kashmir.