Trekking in Kashmir

Have you make up your mind to do something extra ordinary in Kashmir? If yes, trekking is the best activity to do. There are many routes in the valley which are ideal for trekking and will leave you amaze for rest of your life. The most popular routes for trekking here is Gulmarg, Sonamarg and the very famous Amarnath Yatra.

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Sonamarg Trekking Route–

Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur- 9km

Nichnai to Vishnusar lake- 12km (Explore the day leisurely close to Vishnusar and Kishansar twin lakes)

Vishnusar to Gadsar via Kishansar lake and Gadsar Pass- 10km

Gadsar to Satsar- 12km

Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes-9 km

Gangabal to Naranag- 11km

Naranag to Sringar- Trip ends

Apart from trekking, you have options to go for small village walks through almonds groves, orchids and pastures that can make your trek more fun and awe-inspiring.

Gulmarg Trekking Trails-

Alapther Lake

Khilanmarg

Apharwat

Pir Panjal

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Things You Should Not Miss at Dal Lake

There is no doubt in the fact that Dal Lake is one of most romantic landmarks in Kashmir Valley. But don’t just sit into Shikhara and get bored while boatmen sail it for you. Here is the list of some of the most amazing things to do in Dal Lake, not them or pin it to your FB profile so that you don’t forget it-

Get Dressed and Clicked

So what you are with your family, get a landscape sized portrait clicked with your parents and decorate your living room.

Check out some authentic Kashmiri handicraft

Meera Bazaar has some government sponsored handicraft outlets. Don’t worry, you need not carry it with you, they can get it deliver for free. Just pay a part of the package upfront and rest of the on delivery.

Admire the beautiful Sunset at Dal Lake

The best time to visit Dal Lake is towards late noon. When you will be heading back to your starting point, you would experience the most beautiful sunset-orange, yellow, red and what not.

Dal Lake

Enjoy overnight stay at Houseboat

How about spending a night on a houseboat, floating over water. With exquisite Mughalic interiors and beautiful view of valleys from the portico, select the best houseboat but don’t forget to negotiate as these are very expensive during peak season.

Watch Floating Fields and get amazed

Yes, Dal Lake has several muddy puddle but they have vegetation which you can see. You can just it with your boat and can float it anywhere.

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These are most Luxurious Hotels to live in Kashmir

Hotels that can make you feel like King of Kashmir

Kashmir used to be summer resort for Mughals. Emperors along with their queens used to visit here during summers for experiencing the pleasant weather in the valley. Shalimar Garden and Nishat Garden used to be their favourite hangout place where they used to enjoy the beautiful view of Dal Lake. You too can experience the same royal hospitality in Kashmir, provided you are ready to spend few thousand bucks for the same. Check out these some super abodes in Kashmir valley that can make you feel nothing less than a royalist-

Vivanta by Taj

Address: Vivanta by Taj – Dal View, Srinagar

Kralsangri, Brein,

Srinagar 191121,

Jammu & Kashmir, India

Telephone: +91 194 246 1111 | Facsimile: +91 194 246 1011

The Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa

Near Gondola Cable, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir 193403

Phone : +91-1954254666

Email:reservations@khyberhotels.com

Fax: +91 1954 254660

In case, of emergency or not able to connect on board line, you can contact on: 9596780653, 9596780647, 9596780650, 9596780562

The Lalit Grand Palace

Gupkar Road Srinagar

190001 Jammu & Kashmir, India

srinagar@thelalit.com

Tel   +91 194 2501001 / 2501002

Fax  +91 194 2501003

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10 Best Things to Buy in Kashmir as Souvenir

Antik Mahajan visited Kashmir in last summer holidays. He was on his family trip and he had long list of relatives back at home whom he promised souvenir from the place. But when he actually went for shopping, he was dumbstruck as he had no clue what to leave and what to buy. In the end, he decided to tour the entire market and make note of the things which he actually found worth investing in. So here’s the 10 must things to buy in Kashmir without second thought- direct from Mahajan’s diary-

Antique copper ware

These are available in old city where you are not going to venture alone. If you have hired a guide, follow his instructions.

Kashmiri Carpets (Kaalin)

You get the most classic designer Carpets in Kashmir. No one can just have one, therefore make space in your baggage. Tip: Negotiate to the core!

Kashmiri Lac ornaments

If you have some female friends, they are surely going to love the Kashmiri jewels.

Spices- Red chilli, Saffron

Your driver/guide would definitely mention about Pampore fields which has best quality of saffron to offer, provided you have the skill to identify the authentic saffron.

