16 days in Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

16 days in Jammu and Kashmir Itinerary

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Srinagar
— 2 nights
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Gulmarg
— 2 nights
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Pahalgam
— 2 nights
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Leh
— 2 nights
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Kargil
— 1 night
Drive
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Diskit
— 1 night
Drive
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Hunder
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shey
— 1 night
Drive
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Hemis
— 1 night
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Likir
— 1 night
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Srinagar

— 2 nights

Kashmiri Venice

The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Jama Masjid Mosque. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khir Bhawani Temple, admire the natural beauty at Badamwari Garden, appreciate the views at Doodhpathri, and look for gifts at Akee Crafts.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Srinagar trip website.

New Delhi to Srinagar is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in February: highs in Srinagar hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gulmarg.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Gulmarg

— 2 nights
A popular skiing destination and a hill station in Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg features one of the highest gondolas in the world, reaching 3,979 m (13,054 ft) and offering fantastic scenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church, explore the activities along Ningle Nallah, then identify plant and animal life at Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Baba Reshi Shrine. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Khilanmarg, then explore the activities along Alpather Lake, then relax and rejuvenate at The Khyber Spa by L'Occitane, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gulmarg trip app.

Traveling by car from Srinagar to Gulmarg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pahalgam.

Things to do in Gulmarg

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Pahalgam

— 2 nights
Across the landscape of alpine peaks, conifer forests, and mountain lakes that surrounds Pahalgam lie a number of sites of spiritual importance, and a great biodiversity of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the activities along Sheshnag Lake and then admire the verdant scenery at Dabyan Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Pahalgam Golf Course, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tulian Lake, and then admire the verdant scenery at Kashmir Valley.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Pahalgam trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Gulmarg to Pahalgam in 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Pahalgam can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Pahalgam

Nature · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Leh

— 2 nights
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Pangong Tso has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the activities along Pangong Tso and then admire the verdant scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Leh trip app.

You can fly from Pahalgam to Leh in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Kargil.

Things to do in Leh

Nature · Parks

Kargil

— 1 night
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phuktal Monastery, then admire the landmark architecture of Sani Monastery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Karste River.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kargil trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Leh to Kargil in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Diskit.

Things to do in Kargil

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Diskit

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Diskit Gompa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hundur Monastery, and then cruise along Wari La Pass.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Diskit trip maker app.

You can drive from Kargil to Diskit in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Hunder.

Things to do in Diskit

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hunder

— 2 nights
Nubra Valley has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): go for a walk through Hunder Sand Dunes and then admire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Hunder travel route planner.

Hunder is just a short distance from Diskit. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Shey.

Things to do in Hunder

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Shey

— 1 night
Shey is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): make a trip to Druk Padma Karpo School. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thikse Gompa and then contemplate the long history of Konigspalast von Shey.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shey trip builder.

You can drive from Hunder to Shey in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hemis.

Things to do in Shey

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hemis

— 1 night
To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hemis vacation planning website.

Getting from Shey to Hemis by car takes about an hour. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Likir.

Things to do in Hemis

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Likir

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alchi Monastery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Likir Gompa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Likir route planning website.

Drive from Hemis to Likir in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Likir

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jammu and Kashmir travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Gardens
India's northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir boasts many notable temples, yet the region's claim to fame remains its natural splendor. A tour of Jammu and Kashmir takes you across a mountainous landscape at the foothills of the Lesser Himalaya, with abundant skiing and hiking opportunities. Despite its natural appeal and a wealth of cultural attractions, this border area remains off most tourists' itineraries because of enduring tensions between India and Pakistan. The few foreign visitors who make it here usually head to Ladakh, a trekkers' paradise that's also considered one of northern India's safest places.

Ladakh travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Hemmed in by the Kunlun and Great Himalaya ranges, Ladakh remains a sparsely populated land of stark natural beauty. An independent kingdom for some 900 years, Ladakh developed a unique culture that strongly resembles Tibet. Islam has also left its mark, with Muslims making up about half of the population. Highlights of a trip to Ladakh include an exploration of the Indus River Valley, driving on the world's highest road, and touring ancient Buddhist monasteries perched high in the mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts can gear up for rugged treks and river rafting, while cultural tours inspire with a range of vibrant summer festivals. Picturesque Leh makes a good base for exploring the region. Note that due to extreme weather conditions, some roads remain closed for about half the year. Also, a strong military presence means you may need permits to access certain areas.

Nubra Valley travel guide

4.8
Sacred & Religious Sites · Scenic Walking Areas · Mountains
A trip to Nubra Valley must be planned in advance due to the area's weather extremes, which include freezing winters. If you can work out a permit to visit the region, you'll discover a remote part of the country rarely seen by foreign tourists.