The moment you step foot in Kashmir, you are cast by a magical spell. Such is the beauty of Kashmir. It mesmerizes you, and you are instantly captured by its beauty. There is something so magical about it that it would hypnotize you in just a moment.

There is a reason why Kashmir is known as “heaven on earth.” The beauty of nature, along with the tranquil splendor of the region, is going to speak to your soul. Surrounded by the pristine snow-covered mountains, the green gardens and beautiful lakes on the lakes add to the natural beauty of the place. 

There are different places in Kashmir which make the list of the must-visit sites. Here is a list of the best places to visit in Kashmir that you cannot miss when you are on a trip to Kashmir.

Best Places to Visit in Kashmir

Here is a list of the best places to visit in Kashmir. The list has been carefully curated to provide a complete experience, starting with the local mountains and ending with the silent, serene mountain passes.

The places that have been covered in this article are going to captivate you, and their beauty is going to live forever in your memory. This natural grandeur is going to convince you to come back to it over and over again.


Srinagar, kashmir

Srinagar is not just another beautiful place in Kashmir but also the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. And when you are in Srinagar, you should definitely take a shikara ride on the Dal Lake, and even better if you stay in a houseboat for a day.

You are absolutely going to fall in love with the place. It is also home to the famous Shalimar Gardens, which you can see on the back of the ten rupee note.

How to reach: You can take a train to Udhampr Railway Station or Jammu Tavi and then take a cab to Srinagar.

Must do: Houseboat stay

Best time to visit: February-July



If there is something which you can by the name of snow paradise, Gulmarg is the place. This place is known for having one of the largest and highest ropeways, which cover a distance of approximately 5 kilometers

The panoramic view that you get from 3979 meters above sea level is breathtaking. If you are visiting during the summer season, it is likely that you are going to experience snowfall. To experience the snowfall in Gulmarg is like experiencing the magic of mother nature.

How to reach: Srinagar is the nearest airport and is around 56 kilometers away if you want to travel by air. If you want to travel by bus, then you have to travel from Srinagar or Sonmarg. There are other neighboring places as well that are connected with Gulmarg. Jammu is the nearest railway station, and from there, you have to travel to Gulmarg.

Must do: There are professionals who are going to help you ski, and this is something you cannot miss when you are in Gulmarg.

Best time to visit: March-June



Sonmarg is popularly known as “the meadow of gold” and has one of the best views in Kashmir. Surrounded by green grasslands and snow-capped mountains, this is like experiencing heaven on Earth in the literal sense.

This is also the base for traveling to Amarnath. This place offers various adventure sports as well, like zorbing, river rafting and skiing. You can also go for a trek here. However, if you are visiting during the winter, you will not find anything, as this place remains closed because of avalanches and heavy snowfall.

How to reach: If you want to travel by air, you can take a flight to Srinagar and then travel to Sonmarg by bus or take a cab. Or you can take a bus from Pahalgam and other major cities of Kashmir.

Must do: Go on a trek to Thajiwas Glacier

Best time to visit: February-March

Kashmir valley

Kashmir valley

Kashmir Valley is the largest alley in the entire Himalayan Valley. This landmark of Kashmir is elliptical in shape and is surrounded by the Pir Pnajal Range and the Karakoram Range. 

This Valley has a picturesque view from all the sides possible. The valley is 140 kilometers long and is an ideal spot for mountaineers and trekkers.

How to reach: To reach this place, you can take a bus from any major city to Srinagar. Of you can take a flight to Srinagar. The valley is just 18 km from Srinagar. Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station, and then you can take a cab or a bus to the valley.

Must do: Try paragliding over the valley

Best time to visit: March-October


Pahalgam, kashmir

Pahalgam is surrounded by Betaab Valley and Lidder Lake, and you should visit the exhilarating valleys and the deep blue lakes. This place is known for its river rafting activities and golfing, and you can also shop for traditional Kashmiri items.

How to reach: If you are traveling by train, you have to reach Jammu and then travel 255 km to Pahalgam. You have to book a cab to get there. Or you can take a flight to Srinagar and then travel 95 km to Pahalgam.

Must do: Take a pony and roam around the place

Best time to visit: February-June

Leh, Ladakh

Leh, Ladakh

Leh is a popular place for adventure lovers as well as people who are hopeless romantic. This destination is like a pilgrimage for bikers, adventure drivers, and collegegoers. Bikers always dream of going to Leh on a bike.

The freezing cold water of the Pangong Tso Lake, with the backdrop of the magnetic hills along with the sky, gives you a complete view of the place. A view that is going to remain forever in your mind. 

How to reach: The nearest airport is Leh. or you can reach Srinagar by flight and then by road reach Leh. Or you can get Len and Ladakh by government or public buses.

Must do: Take a bike trip to Leh, Ladakh

Best time to visit: September- November



Pulwama is known as the city of color burst and is popular for the saffron fields. The picturesque trails, with the rich culture and the amicable weather, describe Kashmir in all its glory. 

Pulwama is around 40 kilometers from Srinagar. It is also known as the “dudha-kul of Kashmir” because of its high milk production. There are numerous trekking trails that you will find from the city going into the beautiful valley.

How to reach: You can take a bus from any major city to Srinagar, or you can take a flight to Srinagar, which is just 40 km from the valley. Jammu Rawi is the nearest railway station, and 

Must do: Snowboarding in winter and trekking and mountaineering in summer.

Best time to visit: April-October

Wrapping up!

There are numerous other places in Kashmir that are eligible for making the list of the bet places to visit in Kashmir, but here are the ones which you definitely cannot miss. When you take a trip to Kashmir, make sure you get the whole experience.

Depending on your preference of what you want to experience in Kashmir, choose the time when you want to go. But there is one thing for sure. Whenever you visit Kashmir, it is going to welcome you with open arms and will never disappoint you.

Subhasree Nag

Subhasree is a content writer who is passionate about traveling, writing, and reading books. In her leisure time, she is seen listening to music and watching web series. Writing along with music and dance are ways in which she expresses herself.

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