Basic Information of Kashmir District:
Paradise Kashmir is basically a valley between two ranges of the Himalayan mountains. The valley is 135 km long and 32 km wide with the Middle Himalayas on one side and the Greater Himalayas on the other. The river Jhilam, also known as Jhelam, flows through the middle. To its south is Anantnag, locally known as Islamabad, Sopian, Kulgam and Pulwama. Budgam and Ganderbal and Srinagar in the middle and Baramulla, Bandipora and Kapuwara in the north. The valley is divided into ten administrative districts. Geographically Kashmir is divided into three parts, Central, North and South Kashmir. The total population of the whole of Jammu and Kashmir is one crore 25 lakhs. The population of Kashmir Valley is about 5.3 million.
Places of interest in Kashmir
The whole city of is like a paradise state, the horizon is a game of white snow in the middle of high mountains. There are many places to see inside the state. And another beauty is waiting a little outside the city. However, for the convenience of tourists, the names of some notable places are given below:
Srinagar: In Srinagar, you will first see snow-white snow on the top of the hill. There are Mughal Gardens, Tulip Gardens, Hazrat Bal Mosque, Dal Lake and Nagin Lake. It would be nice to rent a car and see the city of Srinagar for the whole day. The floating town of Ardal Lake is also worth a look.
Gulmarg: Just 52 km from Srinagar, Gulmarg is covered with green grass, which is covered with snow all the year round. Here you can see Gondola, Golf Course, Baba Rishi’s Shrine, Afarwat Peak, St. Mary’s Church. In addition to cable cars, you will enjoy paragliding in Gulmarg.
Pahelgam: You can take a taxi to Pahelgam, 96 km away from Srinagar. If you go between July and October, you will see apple orchards on both sides of the road. There is so much to see. With a little time, you can see everything in a good way, such as: Lidar River, Betab Valley, Chanderwari, Aru Valley, Dhabian, Kashmir Valley Point, Kanimarg. You will enjoy horseback riding at Pegelham View Point. Be sure to visit Baisaran, also known as Mini Switzerland.
Sonamarg: Beautiful valleys and springs can be seen at Sonamarg, 42 km away from Srinagar. Here is the Thajian Glacier. You will also see the Indus River. There are opportunities for sledging, snow bikes and horseback riding.
There are also some places in Kashmir that are a little far from the city, perhaps unknown to many, but seemingly good. For example, Martand Temple is a Hindu temple built in a different architecture, 64 km away from Srinagar. Here is the shooting of a famous song from the movie “Haider”. Kokernag is a small town with fishing facilities. There is a combination of wood nuts and apple orchards in Chhatpal. You can also go to places like Nubra Upatakya and Dudhapatri.
When to go to Kashmir
Rup is a place that other Kashmiris like to travel anytime thirsty. However, at certain times, the beauty of Kashmir is captured in a special way.
Summer in Bangladesh is April to May of the English year, which is said to be the best time to visit Kashmir. During this time there are flowers all around, especially tulip flowers.
As the autumn of Bangladesh is from September to October, the snow is a little less. However, various types of fruits are available at this time. Especially apples and Chinese nuts will be seen this time.
And as winter, from December to February, there is only snow and ice all around Kashmir, with snowfall. And so if you go to Kashmir at this time, you will see a strangely beautiful view all around. However, extra caution is required when traveling in winter.
How to go to Kashmir
You can go to Kashmir by plane, train or bus. If you want to go by plane, you have to go from Delhi to Delhi first, then from there to Srinagar. Then you will reach Kashmir by car from Srinagar.
Again, if you want to go by train, you have to go from Dhaka to Kolkata first. There is Maitri Express to Kolkata. You have to get off the train at Kolkata and then travel 35-36 hours from there to Jambu. There are two trains from Kolkata to Jambu called Himgiri and Jambu Tawai. Three days a week (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday) at 11.50 pm, the Himgiri train departs from Howrah in Kolkata for Jambur. And Tawai travels daily from Howrah to Jambu, but it takes more time. In that case, if there is no hurry, it is better to go to Himgiri. Then after 8-10 hours tour from Jambu you have to go to Srinagar. From Srinagar you will reach the dream city of Kashmir by car.
In case of bus, first you have to take Greenline, Sohag or Shyamli transport from Kolkata to Jammu and from there reach Srinagar and drive to Kashmir. If you wish, you can take a “domestic flight” from Kolkata to Jambu or Srinagar. However, in that case the rent will be a little higher.
Travel expenses to Kashmir
The fare for non-AC sleepers on the train from Kolkata to Jammu is Rs 2,200-2,500 and in case of AC it is Rs 3,300-3,500. However, if a group of 7-8 people goes to Kashmir, the cost is a little less. In that case the fare from Jambu to Srinagar will be 600-700 rupees per person.
In case of flight from Kolkata to Srinagar the fare is 12-20 thousand.
If you go by bus, the cost per person will be 1800-2000 rupees, to go from Dhaka to Kolkata. But there is another way to reduce the cost if you can cross the border to Kashmir. Cross the border and take a local bus to Kolkata and from there to Jammu, Srinagar and then Kashmir.
But all in all, if the cost of accommodation and travel can be reduced a little, then you can visit Kashmir in 30-32 thousand and do a little better shopping.
Where to stay
You will find several hotels in Kashmir to stay. The rent will be between 1000-1500 rupees. There are also several hotels, resorts and houseboats to stay in Srinagar and Jambu. Among them Hotel Jamrud, Hotel Jahangir, Grand Hotel are notable. Room rent is between 1200-2500 rupees for two people.
However, if you want to stay in a good tourist area, there are several house boats near Dal Lake in Srinagar. Such as অফ Prince of Valley, Young Morning Star, New Zealand House Boat. But in that case the cost will be almost double than other hotels. Again, if you stay in Pahelgam’s cottage, the cost will be less if you market yourself.
However, in this case, instead of booking online, it is better to go to Kashmir and book a hotel in the city you want to stay in.
Where to eat
Don’t forget to go to Kashmir and taste all kinds of fresh fruits. Kashmir’s mutton biryani is also famous. Ozwan (a platter of various foods), Kashmiri kebab, mutton rogan josh, mutton, cheese chaman, potato dum, pickled eggplant, Nadru Yakhani are famous here. And the taste of Rafiq Cafeteria’s kebabs and ice cream is like sticking to your mouth.
Jambu has a lot of dry fruits at low prices. And saffron is also especially famous here. Besides, Jambur Raghunath Temple is well known for shopping. Here you will find everything Kashmiri. But when it comes to buying Kashmir pashmina shawls, check the price. Because even if the price of good pashmina is the lowest, it is 3000 rupees. So many people can give fake and bad things by saying low price. From Pahelgam you can buy various jewelery, bags, coin boxes and show-pieces for girls. And if you go to Kashmir, you will find various spices which will undoubtedly come in handy for culinary lovers.