Things to do ,when in Jammu and Kashmir

€œIf there is ever a heaven on earth then it is this, it is this..€ There could not possibly be any better introduction to the gorgeous and beautiful land of Kashmir than this couplet written by the famous Sufi poet Amir Khusro.

Popularly regarded as The Venice of the East, Kashmir personifies beauty! With the contrasting view of landscape to the west where the Kashmir Valley’s fields are saffron and the skies are blue,to the arid and moonscape mountain region of Leh and Ladakh in the East . It is the epitome of untouched natural splendor and beauty. Reach Srinagar the capital city and stay on the livid intrinsically carved house boats on Dal Lake .

 

Go on a Shikara boat ride on Dal lake

 

Strike a pose with Traditional dress and pose for a photograph

 

Ride through the floating market and shop for Saffron and other stuffs ,Dal Lake

 

Do a night Stay at Boat House , Dal Lake

 

Visit  Apple orchards while en route to Gulmarg

 

Go on a Gondola Ride to Phase II of Mt Afrawat Peak at Gulmarg

 

Get awed by the beautiful Mughal era gardens amids the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain ranges .Pay a visit to the local shawl weaving houses to know on the traditional weaving techniques namely Kani and Sozni.Visit the Tulip garden or go on Gondola ride to the top of Apharwat Peak at Gulmarg or try your hand learning snow skiing skills at Sonamarg .Coming to the food,people with an appetite for good food will find the gourmet of multi-course meal ,Kashmiri Wazwan a total lip smacking .Do try the local Kahwa Tea with its rich aromatic ingredients after that.

Visit a Shawl /carpet Factory  to buy pashmina Shawls

 

Savor the taste of Kahwa tea

 

Our Journey is incomplete without the mention of the Leh valley .For the adventure junkies and travel enthusiast alike the valley of Leh & Ladakh region is the mecca for all adventure seekers .Whether you choose the road route from Manali or via Srinagar to reach Leh ,the changing vistas of landscapes with every passing miles from dry and arid lands to the permanently snow capped high peaks will instantly make you fall in love with the region .

 

Leh Town while on route to Khardungla Pass

 

Visit the multi colored Pangong lake

 

Visit the 11th century Hemis Monastry

 

Inside Hemis Monastry

 

Also visit the the medieval Alchi Monastry , Outskirts of Leh Town

 

Go on a bike trip on the less trodden roads through the world highest motorable mountain passes or go for thrilling river rafting over Zanskar river .

Straight Roads

 

Go on a exciting bike ride to the top of Khardungla Pass

 

Or the trekking freaks can try their mettle ,scaling the mt Stok Kangiri Peak(6100m).Best time to do is from Jul till September.

 

Trek the high peaks of Stok Ranges or visit the many beautiful medieval era Buddhist monasteries ,The Leh and Ladakh region has everything that surely will ,Leh’ed you forever.Till then happy touring !!

 

Some Useful Info:

How to reach Srinagar:-

-Nearest Aiport-Srinagar

-Nearest Railway station -Jammu Tawi

Best Time to visit J&K – Apr till late October

How to reach Leh

-Nearest Aiport-Leh airport

-Leh is accesible on road via Manali and Srinagar route. Though Manali route is more scenic.

Do read by Blog on Srinagar by clicking on the below link

http://www.thetruewanderer.com/travelling-in-india/a-trip-to-remember-srinagar-city/

and

http://www.thetruewanderer.com/travelling-in-india/a-trip-to-remember-part-v-finally-leh/

 

The below youtube post of mine summarizes  all thatI had done during my last visit to the state of J&K :-

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