Though it’s somewhat unknown and under-appreciated, India’s crown state is nothing short of fairy-tale material. Kashmir’s geography itself secures it a top spot on the bucket lists of nature lovers. Its valleys, meadows & alpine lakes are a joy to explore. Ahead, the blog will share the best way to explore Kashmir. Although there are a ton of places here to explore, this blog focuses on three of Kashmir’s top destinations: Srinagar, Pahalgam & Gulmarg.

Best Commute Option to Get Around in Kashmir

Hire a Taxi!

To get the best out of your stay duration in Kashmir, the best way to commute around is via a private taxi. We recommend hiring one through a good travel agency, or through your hotel. On an average it takes 20 mins to cover 10 kms of distance by road in the cities.

Food & Restaurants in Kashmir

Best Fine Dining Experiences in Kashmir

  1. The Chinar Garden, Srinagar
  2. WelcomCafe Lolaab, Pahalgam
  3. Jade Dragon, Srinagar

Best International Cuisines in Kashmir

Kardesler Cafe, Srinagar (Turkish)
Rivendell, Pahalgam (Italian & Chinese)
Northwind Cafe, Gulmarg

Best Coffee Shops in Kashmir

  1. Creme, Srinagar
  2. Cafe Log Inn, Pahalgam
  3. Black Bear Brew, Gulmarg

Best Bakeries in Kashmir

  1. Jan Bakery, Srinagar
  2. The Baker’s Corner, Pahalgam
  3. Highland Park Bakery, Gulmarg

Local Food Experiences to try in Karnataka

  1. Rogan Josh
  2. Haak
  3. Phirni

Shopping in Kashmir

Best Street Markets in Kashmir

  1. Lal Chowk
  2. Pahalgam Main Market
  3. Maharaja Bazaar, Gulmarg

Spas & Wellness in Kashmir

  1. The Orchard Spa, Srinagar
  2. The Chinar Spa, Pahalgam
  3. Love of Spa, Gulmarg


Srinagar is a mesmerizing natural beauty and timeless serenity situated in Kashmir, a state hailed as “Heaven on Earth”. The city sits gracefully on the banks of the iconic Dal Lake, with snow-capped peaks, blooming gardens, and traditional houseboats converging to create an enchanting panorama. In winter, when the city is blanketed in snow, Srinagar transforms into a winter wonderland. Frozen Dal Lake becomes a playground for ice-skaters, and the surrounding hillsides become a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.

Dal Lake, Srinagar

Best Places to Stay in Srinagar

Luxury Picks

  1. Vivanta DalView
  2. The Lalit Grand Palace
  3. The Orchard Retreat & Spa

Luxury Boutique Hotels

  1. Rah Bagh by the Orchard
  2. Fortune Resort Heaven
  3. Hotel Solar Residency

Budget/Backpacker Options

  1. Hotel York
  2. Hotel Curio’s
  3. Whostels Srinagar

Must Visit Sights & Landmarks in Srinagar

Begin with an adventure in the meticulously crafted Mughal Gardens. Explore Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh, with their terraced lawns, vibrant flower beds, and cascading fountains. Next, ascend the sacred Shankaracharya Hill to visit the Shankaracharya Temple, dating back to the 9th century, to witness panoramic views of Srinagar. Visit the Pari Mahal, the “Palace of Fairies,” perched on Zabarwan Range. When the time is closer to noon, you can take a peaceful Shikara ride at Dal Lake. Here you can also explore the floating gardens. Next you can visit the Shalimar Bagh and wander through the Old Town. 


Amidst the pristine Pir Panjal range, Gulmarg stands as a picturesque retreat, captivating visitors with its alpine landscapes and serene ambiance. This enchanting hill station, meaning “Meadow of Flowers,” is a year-round haven, with a seamless blend of natural beauty, adventure, and tranquility. During winter, Gulmarg transforms into a winter wonderland blanketed in powdery snow. The Gulmarg Ski Resort, with its world-class slopes, beckons skiing enthusiasts from around the globe. 

Best Places to Stay in Gulmarg

Luxury Picks

  1. The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
  2. The Lalit Grand Palace
  3. The Orchard Retreat & Spa

Luxury Boutique Hotels

  1. Hotel Heevan Retreat
  2. The Vintage
  3. Hotel Royal Castle

Budget/Backpacker Options

  1. The Gulmarg Palace
  2. Beige Resort
  3. The Gulmarg Gateway Resort

Must Visit Sights & Landmarks in Gulmarg

Begin your expedition with an exhilarating ride on the Gulmarg Gondola, one of the world’s highest cable cars. Arrive at Apharwat Peak, situated at an elevation of 4,390 meters. Afterwards, descend to the serene Alpathar Lake. A short ride from there can take you to the Maharaja Bazaar for shopping. Take a scenic drive to Naranaag {covering 95 kms in 2.5-3 hrs}. Here, trek about 9 kms to the Gangabal Lake and witness the beautiful Harmukh Waterfalls nearby. If time allows, make a visit to the Naranaag Temple, which dates back to the 8th century.


Along the banks of the Lidder River in the heart of the Kashmir Valley, Pahalgam is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, dense pine forests, and verdant meadows. The fragrance of pine needles and the whispering breeze create a serene atmosphere here. The town also hosts a unique golf course surrounded by majestic mountains.


Best Places to Stay in Pahalgam

Luxury Picks

  1. WelcomHotel by ITC
  2. New Snow View Resort
  3. Royal Hillton

Luxury Boutique Hotels

  1. Hotel Mount View
  2. Radisson Golf Resort
  3. Hotel Solar Residency

Budget/Backpacker Options

  1. Riverland 
  2. Zostel 
  3. Zebrina

Must Visit Sights & Landmarks in Pahalgam

Begin your journey at Chandanwari, a serene location that serves as the starting point for the sacred Amarnath Yatra, a significant pilgrimage for the Hindus. Next venture into the cinematic beauty of Betaab Valley, named after the Bollywood film “Betaab” shot amid its stunning scenery. If time allows, you can shop and explore at the Pahalgam market. Also visit the Awantipora ruins and the Aru Valley before heading back to Srinagar.

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