Jammu and Kashmir is a slice of Paradise on Earth, a fairyland for every traveller and a lovers’ paradise. The rich green pine forests, mesmerising splendour of snow-laden mountains, glittering lakes and streams, and sweeping meadows may charm any visitor. The 140km-long Kashmir Valley, rimmed by tiers of mountain peaks, opens up as a massive, gorgeous bowl of lakes and orchards. You have two alternatives for getting to paradise from Delhi: by road or by flight. So, if you’re flying there, land in Srinagar to explore the Kashmir region of the state Jammu & Kashmir. Take a cab to your accommodations from there. Then the trip to Kashmir begins, and you might have a variety of diverse and unique experiences.
Shikara ride is the first and most important thing to do in Srinagar. Shikara refers to a small, light, flat-bottomed boat. For pleasure rides, gondola-like boats with spring cushion seats and silken curtains are employed, which is the most peaceful and relaxing element of holidays in Kashmir. A Shikara can take you to many interesting spots around Dal Lake. Another unusual element is the marts-on-boat and the ability to shop on a Shikara. Over here, the small punts transport anything from flowers and vegetables to handicrafts and basic stuff.
Night Stay in Houseboat
Dal Lake is particularly well-known for its magnificent houseboats. A houseboat has two to four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, as well as a shared drawing and dining area. These are beautifully furnished, with richly carved wood interiors, gorgeous Persian carpets, and priceless Kashmiri handicrafts. A stay on a houseboat is a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable experience. It is the most popular choice for most tourists.
Cable car ride
Gondola cable car rides are one of the most fascinating and must-do activities in Kashmir for visitors of all ages. The two-stage gondola lift transports approximately 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain, which is a shoulder of adjacent Apharwat Peak (13,780 ft). The first stage takes you from Gulmarg (8,530 ft) to Kongdoori Station in the bowl-shaped Kongdori valley. The ropeway’s second stage, with 36 cabins and 18 towers, transports skiers to a height of (12,293 ft) on Kongdoori Mountain, a shoulder of adjacent Afarwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft)). To get the greatest views of the snow capped mountains, tourists choose to go by cable car.
The Sindh River Sonamarg ecstasies the Sonmarg River Rafting in White Water familiarity, just a few sports may connect to the delight of river rafting in White Water. As you sweep in a blowup grimy over the cascades, there is an explosion of adrenalin that contests through every way and heavens above any influence. The emotion is amplified in Sonmarg since the terrain through which the stream flows is breathtaking. The banks are dotted with pastures and woodlands, with snow-covered peaks in the background. In 2008, Sonmarg also hosted International White Water Rafting Competitions.
Trying the local food is one of the most significant things to do in Kashmir, as it is in any other place throughout the world. Everyone has heard of Kashmiri Kahwa (tea) and Lamb Mutton Rogan Josh. However, there are many more delectable meals available in the cuisine. Nadroo Yakhni (yoghourt-based Kashmiri curry with lotus stems), Paneer Chaman (fried paneer boiled in tomato sauce and spiced with spices and fennel seeds powder), Dum Aloo, Matschgand (minced meatballs served in spicy red gravy), and Gushtaba are other examples (minced mutton cooked in flavorful yoghourt gravy and spices).
Shopping in Kashmir
Shopping is one of the most popular pastimes in Kashmir. No, I don’t just mean antiques and other trinkets. Tourists can buy excellent Kashmiri handlooms and Pashmina shawls, antique copperware such as samovars, Nanda hand-woven carpets, Ferns (native clothes), and pricey Doda Sapphire. Then there are the flowers, fruits, and vegetables offered on Dal Lake’s shikara. More than what you buy, the way you buy will be the source of your excitement here. No one would want to miss out on Kashmir’s stunning sights, whether on a family vacation, a honeymoon, or a trip with friends. The most popular sites to visit in Kashmir are Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, and Sonamarg. One of the most popular things to do in Kashmir is to visit these cities.
Trek the hills
Tourists can go on short treks and hikes in Kashmir’s valleys. Vishansar Lake, Tarsar Lake, Gadsar Lake, Alpather Lake, and Satsar Lake are only a few of Kashmir’s high alpine lakes. Trekking has become one of the top things to do in Kashmir for nature lovers and adventure seekers because these gorgeous lakes can only be reached after mounting the slopes.