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Kashmir Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill

History of Kashmir

Kashmir, referred to as heaven owing to its unmatchable beauty is surrounded by China, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since the partition of India and Pakistan, Kashmir has been under a dispute. Line of Control, the border, divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. The hindus and muslims here have always lived in harmony. The Rishi tradition of Hindus and Sufis have also co-existed in harmony. Earlier, Kashmir was called Kashyapamar and then later became Kashmir itself.

People And Culture of Kashmir

Jammu is majorly Hindus, with the presence of Sikh and Muslims too. Kashmir is majorly Muslim dominated with Hindus and Sikh being the minority. People of Leh are Buddhist. People of Kargil are Shia Muslim. The people of Kashmir are widely known for their hospitality. Simple, warm and always welcoming with open arms. Kashmiri is the language spoken here. The culture of Kashmir is highly influence by Persians and Central Asian cultures. Sightseeing in Kashmir will give one a clear idea of the culture of the place.

Things To Do in Kashmir

With beautiful gardens, snow peaks, lakes, monuments, there are so many places to visit in Kashmir. Dal Lake is a world famous Kashmir tourist place. Chasme Shahi, Betaab Valley, Shalimar Bagh comprise of the lush greenery portions of Kashmir. One can also head to Ladakh without which Kashmir sightseeing is incomplete. Ladakh has now turned into a hot tourist destination especially for the bikers. Travellers can also take a ride on the Gulmarg Golconda over the snow peaked mountains. Kashmir places to visit also include Shankaracharya temple, Vaishnodevi temple and Amarnath for all the Hindu devotees. Nubia Valley and Khardung La are famous mountain terrain places to visit and bask in the beauty of Kashmir. Jhelum river, Lidder river, Wular lake, are must visit places to see in Kashmir along with Dal Lake.

Food And Shopping  in Kashmir

There are so many things to do in Kashmir apart from the sightseeing. Kashmir’s pashmina shawls and stoles are world famous Kashmir attractions. Apart from this, there is so much more to shop when in Kashmir. Vintage maps, Chai Shoda for tea addicts, Namda (Kashmiri hand woven carpets), jewellery, Kashmiri art, spices and Doda Sapphire.

Kashmir tour is not complete without tasting its food. Kashmiri cuisine is world famous for the use of spies like cloves, cinnamon, saffron, cardamom. They give a special aroma and taste to the food. Rice is an important part of the cuisine. For non veg lovers - mutton, fish, chicken are also a part of the cuisine. The feast in Kashmir is called the Wazwan. Green tea or Kahva is also an important part of the meal.

Accommodation  in Kashmir

Srinagar airport is 14 km away from the main city. Travellers need not worry about how to reach Kashmir as the connectivity of flights, trains and buses are very well maintained. Flights to Kashmir fly from Delhi, Jammu and Mumbai. Srinagar railway station can be reached from Delhi, Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai. Buses to Srinagar run from Jammu, with high frequency. Hotels to house boats, Kashmir offers world class options for stay. Taj Vivanta, Hotel Lalit, Grand Mahal are the few to mention luxury stay hotels in Kashmir. One can also choose to stay by the lakes on a house boat all night.



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Karan Patel

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  • Karan Patel
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 Review
  •  107 readers

"Real Heaven!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
The mountains, The Rivers, Forests, everything there seems calling you with affection!! The weather makes you fall in love with the place wherever you are! The places to be visited are Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and most of the lavish gardens over there.

How can i forget the capital, Srinagar. The awesome Dal lake over there. If one visits over there, there should be 2 days stay in the houseBoats over there. It makes you feel like a Lavish stay in the lap of Himalayas! The local food over there is almost Non-Veg! Kashmir! I love it! Hope I come there again!
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Anuradha Agrawal

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  • Anuradha Agrawal
  • Lives in Thane
  • 25 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  478 readers

"A trip to Heaven on earth - Kashmir" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Hie Guys. Here is my descriptive narrative of my most treasured trip to “The heaven on earth -¯ Kashmir which truly lives upto it's name.