Old, Vintage Maps of Kashmir

Just get some and get them framed to showcase it in your drawing room.

Old Photograph of Kashmiri Art

These are other embellishments for your drawing room.

Green Tea

You have to try Kaba here. There are variety of green tea available here, which diet conscious would love.

Ferin 😉

Obviously you are not going to wear this once you are back home but there is no harm in getting one for your wardrobe to add show to your winter collection.

Rugs and Wall hangers

Kashmiri handicraft is very attractive. You can’t keep your hands off if you come across any of such masterpiece.

Bakery Items

f you are flyer, get some delicious bakery items. The taste is just too amazing and would get you applauds.

Travel to Kashmir: Part IV- Sparkling Srinagar

We reached back city after visiting from Sonamarg in just three hours. We were free for the entire day. Packing was almost done so we were in no hurry to return hotel. Hence we decided to go for local sightseeing.

The to-do list was long and time was less. Hence we decided to skip few and visit just the famous ones.

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We started with Nishat Garden that didn’t have any blooming roses as it was not the season. We quickly walked around the park, clicked some beautiful pictures with Dal Lake in the background and came back. Same happened in Shalimar Garden which was also in dull mood, thanks to the extreme cold.

Post this, we headed towards Shankracharya Temple, which is one of the biggest religious landmarks in Srinagar city. It is located at a height and has very strict security. No mobile phones, leather articles are allowed inside the temple premises.

There are almost 85 stairs that you need to climb to reach the temple. We took almost 20 minutes to reach at the top, which is pretty normal. There is an army base here which keeps an eye on anti-social deeds, a perfect place to keep note of notorious elements

We spent good 60 minutes here, chit chatting with army personals who were delighted to know that we are from Delhi and its Kejriwal who is going to form government. The view from here was as marvellous as you can imagine. What we can see was just the beautiful Dal Lake

Post Shankracharya temple, we moved to Dal Lake for Shikara Ride. As I have already mentioned it was not peak season, we managed to crack the deal in just Rs 300 for three hours which included few landmarks.

Dal Lake

From Meena Bazaar to Jawahar Park, Dal Lake was full of delights that one could ever think of. However, littering is strictly prohibited here. Hence, make sure you do not get involve in such deeds.

We spent good three hours at Dal Lake. What added to our excitement was the beautiful sunset which took our heart away and made us felt that visiting Kashmir was actually worth it.

We reached back to our hotel after having quick dinner at eight. Since we had to leave early morning to catch our train from Jammu at 9pm, we made a point that we should start early. And as planned, we left the hotel sharp at 5 am as there were chances of snowfall during which Srinagar highway gets shut.

Luckily we were saved from such hassles and we reached Jammu city just on time. So you see how important is planning. If you too are planning Kashmir trip with your family, check out more posts on right panel to discover more about Kashmir.

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5 reasons you need to visit Kashmir once in a lifetime

I visited Kashmir when I was 24 and in all senses to understand what Kashmir is all about. I always used to think that the place is overrated, until I visited it. I had already seen the glimpses of Kashmir in various hindi movies but never believed it. However, all my myths and misunderstandings vaporised when I actually visited the place. And I think, once in a lifetime you should witness heaven on earth- which falls here

Kashmir is beautiful! Eternally beautiful…..

 Believe it or not, Kashmir is the most beautiful place on this earth. Its’ true that heaven falls here and it is a real opportunity for any nature lover to actually feel how it is to be in the place where there is just never-ending ranges of mountains which seems to be as high as far as sight goes.

Check out what Betaab Valley is all about

It is beauty beneath danger

Although Kashmir has been in news for all wrong reasons, it is actually interesting that how Indian army and CRPF have maintained the calmness in the niggling territory of India.

You would not get the chance to witness floating city

Dal lake at Srinagar is a floating city where you can enjoy delicious food, spend overnight on house boat as well as can shop at Meena Bazaar. Where else you can experience the swimming city, except you are Italy.

Why Dal Lake is Beautiful

Where else you would see three international borders together 

Afghanistan, Pakistan and China- Kashmir offers you sight of three countries. Just imagine- standing in the idle of the valley and witnessing three borders at one sight. (Note: You can’t actually view three borders together, it is just a metaphor. There are different places in the valley where you have to visit to enjoy the sight of international line of control)

Its snowy as it can get!

 Visit Kashmir between January and March and what you will get to see is white gold- snow. Play, get wet, get dirty and do the Kashmir in coming vacations.

