Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Exploring Kashmir - What, Where and How!

Exploring Kashmir - What, Where and How!

It’s called the heaven on earth, the paradise of the world, the land of anomalies, the most beautiful place in India, where time stands still. So maybe when Shammi Kapoor sang ‘tareef karu kya uski jisne tumhe banaya’, he meant Kashmir and not Sharmila Tagore for such is its breathtaking beauty.
Kashmir, sitting on top like a crown of the Indian highlands, enchants anyone who comes to visit it. The white snow clad mountains, pristine blue waters, scenic green valleys, flowering meadows, hospitality of the locals and the saffron in the air, beauty knows no bounds in here and the heart no worries.

Kashmir has something to offer for every visitor. Going to explore Kashmir next? We answer all your what, where and how!

Srinagar - Nature at its best

The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir will enthrall you with its natural beauty. The Dal lake is a major part of this valley along with Nigeen lake and Jhelum river. The very famous Shalimar Bagh grace the highlands and a shining part of the Mughal heritage.

Must see and do
- Stay in the houseboat, one of the most beautiful experiences. Dal and Nigeen Lakes are a must see through a shikara ride, the blue waters mesmerise all tourists. Get a spectacular view of the city from the Shankaracharya Temple and get a taste of history with the old city monuments - Jama Masjid, Khanqah, Dastgir Sahib, Rozabal Shrine

Best Time - February to July
How to reach - By Air  - Nearest airport is Srinagar Airport operating regular flights from many cities in India.
By Train - To reach Srinagar by train, one has to reach either Jammu Tawi and Udhampur railway station. The stations are well connected with different parts of India. From these stations, you can hire taxis, private as well as the state government buses to reach this magnificent place.

Shikara Ride in Dal Lake Source -

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Gulmarg - Adventure Haven

The snow haven in Kashmir, it is a hub for all adventure enthusiasts. Literally translated to ‘Meadow of Flowers’, prepare to be mesmerised by the valley of flowers set against the backdrop of snow clad mountains. This place is also widely known for having the highest and the longest ropeway - cable car system.

Must see and do - Gondola rides up to the mountain, an unforgettable experience. Walk through the meadows with your loved ones. Adventure sports! Ski at very high levels, mountain biking, trekking.

Best Time - June to October, December -  January for snow.
How to Reach - By Air - Nearest airport is Srinagar Airport - 56 km
By Train - Nearest Railway station is Jammu - 290 km
By Bus - Buses have a good connectivity with neighbouring towns of Sonmarg, Srinagar etc.

Gulmarg in Winters Source -

Gondola Cable Car Ride
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Meadow of Flowers
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Pahalgam - Exquisite Valley

The jewel in the hills, Pahalgam is a splendour of nature. Giving an enticing view of the himalayas along with the tranquil waters of Jhelum, it is a definite treat for the eyes. It is also considered to be the epitome of natural beauty in Kashmir. Fertile lands, rich vegetation and conifers leave you spellbound.

Must see and do
- Many adventure sports are a must try including horseback riding, river rafting at Lidder river, canoeing. Visit the Betab and Aru valleys for its captivating beauty. The lakes of Baisaran and Tulian are also a must go. Shopping lovers will have a great time here looking for authentic kashmiri products.

Best Season
- February - March, June to October
How to Reach - By Air - Nearest Airport is Srinagar Airport - 95 km
By Train - Nearest link to train is Jammu Tawi - 157 km
By Bus - Buses are well connected from the Jammu, Srinagar

Pahalgam Valley Source -

Camping Site in Lidder
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Sonamarg - Blooming Meadow

Literally translated into Meadow of gold, is a beautiful place filled with an array of flowers. It has a lot of trekking trails which pass through Gangabal and Vishansar lakes.You also watch the scintillating confluence of Nilagard stream with Sind river. This place is also one of the starting points for the famous pilgrimage of Amarnath. This truly is what ‘jannat’ means!

Must see and do - Trek to Thajiwas glacier, one of the most swell treks. Camping and nature walks are also popular.

Best Season
- February - March, June to October
How to Reach - By Air - Nearest Airport is Srinagar - 70 km
By Train - Nearest Railway Station is Jammu.
By Bus - Well connected from Jammu and Srinagar.

Nature at Sonamarg Source -

Thajiwas Glacier
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With an amalgamation comprising of beautiful gardens, lakes, valleys, and mountains, Kashmir remain one of the most celebrated tourist spots in the world, go explore this treasure.

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 Created By -
Namrita Singh

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