In winter, Kashmir is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit. Winter in Kashmir has many joys to offer to travelers who wish to visit the valley during the cold months, from delicious Harissa to thrilling skiing and other adventure sports. Kashmir is a land endowed with fascinating and boundless beauty. Majestic mountains, lush meadows, ever-flowing streams, waterfalls and flower-carpeted valleys combine to create some of the most incredible vistas. It is considered a beautiful summer and winter vacation destination for visitors from all over the world. During the winter, when people from all over India and the world go to the mountains to get a breath of fresh air and escape the heat, Kashmir becomes even more popular.
So, if you are ever interested in the mountains, here are some of the best destinations to visit in Kashmir during the winter season:
# 1 Gulmarg: Gulmarg is a snow wonderland for all winter snow travelers. It has many top must-see attractions and is covered in fresh snow from December to March. No matter which direction you gaze, you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views beyond the horizon. The Gulmarg Gondola Ride is one of the valley’s most popular attractions. Skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding are a few winter activities available in Gulmarg during the winter season.
Gulmarg is a snow wonderland for all winter snow travelers. | Photo by Christian ter Maat on Unsplash
# 2 Hokersar: Hokersar is a must-see on your trip to Gulmarg. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the Kashmir Valley, located near Zainakote in Srinagar. During winters, Hokersar is home to around one million migratory birds. It is a visual delight to see these exotic visitors to Kashmir swinging, swimming and stretching their magnificent wings.
Hokersar is the largest bird sanctuary in the Kashmir Valley, located near Zainakote in Srinagar. | To file
# 3 Dal Lake: It is the most famous and one of the safest place to visit in Kashmir with family, to enjoy various activities. Shikara Ride, Houseboat Stay, Floating Market, Mughal Gardens and Char Chinar are some activities available around Dal Lake. You can also visit the surrounding attractions such as Tulip Garden, Pari Mahal, Shalimar Garden, Chashma Shahi, etc.
Dal Lake is the most famous and one of the safest places to visit in Kashmir with your family to enjoy various activities. | Photo by Sidharth Singh on Unsplash
# 4 Sonamarg: Sonamarg has some exciting news for anyone considering a winter trip to Kashmir this year. The beautiful winter destination, made possible by the completion of the Z Morh tunnel, is expected to remain open this winter. Sonmarg, often known as the “Golden Prairie”, is one of Kashmir’s most popular tourist attractions. Sonmarg, with its excellent view of the snow-capped mountains, stands out to make travelers’ vacations captivating. A trip to Thajiwas Glacier would lift the gloom of any traveler coming from a wet city.
Sonmarg, often known as the “Golden Prairie”, is one of Kashmir’s most popular tourist attractions. | Photo by YASER NABI MIR on Unsplash
# 5 Pahalgam: Pahalgam, with its sheer beauty, is a popular destination for travelers visiting Kashmir at any time of the year. Whether it’s the picturesque meadows in summer or the snow-covered valley in winter, every season is wonderful in its own way. If you like to play in the snow, you should visit Pahalgam during the winter months of December and January. The temperature drops to subzero levels, and the entire mountain range, as well as the rocky terrain, is perfectly covered in snow, creating a breathtaking view. Must-see attractions in Pahalgam include Baisaran Valley, Betaab Valley, and Aru Valley.
Must-see attractions in Pahalgam include Baisaran Valley, Betaab Valley, and Aru Valley. | Wikimedia Commons
Apart from these five spots, Kashmir has a multitude of attractions who surpass themselves in terms of beauty, serenity and natural richness. In winter, the temperature in Kashmir drops from zero to negative degrees. So, pack your warm clothes and get ready for an unforgettable Kashmir adventure. The valley is renowned for its hospitality and the locals are very welcoming to tourists.
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