Check out these places in Kashmir that will remain open to travelers


Kashmir, also known as “heaven on earth”, is a favorite spot for avid travelers. However, several parts of Kashmir also face heavy snowfall and severe cold during the winter months, which makes traveling quite difficult.

Places such as Sonmarg, Karnah and Gurez are usually closed to tourists due to low visibility, sleet and snowfall. In a bid to boost the region’s tourism sector, the three mentioned locations will remain open to tourists during the winter months, according to a report in Outlook Traveller.

For the first time in 70 years, the government plans to include adventure sports and other activities in Sonmarg, Karnah and Gurez to improve tourist attendance. The proposed new ski runs will likely be developed in snowy areas with reasonably good connectivity.

While the town of Gulmarg has always attracted tourists in winter, the rest of the places see relatively fewer tourists. According to the same report, Doodhpathri in Budgam district in central Kashmir is the latest addition to the list. Gulmarg and Doodhpathri are accessible by road.

Meanwhile, helicopter services are also expected to be introduced in the snowy areas of Jammu and Kashmir to improve connectivity. While tourists largely preferred to visit the place during the summer months, the latest developments aim to make Jammu and Kashmir accessible to people throughout the year.

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Under the proposal of “Naya Jammu and Kashmir”, the union territory is heading “to become an all-weather industry with the concept of winter tourism gaining momentum”.

For people who wish to visit Gurez when it is not covered in snow, they can plan their trip between June and September. The place remains largely snow-free during the weather and offers tourists the opportunity for a pristine journey “through the Great Himalayas”.

The place also gives people the chance to interact and explore the culture of the Shina-speaking Darts, one of the oldest tribal people in Kashmir. For the uninformed, they have been cut off from their compatriots in Astore, Gilgit and Chilas by the LoC. Gurez is also an adventure tourism destination, with several options such as hiking, camping and fishing in the Kishanganga Valley.

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