How to Reach Patnitop

If you are driving to Srinagar from Jammu, Patnitop would be the first delight for you. IT is around 100 km from Jammu while around 186 km from Srinagar. If you are looking for the easiest and cheapest way to Patnitop, here is the cheat code-

Patnitop By Bus

Buses from Pathankot, Udhampur, Jammu are available frequently which can drop you till this hill top town. In-state buses and luxury coaches ply on this route.

Patnitop By Train

The closest railway station to Patnitop is Udhampur and Jammu. All major cities are connected to Jammu by train. You can hire a cab or taxi from Jammu or Udhampur railway station till Patnitop.

Patnitop

Patnitop By Air

Jammu airport is closest to Patnitop which have air connectivity to all other cities. You can hire a private ‘serviced’ car to get a rid till Patnitop which is almost 100 km from Jammu. The closest town to Patnitop is Udhampur which is also one of the major military base.

 

How to Reach Pahalgam

Pahalgam is around 297 km from Jammu. It is one of the getaways in Kashmir valley. The very famous Amarnath Yatra starts from here. For trekkers, it is a paradise while for nature lovers, it is nothing less than heaven.

Reaching Pahalgam by Air

The closest airport is Srinagar which have air connectivity to other metro cities of India. Regular flights from New Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai are available. Almost all major carriers ply on this route. You can hire a cab from Srinagar airport to Pahalgam.

Pahalgam

Reaching Pahalgam by Train

There is no direct train to Pahalgam. The closest railway station to Pahalgam is Jammu. You can take cab or taxi from Jammu Railway station that can take you to Pahalgam via Srinagar. Almost all major cities are connected to Jammu through express trains. The drive between Pahalgam and Jammu will be long, hence it will be advisable if Srinagar can be considered for taking a halt.

Reaching Pahalgam by Bus

Regular bus services are available from Srinagar and Anantnag to Pahalgam. There are varieties of buses  plying on the route- from state run buses to luxurious coaches, which are very comfortable but time taking.

If you are running short of time, it is advisable to hire a private cab from Srinagar airport and reach Pahalgam in shortest time, in just 150 minutes.

How to Reach Gulmarg

Gulmarg being one of the most important getaways around Srinagar, you need an entire day to spend in the town. It would be better if you can start early and reach here by 11am to end your day before it gets dark.

By Road

You can take a cab from Srinagar bus stand. Also, you can get transfer through Srinagar local transport but it would drop you halfway. From their, you have to arrange for your personal transport. Once you are at the base point, you need to rent another car which has chained tyres as during rainy season, the usual cars get slipped.

By Train

Gulmarg do not have railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is of Jammu which have air connectivity to Srinagar. Jammu has rail connectivity from all parts of India and all major junctions.

By Air

Srinagar airport is nearest to Gulmarg. You can take direct or connecting flight from all four major metropolitan. Almost all major carriers ply on this route and offer cheap packages to Kashmir which includes all major getaways such as Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam, including local sightseeing at Srinagar.

Betaab Valley’s secret out now! What makes it worth visiting!

If you are a ‘bollywood-movie’ freak, then you must be definitely aware of Pahalgam’s one of the most famous landmarks- Betaab Valley. For those who don’t know, here comes the surprise!

Betaab Valley is named after one of the most popular hindi films of 80s, Betaab, starring Amrita Singh (ex-wifey of Saif Ali Khan) and Sunny Deol (who needs an introduction ;)). Some of the scenes were shot in this beautiful valley which is almost 15km from Pahalgam. Reaching here isn’t tough as you can get private cabs from Pahalgam as well as Srinagar.

Pahalgam Betaab Valley

The ideal time to pay visit to director’s paradise is between Oct-April. You can visit here most probably anytime of the day. Sunsets are more beautiful than sunrise but keeping out after dark can be risky as the area is still impacted by militancy. If you are a nature lover, you can spend your entire day in the valley and get some fabulous pictures clicked.

Another secret which makes it a worth to go place is its geography. The valley is situated between Pir Panjal range and Zanskar. Interestingly, this part of Kashmir was ruled by some of the wisest Mughal emperors.

betaab valley

For those who love trekking, Betaab valley is definitely a heaven. This is one of the passing landmark if you are going towards Amarnath. In fact, you can also trek to Betaab Valley starting from Pahalgam, which is not just comfortable but easy and would make you less tired, keep you safe and you can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings at your own ease.

So before you prepare itinerary for Kashmir trip, make sure you check out all the information posted on blogs and chalk out the best trip at heaven.

