Kashmir Packages FAQs
A. Before considering one of the Kashmir packages, you need to know in detail about the seasons of Kashmir and which more favourable for travel. Otherwise a year-round destination, it would be ideal to travel to Kashmir in the summer to fall months between March and October. You can see its blossoming gardens, hear the bird song, take in sweeping views of the alpine meadows and simply watch Srinagar’s Dal Lake hustle back to life. Visit Pahalgam between April and November for some rafting and horse-riding. For golf, come between April and November. But if snow is your thing and you care for some snowboarding and skiing, head to Gulmarg between December and first half of March.
Q. Are there enough ATMs all across Kashmir?
A. While you finalise one of the Kashmir tour packages, you need to be aware of how much cash you should be carrying and the number of ATMs at your disposal. The ATM network of Kashmir is quite vast, and you shouldn’t have difficulty spotting an ATM while travelling. However, it makes sense to always carry sufficient - not copious - cash at all times while travelling, because many an ATM could be out of order or have run out of cash. Srinagar has plenty of ATMs and withdrawing cash is not at all an issue, but it is not quite the same with Pahalgam and Gulmarg. There are fewer ATMs in these areas, so best to carry enough cash on you when venturing beyond Srinagar.
Q. What is the local mode of transport in Kashmir?
A. Though all the Kashmir travel packages you browse through will provide for your transportation, it is imperative to know how you can commute locally. Though the significant modes of transport in Kashmir are taxis and mini bus, you will also come across ample auto-rickshaws and luxury coaches. You can ride aboard a Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation bus or a Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation bus that have a fleet of luxury coaches as well for local sightseeing within Kashmir. Else hire a tourist taxi that takes you to the local sights and also for trips outside Srinagar. The most preferred local transport is the mini bus which operates through the city and also in the suburban areas. They travel on a pre-fixed route. For shorter distances, rely on nothing other than the ubiquitous auto-rickshaws.
Q. Are there direct flights from New Delhi to Kashmir?
A. There are direct flights from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport also called the Srinagar Airport. Significant carriers like SpiceJet, AirAsia, GoAir, Vistara, IndiGo, Air India operate on this route, with the journey time of a non-stop New Delhi to Srinagar flight being approximately 1.5 hours. A well-served route, flights are available at a great frequency through the day.
Q. When does the tulip festival in Kashmir take place?
A. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar hosts the tulip festival every year in the spring season - in April - when you can see an array of tulips in wondrous colours bloom to form an extremely photogenic landmark. Backed by the serene Dal Lake, the blossoming daffodils and hyacinths along with the iconic tulips draw in nature and photography lovers from all over the world to this gorgeous tulip garden in Srinagar.
Q. What are the things to do in Gulmarg?
A. Outside of taking in the splendid natural setting of Gulmarg with its mountains and green valleys, you are recommended a few other activities such as a gondola ride, trekking to Alpather Lake from the Gondola Phase 2 station. Gulmarg is filled with trekking routes but the most popular of them is the trek to Alpather Lake. In the winter months, skiing among other snow-activities like snowboarding are in full swing. However, to sum it up, the activities you cannot miss in Gulmarg other than the gondola ride and Alpather Lake trek include Apharwat Peak, Gulmarg golf course, Maharani temple, St. Mary’s Church, Maharaja Palace, Strawberry Valley, Children’s Park, Khilanmarg, Ningle Nallah and Ferozpur Nallah.
Q. What are the places I can visit in Kashmir?
A. Your Kashmir holiday should include a visit to Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Anantnag, Sonmarg, Awantipora, Aru Valley, Dachigam National Park, Harwan among others. A typical itinerary for Kashmir would be made up of stay in a houseboat on Dal Lake, a night in Gulmarg, a night in Pahalgam, about three nights in Srinagar and a day trip to Sonamarg.