Kashmir: Paradise Revisited | Edition 1

Edition 1, Tourism, Travel

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Spend your golden hours on the banks of world famous Dal Lake in Kashmir / Ahmad Mukhtiyar / SilkRouteTraveller
©Ahmad Mukhtiyar / SilkRouteTraveller

Kashmir is the abode of heavenly itineraries. It offers a wide range of offbeat experiences and never disappoints anyone. Wether you travel solo or with a group, you travel with young souls or elderly people this land have something to offer all and always welcomes its guests with open arms. Here you have a nice places to visit, wide variety of food for foodies and besides it all, one falls in love with its magical monuments which tells the story of centuries.

Every time I visited the valley of Kashmir it refresh my mind and soul. Although Kashmir is my home town but staying out of Kashmir for a long time gives me sense of longing with the nature and the environment I have lived in.

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

#FunFact
Srinagar remains the capital city for summers and Jammu for winter, the practice called as Darbar Move. It was reportedly started in the late 19th century by Ranbir Singh, the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, to escape extreme weather conditions.

Summer (June-August) and Winter (December-January)
All the seasons in Kashmir are pleasant and full of life but I would recommend to visit the valley of saints during summer time. During summers all the corners are full of greenery and the weather remains pleasant. Further, during autumn one can find the valley covered in red leaves of chinar. Further  in winters Kashmir remains under the blanket of snow and a right time to enjoy winter sports.

Mughal Gardens and the old City monuments 
Having a serene Shikara ride in the world famous Dal Lake is what visitors enjoy the most. But just after the ride one can explore the historical Mughal Gardens under the Zabarwan hill. There are three famous gardens Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden and Harwan Garden each with a distinctive colloquial views but not to forget Pari Mahal and Chashma Shahi. After spending some time in these historical gardens then you can take a ride through foreshore road and reach to the old city of Srinagar. The city called as the city of Bridges has many brides but 7 being famous among all. Before entering the city one can have a short stay at Hazratbal Shrine. The epitome of history, believe and peace. From here the historic tour of the city begins. The historical Jama Masjid, Shah-i-Hamdan shrine and many other places which would take you on historical tour of the city.
©Ahmad Mukhtiyar / SilkRouteTraveller
©Ahmad Mukhtiyar / SilkRouteTraveller
Gulmarg: All season hill station in Kashmir
Gulmarg, some 45 kms from capital city Srinagar, is a hill station in Kashmir. The perfect place for all seasons. It remains the popular snow skating destination for winters and a perfect place to visit in summers. Here once can also enjoy the horse riding. Situated in the Pir Panjal range in the western Himalayas. One of the loved place for tracking. One can take the Gondola (cable car) till half way and track further to the Khilanmarg. During the entire track one can enjoy the panoramic view of Nanga Parbat and Harmukh mountains.
©Ahmad Mukhtiyar / SilkRouteTraveller
©Ahmad Mukhtiyar / SilkRouteTraveller
Pahalgam: Loved by Bollywood
The gushing waters of river ladder and the unending pine forests make Pahalgam the favourite place for tourists. Over 80 kms from Srinagar, Pahalgam is a favourite place of shooting for Bollywood movies. Every year thousands of tourists from India and abroad visit this heavenly abode and keep the memories alive for years to come. The mountain trails of Pahalgam runs northeast to Amarnath Cave Temple, a Hindu shrine and site of the annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. This route is trackers dream. On the way one can pass through Aru Wildlife Sanctuary, famous Betaab Valley and Tulian Lake.
©Tehreem Fatima / SilkRouteTraveller
Sonamarg: It comes with all adventures
On the other side of Kashmir remains one more beautiful and mesmerising hill station Sonamarg. The mountain peaks in this valley remains frozen almost throughout the year. The temperature in the upper reaches always gives goosebumps. The places is blessed with Sind river and is a great place for adventure lovers. The site water rafting in the Sind adds many flavours to your visit.
©Ahmad Mukhtiyar / SilkRouteTraveller

©Tehreem Fatima / SilkRouteTraveller

Wazwan: Royal Dish of Kashmir
Kashmir never runs out of flavours. One can enjoy a special meal at any of the local hotels. Wether you are vegetarian or non vegetarian you will find it all here. But among all the dishes Wazwan remains the king of dishes and a speciality of Kashmir. Wazwan is a combination of about seven separate dishes and mostly mutton. The speciality of this remains that its served in copper plates. Usually in marriages four people are served in a single plate but in any hotel they serve individually.

Centaur lake view hotel 
Kashmir has a best accommodation available for all ranges of budgets from 5 star hotels to local lodges. Hospitality remains prerequisite of all the hotels. But we always want our stay to be best in all possible ways and that time we don’t loom for budget but the spending stay. So, to enjoy the view of dal lake through you balcony and best of the hospitality in the town Centre Lake view hotel take the first position.

Book in advance
Plan you trip in advance as in the peak season the air travel and accommodation can be a little heavy on pocket.
Come Prepared
Kashmir is a place with unpredictable weather. It can be a sunny afternoon and assured evening shower. The temperature can go quite down so keep some work clothes with you.
Take a help of local guide
Some times we miss certain places which might be on our way, the reason may be we are not well aware of the area. So, keeping a guide is not a bad idea. He can save your time and make your visit more interesting.

 

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