Day 1: We reached Srinagar airport by 4 pm. We stayed at New Jacqueline houseboat at Nigeen lake. (booked through ibibo). Immediately after check-in at New Jacquline houseboats we were offered Kahwa which was quite rejuvenating. We did Shikara ride in nigeen lake itself and ended the day. (Since it was too late already and the city does not have a night life).

The houseboats are beautiful, intricately carved, nice food and courteous staff.

If you are looking to stay near main market place, then Dal lake houseboats would be a better option. But if you are looking for a calm scenic stay, then Nigeen lake houseboats are to be chosen (since it is pretty less crowded as compared to Dal lake).

Day 2: The early morning view from the house boat was breathtaking. Snow clad mountains, Shikaras, cool breeze, ducks around make it all the more amazing. After having breakfast, our journey to Pahalgam started (pre-booked cab). The way was very scenic with Sarson fields, Apple valley, Bat making factories, etc. Sarson fields reminded of DDLJ movie ;) we did strike few poses. Lol. Also, had a cute little chat with local kids and clicked few snaps.

We reached Pehelgam by afternoon and checked into Mount view hotel. Hotel view is excellent but service is not so great.

There are two types of tours in Pahalgam, one is Chandanwari, Aru valley and Betab valley which all three you can cover by hiring fixed price local cab. Other one is mini Switzerland, Baisaran which you can cover by horse. We covered the one with cab, Chandanwari is recommended but Aru and Betab are not great. We witnessed snowfall at Chandanwari and it was very beautiful.

Can't comment on the horse tour since didn't do it.

In the evening, we scored local shops, ate at a local outlet and went back to hotel.

Day 3: Next day morning again there was snowfall at the hotel and we enjoyed thoroughly the scenic view and the snowfall in the hotel lawn. Then we left for Srinagar. We reached Srinagar by afternoon and shopped some leather stuff (at a place called Chattabal. It's far off from the main market but is famous for leather). Be cautious with second hand leather sellers. Then we started for Gulmarg and reached by evening.

Gulmarg is the most scenic place I have ever been to and looked like a place seen in Hollywood movies. It's truly amazing and picturesque.

We checked in to Hotel Welcome which had an awesome view from it room. We visited Rani temple with another couple at the hotel. It was a tricky walk of 20 minutes through tons of snow and darkness. We took darshan and then had dinner at Bakshi's. Food at Bakshi's is awesome.

Day 4: We had a breathtaking view in the morning of the surrounding from our hotel room window. Can't describe it in words. We preferred walking instead of cab and reached Gondola from hotel by 9 (It was around two km from the hotel). On the way, many cabbies and guides accompanied us pushing for bookings. Somehow we managed to dodge them and enjoyed our walk in the snow. First we went to Phase II instead of halting at phase I. Staff at Phase II were shocked to see us and later told us that we were the first tourists to come to Phase II in past 3 days.

Phase II was an ULTIMATE experience. We could also see an army bunker in those extreme circumstances. Hats off to the Indian Army. We do hear about difficult lives of our soldiers, but when I visited Kashmir I could actually see how difficult it is for them to stay away from their families, survive and keep themselves motivated all the times. This trip has made me feel even more proud of them.

We spent time at Phase II and had coffee offered by the staff. Then we went to Phase I.

Phase I was much crowded and commercialized. We did skiing and sledge ride and skipped the snow bike. We had Raajma Chawal at Phase I itself (which tasted even more yummy at those altitudes) and then started our Gondola ride back to Gulmarg. We walked down to the hotel. On the way, we met some Army officials and had a chance to talk to them.

Within an hour, we left for Srinagar. We reached Srinagar by 6pm and checked in the boat house. We had some Kahwa and then visited Hazratbal Dargah. We also shopped some beautiful willow baskets from shops near the Dargah itself.