How to Reach Sonamarg

Sonamarg is one of the popular getaways in Kashmir valley which is famous for flawless views of snow-clad mountains. There are multiple ways of reaching here which are not just easy but also cost-effective, However, it also depends on the amount of time you would like to spend on roads vis a vis amount of money. Hence considering all that, here are some of the pocket friendly options that you can consider for experiencing an amazing trip to Sonamarg-

By Train

Nearest railway station to Sonamarg is Jammu. The city is well-connected to all other major routes and offers smooth travel from any Indian city. There are many AC/Non AC trains which ply between New Delhi Railway Station and Jammutawi railway station. It is an overnight journey from the capital city.

Gulmarg

By Air

Srinagar Airport is closest airport to Sonamarg which is connected to other popular air routes for easy commutation of tourists. There are number of flights available on daily basis. Maximum number of flights enroute New Delhi. So, if you are not able to get direct flight from your city, You can fly down to Indira Gandhi Domestic Airport in New Delhi and can take another flight from here to Srinagar.

By Road

You can hire a personal cab directly to Sonamarg or you can rent a share taxi from Srinagar airport. The distance is over 100km and would take three hours to reach Sonamarg from airport. You can also take buses from Srinagar airport which will leave you at Sonamarg. However, the travel time would be more.

 

How To Reach Srinagar

Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir which is also a center of tourism for other getaways around. There are multiple ways to reach here from other parts of the country. Here is the brief info about the same-

How to reach Srinagar from Jammu

Jammu is over 295km from Srinagar. You can hire a private car from Jammu railway station or can even take a share cab to Srinagar. The prices may vary as per the season. Minimum rent for share cab is Rs 400 per person while a private cab would charge you minimum Rs 2,000. Flights are also available from Jammu to Srinagar of different air carriers.

How to reach Srinagar from New Delhi

There are two ways to reach Srinagar from New Delhi- you can take a train/flight to Jammu and then cab/flight to Srinagar or you can take direct flight to Srinagar from New Delhi. Although there are number of trains from New Delhi to Jammu but time taken is almost equivalent to flights which have layover in Jammu.

Trains to Jammu

How to reach Srinagar from Mumbai

There are no regular direct flights to Srinagar from Mumbai. Hence you have to plan your trips accordingly. Apart from this, there is single train to Jammu from Mumbai Central. If you still wish to go by air, you can take direct flight to Delhi and take another flight to Srinagar.

Trains from Mumbai

How to reach Srinagar from Bengaluru/Chennai

Being in opposite direction, there are no direct trains to Jammu, but you can take a direct flight to New Delhi and then another flight to Srinagar. If you prefer to save some money, take a train to New Delhi and then another train to Jammu. Alternatively, you can fly down to New Delhi and take airport express metro line to New Delhi Railway Station and take a train to Jammy, followed by a private cab.

Flights from Bangalore

How to reach Srinagar from Kolkata

There are multiple trains from Kolkata to Jammu. After getting down at Jammu, you can take a flight to Srinagar or a personal cab from Jammu station. You can also take a direct flight to New Delhi and can change for Srinagar.

Trains from Kolkata

Chashma Shahi

Things to Remember in Kashmir

It is the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is not like other usual tourist destination. Hence, you need to be extra careful while traveling in the state. Although infiltration and militancy is actually a serious problem here but you are extremely safe as the security network provided  by CRPF Jawans and army is more than extraordinary. Here are some of the handy tips which you should consider and remember while taking a trip to valley-

Keep your identification documents with you

Always carry your ID cards with you. Due to serious tensions in the state, there is extra layer of security in some corners of the valley. Since tourism is the main source of revenue in the state, special care is taken to make sure tourists remain safe and devoid of any danger.

Always follow the safety measures mentioned by the local police

Ask your driver, hotel management staff and other local people you are familiar with about to-do and not-to-do things in the city. There are some corners in the city which are not safe as thet are sensitive during communal riots. Remain within city limits and if possible close to popular tourist landmark such as Dal Lake in Srinagar, Golf course in Gulmarg and so on.

Avoid visiting sensitive areas during odd hours

Unlike any other tourist destination, you have to be extra cautious about your timings and whereabouts during odd hours. If you are going for sightseeing, make sure you get back to the hotel on time and take a good nap at night. 😉

Get back to your hotel on time

Utmost 8 o’clock. Make sure you come back to the hotel maximum by 8 in the evening. Have your luscious dinner and take a brisk walk close by. Enjoy the breezy winds and reach back to your hotel safely.

