Kashmir is India’s indispensable jewel and an exceptionally beautiful place. It is one of the favourite tourist destinations attracting people all over the world by its magnificent aura. People come again and again to relish its amazing weather, food, culture and the landscape of course.
Kashmir is not just for sight-seeing, but also a great option for adventure sports, spiritual break and for experiencing a delightful time away from the madness of the metro city.
So if you are planning to visit Kashmir and wondering how you can make your trip totally worth it, then go through the following list of some interesting activities and plan your trip accordingly.
Pahalgam Golf Course, Photo by Kreativeart, CC BY-SA 4.0
If you want to enjoy the exotic landscapes along with some fun activity, then you must go for golfing. This is not very exhaustive yet a lively sport. There are a couple of famous golf clubs in Kashmir which offers short courses for you to learn and practice. With world class infrastructure, surrounded by huge pine and chinar trees and enticing breeze, one can have a great time golfing in Kashmir. Summer is generally the best time to enjoy golfing.
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If you are holidaying in Kashmir, you just cannot miss out on skiing. Unlike simulated skiing chambers, it is a totally different experience. Encircled with snow all around, falling and playing with snowballs, it’s the most fun activity you can enjoy with friends and family. Kashmir has one of the best ski resorts and you can easily learn this sport from scratch. After all, it is a must-to-do activity for all adventure lovers. Recommended time for skiing is from December to March.
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It is an adventurous activity which is becoming popular from past few years. It originally started as a way of transport, however it is now gaining the importance of a water sport. You can either feel the thrill of rough water waves or simply enjoy the calm waters depending on the nature of water and lake you choose. The three most popular lakes of Kashmir; Dal Lake, Nagin Lake, and Wular Lake provide this water activity. A canoe can generally take not more than three people at once. The best season to enjoy this sport is from May to June and from September to October.
Deosai planes in Kashmir, Photo by Muhammadyahyaqureshi, CC BY-SA 3.0
Trout fishing is a very interesting activity especially if you happen to do it on Dal Lake. You will find a number of brown and rainbow trout in lakes and streams. In case you have no idea how to start with fishing, you can simply learn it from trainers in almost no time. Fishing is recommended to be a very calm and relaxing activity. It is truly enjoyable and also helps in de-stressing. The best time to go for fishing in Kashmir valley is from April to October.
5. Bird Watching
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Enough of adventure; it is now time to sit back and spend some quality time with nature. This is surely going to be unmatchable to any other sport or adventurous activity. Kashmir has the rarest of birds some of which are local while some are migratory. You can also capture them in your DSLR and enjoy photographing nature and its scenic beauty. Apart from birds like European blue vulture, bar-headed geese, black crane, there are few more species of ducks as well.
There are as many as 500 species of birds that have been recorded so far. The most interesting part of the bird watching activity is to identify and spot the bird yourself using a manual or a guide. Some of the things that you must keep with you for this activity are a notebook, pen and a pair of binoculars. Since birds generally flock to lakes, rivers, and streams, therefore places like Dal, and Wular lakes are the most recommended to explore this activity.
The magnificent beauty and miraculous weather of Kashmir will anyway steal your heart the moment you reach. The aura of this place is such that being there not just incites you to undertake such interesting activities but also relaxes you from within. It cannot be described enough in words, but Kashmir is indeed a heaven on earth.
Rohit Agarwal is an ardent traveller and explores new and interesting places and cuisines on his journeys. An architect by profession, he owns and maintains a website called TransIndiaTravels.com where his blogs about travel, culture and various tourist locations in India and across the world can be found.