The natural splendour of Kashmir is enrapturing to even those who listen to the accounts of the travellers visiting the region. Nothing short of heaven on earth, the essence of Kashmir can only be felt. In contrast with hotels and resorts in Goa that present mesmerizing views of the beaches, the spellbinding valleys of Kashmir are something to behold at least once in a lifetime. However, the state that has attracted filmmakers through generations has much more to offer than picturesque views. If you’re visiting Kashmir, you should definitely do the following:
To the ‘Meadow of Flowers’
Just over 50 kilometres from Srinagar, the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg is an exemplary hill station of scenic views in Jammu and Kashmir. In summers, you can bask in the warmth of the sun while scores of flowers like daisies and blue-bells bloom to make a delightful sight. The ‘Gulmarg Gondola’ or the chairlift is Asia’s longest cable car service which joins the upper side of Mount Aparwat and the flats of the village. The hill station, among its various tourist attractions, offers skiing to enthusiasts which can be accessed by the Gondola.
Stay at The LaLiT Grand Palace Srinagar
A heavenly place calls for a hotel that matches its scenic beauty and provides a good view. The LaLiT Grand Palace Srinagar is one of the best hotels in Srinagar with a great view of the Dal Lake and the Himalayan ranges. Located in convenient distance to the airport, the prime location of the hotel is perfect to visit the best locations in the state. Finally, you’re in for a treat if you’re a golfer since the hotel adjoins a golf course as well.
Go Boating in Dal Lake
The Dal Lake is the prime spot in Srinagar, Kashmir which is defined by its vast presence (15 kilometres). You must take a laid-back boating ride in the lake with a view of the PirPanjal Mountains. You may venture to visit the boathouses or even plan a day or two in these accommodations from the Raj Era. You can spot vendors and schoolchildren travelling to their respective destinations in the boats while the reflections of the colourful ‘shikaras’ make for a picture-perfect landscape.
Try the Kashmiri Food
Believe it or not, Kashmiris can prepare mutton dishes in about 30 variants, which is a matter of great pride amongst them. You must try at least a couple of these preparations and get a taste of the red meat. However, take caution as these dishes can be on the heavier side when it comes to spices. If you haven’t guessed, the Kashmiri Rogan Josh is one of the most famous dishes. Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous on the culinary front, try the multi-course Kashmiri meal – Wazwan with up to 20 different preparations.
The Mughal Gardens Summon
Constructed in the realm of Mughal Emperor Jehangir in the 16th century, the terraced gardens known as Chasmeshahi Garden, NishatBagh and Shalimar Bagh cannot be missed. Plan a picnic with your family amongst cascading fountains, Magnolia trees, and assorted flowers. On the other hand, open during April and May, the Tulip Garden presentsa landscape decked with mesmerisingcolours.