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Unforgettable Camping Experience in Ladakh

Ladakh is one of the few places I have visited more than twice. I don’t normally like to go to the same place again and again, not when there are new moments and experiences waiting to be explored. It could be the spectacularly arid and craggy peaks, the serene gompas (monasteries), the infinite valleys and people as sweet as the fruits grown here. Continue reading

Kashmir is the Most Romantic Destination in the World, after Switzerland

The season of romance is back in Kashmir and that too quite literally. Leading travel magazine Lonely Planet has ranked the state as the best romantic destination in India.

Known as the paradise on Earth, Kashmir has been ranked as the world’s second most romantic destination, only next to Switzerland.

Tourists visiting the Valley say it’s this romance in the air that brings them back here.

The perceptions of unrest in Kashmir hasn’t stopped tourists booking Shikara boats to cruise Srinagar’s Dal lake – a picture postcard of romance.

Efforts by successive governments for past many years to make Kashmir a safe and comfortable tourist destination are paying off. Around 4000 tourists arrive in Srinagar daily.

“We came here in 1999. Now, after 18 years, I have come again with my kids” said Jayesh Daga, a tourist from Mumbai.” It’s really beautiful.  You can’t find a better place than this,” said Mr Daga

Before militancy struck, Bollywood romedies milked the Kashmir landscape and the Valley also benefited from the traffic the films generated. Now Lonely Planet’s ‘most romantic’ tag has revived hope.

Source: NDTV

Fresh Snowfall Breaks Dry Spell In Kashmir

Light rain and snowfall occurred in Jammu and Kashmir today breaking the nearly two-month long dry spell in the state.

“There has been light snowfall in the higher reaches and rainfall in the plains of Jammu and Kashmir during the night,” an official of the Met department told IANS.

“Gulmarg received Continue reading

Temperature dips in Kashmir, witnesses snow fall!

The minimum temperature at most places in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, went down after showing an upward trend for the last three days, even as the Meteorological Department here predicted fairly widespread wet weather spell over few days from tomorrow.

Mercury in Srinagar decreased by over two degrees Celsius from the previous night’s 2.2 degrees Celsius to settle below the freezing point at a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius, Continue reading

Kashmir Valley still in Freezing Mode

Cold weather conditions prevailed across the Kashmir Valley as night temperature, which was already below freezing point dipped further, as Leh recorded the lowest temperature of the season at minus 16.4 degrees Celsius.

Temperature at Leh went down by over five notches to minus 16.4 degrees Celsius from minus 11.1 degrees Celsius the previous night, a spokesman for the Met department said Continue reading

Here is what Shikara Ride in Srinagar must cost you!

‘Kashmir Gaye or Shikara pe na baithe to Khaak Kashmir Gaye’

Dal Lake in Srinagar is famous for more than one reason. Shikara ride is one of them. Houseboat stay is another reason while beautiful view of water field is the third one. Here are some of the important things you shouldn’t forget-

– If you are going in off season, chances are high that you strike a good deal with the rowers. (I paid just Continue reading

Tips for a Family Holiday in Kashmir

If you are planning to go on a family trip to Kashmir, you need to plan your itinerary in the way, so that you didn’t miss out anything. However, understand the truth that for spending unforgettable holidays in Kashmir, you need to spend heavily and mind you, Kashmir can actually burn a hole in your pocket. But don’t worry, it’s worth it.. completely! And you won’t regret it.

Look for hotels that allows double-triple occupancy

Check out with your travel agent, If he can arrange a hotel which have bigger rooms with triple occupancy facility. Local travel advisors are more equipped with such information. Therefore, look for organizer  Continue reading

5 Must Things to Carry for Honeymoon in Kashmir

 

If you have decided to honeymoon in Kashmir, congratulations! You have chosen just the right place to spend some wonderful time with your better half. But before you pack your bags, make sure you keep these 10 things in your bag without fail. All the best-

Carry Basic Medicines

Finding a chemist shop can be a problematic in Kashmir. Hence carry a first aid box, a medical kit which have all basic medicines for Continue reading

Best Time to Honeymoon in Kashmir

Kashmir has always attracted the fancy of newly wed couples and those who have been planning honeymoon on hills. However, couples always get confused as when to plan the trip to enjoy to the maximum. Hence, here is the cheat code for those planning trips any time soon.

