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Fishing in Kashmir

If you have a leisure day to spend in Kashmir, fishing or angling is one of the activity which you can enjoy. The crystal white water attracts tourists from all around the world to experience the fishing fun in the Kashmir.

In fact Kashmir is one of the unique places which offers best angling experience to tourists. Cold springs, high altitude, turbulent streams and wide variety of fauna are some of the features that makes fishing in Kashmir a must-to-do activity. People say, there is a different kind of thrill that one can feel while angling in the valley.

Here is more you need to know about Fishing in Kashmir

Best time to visit- April to September

Best Time To Visit Kashmir

Extending or shortening of duration is sole discretion of Directorate of Fisheries, J&K Government.

Here are some of the points that you need to remember before you plan to go for angling in Kashmir-

  • You need to procure licence or permit from Directorate of Fisheries.
  • This licence is non-transferable and is valid for one day only.
  • Only one rod is allowed per angler
  • No natural baits are allowed
  • There is a limit of 6 fishes per bag
  • There are 61 points open for fishing and angling. Each of them is 3-4km long.

Cost of licence – Rs 1000 for local while Rs 2000 for foreign anglers.

Places to visit

Following rivers are ideal for angling-

Sindh, Lidder, Erin, Ferozpur, Aharbal, Doodh Ganga, Daksum, Noobug, Ahlan, Krishen Ganga & Hirpur. For trout fishing, the most famous ones are Kokernag, Verinag, Sukhnag.

Important tip: If you want to enjoy trekking along with fishing, choose Veshnusar & Gangbal where 3km trek is required.

White-Water Rafting in Kashmir

White water rafting is very popular in Kashmir, especially in Pahalgam. There are multiple stretches which you can choose according to your stamina and budget and can go for the adventure. Since this type of rafting is done in gushing river, this is popularly known as White Water Rafting.

Lidder River, Pahalgam

There are different grades of rapids which also defines the distance and the cost of the entire package.



Tentative Cost

Varganpal to YaneerBride


Rs 400 per person

Varganpal to Ganeshpora


Rs 800 per person

Langabal to Ganeshpora


Rs 1200 per person

Sonamarg (Sindh River)


Rs 400 per person

Sonamarg (Sindh River)


Rs 800 per person

Sonamarg (Sindh River)


Rs 3500 per person

However, if you are planning water sports in Kashmir, you need to visit the state between April and September. Here are other things which should be kept in mind while planning rafting adventure here-

  • Always book your trip with government registered tour operator
  • Check all safety gears with your tour operators
  • There should be two raft professionals on each boat
  • Wear comfortable apparels- avoid sarees, dhoti
  • Children below 12 years of age aren’t allowed.

Keep yourself safe and enjoy the best rafting of India.


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.