From a land abundant in natural beauty, you will simply be amazed at the amount that Kashmir has to offer. It’s not just the picturesque scenery or lip smacking food, but the people that make Kashmir so enjoyable. From the foodie to the adventure seeker, this paradise on earth has something in stake for everyone.
Make your stay all the more enjoyable are definitely the very popular houseboats in Srinagar. Why be anywhere else than in the lap of luxury as you gently glide down the Dal Lake. The houseboat has so much to offer. From dining in style, sitting out in grandeur in the posh balconies and admiring the lake or pulling yourself under the covers – you would never imagine that your luxurious suite was on a boat.
Here are 5 things that I enjoyed in Srinagar:
- Travel through Srinagar’s narrow streets: As you make your way through the city, you will notice the intricate work of ancient temples and old mosques. Music seems to glide through the valley as the fresh smell of bread drifts out of nearby bakeries. Some of the most beautiful buildings are the Khanqah of Shah Hamdan and the Sri Pratap Singh Museum.
- Visit the Shah Hamdan Masjid: Located on the banks of the Jhelum River is the Shah Hamadan Masjid. Constructed in the 14th Century for Sultan Sikander, the mosque has a mix of Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu designs. There are several carvings and chandeliers in the interior.
- Go on a Shikara Lake Cruise: Instead of travelling by regular boats, upgrade to a Gondola-type rowing boat as you pass breathtaking scenery and timeless beauty. You might come across the Floating Vegetable Market or the Mir Bahris that live on the lake.
- Wander through the Shalimar Gardens: Among the many gardens, the Shalimar Gardens is exceptional. It was the Emperor Jahangir that had created these gardens in the 17th Century for his wife. Today, the garden is has several lawns, fountains, tall trees and flowering plants.
- Visit the Indira Gandhi Tulip Gardens: The humble Tulip grew wild in Central Asia and was cultivated by the Turks in 1000 AD. These gardens are developed similar to the Keukenhoff Gardens on 12 hectares at the bottom of the Zabarwan Mountain Range.
Don’t forget to have your fill of Kashmiri cuisine with its flavours that are influenced by the many valleys, rivers and lakes. Kashmir strikes a chord with your heart and gives you a lifetime of memories to hold onto.