Top Thrilling Adventure Activities to Enjoy in Kashmir
Updated: Jun 24
Known as the “Paradise on Earth”, Kashmir is known for its creeping glaciers, dazzling meadows, and frostbitten winters as it is for icy mountains, and silver lakes that turn golden at the turn of dawn, and its crystal blue water. In the summer, tourists and locals alike are privy to the stunning Chinar trees, whilst the winter turns into mesmerizing Winterland, with white landscape and soft snowflakes falling on the stunning vistas is a sight to swoon over.
All of these elements combined make for a great sporting location, open to all skill levels and gradients of experience. This means that regardless of whether or not you have one day or five to fill with action-packed adventure, you’re bound to find something that is to your liking, whether that be a spot of horse riding, riding the cable car, trekking, or river rafting or something entirely new to you.
Kashmir is not just about the sights. If you are one of those travelers who are always on the lookout for outdoor activities that give an adrenaline rush, here is a quick list of outdoor activities in Kashmir that can fulfill your wishes.
Serving as a hotspot for rafting in Northern India, Kashmir is a popular destination during the monsoon. The Rivers in Kashmir offer more than a pleasurable sight, including all the adventure ingredients to attract a large crowd of adventure enthusiasts looking for an activity-oriented vacation in Kashmir. River rafting in Kashmir has become one of the best river rafting in India. It swiftly moves over the lush green valley, which makes the goose bump travel challenging and screeching. River rafting in Kashmir mostly flaps against white water rafting ranging from Grade I to III but one can also try Grade IV rafting in some spots.
Where: Lider River, Sindh River
When: July to September
Rightly referred to as the angler's paradise as well, Kashmir holds a network of glacier-covered streams and rivers and high-altitude lakes that are home to an abundant population of trout. Trout fishing at either Pahalgam or Sonmarg can prove a serene experience where you relax, sit patiently while peacefully listening to nature’s sound, and resonate with the chirping sound of birds. There are many pristine lakes and rivers where you can see people engaged in this interesting activity.
Where: Dal Lake, Lidder River, Sindh River, Gangabal Lale.
When: May to October
Nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Kashmir is a great spot where you can fully embrace the nomad lifestyle for a few days as you trek and hike across the lakes and mountains. Trekking is a great and thrilling way to witness the breathtaking grandeur of the Kashmir tour, including its meadows, rivers, valleys, and snow-capped mountains. With the flow and rocky areas on the edges of the beautiful meadows, Kashmir is the best option. Trekking in Kashmir is an exciting activity as it turns out to be challenging and adventurous.
Where: Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop
When: July to September
For the one seeking a change in their trip, and who wants to stay away from the four walls equipped with modern luxuries, camping in Kashmir is just a perfect activity as it provides an unparalleled experience. Kashmir is packed with plenty of meadows, valleys, and lakes that offer you a great way for campers to set up their camps overlooking some of the picturesque landscapes. Numerous voyagers do camping during trekking the Kashmir Valleys. Most camps also include various activities like fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and sports like volleyball. Also, many camps organize bonfires which you can be a part of and feel at peace.
Where: Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Yusmarg
When: April to October
An ideal blend of the right aptitude, passion, and energy is all it takes to enjoy a mountain biking expedition in the Himalayas that is sure to offer you the thrill of adventure. The crooked road piercing through the meadows that slowly turns into a challenging, tricky, and rocky path and bumps into a cleft is a perfect activity for a mountain biking tour in Kashmir. You have to hire a mountain bike with proper gears to do cycling on the rugged and crazy terrains of the Himalayas. Also, make sure that you are physically strong to indulge in mountain biking.
Where: Gulmarg to Pahalgam, Srinagar to Gulmarg, Pahalgam to Srinagar, Srinagar to Sonamarg
When: April to July
Bird watching in Kashmir is an exceptional experience, as apart from several common species of birds, Kashmir is also home to some rare species like the Piedfisher bird, Bar Headed Geese, and Ibis bill, Falcon, Black Necked Crane, Yellow-billed Magpie, and European blue whistling Vulture. You can spot species like the coots, cormorants, egrets, mallards, pintails, and terns. These birds are as important to the ecosystem as the endemic birds of Kashmir do and hence contribute to the exotic flora and fauna population of Jammu & Kashmir.
Where: Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg.
When: September and October
Another outdoor activity that is unique and most popular amongst golfing enthusiasts, the Kashmir valleys are perfect spots for enjoying elegant sports like golf. In addition to the ambiance, the pleasant weather makes Kashmir an ideal destination for golfing. Offering remarkable views of snow-capped mountains, a 9-hole Golf Course at Pahalgam is considered to be the most elevated golf course on the planet. Golfing in Kashmir can be an incredible experience, not just for the enjoyment and relaxation it provides, but largely because of the lovely temperature, gorgeous landscape, and amazing views that surround these golf courses.
Where: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam
When: May to September
Among all the adventure activities in the beautiful Kashmir, skiing in Jammu and Kashmir has become one of the most preferred winter sports in India. Winter is when Mother Nature lays a thick carpet of snow on the surrounding mountains. In addition to the snow, the clear blue sky and the sparkling glaciers of this exceptionally beautiful place make skiing even more enthralling and worthwhile. Over the years, Kashmir skiing has gained such demand that even leisure tourists come to Kashmir today to glide down the thick layer of snow and spend their memorable holiday in the valley further framing some thrilling memories.
Where: Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam
When: December to April
Another famous aero-sport gaining immense popularity among adventure seekers is paragliding in Kashmir. The ride offers significant views of the hills and valleys of Kashmir at an altitude of about 2730 meters and is a truly delightful experience. Natural factors like excellent wind conditions and the landscape of Kashmir are remarkably suitable for this type of paragliding. A paraglider can go about 800-1000 feet high during his paragliding flight.
Where: Ashtanmarg, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, and Srinagar
When: May-June and October - September
Hot air balloon
To have a better sight of Jammu and Kashmir, the heavenly land of India with its alluring landscapes, Hot Air Ballooning is the perfect activity. Two to ten people are usually taken in one ride up to 3000 feet in height based on the size of the Balloon and capacity of the Basket. The trained pilot is allotted to each ride, for a convenient and safe experience for the passengers. One cannot have a better sight of Jammu and Kashmir, than by visualizing it from a hot air balloon. The perfect time to enjoy this journey between the clouds in winter.
Where: Patnitop, Gulmarg, Srinagar, Sansar, Valleys of Suru, and Zanskar.
When: April - June, and September - October
Kashmir, the only heaven on earth offers a rich freshness dotted with apple orchards, various species of mountain trees, and much more. When the pleasant lush green meadows are capped with a heavy layer of snow during the winters, it becomes a hotspot for adventure junkies. Adventure is just a word if you don’t experience it. So the next time you are in Jammu and Kashmir, don’t miss trying out these popular adventure places.