Clothes for Kashmir Trip | What Clothes to Wear in Kashmir

by Vimal Bhatia

So much has been said and written about the beauty of Kashmir that there is not much left to add. However, there is one thing which seems to puzzle a lot of people; especially the first time visitors. That is of a packing list for Kashmir and clothes for Kashmir Trip. Everyone knows it is going to be a little cold up there but then how cold? Should you be packing all your heavy woolens or will the light ones do? What kind of shoes do you need and what else should you be putting inside your travel bag? These are some of the questions that we will be discussing in this post.

The beauty of Kashmir has survived generations and eras. When Mughals came to Kashmir and saw its beauty, they called it a ‘Paradise on earth’. So it is not surprising that Kashmir attracts so many tourists and is widely acknowledged as one of the top tourist destinations, both nationally as well as internationally. Tall trees, dense forests, deep valleys, lush green meadows, pristine lakes, beautiful rivers, crystal clear waterfalls, high mountains, and snow-covered peaks; Kashmir has it all. Add to it the mesmerizing Mughal gardens, the Shikaras, and the houseboats of Srinagar and you can’t ask for more. But when you go to a place like this, you have to be very specific about the things you need to pack. For a Kashmir trip, you will need specific clothing for specific periods and a few particular things which are a must for a sojourn in Kashmir.

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Clothes for Kashmir Trip

There is really no straight answer to the question of the type of clothes required for Kashmir trip. Why? Because it depends on a lot of factors. The clothes will vary according to the season and month in which you plan to visit Kashmir. It will also depend on the places you have in mind to visit and your mode of commute as well. Then you also have to take local culture and sensibilities into consideration. Besides, there are a few other things which you must have with you when you visit Kashmir.

So, let’s have a look at the packing list for a Kashmir trip, according to months.

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Clothes to wear in Kashmir in April, May & June

From March, the weather in Kashmir starts changing from spring to summer. You may experience the warmth, cold and light rain, all during this period. However, the whole valley is covered in green. You will see widely spread mustard fields and fruit orchards, wherever you will go. April to June are the summer months in Kashmir. April is the onset of summer just after the spring season. The average temperature in Kashmir during this period is about 25 degrees Celsius. It may get a little colder at night. The whole of Kashmir is bathed in green at this time and Mughal Gardens of Kashmir are at full bloom. You can see snow clad peaks also at some places.

So, if you are visiting Kashmir from April to June, pack cotton clothes like T-Shirts, light jeans, jeggings, half sleeves shirts and tops along with cotton trousers. Khadi clothes will also be comfortable in this weather. A pair of denim would also be suitable for you. Jeggings and track pants will keep you light if you wish to visit more than one destination in a single day.

Apart from this, you must carry some full sleeves shirts as well as light woolens with you. Full sleeve shirts because if it rains then temperature drops suddenly and you may feel a little chill in the air. And nights are generally colder, so you may need some light woolens. A couple of woolen pants should suffice. Also, if possible, keep a waterproof jacket to avoid getting wet in a sudden drizzle.

Clothes for Kashmir Trip

Clothes to Pack for Kashmir in July and August

July and August are the monsoon months so the Kashmir Valley experiences heavy rainfall. So, carrying a raincoat or waterproof jacket and pants is a must. If you were traveling by your own car then bring along an umbrella too. Again, you must carry comfortable clothes like cotton pants or trousers or light jeans along with half and full sleeve shirts and tops. The weather during this period is warm but not very hot. But you will surely enjoy the wet months as the whole Kashmir Valley welcomes greenery all around during this period. You will see green wherever you go.

Do not forget to carry light woolens with you as it tends to get a bit colder during the night. Overall, the weather is generally pleasant during the day with temperatures hovering about 25 degrees Celsius, so light clothes with something to save you from rain will be sufficient. In the mornings and evening, a light jacket, pullover or hoodie will be enough. During the daytime, you will actually just be walking around wearing your regular cottons and won’t even feel the need of putting on something warm or heavy.

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Clothes for Kashmir in September & October

September and October months in Kashmir are comparatively quiet months. With peak season of May and June over and monsoon rains also behind them, Kashmiris have very fewer crowd tourists to welcome. Apart from this, the weather is also pleasant, though it starts to get colder. There are chances of fresh snowfall towards late November in high altitude areas, though the frequency and intensity will not be that much.

So, if you are planning to visit Kashmir in September or October, your packing list must include warm clothes. In fact, you must include heavy woolens as you will need these during mornings and evenings. And when you visit Pahalgam and Gulmarg, it will be quite cold there, so you must have your heavy woolens with you. Particularly if you are traveling with kids, you must carry full sleeves sweaters, warm jackets, and socks for them.

