Kashmir Tourism
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Kashmir Tourism

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Literally, if there is heaven on earth, it is here, here and here. Exactly that was the feeling that we had on touching the ground at Srinagar airport. The short 40 minute flight from Jammu was uneventful; The view from the plane was wonderful and the feeling after touching the ground, was nothing but exhilaration and pure joy.

The joy increased manifolds, when we spotted Nazeer Wani of India Global Tours and my old friend at the gate receiving us with a warm, huge smile and a bear hug. He had made meticulous arrangements for our Kashmir tour.
First we went around Srinagar. Saw the Jhelum, Hazarat Bal with a backdrop of the snow capped Himalayas.Went to the different famed Gardens. Nishat etc. though the gardens were barren at this time of the year. Then we went around Hotel Lalit Grand which is palatial property and very picturesque. Then we were taken up the Shankaracharya Hill thru security gates etc. Mobiles and cameras had to be kept back in the car as photography is prohibited. We were blessed with a very welcome fresh snowfall. We climbed the steep 300 odd steps to the Temple amid the snowfall. It was a wonderful experience. Climbing the last few steps & entering the temple barefooted was a 'cold' experience on the wet evening. The Lord Shiva's Lingam is magnificent in all its Glory . The time spent there was very peaceful and spiritual.

Thereafter we were lodged in a House Boat on the Dal Lake moored at a spot just opposite the Holiday Inn hotel on the promenade.
After depositing the luggage and a piping hot cup of Qahewa-The Kashmiri Chai, replete with Saffron, Almonds and Cardamom - we left for a tour-de-Dal in a Shikara. It was a cold evening. The boatman covered us with double blankets and made us feel princely. We went upto Nehru Park and the cold icy wind forced us to return to the warm interiors of the House Boat (I forget the name). The room was made comfortable by Farooque, the HB keeper, with a Gas heater. Dinner around 9 PM was home cooked Chappatis, Rice, Vegetables and Daal (Lentils).We finished with a Qehawa and retired to the room. The room was now heated with a "Bukhari" for the night and not with the Gas Heater. A sleepy end to the first day in the gorgeous valley.

The second day threw up landscape of white sheets all around. The night had a snowfall again till 3 AM. round 9 AM we left for Gulmarg in an SUV with Naseer Ahmed. The journey to Gulmarg and the experience in the next review.
Tip- Do not buy goods from the mobile shops and salesman who hound you on the Dal Jheel. It is safe to buy from the innumerable emporia in the markets. Pashmina is never available for a few Hundreds or thousands. Authentic Pashmina goes upto Lac and is best purchased with a local known assistance. Travelling by road from Jammu in this season should be avoided as the plentiful snow and landslides can close the tunnel and roads for days, making your plans go haywire.

Travelling in winter, you must carry heavy woollens if you want to enjoy. Liquor vends are not easy to find and expensive so if you are a follower of bacchhus, please carry your own tipple.

Hope my experience help's you all!


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Kshitij  Deopa
  • Kshitij Deopa
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 4 Reviews

"I travel only for the romantic shikara!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The only reason for travelling to Kashmir is for its romantic shikara (house boats). Rest of Kashmir is road, people and ice paved areas. Places must visit : Shalimar and Nishaat baagh, Dal lake, Chasma shahi, Pari mahal, Dashigam wildlife....... More
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Gaurang Kirtikar
  • Gaurang Kirtikar
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 13 photos
  • 12 Reviews

"Literally, if there is heaven on earth, it is here, here and here" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Literally, if there is heaven on earth, it is here, here and here. Exactly that was the feeling that we had on touching the ground at Srinagar airport. The short 40 minute flight from Jammu was uneventful; The view from the plane was wonderful....... More
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Ankit Chaturvedi
  • Ankit Chaturvedi
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Paradise visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
It's a beautiful place to have vacation. As everyone says heaven falls here only. It's 100%true every one should vist to this paradise once in there lyf to see beauty of nature. Lotz of palce are here to explore Best thing i found here is....... More
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Ekta Pathak
  • Ekta Pathak
  • 3 Reviews

