10 Things to do in a Paradise Called Kashmir.

Akshita Goel
Kashmir! The ‘Kohinoor’ jewel fixed on crown called India. Despite of all the violence that goes on, its beautiful heritage and valleys has been always breathtaking for all the travelling lovers. But after reading this article, not only the travelling lovers but all of you will pack your bags and reserve your seats to Kashmir.

1. Taste the divine Kasmiri Delicacies.
For the foodies out there, Kashmir is waiting for you. Your tastes buds will go on a party with the Kashmiri style “Mutton Rogan Josh”. Not only this, Kashmir is famous for the “Kavha” a tea having strong flavors of cardamom and cinnamon.

2. Kashmir, Dal Lake and Shikara Ride.
This mesmerizing trio one just can’t afford to miss. The singing silence, beautiful mountains, lush green valleys, chilling water and the boatman’s oar taking you in the nature’s lap is just “Heaven on Earth”.

3. The Shopping Paradise.
The dry fruits, fruits, spices and the alluring Pashmina Shawls (don’t forget to get it pass through a ring) of Kashmir are one of its kinds. Shopping in Kashmir can make your pockets as light as a feather!

4. Be a Fairy in Pari Mahal.
This historic monument also known as the ‘House of Fairies’ depict Kashmir’s rich and distinct architectural brilliance. The view from the top of the Mahal is simply awe-inspiring.

5. Holy Pilgrimage to Amarnath temple.
The annual yatra to Holy Amarnath Cave devoted to Lord Shiva has been a place of worship since the times immemorial. The millions of devotees go through the back breaking journey to get a glimpse of their God.

6. Gondola Rides, Gulmarg and Skiing.
The Gondola takes you to the hypnotizing view of the “Mini Switzerland of India” (the view you just can forget!). You can also try your hand in skiing on the soft cotton ice spread all over the top mountains.

7. A Night in the Boat House.
The boats moored on the banks of the lakes are a worth spending a night in. The moon view from the window of boat house is simply jaw dropping. A cup of Kavha with the view is like a cherry on the top!

8. Be a monarch in the Nishat Bagh.
Another must visit in the valley of Kashmir (Srinagar) is the charming Nishat Bagh. The natural lullabies in “Garden of Delight” will make your soul go a merry go round.

9. Trek to Meadow of Gold.
To enjoy the stunning view of the Sonmarg’s Thajiwas Glacier, you need to put some efforts. Do get your trekking stuff packed. Skip the pony ride to get the box of memories full for a lifetime.

10. Don’t forget to meet the affectionate souls.
The humble and friendly humans of Kashmir are worth having a word with. Yes! You read it right. Their heart melting smiles and courage are the pure source of motivation.

So, aren’t you all tempted to pack your bags? I am sure you all are. So, what are you waiting for… make it happen now.