Four seasons of Kashmir
Four seasons of Kashmir, Known for its stunning climate in all throughout the year. features a typical European climate that can widely be categorized into four seasons as SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN and WINTER.
SPRING – March to ending April – (15-18 Celsius during Day) to (0 to 5 degree Celsius in nights)
The whole valley comes alive in this time with velvety green grasses, a mustard field in full bloom and blossoms after blossoming of almond, cherry, apple, peach, pears, pansies, narcissi, daises and a million grass flowers carpet the ground. Throughout the valley, thousands of fruits and flowers burst into bloom exuding and alluring fragrance. One can see miles and miles of mustard fields draped in Yellow and orchards full of multi-hued blossoms. The Climate of Jammu and Kashmir at this time of the year is ideally suited to thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the place.
The most interesting event in this season is the Tulip Garden blossom – which starts around mid march and ends by 1st or 2nd week in April, depending on the heat intensity. And that is a spectacular that any visitor to Kashmir and Srinagar city would not want to miss.
SUMMER – May to August – (20-30 Celsius during Day) to (15 – 20 degree Celsius in nights)
Temperatures rise slightly and the Climate of Kashmir valley is unbelievably lovely at this time of the year. The gushing streams, majestic lakes, the maple Tree groves (locally known as Chinar), the forests all appear very enticing in the summers. Fruits are ripe and in plenty. Tourists can also visit the Orchards and assist the villagers in Apple and other fruit pickings. In and Around Srinagar you may be required to wear light woollens or heavy cotton clothing. The whole valley is like a painter’s canvas with a mosaic of varying shades of green – ice fields, meadows, trees, etc and Srinagar with its lakes and waterways is a heaven after the scorching heat of the Indian plains.
AUTUMN – September to November – (18-25 Celsius during Day) to (10-15 degree Celsius in nights)
The most awaited season in Jammu and Kashmir sets in the month of September. It is autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Everything turns to gold. The sight of the landscape has a magnetic appeal then. The red-carpeted gardens are a treat to the eyes. Temperatures rise to a maximum of 23 degrees in the morning but the nights are relatively colder. The weather is very conducive for the tourists to take delight in the sights, sounds and smell of this idyllic land. The vibrant valleys, the rustle of the fallen leaves, the fragrance of flowers are there to enchant you. The onset of autumn, perhaps Kashmir’s loveliest season, is towards September when green turns to gold and then to russet and red. The highest day temperatures in September are around 23oC and night temperatures dip to 10oC by October and further drop by November, when heavy woollens are essential.
WINTER – December to February – (5 to 10 Celsius during Day) to (-4 to 2 degree Celsius in nights) Winter starts in the month of December and it is extremely cold then. Even though the trees have a bare look and the beauty of the hued gardens no longer catches the eye, there is an altogether different charm in the surroundings. The upper reaches are snow covered and become a visual treat to eyes, the city of Srinagar also receives snow towards the mid of January – February and overall the whole landscape is transformed. This is the best time for Skiing enthusiasts to enjoy the beautiful slopes of Gulmarg and other places around Srinagar.
Kashmir in the winter season: the best pictures ones you can lay your eyes on!
Ah, snowfall in Kashmir! It is a magnificent thing that transforms Kashmir into a white-carpeted heaven, verily India’s own Switzerland. The joy of travelling to Kashmir in winter season is an experience indescribable. As the excitement of the holiday season is building up fast, signalling us to plan our winter vacation soon, we bring up a few captivating experiences and Kashmir pictures in winter to make you fall in love with the region, all over again.
Gulmarg gondola, the coolest cable car ride ever!
If you get on-board a gondola cable car in Gulmarg, know that you are in luck. Feast your eyes on the panoramic beauty of Kashmir, about which countless poets have sung in their writings. A gondola ride in Gulmarg really has something for everyone. Vacationers heading out to Kashmir ought to go for a gondola cable car ride for unforgettable views and a handy camera to capture all the magic.
Honeymoon when it’s snowfall time in Kashmir!
Kashmir is a heaven on the Earth and that’s the reason why it is a dream place to visit for the newlyweds. Plan a trip during your snowfall in Kashmir, including visits to Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg, and you will have all that you could practically imagine for a fabulous honeymoon. Plus, you get to take your pick between the choicest resorts located in all these regions.
The joy of Ladakh in winter
If the idea of experiencing Mother Nature from close quarters appeals to you, Ladakh should rank high on your must-visit list. The picturesque region embraces one and all; it has a laid-back quaintness to spare, but is also blessed with quite a rich history. Adventurous visitors will have enough to explore in winters in Ladakh, so will solitude seekers.
Unlimited skiing and snowboarding in Kashmir
A winter vacation in Kashmir should include some snow, and a good skiing session is a must to make the most of your holiday out there. Gulmarg is a haven for skiers and there are ideal facilities in place in those powder-covered regions that are all well worth the trip. All you need to do is, get your ski gear, invite your buddies and get set to hit the slopes!
