A Trip of Amazement from K to K – Kashmir Package Tour from Kolkata

Kashmir, the picturesque and enchanting valley between the great Himalayan range and Pir Panjal Mountain Range, is the land of simplicity, beauty and tranquility. This piece of heaven stays in the heart of the tourists throughout the year. Many people seek a clear picture about the Kashmir Package Tour from Kolkata. Hope this article will allow you enough information to know this paradise up north in all its glory.

The weather of the heaven from December to March is completely covered in a layer of pearl-white snow with sub-zero level temperatures. If your soul is longing to see snowfall, then these four months are the best time for you to visit Kashmir for sure. You can even enjoy the taste of snowboarding and skiing during the winter months.

 
Now the important inquiry about the Kashmir trip is “How to reach Kashmir from Kolkata?"

The weather, culture, and fragrance of the City of Joy is fully different from Kashmir's natural beauty but Kashmir has its own delights. To make a trip to Kashmir, one of the major drowses is the time spent on the road itself. For this reason, most tourists from Kolkata prefer either train or flight to reach Srinagar.

Way to Kashmir by Air: Flight is the best choice and time convenient way to reach Kashmir. Sheik-ul-Alam Airport also known as Srinagar International Airport (SXR). The airport in Srinagar has direct flights to and from Kolkata. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) in Kolkata has nonstop flights from Jammu and Srinagar. GoAir and IndiGo have direct flights between Kolkata and Srinagar.

By train: You have to reach New Delhi from Kolkata by travelling in a train. Kolkata to New Delhi train takes approx. 17 hours. You can catch a train from Kolkata and get down at New Delhi. From Delhi, you must book trains to Udhampur. It is a 12 hours train journey. Then you should travel from Udhampur to Banihal either via Bus/Van. After getting down at Udhampur railway station, you can see a lot of buses, vans. Udhampur to Banihal van travel will be for 5 hours and from Banihal to Srinagar, you have local trains every 2 hours. It would be only a two hours journey to reach Srinagar railway station, your final destination.

By car: It takes 2 days 4 hours 39 minutes to travel from Kolkata to Kashmir. The Approximate driving distance between Kolkata and Kashmir is 2633 kms or 1636.1 miles. Travel time refers to the time taken if the distance is covered by a car. From Kolkata to Kashmir, you have to cross at least 13 main cities (Barrackpore, Burdwan, Durgapur, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Azamgarh, Lucknow, Agra, Mathura, New Delhi, Ludhiana, Pathankot then Jammu).


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Place to visit in Kashmir:

Dal Lake: Dal Lake is a misnomer as Dal in Kashmir means Lake, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. This lake is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the " Jewel in the crown of Kashmir" or " Srinagar's Jewel ". Enclosed by beautiful Pir Panjab mountains and Mughal Gardens, this is a must-see place for family vacationers, honeymoon couples and even for solo travelers. Major highlights of Dal Lake Tour are Shikara Rides, house-boat stay and floating vegetable market. Shikaras are a cultural symbol of the lake and seen mostly in lakes of Srinagar. A ride on the lake is a must for tourists visiting Kashmir. May to November is the best time to visit Dal Lake as the climate is pleasant. During winter, it gets extremely cold.

Srinagar (Heaven on Earth): Srinagar is one of the most mesmerizing and famous places to visit in Kashmir as well India. From boating to water skiing Srinagar has it all. June to October is the best time to visit in Srinagar but for snow you must visit Srinagar in December or January. To taste the flavors of Srinagar, you have to stay in the boat house, visit the Mughal Garden and take the shikara ride.

Gulmarg: From December-end to mid-February, there is enough snowfall to create your own snowman in Gulmarg. The skiing scenes of Gulmarg and the Pir Panjal range are enough to blow your mind for sure. The world's "Biggest" Igloo restaurant, Wah Snow Taj, Gulmarg Gondola Ride, Alpather lake, Gulmarg Gold should be on the top of your travel list. 

Sonamarg: Sonamarg is named " The Land of Gold". It has ancient importance because it was a gateway on the ancient Silk Road that connects Kashmir with China. Sonamarg is located in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir and it means a " meadow of gold ". Vishansar lake, Nilagrad River, Zoji La Pass, Thajiwas Glacier are the famous places to visit in Kashmir.

Kupwara (The delight of Kashmir): Kupwara is the hole to exotic wildlife and flora at an elevation of 1577 meters. Bungus valley, Seemab valley, Lolab, sadhna pass view point should be in your bucket list.

Kathua:Kathua is situated just to the west of the Ravi River and near the border of Punjab state, about 45 Miles southeast of Jammu. The Sukrala Mata temple, Ranjit Sagar dam, Mata Abala sundri, Jodia Di Mata religious places are the hearts of Kathua. The Purthu Beach of Kathua is called the Mini Goa for its beauty.

Kargil: Kargil’s landscape is mountainous, rugged and high, the minimum elevation being some 8,000 feet. One locality, Dras (Drass) is reputed to be one of the world's coldest permanently inhabited places. Dras war memorial, Phuktal monastery,Mulbekh monastery, Drang - Drang Glacier Shargole Monastery are the blissful places for a close-up look at Kargil.

Pulwama: The saffron valley Pulwama is called the " Anand of Kashmir " for its beautiful tourist spots. Pahalgam, Avantiswami temple, Amarnath Cave, Tarsar cave, shikargah, Hundur Monastery are the beautiful and famous places you should definitely visit.

Leh: During to Kashmir Tour from Kolkata you can also visit Leh. Leh is 582km from Kashmir. Leh is known for its stunning landscape, Buddhist temples and pristine environment. The humbling monasteries of Shey, Hemis, Alchi Lamayuru and Thiksey will chant your mind. You can hire a Bike for Leh sightseeing Tour or Leh to Pangong Lake Tour .

Someone said it right, “every other beauty simply vanishes when you see how beautiful Kashmir is”. So why wait to discover the heaven on earth? Let’s get you bags packed and Waliv (welcome) to Kashmir!