Best Time For a Snowy Honeymoon

If you are expecting a snow-clad honeymoon, plan your trip in February end or in March. The temperature would be moderate to handle and you can enjoy visiting Sonamarg and Gulmarg where there is enough snow to enjoy.

Best Time For A Pleasant Honeymoon

A pleasant honeymoon can be enjoyed between April and June. There are too many tourists during this period. However, the services are too expensive during this time as the demand is too high. Hence, a pleasant honeymoon can go awry if you haven’t made all arrangements beforehand.

Best Time For a Cosy Honeymoon

If you plan not to go out of a hotel and stay all day and all night in a cosy quilt, December and January is the best time to do so. Extreme temperature, snow fall and blocked roads are some of the most common sights here. Hence, plan smartly if you want to spend a romantic vacation with your partner.

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Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Kashmir

Kashmir is not just the heaven on earth but a lover’s paradise as well. Not just Indians, couples from foreign countries can be spotted, enjoying the beauty of the valley. In fact, sometimes it really becomes confusing for travellers what to skip and what to include in their itinerary so that they didn’t miss the real essence of Kashmir. Here are top 5 destinations that you shouldn’t miss while you are on the trip to heaven-

Srinagar

Missing Srinagar from your Kashmir trip is certainly not an option and you shouldn’t think of it also, In fact, if you are not in favour of hopping hotels every day to different getaways, choose Srinagar as base place where you can come back every evening and can spend leisure night at ease. Do spend a romantic evening on Shikara and Dal Lake. Don’t forget to taste the authentic Kashmiri food which also includes ‘Kaaba’, a herbal tea which is very different from what is available in other parts of India.

Gulmarg

If skiing is on your mind, missing out Gulmarg would be a sin. You can also try sledging if you love to slide over snow. Gondola is another attraction of Gulmarg which appeals tourists the most. Carry some heavy winter wears to Gulmarg or you have to rent the jackets and boots, which are although not that hygienic but you wont be left with much options as the temperature is close to freezing point, if you are visiting Gulmarg between December to March.

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Sonamarg

Interested in catching up some popular film shoot locations? If yes, Sonamarg is the place for you. The glacier here boasts the history of getting shot for Bollywood movies maximum number of times. Even here the temperature remains negative. Hence, do carry your winter wear here as well. You would be amaze to see the vegetation dotting the road sideways. There are many beautiful sceneries that you would like to capture for your drawing room.

Pahalgam

Is trekking on your mind? Don’t forget to experience Pahalgam’s valley which is a heaven for all active trekkers. Walk around the trail or enjoy the scenic view, it is up to you. Betaab Valley is another attraction here which is also a popular location amongst Hindi film directors. There are number of movies which have been shot here in 80s and 90s. Pahalgam is also the starting point of holy Amarnath Yatra.

Jammu

Jammu can be your base point if you are considering to pay homage at Vaishno Devi and then carry on to Kashmir trip. Travel to Katra from Jammu, trek for 11km and come back to starting point. Rest for overnight and start your road trip to Srinagar that would take nothing less than 12 hours. Patnitop, Udhampur are some of the popular sightseeing points on the way to Srinagar.

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Why You Should Honeymoon in Kashmir

Honeymoon is that special time for couples which if not fancy but should be romantic enough to give you memories for your entire life. And for living such special moments, you need to find a destination which can live up to your excitement level and should offer you the best in class experience for the first outing with your better-half. Here we give you few reasons why it is extremely intelligent to celebrate your honeymoon in Kashmir-

Where else you get to live in Houseboats

Houseboats have fancy rooms with exquisite interiors. Spend overnight over the water and live the once in a lifetime experience. You can order cake for yourself or can get the bed decorated.

