Travel Look Kashmir

I still remember the very first time when I landed in Kashmir in 2011 and was completely blown away by the beauty of the place. It was a family trip back then and we tried to cover as many places we could. Though this time around it was more of a luxurious and relaxing trip.

Gulmarg was blanketed with a fresh layer of snow and looked straight out of a winter wonderland. When I posted photos on my Instagram and Facebook page many could not fathom that it was our very own India.

I always wanted to revisit Kashmir. We were supposed to fly last year in March but we had to cancel our trip due to the unrest in the valley. Then again in August, we were supposed to fly but that was also cancelled.

So finally, when last month I got an invite from The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa to visit Gulmarg in April, I could not pass on the opportunity and glad that I didn’t. Though until the last minute we were a bit skeptical about the situation as it was election time and the news of constant pelting of stones was doing the rounds which led to more confusion. Even a strike was called on the day we were travelling. My parents were not that keen about me visiting Kashmir. But I was a bit adamant as I had always wanted to visit Gulmarg during winter and the recent snowfall pictures floating around the internet were enough to fuel my wanderlust.

In fact after revisiting Kashmir and returning safely. I can say for sure that Kashmir is safe for tourists and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many tourists. The stories that the media portrays is actually not the real picture. I don’t deny the fact that there is no unrest in the valley but it is limited to certain areas only.

Coming to the packing scene,  I did pack my winter coats, beanies as well but fortunately, it was not freezing. Evenings were definitely cold but days were warm and pleasant.

Packing for Kashmir changes with every season.

Pack all your winter clothing if you are visiting during winter months. Post-April, pack a winter jacket for evenings and snow boots especially if you are visiting Gondola and Sonamarg -Thajiwas Glacier.

( Read: Ultimate Guide for Packing for Winter )

Packing for Kashmir in April

 

 

Packing for Kashmir in April

Packing for Kashmir in April

 

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Chaitali Patel
    May 8, 2017 at 11:31 am

    You look so pretty Swati! What I love best is how comfortable you look. The pop of yellow is great too.

    Surprised that it wasn’t too cold. Before I read this piece, whenever I saw your photos I aways wondered how come you weren’t freezing.

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    Zarina @ Living in Australia
    May 10, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I am so blown by the beauty of Kashmir. I love the ambience too. Nice photos! btw, I love your comfy outfit.

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    Iza Abao
    May 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Kashmir looks beautiful and picturesque. No wonder that you have mentioned that were a lot of tourists.
    I like your outfits especially the floral dress. It goes well with your sunglasses, beanie, and boots.

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    Gareth
    May 16, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Kashmir certainly does look like an incredible place and you’ve certainly managed to capture it with your snaps. Of course, you look wonderful yourself and those sunglasses are particularly cute. Not too sure about lying down in the snow for a fashion shoot however!

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    Bhusha
    May 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Love the simple, elegant LBD! Against the white snow, the contrasting black looks stunning. The yellow gives the perfect dose of color & vibrancy! Overall, both the outfits are stunning and you looks fantastic!

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    Hannah
    May 20, 2017 at 11:37 am

    You must be immune to cold, it’s refreshing to see someone fashionably in to me ‘less desired’ areas. I honestly love fashion, but I would look like a homeless person. so maybe I don’t love it as much as you.

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    Danik
    May 20, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I love mountains and snowy destinations and after reading this post and looking the photos, I must give Kashmir a go. It looks so beautiful in the snow. 🙂

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    Stacey
    May 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Your pictures are stunning! I love snow, and sometimes we don’t get much where I live, so I miss it. I would certainly get my snow fix there! Looks like you had a wonderful trip!

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    Drew
    May 20, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Wow, that landscape looks stunning! Must have been amazing to be surrounded by those snow covered mountains! I have not heard much about Kashmir from a tourist perspective, so it’s nice to get a better idea just how beautiful it is. Thanks for sharing and for the packing tips!

