In this guide, I will discuss how many days you should go for a holiday to Kashmir as a tourist. The guide will also cover which month is best to visit Kashmir, What are the popular tourist places and things to do in Kashmir. The has been called the heaven on earth by many travellers around the world.

This question is asked by many travelers. I'm looking for a guide on how many days to book my trip for Kashmir.

Sure, I can answer and guide you, here are some factors you should consider while planning a trip to Kashmir. It depends upon your interest whether you want to visit primary places, such as Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonmarg so it can be covered in a week.

If you are visiting Kashmir for adventure activities like Skiing, Golf, Rafting, Water Skiing, Camping or Trekking to Kashmir great lakes you should stay a minimum of 10 days.

In Addition if you are looking to explore Kashmir for longer to visit off beaten path places seeking for relaxing and experiencing the local kashmiri culture Yo Kashmir recommends you should plan for at least 15 days.

Finally it depends upon your own interest and preferences how many days you want to stay in Kashmir. However, I hope this answer has given practical guidance.

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Our expert-reviewed and bestselling Kashmir tour package is 5 nights and 6days. It's one of the best packages you can cover all of the major places in your entire tours like Srinagar, Dal Lake, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Sonmarg.

A detailed Kashmir tour itinerary for 5 nights 6 days

Days Destination Over Night Stay
Srinagar Arrival to Gulmarg
Gulmarg Day Trip Transfer Pahalgam
Pahalgam Day Trip Transfer Srinagar
Srinagar to Sonmarg Day Trip
Sringar Day trip
Departure from srinagar
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Day 1 Srinagar Arrival | Gulmarg Transfer

How Many Days To Visit Kashmir

Upon arrival at Srinagar Airport, our driver will welcome you with a soft drink and transfer you to Gulmarg. The journey takes 2 hours, covering 58 km from Srinagar International Airport.

On the way to your destination, take a break at Tangmarg, a mini hill station, to enjoy some tea and snacks, then continue your journey to Gulmarg.

Gulmarg is called the “Meadow of Flowers, situated at an altitude of 8700 feet and known for its famous Ski Resort and the world’s highest 18-hole Golf Course. Once you arrive in Gulmarg, go to your pre-booked hotel and check-in.

You can spend the rest of the day exploring Gulmarg Hill Station.

  • Both Veg and Non-Veg Restaurants are in Gulmarg
  • Visit for Darshan at Rani Temple
  • Enjoy ATV Bike Riding or Horse Riding

In the evening, head back to your accommodation and enjoy an overnight stay in Gulmarg.

Day 2 Gulmarg Day Trip | Transfer to Pahalgam

gulmarg gondola ride booking

After having breakfast, spend a full day at Gulmarg, Experience the Gondola cable car ride, up to the 1st or 2nd Phase, which ranks among the highest cable cars globally, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Nanga Parbat Pir Panjal mountain range of the Himalayas.

Things to do in Gulmarg

  • Gondola Riding to Phase 1 and Phase 2
  • Go by walk to Gulmarg Children’s Park
  • Explore Gulmarg Town and Gulmarg Market

After Exploring Gulmarg continue your onward journey to Pahalgam, the distance is approximately 140 km and 3.30 hours of journey from Gulmarg once you arrive in Pahalgam, go to your pre-booked hotel and check in. After a long journey, you will need to freshen up and enjoy the overnight stay in Pahalgam

Day 3 Pahalgam Day Trip | Transfer to Srinagar

How Many Days To Visit Kashmir

Pahalgam is a popular hill station and is listed in the top 10 tourist destinations of India. It is situated on the banks of the Lidder River. Pahalgam is known for its scenic beauty, lush forests, and meadows. It is also a popular pilgrimage town and the starting point for the Amarnath Yatra, one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage site.

Things to do in Pahalgam

  • Start your day by exploring Betaab Valley Aru Valley and Chandanwari
  • Spend some time at Lidder Amusement Park a fun place for families and children
  • Visit for Darshan at Mamleshwar Temple Vegetarian and non-vegetarian both restaurants are in Pahalgam
  • Experience the local shopping for Pashmina shawls and souvenirs in Pahalgam main market

In the evening continue your journey to Srinagar for an overnight stay

Day 4 Srinagar to Sonmarg Day Trip

How Many Days To Visit Kashmir

Begin your 4th day with breakfast and get ready for a picturesque drive to Sonamarg from Srinagar, which is approximately 82 km and a 2.30-hour journey from Srinagar.