Winter clothes for Kashmir (November to March)

These are the winter months. The Kashmir Valley becomes a land of snow during the period from Mid-December to early March. You will see snow everywhere as it snows heavily in the valley. The winters are really harsh here. But there is no winter like a Kashmir winter. Enjoying the local hot Kahwa looking at snow-covered peaks is bliss.

But for visiting Kashmir in the months from November to March, you have to carry heavy woolens with you. Full sleeves sweaters, pullovers, overcoats, and warm socks should be in your packing list. Besides, you must also carry accessories like mufflers, warm caps, woolen or warm gloves and earmuffs, etc. You may also want to carry warmers as these will help you keep warm all through and particularly in high altitude areas. Also, include water-resistant jackets in your luggage.

You will need to have boots and not your usual sports shoes as these are prone to slipping on the snow. Snow boots are ideal for this season, but you can get them on rent as well at every major tourist spot. So no need to carry a pair from home if you don’t want to or don’t own one. Along with all this, you should have a waterproof bag as well. So that if it snows, you can save your essentials like mobile, money and documents from getting wet.

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So these are the things that you must have in your packing list if you are planning for a trip to Kashmir in the months of November to March.

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What type of clothes should I wear in Kashmir?

Apart from the clothing required in terms of the weather, let us discuss it in terms of the place you are visiting. This will apply irrespective of the time of your trip. You must remember that Kashmir is a Muslim majority region where every woman you see will be covered from head to toe. As a tourist woman visiting the region, you do not really want to dress in a way that will offend the locals and make you the odd one out. When you are packing your bag, as a general rule, pack clothes that will keep your shoulders and legs covered.

You do not have to pack all Indian traditional clothes only. Jeans, tops, trousers, T-Shirts are all fine. Just make sure that they are not too tight or body-hugging.  At the same time, they shouldn’t be a bit transparent type either. Long Skirts will be fine as well. A very important item will be either a scarf or a shawl. So in case, you were wearing something sleeveless, just cover your shoulders and chest with a scarf. For visiting a dargah, mosque or any other religious place, you would be required to cover your head anyways and a shawl will come real handy at that time.

Clothes required for Srinagar

If you were in Srinagar from April to October, you will find it hard to believe that it actually snows here. That is how hot it gets during summer. For Srinagar only, just pack your regular cotton clothes and that will be sufficient in summer. For winters, you would definitely have to bring heavy woolens.

Clothes for Gulmarg / Pahalgam / Sonamarg / Gurez

For visiting the higher tourist areas bring April to September, you should pack your regular cotton clothes and accompanied with some light woolens and a jacket. For visiting these places between October to March, you will have to prepare yourself for harsh winter and must bring heavy woolens.

Things to pack for Kashmir Trip

Other than the clothes, mentioned below are a few more essential items that you should pack while visiting Kashmir.

Cash

First and foremost, you must carry ample cash with you because in Kashmir, the transactions, apart from hotels, are mostly in cash. Whether it is a cab service or a pony ride or eating in a restaurant or buying some local stuff, you will need cash. You may be able to pay by your credit or debit card in major tourist hubs like Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam or Sonamarg but for the rest of the places, it is mostly cash only. Even for Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam, you may run into a situation when there was no connectivity and hence they could not accept cards. So carry sufficient cash wherever you go.

Mobile Network & Data Connectivity

Then comes the topic of mobile connectivity. Prepaid mobile services do not work in Kashmir, so you must have a postpaid connection on your mobile phone to use it in Kashmir. BSNL, MTNL has the largest connectivity here but if you are keeping your trip limited only to popular tourist spots, other services providers too will have full connectivity. 4G Data works in Srinagar but at rest of the places, it is 2G or 3G at most. If there was unrest in the valley, internet is the first thing that gets shut down here.

Liquor / Alcohol

Please ensure that you are not carrying any alcohol with you and are not openly consuming it anywhere in Kashmir. If you do want to drink, then there are a couple of shops in Srinagar that you can buy it from. Several hotels also have bars and will arrange liquor for you.

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Documents

Lastly, the most important thing. Do carry your identity proof with you all the time during the period you are traveling in Kashmir. It may be required at any point in time. Aadhar Card is what you will be asked to produce at almost every check post. So bring yours along and if you don’t have one, then get one made before the trip.

Clothes for Kashmir Trip

Other Accessories

  • Always carry a torch with you. Not that it is dark everywhere in Kashmir, but in case of an emergency, you will need it.
  • Carry an umbrella to avoid getting caught in the rain, particularly during the months from March to August.
  • Next, always include essential basic medicines like for Flu, fever, upset stomach and pain killers. If you are prone to altitude sickness, then you may have to bring some medicines for that as well.
  • You will surely need cold cream and moisturizer when you are in Kashmir. As the weather tends to get dry, you need to protect your skin from this. So include cold cream, moisturizer and also lip guard in your packing list for Kashmir.
  • If you are visiting Kashmir during the winter season, see if you can carry a hot water bottle with you. It may get freezing cold at nights and warm water will give you a lot of relief.
  • And you just can’t go to Kashmir without your camera. You need your camera to capture the scenic beauty of Kashmir in all its essence. And you must have a waterproof cover or bag for your camera.