Day 5: We visited Mughal Garden and Shalimar Garden. Tulip garden opens for tourists only for a month in a year and we were fortunate to see the bloom since the garden opened just a day before. It is spectacular to see Tulips in various colors all around. Beautiful, scenic, a must visit!

We scored Polo view market and lal chowk for shopping. In my opinion, Polo view market has better stuff than lal chowk. We shopped all the garments, shawls and stoles from a fixed price shop at Polo View. Our cab driver took us to an artisan's home for Papier Mache goods. He indeed had unique collection at market prices. We just loved the stuff and shopped for some nick knacks. On the way back to the Hotel, we tried some Kulchas at a local bakery called Mughal Darbar.

Day 6: It started raining very heavily and we had a very tough time to reach Airport on time. (Word of advice: Please leave for airport much earlier than you plan to leave since there is an Army checkpoint 1km before the Airport where you have to scan all your baggage and then again load them and go to the airport). Finally, we boarded our flight marking an end to our beautiful trip to heaven on earth and carried memories for lifetime.

Tips!!

1. Try looking for fixed price shops (though they are very rare!) or bargain hard.
2. There is no need for a guide in Gulmarg. You can venture on yourself.
3. Pre-book your tickets online for Gondola Ride to skip the queue.
4. Be aware of local people. Some are helpful while most of them are real CHEATS.
5. Do not venture around late nights for safety reasons.
6. If you're short of time, you can skip Aru and Betaab valley. Nothing much to see.
7. Carry all your winter clothes, believe me it's chilling there.
8. Do try Kahwa, the Kashmiri tea- it's awesome.
9. Leave for Airport much earlier than your scheduled time.
10. Do not shop from the shops where your cab drivers take you. They get commission from the shopkeepers.
11. Ensure that you local travel itinerary is final, since the cab drivers are not very accommodating and won't change it later on.
12. Take long boots and overcoats on rental from Tangmarg, so that you can venture around and explore Gulmarg at ease.
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Mihir Raval

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  • Mihir Raval
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1164 readers

"Kashmir - The Heaven on Earth !!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We have been taught since childhood and even we have studied in Geography that Kashmir is the heaven on earth. But this we realized and our eyes witnessed when we did land on the land of Kashmir!! Snow mountains everywhere, lush greenery, tall pine trees, apple trees, walnut trees, chilled water streams, waterfalls, small villages and innocent and beautiful looking people and much more - all this makes Kashmir the real heaven on earth. One must visit during his life, or else the life is incomplete.
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Hemant Chauhan

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  • Hemant Chauhan
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1933 readers

"Enchanting Kashmir"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kashmir is place to visit for folks are adventurous, nature lover or also who wants to relax. I have been around Kashmir (Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Gulmarg etc) during last week of March. Mid of March to Mid of April will be ideal time to visit Kashmir, one can enjoy the last moments of biting cold, snow and rains. Folks can enjoy the beauty of snow capped Himalayan ranges, enjoy the best snow, complete land turn into Gold with Mustard fields in full bloom and best of Tulips which are in full bloom during this time.

Gulmarg - Must visit place if you need to see the best of snow and some adventure (Ski, Ski Mobile) Or just laze around to make Snow man :-).

Pahalgam - Natural Beauty with many picturesque locations, with streams of river flowing across the snow capped mountain

Srinagar - Dal Lake, All the Gardens, Shankaracharya Temple (one can see Srinagar from top), good Kashmiri food

Travelling by road is definitely worth experience but sometimes due to landslides, road repairing or untoward incidence, one need to accommodative to change plan to travel by Air / Train which ever is available.

