Kashmir is rich in natural beauty. It has the power to sooth many a tired eyes and calm thousands of stressed minds. The bewitching combination of the grandeur of Himalayas and the variety in natural formations, including its lakes, waterfalls, streams, river, gardens, snow, glaciers, fruits and flowers, scented aromatic air and fresh mountain breeze make Kashmir a besotted tourist destination.
Kashmir has been quoted as ‘A Paradise on Earth’ and every epithet composed on Kashmir’s idyllic beauty time and again emphasizes the phantasmal charm of this Indian crowning jewel and have conquered hearts with flaming descriptions. Thephantasmagorical euphoria that Kashmir created in the hearts and minds of Mughal emperors resulted in the creation of the splendid and marvellous gardens in this region.
Best time to Visit Kashmir
The best time to visit Kashmir is between the months of March to October. Summer season, spring season and autumn times are ideal for visiting Kashmir. EKashmirTourism offers a lot of tour packages which around the year.The winter season from December to February is very attractive if you would like to witness snowfall. Spring season ranging from March through May is brilliantly suited for enjoying the brilliance of spring blossoms that throng the Mughal gardens all around.
Main Attractions of Kashmir
Dal Lake: The houseboats of Dal Lake Kashmir are the cultural symbols of Kashmir. The beauty of Dal Lake is complete with the mirror-like reflection of the snow-covered peaks of the mighty Himalayas. The hundreds of enchanting houseboats moored near the lake shoreline make quite a sight for the tourists.
Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden: This garden comprising the brilliant dominating hues of the blossoming tulips is the largest tulip garden in Asia. It is spreadover an area of 12 hectares.
Shankarachrya Hill:The Shankracharya Temple is located atop the densely forested Shankaracharya Hill. The temple, made of ancient grey stones, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the hill is about a 1000 feet high from the sea level and overlooks the city of Srinagar. The temple is known as Jyeshteshwara temple. It is also called the Sulaiman Throne or Takht e Sulaiman by the Muslims and Pas Pahar by Buddhists.
Sonamarg:Sonamarg is fondly referred to as the “valley of gold” and has a mesmerizing setting amidst glaciers, flower-covered meadows, gracefully and mightily towering snow-capped Himalayas. The tranquil lake is cosily nestled among a number of hiking and trekking trails.
Nubhra Valley:This valley is a full-fledged hub of intense natural beauty. The sand dunes, the palace in ruins, the peaceful villages, the arid rugged Himalayan beauty, the freshness and the crisp cool air all together makes Nubhra Valley a place to be in.
GulmargGandola: It is one of the world’s highest cable car ride operating at Gulmarg ferrying passengers to and from Kongdoori Mountain. It is thrill to get air lifted and transported so high up in the air. It offers captivating views of the hills and valleys all around.
Apharwat Peak: Apharwat Peak is located in Gulmarg and is one of the most wondrous places in India in terms of scenic magic. The magic of snow-covered mountains surrounded by meadows that remain covered by sun-glazed snow almost throughout the whole year makes Aphrawat Peak region a pristine and picturesque tourist spot in Srinagar. It is a coveted destination for ski lovers.Enjoy horse-back rides and sun-kissed walks under the clear blue skies in this remote location. Alpathar Lake is a piece of serene beauty that adds to the beauty and grandeur of the mountains.
Kashmir: Where to Stay
The houseboats of the Dal Lake offer such unique experience that is not to be missed while on a Kashmir tour. There are many luxury hotels built on the banks of the Lake having hypnotic view of the charming lake. There are plenty of options among the snowy glens and on the edge of the rocky cliffs, facing the snow-covered woodlands or the silvery glistening peaks. The locations are serene and the views most of the hotels offer are really entrancing.
Kashmir: What to Eat
Kashmir stands distinctly exotic when it comes to offering some unique and mouth-watering delicacies. The taste buds will be titillated and your heart will crave for more of the local delicacies. The food and cooking style is mostly rich with lots of spices and aroma of various flavours. The style of cuisine is definitely Mughal influenced and the dishes see a lot of addition of spices such as cardamom, fennel, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and saffron. Non-vegetarian items such as mutton, chicken or fish are superbly prepared in the traditional style.
Some of the Kashmiri delicacies are Rogan Josh, which an aromatic lamb dish and forms a signature recipe of Kashmir. ModurPulav, Matschgand, Yakhni or Yoghurt Lamb Curry, Dum Olav, Kashmiri MujiGaad, AabGosht, Goshtaba are some other authentic dishes.
Points to remember on a Kashmir tour
Prior bookings of hotels and stay arrangements are important to have a hassle-free Kashmir holiday experience. Getting around in Kashmir and local sightseeing is absolutely comfortable. Rented vehicles, taxis and auto-rickshaws are easily available. Even motorbikes can be hired at reasonable rates. Usually, the front desk of the hotels help out their guests with sightseeing plans and also provides authentic information on the most comfortable and most affordable options for a particular destination.
While sightseeing, if guides are hired, they provide very interesting and unique stories about the places that are usually very queer and delightful to hear. Some of the stories have been passed on for generations through word of mouth and might even have a historical basis behind them. The charm associated with the tourist destinations get emphasized manifold. It is better to fix the rates of guide being hired prior to the guided expeditions.The localites are usually very helpful and friendly and they respect the privacy of the visitors. In case you need help, you can surely count on the localites to bail you out of trouble.