While driving through the most beautiful valleys of Kashmir, alongside the side parallel to river Sind till you reach Sonamarg.

During the drive, you’ll also come across Gagangir, a special place in the middle of the Sindh River that looks like a tiny island surrounded by water and with snowy mountains nearby.

Things to do in Sonmarg

  • Visit Thajiwas Glacier by Ponies
  • Go by local Cab to Zero Point ( At your expense)
  • Explore Baltal Valley and Nilagrad River
  • Spend some time at River Sind famous for White Water Rafting
  • Enjoy by exploring Sonamarg hill station Both Beg and Non-Veg restaurants are in Sonamarg

In the evening return to Srinagar for an overnight stay

Day 5 Srinagar Day Trip

Tulip Garden Srinagar

Srinagar is known as the city of lakes nestled in the Zabarwan range of mountains from the other side on the banks of the Jhelum River, and the shores of Dal and Anchar lakes, between the Hari Parbat and Shankaracharya hills. The city is known for its natural environment, various gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits. 

Things to do in Srinagar 

  • Explore Mughal Gardens (Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and Chashme Shahi)
  • Visit the Hazratbal Mosque, a beautiful white marble mosque on the banks of Dal Lake, which includes an old city tour
  • Enjoy a Shikara ride on the Dal Lake, and take an evening walk on Boulevard Road A marine drive of Dal Lake

During the evening return to your accommodation in Srinagar for an overnight stay as per the itinerary

Day 6 Departure from Srinagar Happy Journey

How Many Days To Visit Kashmir

We are committed to delivering a remarkable experience in the enchanting beauty of Kashmir and leaving you with memories to be treasured for eternity.

We will drop you either at the airport or railway station for your onward journey back home.

This Kashmir tour itinerary for 5 nights and 6 days includes Hotel stay, Shikara Ride, Meals and transportation.


If you’re travelling by air, you must reach Srinagar Airport before 2 hours of your departure. If you are traveling by road the nearest bus or taxi stand is in TRC Srinagar.

If you are planning your trip to Kashmir by train the closest railway station is located in Jammu and the distance is around 245 kilo meters  from Srinagar. So you have to book a cab or bus in Jammu and begin your journey towards Srinagar which takes about 6 hr 29 min Via NH 244A and NH 44 to reach Srinagar.

I hope you liked this guide of 5 nights and 6 day Kashmir tour itinerary. I tried my best to write about the major tourist attractions of Kashmir Valley which can make your tour easy and hassle-free.



Which is the best time to visit Kashmir? According To The Experts

How Many Days To Visit Kashmir

Kashmir has four seasons: summer, spring, autumn, and winter. Every season has its own charm and beauty. It is not easy to say which is the best time to visit Kashmir. It depends upon your travel plans and preference whether you want to enjoy the cool weather during summer or the snow in winter.

Yo Kashmir Expert Advice: May to October is the best time to visit Kashmir.

From May to October, Kashmir can be a great place for summer vacations with its cool weather and scenic views.

 From November to March,  it is a winter wonderland for snow lovers and the weather can be unpredictable. There can be delays or cancellations of flights and make sure to pack warm clothes and check all latest travel advisory before your trip.

What are the Most Famous Things and Activities to do in Kashmir?

Kashmir has a treasure of options to offer whether you are seeking adventurous activities or attractions. I have compiled a list of some famous things to do in this beautiful region.

Dal Lake

How Many Days To Visit Kashmir

Dal Lake proudly presents itself as a must-visit tourist destination of Srinagar Kashmir. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its breathtaking beauty. You can hire a Shikara for hourly or the whole day which is the only way you can explore Dal Lake.

As you start Shikara riding you will be surrounded by houseboats, the snow-crowned Zabarwan mountain range and mesmerizing views of  Shankaracharya Temple and Char Chinar Island and enjoy the unique experience of floating Shikara shopping in Dal Lake which offers a memorable experience for visitors.

