There are multiple modes of transportation, and one can travel by auto-rickshaws, private cabs, or local buses operated by the state
Kashmir is one of India's most staggeringly beautiful states that is located in the northernmost region across the first range of the Himalayas. The northwestern region of India is predominantly mountainous and dotted with narrow valleys, high plateaus, and thickly forested foothills of the Himalayas.
If you have never been to Kashmir and are fantasizing about a trip there, you have landed on the right page. Browse eKashmir tourism for more information and read below for a detailed guide on how to plan your vacation in Kashmir.
Best time to visit Kashmir
The best time to visit Kashmir is during the months from March to October. This is the time when the weather is just perfect, and the valleys are booming with flowers, and the lush countryside is crisp and welcoming. Although the climate is perfect for sightseeing, keep in mind that the tourist season is also at its peak, so expect more crowds.
How to reach Kashmir
Travelers can take a flight to the Srinagar Airport and must carry a negative Covid-19 test report. There are flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jammu, Amritsar, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Bangalore, and Lucknow. You can check the availability of trains operating in Kashmir, or you can hire a car or drive yourself to the state. Or one can take a bus that takes around 11-12 hours to reach. Kashmir has removed travel restrictions for domestic travelers who are asked to wear a mask and follow pandemic guidelines when traveling.
Where to stay in Kashmir
The main commercial accommodations are situated around Dal Lake and Lal Chowk in Srinagar. You can stay at any of the budget hotels and luxury resorts based on your preferences and budget and will be within walking distance of local markets and nearby attractions. Lalit Grand Palace and the Vivanta Dal View are among the leading luxury hotels. Many tourists prefer to stay in a houseboat.
Moving around in Kashmir
It is very easy to move around in the state, but one must observe the travel guidelines in Kashmir due to the pandemic. There are multiple modes of transportation, and one can travel by auto-rickshaws, private cabs, or local buses operated by the state. One can also hire jeeps or rent a car to explore the state and visit its tourist sites. Keep in mind that taxi services such as Uber and Ola don't work in Kashmir.
What to do and see in Kashmir
Kashmir is a perfect destination for those who have come here before or are making their first trip. So, whether you are here for a short getaway or a longer vacation, make the most of your stay and enjoy the enchanting beauty of the state.
Here is a list of some of the top things to do and see in Kashmir:
Shopping and eating in Kashmir
Kashmir is a popular tourist destination that is not just known for extravagant culture and historical monuments but also for shopping. Look out for local handicrafts made of walnut wood and check out shawls, garments, and saris with Kashmiri embroidery. Apart from those, papier-mache products are also very popular among tourists. Kashmiri shawls, Kashmiri oriental rugs, spices, and copperware are much sought after.
Your trip to Kashmir would remain incomplete without enjoying the Kashmiri cuisine. You must try famous Kashmiri dishes such as Shab Deg, Ruwangan Tschaman, Nader ti Gaad, Goshtabeh, Marchwangan Korme, Haakh, Rogan Josh, and many more. Sheermal, lavas, and kulcha are also popular. As for the beverages, Sheer Chai and Kahwah are the most popular drinks.
Do not let the ongoing political woes or post-pandemic restrictions avert your holiday plan in Kashmir. Kashmir is ridiculously gorgeous, and despite the political chaos and pandemic restrictions, it is too beautiful to ignore. Go ahead with your plans based on the information given on this page and get ready to explore and enjoy the enchanting beauty of the state and its numerous attractions.
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