“Agar Firdaus ba roy-i zamin ast, hamin ast-u hamin ast-u hamin ast,” – Jahangir.
If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!!!
Are you tired with the hectic daily routine at work and back home, same old life and nothing new? Then all you need is to take out sometime and go for an adventurous trip with your friends to add some thrill and fun in life.
Summer is near, and to escape from the scorching sun and blazing heat all you need to do is plan an adventurous trip to Kashmir. There are many things to do in Kashmir with friends like adventure, activities, camping, trekking and more. The best time to experience this never like before fun and to explore the beauty of this “Heaven on earth” is from March to October.
Below are listed the best things to do in Kashmir with friends.
Skiing Along in Gulmarg:
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Skiing is something that you must experience when you visit Gulmarg, Kashmir. It is one of the best places in India known for skiing activity. Not only Indians but you will find a lot of foreign tourist enjoying skiing around. It’s okay if you are not a professional skier, you can hire an expert ski instructor who can help you with it. For beginners there are three baby slopes available, where the instructor will be along with you. For those who love and know to ski well the slopes of Aparwath peak are ideal with smooth and steep gradients making it a perfect place for powder skiing in India. Also activities like snowboarding and sledging are done here. Skiing must be the first in your bucket list out of other things to do in Kashmir.
A Gondola Ride in Gulmarg:
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Reckoned to be world’s 2nd highest cable car project Gulmarga Gondola ride is a two-tire ride. This gondola ride cannot be missed at all. It would be a lifetime experience for you and your friends. In the first phase, the visitors are taken to Kongdori, which is situated at a height of 2600m; and in the second phase, the visitors are taken to an altitude of 3747m at Aparwath Peak. The view from Gulmarg Gondola is immense and true pleasure. On a clear sky day one can even witness the view of magnificent Nanga Parbat as well. This cable car ride will be the best and unique thing to do in Kashmir.
Float Along the Houseboat:
A trip to Kashmir is incomplete if you don’t stay in a houseboat in Srinagar. It is a beautiful town with stunning old heritage architecture and busy markets. Houseboats in the middle of Dal Lake are the centre of attraction. The boats are well furnished with proper rooms for a pleasant stay. You will find the rooms with authentic Kashmiri decor style, displaying the art and craft in each corner. Calm, stress free and pleasant stay at the houseboat in middle of the lake will be worth of every single penny you spend on it.
Meet the Craftsmen and Explore the Art:
Meet the local craftsmen making sculptures, figurines and other handcrafted items with Walnut wood. Experience the making of these miniatures, also sit with the craftsmen and make one for yourself. Get some carved wooden souvenirs for your friends and loved ones. You can also see the weaving process of Kashmiri Pashmina shawls at Kashmir handlooms.
Do not forget to shop for best authentic Kashmir crafts, Pashmina and spices available here. Other than the Kashmiri red chillies, you must take back saffron. Kashmir is one of the few places in the world that grows saffron. Premium quality dates, apples, almonds and walnuts are also available in the spice market at Lal Chowk.
For tea addicts, bring back special green tea leaves that result in the special Kashmiri salted pink tea or Noon Chai. You can get them easily at most grocery stores.
The local woolen tweed is cut and tailored into a beautiful and pretty looking long garment known as Ferin, it is a must buy piece of handcrafted garment. Pashmina shawls and carpets in great variety of designs and colours available at Little Kashmir Handicrafts store.
If you love to accessorise then Kashmiri Lac ornaments, necklaces, bracelets and hairpins will make your heart go wow!! Though expensive, but if you are looking for something really antique and handmade then bank upon a piece of jewellery made with the “Doda Sapphire” which is found only in Kashmir.
Visit Lal Chowk or Badshah chowk for buying articles made of Walnut wood, carved to perfection. You could visit the Tibetan market in Leh and buy a famous Thangka Painting.
Also visit the floating market on the Dal Lake and watch the locals selling fruits, flowers and everyday utilities while their boats remain afloat on water.(Image Courtesy: Amazing India)
You and your friends will need one whole day to explore and shop in Kashmir. The arts and crafts there are beyond any ones imagination and it will surely spoil your choices.
Finger Licking Foods
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Kashmir is “heaven on earth” not only in terms of surroundings but also when it is about the wide variety of its cuisines. These are some must try foods for adding in your bucket list.
Kashmiri kebabs are famous worldwide and you just cannot miss trying these. Also this is the place for the tea lovers to try authentic green tea, Kawah and Pink tea.
Tsot is local bread with sesame and poppy seeds and is quite popular in menus for breakfast.
Local cuisine include Tabak maaz, Gushtaba, Rista ,Yakhni, Seekh kababs, Roganjosh, Chaaman, Dumaaloo and a lot more.
Hope you have a great trip and adventurous weekend exploring this “Heaven on Earth”- Kashmir.