Roadtripping through heaven – 9 days of bliss in Kashmir

Setting off on an epic road trip to the mesmerising realm of Kashmir was a dream come true for me. The allure of its majestic mountains, tranquil lakes, and vibrant culture had always captivated my imagination. So, with an insatiable wanderlust burning inside me, I meticulously charted out a thrilling nine-day Kashmir itinerary from Delhi and back. Going through all the places to visit in Kashmir so carefully, trying not to miss anything.

Little did I know that this adventure would be made even more incredible, thanks to the fantastic folks at Savaari Car Rentals and their amazing drivers. These road trip experts not only made our journey comfortable and hassle-free but also added a touch of warmth and personalisation to the whole experience. Buckle up as I take you along the winding roads, picturesque vistas, and cultural encounters that made this escapade through the enchanting valleys of Kashmir truly unforgettable. So, here is your Kashmir itinerary that will take you through the wonders of the state.

Kashmir road trip itinerary

Table of Contents

  1. Delhi to Amritsar  
  2. Amritsar to Doda
  3. Doda to Kishtwar
  4. Kishtwar to Pahalgam
  5. Pahalgam to Pulwama
  6. Pulwama to Srinagar
  7. Srinagar to Gulmarg
  8. Gulmarg to Sanasar
  9. Sanasar to Delhi

Day 1 – Delhi to Amritsar

The road trip from Delhi to Amritsar was like stepping into a world where history, spirituality, and culinary delights collided. With a tank full of gas, an open mind, an insatiable appetite for adventure, and my Savaari driver, I set off on this thrilling journey. As we left the bustling streets of Delhi behind, the landscape transformed into a picturesque panorama of lush fields and quaint villages. Along the way, we couldn’t resist stopping at roadside dhabas to indulge in mouthwatering Punjabi delicacies, from buttery parathas to finger-licking tandoori delights. The food is truly one of the best things about being on a road trip. 

Finally, as we arrived in Amritsar, the city’s vibrant energy and rich heritage embraced us. The iconic Golden Temple stood tall, radiating an aura of tranquillity and spiritual devotion. It was late, and I was hungry again, so we tried some amazing street food, relishing the world-famous Amritsari kulchas.  For more things to do in Amritsar, visit our blog. 

Distance – 466 KM

Time taken (approximately) – 8 hrs

Things to do in Amritsar –

  • Visit the various monuments like Jalianwalah Bagh, Golden Temple, Wagah Border and other attractions.
  • Indulge in the authentic flavours of Amritsari street food, from crispy samosas to lip-smacking lassi.
  • Experience the vibrant and bustling atmosphere of the bustling local markets, such as Hall Bazaar and Katra Jaimal Singh.
  • Pay a visit to the historic Durgiana Temple, often referred to as the “Silver Temple” due to its striking resemblance to the Golden Temple.
  • Enjoy a boat ride in Amritsar’s serene and picturesque Sarovar Lake, located within the Golden Temple complex.
Amritsar, Punjab

Day 2 – Amritsar to Doda

The next morning we left from Amritsar to Doda. It was like venturing into a hidden gem nestled amidst the scenic landscapes of Jammu and Kashmir. With the thrill of the open road coursing through our veins, we left Amritsar behind, bidding adieu to its vibrant energy and rich heritage. As we drove through the winding roads, the countryside unfolded before our eyes, adorned with rolling hills, verdant meadows, and glistening streams. The journey was not only about the destination but also about the experiences along the way. Booking a Savaari allowed us to make pit stops in quaint towns, savouring the local delicacies and immersing ourselves in the warmth of the people.

 Finally, we reached Doda, a place of tranquillity and breathtaking natural beauty.  It was almost insane how drastically the landscape changed in just a few hours. I visited the ancient Chinta Valley, where time seemed to stand still amidst the mystical ruins and sacred temples. As the evening approached, I found myself captivated by the mesmerising sunset at the picturesque Doda Viewpoint, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink. I am glad Doda was not missing from my Kashmir itinerary.

Distance – 338 KM

Time taken (approximately) – 8 hrs

Things to do in Doda –

  • Explore the scenic beauty of the Chenab River and Chamera Lake enjoy waterside picnics.
  • Trek through the lush meadows and forests to witness the captivating landscapes of the region.
  • Visit the ancient Chinta Valley to discover its mystical ruins and sacred temples.
  • Discover the rich cultural heritage of Doda by visiting local markets and interacting with the warm-hearted locals.
  • Take part in adventurous activities like paragliding and river rafting for an adrenaline-pumping experience.
  • Immerse yourself in spirituality at the Vasuki Nag Temple and Machail Mata Temple.
Doda, Kashmir

Day 3 – Doda to Kishtwar

The next morning, I started my day by immersing myself in the pristine beauty of the Chenab River, its crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding verdant hills. The melodious sound of chirping birds accompanied me as I hiked through lush meadows and dense forests, breathing in the crisp mountain air. We had to leave to the next spot on the Kashmir itinerary.