Another must-see attraction on Dal Lake is Char Chinar Island which means four Maple trees are above 1000 years old and located in the center of the lake. The island is a primary tourist attraction of Dal Lake and offers a tranquil ambience that connects with nature and will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Gulmarg Gandola

The Gondola ride is a cable car ride that takes visitors to the top of mountain Kongdoori Phase 1 station at an altitude of ( 8,530 ft ) and Apharwat Peak Phase 2 at an altitude of (14439 ft) which has an average temperature of minus 1 to minus 20 degrees Celsius. The ride takes around 2 hours and covers 5 km. From the top of the Apharwat Peak, the LOC is just 2km away and offers a panoramic view of the valley and is also major point for various trekking routes.
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10 am to 4 pm
4 to 5 Hours
Phase 1
Kongdoori Station 2600 m / 8530 ft
Phase 2
Apharwat (4,200 m / 13,780 ft).
Tickets Cost
Phase 1 (990 INR) Phase 2 (2010 INR)

Horse Riding

Kashmir has many activities, from horse riding to hiking. Some of the well-known destinations for horse riding in Kashmir are Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Yousmarg, and Doodhpathri. These locations offer great riding for tourists, with an average price of 500 to 700 per person for horse riding.

There are several horse riding tours available in Kashmir that are perfect for families, couples, and friends. Horse riding in Kashmir is one of the best experiences for tourists. The horse ride is an easy, relaxing and enjoyable way to explore the beauty of this region.

Snow Skiing in Gulmarg

Snow Skiing Gulmarg

Gulmarg Ski Resort is the third-highest ski resort in the world. It is situated at an altitude of ( 13057.74 feet 3980 meters) in the Pir Panjal mountain range, Baramulla District. The temperature ranges from 0 to -20 degrees Celsius. The resort is known for its powdery snow which is a favorite of ski lovers because it is light and fluffy. 

The Gulmarg Ski Resort has varied terrain, beginner slopes, intermediate slopes, and advanced slopes which match beginner to expert skiers and snowboarders. Gulmarg provides the opportunity to tourists night skiing on a selected slope which leaves you with unforgettable experiences till life.

The best time for skiing in Gulmarg starts from January to March. It has good ski slopes for beginners, expert skiers, and snowboarders alike. It is also known for its excellent powder skiing runs and great weather conditions which contribute to its popularity as an international destination.

The best time for skiing in Gulmarg starts from January to March. During these months the resort receives most of the snow, particularly in January and the condition of snow is excellent,  so you must pack warm clothes when planning your trip to Gulmarg in winter.

Water skiing in Dal Lake and Nigeen is a fun activity to enjoy.

Water Skiing in Dal Lake & Nigeen lake

The water skiing activities are available on two different sides of the lake – one on Dal and the other on Nigeen lake. 

Water skiing in Dal Lake is a thrilling sport that offers a person a chance to enjoy the views of the city and Zabarwan mountain while they enjoy the feeling of speed and freedom.

Water skiing in Nigeen Lake offers an escape from busy city life and is a great way to relax and enjoy. The water of the lake is crystal clear with lush green hills and trees surrounded. You can also see a variety of birds like Ducks, Swans, Little egrets, kingfishers and Mynah and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Here are some tips for water skiing in Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake

  • Safety is always prioritised for water skiing 
  • Wear a life-saving jacket to make sure it’s securely fastened.
  • Keep your body relaxed and warm up and stretch before 
  • Take instructions from the Instructor for safety guidelines
  • Have fun and enjoy the water skiing experience

Paragliding in Astanmarg Srinagar

Paragliding is a recreational and thrilling activity located at the outskirts of Srinagar at Astanmarg Dara Harwan with an altitude of 7549 feet 2300 meters. It is surrounded by several mountains such as  Zabarwan Mountain, Mahadev Peak, Pir Panjal range and Dachigam National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Paragliding is accessible from 1st April to 15th October. This is because the weather takes action from November to March when snowfall season starts and paragliding is not feasible during these months.

One of the main qualities of this point is while you start gliding the viewpoint offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Srinagar valley such as Dal Lake, Hazratbal Dargah, Shankaracharya Temple and Shalimar and Harwan Garden which will leave you forever reminded.

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