Nothing can tarnish the jaw dropping beauty and charm of this unique locale – ‘Paradise on Earth’ as the Mughal emperors so famously labelled it – and now after a long hiatus visits to Kashmir are again possible and enjoyable. A charming home-stay in the heart of Srinagar, steeped in style, luxury and comfort, belonging to third generation residents of the city, makes for a truly deep connect with this land. Explore the city with a distinct flavor of geographical, cultural, political, religious and commercial crossroads since centuries.Revel in the bounty of nature, the lush greens, the fruit laden trees, the gurgling streams and placid lakes, and the mighty Zanskar mountains that circle the valley. Venture out to the ever snowed-in Gulmarg peaks for some off summer snow-fun, and relive various sepia tinted memories of Bollywood super hits songs and movies at the stunningly beautiful locales in Srinagar and further afield. Float endlessly on a Shikara on Dal lake, or shop till you drop or feast all you can – this is a trip to truly savor a whole basket of delights, and to come back with a song in your heart.
The verdant Kashmir Valley of Srinagar and its surroundings. At the crossroads of geography, culture, religions, power and politics since centuries, this is a unique location indeed.
Best time for visiting is April to September for mild weather, abundant alpine flowers, fruit and other vegetation, and comfortable living. Winter can be harsh and heavily snowed in, but on the other hand, also a great time on the ski slopes of Gulamarg.
Ideal for its novelty factor of a unique topography, culture and lifestyle, (being closed to tourism for most part of last decade and half), picture postcard landscapes, unique cuisine, traditional crafts shopping and local speciality produce – Local fruits, saffron, willow bats, wool, spices among others. Winter sports in Snow, Water sports and Shikara boating, and the Houseboat living experience. For all those who dreamt of Kashmir but held back all these years. For those who know very little of this beautiful land. For all those looking for somewhere different. And easily accessible by air.