Trip to Kashmir – A Journey to Forever Remember

by Vargis.Khan

This article is the conclusive one and the last in a series detailing my Travels to Kashmir. Our trip to Kashmir lasted for a total of 8 days; covering some well known destinations as well as areas that rarely anyone know about. It was a great journey which in many ways also proved to be a learning. This was a trip which only made us wanting to visit Kashmir again as soon as we could; and visit all the areas that we missed in last 8 days. Please click on the link below to read the previous part of this travelogue.

Journey So Far: Gurez to Srinagar & an Evening at Pari Mahal

We all woke up that morning with a common feeling. I wouldn’t really call it sadness but our hearts felt heavy. Why is it so always that good times fly by so fast? It all gets over before you even had time to properly enjoy it. The last 8 days were probably among the best of our lives. We truly enjoyed every moment of it; lived life to its fullest. But as all good things come to an end, so did our trip. Today was our last day of a memorable journey. Today we were to end our trip to Kashmir and catch a fight home.

Not much to write about this day really. Lavish and I woke up first and went out for a cup of tea and short walk. Our flight was at 11 AM so we had a bit of time to enjoy our last morning of this trip in Srinagar.

Ride to the Airport

Faisal arrived at around 9 AM to pick us up. I really do not have words for the hospitality of the gentleman. He proved to be more than a friend, a brother in fact. He arranged the entire trip for us; our itinerary, cab, stay in Srinagar, motorcycles; and even came to drive us to the airport himself. It is hard to believe that someone who I met for the first time on this trip would really do so much. If this is not really a shining example of “Kashmiri Mehmaan Nawazi” then I am not really sure what is.

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With heavy hearts, we left the hotel which was our home in fact for last 8 days. Our host was the most gracious one and treated us like family. There is nowhere else I would rather stay in Srinagar if not for Hotel Grand Valley Inn. It has now become like my second home there. No matter how many times I visit Kashmir again, I know now where my stay is going to be.

Kashmir Airport

Kashmir airport is a small one and even the town is not that large. But the road and the police checking causes a lot of slow traffic. We too almost missed our flight because of the long line of cars in front of us. Actually we stepped out of the car and ran the last couple of kilometers. If we hadn’t ran then I am sure we would have missed the flight.

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So a word of advice would be to ensure that you get at least a 3 hours start from your hotel before the flight. Do not think that you can make it in last hour or so because you definitely won’t. Our flights were on time and by 2 PM we were all back home. The only last minute drama that happened with me was that I lost the keys to my home and had to break the lock open.

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Our Itinerary

Below is how we traveled.

And this is it. That was our trip to Kashmir; the one that is going to remained etched in our memories all our lives. There are so many other places in Kashmir that we weren’t able to cover. There is so much to see, so much to explore and I will be back there again soon.


Shah Jahan once called Kashmir as heaven on earth and he wasn’t wrong. This place in every way is a paradise and I am about to book tickets for my next trip there in a couple of months. I hope my travelogues were able to provide information that was of help in planning your trip. If you have any questions; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.

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Jignesh Patel January 13, 2019 - 12:09 pm

Hello Vargisbhai

Thank you so much for the wonderful blog and a very informative website.It is very helpful.I am planning a visit to the paradise along with my wife and Kid and a friend with his family

We are two couples and two 6 year old kids. We are planning to Kashmir in Mid March. We are planning for 9 days and the places we want to cover are Srinagar 1N, Gulmarg 2N, Sonmarg 1N, Pahalgam 2 N , Yusmarg 1N
We also want to cover Gurez.
My queries are
1. Are the above places doable considering we have kids.
2. Are 9 days enough to cover this places
3 Is it possible to fit Gurez in the current itinerary by subtracting any day or place
4 What things should we take care of while traveling and should we consider a spare day for unplanned things or any obstacles
5 Should we prebook Hotels or walkins would do?
6 We are considering A private Taxi considering we have family and kids So What would be the Taxi fare for 9 days?
6 Any other suggestions or places would be really Great

Thanking you,


Mahfuza November 12, 2018 - 6:37 am

Sonmarg and pehelgum is not included is is itinerary. Where can I put Sonmarg and Pehelgum for easy traveling. Can I use share transport or public bus? Please let me know. I am a solo traveler.

Vargis.Khan November 12, 2018 - 6:10 pm

Yes you can use public transport as well but it will be a bit uncomfortable. When are you planning to go and how many days do you have in total? Sonamarg and Pahalgam can be inserted anywhere in this itinerary as per your the time you have.


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