Explore the Enchanting Beauty of Kashmir: A 5-Day Itinerary

Nestled in the Himalayas, Kashmir is often referred to as “Paradise on Earth” due to its enchanting natural beauty of snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, lush green forests and valleys.

It’s a destination that has long enthralled travelers, poets and writers who have attempted to capture its magical essence.

In this blog post, I take you through the must-see places in Kashmir that you can cover in 5 magical days.

From cruising the placid Dal Lake in intricately carved shikaras to trekking through Great Himalayan National Park – this itinerary has something for every type of traveler.

So come along on a journey through what is undoubtedly one of India’s most beautiful and captivating destinations.

Day 1: Srinagar & Dal Lake

No trip to Kashmir is complete without spending at least a day exploring Srinagar, the summer capital city, and the adjoining Dal Lake.

Start your first morning by taking a shikara ride on the peaceful waters of Dal, passing by colorful houseboats and witnessing locals going about their daily lake life.

Make stops at some of the famous Mughal gardens like Shalimar and Nishat Bagh that showcase terraced lawns, fountains and pavilions.

End your day by witnessing the sunset over the Himalayas from Dal Lake as it casts a lovely orange glow and gets mirrored in the waters below.

Day 2: Pahalgam

After getting your fill of Srinagar, head 96 km south on NH 1A to the breathtaking Pahalgam valley. This Kashmir itinerary day is all about scenic vistas and mountain air.

On your way, stop at Avantipur temple ruins and walk amongst the ancient site flanked by chinar trees. In Pahalgam, don’t miss camping beside the gurgling Lidder river and hiking up to the panoramic Aru Valley & Betaab Valley.

End your day with some energetic trout fishing in the river as you take in the spectacle of Himalayan peaks on all sides.

Day 3: Gulmarg

It’s time to hit the slopes! In about 2 hours, arrive in the Meadow of Flowers – Gulmarg. Take the world’s highest operating Gondola cable car ride up to Kongdoori Mountain at 13,780 feet for awe-inspiring views.

Try some beginner skiing or snowboarding with the help of local guides, or go sledding in the flower laden alpine slopes. Take Instagram worthy pics of the frozen Alpather Lake and bask in the views of the majestic Apharwat peak.

In the evening, have steaming cups of Kashmir’s renowned Kahwa tea to wrap up Gulmarg’s magic.

Day 4: Sonamarg

Drive past swaying conifers and gushing streams to reach Sonamarg, translating to ‘The Meadow of Gold’. True to its name, the landscape is carpeted in gold hued flowers set against white peaks.

Hike up to the Thajiwas Glacier for stunning mountain views or take an adventurous river rafting expedition along the Sindh river’s rapids to get your adrenaline fix.

Camp under billions of twinkling stars and wake up to an unforgettable sight of dawn rays kissing Himalayan peaks.

Day 5: Great Himalayan National Park

Cap off your 5 day Kashmir itinerary by trekking in the Kullu region’s Great Himalayan National Park.

Established in 1984, this UNESCO site spans 754 sq km and is home to endangered animals like snow leopards, musk deer as well as vibrant flora and fauna.

Take challenging multi-day treks like the Rakti Sar Trek that cuts through ancient Deodar forests, crystal clear streams and remote alpine villages.

Witness the rare western tragopan pheasant and spot blue sheep scaling impossible mountain cliffs as the landscape continues to leave you spellbound.

Return Home With Lifelong Memories

As you depart from Kashmir after 5 magical days Having witnessed its incomparable beauty, part with promises to return again to immerse yourself in different facets of its landscapes, history and culture.

These memories of shikara boat rides, Mughal gardens, expansive valleys, snow clad mountains and warm locals will live long in your heart, hoping to someday call this paradise your home.

Manvendra Singh
Manvendra Singh

Hi, I am Manvendra Singh, a passionate travel vlogger with a vision to enrich the travel experience for adventurers around the globe.

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