About Kashmir

Popularly known as ‘heaven on earth’ Kashmir Valley is famous for its innocentand eternal natural beauty. Staying in beautiful houseboats is unforgettable experience and big attraction here among tourists.Firstly established by Mughal emperors this place pulled British administrators’ attraction again and developed as beautiful tourists’ hub.Proud owner of many lush green and maintained garden and lots of stunning Mughal monuments this place is surrounded by snow laden Himalaya’s mountain chain and Pir Punjab hills range.Famous for Pashmina shawls, Woollen carpets and walnut crafts Kashmir is real treat for nature lovers as well as shoppers. Full bloomed gardens, glittering lakes, white hills, aromatic food, rich culture and history will mesmerise you.

Getting There

Srinagar is domestic airport of Kashmir which is connected to major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Shimla and Chandigarh etc. So reaching Kashmir by air is very easy. This place have two another domestic airport too i.e. Jammu airport and Leh airport. Both are connected to big cities of India too. Hire cabs and taxis for your destinations from this here.Nearest International airport is Delhi which is 675 km away from Srinagar. Nearest railway station is Jammu tawi in Jammu which is almost 300 km away from Srinagar. Srinagar and Lah have not its railway station as these are hilly areas. Jammu tawi is a major railway junction and well-connected with lots of major towns of India like Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lucknow, Pune etc. You have to hire taxi or cab to Srinagar and Charges are near 5000 INR. Some good trains to Jammu tawi are Jammu tawi express, Jhelam express, Jammu Rajdhani etc. Transportation system to Jammu is good as this place is well connected by national highway 1A which is really in good condition for driving. Kashmir is well connected by road from major parts of country. You can drive to nearest places like Amritsar, Katra, Chandigarh and even Delhi too. Lots of buses including state owned buses, private buses, AC coachdeluxe buses are available to all nearby states from Jammu and Kashmir.Jammu bus terminus is major bus stand and you can get buses for Leh and Srinagar. Srinagar is 290 km away from Jammu and well connected by same national highway. Here only one thing you have to remember is this highway is officially opens from mid-May to mid-November because of weather conditions of Kashmir.

By Train

Nearest railway station is Jammu tawi in Jammu which is almost 300 km away from Srinagar. Srinagar and Lah have not its railway station as these are hilly areas. Jammu tawi is a major railway junction and well-connected with lots of major towns of India like Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lucknow, Pune etc. You have to hire taxi or cab to Srinagar and Charges are near 5000 INR. Some good trains to Jammu tawi are Jammu tawi express, Jhelam express, Jammu Rajdhani etc.

By Road

Transportation system to Jammu is good as this place is well connected by national highway 1A which is really in good condition for driving. Kashmir is well connected by road from major parts of country. You can drive to nearest places like Amritsar, Katra, Chandigarh and even Delhi too. Lots of buses including state owned buses, private buses, AC coachdeluxe buses are available to all nearby states from Jammu and Kashmir.Jammu bus terminus is major bus stand and you can get buses for Leh and Srinagar. Srinagar is 290 km away from Jammu and well connected by same national highway. Here only one thing you have to remember is this highway is officially opens from mid-May to mid-November because of weather conditions of Kashmir.

By Air

Srinagar is domestic airport of Kashmir which is connected to major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Shimla and Chandigarh etc. So reaching Kashmir by air is very easy. This place have two another domestic airport too i.e. Jammu airport and Leh airport. Both are connected to big cities of India too. Hire cabs and taxis for your destinations from this here.Nearest International airport is Delhi which is 675 km away from Srinagar.

Visit and Do

Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places on earth and nature gave all its beauty by both hands to Kashmir so there is no shortage of sightseeing which Dul Lake only which is most precious and perfect gift from Mother Nature to Kashmir. Here you take a ride on Shikara and also can book houseboats to stay here only.Few more lakes are here named Nagin Lake, Wular Lake and these gardens are well maintained and full of coloured and full bloomed flowers.t seems like you are in dreamland once you will reach here. Mughal garden is most popular garden which is old as its name and still has same charm. Othersare Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chasme Shahi gardenand all are equally beautiful. Do not forget to take a look of Pari Mahal when in Chashme Shahi garden which is live evidence of royal Mughal architecture.If you are keen to collect the information about history and culture of Kashmir then go to Sri Pratap Singh museum. If you are on religious trip then there is lot more for you. Except Amarnath cave and Vaishno Devi Shrine you can go to Jama masjid, Hajratbal Masjid, Dastgir Sahib Shrine, Shankaracharya temple and Shahi Hamdam Mosque. These all places have lakhs of believers and all are nice, unique and very fine architecture. Except sightseeing, Kashmir is famous for outdoor activities too. Some sports are ice skating, water skiing, mountain climbing, river rafting,angling or fishing and golfing etc. Choose what you like. These sports are available in all places like Gulmarg, Sonmarg etc Shopping is another main attraction among visitors so, do not miss it. Kashmir trip will be incomplete without shopping so go for wooden handicrafts, Pashmina and cashmere shawls, Woollen and silk carpets, traditional embroidered stoles and cloths, Paper mash items, rugs,woollen cloths, Phirans, Silver jewellery and much more.

Accommodation

What is strongly recommended is houseboats on Dul Lake but these are little expensive but flexible. A good bargaining can make your trip here. So take a try even for a night. As this place is very popular among tourists so lots of options are available for accommodation. You can get luxury to budget hotels. For pilgrims of VaishnoDevi and Amarnath Yatra, plethora of lodges and guest houses are available on all over the way so there is no need to worry about accommodation here.Lots of luxury hotels and middle range hotels are available near primelocations likeDul Lake, and Gardens.For high profile hotels you can choose from Lalit Grand palace, Hotel Broadway, Hotel Akbar and Centre Lake View etc. tariffwill be 6000 to 8,500 INR. For 4 and 3 star hotels go for Silver Star, The residency, Jamal resorts, Paradise etc.,where tariff will be 3000 to 5000 INR depends on services. You can get houseboats on same rates and tariff will depend on their services here too. Budget hotels are available less than 2000 INR and you can choose from City Plaza, Park Plaza, Hotel York, Different groups of houseboats, Hotel Metro, Hotel Swiss, hotel Madhuban and list is so long in this category. Guest houses are available on less than 1000 INRand you can get lodges where tariff will be less than 500 INRwith allbasic facilities.

Food

All general food is available so if you are dying for home state food then there is no need to worry. All good hotelshavetheir own restaurants which provide all those food which are demanded by visitors like Indian food, Continental, Chinese and Italianetc.What is really worth to taste, the Kashmiri cuisine. If you want to make your trip complete then do not miss Kashmiri food. Kashmiri Wazwan is must to eat if you are here. This is traditional 36 course meal which is full of spices,butter,ghee, yogurt and dried fruits. This will show complete cuisine of Kashmir including lots of curry, rice, potato dishes and dessert. Saffron is the special part of this and you will never forget the taste of these delicious and finger licking recipes.Some names of popular food joints are Mahfil restaurant, Waterfall café, Dawat, Shamiana, Bostan, Hat-trick restaurant etc.