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The Changing Seasons of Kashmir
A place famous for lakes and mountains set like a jeweled crown on the map. Kashmir is a many-faceted diamond changing its character with the four seasons, always extravagantly beautiful.
SPRING : March - May (Temp Min3.5oC- Max24.6oC)
It comes alive in spring when nature bedecks the valley with blossom after blossom: almond, cherry, apple, peach, pears, pansies, narcissi, daises and many more. Throughout the valley thousands of fruits and flowers burst into bloom exuding and alluring fragrance.
SUMMER : June - August (Min 14.4 Max30.8)
In the summer the melting snow of the mountains fill the brooks and rivers with gushing water. Only a touch of white peaks on the top most crags tells the tale of winter past. Characteristic of summer are the floating gardens on the Dal lake, trout fishing, trekking in the Himalayas, golf, water sports and bird watching etc.
AUTUMN : September - November (Min.2.0 Max.28.3)
Summer gives way to autumn. Nature packs up for the season with wild abandon leaving a trail of gold mellowed leaves. Red fire like glowing Chinar leaves start falling. One of the famous highlights of autumn are the saffron fields of Pampore, for which Kashmir is very famous.
By December the winter season starts to fall and covers the valley to hibernate. But at the same time skiing at Gulmarg and the Himalayan chakore & Wild duck shooting season starts which tourists have been enjoying since the British Raj. Also if by any chance the Dal-lake freezes then one can enjoy the ice skating too. From 1987 heli-skiing has also started in certain new areas.