13 Best Places to Visit in Kashmir in Winter

Kashmir in Winter
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Kashmir is one of the best places to head in winters. It is considered the heaven on earth and is the best thing that ever happened to India. For all the enchantress that this piece is paradise is one must plan a visit. There are a lot of places to visit in Kashmir in winter and you can witness the beauty of the Himalayan destination.

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The green meadows of the Kashmir will entice you to the fullest and make sure that you visit in winters over here when Kashmir flourishes quite well. Nothing in the world looks great than Kashmir and there are a plethora of Places to visit in Kashmir in January like Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam, and Srinagar. A lot of people turn up in winters over here to make your vacations blissful.

But, winter in Kashmir might be really tough as there is a lot of snowfall in the season of January. The entire place is covered with the sheet of snow. But, for tourists’ there are several activities that you might opt for in the region.

So, we have complied some of the best Kashmir places to visit in December where you can head to for an extraordinary vacations.

Top 13 Places to Visit in Kashmir in Winter

Here are the best places that you can visit in Kashmir in winter where you can head to and make your vacations amazing.


  • Activity – Stay in a houseboat.
  • Places to visit – Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Hazratbal Mosque, Jama Masjid, Nagin Lake, Wular Lake, Manasbal Lake.

Capital of J&K, Srinagar is one of the best places in Kashmir where you can make the most of your holidays with your loved ones. Srinagar is blessed with some of the enchanted views of nature and is perfect for nature lovers. If you want to visit the destination in winters so let us tell you that that time a lot of globetrotters head here. Srinagar is also home to Shalimar Gardens that are on the back of the Rs. 10 INR.


  • Activity – Skiing.
  • Places to visit – Gulmarg Golf Course, Alpather Lake, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Strawberry Valley, Ferozepur Nallah and The Maharani Temple.

In winters, Gulmarg is the perfect snow paradise for all the tourists’ who love to witness snow. There are so many major attractions in Gulmarg that you cannot miss and is filled with serenity. Besides the mesmerizing experience of witnessing snow, you can also try the food and local cuisines to get more enticed about the culture and place. It is also considered the paradise for skiing and you can try that too.

  • Activity – Trek to the Thajiwas Glacier
  • Places to visit – Vishansar Lake, Nilagrad River, Zoji La Pass, Thajiwas Glacier.



Sonmarg or ‘the meadows of gold’ is one of the sought-after destinations in Kashmir. It is the best place to visit in Kashmir in winters. With the perfect view of snow-clad mountains, Sonmarg stands out alone in the crowd to make the vacations of the globetrotters mesmerizing. Sonmarg is also base point for starting the Amarnath Yatra which is considered the holy yatra for the Hindus.

Dal Lake

dal lake
  • Activity – Shikara Ride, Houseboat Stay.
  • Places to visit – Tulip garden, Pari Mahal, Shalimar Garden, Chashma Shahi, Nagin Lake.

For sure, you can stroll around the markets in Kashmir buying the masterpieces for your remembrance of this trip. You can buy carpets, shawls, handicrafts and a lot of other things that you will get here of a little high price as they all will be authentic. If you are going with your family, friends or even on your honeymoon, never forget to take a ride in the houseboats. The feeling of staying there is incomparable. Whether you are going for honeymoon or the family vacation, you must experience how it feels like to be on the Dal lake.


  • Activity – Visit Mini Switzerland on ponies.
  • Places to visit – Betab Valley, Mamal Temple, Sheshnag Lake, Aru Village & Valley, Baisaran Hills.

Visiting Kashmir? Well, you should add one more destination to your itinerary and that is Pahalgam. The place is surrounded by lush greenery and if you head here in winters then you would possibly see snowfall here. With the salubrious weather and coldness everywhere, Pahalgam offers the best of the nature views to make you fall in love with it. Also, you can indulge yourself in several activities to do in the destination.

Kashmir Valley

kashmir valley
  • Activity – Paragliding over the Valley.
  • Best time to visit – March to October.

