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Heaven on earth
City on water!
Kashmir, located at the top north of india, boasts with the jewel in it’s crown, the Dale lake! A vast expanse of pure, elegant water stream that covers a huge area of Srinagar can rightly be called as the city on water ..
With a huge collection of fascinating house boats consisting of all luxurious needs of a person and innumerable shikaras (elegant rowing boats, this lake helps in attracting thousands of tourists each year. Embossed with hard wood and striking carving work, these houseboats are candy to eyes and pleasure full if you opt to stay there.
That was for tourists attraction, but this lake possesses hundreds of local houses on this lake. Yeah, local houses with their personal travelling vehicle at their disposable just outside their house and that is a small rowing boat. These locals commute easily and rapidly through this boats from the lake towards the shore and back again
There are even floating farms on the lake, on which proper sowing and harvesting is done. Crops like barley, rice etc. Are grown there regularly each year. Adding to the glory on the greener side, flowers like water lily and lotus blossom here to intensify the beauty of this enchanting lake.
The commercial feature of this city is not left behind as there are hundreds of shops and stores on this lake with handicrafts and arts being the prominent ones. Especially designed jewellery and clothes, local grocery store and even restaurants cab be seen on this lake. You even get to meet up sellers who approach you in rowing boats and offer to buy their products while you take a leisure boat ride on the lake.
Even the aerial and aquarium world have got a place on this lake. You can catch innumerable varieties of fishes and birds playfully roaming on the lake.
These and lot more properties never leaves a doubt on your mind whether you are just sailing on a lake or travelling through a well maintained, properly populated city. With the mind boggling wonderful climate at kashmir, you would surely love each moment spent amidst the beauty of water surrounded by icy peaks and foggy mountains covering the lake from all the sides in a distinct yet impressive way!
Location- Srinagar, Kashmir, North India.
Commuting Sources- Air, Trains and Cars.
Houseboat Expenses- from 700 INR to 2000 INR per day.
Shikara ride- 500 INR to 1000 INR per ride.
Food- Vegetarian and Non vegetarian available.
Alcohol – Not available.
I am heading to Kashmir
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.