The Complete Kashmir Trip

I was so excited when I got a call from the PR team handling J&K Tourism. I immediately agreed to go on the trip, I took three days leave as well. For me leaves are really truly precious because I work full time. Anyway, talking about leaves is not too engaging, so back to the Kashmir trip.

We stayed at a house boat at the Dal Lake in Srinagar for the first night. It was a unique experience. The name of the houseboat was Acropolis. It was clean though the bathroom was far from ideal. It was clean but had an antiquated and non-functional tub and to take bath you had to climb in. Other than this minor gripe the experience was quite memorable.

We visited the floating vegetable market at the Dal Lake early in the morning. Originally the market might have been only for the vegetable but now with tourists around flower seller also join in. It was such a pleasure to wake up at the other side of the lake and watch the birds and life generally around the lake. Srinagar is full of Mughal gardens but on this trip I could visit only one.

View of Srinagar from Pari Mahal
View of Srinagar from Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal is a seven terraced garden built by king Dara Shikoh somewhere in 1600s. It is a beautiful garden but more than that it has stunning view of the city. It is a bit outside the city, with narrow roads leading to it. I could have sat there for the whole day and looked at the view.

Paragliding in Srinagar
Paragliding in Srinagar

No, before you say you envy me, let me tell you I could not take a ride. Kashmir is trying to develop adventure tourism. Paragliding is one of the activities. It is happening on a hillock at the Asthan Marg. For us it was difficult to locate the place. As of now one has to trek 1.5 kilometers to reach the spot. It was fun for me but it would have been even more fun it I could have taken the flight! Anyway, there is always a next time! What a view we got even from the hillock.

Lidder River, Pahalgam
Lidder River, Pahalgam

What I could do was rafting on the Lidder River at Pahalgam. It was a short stretch of 2KM but that was enough for me. The water was so, so cold that I would yell and scream (no, really I did that) every time I got drenched. I can only shudder when I think what would have happened if I got thrown-in.  Thankfully it never happened.

Log Inn Cafe, Pahalgam
Log Inn Cafe, Pahalgam

Finally, it is time to talk a bit about food. You are better off if you are a non-vegetarian as there are many local dishes you can try. I can only talk about this excellent lemon cake and coffee at Cafe Log Inn. Read it carefully, it is not login and password, it log as in wood Inn! More on these snapshots in later posts.

44 thoughts on “The Complete Kashmir Trip”

    • You are absolutely right about the peaceful part, how I wish the same! It was much better this year though compared to last year.

  1. Indeed one of the most beautiful places on earth, and great pictures.. the Log inn part is really funny as today we all understand only one login

    • Ha ha the leave restrictions will come in as the semester starts 😀

    • Maniparna 😀 that is one activity that every tourist will do.

  2. off course kasmir remain always among the choice of a traveler and now a days the militants activities are also very rare . great journey producing nice pics . amazing to see another log inn otherwise we all knows only a single login .

    • Yes Yogi I too read it as login initially. And yes the valley is becoming more peaceful. I hope soon it will be a thing of past to think of it as a troubled region.

  3. amazingggg! the reflection in the lake (in first pic) makes it look like an oil painting! i would love to visit Kashmir for sure! thanks for sharing the lovely pictures 🙂

  4. Heavenly shots! I still envy you Mridula! But, no, I can’t 🙂 Feeling happy that I get to read all your beautiful experiences 🙂 Have a happy time at Pragpur 🙂 🙂

  5. Kashmir is the paradise on the earth truely. A must visit place for all Indians and your pictures just adds to this. Thanks for a wonderful post.

  6. Excellent! I had planned to go to Srinagar in the beginning of June, but I had to cancel it due to dearth of train tickets. But I am planning an autumn visit. Thanks for a lovely preview! 🙂

    • Renuka I am told that the Chinar trees (maple) change colors in autumn so you night get a feast actually!

  7. Thank you Kalpana. The Log Inn bit came because I initially thought what a strange name … Login only to realize it was Log Inn!

  8. Dear Mridula ji,
    Long back i used to E mailed u on your Travel writings. However i seek some suggestion from u:-
    I(63 yrs) & my wife (59 yrs) does a amount of Travelling. Lastly in March 2014 had been to Shimla-Kasuli & before that in Sept.2013 been to Sikkim for almost 9 days. The suggestion sought for ‘Kashmir Trip’ which we r planing to visit since a long, Can u help me to make an itinerary (via Delhi) suitable to us. i;e;=7-10 days with a budget of 35-40 k.
    In 1st week of August we r visiting Gurgaon to stay with our son & from 22 aug going to Mathura-Vrindavan with a group (3 pairs) of like minded relatives for 8-10 days.
    With Regards

    • Dear Madhu,

      I am not good at making itineraries but I would say go to Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonmarg. All of these are on the tourist track.

  9. Love the pics..memoriesof summer’s spentin Srinagara long long time ago the pari mahal still looks the same pseudo haunted. ….I want to go back…love your pics and really envy the fact that you can travel so frequently. ..

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