Kashmir Through the Lens of Travel Bloggers

Kashmir Through the Lens of Travel Bloggers

Kashmir Through the Lens of Travel Bloggers

While planning a trip, researching is the first step!

Reading blogs about the place, searching for the best locations to visit and looking for the most famous food to go gluttony over, plays a major role in developing enthusiasm to visit a destination. After the exciting whereabouts comes the question of safety, travelling during night, compatibility for travelling alone, etc.

While planning a trip to Jammu and Kashmir, a common thought that comes in our mind is, “Is it safe to travel to Jammu and Kashmir?”

 

Yes, it is completely safe, sound and wonderful to travel to the beautiful heaven of Jammu and Kashmir.

Let us take you down to some of the most reliable word of mouth on social media: The Travel Bloggers

 

Neelima Vallangi

Neelima Vallangi is one of the most known travellers of India. She and her travel story can be simple defined as “The Wandering Soul’s Wandering tales”.

Neelima Vallangi

While Neelima has been to many places in and outside of India, Jammu and Kashmir has not remained out of her list. She defines Kashmir as what we all know as “A PARADISE” in her blogs.

Kashmir Camp

She has written about Kashmir not once but multiple times, describing its beauty, compatibility of travelling, individual locations like Gulmarg, etc. Reading her blogs is pure magic. She does not only represent an outsiders view but also the experience of living and sharing day to day life with the locals.

kashmir ki raat

Read her magical blogs on Kashmir @travelwithneelima

Find her on Instagram @neelimav

 

Abhinav Chandel

“The guy who quit his job to become a full time traveller and photographer”, The Better India.

Abhinav Chandel

This is enough to describe the genius of Abhinav Chandel. With a vast fan following on Instagram, followers upto 107 K, and love from all parts of India, Abbhinav goes around with the motivational user name of “ABHIANDNOW”, (meaning right now).

Kashmir train

Abhinav chose to describe the undefinable beauty of Kashmir through his blessed talent in poetry, personifying the serenity of the valley into his beloved muse.

“So I think of you, my words sing of you,

as these fragrances bring you back to me and so I search for you,

Outside the window, under a blue sky, midst the green fields of this land,

I look for you and then, I find you like Kashmir.”  -Abhinav Chandel

Source: https://medium.com/abhiandnow/i-find-you-like-kashmir-34991d587517

Dal Lake

 

He defines Kashmir as “Untouched, Unexplored, Unheard, Unseen and Unsaid” and marks the most beautiful quality of the valley. Everytime you visit Kashmir, it will bring you something new to witness.

Read Abhinav Chandel’s pretty description of Kashmir @medium.com

For his exceptional photography, find him of Instagram @abhiandnow

 

Sandeepa and Chetan

The power travel couple, Sandeepa and Chetan quit their jobs, sold their house and decided to travel the world together, and now, they are giving all of us major travel, couple and photography goals through their wonderful stories and blogs.

Sandeepa and Chetan

Unravelling the offbeat areas of Jammu and Kashmir, mingling with the local people to present the most efficient account of real Kashmir and unfolding a complete guide and itinerary for travelling to the valley, there are no better guides then the blogs of Sandeepa and Chetan.

Nice View of kashmir

The also have some of the best pictures of the children and people of the valley to us in their blog, which are undoubtedly going widely viral on internet. They are truly blessed!

Read their incredible blogs on Kashmir @sandeepachetan.com

Find them on Instagram @sandeepachetan

 

Jammu and Kashmir has been a major travel destination since its very existence. All our parents, grand-parents have loving and romantic memories of their travel to the valley. And Inshaallah, even today, Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with a happy tourist footfall every year.

Kids of kashmir

At Kashmiri Life, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all the travel bloggers who bestow their love for the valley through their kind words and photos. Kashmir awaits more of you, travel to us!

4 Religious Places to Visit in Kashmir

4 Religious Places to Visit in Kashmir

4 Religious Places to Visit in Kashmir

The State of Jammu and Kashmir is among the most important destinations for those seeking peace and spirituality. Rich in culture and history right from the historic time, travelers coming here to revive themselves have never been disappointed. It is not only restricted to the beautiful landscape, snow capped mountains but also the splendid architecture, legendary shrines that pulls lakhs of visitors, regardless of geographical and religious restraints.

