Kashmir

Kashmir: A complete travel guide to heaven on Earth

Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast’

{ if there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this.}

Pristine valleys, snow clad mountains, floating marketson the shimmering Dal lake all add up to the mesmerizing beauty of Kashmir. It is also called the paradise or heaven on earth. It has got something for everyone – the tulip festival of Srinagar, skiing in Gulmarg, white-water rafting in Sonmarg, and camping in the green valleys of Pahalgam for the adventure enthusiasts.

I have listed out a few things for you to see before you leave Kashmir.

Srinagar

The Dal lake is the most prominent and the most celebrated sites in Srinagar. It is the home of the most authentic carved wooden house boats. Then you have the vibrant Shikaras and the floating gardens. You should visit the Dal lake in the early morning to see the floating gardens. If you have time you could book a day ‘s stay in the house boat.

The next landmark is the Hazratbal Mosque.the silvery white mosque is the house of the sacred hair of the prophet Mohammed near the Dal lake. It is the only domed mosque in Srinagar and is a place of serenity. The women are allowed only till the first part of the mosque.

Take a walk down the picture perfect Mughal Gardens and immerse yourself in the magnificent archiyecture. These gardens are a combination of three gardens – the Nishat, the Chashm-e-shahi and the Shalimar. They are located on the different sides of the Dal lake.

Pahalgam

The famousAvantipur Temple was found by the king of Avantipuram in AD855-883. Over the years the temple is a mass of ruins but it still holds an attraction to the devout. The next sightseeing is Kalahari glacier. The only way to go to the glacier is by an arduous trek which is not for the faint-hearted. At 18,000 feet, the breathtaking views definitely make the journey a breathtaking one and worth the effort. The glacier during the summer is the source to the river Lidder and its tributaries and this also makes up for the river Sindh.

Trekking, trout fishing, and whitewater rafting are the most popular summer sports that can be enjoyed in this location. You could try something new, the trout fishing using the Pepsi bottles called the Pepsi fishing. If in the winters then you can walk on the frozen greenish-blue Sheshnag lake or sled across the famous snow bridge.

Sonmarg

The Gadsar Lake is situated in the Himalayan ranges. It is a very high altitude lake that is famous for its natural beauty. The site also serves as a popular trekking base and a trout fishing center. Trek to the highest of the lakes – the Gadsar lake. If you are in the winters then you can enjoy the snow-clad valley and take part in sledging, skiing and tobogganing.

Gulmarg

Seeing Gulmarg from 10,000 feet is a surreal experience. It is famous for its longest and the highest cable car plans in the world. The entire ride comprises of two stages – Gulmarg and Kongdoori and kongdoorei to Apharwat Peak. The first phase of the ride takes about 9 minutes and the second part takes about 12 minutes.  The cable rides throughout offer you the most amazing views of the valley and offer the photographer in you to click in numerous photos for the personal collection.

Skiing, trekking and fishing are the attractions of Gulmarg. You can try your hand at golf but only in the summer months as there is no snow at that time. The Gulmarg Golf Course is considered as the biggest 18-hole golf course that is the highest in the world. It is also the most asymmetrical contoured golf courses of the world. It has emerged as one of the most popular golfing sites in the country during the summers.

Kashmiri cuisine is one of the most liked cuisines from the country. It has a variety of dishes to offer. I will try to list a few of them here for you to try’

  • Kashmiri wazwan
  • Rogan josh
  • Yakhni
  • Kahwah

Concluding my content I would like to disclose that nothing is visited if Kashmir is not visited.