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Exploring the Beauty of Kashmir: A Journey Through Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, and Pahalgam

Have you ever dreamt of wandering through a winter wonderland? Imagine snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and charming valleys. That’s precisely what Kashmir offers, a paradise on Earth. I recently had the pleasure of visiting some of its most breathtaking destinations – Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, and Pahalgam. Let me take you on a virtual by totemholidays  and share my delightful experience !

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Backpacker scene in Kashmir


  • Warm layers: Pack thermals, sweaters, and a warm jacket for changing mountain weather.
  • Sturdy shoes: Hike with ease in comfortable, waterproof boots
  • Daypack essentials: Water bottle, sunscreen, snacks, and a map keep you fueled and on track.
  • Headlamp & rain gear: Be prepared for nighttime adventures and sudden showers.
  • Lightweight sleep system: A compact tent, sleeping bag, and mat for cozy stargazing nights.
  • First-aid kit: Pack essentials for minor cuts and scrapes.

Srinagar – A City of Tranquil Lakes and Serene Houseboats

As I stepped into Srinagar, the capital city of Kashmir, I was greeted by the tranquil waters of Dal Lake. The shimmering surface adorned with floating gardens and houseboats painted a picturesque scene. Riding a Shikara (a traditional wooden boat) on the lake felt like gliding through a fairytale. I indulged in the local cuisine, savoring aromatic Kashmiri Pulao, Rogan Josh, and the sweet delight of Phirni.

The weather in Srinagar was chilly, so I bundled up in cozy sweaters, scarves, and gloves. Locals recommended these as essential clothing items to stay warm and comfortable.

Gulmarg – A Winter Wonderland for Adventure Enthusiasts

My next stop was Gulmarg, a snow lover’s paradise. The snow-covered landscapes were perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and making snowmen! The Gondola ride, one of the highest cable cars in the world, offered breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

I took a gondola ride up to Kongdori Mountain, where I was rewarded with panoramic, postcard-perfect views of the valley below. I also enjoyed horseback riding through the meadows, feeling like I was in a scene straight out of a fairytale.

To beat the cold, I relished piping hot cups of Kahwa, a traditional Kashmiri tea infused with spices like saffron and cardamom. The local shops offered exquisite handcrafted woolens like Pashmina shawls and embroidered jackets, ideal souvenirs to remember the trip by.

Sonmarg: The Meadow of Gold

The journey to Sonmarg was like a dream. Meadows adorned with colorful flowers, glistening glaciers, and the Thajiwas Glacier Trek left me spellbound. The crisp air in Sonmarg called for a hearty meal of Yakhni, a comforting yogurt-based mutton stew, served with steaming rice.

To stay warm amidst the chilly winds, I wrapped myself in layers of woolen clothing, including a warm Kashmiri pheran (traditional cloak). The locals’ kindness and their fascinating stories added a touch of warmth to the freezing weather.

Pahalgam: The Shepherd’s Paradise

My final stop was Pahalgam, a charming town nestled in the Lidder Valley. Pahalgam is known for its lush meadows, crystal-clear rivers, and towering mountains. I spent my days here trekking through the pine forests, picnicking by the riverside, and soaking in the idyllic natural beauty.

For the crisp weather, I found comfort in a blend of traditional and modern clothing, including cozy sweaters, fleece jackets, and sturdy boots for the scenic hikes and walks.

Food and Dessert: A Culinary Delight

Kashmiri cuisine is a delight for the senses, with its unique blend of spices and flavors. I savored hearty dishes like Rogan Josh (lamb curry) and Kashmiri Dumplings, as well as lighter fare like Khatta Meetha (a yogurt-based dish with sweet and sour flavors). And no Kashmiri meal is complete without Kashmiri tea, a fragrant brew flavored with saffron and almonds

For dessert, I indulged in Kashmiri sweets like Shufta (a semolina pudding) and Phirni (rice pudding). The sweetness was the perfect balance to the savory flavors of the main course.

Season and Dress: When to Pack Your Bags

The best time to visit Kashmir is during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant and the crowds are thinner. I visited in the summer and, while it was a bit warm, the stunning scenery made up for it.

If you’re planning a trip to Kashmir, be sure to pack warm clothes, even in the summer. The temperature can drop significantly at night, especially in the higher altitudes. I recommend packing sweaters, scarves, and a warm jacket. You’ll also want to bring sturdy shoes for all the walking and hiking you’ll be doing.

Memories that will Last a Lifetime

My journey through Kashmir was an unforgettable experience. From the vibrant streets of Srinagar to the snow-capped peaks of Gulmarg, every place I visited left me awestruck. The beauty of the landscape, the warmth of the people, and the delicious food – all these things combined to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

If you’re looking for a destination that will take your breath away, Kashmir is the place for you. Just be sure to pack your bags and get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget. are you ready to join with us totemholidays

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