As our wheels traced the winding roads, leaving Doda, the towering mountains and cascading waterfalls mesmerised us at every turn. The air was filled with the aroma of pine forests, and the sound of gushing rivers provided a symphony to our adventure. Along the way, we encountered charming villages, where the locals greeted us with warm smiles and tales of their mountainous homeland.

Although there is a lot to do in Kishtwar, I decided to connect to nature.  As I ventured into this pristine sanctuary, a sense of tranquillity enveloped me. The lush greenery, dense forests, and snow-capped peaks formed a stunning backdrop for wildlife enthusiasts like myself. With each step, I immersed myself in the rich biodiversity that thrived within the sanctuary. From spotting elusive species like the Himalayan black bear and the Kashmir stag to witnessing vibrant birdlife, the sanctuary offered a glimpse into the natural splendour of the region. I was able to trek without worrying because I just asked my Savaari cab driver to wait for me at the ending point so that I could just sit in the car and relax after it. 

Distance – 55 KM

Time taken (approximately) – 2 hrs 

Things to do in Kishtwar-

  • Visit the Chandi Mata Temple, an ancient and revered religious site with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Explore the local markets to experience the vibrant colours, flavours, and culture of Kishtwar.
  • Embark on a trek through the picturesque trails of Kishtwar Wildlife Sanctuary, home to diverse flora and fauna.
  • Witness the breathtaking beauty of Machail Mata Temple, located just a short drive from Kishtwar.
  • Interact with the warm-hearted locals to learn about their unique customs, traditions, and way of life.
  • Experience the thrill of adventure sports like river rafting and paragliding in the midst of nature’s wonders.
  • Attend local festivals and cultural events to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the region.
Kishtwar, Kashmir itinerary

Day 4 – Kishtwar to Pahalgam

The journey to Pahalgam was a short one but long enough for me to rest up for the exciting destination.  As I travelled along winding roads, I encountered majestic mountains, gushing rivers, and untouched villages before reaching the serene beauty of Pahalgam. We first went sledging in Chandanwari, which was so much fun. Except for the part when I had to drag the sledge back up the hill. I even bought some souvenirs from the local shops around. To learn about which souvenirs to buy on your travels around India, visit this blog. 

In the night, I rented a tent from a nearby shop to camp under the sky in Betab Valley. It was an item from my bucket list that I just had to strike off. I was a little sceptical at first. Alone, in a valley, in the wild. But my driver reassured me. He told me that we could fill the car with emergency supplies and that he would park the car just nearby on the road in case something was required. I could peacefully spend the night looking up at the night sky, thinking of all the thousand fleeting thoughts all at once and yet nothing at all. Interestingly, Doda was not in my initial Kashmir itinerary, but driver bhaiya suggested it, and I am glad I did not miss it.

Distance – 188 KM

Time taken (approximately) – 5 hrs 30 mins

Things to do in Pahalgam – 

  • Embark on a thrilling trek to Kolahoi Glacier, surrounded by towering peaks and magnificent views.
  • Visit the iconic Sheshnag Lake, a tranquil spot nestled amidst the mountains, offering a mesmerising reflection of its surroundings.
  • Discover the ancient ruins of the Martand Sun Temple, an architectural marvel that reflects the region’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Engage in pony rides or trekking to explore the scenic trails of Aru Valley, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and verdant meadows.
  • Experience the thrill of skiing during the winter season, as Pahalgam transforms into a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
  • Pay a visit to the picturesque Mamleshwar Temple, a sacred site dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its peaceful surroundings and intricate architecture.
  • Enjoy a picnic amidst the sprawling meadows of Baisaran, also known as Mini Switzerland, offering stunning views and tranquillity.
Pahalgam, Kashmir

Day 5 – Pahalgam to Pulwama 

The next morning, I woke up to the sound of birds chirping outside my tent, and there is no better way to wake up. As I realised that I was in a tent in Kashmir, the smile on my face broadened so much that I was worried that my jaw would start hurting. Leaving behind the serene charm of Pahalgam, I embarked on a road trip that promised to unveil new wonders at every turn. As the scenic route unfolded before me, I was captivated by the majestic mountains, lush meadows, and the gentle flow of the Lidder River accompanying my journey. It was so beautiful, and I wanted to stop for a picnic. This is what makes road trips fun. The air was filled with the fragrance of blooming flowers and the melodies of chirping birds. 

