Blessed with enthralling beauty and endless charm, Kashmir can never fail to amaze travellers. Why? Because the tourist destination has so much to offer that one can go spoilt for choice. And when it is about visiting Kashmir in August, you will get to witness beauty in its raw form. Splendid mountains, lush meadows, gushing river flower-carpeted valleys, is what you get to see in Kashmir in this monsoon month.
Kashmir in monsoon experiences little to no rainfall which makes it easier for you to indulge in sightseeing and enjoy a variety of adventure activities. During this time, you get an opportunity to breathe in the fresh air and treat your eyes to the greenery all around.
Coming to what you can do when visiting Kashmir in August 2022, the list is a big one. But we have prepared a complete travel guide consisting of all the important information regarding how to reach, temperature, travel tips, best places to visit and things to do in Kashmir in August and so much more. No matter which place or activity you choose for your Kashmir holidays every corner is blessed with unparalleled views that are worth a visit. Without further ado, let’s quickly scroll down and check.
Kashmir Weather in August
The monsoon season in Kashmir starts in July and ends in September. But the region experiences little to no rainfall. The weather appears to be in favour of enjoying sightseeing and indulging in a number of adventure activities.
KashmirTemperature in August
The temperature in Kashmir in August ranges from 20°C and 29°C. However, during the nighttime, the temperature drops to 15°C or even less.
By Public Transport (Bus and Train)
Travelling to Kashmir by public transport is convenient. The National Highway (NH) 1 & NH44 connects Kashmir to major cities of India. You can board a bus operated by JKSRTC which also connects Jammu to other nearby cities like Srinagar, Patnitop, and Amritsar.
When planning to visit Kashmir by train, you have to board a train to Jammu as there is no railway station in Srinagar. Jammu Tawi Railway Station is located at a distance of approx 270 km from Srinagar. Several regular trains to Jammu are operated from Delhi including New Delhi-Jammu Tawi Rajdhani Express, Jammu Tawi Express, and Jammu Mail.
The fastest and most convenient way of travelling to Kashmir is by flight. Srinagar’s Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport is located at a distance of approx 15 km from the city centre and is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Leh, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata and other cities of India direct and connecting flights
By Private Taxi and Bike
You can either take a taxi from Delhi or rent a car for a self-driving experience in Kashmir. If you start from Delhi, you will take NH 44 and you will reach Srinagar by crossing Karnal > Ambala > Ludhiana > Jalandhar > Pathankot > Patnitop > Anantnag > Srinagar. If not this, you can even book a private taxi or if planning for a Kashmir trip by bike, you can rent one in Srinagar to explore the places of interest in Kashmir.
Nestled in the Ganderbal district of Kashmir, Sonmarg is home to a variety of peaks like the Amarnath, Kolhoi and Sirbal. A drive to Sonmarg will leave you out of words as you get to treat your eyes with the Himalayan peaks all around you. This picturesque hill station is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir in August because during this time of the year, you get to see Sonmarg even more green.
The meadows, glaciers, dense forests, and majestic mountains make the tourist destination a must-visit on your trip to Kashmir. Other than being a paradise for nature lovers, Sonmarg offers great opportunities to the trekkers. Some of the best treks from Sonmarg are Gangabal Lake Trek and Krishansar & Vishansar twin lakes trek. From here, you can head to Baltal Valley which is 15 km away and offers breathtaking views that you have never even imagined.
Head to Yusmarg to walk on the mesmerizing meadows. It is believed that Jesus walked on these lush meadows of Yusmarg and since then the place got its name as Yus-Jeans and Marg-Meadows. There are a number of tourists places in Yusmarg and some of them include a 600 years old Charar-e-Sharief (Muslim pilgrimage), the alpine Nilnag Lake, the picturesque valley of Sang-e-Safed, Lidder Mad and Haigan where you have to trek and reach. There are other two treks that start from Yusmarg- Doodhpathri and Tosa Maidan.
If you are looking for an offbeat place to visit in Kashmir in August, it has to be Gurez. Perched at a height of 2400m, Gurez Valley is a high Himalayan village that is enclosed by snow-covered mountains and is a shelter home for a small number of exotic wildlife like snow leopard and brown bear. Trekking here can be a bit challenging. However, you can enjoy fishing in the Kishen Ganga River, witness the potato and maize fields here.
