Kashmir since time immemorial has been the traveler’s delight. Nature lovers, passionate vacationers, tourists of every kind made their way to Kashmir to get a sense of what could be the true ‘heaven on earth’. To enjoy this slice of paradise at its best, you could consider doing the following things during your visit to Jammu and Kashmir-
Dal Lake Shikara Ride.
Dal Lake Shikara Ride
Taking a Shikara ride on Dal Lake is indeed a lifetime experience for anyone. The pellucid calm Dal Lake occupies the heart of Srinagar and imparts Kashmir with a unique character of its own. While riding the Shikara, one can enjoy panoramic views of sunrises or sunsets, picturesque views of rolling mountain ranges, views of the colorful Lotus Gardens and many other such scenes of immortal natural beauty. In fact a Shikara ride on Dal Lake can even let one have sightseeing of the entire Srinagar.
House Boat Stay
Staying at one of those palatial house boats with ornate Persian interiors is an experience you should never miss. Whether the royal interior charms you or the royal treatment you get, a House boat stay no doubt is out-an-out romantic and unique in itself. While you stand gazing at the murmuring ripples of water from the lobby of your houseboat or feel the boat rock delicately as you lay with your back for a night’s sleep, at once you would realize the uniqueness of the stay. Tour planners arranging budget trip to Kashmir also arrange budget houseboat stay on special request.
Visit to Stock and Thiksey Monasteries
Thiksey monastery, the largest of Ladakh monasteries is located at a distance of 20 kms from Leh. This monastery is home to some of the major Buddha statues and is dotted with numerous other calm and serene places. On your visit to Thiksey monastery, you could even visit the nearby Stock monastery, another holy site where spirituality and calmness rule supreme.
Gondola Ride at Gulmarg
The Gulmarg Gondola or cable car ride is quite famous in the tourist circuit. The ride falls into two segments and each segment is about 2.5 kms in terms of distance. The first section ride begins from an elevation of 8000 ft going up to 10500 ft to reach Kongdori, the first stop. The second ride segment begins when the cable car starts ascending to reach 13500 ft from the extreme highest point of the Apharwat mountains.
Visit to the Spell-Bounding Mughal Gardens
The famous Mughal gardens of Srinagar namely the Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Chashme Shahi present you with a spell-bounding riot of colors. The colorful and bountiful floral species decoratively arranged in these lavish gardens makes you feel it is a garden of heaven that you have arrived into. Keep your camera busy and enjoy the awe-inspiring medley of floral colors to your heart’s content.
Don’t Forget to Pick Kashmiri Souvenirs
For a tourist, a trip seems incomplete without shopping souvenirs. Kashmir in this respect is truly a shopper’s paradise. From heavily ornate wooden crafts to Pashmina Shawls to Woolens to the famed cricket bats made out of Kashmiri Willow, everything you will get here at affordable prices provided you know the art of bargaining. Also dry fruits like Almonds, Walnut, saffron (Kesar) too can be shopped at Kashmir at highly discounted prices. So, one should not miss that opportunity.
Sampling Kashmiri Cuisine is a Must
When you are at Kashmir, don’t forget to sample some of the typical Kashmiri cuisines. Rajma Chawal brushed with ghee, Kashmiri Haakh, Gushtaba, Rista, Kulcha, Zarda, Sevaiyaan are some of the most popular dishes that will definitely offer you the most unforgettable palate pampering experience. Also, don’t miss Kahwa, the typical aromatic Kashmiri tea which would truly rejuvenate your senses.