15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

15 Things to-do in Kashmir: A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

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.

 

  1. Feel at home with Kashmiri families and experience the most loving hospitality ever.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Meet the locals, play with children and breathe in a wholesome positivity of nature.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Take an introspective ride in a Shikara at Dal Lake.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Fond of views? Visit Taj Vivanta in Srinagar to look at the most magnificent panorama of Dal Lake.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Visit a Houseboat. Let the sunlight drench you.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Detangle your thoughts in the peace of Mughal Gardens.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Talk to the nature in the intense beauty of Jamia Masjid Srinagar.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Accept all your blemishes in a traditional Kashmiri attire.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Gather heritage stories of Kashmir from the locals over a cup of noon chai (Pink Tea).

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. If you wish, break some rules, try something fancy and yet traditional.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Live your DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) moment in Tulip Garden, Srinagar.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Unravel the mysteries of Kashmir, visit downtown Srinagar.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Shop and do not stop.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Feel the warmth of earth, cold of water and density of air in the Lidder river of Pahalgam.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

  1. Walk the grass at Doodhpathri to feel the dew drops as they absorb in your spirit through happy feet.

15 Things-to-do in Kashmir_ A Whisper to Solo-Travellers

 

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!

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Jammu and Kashmir for Tea Lovers

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After a long tiring day, what is your tonic to relieve stress? Mine is a hot steaming cup of Chai (Tea). There is something about good-old cup of tea that makes you so happy.

Feeling bored, have chai.

Feeling tired, chai is the answer!

Want to have a conversation with a friend? Let’s get chai!

In short, tea is the answer to all your life’s problems! Isn’t it tea lovers?

To add to the charm, nature is full of the variety of teas such as green tea, Kahwah, pink tea (noon chai), etc. and we humans, the born experimentalists, get creative with our teas as well.

Being a Kashmiri, chai has been a constant- contagious need of my lifestyle. Imagine sipping your tea while looking at a field of almonds, or beautiful Shikaras floating in Dal Lake, or quivering with cold, looking at them snow peaked mountains while palms warm up on a cup of Kahwah. Yes my friend, that is, but just a glimpse of, having tea in the arms of Jammu and Kashmir. Right from the lush green fields to crystal frozen lakes, the state is full of tea points. Let’s take you around some of the best ones in our valley.

 

Sharma Tea Stall: Bliss for the travelers

Located on the way to Udhampur in Jammu along NH1, Sharma tea stall is a hot spot for the travelers as well as people of the region. It is famous for its refreshing tea made by the elderly tea brewer, lovingly known as Pandit Ji. If you are around the place or is planning to visit Jammu, don’t forget to toast a cup of tea at Sharma Tea Stall, a perfect start to your journey.

Address: Kacchi Chawni, Ambphalla, Old Heritage City, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir

 

 

 

Bawa Tea Stall: The college day’s tea stop

Each one of us has had a favorite tea stall outside our college campuses, a tea stall that we would rush to in our breaks. Bawa’s tea stall is one such stop for all the students of the University of Jammu. Here, the chaiwala (Tea brewer) knows his customers by names and brews the most mouth-watering tea around the area. If you are staying in Gujarbasti, this is the tea place for you.

Address: Bahu Rd, University of Jammu, Gujarbasti, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir

 

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The Tea Factory: Place for a cozy tea date

The first meeting, chai, and a cozy ambiance are a perfect combination for a cute little date or a get together. If you are looking for one, The Tea Factory is your all in one stop. On top of it, with a perfect combination of killed chai and bread butter, the café has a long menu of snacks as well. Go grab a bite.

Address: Shop No. 20, North Block, Bahu Plaza Jammu Jammu and Kashmir.

 

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Rochak Tea Stall: Serving tea amidst the beauty & wilderness

Located on National Highway 144A in Sundarbani, Rochak Tea stall is an old place that has been serving tea since generation to the locals and visitors. With the beauty of Sunderbani and the fragrance of Rochak bhaiya’s, chai one can easily transcend his/ her stress. If it falls on your route, take a moment to de-stress here.

Address: National Highway 144A, Sunderbani, Jammu and Kashmir

 

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Chai Jaai Tea Room: A room for rich conversations

No doubt that the tea at a small tea stall is heavens. But having tea at a fine- dine tea room? That’s a different level of aesthetic altogether. A recent development in Srinagar, Chai Jai Tearoom is set up with a luxurious ambiance inspired by the tea rooms in England. With its graceful cultural interiors, it is a perfect place for people, especially women, who love to celebrate life and indulge in rich conversations that sprout from the existing cultural ambiance of the room. If you are a tea person, you wouldn’t want to miss this elegantly dreamy place.

Address: Mahattas Studio, 1st Floor, The Bund Road, Munshi Bagh, Dhanibuoy building, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

 

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These are only some of the tea stalls/ rooms in Jammu and Kashmir, tea is contagious and so is its availability. Keep searching for the taste that warms your soul inside out and notifies us so we, tea lovers, can add to our lists.