Monday, 24 July 2017

Your Bucket List for Kashmir!

Your Bucket List for Kashmir!

How do you identify yourself?
An adventure enthusiast, nature lover, foodie, explorer of the unknown, adrenaline junkie, tourist, traveler or any other tag, Kashmir offers everyone something to their delight. There is so much more than sightseeing and sceneries, much much more. The beauty and serenity of Kashmir is divine, however to live the best of it, it not only has to be explored, but experienced and felt.

In order to truly experience Kashmir, you need a bucket list. You don’t have to move even an inch from your chair for that, we have curated some of the best things you should do to make the most of your trip.

Shikara Ride

These traditional wooden houseboats increase the aestheticity of the Dal and Nigeen lakes in Srinagar. This tops the to do’s in Kashmir.
> Lay back in your houseboat and marvel at the blue waters, the exotic flowers near you, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. > Experience a taste of kashmiri culture by wearing traditional outfits and getting yourself clicked for this memory to remain forever etched in your heart.

Where - Dal Lake, Nigeen Lake, Manasbal Lake

Gondola Cable Car Ride

To marvel the mountains from land is a spectacle but to view them from a few feet in the air, is an experience in itself. > The Gondola cable rides are one of the most interesting and fun things to do in Kashmir. > It is the second highest cable car ride in the world giving a beautiful bird’s eye view of the snow capped mountains in Gulmarg or the summer of green valleys, literally putting you on cloud 9.

Where -  The car ride happens in three phases - Gulmarg to Kongdoori, Kongdoori to Apharwat Peak, Kongdoori to Mary Shoulder (Chair Lift)

Overnight stay in a houseboat

Hotels are the automatic stay overs while travelling, however there is a different raw feel to staying in something as authentic as a houseboat. > The houseboats give you a unique experience of the Kashmir chills - winter is here! Away from the cityscape, the boat will delight you with stargazing in the mountains and splendid views of the moon.

Where - Dal Lake, Srinagar

Ski and Snow Adventure

Come winters and the Kashmir valley is laden with snow. > Through this white wonderland, comes an opportunity to take your shot at skiing. > The thick snow is perfect for winter sports. If you are not a fan of skiing, snowboard your way through the white uphills or simply make a snowman!

Where - Powerhounds - Gulmarg, Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering - Pahalgam

Ride the Rafts

Not many know that Kashmir also gives an exhilarating experience of river rafting. > The rapids are easy to moderate so it’s something you can definitely try even if it’s your first time. > The waters of Lidder river provide an excellent raft base.

Where - Pahalgam - Yarganpal to Yaneed Bridge - 3 km
Sonamarg - Mamar to Satrun Margund - 8 km
Sonamarg - Mamar to Wayul Bridge - 28 km

Glide through the vales

Soar like a bird through the beautiful kashmir landscape. The green valleys, array of flowers, narrow streams, forested jungles make a breathtaking sight from the sky. > Paragliding and Hot Air Ballooning are very popular amongst the adventure junkies and tourists alike.

Where - Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Bhaderwah, Sanasar, and Harwan

Touristy Trails

Well, no bucket list is complete without the mention of the most go to places. Even though Kashmir offers a delight to all explorers and adventure enthusiasts, it also gives a spectacular list of places to visit. Lakes, Gardens, Temples, Valleys etc all are a definite go to.

Srinagar -  Dal Lake, Nehru Park, Floating Post Office, Shankaracharya Hill Temple, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin’s mother, Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Pari Mahal, Hari Parbat Fort

Gulmarg - Maharani Temple, Ziarat of Baba Reshi, Khilanmarg, Apharwat peak, and Strawberry Valley

Pahalgam - Lidder River & Amusement Park, Deer Park & Zoo, Mamleshwar Temple, Betaab Valley, Sheshnag Lake, Aru Village, Matrand Sun Temple, Saffron fields, and Anantnag Sulpher Springs

Sonamarg - Thajiwas Glacier, Manasbal Lake, Ganderbal, Khir-Bhawani temple, and Narang temple

Horse and Pony back Rides

Mountain horses are strong majestic creatures. They are also a common mode of transportation in many valleys and villages. Recently, they have also become one of the must do’s in Kashmir. > Riding a horse through the undulated terrains, lush green valleys is quite a thrill.

Where - Pahalgam, Sonamarg

Heritage Walk

Kashmir’s culture and heritage has been influenced by Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist ideas. This is further exemplified with their architecture, lifestyles, dress up etc. > There are many old monuments and buildings which transfer to in an olden era. > Walk through these lanes and relive a part of history dating three to four centuries old.

Where - Srinagar - Old city monuments - Jama Masjid, Khanqah, Dastgir Sahib, Rozabal Shrine

Retail Therapy

Spend some time shopping antiques, souvenirs and a lot more at Kashmiri markets and flea shops. > Go for some Kashmiri dry fruits, saffron, pashmina, handlooms, crafts and copper ware. > You can also pick some fresh fruits and flowers from the shikaras during your stay.

Where - Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam

Food Trippin!

No vacation is complete without having a taste test with your taste buds. > Indulge in authentic kashmiri cuisine. > The very famous and delectable Roghan Josh, mouthwatering chicken biryanis, kashmiri dam aloo to name a few. Matschgand and Gushtaba are also very popular. > Due to westernisation, there are also many authentic north indian street food available. > Do not give Kahwa a miss! This herbal tea infused with leaves is a must try especially during winters.

Where - Any local shops, street vendors, restaurants.

What are you waiting for? Start ticking things off the bucket list! Are the lush valleys and white mountains calling to you? Check out our Kashmir packages on and have the time of your life in this wonderland!

Created By - Namrita Singh

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