Autumn or the ‘harud’ season is the time when Kashmir turns golden. September to November is the time when the leaves on the trees turn into glorious shades of golden and red.
Kashmir’s chinar trees are iconic; they are some of the most striking features of autumn in Kashmir.
It is also the shoulder period, which means pleasant weather to the region before the biting cold. The daytime temperatures are mild and the evening comfortably cold.
This is also the harvesting season for crops like apples, pears, walnuts, and more. Visit the orchards to get the best of the season.
Mid autumn season is the time when you can witness saffron harvesting in Kashmir, especially in the town of Pampore.
With the weather still clear and the temperature mild, the shikara ride on the Dal Lake is even more enjoyable.
Autumn is a relatively less crowded period. Summer tourists are all gone by now, meaning quieter holidays.
It’s not just about the heavy trekking; light hikes and simple strolls in the meadows are great too. Try Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Sonamarg.
For photography enthusiasts, there is no dearth of subjects during autumn in Kashmir. All thanks to the clearer weather and the pop of colours everywhere.