Kashmir is the most mesmerizing of all the Indian destinations that one can think of and this is not an overstatement. Located in the northern most region of India, Kashmir allures travelers from all around the world with its immaculate beauty of snow-capped mountains in the Himalayan mountain range, magnificent valleys, and sparkling rivers.
Interesting facts about Kashmir:
The Kashmir region today refers to regions administered by three countries: India, Pakistan and China. The Indian administered region of Kashmir includes territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh and is the main focus for our blog post- Offbeat experiences in Kashmir.
How can I go to Kashmir?
Flying to Kashmir is the easiest way of getting there. Srinagar Airport (SXR) in the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is where you will be landing in and the airport has good flight connectivity to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Goa. Up on reaching Srinagar one can explore Kashmir using a private car, bus or a train.
If you are wondering about the best time to visit Kashmir, we would say the summer months of March to May are perfect because of the pleasant cool weather in Kashmir around that time which can help you escape from the blazing sun. Have your cheap flights to India booked with Indian Eagle for huge savings on flights.
For your offbeat experiences in Kashmir we have compiled a list of 5 unique experiences that are hard to find anywhere else in the world! Some of them include rare experiences in unseen Kashmir tourist spots like Magnetic Hill in Ladakh.
Bucket-List of 5 Offbeat Experiences in Kashmir:
- Shopping on Shikaras in Dal Lake
The Dal Lake in Srinagar prides itself for its floating vegetable markets where the locals sell fresh produce of home grown fruits and vegetable in canoes. The best way to shop them is by taking houseboat rides or Shikara rides as they are locally known as. Shikaras are small-sized wooden boats that can comfortably carry 12 people in one-go.
- Taste the heavenly Kashmiri Cuisine
Pamper your taste buds with the authentic food of Kashmir by tasting the rare delicacies of the region like the mouth-watering Roghan Josh, or the delicious Kashmiri Chicken Biryani or the most popular Kashmiri Dum Aloo. Trust us when we say that getting a taste of Kashmir is the nearest thing to heaven that one can get to!
- Explore the unique Magnetic Hill in Ladakh
The Magnetic Hill in Leh, Ladakh is has something really unique and it is hard to find such places in the rest of the world. The so called Magnetic hill is actually a road and not a hill but due to various factors like the magnetic properties of the area, the layout of the road and the nearby steep surroundings you will feel as if you are on a hill!
The must-do is driving in a private car on the hill. Be prepared to experience an optical illusion of the car going uphill even though your car is going downhill and vice-versa. There is a small entrance fee to get on the Magnetic Hill and this can be a one-of-a-kind offbeat experience in Kashmir.
- Taste the Himalayan Cheese
Going all the way to Kashmir and not tasting the regional Kalari cheese prepared by the local Gujjar community is considered as no trip to Kashmir! The Kalari cheese is by far one of the best Indian cheeses that you can find and has its origins from Kashmir and if possible you must buy some of it for gifting the rare cheese to your friends.
- Seven Lake Trek
The Seven Lake Trek is something for the adventure junkies who like to test their trekking skills in the beautiful Kashmir region. The trek must be on top of your bucket-list of offbeat experiences in Kashmir; the trek can be completed in 8 days; during the long trek you will be traversing some pretty challenging terrains against the backdrop of beautiful Himalayan scenery. Make sure you have the right trekking gear like proper trekking shoes and a trekking pole before you kick-start the Seven Lake Trek.