People have written thousands of words to admire the beauty of Kashmir, but all of these words are not enough for that! The charms of Kashmir can’t be fully defined even if we add more words to the list. It’s something which you can only feel by visiting this beautiful heaven-like destination!
Kashmir has a plethora of breathtakingly amazing scenarios and fun-filled activities that are sufficient to make your holiday totally awesome. If you really want to experience the essence of Kashmir, then visiting it merely won’t be enough. You have to indulge in the main activities alongside the locals to experience the full fun. Let’s know what these activities are:
1. Enjoy Shikara Ride in Dal Lake:
Shikara Ride is synonymous with Kashmir, and there is probably no one who doesn’t know about Shikaras. These are colourful wooden boats which are used as the substitute of the normal boats to explore the lakes of Kashmir. You can relax in your Shikara while savouring the views of fascinating lakes as it slowly moves in the water.
Trying this activity in Dal Lake is best because this is one of the most enchanting lakes of the city situated far away from the regular chaotic atmosphere. All you will hear is the melodious sound of water waves as the boatman row in it.
2. Admire the Views by Taking Gondola Ride at Gulmarg:
You can’t feel the real thrill without viewing the icy mountains and valleys from an exceptional height, and this is possible by taking a Gondola ride in Gulmarg. Gondolas are famous cable cars which provide the bird eye vistas of entire Gulmarg to the visitors. Gulmarg indeed offers one of the best panoramas which you can ever behold.
Not feeling it? Imagine yourself in a beautiful car that is sliding slowly on a very high cable and all you can see is a thick sheet of ice covering everything below you. Along with it, the clouds are floating all around you, making everything so white that you feel it is a daydream! This is the magic of Gondola ride.
3. Feel the Thrill by Trekking on Chadar Lake:
Chadar trek is one of the most difficult treks of India which is often tried by trekking experts from all over the world. If you also love trekking, then Chadar Lake trek is your ultimate destination in Kashmir. There is a unique thrill in this adventurous yet tough journey which only skilled people can undertake.
You need lots of strength to deal with every unexpected turn of this trek. But, the views of ice-cover mountains are worth-trying it all! You will have to go at an elevation of 11,123 feet, and the temperature is as low as -30 degrees here.
4. Savour the Scrumptious Kashmiri Cuisine:
If you think that tasting food of various places isn’t an activity, then you are highly mistaken because there is a peculiar charm in relishing on scores of different dishes with tastes which you never felt on your tongue before.
The local food of Kashmir is tasty enough to divert you from doing anything else but eating! Try dishes like Mutton Rogan Josh, Kashmiri Kahwa, NadrooYakhni, Paneer Chaman, Matschgand, Dum Aloo and Gushtaba in Kashmir.
5. Shop in the Local Markets:
You can understand the lifestyle of a destination only after exploring the markets along with other travel attractions. The markets are the places where you can observe unique things about these locals. What they sell, how they make it, what’s the story of their life, knowing all of these things make your stay even more purposeful.
You should stroll in the various beautiful markets of Kashmir and purchase souvenirs. Things like Kashmiri handlooms, Pashmina shawls, Namda hand-woven carpets antique copper wear like samovars are very famous here.
6. Try Pony Ride Excursions in Blooming Valleys:
There are some twisted paths in Kashmir where your cars can’t usually go. These paths are quite narrow and walking on them could be really tiresome. So, you can try the famous mode of transport on Kashmir; which is ponies. Yes, you heard it right; you can ride a pony to reach your destination in Kashmir.
These rides are very interesting as you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes in a better way while sitting on the back of a pony. It is thrilling at the same time because pony walks on the edge of that narrow path without any hesitation. They are skilled enough doubtlessly. But the fear of falling off keeps your adrenaline levels high on this ride!
7. Indulge in Snow-Sports:
The fun of visiting a hill station is incomplete without trying some of the snow sports there. It means that you should surely visit Gulmarg not only for a Gondola ride but also for indulging in some fun-packed snow-sports! By doing so, you can enjoy the beauty of the place and also do some adventure.
Try skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding, sledging and ice climbing here. If you are going with small kids or old people, then they can have fun simply by playing with the powder-like snow or making a snowman!
8. Explore the Glimmering Rivers by River-Rafting:
People who love adventure can’t miss activities like white river rafting in Kashmir. There are lots of rivers in the state where you can try this thrilling activity. If you are trying it for the first time, then you can go with peaceful rivers where the rapids are easy to moderate. But, if you are an adventure junkie, then try it in fierce rapids to feel the adrenaline rush!
Maintain a rhythm with your team if you really want to do it without sinking in the river. Worry not; there are experts to teach you the right way of doing it. The most famous place for river rafting in Kashmir is the Lidder River in Pahalgam.
So, try all of these activities to live every moment in Kashmir to the fullest! Have fun.