Traditional Music Instruments of Jammu and Kashmir

Traditional Music Instruments of Jammu and Kashmir

Kashmir is known for its enormous beauty, with landscape so colossal that the mountains are almost kissing the sky and the land that is always pregnant with fruits and flowers. Kashmiri music is definitely the rhythm of oneness with universe.


The valley has been blessed with great musicians, like the Santoor players Bhajan Sopori, Alla Rakha and Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, and continues to produce many more talented like Aabha Hanjura and Aadil Gurezi. With changing times, there is one thing that has remained constant among the musicians from the past and the musicians today, it is their love for traditional music instruments.


Let us revisit some of the musical treasuries of Jammu and Kashmir.



Traditional Music Instruments of Jammu and Kashmir, Rabab, Rubab, Santoor, Tumbaknari. Saz-e-Kashmir

One of the oldest and most integral part of Kashmiri music, Rabab originated from central Afghanistan and was adapted into Kashmiri music centuries ago. Although Rabab or Rubab has undergone many constructional changes over a period of time, it remains the most likeable melody of the valley as it is believed that Kashmiri folk music is incomplete without Rabab.

“Rabab is that music or the tune which collects all tunes from instruments and creates its own music. That is why Rabab should be played at every party,” said Sonaullah Reshi, Kashmiri folk singer.

Kashmiri Rababs can be identified with a bulging body, an indented waist, four to six strings and side pegs; usually made by the walnut wood of Kashmiri or the usual almond or mulberry wood.



Traditional Music Instruments of Jammu and Kashmir, Rabab, Rubab, Santoor, Tumbaknari. Saz-e-Kashmir
Indian Santoor is a traditional comrade of Kashmiri Folk music that in Sanskrit texts is referred to as Shata Tantri Vna (The 100 stringer Vina). Santoor is mostly paired with the Sufiana style of music which is an intrinsic part of Kashmiriyat. It can be seen even today in various musical events in the valley. A Santoor can be distinguished just by looking at it. It is in  trapezoid-shape and made up of walnut wood that has of walnut and has 25 bridges. Each bridge has 4 strings, making for a total of 100 strings.

The music of a Santoor is the reminiscence of the rich cultural history, told through melody.


Traditional Music Instruments of Jammu and Kashmir, Rabab, Rubab, Santoor, Tumbaknari. Saz-e-Kashmir

Tumbaknari holds a distinct attribute to it. Unlike other regions using Tumbaknari that make it from woods, Kashmiri Tumbaknari is made up of baked clay to maintain its originality. Its rhythm is so harmonious that it transcends the soul of the listeners to the depths of lakes till the lofty heights of mountains. And adding to its charm, it is also played by the women folk in the valley as a part of amusement and relaxation.

Tumbaknari comes to life after undergoing various phases of shaping and reshaping by the potter and ones into shape, the belly like structure can be put into anybody’s lap to produce melodious music to ease the mind.



Traditional Music Instruments of Jammu and Kashmir, Rabab, Rubab, Santoor, Tumbaknari. Saz-e-Kashmir

Saz-e-Kashmir is an instrument that has been devised in Kashmir and plays an essential part in the cultural and folk music of the valley. One can easily identify this beautiful instrument due to its association with the traditional violin. It has a pot shaped belly with three strings attached to it and is played with a bow and kept in lap while playing.


Music is the soul of heavenly valley of Kashmir. And the traditional instruments accompany the melodies to accelerate to an celestial state.

Although, the present day artistes have also taken to western instruments as per the change of time, the old heritage remains intact in their melodies. Jammu and Kashmir’s recent Sufi and Folk star, Aabha Hanjura, serves as an apt example of an individual that is association with traditional music and instruments of the valley. May the musical heritage of Jammu and Kashmir continue to grow through our youth and lure the hearts of people.

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.

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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


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

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.

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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

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.

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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.



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 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 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




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.


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.

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir

5 Festivals of Jammu and Kashmir


5 Festivals of JAmmu and KashmirKashmir, the heaven on earth, never fails to amaze us with its charm. The enchanting valleys, beautiful lakes and snow covered mountains are the beauty of the place. Not only nature, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is also diversified in terms of the cultural traditions. People here enjoy all the festivals together, regardless of the religion. Like any other state, Kashmir abounds with many festivals throughout the year. It’s the reflection of their social heritage and diverse culture. This defines the beauty of this holy land.

Let’s have a look at some of the religious festivals of the valley:


Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival is celebrated in the valley of Kashmir during the onset of Spring Season. With hundreds of Tulip Gardens, the whole Kashmir flourishes with Tulips during the spring season. It is celebrated in Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar. It also features a showcase of cultural programs, delicious cuisines and handicraft. It is a must attend event for the all flower enthusiasts, nature lovers and tulip lovers.


