1. Srinagar

Srinagar is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and famous places to visit in Kashmir as well as in India. From boating to trekking, bird watching to water skiing, Srinagar place has it all. Locally this place is known as the mirror to the mountains, Srinagar is a first stopover for every traveler and there are a long list of places to visit in Srinagar, Kashmir. The largest city of Kashmir, this place is enclosed by the green mountains and the main highlight being the Dal Lake which is the gem of the city. This place gives a close outlook to the Kashmiri cuisine and the state’s culture.

Best time to visit: June to October, and for snow you must visit Srinagar in December or January 
Things to do: Stay in the boat house, Visit the Mughal gardens, Take the shikara ride

2. Nishat Garden

This one is considered to be among st the largest Mughal Gardens located on the banks of Dal Lake. Nishat Garden is also known by the name the Garden of Bliss and rightly so, as there are breathtaking Zabarwan Mountains in the backdrop. This garden is historically famous and Asaf Khan, who was the brother of Nur Jahan designed it. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Kashmir, India.

Best time to visit: October to December
Things to do: Walk in nature, watching the flowers

3. Shalimar Garden

This garden was established in the year 1616 by the well-known Emperor Jehangir especially for his wife, Nur Jahan. After some time, another garden named Faiz Baksh was added to this one. You’ll find a canal inside the garden that has been embellished with polished stones at the boundaries. This canal at the center of the garden is considered to be the focal point here.

Best time to visit: October to December
Things to do: bird-watching, picnic

4. Chashmashahi

This garden was established in 1632 AD and is considered the smallest among the 3 Mughal Gardens in Kashmir. It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. From here, you’ll get to see a really picturesque view of Dal Lake as well as many mountains in the neighboring regions.

Best time to visit: October to December
Things to do: the place is ideal for picnicking

5. Jama Masjid

This mosque is located in Nowhatta and is considered among st the most pivotal ones in Srinagar. The mosque was constructed by Sultan Sikandar during the 1400 AD. moreover, the mosque was expanded by Sikandar’s son, Zain-ul-Abidin. You’ll find 370 wooden pillars in this mosque and a mesmerizing courtyard – both of them are considered to be the major highlights of this mosque.

Best time to visit: October to December
Things to do: Sightseeing, exploring the rich religious aspect

6. Dachigam National Park

Kashmir not only has an abundance of beauty but also has abundant flora and fauna. Dachigam national Park is where you will find indigenous species of plants and animals. Even the landscapes of this place are truly mesmerizing. It is only 22 km from Srinagar and can be reached easily by taking a private taxi. Its natural beauty makes it one of the most-visited Kashmir tourist places

Best time to visit: May-June and September-October is the best time to visit the park.
Things to do: Wildlife tour

7. Gulmarg

Famously known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is a treat to the eyes with its spread of vibrant flowers against snow capped mountains as backgrounds. Gulmarg is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Kashmir for all right reasons. This region of Kashmir is also known as the adventurer’s paradise because of its vast options of skiing in the snow while enjoying the views around.  The best time to visit Kashmir for snowfall is in winter season i.e. December-January.

Best time to visit: June to October, and for snow December & January would be the best
Things to do in Gulmarg: Mountain Biking, trekking, Skiing if you visit in winters and Gondola rides for a panoramic view of the valley.

8. Sonamarg

Sonamarg, as the name suggests, is famous as the ‘Meadow of Gold’. An endless stream of stunning flowers and undulated trekking routes are its attractions. Sonamarg has to be in every visitors’ list of places to visit in Kashmir for its mesmerizing aura and breathtaking views. The best season to visit Kashmir would be in summer i.e. May-June when the valley is blooming with variegated flowers.

Best time to visit: June through October, December & January for snow
Things to do: Trekking, Camping and nature walks

9. Pahalgam

Pahalgam is considered as an illustration of the heaven on earth which is situated at an altitude of 2740 m. It is situated at distance of 95 Kms from Srinagar and surrounded by dense forests, beautiful lakes and meadows of flowers. Tranquility and serenity are the other names of Pahalgam. This tiny town is known to suck out all the stress of every visitor and is therefore counted among the best places to visit in Kashmir

Best time to visit: June to October, December & January for snow
Things to do: Visit to Betaab and Aru Valleys, Horseback riding, canoeing

10. Yousmarg

This is considered to be the best place when it comes to observing the natural aspects of Kashmir. This is one of the top tourist places in Kashmir that is not much explored. If you’ll 4 kilometers downhill from this place, you’ll see the beautiful Nil Nag Lake that will be a treat to your eyes. You’ll find the true tranquility as well as picturesqueness of Kashmir here.