People are real friendly, one need to stubborn & bargain wherever there are touristy things (for Sledges, Pony rides at Sonmarg, Shikars' at Dal Lake etc). Usually all the stores do sell Kashmiri handicrafts, at decent prize

Food has been yummy and has good options for both Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian folks. Kashmiri Kahwa is must try with Salted Kashmiri Bread/ Puff. Also, there are many hotels / dabbas beside on the highway which gives good food options with free scenic view :-)

People travelling by Air need to report at least 2.5 - 3hrs earlier at Airport for security checks for hassle free travel. One can only carry small bags (laptop, purse or may be a small backpack) as hand luggage and rest all will be stowed in as check-in baggage which needs to be identified before boarding flight.

One need to carry good amount of Woolens, jackets, nice pair of sneakers, umbrella's, ample moisturizer, winter cream, sun cream during early & late winters (November - April).
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Ankit Singla

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  • Ankit Singla
  • 9 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  1644 readers

"World of heaven"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I went there with my wife and enjoyed alot. There was too much places to visit like Pahalgam where I saw many snow and loved it. My wife and I had played there. I also visited Nishat Garden where there were different types of flowers and water too. There were four point named place from which I visited the Zero point.
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Thakur Singh

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  • Thakur Singh
  • Lives in Gwalior
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2362 readers

"Kashmir the real nature welcome"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have visited the Kashmir three times and every time I feel that I have still to explore a lot about it, visiting Kashmir is visiting like Heaven. The cool breeze during boating at at Dal Lake is always take you to peace of mind, staying in Shikaras is also a good experience. Visiting Gulmarg is thrilling while Sonmarg give you experience of eternal peace. And Visit to Amarnath is like nothing is between you and nature, it is a different divine experience. Despite of tough journey you will love it alot. Pahalgam is also a nice place to visit specially sitting for hours at the banks of Liddar river makes it worth enjoying. Kashmir is really a lovely place.
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Vaidyanathan Ka

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  • Vaidyanathan Ka
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1644 readers

"Visit at least once"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I booked package tour through JKTDC. For me and spouse from 7th to 13th. Excellent accommodation at Srinagar, huts for 2 nights, one day at Sonmarg, one night at Gulmarg, one night at Pahalgam, one night in beautiful cosy houseboat in Dal lake. A car with driver at disposal of our use daily, beautiful gardens at Srinagar, Shikara ride at Dal lake. Full snow at Sonmarg at daytime Heavy snowfall full silver glacier mountains. GULMARG most serene place at a very high altitude Full Snow. THE Pahalgam is a mini Switzerland. The food at JkTDC Restaurants are excellent, we are pure Veg. Last but least, the driver was more of a Tour Guide who helped us at all places as a member of family -otherwise touts would have fleeced us at all places. Lifetime, one should visit Kashmir at least once that too in November when Snow just starts.
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Purvesh Bhokardank

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  • Purvesh Bhokardank
  • Lives in Pune
  • 5 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1640 readers

"The pride of India"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If there's heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here, said Firdaus and he was damn correct. No destination in India matches the beauty of the place be it Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Srinagar. All three places are accessible from Srinagar. A must visit destination during the spring season.
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Varun jain

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  • Varun jain
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  1586 readers

"Superb place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kashmir is a wonderful destination, truly heaven on earth. Everyone must visit Kashmir at least once. Gulmarg- Unexpected experience, fully satisfactory, Sonmarg, Pehelgam, Bettab Valley all are best at their own parts. Experience of House Boat is like relaxing at your own home. Truly a perfect place.
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Veena Dhuper

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  • Veena Dhuper
  • Lives in Delhi
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"A beautiful valley"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kashmir is a beautiful valley of flowers, gardens and river on the way of Pahalgam. I visited Kashmir two times. It has three colours all over the year. In summer it is changed into green all-round the valley and in October-November it is changed into mustard and in winter, valley is being changed into white. It looks so beautiful. The following phrase is very famous that "jisne kashmir nhi dekha, usne kuchh nhi dekha". So everyone should visit the Kashmir.
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