Kashmir is bliss! It feels magical when you visit this delightful place. The place has incredible nature’s beauty with mesmerizing weather that will definitely make your Kashmir trip visit-worthy.
Best Time to visit Kashmir: During the months of March to August.
In the last blog, I have shared my amazing Kashmir travel experience (Kashmir itinerary) mostly focusing on the Srinagar trip. So, Continuing with the enchanting travel, let’s embark on the tour ahead to explore the beautiful Gulmarg, magnificent Pahalgam, enchanting Sonmarg, and religious Vaishno Devi.
Kashmir Day 3:
We started our journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg. On the way, we visited a carpet factory as mentioned in the last post.
Gulmarg – Meadow of flowers
Gulmarg, the most iconic snowy destination in Jammu and Kashmir, located in the Pir Panjal mountain range, is at the altitude of 2730 mt adobe sea level. Gulmarg offers panoramic views of snow-covered mountains and is a popular spot for skiing. The place is surrounded by beautiful grassland, lush greenery, ravine forested valleys, and an incredible meadow of flowers.
The Gondola Ride, Gulmarg
The most famous attraction in Gulmarg is the Gondola ride – the world’s 2nd highest cable car ride. There is a long queue at the ticket counter, but Kesari tours managed our tickets beforehand. We started our journey on Asia’s largest Gondola ride. The evergreen scenery and the charming valley views throughout our ride were breathtaking. We reached the top – Affarwat Snow point and enjoyed playing in the snow for the next 2 to 3 hours.
I was full of excitement that day, totally engrossed in relishing in the snow and clicking beautiful pictures. There are many sports like ice skating one can enjoy.
After this exciting ride, we left for Srinagar. On the way back, we visited the Apple orchards. Kashmir is one of the largest suppliers of apples in India as well as neighboring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh. May month is the harvest month, so it’s a great time to visit this scenic place during this month to relish the Kashmir apples.
Golf Course in Kashmir
The picturesque Golf course is another attraction on the way back to Srinagar. The 18 hole golf course, set against a marvelous backdrop offers a glorious experience.
Kashmir Day 4:
The next day we proceeded to the famous and beautiful hill station – Pahalgam.
Pampore Saffron Fields
On the way, we visited the Pampore Saffron fields. Kashmir is famous for producing high-quality saffron. The purple crocus flowers bloom usually in the Autumn months, so we couldn’t see the purple field during the month of May. But we got amazing information from the guide there about how they harvest saffron and the entire processing. We also bought 4 to 5 boxes of Kesar to take it home. I remember drinking Kesar milk, eating Kesar ladoos, and many other kesar products which were very toothsome.
Later we visited Avantipur ruins to explore the unexplored location in Srinagar. The 9th-century religious temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu built in Greek architectural style is worth a visit. It is in ruins today, but this place has astounding historic value and ornamental details on the walls.
Pahalgam has virgin natural beauty, which will fill your eyes with delight. This place is famous for trekking, sledding, and trout fishing. The bewitching Betaab valley is another attraction here.
The Chandanwari, a place near Pahalgam, is the base camp of one of the most famous pilgrimages of India – Amarnath Yatra.
Cricket Bat Factory
Later we moved to Cricket Bat Factory and learned about the art of making cricket bats right from stage one. The Kashmir willow tree’s trunk is used to make these Indian cricket bats.
On the way back to Srinagar, we spotted many thick wooden pine forests which made my route journey very interesting. I remember I was entirely looking out of the window to relish that moment. It was breathtaking!
We enjoyed the magnificent views of Lidder Riverside. We spend our evening time at this place eating corn and drinking hot tea. It was serene and felt like loving this beautiful life. I even got a chance to hold the rabbit in my hands for the 2nd time (1st time was in Manali). I had a very cherishing moment here.
Kashmir Day 5:
Sonmarg – The meadow of Gold
The next day we visited Sonmarg – a beautiful hill station in Kashmir. This place is surrounded by phenomenal glaciers, especially a must-visit and majestic Thajiwas Glaciers. Also, the calm lakes and fabulous fauna give a hike to travelers. Sonmarg is the starting point for various enthralling treks.
We enjoyed the majestic sight of the river Sindhu and spent our later evening shopping in the streets of Srinagar.
Jammu and Kashmir Day 6:
Due to a heavy landslide, we took a flight from Srinagar to Katra, otherwise, Katra is accessible through roads too. We arrived in Katra, the base point of Vaishno Devi. The place was too hot in comparison to the very cold Srinagar.
Vaishno Devi trip
After the dinner, we started our religious 13 km trek towards Vaishno Devi. The trekking experience was the most unique and splendid adventure for me. I have shared my amazing escapade at Vaishno Devi in my previous blogs.
Jammu Day 7:
Finally, we were back in the morning from the total 26 km trek and took a rest for the entire day.
Later in the evening, we spent some time shopping in the streets of Katra and then enjoyed the get together with our Kesari group.
Here we concluded our mind-blowing trip to the paradise of the earth – Jammu, and Kashmir. This trip is so close to my heart and I relive each and every moment of this journey. It makes me cheerful and encourages me to live life fruitfully, just like the happy faces of Kashmiri people, the sweet local culture which is mostly based on Kashmir tourism, the spectacular beauty, and so many endless things. Kashmir Tourism‘s efforts in making travelers happy are every time successful.