Its snow-snow-snow everywhere

If you are visiting the place between December to April, you are surely going to see snow all around. Throw ball, snow man or even skiing, do everything that you can enjoy or even imagine.

Don’t miss the Beautiful backdrop in pictures

Get clicked at Dal Lake, in Shikhara, in Gulmarg, in Gondola, in Sonamarg, at glacier, at Shalimar Garden, at Tulip Garden and everywhere

Get adventurous in the valley

Skiing, paragliding, mountaineering, trekking and fishing are some of the most popular adventure sports that you can experience with your better half.

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It is just affordable

Honeymoon packages for Kashmir are available in various budget ranges . These may start from Rs 10,000 and can range up to Rs 21,000 for a 4 night stay. Choose, compare and select the packages as per your requirement or you can also create a customised package.

Fishing in Kashmir

If you have a leisure day to spend in Kashmir, fishing or angling is one of the activity which you can enjoy. The crystal white water attracts tourists from all around the world to experience the fishing fun in the Kashmir.

In fact Kashmir is one of the unique places which offers best angling experience to tourists. Cold springs, high altitude, turbulent streams and wide variety of fauna are some of the features that makes fishing in Kashmir a must-to-do activity. People say, there is a different kind of thrill that one can feel while angling in the valley.

Here is more you need to know about Fishing in Kashmir

Best time to visit- April to September

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Extending or shortening of duration is sole discretion of Directorate of Fisheries, J&K Government.

Here are some of the points that you need to remember before you plan to go for angling in Kashmir-

  • You need to procure licence or permit from Directorate of Fisheries.
  • This licence is non-transferable and is valid for one day only.
  • Only one rod is allowed per angler
  • No natural baits are allowed
  • There is a limit of 6 fishes per bag
  • There are 61 points open for fishing and angling. Each of them is 3-4km long.

Cost of licence – Rs 1000 for local while Rs 2000 for foreign anglers.

Places to visit

Following rivers are ideal for angling-

Sindh, Lidder, Erin, Ferozpur, Aharbal, Doodh Ganga, Daksum, Noobug, Ahlan, Krishen Ganga & Hirpur. For trout fishing, the most famous ones are Kokernag, Verinag, Sukhnag.

Important tip: If you want to enjoy trekking along with fishing, choose Veshnusar & Gangbal where 3km trek is required.

Mountaineering in Kashmir

Kashmir valley not just attracts the nature lovers but also those who love adventuring into new cores. People having interest in mountaineering visit Kashmir to fulfil their desire of climbing some of the most difficult ranges of the world.

Alpine and Himalayas- there are two types of mountain ranges in Kashmir.

Usually, the climbing zone is divided into four region-

  • Zanskar
  • Kishtwar
  • Ladakh
  • Kashmir

Famous ranges in Kishtwar-

  • Sickle Moon
  • Riger
  • Brammah-I
  • Arjuna
  • Katori
  • Flat Top

 Famous ranges in Zanskar

  • Nun
  • Kun
  • White Needle
  • Pinacle

Famous ranges in Ladakh

  • Stok Kangri
  • Parcha Kangri
  • Kanglcha

Famous ranges in Kashmir

  • Kolahoi (known as the Matterhorn of Kashmir).
  • Harmukh
  • Tattakuti
  • Sunset (Highest Peak in the Pir Panjal Range).
  • A number of small Peaks in Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam

Best time for Mountaineering- Mid May to October

Avoid visiting the place once monsoon begins.

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Paragliding in Kashmir

Do you desire to explore aero sports and that too in a very modest price? If yes, then Kashmir is the place for you! There are multiple destinations in Kashmir valley where you can enjoy para gliding, even if you are an inexperienced one.

