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History of KashmirThe moment you step in Kashmir, you feel like you have entered a Van Gogh painting where you see one beautiful vista after another. The snow-clad Himalayas, pristine valleys, floating markets on the shimmering Dal Lake and everything that Kashmir boasts of have been reasons for three 20th century wars. Binding three different worlds into one state, Jammu & Kashmir is a favourite among tourists looking for a spiritual, adventurous or a romantic holiday. Jammu, the state with the dominant Hindu population, is an important hub for domestic pilgrims. Kashmir with its majority of Muslim population is called India’s Switzerland. Ladakh on the other hand, has predominantly Buddhist population.
Weather in KashmirMarch to June: The weather is pleasant and the temperature generally ranges between 25 degree and 11 degree Celsius. This is Kashmir’s peak season and also happens to be an ideal month for the Amarnath Yatra.
July to September: The months of July to September constitute the monsoon season in Kashmir. The weather can be a little humid but these months are ideal for outdoor activities.
October to February: These months mark the onset of winter season in Kashmir. The temperature drops down to sub-zero levels and the entire mountain range as well as the rough terrain is perfectly layered in snow.
Weekend Getaways in KashmirGulmarg: Located 50 kms from Srinagar, Gulmarg is a perfect weekend destination. The road from Srinagr to Gulmarg is sprinkled with lines of poplar, wild flowers. Gulmarg boasts of the world’s highest golf course, a triangular frozen lake and the famous Gondola ride.
Sonmarg: About 80 kms from Srinagar, Sonmarg is a visitor’s delight. Sonmarg is a popular base for trekking as well as a preferred family destination. Visit Sonmarg in the weekends, sleep in tents and count stars in the brilliantly lit night sky.
Pahalgam: Situated 87 kms from Srinagar, Pahalgam is surrounded by lofty mountains, rivers, pine trees, apple orchards and filled with horses. Known as the village of shepherds, this lavish emerald green valley is a paradise of recreation and leisure. Go for trekking, trout fishing and whitewater rafting during your summer weekends or walk on the frozen Sheshnag Lake during winters.
How To Reach Kashmir
By Air: Srinagar domestic airport (Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport) is well connected to the airports of all major cities in India.
By Train: There are no operational railway stations in Srinagar. Jammu is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 290 kilometres. Jammu railway station is well connected to the Indian railways network.
By Bus: Srinagar is well connected to cities like Jammu, Delhi and Chandigarh. You can take JKSRTC deluxe buses to travel to and from the city.
Must Eat When you are at Kashmir
Kashmiri Wazwan: Wazwan is a multi-course meal in Kashmiri cuisine, the preparation of which is considered an art and a point of pride in Kashmiri culture and identity. Most dishes are meat-based and use lamb or chicken.
Rogan Josh: Kashmiri Wazwan cuisine is primarily famous for its non-vegetarian dishes and rogan josh is its signature dish. This spicy red lamb-based curry is ideally eaten with saffron rice.
Yakhni: This lamb dish is cooked in curd based gravy which adds the delicious creamy texture. Don’t forget to finish the delicious meal with a cup of Kashmiri kahwa.
Kahwah: The traditional Kashmiri green tea is very soothing and a must try.