Kashmir has been termed as Paradise on earth and indeed it is. For several years Kashmir was closed for tourists due to civil war in the state. However, it has opened for tourists since 8-10 years.
I last visited Kashmir in 2011 with my family and believe me it was an ultimate experience of lifetime.
Few things to keep in mind before you travel.
your Tour should at least comprise of 5 nights for you to be able to enjoy all the scenic beauty of Kashmir
Best time to visit is May-October and if you want to enjoy snow then December.
No Mobile Phone – Your SIM card won’t work due to security reasons, only Kashmir’s SIM card works and not outside ones. On other hand it’s good as you’ll get to enjoy nature without any disturbance.
Stay in Shikara (House Boat) – Though there are lots of hotels in Srinagar but it’s best advisable to stay in a house boat to enjoy the place. All houseboats are nicely maintained with all facilities. You can get a luxury houseboat as well.
All you will see is nature. Mountains, lake, gardens, roads, all are so scenic and beautiful that you will fall in love with them.
Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Yusmarg – All are mountain areas , each place is 2-3 hours drive away from Srinagar and will consume your entire day. you’ll have to see all places of attraction on horse back as vehicles cannot access nearly all the main tourist spots.
Pahalgam – it requires one night stay to view all attractions in this place. Again, a horse is compulsory to move about this place and there are gardens as well.
Dal Lake, Srinagar – This is the most famous attraction in Srinagar and a Shikara ride is a must here. The time spent here is just beautiful. There is a houseboat market in this lake and you will find a tiny city within this lake.
Mughal Garden – There are lots of gardens in Srinagar worth visiting and the most famous and popular one is the Mughal Garden. Other gardens to visit are Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi Garden, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden etc.
Food is very tasty here and Kashimiri Kawa (tea) is worth having and it’s amazingly refreshing. Fruits here are in surplus , and don’t forget to the famous juicy and fresh Kashmiri Apples
People – I noticed that Kashmiri people are very helpful and friendly with each other. and with tourists as well, they don’t believe in war or militancy, all they want is to be able live peacefully and grow economically through tourists and other businesses.
Finally, you must visit this place once in your lifetime and experience heaven on earth. Book Your MakeMyTrip