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Kashmir Travel Tips

The Valley of Paradise and mountain retreat of Mughals and Buddhist lamas Kashmir is one of India’s most beautiful tourist destination. Kashmir have some of the highest and most beautiful landscapes and serene lakes like Pangong. Tso Moriri and Dal Lake. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has three separate regions: Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir Valley.

General Information

  • March to October
  • 10 to 30 degrees cent. low Temperatures in winter (Average)
  • Light/ Medium wollens in summers to Heavy wollens in winter
  • 529mm
  • Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi, English, Ladakhi
  • Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi, English, Ladakhi
  • Pan Indian Food, Continental, Chinese cuisine (vegetarian/ non vegetarian)

Important Points to remember

Do keep the following in mind to have a pleasant stay while you are there. Travelling in Srinagar and in Kashmir -

  1. Tourists visiting Srinagar should wear Light woolens during spring and autumn while Cotton in summer and heavy woolens in winter.
  2. Also do take care when you are there not to travel alone outside the city and always carry identification proof. Also check with the tourism centre/ your hotel for reliable guides and engage authorised personnel only.
  3. The Tourist Reception Centre (TRC), Srinagar is a unique, all-inclusive service, providing various tourist facilities within one complex - making it the perfect place for tourists seeking any information/help. Besides housing the offices of the State Department of Tourism and those of the J&K Tourism Development Corporation (J&K TDC), it has information counters on almost every activity connected with tourism.
  4. Srinagar has temperate climate through most of the year and winters are cold with regular snowfall. Though cottons are alright for summer, carry something warm for the evenings and nights. If you are travelling during winter or plan to travel to the hills beyond carry adequate woollens. While in the city it is advisable for women to dress modestly. If you want to visit mosques and holy places be prepared - wear clothing that covers your legs completely and carry a scarf for covering your head. You will also have to remove your footwear before entering any religious place.
  5. Drink bottled or mineral water only as water related diseases may be acquired through unhygienic intake of water or food.
  6. Do not encourage beggars. Be careful of small time pickpockets, chain / purse-snatchers who take advantage of the crowds.
  7. While shopping - it is better to check with a local friend or your hotel staff for reliable places and approximate prices - to avoid getting fleeced.
  8. A special police force called Tourist Police is posted at all important places frequented by tourists for providing assistance to tourists to prevent them from being cheated, harassed, etc. This force is headed by a Superintendent of Police, designated as Deputy Director Tourism (Enforcement) and is stationed in the Tourist Reception Centre.
  9. It is advisable to carry basic medicines and especially any prescription drugs that you might need during your travel. Also do carry a basic medical kit comprising medicines to settle upset stomachs, antiseptic cream, mosquito repellent and soothing cream for bites, suntan lotion, and water purification tablets if bottled water is not available.
  10. While credit cards might be accepted at the larger stores in the city it is advisable to carry adequate Indian currency. Indian coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 paisa and 1, 2 and 5 rupees. Notes are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. If you are handed a soiled note, insist on having it exchanged for a newer one, because it will not be accepted the next time you try to pay for something.
  11. Although photography is allowed in most public areas, certain cases may require official permission. Do check - especially if you are at a religious place- before you shoot. Photo films and developing facilities are widely available in the city. In case you are a professional and particular about your wares - carry them with you.
  12. Most government and private banks are open weekdays between 10am and 2pm and on Saturday between 10am and 12noon. They are closed on government holidays.
  13. Most luxury hotels have dependable Internet connections. Cyber cafes exist around Maulana Azad Road, in the city centre. Hotel Broadway and The Grand Palace Inter-Continental both have swimming pools, the latter being indoors and heated.
  14. Foreigners need a 90 day tourist visa. Which can be obtained from any Indian embassy, high commission or consulate. If you intend to visit a nearby country and return to India then it is worth applying for a double or triple-entry visa. All foreigners are required to register themselves at the Foreigners Regional Registration Office, at its Airport counter or at the Foreigners Regional Registration Office, Residency (Shervani) Road. Open: 10 AM to 4 PM.