Kashmir – the beautiful shooting location of Bollywood movies

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The snow covered hills and evergreen valleys of Kashmir has fascinated many for centuries. From Mughal emperors to modern film makers were mesmerized by its beauty. Remember the shikara boats from Mission Kashmir and the song “Yeh chaand sa roshan chehra” from the Shammi Kapoor movie Junglee. They have captured the beauty of Dal lake. Some recent movies shot at Kashmir includes:

  1. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
  2. Highway
  3. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  4. Phantom
  5. Student of the year

Location: Kashmir, India

Destination type : Leisure destination

History of  Kashmir

  1. Hindu mythology connects Kashmir to the sage Kashyap, the grandson of Brahma
  2. During the reign of Ashoka the great (304–232 BCE), Kashmir became a part of the Maurya Empire
  3. By 8th century CE Karkotaka empire started to rule Kashmir
  4. In 1589 CE Mughal emperor Akbar the great conquered Kashmir
  5. After India got independence from British rule in 1947, it became a state of Indian union

Activities for tourists at Kashmir

  1. Go for Shikara boating at Dal Lake where Mission Kashmir and Junglee were shot
  2. Visit skiing destination Gulmarg where Yeh Jawani Hai Deewami and Phantom were shot
  3. Visit Shalimar garden where Saat Khoon Maaf and “Kashmir ki kali hoon Main”song from Junglee was filmed
  4. Visit Aaru Valley where the movie Highway was shot
  5. Visit Betaab valley in Pahalgam which was the location for the movies Betaab and Rockstar

How to reach there


Srinagar airport has domestic flights to Indian cities like:

  1. New Delhi
  2. Mumbai
  3. Bangalore
  4. Chandigarh
  5. Amritsar etc


Jammu Tawi railway station 270 kms away from Srinagar is the main railway station . It has trains to:

  1. Mumbai
  2. Delhi
  3. Ahmedabad
  4. Kolkotta
  5. Kochi etc


Best time to visit Kashmir are months from March to August

Season Average temperature
Winter season (November to February) 4°C to 18°C
Summer season (March to May) 14°C to 30°C

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Dachigam National park (22kms away from Srinagar)
  2. Pahalgam( 90kms away from Srinagar)
  3. Tafrsar Marsar (33kms away from Srinagar)
  4. Sonamarg (80 kms away from Srinagar)
  5. Anantnag (60 kms away from Srinagar)

Some hotels in Srinagar with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Hotel Welcome Residency http://www.welcomehotelsgr.com/contact/welcome-residency/

Hotel New Mamtahttp://www.newmamta.com/

Lee Heritage http://leeheritage.in/

Hotel Sadaf https://hotelsadaf.in/

Walisons Hotel http://www.walisonshotel.com/

Some houseboats in Srinagar with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Kings Houseboats https://srinagarhouseboat.webs.com/

Canada Houseboats https://canada-houseboats-in.book.direct/en-gb

Iram Houseboats http://www.iramhouseboats.com/

The Shelter Group of Houseboats http://www.shelterhouseboats.com/

Shalimar Group of Houseboats http://www.shalimarhouseboats.com/

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Photo courtesy : By Shrankhlagautam – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60390531

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