On reaching Pulwama, my first stop was the Pari Mahal, a fort that brought me back in time with it. Then we were off to the Swami Temple Ruins, this place is so eccentric and beautiful. And I ended my day with a nice golden hour photoshoot at the tulip garden. The driver bhaiya was nice enough to click the endless streams of pictures for me. As the sun set below the horizon, I watched it go down and bid adieu to the day. Pulwama should definitely be on your Kashmir itinerary.

Distance – 70 KM

Time taken (approximately) – 2 hrs 

Things to do in Pulwama –

  • Visit the famous Aharbal Waterfall, a majestic cascade surrounded by lush greenery, offering a picturesque spot for relaxation and photography.
  • Explore the beautiful Tarsar and Marsar Lakes, known for their crystal-clear waters and breathtaking mountain views, perfect for trekking and camping.
  • Take a leisurely stroll through the scenic saffron fields of Pampore, a town famous for its high-quality saffron cultivation, offering a unique cultural and agricultural experience.
  • Discover the historical Awantipora Ruins, ancient temple ruins showcasing intricate stone carvings and architectural remnants, providing insights into the region’s rich history.
  • Enjoy a peaceful boat ride or fishing experience in the serene Doodhpathri Valley, surrounded by rolling meadows and snow-clad mountains.
  • Experience the vibrant culture and traditional Kashmiri cuisine at the bustling Pulwama market, where you can sample local delicacies and shop for handicrafts.

Day 6 – Pulwama to Srinagar

The journey from Pulwama to Srinagar wasn’t very long, but every corner of Kashmir is just perfect for driving around. Which is maybe the reason why making a Kashmir itinerary is so difficult. Once in Srinagar, The day began with a serene Shikara boat ride on the iconic Dal Lake, gliding through the shimmering waters while being surrounded by floating gardens and traditional houseboats. Then the driver bhaiya suggested this amazing kebab and tea place for some snacks. He always has the best suggestions.

Then I went exploring the bustling lanes of the old city and the lively markets. As the day drew to a close, I witnessed the breathtaking sunset from the iconic Shankaracharya Hill, overlooking the city with panoramic views that took my breath away. Srinagar left an indelible mark on my heart with its timeless beauty, cultural treasures, and warm Kashmiri hospitality, making the day a truly unforgettable experience.

Distance – 30 KM

Time taken (approximately) – 1 hrs 

Things to do in Srinagar –

  • Take a peaceful Shikara boat ride on the iconic Dal Lake, gliding through the serene waters and exploring the floating gardens and houseboats.
  • Visit the magnificent Mughal Gardens, including Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and Chashme Shahi, known for their stunning terraced lawns, vibrant flower beds, and cascading fountains.
  • Explore the bustling lanes of the old city and indulge in shopping for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, such as Pashmina shawls, Kashmiri carpets, and intricate woodwork.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive to the nearby hill station of Gulmarg, where you can experience thrilling activities like skiing, snowboarding, and cable car rides.
  • Explore the intriguing history and architecture of the Shankaracharya Temple, situated atop a hill and offering panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains.
  • Visit the floating vegetable market on Dal Lake, where local farmers and vendors sell fresh produce from their boats, offering a unique and vibrant shopping experience.
  • Take a serene walk along the picturesque Nigeen Lake, surrounded by charming houseboats, lush gardens, and breathtaking views, providing a peaceful retreat away from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Dal Lake, Srinagar

Day 7 – Srinagar to Gulmarg

The next morning, as we hit the road, the crisp mountain air and breathtaking views set the tone for an unforgettable journey. The first stop in our Kashmir itinerary was the charming village of Tangmarg, where we decided to take a thrilling detour. We hopped on sturdy mountain bikes and explored the scenic trails that led us through lush forests and rolling meadows. The adrenaline rush as we navigated the challenging terrains was truly invigorating.

After a memorable biking experience, we continued our road trip to Gulmarg, a winter wonderland that transforms into a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts during the summer months. Upon arrival, I wasted no time before engaging in exciting activities like horseback riding or taking the exhilarating cable car ride to Kongdori Mountain. The panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and vast meadows left us in awe. The road trip from Srinagar to Gulmarg was a perfect blend of adventure, natural beauty, and unforgettable moments, leaving us with cherished memories of this enchanting region.

