The land that looks like heaven, the valley that will take your breath away, and a place full of mystery. And I was left to ask one question here, how something as beautiful as this can be confused for something else?
Kashmir has my heart and while I have been to Kashmir twice already, once on Tarsar Marsar trek and the second time to visit Srinagar.
And it is still a place that I would still like to keep going back to again and again. And the reason is not just one but many, it is not just associated with the beauty of it but the hospitality of the people as well.
Yes, the people! Kashmiris are so kind and have such beautiful eyes, they will keep drawing you back to the place.
Below, you will find my experience as a traveler and also what all steps you need to take while traveling to Kashmir.
I went to Kashmir for the first time on my birthday last September. Not sure why I took the decision to go there but majorly because I was trying to find a few good treks for myself and came across Tarsar Marsar trek.
Hence I booked my flights to Srinagar, where I stayed in a house boat with a local family.
I will be honest; I was afraid at first if I should take the plunge or not. My parents were worried, but as soon as I stepped out the Srinagar airport, I realized how normal everything is just like any other cities.
Everyone is running errands, trying to complete their daily chores. I took a cab to the ghats from where I was taken to a guest house by the sweetest person.
He regarded me as his sister and while I stayed at his place for three days, he made sure I get the best of the facilities and food.
I used to dine in his kitchen and he used to take me around to show me places near his house boat. So off I went to Nigeen Lake, Char Chinar, Dargah and Vegetable market.
It is one of the most beautiful times I got to witness in Kashmir and I cherish every bit of it, not only to change my perspective towards the state but also to give me beautiful memories…