In order to summarize it all and make it easy for you, below is a month by month breakdown of what kind of clothes you should be packing for each month.

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Clothes to wear in Kashmir in January

Chances and Intensity of a snowfall is highest in this month. If you are planning to go to Gulmarg or Pahalgam, be sure that you will definitely witness a live snowfall.

  • Heavy windproof and warm Jacket
  • Woolen Cap to cover your head and neck and possibly face as well / Monkey Cap
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Thermals
  • Woolen Socks
  • Warm & Waterproof Gloves
  • Snow boots or Waterproof Trekking Boots
  • Sunglasses
Clothes to wear in Kashmir in February

February is pretty much the same as January but snow on the ground will be even more in this month

  • Heavy windproof and warm Jacket
  • Woolen Cap to cover your head and neck and possibly face as well / Monkey Cap
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Thermals
  • Woolen Socks
  • Warm & Waterproof Gloves
  • Snow boots or Waterproof Trekking Boots
  • Sunglasses
Clothes to wear in Kashmir in March

Things starts to warm up a little in March but it will still be terribly cold, especially at nights in places like Gulmarg and Pahalgam.

  • Heavy windproof and warm Jacket
  • Woolen Cap to cover your head and neck and possibly face as well / Monkey Cap
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Thermals
  • Woolen Socks
  • Warm & Waterproof Gloves
  • Snow boots or Waterproof Trekking Boots
  • Sunglasses
Clothes to wear in Kashmir in April

It will not be as cold during day but the temperature in morning and evening will still drop significantly.

  • Heavy windproof and warm Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Regular Cotton Clothes
  • Regular Socks
  • Shoes with good grip
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion

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Clothes to wear in Kashmir in May

Summer season arrives and things start to warm up. You will not even need a regular jacket during day if in Srinagar.

  • A Regular Leather or Fleece Jacket
  • Regular Cotton Clothes
  • Shoes with good grip
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
Clothes to wear in Kashmir in June

This is the hottest month of the year in Kashmir.

  • A Regular Leather or Fleece Jacket
  • Regular Cotton Clothes
  • Shoes with good grip
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
Clothes to wear in Kashmir in July

For this month, pack clothes that can dry faster, like polyester.

  • A Regular Leather or Fleece Jacket
  • Rain Gear
  • Regular Cotton / Polyester Clothes
  • Shoes with good grip
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
Clothes to wear in Kashmir in August

For this month, pack clothes that can dry faster, like polyester.

  • A Regular Leather or Fleece Jacket
  • Rain Gear
  • Regular Cotton / Polyester Clothes
  • Shoes with good grip
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
Clothes to wear in Kashmir in September

It starts to get a little cold in September so you will have to pack accordingly.

  • A Regular Leather or Fleece Jacket
  • Rain Gear
  • Light woolen Clothes
  • Shoes with good grip
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion
Clothes to wear in Kashmir in October

Winter settles in by October and temperature starts to drop rapidly.

  • Heavy windproof and warm Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Light woolen Clothes
  • Thermals
  • Shoes with good grip
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock Lotion

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Clothes to wear in Kashmir in November

It starts to snow in higher reaches of Kashmir in November and weather will once again become terribly cold.

  • Heavy windproof and warm Jacket
  • Woolen Cap to cover your head and neck and possibly face as well / Monkey Cap
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Thermals
  • Woolen Socks
  • Warm & Waterproof Gloves
  • Shoes with good grip
  • Sunglasses

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Clothes to wear in Kashmir in December

It is not necessary but would be better to pack Snow boots if you were visiting towards the end of December. Your clothing would have to be of freezing cold weather.

  • Heavy windproof and warm Jacket
  • Woolen Cap to cover your head and neck and possibly face as well / Monkey Cap
  • Heavy Woolen Clothing
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Thermals
  • Woolen Socks
  • Warm & Waterproof Gloves
  • Shoes with good grip
  • Sunglasses
Conclusion

I hope the information above on clothes for Kashmir trip was of help. If you have any questions; or need any other details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer. If you have any other tips that can be added to the post, please do comment and mention.

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Thanabalan Andy November 30, 2019 - 5:57 am

Hi, i wanted to know The way to choose winter coat during march. Is that below 5 degree or above 0 degree or else?

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Vargis.Khan December 1, 2019 - 11:16 pm

March is fine. Just take a normal winter coat thick enough to survive the cold in plains. March is not that cold. You may not even need the coat at noon.

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