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Top 13 Things to Do in Kashmir – Explore the Crown of India

Top 13 Things to Do in Kashmir – Explore the Crown of India

Kashmir, which is mostly situated in the Himalayan ranges, offers a multitude of experiences that one must enjoy by partaking in the thrilling activities described below. Go ahead and enjoy them all because some of the activities are unique to this place due to the terrain and location.

List of Things to Do in Kashmir

Here is the list of the top 13 things to do in Kashmir:

1. Shikara Ride

As your boatman takes you across the lake, relax and take in the splendor of the far-off mountains. A Shikara ride tops the list of the finest things to do in Kashmir since it gets you away from the rush of dirty city life. Nothing. There was no high-pitched irate throng, no smoke, no sound from the cars.

2. Houseboat Stay

This is one of the greatest unusual things to do in Srinagar, and it goes beyond the shikhara rides in Dal Lake. Lounging overnight on the houseboat moored at the Dal Lake jetty is another of Kashmir’s best experiences. A night spent on one of Srinagar’s houseboats is an experience that everyone should have, whether they are alone, on a honeymoon, or traveling with a family.

srinagar in kashmir india is one of the highest cities in the world
Srinagar, India is one of the highest cities in the world by elevation.

3. Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

Without a visit to this exquisite tulip garden, your trip to Kashmir is completed. One of the biggest tulip gardens in Asia is known as the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden. There are numerous additional garden plants besides tulips, such as hyacinths, daffodils, and ranunculus. March through May is when this garden is most enjoyable to see.

4. ‘Gondola’ Cable Car Ride

A popular activity in Kashmir for visitors of all ages is taking a ride on the Gondola cable car. Travelers who want to see the greatest views of the snow-capped mountains choose to take cable cars. One of the nicest things to do in Kashmir in May is riding a Gondola, as the summer is drawing to a close and the scenery is breathtaking.

5. Old Srinagar Heritage Walk

You walk more to know more, they say. Likewise, Srinagar is in this category. The city’s architecture is influenced by three different architectural styles and three different religions, with some buildings dating back more than four centuries and gardens that are nothing short of a paradise. One of the calmer things to do in Kashmir is to take a stroll through the ancient town.

Things to do during the Old Srinagar Heritage Walk:

  • Start at Jamia Masjid.
  • Explore Khanqah-e-Moula.
  • Walk through Maharaj Gunj and the local culture.
  • Visit Shah Hamdan’s Shrine and its historical importance.
  • Admire Zaina Kadal Bridge.
  • Discover Makhdoom Sahib Shrine and popular pilgrimage site for tourists.
  • End at Lal Chowk and the local atmosphere, sample street food, and do some shopping for souvenirs.

6. Kashmiri Cuisine

One of the most crucial things to do in Kashmir, just like in any other place in the globe, is to sample the local food. Everyone has heard about Kashmiri lamb mutton rogan josh and Kahwa tea. But there are a ton more delectable dishes in the cuisine.

7. Tourist Attractions

Whether on a trip with friends, family, or both, nobody would want to skip Kashmir’s breathtaking sights. The most well-liked tourist destinations in Kashmir are Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, and Sonamarg. One of the most well-liked activities in Kashmir is visiting these cities.

scenic beauty of Kashmir
The scenic beauty of Kashmir.

8. Shopping

One of the most popular pastimes in Kashmir is shopping. Shoppers can purchase pricey Doda Sapphire, hand-woven carpets from Namda, fine Kashmiri handlooms and Pashmina shawls, and antique copperware such as samovars. And then there are the shikaras in Dal Lake, where you can buy fruits, veggies, and flowers.

Here are some popular things to buy in Kashmir:

  • Pashmina shawls in local markets or specialty stores.
  • Kashmiri carpets or fine wool.
  • Kashmiri embroidery.
  • Kashmiri handicrafts and exquisite walnut wood souvenirs.
  • Kashmiri saffron.
  • Kashmiri tea (Kahwa).
  • Kashmiri dry fruits from local markets or specialty shops.
  • Kashmiri sweets in local sweet shops.

