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1This Dish From Shalgam Ghosht
This Dish From  Shalgam Ghosht

This dish originated from Kashmir in the winter where turnips were stored in the snow, as they were one of the few vegetables around during the colder months.  The heat from the spices and flavours make this a perfect dish for the winter. This is a must relish recepie at  ITC Maurya, Delhi.

HolidayIQ Traveller Diksha from Mumbai says, “The Awadhi cuisine of 'Dum Pukht' and of course the regulars like Pavilion, the Gourmet Shop at ITC Maurya Sheraton Delhi is a mujst try.” Dum ka Murgh, Burrahni Gosht, Barrah Kebab, malai kofta, Charminar Boti, Dum Pukht Biryani and dishes from the Chinese and Continental cuisine are a must try.

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2Fiery Lamb From Rogan Josh
Fiery Lamb From  Rogan Josh

Rogan josh is one of the better known Indian classics, and this fiery lamb or mutton dish from the Kashmir region of India is now popular all over the world. This is a rich and spicy slow-cooked dish that is perfect for chilly winter days. There are several versions of rogan josh in existence, but the two most common are the Kashmiri Pandit version and the Mughal, version.

HolidayIQ Traveller Aniruddha Das says, “Mughal Darbar is also a good restaurant for Indian and Mughlai dishes. Krishna Dhaba is another excellent option for the ones looking for vegetarian food."

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3Kahwa From Kashmir
Kahwa From Kashmir

The Kashmiri Kahwa, since many years, is known as magic tea in India. A single cup and you’re ready to get your spirits uplifted. Kashmiri Kahwa tea is a fragrant tea infused with delicate flavors of whole spices. For the Kashmiris living across the globe, this tea carries the reminder of their motherland. While for others, who occasionally come across the actual taste of it, this aromatic tea is an embodiment of solace. Kahwa, also known as 'mogil chay', vino-colour tea topped with the almond parings, has aided Kashmiris fight the winter’s chill for ages.

"When in Kashmir, you must try the different types of traditional biscuits, which are usually consumed with the 'kahwa', which is pink in colour. This tea keeps you warm during winter. There are different types of 'kahwa'. Do try all varieties," says HolidayIQ.com Traveller Sowjanya from Hyderabad. 

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4You better have your weatherproof game on!
You better have your weatherproof game on!

One moment it will be quite dry, the next moment it can start drizzling or snowing! Have you considered this possibility? Often the weather is unpredictable in such places and it is best to carry a weatherproof jacket. A waterproof jacket that is also windproof and is a must to keep you warm and allow you to continue your hiking trips

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5Kashmir is heaven on earth
Kashmir is heaven on earth

Kashmir is a popular tourist attraction famous for its lush valleys, the Dal Lake, and it's picturesque landscape. The combination of snow-capped mountains and the rich valleys in winter makes Kashmir the top honeymoon and winter holiday destinations in India. Also, it is famous for these fruits like apples, cherries and walnuts. Some of the most popular destinations in Kashmir are Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Srinagar, and Sonamarg.

Top things to do in Kashmir: The shikara ride, skiing in Gulmarg, white water river rafting, horse ride in Pahalgam.



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How to Reach:

By Road - National Highway 1A connects the Kashmir to various cities of India.

By Train - Take a Train to Jammu railway station, then you can easily hire a taxi to Kashmir.

By Flight - Fly to Srinagar International Airport, then hire a Cab/Taxi to Kashmir.

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Reviews (253)

Bhuvan

Bhuvan4.0/5

1 review

Kashmir

I visited Pahalgam . Srinagar and Gulmarg Food and Shopping: food was good. Must try kashmiri pulao and dum aaloo. Dana pani rest. At Pahalgam is nice veg place to visit. Highlight of the trip: all I can say is kashmir is paradise on this part of the world

Quanitah

Quanitah5.0/5

1 review

Kashmir

Sightseeing was awesome except Sonmarg.
Food and Shopping: good
Highlight of the trip: hotel Rose Petal in Srinagar was awesome in terms of service and food, the staff was very courteous.

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Kashmir Overview

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.



Photos of Kashmir

Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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View of the mountains and snow
Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir
Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir

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