Emperor Jahangir once said that if there was a paradise on Earth, it would be Kashmir. After the partition of India in 1947, Kashmir’s beauty became tainted by terrorism. Luckily in recent years, tourism has increased again. The increase in tourism may not be much, but it encourages tourists to take a chance and witness the ethereal wonder.
HOW TO GO
The Srinagar airport is the only one nearby and it only offers domestic flights. Delhi and Mumbai are the best cities to catch a flight to Srinagar. Another great option is to take a road trip. The trip from Jammu to Srinagar is a once in a lifetime experience. The spellbinding scenery, the snowy adventures, and the delicious local dishes from dhabbas (roadside restaurants) all come together to make it an amazing experience.
WHEN TO GO
Summers and winters are both good times to visit Kashmir. The temperature is mild during summer. However, in winters the roads are tricky to navigate. Landslides are a daily phenomenon during the winter. Thus, you must be prepared for delays in reaching your destination.
THINGS TO DO
Gulmarg and Srinagar are major tourist hubs in Kashmir. Gulmarg is popular for winter sports, as it has the highest slopes in Asia. The facilities are not up to European standards, but they still have the raw materials to engage an adventurer. A ride on the cable car up Apharwat Peak is a must, and why not? It is the highest gondola in the world.
Surrounding the shores of Dal Lake is a colorful Tulip Garden planted by the Tourism Board of India. Designed in 2009, it is one of a kind. Badaam Vaari is another popular garden in Kashmir; but it is no flower garden. This garden has grown almond trees since the 16th century. To get an idea of the essence of Kashmir visit Sonamarg, Kokernag, or Pahalgam.
Kashmir does not just have gorgeous scenary, but it also offers adventure sports. Whether it is white water rafting at Pahalgam or paragliding in Astanmarg Harwan, every place has something to offer.
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December 21, 2017 1:02 am