Unexplored things to do in Kashmir!
The amusing moments from the Manali Trip in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, the king of romance Shah Rukh Khan dancing on Jiya Re in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, the best friends trio reuniting in 3 Idiots, or Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt shooting Ishq Wala Love in SOTY. All of these epic scenes are shot in none other than the beautiful valleys of Kashmir.
Kashmir is popularly known as the “Heaven on Earth” for its jaw-dropping scenery. Every year thousands of tourists are enticed by the beauty of Kashmir. To live in Kashmir is truly a heavenly experience. Read out this blog to find out about some of the unique experiences in Ladakh.
Pari Mahal, Kashmir beautifully captured by Yaser Nabi Mir, credits: Unsplash
1. A night in Houseboat
You may have experienced boating in the lake, but what about spending a night in a lake with serenity? The Dal Lake is famous not only for its mesmerizing beauty but the houseboat experience. Whether you are going with your family, friends, or soulmate, you will absolutely love this experience.
You can rent a houseboat on the spot but preferably book them in advance as it gets really busy during peak time. They come with a variety of options including facilities like WiFi, meals, location, etc. You can enjoy the view of Dal Lake from the comfort of your bedroom.
Cost: Rs. 3500-4500, for 2 adults, including meal
Facilities: WiFi, meals, tours, common room areas.
Spend a night in houseboats in Kashmir. Picture by Raisa Nastukova, credits: Unsplash
2. Mountain view from the Top
While traveling by road you can surely experience the amazing view. But the beauty of Kashmir gets magnified when you view it from the top. You can enjoy the snow-capped peaks at the end of May, when the summer season reaches an end, making the climate suit best for your vacation.
The cable cars and chair lifts in Kashmir are loved by people of all ages. They are even comfortable for sightseeing.
Cable car ride for best experiences, credits: Pixabay
They come with the following options:
Route1: Gulmarg to Kongdoori - Cable Car
Route 2: Kongdoori to Apharwat Peak - Cable Car
Route 3: Kongdoori to Mary Shoulder - Chair Lift
Timings: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Rs. 600 to 800 for Cable Car, Rs. 300 for Chair Lift
3. Fly High as a Bird
If you are an adventure lover, then paragliding is just for you! The majestic valley beneath offers jaw-dropping views. Fly like a free bird in this "Heaven on Earth." Paragliding in Harwan is most easily accessible as it is on the route of the Mughal Garden. To experience this adrenaline rush, you must visit Kashmir!
Where: Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Bhaderwah, Sanasar, Harwan (Srinagar).
Cost: Rs. 4500 for a flight of 10 minutes (approx.)
Enjoy best scenic views by paragliding in Kashmir, credits: Unsplash
4. Shikara Ride
The best part of planning a vacation in Kashmir is the serene environment. Shikara is a light rowing boat, decked in local traditions. It is a symbol of local culture.
Shikara Ride always ranks 1st in top-to-do things in Kashmir. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, you can enjoy the calm beauty and relax here. It also offers sightseeing with no chaos. You can visit Nishat and Shalimar Gardens, Char Chinar, Hazratbal Mosque, and Nehru Park.
Where: Dal Lake (Srinagar) and Manashal Lake (Sonamarg)
Timings: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Rs. 200 to 250 per person
Scenic view of Shikara ride in serene Dal lake, shot by Eshani Mathur credits: Unsplash
5. Ride on a Pony
You can travel by car and bike in the city but in Kashmir, you can have fun in Pony Ride. Pony is used as a local transportation form in Kashmir. High in the valleys, where engine vehicles can not be used, Pony is the only medium to travel. You can go to Baisaran in Pahalgam. It is known as the "Mini Switzerland" for its scenic beauty. You can take a pony ride to enjoy the life of Kashmir and get some Insta-worthy pictures.
Where: Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Yusmarg, Gulmarg
Cost: Rs. 1000 to 1600 per person
Enjoy Pony ride in Kashmir with your loved ones. Credits: Pixabay
6. Walkthrough Heritage
The best way to explore a new city is by roaming around in the streets, interacting with people, and knowing about the folklores. Take a trip down to the local streets. Each and every corner of Kashmir holds unique tales depicting its culture. The Kashmiri people are amiable and you can always learn about their traditions from them.
You will get to witness a blended mix of three different religions as you visit monasteries, mosques, and temples. Be it some of the famous Buddhist monasteries like Hemis Monastery or the Jama Masjid, you will see the transformation of architecture over the centuries. The calm environment and deeply enrooted tales will surely leave you with some mindboggling facts about Kashmir.
Exquisite Tulip Garden in Kashmir, shot by Arif Khan, credits: Unsplash
Here we have summarised some of the must-to-do unique activities in Kashmir. Also, you can enjoy adventure sports such as river rafting, hot air ballooning, trekking, skiing, snowboarding, golfing, camel safari, camping, and much more. And, who does not love shopping or eating? Make sure to visit the local markets to try out the best cuisine and buy Kashmiri articles as a memoir of your trip. From Bollywood to international tourists, Kashmir can always entice people with its beauty. Be ready to get hypnotized by the picturesque view of Kashmir and make your trip the best one!