Pahalgam

Things To Do In Pahalgam

For me Pahalgam was something which was unexpected and happened just at the last moment. Here travel was convenient while the route was mesmerising enough to stop car and get some beautiful pictures clicked. The green alpines and swigging ranges would take your heart away. So make sure you prepare your heart for something really exceptional. Here are some of the must things to do here-

Visit the favorite panorama of Indian directors – Betaab Valley is one of the most shot locations of Kashmir where many Hindi movies were picturised. You might also feel familiar to some of the scenes as you have seen them many a times in films. Go around, trek and enjoy the most beautiful valley of Kashmir- it is!

Take a dip into Lidder River- Just kidding! Don’t even try it. The water is freezing and can be life threatening. It’s just good to get some good clicks for your social profiles or for memories. Enjoy watching varieties of fishes in the river in the blueish water which makes it more pleasant to look at.

If you have extra time- Visit Sheshnag lake which is almost 23 km away from Pahalgam. It is an important sight according to Hindu Mythology according to which it is dug by king of snakes- Sheshnag. There are variety of fishes in this lake as well. The lake is inaccessible during peak winters due to snowfall. So if you visiting during summer vacation, hopefully you are going to enjoy the most of it.

Patnitop

Things To Do In Patnitop

Patnitop is one of the small towns near Udhampur on the way to Srinagar from Jammu. It is a two hour halt if you are travelling via road. You just have to click some pictures here and get back into the car. P.S. don’t forget to carry your visiting card. It is said that visiting this temple brings good luck to your professional life.

Naag Temple- It is a famous holy snake temple where you can halt for 15 minutes and enjoy the hill top view. It is the highest point on Shivalik ranges where you can enjoy the mesmerising beauty of snow clad mountains. Keep your camera handy and get some amazing pictures clicked to upload on your social profiles.    

There is nothing much to do in Patnitop. You will just get excited as it is the first hill top point where you get to see the ice in the month of Jan-Feb till mid-March. There is small park near Naag temple where you can ski and enjoy for an hour. Sooner you leave from here, timely you will reach Srinagar which is still 10 hour drive away.

Gulmarg

Things To Do In Gulmarg

If you are visiting Kashmir for the first time, then definitely Gulmarg is one of the must-see attractions in the valley. It is one of the major getaways in Kashmir which is also famous for the highest golf courses and gondola services. It is over 50km from Srinagar and is almost two hours away from the main city. Here are some of the major attractions that you ‘must-must’ see in Gulmarg-

Gulmarg Gondola – If you aren’t afraid of heights, this is what you need to do at first as soon as you reach the beautiful town of Gulmarg. For those who don’t know, remember here you will be enjoying the second highest operational cable car services in the world. Tickets can be booked online to avoid queues. If you are a shutterbug addict, make sure you go to the second level which might remain close during extreme snowfall.

Khilanmarg- If you are a skiing-freak, Khilanmarg is the place for you. Slide, ski or slip on the fine slopes of Khilanmarg, you are just going to enjoy the most of it. The valleys are as beautiful it can be and you are going to get the best pictures of your life. Just a 6km walk from the car park and you will be at Khilanmarg.

Alpather Lake- Alpather Lake carries water from melted snow which is more freezing than you can ever imagine. Walking up till here is an option as it lieson the way to Khilanmarg. If you will be visiting the place in peak winters, chances are high you will find it frozen.

Outer Circle Walk- If you are in love with walking, then Outer Circle Walk trek is for you. It is almost 11km long during which you will pass through beautiful verdant snowy mountain trails that you aren’t going to forget anytime soon in life.

Ningle Nallah- Ningle Nallah is around 10km from Gulmarg and is a narrow stream which receives water from Alpather peak and lake. But th

Sunrise in Sonamarg

Things To Do In Sonamarg

When I visited Sonamarg, I didn’t have much options to explore due to extreme temperature. But here is a brief piece of information, so that you don’t miss on anything fabulous, unlike me. Sonamarg is one of the four getaways included in Kashmir trip. It is the last stoppage in Kashmir valley if you are going towards Leh, Ladakh. Although, Sonamarg is famous for the most beautiful glacier where several hindi movies have been shot. You see it and believe it. Here are the best things to do in Sonamarg-

Visit Thajiwas Glacier– Have a friendly snowball fight with local kids or just enjoy the ice-clad mountains and get lost in it. Keep your camera handy as you can’t even afford to miss a sight of it. It would be a tough trek for you but you won’t regret the hard work as here is the only place where you would get to see frozen water falls.