Distance – 51 KM

Time taken (approximately) – 1 hrs  27 mins

Things to do in Gulmarg –

  • Enjoy skiing or snowboarding on the pristine slopes of Gulmarg, known for its excellent winter sports opportunities.
  • Take a thrilling gondola ride on the Gulmarg Gondola, one of the highest cable car systems in the world, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Embark on a scenic trek to Khilanmarg, a picturesque meadow nestled amidst snow-capped peaks, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Try your hand at ice skating on the frozen surface of Alpather Lake during the winter season, creating unforgettable memories amidst the stunning landscapes.
  • Explore the stunning Apharwat Peak, accessible by a chairlift ride, and soak in the mesmerising vistas of the Himalayan ranges and the Kashmir Valley.
  • Engage in a thrilling snowmobile ride through the snow-covered trails, experiencing the thrill of zooming across the wintry landscape.
  • Visit the iconic Maharani Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva’s consort, located amidst lush greenery and offering a peaceful atmosphere for spiritual seekers.
  • Play a round of golf at the Gulmarg Golf Course, one of the highest golf courses in the world, known for its stunning views and challenging terrain.
Gulmarg, Kashmir itinerary

Day 8 – Gulmarg to Sanasar 

After the bike ride in Tangmarg, I wanted more. More adrenaline, more adventure and more fun. So, next on the Kashmir itinerary was Sanasar. The road trip from Gulmarg to Sanasar was an adrenaline-fueled adventure through the stunning landscapes of Kashmir. As we left Gulmarg late at night, we reached our destination nice and bright. I set out for my day in Sanasar.

First, I went to kill this adrenaline keeda that was constantly on my mind. I went paragliding. It was insanely scary and fun at the same time. Post that, I wanted to thank God for not killing me and to do that, we went atop the Patnitop hill to the Nag temple to pay my thanks. And since I had a very long journey the next morning, it was early indoors and just admiring the beauty of this state.  It was a last-minute addition to the Kashmir itinerary, but it was definitely worth it.

Distance – 235.7 KM

Time taken (approximately) – 7 hrs 

Things to do in Sanasar –

  • Experience the thrill of paragliding and soar through the skies, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Engage in exciting adventure activities like zip-lining, where you can zip through the air and feel the adrenaline rush.
  • Embark on a scenic trek to the Shank Pal Peak, offering breathtaking views of the Pir Panjal Range and the Chenab River.
  • Camp amidst the serene beauty of Sanasar, spending a night under the starry sky and immersing yourself in the tranquillity of nature.
  • Try your hand at rock climbing and challenge yourself to conquer the rugged cliffs and boulders in Sanasar.
  • Enjoy a leisurely picnic by the picturesque Nagin Lake, surrounded by lush greenery and offering a peaceful ambience.
  • Visit the ancient Suru Temple, a revered religious site known for its architectural beauty and serene surroundings.
Sansar, Kashmir itinerary

Day 9 –  Sansar to Delhi

Taking a road trip from Sanasar to Delhi in a chauffeured cab was an absolute delight, combining convenience and fun into one incredible journey. The comfort of having a dedicated driver allowed us to sit back, relax, and fully immerse ourselves in the scenic landscapes that unfolded before me. As we cruised along the smooth highways, the picturesque beauty of the countryside and the changing vistas kept us captivated throughout the day.

The journey was made even more enjoyable with stops at charming roadside dhabas, where we savoured delectable local delicacies and refreshed ourselves with hot chai. The seamless travel experience offered by the chauffeured cab allowed us to make the most of our time, ensuring that we reached Delhi in a single day without any hassles or stress. It was a truly convenient and fun-filled road trip experience that left us with lasting memories of the diverse landscapes and the joy of exploring the wonders of India at our own pace. Looking back, I feel like any Kashmir itinerary does not do justice to the beauty of the place.

Distance – 689 KM

Time taken (approximately) – 13 hrs 

Embarking on a journey through the enchanting landscapes of Kashmir proved to be a truly unforgettable experience. From the breathtaking valleys of Pahalgam and Pulwama to the adventure-filled destinations of Gulmarg and Sanasar, every step of the Kashmir itinerary offered a glimpse into the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. The road trips, guided by the expert chauffeurs of Savaari Car Rentals, provided convenience, comfort, and the freedom to explore at our own pace.

Whether it was indulging in thrilling activities, immersing ourselves in spirituality, or simply relishing the serene beauty of the surroundings, Kashmir offered a kaleidoscope of experiences that left us in awe. The warm hospitality, delicious cuisine, and vibrant local markets added a touch of charm to our journey. As we bid adieu to the picturesque landscapes and fond memories created, we carry with us a deep appreciation for the wonders of Kashmir and a longing to return and explore more of its hidden treasures. I can’t wait to make another Kashmir itinerary for round -2 of the road trip.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2024 by Swati Deol

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Roadtripping Through Heaven: 9 Days of Bliss in Kashmir
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Roadtripping Through Heaven: 9 Days of Bliss in Kashmir
With so many places to visit in Kashmir, it can be difficult to plan a trip. So, we have curated a thrilling nine-day itinerary for Kashmir.
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Being a passionate wanderer and storyteller, Aarushi's love for exploration began during her childhood adventures across India. With a background in teaching, she crafts narratives that intertwine cultural insights she learned and observed with travel experiences. Her articles reflect a deep connection to heritage and an insatiable curiosity about India's diverse landscapes.

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