5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir


Shikara Festival

Shikara Festival was started by the Department of Tourism in 2016 to promote the tourism. It is a 2 day long festival organised  at Santoor Ghat SKICC on the bank of the Dal Lake. During the festival, many events are being held including Dragon Boat Race, Shikara Race and Canoe Polo Match. Shikaras are also painted and beautifully dressed.

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir


Gurez Festival

Like Shikara Festival, It was also started by the Department of Tourism . It is celebrated during the summers in the month of July and August every year. Gurez Festival showcase the conventional handicrafts, variety of cuisine and the rich culture along with various sports of the valley. The main attractions of this festival are trekking, rafting, zorbing, cycling and water rafting being the permanent element.

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir


Spituk Gustor Zanskar

The festival of ‘Spituk Gustor’ is a tibetan two-day festival that is celebrated in the Ladakh monasteries of Thiksey, Spituk, and Karsha Nanzkar. It is celebrated every year on 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar. Gustor means sacrifices made on the penultimate day of the month. The characteristic of this festival is the spectacular Black Hat Dance and also the masked dance, which is carried out by the priests. At the end, the sacrificial cake Torma is eaten. Amongst the most ritualistic festival, it represents the victory of good over evil.

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir


Hemis Festival

The Hemis festival is one of the most famous religious festivals and is an attraction for both the tourist and localites. It is a colorful two day affair that is celebrated on the 10th day (called Tse-Chu in the local language) of the Tibetan lunar month. It is basically the celebration of the birth anniversary of spiritual leader Padmasambhava. He was the founder of Tibet Tantric Buddhism. The Cham Dance is performed by masquerades in vivid brocade dresses and tinted masks. These masks are the most important component of the dance.

5 Festivals of JAmmu and Kashmir

Wall of Kindness in Jammu and Kashmir

Wall of Kindness in Jammu and Kashmir

Wall of Kindness in Jammu and Kashmir


“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.” – Alex Wek

Who knew that in our modern lifestyle and busy schedules, where people do not have enough time for self-care, a small-collective initiative of kindness could mend the lives of so many? Who knew that being a reason for somebody’s smile is the most precious gift of life? Nobody knew, until, they did something for someone selflessly.



Written on the walls of kindness, this slogan is warming the lives of people in the beautiful valleys of Jammu and Kashmir and around the globe. How?


History of Wall of Kindness

Wall of Kindness began as an initiative of charity to help the homeless in Iran. An anonymous person introduced this beautiful thought of hanging clothes and other useful items outside homes so that people who need it could take it. Slowly and gradually the practice spread across the world and in India, covering major states like Allahabad, Bhilwara, Jhalawar, Mysore, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Dehradun, Korba, Kolkata and finally to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Wall of Kindness is also called Deewar-e-Meherbani reflecting the basic purpose of the wall. It instils the values of kindness among people to follow the path of humanity. A volunteer from the initiative elaborated the emotion behind the wall and said “It’s beyond religion. We do not represent a particular sect of a community. We represent people”.


In Jammu and Kashmir



Jammu and Kashmir is the coolest state of India but also the warmest. Not particularly because of its weather in winters and summers but due to the warmth and love of the local people. The Wall of Kindness initiative came as an extremely inspiring way to help the needs of homeless people in the cold winters of Kashmir. The first wall was made by a group of men in Srinagar, who are associated with a global volunteer organisation, ‘Who is Hussain’. The wall was made behind the boundary wall of Pamposh Hotel at the bund in the Abi Guzar area of Srinagar on 4th December. The wall received a massive number of visitors who donated their coats, mufflers, caps, sweaters, etc. for the people who later took them. A very humble member, Abrar, of the organization, mentioned his happiness of serving the needy and said “Many needy people came today and took clothes from the wall. We want to extend this gesture to other localities as well”, after seeing the response they got on 4th of December in Srinagar.




On December 10th the Wall of Kindness reached Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where people with all their hearts put up clothes, daily food items and vegetables for anonymously helping the needy. The volunteers painted two walls in the region, one at the bus stand and another one in the vegetable market to give maximum exposure to the wall.


Indeed, it is through our actions and aspirations that we can create true beauty, mostly in the form of smiles that stretch on the faces of people. The volunteers of Wall of Kindness in Jammu and Kashmir are making their wishes to make as many people warm as they can this winter season. Let us all, whoever we are and wherever we are, take this beautiful gesture to heights and donate as much as we can and tell everybody we meet, take if you need, hang if you have.

