Like a lot of people, I am also tired of making and cancelling travel plans with friends and family because of someone’s unavailability or too many suggestions. Well, I see solo-traveling as the only solution for now! However scary at first, as you travel solo- being entirely responsible for yourself, you will discover exactly how capable you are. The hardest part about solo travelling is the ‘beginning’. Once you are on it, there is no going back!
Now a days, people have come out boldly and encouraged solo travelling; brushing away the myths of solo being too risky and unsafe. It not always a ‘follow your heart’ journey. One must understand the value of planning in advance to have smooth travel or stay (or at least be little prepared for the hitches) by researching places to visit, things to carry, read reviews, download maps etc.
So, I welcome you all Solo-Travellers to my beautiful valleys of Jammu and Kashmir. Here is a list of things you can do to make your solo travel much more adventurous and memorable.
- Feel at home with Kashmiri families and experience the most loving hospitality ever.
- Meet the locals, play with children and breathe in a wholesome positivity of nature.
- Take an introspective ride in a Shikara at Dal Lake.
- Fond of views? Visit Taj Vivanta in Srinagar to look at the most magnificent panorama of Dal Lake.
- Visit a Houseboat. Let the sunlight drench you.
- Detangle your thoughts in the peace of Mughal Gardens.
- Talk to the nature in the intense beauty of Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
- Accept all your blemishes in a traditional Kashmiri attire.
- Gather heritage stories of Kashmir from the locals over a cup of noon chai (Pink Tea).
- If you wish, break some rules, try something fancy and yet traditional.
- Live your DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) moment in Tulip Garden, Srinagar.
- Unravel the mysteries of Kashmir, visit downtown Srinagar.
- Shop and do not stop.
- Feel the warmth of earth, cold of water and density of air in the Lidder river of Pahalgam.
- Walk the grass at Doodhpathri to feel the dew drops as they absorb in your spirit through happy feet.
Tough, tiring, unsafe, lonely- these are some of the myths attached to solo travelling. Here is what I have to say to my fellow solo travellers, tough, tiring or exhausting, we know it’s worth our while and definitely the most splendid experiences of life.
I hope this small piece of guidelines will help you and make your trip to Kashmir a better experience. Feel free to ask anything more about travelling to our valley. All the very best for adventures, travel safe and sound!