4. Warwan Valley
Yet another offbeat place to visit in Kashmir, Warwan Valley is a blissful destination where you can find peace, relax your mind and soul away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The clear water making the way from the splendid waterfalls, tall Cedar trees and dense forests makes Warwan Valley mysterious and beautiful at the same time. What’s more? You can sit next to the melodious gushing of River Warwan. Once here, you will get an experience of bliss and tranquillity.
5. Betaab Valley
Originally known as the Hagan Valley or Hagoon, Betaab Valley got its name after the Bollywood Movie Betaab as it was shot here. It is located at a distance of approx 15 km from Pahalgam. So, make sure you cover both Pahalgam and Betaab Valley at the same time when on the Kashmir tour in August. As you visit the place you will find yourself, surrounded by beautiful tall trees like deodar, pine, chinar, poplars, and willows. The place is perfect for picnics, sightseeing and more.
One of the best things to do in Kashmir in August is a visit to the two most important tourist attractions- Tulip and Mughal Gardens. As you step into the Tulip Garden, you will see a variety of coloured tulips grown from the seeds bought from Spain. The tulips bloom to the fullest and look gorgeous during the spring. What makes the garden even more beautiful is the Dal Lake, which sets as a stunning photo backdrop.
Located at a distance of 6 km from Tulip Garden, you head to visit Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden. The garden is a symbol of love as Emperor Jahangir built this garden for his beloved queen. Take a stroll around the garden to see the gorgeous flowers along with pavilions and Chinar trees. What else in the garden? Terraced lawns and sparkling fountains make the garden even more beautiful. Do visit the garden to witness what beauty truly looks like.
To make the most of your Kashmir trip, you can’t miss out on the Shikara ride on Dal Lake. It is one of the most relaxing aspects of the Kashmir holidays and you are sure to get an incredible experience. Apart from leisure and tourism, the Shikara ride is used by the locals for fishing, seaweed harvesting, and transportation.
Kashmir is not just a nature lover’s delight but also a place where adventure enthusiasts can get an experience for a lifetime. If you are someone with the zeal for adventure, head to try Jeep safari at Dachigam National Park; Gondola Cable Car Ride in Gulmarg; River Rafting on Lidder & Sindh river; Trekking to Gangabal Lake and Krishansar & Vishansar twin lakes trek, Kashmir Great Lakes, Nilnag Lake, Sang-e-Safed, Lidder Mad, Haigan, Doodhpathri and Tosa Maidan; etc.
When on a trip to Kashmir, you can’t avoid trying out the local food. Treat your tastebuds with Yogurt Lamb Curry (Yakhni), Nadroo Yakhni, Lamb Mutton Rogan Josh, Modur Pulao, Kashmiri Muji Gaad, Lyodur Tschaman, Dum Aloo and a lot more. Don’t forget to sip the Kashmiri Kahwa (tea).
You can even spot wildlife when in Kashmir. It will be a joyful and exhilarating experience as you will get to catch a glimpse of the region’s unique flora and fauna that belongs to the Himalayan region. Head to Dachigam National Park, Kazinag National Park, Salim Ali National Park and more.
When planning a Kashmir tour in August 2022, you need to keep several things in mind. Like you should always make all the bookings in advance like tour package, flight & hotel tickets. But other than this, there are many other things to keep in mind before embarking on your trip like what things to carry, what clothes to pack, what medicines to take and so much more. Let’s take a look at the list mentioned below:
Keep cotton T-shirts, jeans, trousers, pajamas, windcheater. As you will be travelling during the monsoon season, it is important to pack raincoats, waterproof pants and shoes. The night time in August is chilly and cold as the temperature drops, so carry light woollen clothes and you will thank us later.
It is always good to carry a good pair of hiking shoes when visiting hill stations like Kashmir. As you will be visiting Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg you will be doing a lot of short hikes and climbing minor peaks and for this, you need to wear shoes with good grip. Other than this, you can keep slippers, sports shoes and sneakers too.
You might have to undergo lots of security procedures at some of the places in Kashmir. So, it is advisable that you carry government-issued identity proof like a passport, driving license, voter ID, and aadhar card. Also, keep 8-10 passport-size photographs, a route map with you.
With this, we come to an end to our travel guide to Kashmir in August 2022. Hope you found the information useful and are now all set to pack your bags. The beauty of Kashmir is truly unexplainable and you have to be there at least once in a lifetime to witness what God has blessed Kashmir with. In case, you have any other queries or want to know about the best Kashmir tour package, we are just a call away!
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