Paragliding in Astanmarg

Astanmarg is a small getaway near Srinagar which has state government backing to develop the place as a picnic spot. Currently, Para Gliding activity is operational here, provided the weather remains pleasant.

View: Pir Panjal ranges!

Best time to glide- April-May and August-Sept. (Avoid rainy days!)

Who can do this- Anyone!  (You can hire an instructor who would take flight with you and will keep controlling the sway)

How to Reach Astanmarg- It is just 15km from Srinagar from Nishat-Shalimar Road. You can take a private cab to reach here. You need to walk through last 1.5km as the take off point is at heights.

Cost- Rs 2700 per jump

Paragliding in Sanasar and Batote

Sanasar is close to Patnitop and is known as hub of adventure sports activities. Paragliding and camping are the most common ones.

View: Brammah Massif

Best time to glide- April-May and August-Sept. (Avoid rainy days!)

Who can do this- Anyone!  (You can hire an instructor who would take flight with you and will keep controlling the sway)

How to Reach Sanasar- It is close to Patnitop. You can travel in state run buses or in private cabs that would charge you Rs 300 per person.

Cost- better you negotiate!

Skiing in Kashmir

Adventure sports tourist loves skiing in snow rift valley of Gulmarg. The place holds records for being one of the highest ski destination. Travelers from around the world visits Gulmarg to practice their passion for skiing. There is a golf course in Gulmarg which in winters gets covered with snow where tourists can enjoy skiing. While in summers, the area becomes lush green and golfing becomes popular sport.

There are various packages offered by private players which you can choose as per your budget.

Information About Skiing in Gulmarg

Best time to visit– Mid December to April

Packages- Usually there are three type of packages available, depending upon the duration-

-Four day package

-Seven day package

-Fourteen day package

You can also hire an instructor to learn tricks and techniques of skiing. Accommodation is provided in these packages. However, you need to check with your tour operator as well.

The tentative cost of Skiing guide/instructor varies in range of Rs 4,000-6,000.

White-Water Rafting in Kashmir

White water rafting is very popular in Kashmir, especially in Pahalgam. There are multiple stretches which you can choose according to your stamina and budget and can go for the adventure. Since this type of rafting is done in gushing river, this is popularly known as White Water Rafting.

Lidder River, Pahalgam

There are different grades of rapids which also defines the distance and the cost of the entire package.

Stretches

Distance

Tentative Cost

Varganpal to YaneerBride

2.5km

Rs 400 per person

Varganpal to Ganeshpora

5km

Rs 800 per person

Langabal to Ganeshpora

8km

Rs 1200 per person

Sonamarg (Sindh River)

3.5km

Rs 400 per person

Sonamarg (Sindh River)

7km

Rs 800 per person

Sonamarg (Sindh River)

24km

Rs 3500 per person

However, if you are planning water sports in Kashmir, you need to visit the state between April and September. Here are other things which should be kept in mind while planning rafting adventure here-

  • Always book your trip with government registered tour operator
  • Check all safety gears with your tour operators
  • There should be two raft professionals on each boat
  • Wear comfortable apparels- avoid sarees, dhoti
  • Children below 12 years of age aren’t allowed.

Keep yourself safe and enjoy the best rafting of India.

Trekking in Kashmir

Have you make up your mind to do something extra ordinary in Kashmir? If yes, trekking is the best activity to do. There are many routes in the valley which are ideal for trekking and will leave you amaze for rest of your life. The most popular routes for trekking here is Gulmarg, Sonamarg and the very famous Amarnath Yatra.

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Sonamarg Trekking Route–

Sonamarg to Nichnai via Shekdur- 9km

Nichnai to Vishnusar lake- 12km (Explore the day leisurely close to Vishnusar and Kishansar twin lakes)

Vishnusar to Gadsar via Kishansar lake and Gadsar Pass- 10km

Gadsar to Satsar- 12km

Satsar to Gangabal twin lakes-9 km

Gangabal to Naranag- 11km

Naranag to Sringar- Trip ends

Apart from trekking, you have options to go for small village walks through almonds groves, orchids and pastures that can make your trek more fun and awe-inspiring.

