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10 Ways to Enjoy the Scenic Wonders of Kashmir


Sonoma-ValleyKashmir is one of the most naturally beautiful tourist destinations in the world, perfect for a relaxing and peaceful as well as adventurous vacation. From the heights of the Himalayas to thedepths to its various valleys and serene lakes, it has a wealth of greenery and scenic wonders that refresh the senses and blow your cares away. Here are a few ways in which you can maximize on the various experiences of Kashmir: 1.     Visit in the Summer Kashmir is beautiful in every weather be it the beautiful bloom of spring or the white frosted winter, it all depends on the kind of vacation you prefer. But the best time is probably the summers, when you can enjoy beautiful weather, and watch the valleys come alive with lush greenery, delicious fruits and vegetation. The rivers are alive, fed by the melting snows, and bathing in the lakes is refreshing. Plus, you can still see the Kashmir snows at a comfortable distance out on the peaks of the surrounding mountains, providing a picture-perfect backdrop for your getaway. 2.     Travel by Road While air and rail are always an option up until Srinagar, travelling by car from Jammu offers a thrilling experience. The road is completely safe and suitable for all weathers, but has various sharp inclines and turns which make for an adventurous ride. You can go through the famous Jawahar Tunnel on your way, along with the breathtaking beauty which will be missed by anyone taking the train or plane. However, be sure to hire an experienced driver who knows the roads and area well, so you can enjoy the beauty around you in comfort. 3.     Stay in a Houseboat on Dal Lake When visiting Srinagar, you have the choice of staying in a houseboat, which is basically luxury on the water. These are moored on Dal Lake, and give you a chance for complete privacy and seclusion, plus amazing views of the surrounding lake backed by misty Pir Panjal Mountains offer a completely unique experience. These boats vary in luxury and comfort, but they all include meals and they are complete with 2-3 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, living and dining rooms, a front balcony, and a houseboy service to make sure your stay is as relaxing and comfortable as a five star hotel. 4.     Go for a Trek Trekking is one of Kashmir’s main attractions, offering adventurers a chance to challenge themselves on the peaks of the Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range. Ladakh is known for its exciting trekking opportunities with the Kunlun Mountain range to the north and the Himalayas to the south. Gulmarg Trek and Amarnath Yatra Trek to the natural cave shrine of Lord Amarnath are a few of the other treks to enjoy. 5.     Enjoy Adventure Sports There are various adventure sports that can be enjoyed in Kashmir. You can go for a skiing holiday on these snow covered mountains of the Himalayan Range with world-class destinations like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg with its Thajiwas glacier. Apart from this there is also a chance to go mountain biking and pedaling through lush valleys and snow covered mountains, occasionally stopping to admire the view set behind pristine crystal lakes. The area also offers a paragliding experience like no other, with the chance of gliding along beautiful sceneries with a bird’s eye view of the valleys, lakes and villages below. River Rafting, water-skiing and snowboarding are some of the other sports you can enjoy here. 6.     Enjoy some Mughal Architecture Achabal was the retreat of the Mughal Empress Nur Jehan, and the beautifully quant garden here is done in the Mughal style. This is a sight to behold, with its sparkling fountains, majestic ornamental shrubs, stepped terraces all framed in elegant chinars at the base of a hill. It has its own regal character, and truly feels like paradise of earth. Another fine monument is the spring of Verinag which is said to feed the river Jhelum. The octagonal base and the arcade were built by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. You can also visit the remains of the Mughal Pavilion and baths towards the East down the stream. 7.     Shop for Kashmiri Handicrafts Kashmiri handicrafts consist of intricately designed and crafted objects that can make great novelty and collector’s items. Wool carpets with Persian designs, beautiful carved jewelry boxes and furniture, and jewelry adorned with precious stones are just some of the treats you can find in these shops. These are one-of-a-kind items which represent Kashmiri culture, and you should definitely pick up a souvenir or two on your next visit. 8.     Ride the Gulmarg Gondola The cable cars of Gulmarg are supposed to be the 2nd highest ones in the world. The rolling views on the snowy mountains and green valleys below you make for an exciting ride. It is cut into two sections, starting from 8,000 ft to 10,500 ft at Kongdori, from where you can take a horse ride or peaceful walk to Khilanmarg, or you can just continue on through the cable car to the peak of Apharwat Mountain at 13,500 ft. 9.     Enjoy Kashmiri Cuisine Kashmiri cuisine is a unique mouthful which offers a burst of interesting and exciting flavors. It is heavily spiced and flavored, and is mostly non-vegetarian, but some delicious vegetarian dishes are available too. The Kashmiri people love combining their dishes with the locally grown sticky rice. Don’t forget to try Wazwan, which is a local version of a lavish banquet consisting of many meals, served at special occasions. 10.Visit Buddhist Monasteries The mountains of Ladakh hide many Buddhist monasteries which are perfect for some peace, quiet and meditation. These cultural gems are a great mixture of Indian and Tibetan culture, and offer tourists a great way to learn more about the religion and beliefs of these peace-loving people. Explore these Gompas on your mountain treks and experience the historical architecture and religious culture to increase the wealth of your knowledge. Jammu and Kashmir is no small state, but the beauty it contains is unmatched in the largest of countries. To fully enjoy the scenic wonders of this place you should experience the local culture along with the various activities that make the surrounding beauty even more enjoyable.
I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!"

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