Why should we travel? You may say it’s a mentally rejuvenating experience, a way to get rid of the daily hustle bustle of our lives or a way to reconnect with families and friends. But travelling has a way deeper meaning. It’s a way through which we can rediscover purpose in our life, let go of the past, step out of our comfort zone and discover new and beautiful things. When you return from a trip, you come back not only with wonderful memories but also feeling of belongingness in this world and the true meaning of our existence.
Kashmir is one such place where one can truly feel every breath of that serenity that surrounds you. Located in the North of India, it is that one majestic place which is rightly known as ‘Paradise on Earth’. It is surrounded by the Great Himalayan Range in the north and the Pir Panjal in the south. The Dal Lake is the pride of the capital, Srinagar. Covering a massive area of 22 sq km, it has an unbelievable scenic beauty. The Dal Lake contains houseboats and ‘shikaras ‘which have been present for centuries. The ‘shikara’ rides will make you fall in love with the place even more. Another such location is the infamous Tulip Garden which is the largest tulip garden in Asia. Surrounded on the banks of Dal Lake, you can view a variety of over 60 early, mid and late blooming tulips. The tulips are planted in rows and from a distance, it gives a magnificent view. The colours add more beauty to the environment. One cannot fail to visit the beautiful Gulmarg, which is a famous ski destination. It has the famous Gondola Cable Car which is the highest lift-served ski resort in the world. It provides a downhill ski run of 5.2 km from a height of 14,000 ft. Pahalgam is another beauty which is famous for its horse riding and golf course.
The best season to visit Kashmir is during the months of March to October. The weather conditions are pleasant during this period. Kashmir experiences spring, summer and autumn during these three months. It is the best time for a traveller to explore the place. For those who are willing to experience the chilling cold and view the white blanket of snow, December to early March is recommended.
Kashmir offers a variety of recreational activities which include Shikara rides, skiing, horse riding, paragliding, trekking, rafting, golfing, mountain biking, etc. It’s a great place to let go of stress and enjoy such activities. For those who love to shop, Kashmir has a wide collection of handicrafts, shawls, woollen items and leather bags. Kashmir has amazing supplies of Saffron and almonds. There are many shops around the place where these products are readily available.
The most preferable way to reach Kashmir is by Air. Srinagar has its very own airport located 14 Kms from the city. It has international flights coming in and has daily regular flights from New Delhi and other major cities of India. By road, Jammu is connected to many parts of North India including buses from New Delhi. Trains are operating within Kashmir Valley from Anantnag to Baramulla.
Your must visit checklist:
-Gondola Cable Car
Kashmir is one such place you will wish to visit again and again. You end up leaving a part of your soul in Kashmir and have an unforgettable experience for life. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and book your tickets! You never know what you may find in Kashmir!