 

Off late, religious places have become popular with the youth also. The picture perfect locations, perfect angles for photography, intriguing history, traditions and rituals made the people hard to resist not the visiting the place. So let’s have a look at the top 4 holy places of Jammu and Kashmir and find if there’s a story behind it.

 

Jamia Masjid

Jamia Masjid is one of the sacred mosques not only in Kashmir but also in India. It is situated in Nowata in the middle of the city. The construction of this Mosque was started by Sultan Sikandar in 1394 CE and completed in 1402 CE. The architecture of the mosque is heavily influenced by the Indo-Saracenic style and made in the Persian manner. It is donned with 370 wooden pillars creates a major point of attraction. Since years, the beauty of this place has been retained in the valley.

 

4 Religious Places to Visit in Kashmir

 

Amarnath Cave

It is a Hindu shrine which located 141 kms away from Srinagar and is reached through Pahalgam. This is shrine is of great importance in Hindu religion. According to some legends, Bhrigu Muni discovered Amarnath.

Most time of the year, the cave is totally covered with the snow and is open for pilgrims for a short period of time in summer. The beginning of the annual pilgrimage is called Amarnath Yatra. The journey is hands down amazing. The golden glow of the sun and the turbulent rivers all way long make the journey a experience of the lifetime.

4 Religious Places to Visit in Kashmir

Hazratbal Shrine

The word Hazrat is an urdu word which means ‘Respected’ and Kashmiri word bal means ‘place’. It, thus, means the place which given high respect and regards. It is situated in Hazratbal on the bank of the Dal Lake in Srinagar and is considered as the holiest Muslim shrine in Kashmir. It is carved with white marble and has a unique relic, the Moi-e-Muqaddas. It is believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be a hair of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. It is surrounded by humongous mountains from all the sides which make the place even more beautiful. It depicts the Kashmiriyat of those olden times.

4 Religious Places to Visit in Kashmir

 

Shankaracharya Temple

This temple is also known as the Zest Eshwara temple or Sulaiman Thong, situated in Srinagar on the hills known as Takht-e-Suleiman. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the oldest shrine in the Valley. This temple has gained a lot of importance from the religious point of view and architectural as well. It is under high security zone.

The view in the night from the terrace of the temple is totally enchanting. This makes wonderful experience with the mountain ranges in the background and lights from the houseboat reflecting in water of Dal Lake.

4 Religious Places to Visit in Kashmir

People from the entire world come to visit to these holy places with all their heart. There is an essence of spirituality in the air of Kashmir, So if you want to experience the same, pack your bags and pay a visit to this heaven!

4 Ways to Kill the Chill in Kashmir

4 Ways to Kill the Chill in Kashmir

4 Ways to Kill the Chill in Kashmir

Sitting in the balcony, sipping a nice hot cuppa of kahwa and enjoying the beautiful snowfall- Amazing, isn’t it? Winters in Kashmir are one the best experience one can ever have. Whole North India is celebrating winters in their own way. Each one of it has its own specialty. But what’s more important is keeping yourself warm throughout the period. You will see different culture has different ways to keep them warm. While Chinese use a Bed Stove and on the other hand Canadians starts their day with heavy meal to keep their body warm. As they say  ‘When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do’  So when you are in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, there are certain things that natives do to stay warm, The Kashmiri way! Let’s have a look what does they have to offer.

 

KANGRI

When Kashmir is covered with the blanket of snow then there comes a traditional way to bite the cold off. That’s Kagri.  It is somewhat like a Personal heater, yeah, you heard it right! It is basically a mud pot filled with red-hot coal that is kept under your clothes. JUST IMAGINE! A heater inside your clothes. And what the best part is, it is one of the inexpensive source that keeps you warm. It is made up of two parts an outer encasement of wicker and an earthen bowl-shaped pot called a kondu. It varies in size, a medium size Kangri can holds a pound of coal, and its fire lasts up to six hours.

