Here's something exciting for all the winter lovers out there! In order to promote tourism of Jammu & Kashmir, particularly during the winter, the tourism department of Jammu & Kashmir has arranged a new campaign called Valley Weekend.
The event will have sports and entertaining activities going on all through winter. Sports will include competitions like fishing, cycling, marathons, snowshoe running, etc., while other activities will include folk music of J&K, theatrical performances, rock music concerts and more.
Another addition to these activities will be food trucks and carts of J&K's heritage. This attempt to promote tourism has apparently received a lot of positive response from across the world. The event is said to begin this weekend and will go on till the end of winter.
Since Pahalgam has mostly become a summer destination for tourists, the tourism department wants to promote it as a winter spot for more than just skiing in the snow (according to a Kashmir-based news article).
If you're wondering what else you could do on a visit to the mesmerising state of India, then here are a few fun things you can indulge in at Jammu & Kashmir.
Ride On A Shikara At Dal Lake
Srinagar's glittering Dal Lake, one of the most sought-after tourist spots, is home to a special kind of water ride called shikara. Take a ride through the blissful Dal Lake in a shikara and observe the beauty of the mighty snow-capped mountains that surround the city.
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You can also observe the floating flowers and vegetable market that comes alive at dawn, around 4.30-5.30 am. Apart from a ride on the shikara, you can even rent a houseboat and live on the beautiful Dal Lake for a few days.
Endless Adventure Activities!
Jammu & Kashmir has the most stunning landscapes that offers base to indulge in infinite adventure activities, perfect for all the adventure enthusiasts out there.
River Lidder in Pahalgam is ideal for white-water river rafting while the snow-filled slopes of Gulmarg's hills offer a great place for skiing. Ladakh is a well-known treasure trove of adventures like mountain biking, trekking, mountaineering, you name it!
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Binge On The Unique Kashmiri Food
Every state has its own distinct and unique cuisine that has to be tried without fail, especially if you're a foodie. Some of the most popular dishes in Kashmiri cuisine that you must try include paneer chaman, Kashmiri mutton yakhni, matschgand and have the Kashmiri kahwa (tea).
Visit Beautiful Buddhist Monasteries
Jammu & Kashmir is known for being home to some of the most important and magnificent Buddhist monasteries in India. These monasteries usually have exquisite carvings of the life of Buddha in detail, as part of their monasteries either on the walls or as Thangkas or Buddhist paintings made on silk, cotton or other such cloth material.
Some of the beautiful monasteries you can visit in Kashmir includes Basgo Monastery, Diskit Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastery to name a few.
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Jammu & Kashmir, as we know it, is an outstanding state that has so much to be explored. Plan for a 2-3 week trip to Kashmir and visit top places like Srinagar, Ladakh, Gulmarg, Udhampur, Sonmarg, etc. Have a snow fight, take a pony ride through the valleys of Kashmir and just enjoy in the pristine beauty of the state.