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    cover - Shruthi Trip to Kashmir

    I am very excited to share my experience with all of you. In the first place, I took up this trip because I was hitting my 30s. I gifted this trip for myself to celebrate my 30th birthday. This was my solo trip and chose Kashmir as my destination above all those beautiful cities of Europe because I always felt Kashmir was no less in beauty and experience. I also wanted to explore and showcase how safe it was for a woman to go on a solo trip to Kashmir. My experience was amazing with the people out there and the place is truly heavenly! Kashmir was always my dream place to travel alone, besides being married. I am thankful for my husband for supporting me in making this trip happen.

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    Package Details Of My Solo Trip To Kashmir

    Trip Type: Kashmir
    Cost: INR 21,600
    Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
    No. of people: 1 Adult
    Inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner, Hotel, Transfers, Sightseeing, 1-Hour Shikara Ride
    Exclusions: Airfare, Lunch, Entry Fees, Laundry, Guide Charges, Personal Expenses, Gulmarg Gondola Ride

    Itinerary Of My Solo Trip To Kashmir

    Day 1: Arrive Srinagar, City Tour
    Day 2: Visit Gulmarg
    Day 3: Visit Sonmarg
    Day 4: Visit Doodhpathri
    Day 5: Visit Pahalgam
    Day 6: Daprture From Srinagar

    5 Places To Visit On A Solo Trip To Kashmir

    Here are some of the wonderful places I explored on my solo trip to Kashmir:

    1. Srinagar: The Land Of Speechless Beauty

    Srinagar Sightseeing
    Visit On A Kashmir
    Superb Sightseeing of srinagar

    On the first day of my solo trip to Kashmir, I went out to explore the city of Srinagar. The sightseeing tour took me to the iconic and gorgeous mughal gardens. I visited the famous Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Botanical Gardens, Parimahal, Cheshmashahi, and Hazratbal. I was amazed to see the Asia’s biggest Tulip gardens in Srinagar. Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, all these gardens look absolutely spellbinding with vibrant colours, floral fragrance and the mesmerising Zabarwan hills forming the backdrop.

    Must Read: Tulip Festival In Kashmir 2019: A Handy Guide To Welcome Spring At Asia’s Largest Garden!

    2. Gulmarg: True Heaven On Earth

    snowfall was witnessed in Gulmarg
    snowfall was heavier in the higher mountain
    unexplored place

    Gulmarg which translates to ‘Meadow of flowers’ was indeed one of the most charming places to visit in Kashmir. Located at an altitude of 2730-meters above sea level, this is a paradise for skiing enthusiasts. The weather was pleasant and the view was stunning. If you ever visit Gulmarg on your solo travel in kashmir valley, like me, make sure you visit the popular 18-hole Golf Course and experience a Cable car ride. You would also be breath taken by the view of Nanga Parbat that dominates the skyline of this region with height of 26,000 feet.

    Suggested Read: Their Trip To Kashmir In January 2019 Tells Why You Must Not Miss Snowfall In This Paradise

    3. Sonmarg: A Place With Alluring Vistas

     Beautiful Sightseeing
    Unexplore The Place

    Sonmarg in Kashmir is yet another gem among the exotic destinations in this heaven on Earth. My excursion to Sonmarg gave me an opportunity to witness some of the most breathtaking sights on my single woman trip to Kashmir. This ‘Golden Meadow’ is located in the Sindh Valley with landscapes featuring beautiful mountain fauna and enchanting mountains. The best way to explore Sonmarg is through the natural trails. This is also the starting point for various exciting treks to some a few Himalayan lakes located on the higher altitudes. One can also take a horse riding journey up to Thajiwas glacier and enjoy sledding on snow.

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    4. Doodhpathri: A Valley With Unmatched Beauty

    Visit this beautiful and enchanting place
     Sindh Valley

    Doodhpathri also known as the ‘Valley of Milk’ is a mesmerizing hill station in Kashmir. Located at an altitude of 8,957 feet above sea level, it falls in Budgam district. I instantly fell in love with its wide green meadows and pine trees covering the hills. This is one of the best places to relax and refresh your mind, espcially while solo traveling to Kashmir.

    Suggested Read: 6 Haunted Places In Kashmir That You Should Not Visit Even In The Daylight

    5. Pahalgam: A Place To Die For!

    unexplored place in Kashmir
    Morning leave for Gulmarg
    The valley of shepherds

    I was too excited to visit the ‘Valley of Shepherds’, Pahalgam. There are a plethora of things to do in Pahalgam. I visited the exotic saffron fields in the historic town of Pampore. Another highlight of this visit was the Awantipura Ruins that dated back to 1100 years. There is an old temple built by the King Awantivarman, dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu. I also got a chance to explore the rustic countryside. With so much beauty surrounding me, I was very satisfied with my 6 days in Kashmir in May.

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    Our Hotels In Kashmir

    I stayed at Dal Lake and in Srinagar on my solo trip to Kashmir. The location of the hotel was apt and safe. The rooms were hygienic and well maintained. The hospitality of the hotel was appreciable in terms of hoteliers and the chauffeur. I have to talk about my chauffeur (Manzoor Bhai) who was so protective of me everywhere and every time. He was just a phone call away if I wanted something.

    Suggested Read: Restaurants In Kashmir: 13 Places That Are Foodie’s Paradise In Heaven On Earth

    Kashmir Weather In May

    As I visited in May, the weather was very cool and sometimes a little sunny. But still, it was a nice time to visit for my solo trip to Kashmir.

    Further Read: 10 Festivals In Jammu And Kashmir: A Peek Into The Rich Kashmiri Culture (2019)

    You can also take a solo trip to Kashmir before you turn 30, like Shruthi, or at any age in life. It is all about your journey. If you have been waiting to experience something like this, plan a trip to Kashmir right away. Explore yourself along with exploring the places in Kashmir.

    My Answers To The Frequently Asked Questions About Solo Trip To Kashmir

    Q. Which is the most beautiful place in Kashmir?

    I would suggest that instead of going to all the places where most of the tourists visit, explore the far side villages of Kashmir, which are more beautiful. Some of the most beautiful places of Kashmir include:
    Srinagar
    Pahalgam
    Gulmarg
    Leh
    Nubra Valley

    Q. What can I buy in Kashmir?

    Some of the products that you can buy from Kashmir include:
    Woolen clothes
    Carpets
    Silver jewelry
    Dry fruits
    Woodcarved products

    Q. What is the famous food of Kashmir?

    I visited those restaurants which serve local Kashmiri food, as I wanted to experience and explore as much as I can and know more about the place. Prices were reasonable and the quantity was more than sufficient. Food tasted extremely good. Kashmiri Kewah is necessary to try for that weather and keeps you warm. Kashmiri Wazwan is something different and tasty to try in local restaurants on your Kashmir trip. Some of the famous Kashmir food, include:
    Rogan Josh
    Dum Aloo
    Modur Pulao
    Yakhni Lamb Curry
    Kashmiri Muji Gaad

    Q. Is it safe to travel to Kashmir for solo women travelers?

    People of Kashmir were good everywhere, especially when it comes to women – safety is in place. However, make sure you still do not take everything for granted and go out late at night. I did not feel anything different, as the environment was so homely.

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