Kashmir Travel Guide
Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its hues with the seasons – always extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the source of great rivers, which flow down into the valleys, forested with orchards and decorated by lily-laden lakes.
Kashmir Travel Guide
The Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valley’s cool environs in summer. Here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagar’s many formal, waterfront gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. Anecdotes of four and five centuries ago describe their love for these gardens, and the rivalries that centred around their ownership. They also patronized the development of art & craft among the people of Kashmir, leaving behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among thes people and making the handicrafts of the land prized gifts all over the world.
Kashmir Travel Guide
Kashmir is a land where myriad holiday ideas are realised. In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, there is skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding, etc. along the gentle slopes. In spring and summer, the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the many delights the mountains and valleys have to offer. Golfing at 2,700 m above the sea, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for prized rainbow trout, or simply drifting down the willow fringed alleys of lakes in shikaras and living in gorgeous houseboats are some of the most favorite activities.
In summer, daisies carpet parks and gardens all over Kashmir
Kashmir has four distinct seasons, each with its own peculiar character and distinctive charm. These are spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Spring, which extends roughly from March to early May, is when a million blossoms carpet the ground. The weather during this time can be gloriously pleasant at 23oC or chilly and windy at 6oC. This is the season when Srinagar experiences rains, but the showers are brief.
Summer extends from May until the end of August. You may require light woollens to wear out of Srinagar. In higher altitudes night temperatures drop slightly. Srinagar at this time experiences day temperatures of between 25oC and 35oC. At this time, the whole valley is a mosaic of varying shades of green – rice fields, meadows, trees, etc. Srinagar with its lakes and waterways is a heaven after the scorching heat of the Indian plains.
Shalimar Gardens in autumn
The onset of autumn, perhaps Kashmir’s loveliest season, is towards September, when green turns to gold and then to russet and red. The highest day temperatures in September are around 23 C and night temperatures dip to 10 C by October, and further drop by November, when heavy woolens are essential.
Kashmir Valley in winter
Through December, to the beginning of March is winter time, which presents Srinagar in yet another mood. Bare, snow-covered landscapes being watched from beside the warmth of a fire is a joy that cannot be described to anyone who has not experienced it. Some houseboats and hotels remain open in winter-these are either centrally heated or heated with ‘bukharis’, a typically Kashmiri stove kept alight with embers of wood, quite effective in the winter.
Kerala Travel Guide
Kerala is situated in the tropical Malabar Coast of Southern India. The state has distinction of having the highest literacy rate in comparison to the other state of India. Kerala- God’s own country is the tagline adopted for the promotion of tourism in the state by the Government. Kerala has emerged as one of the top tourist spots in India. The green strip that is Kerala is known for its panoramic natural beauty, art and culture and bio- diversity.
The state of Kerala is spread over the area of 38,863 sq. km. it is divided into 14 districts. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the main religion of the state with Malayalam being its official language. The climate of the state is very pleasant as it is situated at the costal area of India. Temperature rarely deeps below 18° C in the winter season and exceeds 33° C in the summer. Kerala Travel Services offers Kerala Travel Guide to offer you the complete information on Kerala
How to get there?
Kerala is accessible with all mode of transport like airways, railways and roadways to its major cities.
Alleppey : Often referred as Venice of the East, this place is famous for its fascinating beaches.
Ernakulam : Also known as Kochi, it is the famous port of India. This is also highly industrialized region of Kerala. Bolghatty Palace, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue etc. are some of the famous places in the city.
Kannur : This is the sea coast town in the northern Malabar area. Aaralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Dharmadam Island, Moppila Bay etc. are some of the prime destinations in this city.
Kottayam : Located in the southern part of Kerala is an important commercial center of Kerala. Bharananganam, Valiyapalli Church, Cheryapalli etc. are worth seeing here.
Munnar : Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Kuthumkal Waterfalls and Observatory Hills are the sites one should not miss.
Kozhikode (Calicut) : Historically important, Vasco da Gama first landed in India, at Kappad near Kozhikode in 1498 AD. Pookot Lake, Ettumanoor Temple, Pazhassi Raja Museum are some of the famous tourist destinations of this place.
Thiruvananthapuram : This is the capital city of Kerala. Aaranmula Boat Race, Varkala Beach, Aaranmula, Aarattu, Agastyarkoodam are some of the tourist attractions of this city.