Gulmarg Trekking Trails-

Alapther Lake

Khilanmarg

Apharwat

Pir Panjal

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Pahalgam

Things To Do In Pahalgam

For me Pahalgam was something which was unexpected and happened just at the last moment. Here travel was convenient while the route was mesmerising enough to stop car and get some beautiful pictures clicked. The green alpines and swigging ranges would take your heart away. So make sure you prepare your heart for something really exceptional. Here are some of the must things to do here-

Visit the favorite panorama of Indian directors – Betaab Valley is one of the most shot locations of Kashmir where many Hindi movies were picturised. You might also feel familiar to some of the scenes as you have seen them many a times in films. Go around, trek and enjoy the most beautiful valley of Kashmir- it is!

Take a dip into Lidder River- Just kidding! Don’t even try it. The water is freezing and can be life threatening. It’s just good to get some good clicks for your social profiles or for memories. Enjoy watching varieties of fishes in the river in the blueish water which makes it more pleasant to look at.

If you have extra time- Visit Sheshnag lake which is almost 23 km away from Pahalgam. It is an important sight according to Hindu Mythology according to which it is dug by king of snakes- Sheshnag. There are variety of fishes in this lake as well. The lake is inaccessible during peak winters due to snowfall. So if you visiting during summer vacation, hopefully you are going to enjoy the most of it.

Patnitop

Things To Do In Patnitop

Patnitop is one of the small towns near Udhampur on the way to Srinagar from Jammu. It is a two hour halt if you are travelling via road. You just have to click some pictures here and get back into the car. P.S. don’t forget to carry your visiting card. It is said that visiting this temple brings good luck to your professional life.

Naag Temple- It is a famous holy snake temple where you can halt for 15 minutes and enjoy the hill top view. It is the highest point on Shivalik ranges where you can enjoy the mesmerising beauty of snow clad mountains. Keep your camera handy and get some amazing pictures clicked to upload on your social profiles.    

There is nothing much to do in Patnitop. You will just get excited as it is the first hill top point where you get to see the ice in the month of Jan-Feb till mid-March. There is small park near Naag temple where you can ski and enjoy for an hour. Sooner you leave from here, timely you will reach Srinagar which is still 10 hour drive away.

Gulmarg

Things To Do In Gulmarg

If you are visiting Kashmir for the first time, then definitely Gulmarg is one of the must-see attractions in the valley. It is one of the major getaways in Kashmir which is also famous for the highest golf courses and gondola services. It is over 50km from Srinagar and is almost two hours away from the main city. Here are some of the major attractions that you ‘must-must’ see in Gulmarg-

Gulmarg Gondola – If you aren’t afraid of heights, this is what you need to do at first as soon as you reach the beautiful town of Gulmarg. For those who don’t know, remember here you will be enjoying the second highest operational cable car services in the world. Tickets can be booked online to avoid queues. If you are a shutterbug addict, make sure you go to the second level which might remain close during extreme snowfall.

Khilanmarg- If you are a skiing-freak, Khilanmarg is the place for you. Slide, ski or slip on the fine slopes of Khilanmarg, you are just going to enjoy the most of it. The valleys are as beautiful it can be and you are going to get the best pictures of your life. Just a 6km walk from the car park and you will be at Khilanmarg.

Alpather Lake- Alpather Lake carries water from melted snow which is more freezing than you can ever imagine. Walking up till here is an option as it lieson the way to Khilanmarg. If you will be visiting the place in peak winters, chances are high you will find it frozen.

Outer Circle Walk- If you are in love with walking, then Outer Circle Walk trek is for you. It is almost 11km long during which you will pass through beautiful verdant snowy mountain trails that you aren’t going to forget anytime soon in life.

Ningle Nallah- Ningle Nallah is around 10km from Gulmarg and is a narrow stream which receives water from Alpather peak and lake. But th