Get clicked at Gadsar Lake– It is one of those lakes which remains frozen throughout the year. This idyllic sight would be unforgettable for you as this water body is surrounded by snow covered mountains along with alpines and other wild greens. You can also enjoy panoramic view of Baltan and Satsar lake which makes it more beautiful than anything.

Believe it or not, you can spend almost four-five hours at Sonamarg without even looking at your watch. The place will keep you engaged if you love nature.

Chashma Shahi

Things To Do In Srinagar

Srinagar is usually the starting point of your Kashmir trip and also your halt point where you will be coming back going for a day-out to nearby sightseeing places. There are many places to visit in Srinagar itself. Here is a brief information on the same-

Dal lake– Enjoy the Shikara ride which will take you to Meena Bazaar where you can shop authentic Kashmiri stuff and enjoy beautiful sunset just floating over the water. You can also stay in house boats if you like but make sure you are done with the bookings, if you are going during peak season.

Shankracharya TempleShankracharya Temple is situated just in the middle of the city at the highest point. One can have a view of entire Dal lake from this temple. You can’t carry your camera, mobile phone, shoes and any other leather stuff here. Not even wallets are allowed here. There is an army

Chashma Shahi– Chasma Shahi is also known as royal springs where you can enjoy scenic site where mountains all around will take your heart away. The most amazing thing you will find here is ‘magical water’. You need to visit this place to know more about it. Lips tightly closed !

Nishat Garden– Nishat Garden is one of the Mughal Gardens built on the eastern side of Dal lake. It is one of the largest Mughal Garden in the valley. Usually the Persian gardens have fixed geography but because of different kind of geography and available water source, the garden was notified.

Shalimar Bagh– Shalimar Bagh is towards the north-east of Dal lake and is in close vicinity to Nishat Bagh.  The garden has rich flora which attracts nature lovers from around the world.

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Patnitop

Destination Patnitop

Patnitop is a hill top location on the way to Srinagar from Jammu. Usually, it is a three hour halt and is included in the trip only if you are traveling by road.

How to Reach Patnitop 

Patnitop is also famous for Nag temple which also gives the beautiful view of Shivalik ranges. Click some amazing pictures here as this would be the first point where you can enjoy the snow covered peaks here. There is a park just close to Nag temple where you can enjoy skiing and sledge carts which are quite affordable as compared to those available in Gulmarg. Chenab river flows just next to Patnitop which enhances the complete view when seen through camera.

The best time to visit Patnitop is between April to June. If you want to see snow fall, visit Patnitop during February and March. The easiest way to reach Patnitop is through cabs or taxi which you can hire from Jammu station or Udhampur. There are many hotels here where you can stay overnight and start again for Srinagar, next morning. Some of the hotels and resorts here offer hill top view which might be expensive during peak season but off season can get you amazing deals. There are some good eat out joints here which you can relish after a short travel from Udhampur. Better not to eat something heavy as the narrow roads and hilly terrain will make you feel nauseated.

Pahalgam

Destination Pahalgam

Pahalgam is almost 95km from Srinagar but isn’t included in Srinagar tour packages. It is a famous hill station as it is the starting point of ‘Amarnath Yatra’, conducted every year in the month of July and August. The place is also popular amongst filmmakers who flock to the location for shooting the song sequence and romantic scenes. Some popular sightseeing place in Pahalgam are Chandanwari, Betaab Valley and Aru valley. Since winters here are often very snowy, wearing gum boots is a necessity for a comfortable walk. Trekking and rafting is a must thing to do in Pahalgam. The water flowing in Lidder River flows with usher speed giving it a white look. It a full-day excursion spot as options for overnight stay is very limited. Hence, it is advisable to come back to the city and stay comfortably.

The easiest way to reach Pahalgam is through private cabs or taxis. You can hire a cab from Jammu station for Rs 4000 or you can take a shared cab till Srinagar which will charge you up to Rs 400 maximum and get off at Khanbal to hire three wheeler auto to Anantnag. Here you need to rent another Sumo till Pahalgam which would charge you Rs 100 per person in off season but up to Rs 700 in peak season. This would be the cheapest way to reach Pahalgam but would take over 12 hours to reach. Since it lies on a completely different route, travel operators do not include this destination unless one mentions it exclusively. The best time to visit Pahalgam is between April-June but since it is a peak season, it would definitely burn a hole in your pocket.