Planning for Kashmir Holidays? Check out this informative Kashmir Tourism Guide that will help you plan your Kashmir tour well. From things to do in Kashmir to best time to visit Kashmir, you will find everything about Kashmir Travel here.
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Kashmir – Heaven on Earth • Set like a jeweled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond - always extravagantly beautiful. • The Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they patronized the development of art & craft among the people of Kashmir, leaving behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among Kashmiris.
Top 10 Thins to do in Kashmir • Take a Shikara ride • Enjoy your stay in a Houseboat • Go for a Gandola ride (Cable Car Ride) • River Rafting • Paragliding • Take pony ride excursions • Take a heritage walk • Go trekking in the valleys • Enjoy Skiing and Snowboarding • Go Mountain Biking Do not miss on any of these activities on your Kashmir Trip!
Kashmiri Food to Relish • Rich and redolent with the flavor of the spices used –cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, saffron, etc. -- Kashmiri food can be the simple meal of a family, or a 36-course wedding banquet called Wazawan. • The staple diet of every Kashmiri is rice, the most preferred being the dense, slightly sticky grained Kashmir variety, which is prized in the Valley. • The most commonly served items are rista (meat balls) made of finely pounded mutton; seekh kababs & tabak maz.
Restaurants in Kashmir • Almost all the hotels in Srinagar have attached restaurants, generally serving Indian, Continental and Kashmiri cuisine. For best Prices on Hotel Booking check - https://www.sotc.in/hotels • Popular restaurants are mainly located on the Boulevard, Shervani (Residency) Road, Lambert Lane and Lal Chowk. • Mughal Durbar and Ahdoos on Shervani Road, Ruby in Lambert Lane and Juniper in Lal Chowk are well known for their Kashmiri cuisine. • Solace and Tao Cafe on Shervani Road and Shamyana on the Boulevard are three known garden cafes.
Shopping in Kashmir • From the amusing trinket to a collector's item, you'll find it all in Kashmir. Row upon row of shops filled with handicrafts line the streets. • Kashmiri handicrafts are prized everywhere for their exquisite craftsmanship. • Kashmir carpets, in both wool and silk with their Persian design, are a lifetime investment. • Papier-mâché items ranging from jeweler boxes to mirror frames, a range of intricately carved walnut wood furniture and accessories, stone jeweler boxes and beautiful woolen shawls.
The Very Famous Kashmiri Saffron • Pampore, near Srinagar, is the only place in the world besides Spain where saffron is grown. The crocus sativus plant, which blooms for a brief month in the year, has six golden stamens and one crimson one. • It is the crimson stamen which when collected and dried that forms saffron and is referred to as the most expensive spice in the world. Sealed jars of this spice, with the government laboratory's stamp of approval, are available all over Kashmir.
Seasons in Kashmir SPRING Spring, which extends roughly from March to early May, is when a million blossoms carpet the ground. The weather during this time can be gloriously pleasant at 23oC or chilly and windy at 6oC. This is the season when Srinagar experiences rains, but the showers are brief.
Seasons in Kashmir SUMMER Summer extends from May until the end of August. Srinagar at this time experiences day temperatures of between 25oC and 35oC. At this time, the whole valley is a mosaic of varying shades of green - rice fields, meadows, trees, etc. and Srinagar with its lakes and waterways is a heaven after the scorching heat of the Indian plains.
Seasons in Kashmir AUTUMN The onset of autumn, perhaps Kashmir's loveliest season, is towards September, when green turns to gold and then to russet and red. The highest day temperatures in September are around 23oC and night temperatures dip to 10oC by October, and further drop by November, when heavy woolens are essential.
Seasons in Kashmir WINTER Through December, to the beginning of March is wintertime. Bare, snow-covered landscapes being watched from beside the warmth of a fire is a joy that cannot be described to anyone who has not experienced it. Some houseboats and hotels remain open in winter-these are either centrally heated or heated with ‘bukharis’, a typically Kashmiri stove kept alight with embers of wood, quite effective in the winter. To enjoy winters in Kashmir, check Kashmir Tour Packages by SOTC Holidays
How to Reach Kashmir • By Road Kashmir is well connected to the road networks in India. Private buses, Self Driving cars, Private Vehicles can be used to travel to small towns in Kashmir. • By Train Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Kashmir. New Delhi-Jammu Tawi Rajdhani Express, Jammu Mail and Jammu Tawi Express are some of the prominent trains operating from Delhi.
How to Reach Kashmir • By Air Take a flight to Shrinagar Airport (15kms away) to fly into Kashmir. Shrinagar Airport is well connected to major cities in India. To book Flights to Shrinagar at best prices check out https://www.sotc.in/flights
Thank You Plan your Kashmir Holidays now to experience the mesmerizing beauty of the valley!