If lofty peaks, snow-clad mountains, verdant environs and meandering lakes are clouding your imagination then you must flee to the angelic beauty of Kashmir. The land fixed between Pir Panjal and Himalayan Ranges in India offers magnificent beauty of its legendary backwaters and lustrous natural splendour. Kashmir tours are meant for a dosage of divinity and serenity. The land set in the lap of Mother Nature glitters with its apple orchards, aromatic valleys, rejuvenating tranquillity and mist clad mountains inspiring its visitors for an enthralling nature walk. As you glide elegantly on Shikara boat floating above placid waters of Dal Lake you will capture some of the most memorable sceneries of tours to Kashmir.
A list of things you must see or experience while touring the region include the following:
Shikara ride on pristine Dal Lake: On the very onset of your tour you will experience tranquilizing effect of the region as you embark on a Shikara ride. Traditionally constructed houseboat, Shikara is a wooden boat originally built to be used as a means of transportation. Today, a Shikara ride on Dal Lake is considered the most enchanting way to explore the celestial beauty of the region and to enjoy some intimate time amidst this quaint ambiance. Kashmir budget tours
Nature walks at Shalimar and Nishat Gardens: Lined with lustrous chinar trees Shalimar and Nishat Gardens are impressive epitomes of Mughal horticulture. These graceful gardens nestled on each sides of Dal Lake are embellished with artificial streams, lush terraced landscapes and Mughal style pavilions. Marked by ornamental fountains and inspiring natural beauty the gardens are stunning reminders of the zenith of Mughal horticulture.
Divinity at renowned holy shrines: Kashmir has long been associated with spirituality. Its quaint environs create a soothing ambiance and are home to numerous holy shrines of Hindus. The caves of Amarnath are one of the most pious pilgrimage sites where an ice Lingam, an embodiment of God Shiva is formed every year. The painstaking journey to Mata Vaishno Devi in Kashmir is another renowned pilgrimage performed by thousands of devotees each year.
Shopping for exquisite Kashmiri handlooms: A perfect closure to tours to Kashmir can only be a shopping spree. The region has long been a producer of exquisite handlooms, worldly recognized for their intricate designing, colourful patterns and innovative artistry. These beauteous handicrafts are mainly the work of artists who have inherited the art from their ancestors and are now passing it on to their kin. While in the vicinity you can thus bag a multitude of hand woven shawls, beauteous silverware, pottery, carpets, antiques etc.
All Kashmir tour packages must include all the above mentioned experiences in order to offer a complete picture of Kashmir. There is an appealing old world charm about the state which is well preserved in its Victorian style architecture, its magnificent gardens, its artistry and the humility in the behaviour of its people. Honoured by numerous sobriquets such as “Heaven on Earth” Kashmir continues to cast a magical spell which is both enchanting and inspiring to the visitors.