Essential Information About Jammu and Kashmir
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Essential Information About Jammu and Kashmir
A quick look into the lives of dogras and bakarwals
Here is some information of Jammu and Kashmir that will be helpful during your visit to this beautiful state. Read more on the insights that you can’t find on a tourist map of Jammu and Kashmir.
Food of Kashmir
The main food of Jammu and Kashmir varies from southern plains of river Jammu Tawi to northern parts of Kashmir Valley. Kashmiris feast on meat and rice voraciously. Rogan Josh – which is lamb meat gravy cooked with local chilies – and Yakhni – a mutton gravy with yogurt – are two of the most famous food of Kashmir. Locals also have a weak spot for crisp bakery goods. Sheermal, Baqerkhani, and Kulcha found in shops in Srinagar are to die for, especially for those craving sweet treats.
For non-vegetarians, having Wazwan, a full course meat-based dish, in a Kashmiri home is the best way to learn about traditions and lifestyle of Kashmiris.
Climate of Kashmir
Weather in Kashmir, especially in high altitude areas is notoriously unreliable. Some regions are prone to avalanche and landslide, while some roads are cut off during most of the winter season. For travellers, Kashmir in winter is as close to heaven a place can get. The peak of winter and summer brings an inflow of honeymooners and adventurers from plains and abroad.
The average temperature in Kashmir Valley in winter ranges between -2°C and 10°C. Summer in Kashmir is pleasant and fairly dry with mean temperatures between 16°C and 32°C. With its proximity to the plains of Punjab, Jammu witnesses milder winters and hotter summers than Kashmir Valley. On the other side, being higher in altitude, Ladakh region faces harsher winter but lesser rainfall. So, there is a stark difference between the climate of Kashmir and climate of Ladakh mainly due to geographical factors.
Festivals of Jammu and Kashmir
Like much of India, Jammu and Kashmir features an amalgamation of cultures. It’s a microcosm of long-held traditions and beliefs which are being celebrated and preserved by local people. Baisakhi in April and Lohri in January hold a great significance in Sikh and Hindu communities based in Jammu. Festivals like Holi and Diwali are also celebrated with great spirit in the region.
Festivities during Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha bring a great buzz even in the small hamlets of the valley. From Kishtwar to Baramulla, echoes of Namaz prayers by Sunni Muslims can be heard during Ramzan in Kashmir. Urs, Tulip Festival, and Shikara Festival are other important festivals in Kashmir.
Mansar Food and Craft Mela, which runs for three days, is one of the biggest fairs in Jammu. Culture of Jammu is influenced by Dogra, Rajput, and Pandit diaspora while Kashmir Valley is settled by predominantly Sunni Muslims. Local language of Kashmir is Kashmiri dialect of Urdu. Native speakers in Jammu voice themselves mainly in Hindi.
Ladakh region of the state also has a lot of unique celebrations and events among Buddhists and Shia Muslims.
Tips and Facts about Kashmir
Do carry Jammu and Kashmir tourist map as there is no network connectivity in remote regions.
Travellers must adhere to safety procedures defined by security personnel.
Always follow weather forecast during your stay in the Kashmir Valley.
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Trip to Kashmirit was a great trip provided by this agent. but a few problems. 1) the cab driver will not let you bargain with any of the non included services like shikara ride, tangmarg cab, guide ( which is not necessary at all), local items purchase. they have fixed persons for all such services and they charge you too much for this. I really hate this The agent is very good. thank you Mustaqh bhai but please look the above feedback and work on it. Gulmarg gandolla ride
Trip to Kashmiroverall experience was good except pahalgam retreat hotel. Thanks to Rabiya and Aqib for the support .
Trip to KashmirIt was wonderful and memorable trip which is organised by peacock holidays through travel triangle. One suggestion to peacock holidays that based on the season they can explain the advantages and disadvantages to the tourist this is because when I went to srinagar many gardens are not in good condition this is due to winter season. So if peacock holidays advised me prior to the trip so that i would have reduced the number of days of my trip Gulmarg adventures is my best memorable time
Trip to Kashmirour agency classic holidays has designed the itinerary in best way but due to heavy snow fall we have stuck in regions and at last moment we have changed the plans and itinerary and tour adviser shazia was so helpful and our cab driver Mr Faiz was a gentle person.in local Kashmir the pony riders are asking for higher prices so have struggled to bargain with them and it costing us high and few of the sight seen were closed due to weather.
Trip to KashmirNice hospitality and the services, hotels Provided was nice in reasonable rates. Over all experience was good.
Trip to KashmirIt was wonderful experience to have Ms Saba take care of every minor detail of the trip. Will surely like to visit and recommend them to my friends and family visiting Kashmir. Consistent snowfall for 3 days was awesome!!
Trip to KashmirWe had a very amazing trip and very well organized by Kashmir Boulevard. We have visited Kashmir from 27th Jan to 2nd Feb. Kashmir is truly a heaven and also the people are good. Kashmir boulevard have organized everything pretty well. From the booking to the end of the tour, everything was fine. Most important were the Hotels provided by them. Solar residency in srinagar, Pine spring in Gulmarg, Chinar resort and Spa in Pahalgam and Hotel Montreal in Srinagar were all excellent hotels. Our driver for the first day was Amir and truly speaking he is a great guy. Rest all days we have Mr Mushtaq as our driver. He is a nice person but a very silent guy. He is good in his profession and helped us where ever needed. The day when we have arrived to Kashmir, got a call from Mr bilal and he was there for us for all the days and has coordinated everything very nicely until the end. During our Gulmarg trip, Kashmir boulevard have provided us a guide named Bilal and truly speaking he is an amazing guy and a very helpful man. If you are going to gulmarg, ask for Bilal. One suggestion to everyone, do bargain at every spot in Kashmir and before going to any place read the reviews. You can trust on kashmir boulevard but confirm everything from them in writings before the trip.
Trip to Kashmirexcellent trip from overseas holidays. very understanding and good communication. Thanks for making our trip memorable. Loved kashmir & its sweet people. a true heaven on earth. Trip to gulmarg has been memorable in all respect. with snow covered mountains tried hands on ski ride & sledges. drove snow bike in middle of night coupled camp fire with unknown mumbai friends in phase 1 hilltop had been awesome experience.
Trip to KashmirService provided by agent is not good. they comittment many things but not provided on the way tour. Driver provided by kasmir boulevard is very bad. They have charge more money.over all bad experiences from kashmir boulevard Gulmarg
Trip to KashmirIt was a very nice and pleasant experience with Pine Leaf Groove. All the arrangements were very nice during the entire travel periods. They were very co-operative and flexible with schedule (arranging the basic amenities in sudden requirement). Agent was reachable all the time. Even they took the final payments on the very last day of he tour periods. Also the driver was very cool and co-operative. Overall the time they guided us for better experience.I would like to recommend Pine Leaf Groove to others for the best trip experience in Kashmir.
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FAQ's of Kashmir
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December through February is the best time to see snowfall in Kashmir Valley.
Yes, it is safe to visit Jammu and Kashmir. Try to stay away from border areas and areas known to be sensitive and prone to problems.
Tourists should visit Jammu & Kashmir during the off-season between April-July and from October-December. This is the best time to visit Jammu & Kashmir as the hotels and tour packages have major discounts on offer.
Always rent out houseboats that have been registered with the Jammu & Kashmir tourism department.
There is no ban on liqour in Kashmir, but there aren't many hotels that offer alcohol for consumption. You can still carry your own.
Wazwan is a must have when in Jammu and Kashmir. Also, try to drink their special pink tea, known as Kahwa.
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