"Kashmir Nostalgia"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
Its a beautiful place, for sure visit the city once in ur life. They have lots of interesting places to visit Gulmarg, Mini Switzerland, Pahalgam, Nishat view garden, Shalimar bagh etc. Food is amazing, horse riding was awesome, water rafting....... More
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Vivek Sharma
  • Vivek Sharma
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 167 photos
  • 52 Reviews

"A week long trip to Heaven"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
"Gar firdaus barruae zaminastho haminastho haminasthi haminastho" Straight from the heart and very true words. We could not have asked for a better vacations than KASHMIR. Plan to visit Kashmir started some where in Mid Feb'13. Booked the to....... More
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Kashmir Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
A heaven on Earth, Kashmir is located in the north-western region of the Indian Subcontinent. With abundant natural beauty, the destination until the mid 19th century was geographically denoted as the valley nestled between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range. However, at present Kashmir denotes a much larger area that includes the Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. 

History of Kashmir

According to a legend, it is believed that Kashyap, the great sage drained a lake, which was inhabited by the Brahmins and then the place came to be known as Kashmir. A synonym for its turbulent past, Buddhism was introduced in the region by the missionaries of Emperor Ashoka. This religion flourished in Kashmir until the 2nd century, till the time it was ruled by Kushan. However, for several centuries, Hinduism was the dominant religion of Kashmir.

In the 7th century, the destination was under the rule of Durlabhavarrdhana, who founded the Karkota Dynasty. This was replaced in 855 AD by the Utpalas, who were then succeeded by the Tantrins, Yaskaras, Guptas and Loharas respectively. 

In 1346, the last Hindu king, Udiana Deva was replaced by Shams-ud-Din, the first Muslim king, who reigned in Kashmir. However, in 1586, the Mughal Emperor Akbar conquered Kashmir and made it a part of his empire.

In 1757, Kashmir saw the victory of Ahmed Shah Durrani as a result of which the destination went under the rule of Pakistan until 1819. However, Ranjit Singh won Kashmir from Pakistan and added it to his Sikh Empire. 

In 1846, the Sikhs were defeated by the British army and sold Kashmir to Ghulab Singh of Jammu. The destination was sold under the Treaty of Amritsar for INR 7.5 million. As a result of this treaty, Ghulab Singh acquired the status of an independent prince of Kashmir. 

Later, he conquered Ladakh also, which he added to his dominion. After he died in 1857, he was succeeded by Maharaja Ranbir Singh. As time passed, the destination was ruled by Maharaja Partap Singh and Maharaja Hari Singh respectively. 

In 1947, during the reign of Hari Singh, the Indo-Pakistan partition took place. However, during that time the rulers of the princely states were given freedom to accede to either Pakistan or India or to remain independent. Since the Maharaja of Kashmir was a Hindu, so he decided to join India, despite the fact that majority of population residing in Kashmir were Muslims. 

Things to do in Kashmir

Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist places in the country that is known for its natural beauty. From beautiful shikaras and wooden handicrafts to apples and cherries, all attract tourists from across the country to visit Kashmir. 

Tourists can also make a visit to Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated in the valley of Kashmir, Srinagar is known for its traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and also for its houseboats. In addition, tourists can also visit attractions like Hazratbal Mosque and Dal Lake.

The best time to visit this beautiful destination extends from the month of March to October. This time period covers three main seasons prevailing in Kashmir, namely spring, summer and autumn.  

Travelling to Kashmir

To reach by air, at Srinagar is the airport, which is approximately 14 km from the city of Kashmir. Daily flights to Srinagar are operated by Indian Airlines from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu and Jet Airways from Delhi and Jammu.

The nearest railhead to Srinagar is from Jammu Tawi which is approximately 305 km away. Trains from Delhi, Calcutta, Pune, Mumbai and other cities arrive at Jammu Tawi and so is of easy access. During peak tourism season, additional trains operate for and from this station.

Travelling within Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir SRTC bus services connect most points around the state. They even offer package tour to Gulmarg, Shonmarg, Yusmarg, Ular lake, City tour, etc. Tourists can opt for jeeps which are quicker in reaching locations. Private hire jeeps are also available. 

Accommodation options in Kashmir

There are ample accommodation options in Kashmir and range from heritage hotels to luxury hotels and to budget hotels
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