Jammu & Kashmir is a profoundly blessed state, with enthralling beauty and endless charm. The impressive mountains, the green meadows, the ever-flowing rivers, the spouting waterfalls, the flower-carpeted valleys, all collectively form some of the most extraordinary landscapes.
Jammu & Kashmir gets all the more famous during wintertime when people from India and around the world, head out to the mountains to get a sniff of fresh air and escape the heat. So, if you ever hear the mountains calling, here are some of the best places to visit in Jammu & Kashmir in December.
Kupwara is a small district located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and situated at a distance of 90 km 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 Jammu & Kashmir in December. This city summarises the beauty of Kashmir.
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 km from Srinagar, this place has many tourist sites for the first time travellers to explore. This multi-hued city offers pleasant weather, pleasant odour saffron fields, and affable locals. One cannot have enough of the saffron fields and the rich culture in Pulwama.
This is considered to be the best place when it comes to observing the natural aspects of Kashmir. This is one of the best destinations in Jammu & Kashmir that is not much traversed. If you'll 4 km 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 tranquillity as well as picturesqueness of India here.
Srinagar is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Kashmir in December, as well as in India. From trekking and bird watching to water skiing and boating, Srinagar place has it all. Locally this place is known as the mirror to the mountains, Srinagar 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.
Sanasar is one of the offbeat hill stations in J&K region. It is an adventure-lovers' haven offering various outdoor activities such as rock climbing, paragliding, zorbing, abseiling and trekking.
Winter would never be easier in Kashmir without ponies. When the unfamiliar trails become challenging to walk, it is the ponies that escort you through the valley carrying you on their backs. To experience the icecaps in Kashmir at its best a pony/horse ride is a must. The fact that the month, September in Kashmir is considered the best time for tourism makes the travellers excited as accommodation, food and activities will all come at an affordable price tag.
Of all the fun and adventurous activities that you can take in September in Kashmir, trekking is the most popular. Gulmarg is the most sought-after place to visit in Jammu & Kashmir in September for nature lovers who love to escape the heat to make the winter a memorable one. Moreover, you can find many operators in Gulmarg who can make fitting arrangements for adventure sports. Taking a cable car in Gulmarg is a truly enjoyable experience. Skating and hot air ballooning are some other popular activities to take up while touring Jammu & Kashmir in December.
Sonamarg is one of many places in Kashmir that will take your breath away. The beauty of Sonamarg is unparalleled with golden beauty turning into a sea of white. Embrace the beauty the land of golden meadows has its own charm in the chill winter. Guarded by the great Himalayan mountains, Sonamarg, one of the most popular winter destinations to visit in Jammu & Kashmir, is a must-visit.
9. Zanskar River
As you step into this natural haven that looks nothing less than the ice age, daunting trails are awaiting you into the deep embrace of nature. Zanskar river, flowing to the south of Leh across the Hemis National Park, is an ideal place to traverse in September. The free flow of the river creates a perfect background for the Chadar Trek - one of the most breathtaking treks in India. Chadar Trek is a popular attraction of Kashmir in December.
Since Kishtwar is somewhere far from tourists' radar, offbeat travellers consider it a gem. The landscape here bewitches with its lofty hills, lush greenery consisting of pine and deodar forests. The national park in Kishtwar attracts wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Other than that Machail Yatra and Sarthal Yatra are two pilgrimage circuits of high reverence, which you must consider during your visit. When searching for the best places to visit in Kashmir in December, do include this in your itinerary.