As a bonus, you get to enjoy the hot kehwa (also kahwah) and Kashmiri biryani served by the dhabas situated close to the skiing spots, and also the warm hospitality of the locals.
Do not miss the Chadar Trek
Picture this: you are camping on the banks of a frozen river and sipping hot kehwa whilst gazing steadily at the captivating clear, midnight blue star-lit sky? This fantasy could turn into a reality by taking a trek known as the Chadar Trek. Trekkers have to cross the frozen Zanskar River and the snow-covered mountain trails to reach the abode of beauty called Zanskar Valley. Just make sure your body is fit enough to endure the rigours of this demanding trek.
The ‘Kanger’ experience in Kashmir winter
Sure, Kashmir looks beautiful in the winters, but when the chill gets too hard to bear, the locals warm up to the kanger (also kangri), a conventional heater used in Kashmir and Himachal. It is a small earthen pot woven around with pliable twigs of a willow tree and filled with burning charcoal. It is carried underneath traditional Kashmiri garb to stay warm and cosy. A whole piece of charcoal is good to last for a day. Get one for yourself to keep frost bites at bay.
Go for warm bites when it snows in Kashmir
You need kanger to keep your body warm, but it is the Kashmiri harissa and a cup of hot kehwa that would do the job of warming up your soul as well. Since Kashmir is predominantly a non-vegetarian region, locals take joy in feasting on a dish made of goat meat or mutton. It is slow-cooked on fire overnight and seasoned with spices and then served with a traditional naan-bread.
Kehwa, on the other hand, is an aromatic brew made of eleven locally-grown herbs. It is served with sheermal that is a savoury, crispy and salted bread. Sheer delight!
Ladakh is a high-altitude region on an average altitude of 4’000 m. the temperatures are extreme Himalayan and can change very quickly. The days can be hot with strong Sun Shine and nights equally cool. We always advise our Guests to bring very good sun protection ( Creams, Hat, Glasses, Gloves) and warm clothing with you, so that you can layer up and down during the day. Himalayan Climate being typically dry – facial cream and body lotion will help maintain the skin properly. The best part of the Ladakh landscape is the villages – which look like an oasis in the otherwise dry and arid landscape.
The weather of Ladakh remains cold and chilly for the most part of the year and the best time to visit is from Mid May to September.
While as it is hard to distinguish four seasons in Ladakh, the Spring and Autumn are more like a fresh breeze after a long days walk – they come for a very short time and go signalling the onset of Hot summer and long – long winter.
SPRING – April to May – Temperature rises and the ground thaws. The farming activities start and the local population prepares the fields and gardens to plant the seedlings. Some lower passes become crossable – however, it is still snow covered scenery all around on the mountains.
SUMMER – June to September Most of the tourists are visiting Ladakh during these months because the weather is pleasant and stable also, few monastic festivals take place. An ideal time for planning trekking or expedition, the temperatures in summer range between min. 5°, max. 35° Celsius.
WINTER – October to March The temperatures constantly dropping to the lowest grades in January or February (Nubra valley and dha-hanu -15°, leh -20°, changtang -30°). It is not until March that the cold temperatures are gone. Although the sun shines during the day, it is not warming you up. However, there are many possibilities for the well-prepared winter visitors: most of the monastic festivals take place then and are attended by the locals in their traditional dress. If the Zanskar river is frozen, experienced trekkers and mountaineers can do the adventurous chadar trek. Also, mountaineers have been known to cross high passes on snowshoes to find decent snowboard or ski destinations.
Ladakh being a Dry Desert – Monsoon is not confined to any particular season as sporadic rainfall may occur at any time.
The best time to visit Ladakh is from May until September, the region’s summer season. At this time, Ladakh is an unparalleled paradise, with clear, stunning views and warm and sunny weather – the average temperature range during the day is about 20–30°C. Keen trekkers usually head to Ladakh during July and August, when the Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways are open to vehicles. That said, Ladakh is a land bound by two of the world’s highest mountain ranges – the Himalayas and Karakoram – anyone visiting Ladakh, even in the middle of summer, should be prepared for the sharp drop in temperatures at night.
Kashmir Snow Trek
Kashmir-Snow-Trek expedition is an opportunity for the hikers and nature lovers to explore Kashmir hiking in winter. The trail followed is Naranag-Trunkhol-Gangabal. The snow depth ranges from 1 foot in Naranag to 6 foot at Trunkhol. We use gipsy and forest huts for accommodation.
Though trekking in Kashmir is not newest still this expedition is no walk in the park. The first hike is a steep climb through pine forest of Butsheri then a gradual walking through meadows filled in by snow, all collide to create a challenging trek in one of the most beautiful and serene Himalayas of Kashmir.