Fringed by the mighty Himalayan mountains on one side and the stunning Pir Panjal Ranges on the other, there are so many fabulous things to do in Kashmir. This valley is a rare example of raw natural beauty; a place that really must be seen to be believed and fully appreciated. The pristine mountain slopes in the winters and the colourful spring gardens and picturesque summer lakes – Kashmir is definitely somewhere that every traveller should try to visit at least one in their lifetime.
Kashmir has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for somewhere to chill out or you are an avid adventure junkie, this valley will present you with an exhilarating array of experiences.
Here are some top things to do in Kashmir:
Gardens of Srinagar
Kashmir has been popularly known as one of India’s most-loved honeymoon destinations for many years. This is mainly because of the serenity and romance that flows through the very air itself. You can spend an idealistic evening with your loved one in the beautiful gardens of Srinagar. It is, however, also a terrific place for anyone seeking a beautiful spot. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden and Nishat and Shalimar Gardens are top places to visit.
Dal Lake is one of the most well-known lakes in the world. You can enjoy a relaxing, peaceful, and lazy Shikara ride whilst admiring the spectacular natural beauty. There are also a number of houseboats on the banks of the lake. Spend a day or two here – it is sure to be a brilliant experience!
Shopping and buying souvenirs is something that almost everyone enjoys … when in Kashmir, shop at the local markets for handicrafts, textiles, silverwares and dry fruits. You will find exquisite collections of hand-woven shawls and premium-quality traditional carpets in addition to many other great finds.
Scrumptious Kashmiri Cuisine
The Kashmiri cuisine is truly delectable. The rich flavours and aromatic food will leave you hungry for more! There are meaty feasts galore. Try a hot cup of Kehwa, traditional Kashmiri tea, and enjoy a veritable feast of Wazwan, a delicious multi-course meal. Yakhini, Goshtaba and Rogan Josh are other must-try dishes.
Kashmir is surrounded by fabulous road-trip destinations, including the incredible Leh. The emerald fields, winding roads and roaring rivers make it a great place for driving, exploring, and being awestruck. The Magnetic Hill is a great stop-off point.
In winters, you can enjoy marvellous ice-skating, skiing, snow-shoe walking, and other snow and winter sports in Gulmarg. Pahalgam, Sonmarag also offer scenic spots for skiing and ice-skating. If you are a thrill seeker and dare-devil (and not afraid of the cold!) these activities are perfect!
Other activities include golfing, hot air ballooning, horse riding, jeep safaris and photography. There’s no need to sit on the sidelines!
Go ahead and plan a trip to Kashmir … you won’t be disappointed! Discover the numerous wonderful things to do in Kashmir and have the absolute adventure of your life!