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    Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    May 21, 2017 at 1:48 am

    You are right. I would have never imagined snow in Kashmir! I must admit, though, I haven’t heard a lot about Kashmir either. Snowmobiling is such fun and this looks like a great place to carve some powder! Can visitors also ski? I love getting out on the slopes and I’m always looking for interesting places to ski.

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    Vanessa
    May 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    I have to admit that, as a Canadian, the idea of traveling to a destination where there is snow isn’t that appealing. We get so much at home! But I love how this post shows that every country has so many unique climate regions – there’s snow and sun and so much more in every country around the world.

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    Rosemary
    May 23, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Your pictures of Kasmir are quite spectacular. I’m quite surprised to see all the snow and it is quite pretty. Was it cold? I would have expected that you would have been more bundled up. Regardless, glad you were able to get in and out safely, given that you were traveling at a time of unrest. Thanks for the introduction to Kasmir.

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    Darlene
    May 23, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Wow, that’s in India? Then I must go! Been wanting to go to a place with snow. And Kashmir definitely fits the description of winter wonderland.

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    Wanderlust Wayfarer
    May 24, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I love your floral dress and yellow vest–great looks and so versatile! I didn’t realize it would be so snowy in Kashmir. It’s great to hear so many tourists are visiting there and that it’s safe for travel.

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    Megan Jerrard
    May 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I love your yellow Herno! Looking very chic for the snow! I’ve heard so much about Kashmir, and agree that it seems to change quite dramatically with every season. I would love to visit, thankyou for the links to replicate your look!

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    Mel
    May 27, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Kashmir looks so beautiful and nice to hear it is safe for travel. I love big snowy mountains. That dress and yellow vest are so cute!

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    Ami
    May 28, 2017 at 2:55 am

    That sure is a lovely look for this place. Loved the yellow one in. Particular. Beautiful pics

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    Divyakshi Gupta
    June 9, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Kashmir is sheer love! The beauty can never be described in words. I am so glad you went and portrayed the real scene for tourists. The white blanket of snow indeed looks mesmerising. Love your outfits! The yellow jacket looks chic! Thanks for mentioning where to buy it! 🙂

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    Peter Korchnak
    June 10, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Who knew, all you hear about Kashmir is the conflict. It goes to show that what you hear in the media isn’t the whole truth.

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    Anna @ shenANNAgans
    June 11, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I love your snazzy look, chic and winter I’ve never mastered. So I really appreciate the links to have a crack at actually looking alright in layers. Stunning photos too.

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    sherianne
    June 11, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I tend to avoid snow when traveling but it seems as though I have been traveling to snowy locals recently, i will add this to list of possibilities!

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    Barb
    June 12, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I was once in Leh Ladakh in India and it is close to kashmir. It was a beautiful place. Your photos look a bit similar to the places I have seen. The scenery is stunning and you look very stylish in the snow.

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    June 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Kashmir looks so enchantingly beautiful in the winter. What a lovely place in India, so unfortunate it has been plagued by unrest.But it is good that you have visited and can vouch for the safety of the region for travelers. We do not always get the right picture from the media.

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    Siddhartha Joshi
    June 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Kashmir is beautiful, even more so with snow. It must’ve been so cold in the snow…

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    Isha Chopra
    June 12, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Heavenly place and lovely pics! I so want to visit Kashmir next.

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    Laura Lynch
    June 13, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I haven’t looked into Kashmir as a destination much, but I’ve seen it in pictures quite often and it seems like a great place to visit. I’m not sure if I”d want to go in all that snow though. Your outfit is very nice!

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    Carmen Edelson
    June 14, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    What a beautiful part of the world! I love snowy holidays so will definitely bookmark this. Also, I love your yellow vest 🙂 Thanks for sharing and happy travels.

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    Anita Hendrieka
    June 15, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I really wish I made it to Kashmir on my travels to India, looks like such a beautiful place. Great packing suggestions!

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    Veena
    July 14, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Really nice pictures and good packing ideas for Kashmir thanks for sharing.

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