Kashmir winters with Wills Lifestyle

Kashmir in winters is a white sparkling blanket of snow, stretched out to the horizon. Every bit of land shivers under the cold of day and goes to sleep in the arms of winter, regret less. Winters define Kashmir. Visit Kashmir in winters to fulfill those dreamy images that cross your mind when you think of snow. Grab some beautiful long coats and boots and come shout with us in joy from high snow-covered mountain peaks. Sit around a bonfire with lovable locals and their equally loving music. We promise you a cold and yet heartwarming winter holiday here with us while Wills Lifestyle adds the charm to it.


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The Lands Beyond are waiting.

On this note, Wills Lifestyle releases its 2018 winter collection with a touch of Kashmir in it. Starting from the poise in people, to the heritage of our valley, history and our age-old traditions, Wills has left no stones unturned to reflect the essence of Kashmir and knit it in their clothes. This 2018 clothing line is called “LANDS BEYOND”, a collection designed to take the autumn spent in the valleys of Kashmir to the lands beyond where the mountains wear a coat of snow, and the lakes freeze in cold.



Portrayed with a significance, Wills Lifestyles winter collection goes like this:

Wear the Valleys

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With this collection, Wills has extracted the scenic magic of Kashmir into its clothes. A scenery that reaches for the clouds and nestles with the wilderness on the ground that through these alpine vistas come together to form heavenly valleys. Wear our valleys and the divinity they reverberate with WLS.


Wear the History, Heritage & age-old Tradition

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Kashmir is not just a place, it’s an experience that spreads to centuries of tradition, craft, and culture. It’s a land of shore lakes that floats with a rich heritage through engraved history on boathouses. And while artists have come and gone, their art remains alive in the arms of the valley. Wills Lifestyle has shaped with love and handcrafted these traditions, history and heritage in their collection. Adorn and wear them to relinquish the timelessness of Kashmir.

Wear the Poise and Royalty

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Wear a way of life in Kashmir with WLS clothing that is scented with the fragrance of gardens, shrubs, and flowers. Carry the poise of evening light in their melting colour choices and the Royal stories of Kashmiri legends, their lifestyle, and beliefs entwined in every stitch. Wear Kashmir with WLS.


Wills Lifestyle has not only knitted but also made “Beyond Kashmir” collection, a lively experience for all those who wear it. And while making it, they have honored and appreciated every bit of our Kashmir. We wish that people love their collection and feel its connection to Kashmir. Visit us during this beautiful calm before the spring and celebrate a Kashmir, beyond Kashmir with WLS and us.

Picture Courtesy: Wills Lifestyle

Kashmir Autumn Festival and its Message

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Shikara rides, snow-capped mountains, musical evenings, and cruises – this is Kashmir Autumn Festival for you!

There is a negative perception about Kashmir which has affected the tourism industry and the local Kashmiris for years. For instance, take the case of skiing guide, Farooq Bhatt, who has been supplying jackets, shoes and skiing gears on hire from the past two decades to the tourists in Gulmarg. He travels from the nearby Tangmarg to serve the guests from around the world. He also guides and helps the tourists to ski near the gondola (state-run cable car service) in Gulmarg. Over the years, his income during the seasonal visit of tourists has drastically reduced from Rs. 1000/ day to Rs. 400/ day.


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The department of tourism of Jammu and Kashmir therefore organised a familiarisation tour to boost the morale of people like Farooq as well as others who are involved with tourism & hospitality industry of the state. The tour, lovingly called as the Kashmir Autumn Festival, was held during the mesmerizing autumn from 25th October 2018 to 27th Oct 2018. It was mainly aimed for writers, bloggers, artistes, entrepreneurs, Instagrammers and government officials from across the country. The objective of the festival was to change the negative perception about the picturesque Jammu and Kashmir valley and woo back our loving tourists.

Around 100 guests graced the three day Kashmir Autumn Festival and were acquainted with the breathtaking beauty of Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg. They were introduced to the myriad shades of valley, its people, traditional and popular music, an array of mouth-watering Kashmiri food and warm hospitality of the locals.


Day 1: Srinagar

Beginning with an inauguration ceremony at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), overlooking Dal Lake adding to the charm, Rigzin Samphel (Secretary Tourism of J&K) addressed the guests with a warm welcome. He mentioned that “Kashmir is not unsafe for tourists” and factually told everyone that there has been a 40 percent rise in international tourists. Post his speech, all guests were taken on a heritage tour from Pari Mahal, Chashme Shahi, Nishant Bagh and then finally ending with a cruise on Dal Lake.


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Day 2: Pahalgam

While mentioning the facts at Pahalgam Club, the chief executive officer of Pahalgam introduced the guests to the ground level problem. He told them that Pahalgam accounts for 70 percent of Kashmir’s tourist attraction and yet we have only received seven lakh tourists this year as compared to eleven lakhs in 2011.