Best time to visit: October to December
Things to do: Trekking, pony-riding

11. Anantnag

Adorned with flourishing gardens and freshwater springs, Anantnag is a divine destination. Right here, you get to enjoy the comfort of a city and the essence of nature. There is a number of places you can go on for a day tour, such as Verinag and Daksum. Surely, our list of Kashmir tourist places wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this one!

Best time to visit: Anytime
Things to do: Sightseeing, day trips, temple visit.

12. Aru Valley 

Located 12 kilometers from Pahalgam, Aru Valley is juxtaposed against the snow-clad peaks of Himalayas. It serves as a base camp for several treks and lakes including Tarsar Lake and Kolohoi glacier. The valley is also home to the Aru river which is a tributary of the Lidder River. Nature lovers resort to this place for peace and to unwind in the lap of nature. Apart from this, Aru Valley offers some of the most enthralling activities like horse riding and hiking. During the winter months, the view of the whole valley covered with snow is a comfort to the eyes. A visit to this place in Kashmir will leave you in awe of nature.

Best time to visit: July – September
Things to do: Horse riding and trekking

13. Amarnath – Annual Yatra/Pilgrimage

Amarnath is a haven for pilgrims and is counted among the top places to visit in Kashmir. Worshipers of Lord Shiva visit this place every year to take blessings and witness the enshrined image of Shiva which is popularly called Shivaling. People from all over the world resort to this place and indulge in the well-known ‘Amarnath Yatra’. It is believed that this is the same cave where Lord Shiva told about the secret of life and eternity to Goddess Parvati. 

Best time to visit: May – September
Things to do: Trek

14. Sanasar – Ideal For Adventure Junkies

Looking for an offbeat destination in Kashmir? Have you heard of Sanasar? No? Well, that is not a shock to us because this place is one of the hidden gems of Kashmir. It is a haven for adventure enthusiasts as this place offers many thrilling activities to indulge in like rock climbing, trekking, paragliding, and abseiling. A visit to this place will take make you acquaint with the calmer side of Kashmir.

Best time to visit: April – June
Things to do: Trekking, camping, and sightseeing

15. Khilanmarg

Only those who have visited Khilanmarg will agree that it is the most beautiful place in Kashmir. The valley put you in a trance because of its alluring landscapes and breathtaking panoramas. It is 6 kms ahead of Gulmarg and only a few people dare to visit this place. There may not be much to do here but those who enjoy nature will love visiting this place. In summers, the aromatic flowers are the major attraction while skiing in winters lures tourists to this place.

Best time to visit: Spring and winter season
Things to do: Skiing in winter, hiking, nature walk

16. Baltal

Baltal is one of the most famous places in Kashmir and it owes its popularity to its picturesque environment. It is only 14 km away from Amarnath caves and offers a base for the devotees to spend a night. The staggering beauty of this valley makes it one of the most amazing Kashmir tourist places. You must visit this place as it is located at a convenient location from Srinagar and Pahalgam.

Best time to visit: May-September
Things to do: Nature sightseeing, photography

17. Pulwama

Famously named as the “Rice Bowl Of Kashmir”, this quaint village in Jammu and Kashmir is a great place to witness the nature’s real beauty of the state. Situated at a distance of 40 Kms from Srinagar, this place has many tourist sites for the first time travelers to explore. This multi hued city offers amiable weather, pleasant odor saffron fields, malleable citizens. One cannot have enough of the saffron fields and the rich culture in Pulwama.

Best time to visit: April to October
Things to do: Mountaineering and trekking in summers and skiing and snowboarding in winters

18. Kupwara

Kupwara is a small district located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and situated at a distance of 90 Kms from the state capital, Srinagar. Blessed with nature’s finest views, the thriving meadows, alpine mountains, and the gushing clear water make Kupwara a must-visit destination in Kashmir. This city epitomizes the beauty of Kashmir.

Best time to visit: April to October
Things to do: Visit to Lolab valley, Qamar Reshi Sahib Shrine, Sheikh Baba Behram