4 Ways to Kill the Chill in Kashmir

 

HAMAM

Hamam is one of the mughal innovations that every Kashmiri use to kill the chill. It is a type of room which consists of a thick, rectangular slab of limestone that is laid over a hollowed floor. Fire woods are used to heat up the floor.

In Earlier times, houses in valley were made of timber and baked brick and they could easily do without a hamam but the new houses are building of brick and concrete, so when the temperature decreases to below zero, hamams become an absolute necessity.

 

4 Ways to Kill the Chill in Kashmir

 

Bukhari

 

Bukhari is taken from the term ‘bukhār’ which is a hindustani word which means heat. Bukhari is a wood burning stove, a traditional space heater. It consists of a wide cylindrical fire-chamber in which charcoal and other fuel is burned. There is a narrow cylinder at the top which act like a chimney and helps in heating the room. For the people of Kashmir it is one of the cost efficient ways that can be used in chilly winters.

4 Ways to Kill the Chill in Kashmir

 

Kahwa

 

It is known as the magic tea in India and full of antioxidants. It is a type of traditional green tea and popular post-breakfast beverage, generally served with special Kashmiri baked items like girda. The saffron which is present in it helps to keep your body warm and boost the immune system in winters.

4 Ways to Kill the Chill in Kashmir

 

These are the age-old traditions that Kashmiris use to stay warm during Chillai Kalan.

Tell us what are things you do in winters to bite off the cold? Till then stay warm and spread warmth!

Kashmir, a classical background for Bollywood movies

Kashmir, a classical background for Bollywood movies

Kashmir, a classical background for Bollywood movies

“Tareef Karun Kya Uski, Jisne Tumhe Banaaya”.

Definitely the most fitting words to appreciating beautiful Sharmila Tagore in Kashmir Ki Kali and the destination they were filmed at, i.e., Kashmir.

The love for Jammu and Kashmir in Bollywood is everlasting. From Shammi Kapoor to Hrithik Roshan to Ranbir Kapoor, from Sharmila Tagore to Preity Zinta to Alia Bhatt, we have seen them all in the beautiful landscapes of Kashmir.

In one of our old articles, “Kashmir, a proud backdrop to many Bollywood movies”, we have talked about ten films like Highway, Fitoor, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Rockstar, etc. that have used Kashmir as its backdrop. Here, in this article, let’s take you down to more bollywood films that not only glorify Kashmir for its beauty but also focuses on the disparity between the perceived notion of Kashmir (due to existing & past conflicts) and the real Kashmir.

 

Kashmir Ki Kali

Kashmir, a classical background for Bollywood movies

Kashmir Ki Kali, only the name is enough to suggest the gist of the movie. With its enticing song “Tareef Karun Kya Uski”, where the charming Shammi Kapoor sets a benchmark for proposing the love of one’s life in Srinagar’s Dal Lake, the movie has also depicted the loving and warm nature of Kashmiri people, their tradition and culture.

Silsila

Kashmir, a classical background for Bollywood movies

The film glorifies the magnificent Tulip Gardens of Srinagar and various other sceneries from the valley in its songs like “Dekha Ek Khwab”. Tulip Gardens are like a treasure hidden in Kashmir as they are the spirit of spring season in the valley. It feels amazing  that Yash Chopra, the great Bollywood director, chose Kashmir to depict the romance in his films  not once but often, eg, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Lamhe, etc.

 

Jab Jab Phool Khile

Kashmir, a classical background for Bollywood movies

Jab Jab Phool Khile is famous for its awestrucking depiction of Dal Lake. The movie unravels the love the love story of a boat man with a heiress who are both seen romancing in the beautiful Shikaras at the lake.

 

Kabhi Kabhi

Kashmir, a classical background for Bollywood movies

After the production of Kabhi Kabhi, director Yash Chopra defined his experience of filming the movie in Kashmir as a “honeymoon”. Both on his account and from the movie it can be perceived that Kashmir is indeed the valley of dreams, a heaven for couples!

 

It is therefore apt to say that, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever!”. So pack your bags and let there be no delay in your desire to visit locations in Jammu and Kashmir that even our celebrities are  not able to resist.