To witness the Kashmir Tourist Places in winters, Kashmir Valley is one such destination where you will not feel like coming back. Imagine that you are flanked by the snow-clad mountains and greenery? Yes, this is what Kashmir Valley will make you feel like. The snow and cold will surely take away your breath. Being the best place for the trekking, Kashmir Valley is also said to be the best destination for all the adventure junkies out there.

Leh Ladakh

Leh Ladakh
  • Activity – Bike Tour.
  • Best time to visit – September to November.

Leh-Ladakh is popular for its blissful surroundings and views that it boasts for the tourists’. Ever year, the destination welcomes several people who opt for the bike tours. It is a pilgrimage to all the bike tour lovers and people do the tour from quite far places. Ladakh is a dream destination for many college goers, friends and adventure people. The perfect vision of the Magnetic Hills and the amazing blue sky will surely make your heart skip a beat.


  • Best time to visit – April to October.
  • Places to visit – Bangus Valley, Lolab Valley, Seemab Valley, Sattbarran Kalaroos.

Nestled in the small district of Jammu and Kashmir, Kupwara has gained a lot of popularity amongst the travelers across the globe. It is considered the best places to head in Kashmir in winters as this place is not much crowded and if you are someone who doesn’t like a lot of people around then this is going to be your favorite place. Kupwara is well-known for boasting nature views, thriving meadows, gushing clear water and what not to make you feel delightful.


  • Best time to visit – April to October
  • Places to visit – Aharbal Falls, Shikargah, Payer Temple, Avantishwar Temple

Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of snow-clad mountains, Pulwama is one of the best Kashmir Places to visit in December. The mesmerizing place is also known as Dudha-Kul of Kashmir because of its milk production capacity. Also called as the ‘Rice of Kashmir’, Pulwama is famous for natural springs and Apple Orchards. You can visit a lot of places in the region like Aharbal Waterfall, The Tarsar and Marsar Lake, the Kounsarnag Lake among others.


  • Best time to visit – October to March
  • Places to visit – Masjid Baba, Martand Temple.

Located at around 53 kms away from Srinagar, Anantag is one of the less explored destinations in Jammu & Kashmir. The place has gained popularity in the past few years and it perched at a height of about 1600 meters above the sea level. The city of centre at the Lal Chowk, the 15th century Majid Baba Dawood Khaki and the recent archeological site of Martand Temple are some of the best places to head here.


  • Best time to visit – November to April
  • Activity – Trek in Nun Mountains

After the Kargil war was carried out here in 1999, Kargil has now become a quite place and safe for the tourists’. That was earlier very infamous place in Jammu & Kashmir, but as the time passed by, the destination welcomed a lot of travelers every year to seek into the serenity. People across the globe come here and get to know about the things of ancient times.


hemis monastery
  • Activity – Visit the Hemis Monastery, Hemis National Park and become a part of famous Hemis Festival.
  • Places to cover – Hemis monastery, Stakna Gompa, Shang Gompa.

Next destination that is one of the best Places in Kashmir to visit in winter is Hemis which is quite popular for the monasteries and tons of national parks. It is considered as one of the perfect places to visit in winters as well as in summers. People head here to attend the famous Hemis festival and enjoy the culture and tradition. The destination is nestled around 40 kms in the southeast of Leh town and offers some breath-taking views to the tourists’.


  • Best time to visit – October to March
  • Places to cover – Baksh Sahib, Gurudwara Nangali Sahib and other 7 lakes of Girgan Dhok.

The horizon of this place is marked by the 18th century; Poonch is one of the best Places to visit in Kashmir in winter. Pooch is the village in J&K which is surrounded by the lush greenery and natural views. The destination holds a significant importance of history and the ancient past and it was ruled by several local and foreign rulers in the back times. During the 6th century, Hiuen Tsang which was the famous Chinese traveler crossed through Poonch. And he later wrote that Pooch was quite famous for good horses, graphics and fine tea.

So, after getting the list of the best places to visit in Kashmir in December (Winter), are you excited to head to these beautiful places with your friends or family? If yes then you must visit to all these destinations to explore Jammu and Kashmir to the fullest. You can book the Kashmir tour packages from Honeymoon Bug and make your vacations blissful.

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