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He toned down the seriousness of the matter and introduced the guests to the warmth of local people who offered them tea, local bakery and scrumptious lunch of gushtaba, rogan josh, lotus stem curry, chicken and fish at the serene Pahalgam Golf Course.

Post lunch, the tour headed to witness the dreamy Aru Valley, a haven for trekkers where time comes to a standstill in this far-off corner of Kashmir. As the day progressed, guests were amazed by the affection and warm hospitality of local venders and small traders, the reality of lack of income and opportunity visible on their faces.


Day 3: Gulmarg

Gulmarg, one of the most magnificent destinations in Jammu and Kashmir, was saved for the last day for our guests. The town has been welcoming tourists since colonial times with its colder climes, long walks, treks and golf course skiing.

On the final day at the Gulmarg Golf Club, guests of the tour were served with Harissa (a type of Haleem), kebabs, Kashmiri breads and different types of sauces with fries under the blue sky. Lunch at this serene place was a traditional affair followed by hot sips of Kahwah.


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A local manager, Abdul malik, of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) came face to face with the guests about the fall in tourists over the years. He mentioned that Gulmarg is known to provide peace to every mind that visits and a comfy stay at some of the best hotels of the state.

In this way, the wonderful three-day trip came to an end with delectable dinner, music and cheerfulness at a hotel in Gulmarg.


Through this article, we, The Kashmiri Life, call you to visit the magnificent Jammu and Kashmir and experience the warm hospitality of locals. Your visit means livelihood to many of our traders and vendors. Kashmir is safe as ever and people are welcoming as they always were. Visit us!

Snowfall in Kashmir

Snowfall in Kashmir

Snowfall in Kashmir

Winters are here already and there is no place better than Kashmir to celebrate winters especially ‘THE SNOWFALL’. A layer of snow over the mountains, eminent chinar trees and sunlight transmitting through the clouds makes a scenic view. You can’t even distinguish is it heaven or some place on Earth. No, I am not exaggerating but the beauty of Kashmir is for real, Winters are more like festival in Kashmir. Although it is freezing cold, temperature even goes to minus but it’s still so much fun. Now let’s have a look what all things you can do during the snowfall in Kashmir and make it even more joyful.



Kashmir provides you multiple options for the bunch of activities you can do here, for an incredible, one-of-its-kindexperience. Skiing, Sleigh Riding, Ice Skating and Ice Hockey are some of the best sports that will give you the adrenaline rush.


Snowfall in Kashmir

For Skiing, Gulmarg is the prime destination as it is one of the world’s highest lift-served ski resorts. Another attraction there, is the Gandola Cable Car lift which is one of the highest cable car projects in Asia.


Snowfall in Kashmir

For Ice Skating and Ice Hockey, Srinagar and Pahalgam are the ideal location. Don’t know how to play any of these sports? No need to worry as there are many trainers available who can guide you with these sports.

Still looking for more excitement? Try Heli-Skiing, to experience another level of thrill.  In Heli-Skiing, a chopper gets you to the   Like others, Gulmarg is the perfect spot for this too.



You must be thinking when it snows all around then how a ride in a river is possible. Yes, it is! The temperature during the winters goes to a certain level that makes the rivers and lakes in the region partially frozen. Dal Lake is perfect place for a ride in Shikara with your loved ones. The beauty of Dal is even more enhanced during the snowfall. It’s quite mesmerizing to be on a boat and soft snowflakes falling down silently. There are no ‘rush moments’ so you can completely relax and enjoy the beauty of Kashmir.

Recently, a group of college students from Kashmir have developed a ‘Shikara App’ for booking the rides. This has become a very convenient option for the people and has gained popularity.


Snowfall in Kashmir



Imagine stepping out of your tent in bone chilling weather and you are surrounded by snow from all the direction, isn’t it a dreamy site? Kashmir is the one of the best places for winter camping and trekking. Away from all the crowd, camping creates a peace within your heart and mind. Mount Nun Kun Camping, the trek to Sankaracharya and Mount Harmukh Camping are some of the location you can consider for camping.

Snowfall in Kashmir


Festivals and Fairs are the top attraction for the people during the season of winters. Every year in the month of January Snow Festival is held in Gulmarg. People come with full enthusiasm and attend all the fun activities and cultural shows. It’s a 3 day festival that includes a number of activities like snow cycling, snowboarding and skiing. However snow cycling is the most popular. Cultural shows represent the Kashmiri heritage and arts.

We can definitely say Snowfall in Kashmir is an experience we all should have at least once in a lifetime. Snow makes Kashmir happy!

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