9. Wildlife Tour

Some of the most amazing and uncommon types of plants and animals can be found in Jammu and Kashmir’s snow-capped mountains and deep woods. The best places to see these wildlife species are the more than seven national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Jammu and Kashmir. Hemis National Park, Kishtwar National Park, Dachigam National Park, Kazinag National Park, and Salim Ali National Park are just a few of these locations.

Nomad life in Kashmir
Nomad life in Kashmir.

10. Gulmarg Golf Club

This is one of the unusual things to do in Jammu & Kashmir. It’s one of the biggest and tallest 18-hole golf courses in the world, Gulmarg Golf Club is highly sought after. Playing golf in this “Meadow of Flowers” can be one of the most enjoyable things to do in Jammu & Kashmir. There is a natural golf course at this location. So, take in the scenery while playing this game.

11. Pony Ride Excursions

In the Kashmiri valleys, ponies are a common means of transportation. An additional fascinating activity to do in Kashmir is to go for a quick pony ride around the stunning valleys. In Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Yusmarg, and Gulmarg, pony rides are much sought-after. In locations where motorized transportation is not possible, pony rides are increasingly prevalent.

12. River Rafting

This area has easy to moderate rapids, suggesting that rafting in Kashmir is not too challenging. Additionally, you can go rafting close to Sonamarg. But more well-known is the white water rafting in Pahalgam’s Lidder River. River rafting requires a lot of teamwork and coordination, and you have to heed the instructors’ safety recommendations.

Dal Lake river rafting in Kashmir
Dal Lake river rafting in Kashmir.

13. Paragliding

Another alternative for individuals who cannot get enough of adrenaline is to try paragliding. The scene beneath is the magnificently gorgeous valley. One of the most exhilarating activities in Kashmir is paragliding, which offers a unique perspective of the verdant valleys.

Embrace the Serenity: Why Kashmir Must Be on Your Bucket List

As the sun sets on the majestic peaks of Kashmir, we reflect on a journey that has been nothing short of magical. From the tranquil waters of Dal Lake to the adrenaline rush of paragliding, Kashmir offers a mosaic of experiences that cater to every traveler’s dream. Whether you’re seeking solace in nature, an adventure to recount for ages, or a taste of the local culture and heritage, this heavenly abode has it all. So pack your bags, set your spirit free, and let Kashmir weave its timeless enchantment around you.

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  • Emily

    I’ve always wanted to go to Kashmir! This place looks like a stunning location to visit and explore first-hand.

  • Michelle

    Whoa, these photos of Kashmir looks GORGEOUS! This is totally a place that I would love to go visit one day. Thank you for sharing this awesome info about it.

  • Claudia

    Oh, wow. I can certainly see why Kashmir is called the Crown of India. It is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Catherine KAY

    Kashmir truly is the crown jewel of India! This list of top things to do is perfect for anyone looking to explore the beauty and culture of this breathtaking region.

  • LisaLisa

    WOW! I would want to explore everything in Kashmir. Such a beautiful place to explore and my first place would be to explore the Shikara Ride.

  • Gervin Khan

    wow! everything looks so fantastic! i would love to visit this place with my family to see and explore the beautiful places in Kashmir.

  • Tameka

    You had me at House boat. Never heard of this location before but it is definitely a must visit

  • Richard Lowe

    Kashmir looks like a great place to visit. Perhaps some day I’ll get there.

  • Fransic verso

    So cool, my uncle went to Kashmir, he said it was an amazing city. We are planning to go there. This will be awesome to keep in mind. Thank you for sharing!

  • Julie

    Wow! What majestic vistas there are in Kashmir! When I think of India, I think of the bigger cities. I would love to do the Old Srinagar Heritage Walk as a top thing to do in Kashmir, and It also looks like a beautiful place to paraglide!

  • Ebony

    I would love to experience the thrilling activities unique to Kashmir! The backdrop of the Himalayan ranges look so beautiful! Saving this for a future trip!

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