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Honeymoon in Kashmir

We all have heard fables about the angelic beauty of Kashmir Valley. The land of saffron is a land like no other. The mention of its name stirs up an image of snow-clad peaks and flower-strewn valleys. From the green meadows of Gulmarg bounded by the soaring peaks of Pir Panjal range to the rugged terrain of Ladakh, Kashmir is exceptionally picturesque. Endowed with such heavenly destinations, Kashmir is the perfect place for honeymooners to savour Indian winters.

On the other hand, Jammu lets you discover the nature’s green grandeur at its best. Get bitten by the romantic bug in the winter capital of the state – Jammu. Nestled in the lofty lap of the Himalayas, it dazzles the eyes of the travellers. The region is a leading honeymoon destination in India. Come here to encounter new experiences and see for yourselves that if there is a heaven on earth, it is here.

Honeymoon Attractions in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu – It's the largest city in the state and a traditional stepping stone into the region. Worthy of a stopover, Jammu is famous for impressive historical landmarks and notable collection of religious sites.

Places to See: Bahu Fort, Raghunath Temple, Peer Kho Cave, Mansar Lake, Bagh-e-Bahu, Vaishno Devi Temple, and Surinsar Lake.

Shopping for woollens, handicrafts and carpets in the popular markets of Jammu at Vir Marg, Raghunath Bazar and Hari Market is a must.

Srinagar – The cynosure of the whole valley, this beautiful city is situated on the banks of River Jhelum. It remains among the most sought after places in northern India to spend a honeymoon.

Places to See: Dal Lake, Shankaracharya Hill, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bagh, Nigeen Lake, Betab Valley, and Manasbal Lake.

Gulmarg – A few destinations in India may rival the silvery slopes of Gulmarg in winter. Its name, which literally means “meadow of flowers”, lives up to its hype. Enhance your honeymoon experience to the fullest by going for skiing, trekking, and horse-riding together. Gulmarg Snow Festival is the highlight of the whole region.

Places to See: Khilanmarg, Gulmarg Gondola, Alpather Lake, Rani Temple, and Apharwat Peak.

Sonamarg – If you're looking for untainted beauty in Kashmir then take your partner to Sonamarg. Like Gulmarg, it is aptly named “meadow of gold” due to vast fields under the blue sky. It is a small but historical town at the cusp of the Thajiwas Glacier on the Srinagar–Leh highway.

Places to See: Zojila Pass, Thajiwas Glacier, Baltal Valley, Gangabal Lake, and Satsaran Pass

Ladakh – If you and your partner are thrill seekers, the daunting landscape of Ladakh will certainly satiate your desires. From the surreal Nubra Valley with its otherworldly sand dunes and wild camels to the less-explored Zanskar Valley, it's so easy to get enamoured by Ladakh's solemnity. Hiking on the Chadar Trek, water rafting in Zanskar River, backpacking from Manali through Leh, and going on a Yak or Camel safari are some the most intimate moments you can share with the love of your life.

Places to See: Pangong Lake, Khardung La, Tso Moriri, Magnetic Hill, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, and Buddhist monasteries.

Pahalgam – A hotspot for weekend getaways from Srinagar, this town is renowned for pine-blanketed Lidder Valley. It offers best experiences of overnight camping in Kashmir. It is also the base camp for pilgrimage to the Amarnath Temple. Swathed with abundance of natural features, it rightfully is a gem in Kashmir.

Places to See: Aru Valley, Tulian Lake, Sheshnag Lake, Chandanwari, and Mamaleshwar Temple.

Other Destinations – Each destination like Udhampur, Kathua, Kupwara, Badgam, Pulwama, and Baramullah has a certain charm. Moreover, the pristine protected reserves like Hemis National Park, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Dachigam National Park, and Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary will make you wish your honeymoon in Kashmir goes on forever.

Best Time to Visit

While the climate around Jammu remains pleasant throughout the year, northern Kashmir witnesses cold winters. Access to places near Ladakh is only available on road in summer months. The shoulder seasons of autumn and spring are ideal to plan a honeymoon in Jammu and Kashmir. For those looking to brace the winters and indulge in snow sports, late December to March is the best time.

How to Reach

By Air: Jammu, Srinagar and Leh have domestic airports served by regular flights from New Delhi and other major cities.

By Train: Jammu Railway Station is frequented by long-distance trains from rest of the India.

By Road: Srinagar-Jammu National Highway passes by most townships through the Kashmir Valley along its way. The distance between Jammu and Srinagar is about 290 km. NH 1D connects Srinagar to Leh. The Leh–Manali Highway is a major road in Ladakh.
Last updated : January 13, 2016