After much contemplation and speculation, you have finally chosen Kashmir as your destination. Paradise on Earth awaits you and we will make sure that your plan works out by creating a timeline and guiding you step by step.
Pre-trip jitters are no strangers to us, which is why, it is essential to prep yourself way before the travel date! Here are a few tips to make yourself trip-ready and ensure that everything is in place before the D-day! Be it two weeks prior to the trip or just a few days before it, we have got you covered with all the necessities that you need to look into.
Two Weeks Prior to your Kashmir Trip
Here are some questions that you may have before you head on to the fun trip in Kashmir.
What Should I pack?
What Is The Maximum Luggage Allowed By Airlines And How Many Kgs?
However, please check the luggage rules of the airline you are flying as these tend to differ across carriers.
Two To Three Days Before The Trip
Power Banks And Adapters
You need to make sure that you are accessible at all times. It is essential to stay connected with the people you are travelling with and to have access to information while on the go. Hence, make sure that your power banks are always charged in case your phone batteries run out during the trip. You do not want a dead phone when you reach an unknown destination. Also, do not forget to carry universal plug chargers and adapters. You will usually find two and three round pin plugs used in Kashmir.
Always keep a first aid kit bag handy with you in case of any emergencies.
The Day Of Travel
Carry some ready to eat food like biscuits, nuts, sandwiches or rolls to keep your stomach full during the trip and just in case the airlines food doesn’t suit you. Homemade food is safer as you do not want an upset stomach on a flight or a train. Do carry some sweets, toffees or candies in case you feel nauseous while on the road.
God forbid, if unwanted circumstances interrupt your trip or cut it short after the bookings have been made, travel insurance is a way to get some of your money back. Most domestic travel insurance companies in India provide you services such as medical assistance on your phone across the country and reimbursement of medical costs during the trip, no matter where you are.
Always keep handy the numbers of the local Consulate, police and other emergency services as well as of the travel consultants and agents you have organised your trip through.
Confirm your hotel bookings and ask for the payment receipt or booking voucher before you reach your destination. Some also provide pick up and drop facilities from and to the airport. SOTC also organises hotel bookings for you as a part of its holiday packages.
Credit cards are accepted by most hotels and restaurants in Kashmir. You will also find 24/7 ATMs. MasterCard and Visa are the widely accepted credit cards in Kashmir. However, it is advisable to carry some cash if you plan to head to remote areas.
During The Trip
If you are visiting Kashmir, learning a few Kashmiri/Koshur phrases could prove to be handy for you. Here are some phrases in the most widely spoken language in Kashmir:
However, Urdu and Hindi are also languages spoken in Kashmir.
Tips For Travelling In Kashmir
Head to Srinagar; take the shikara ride and visit the Moghul gardens. Visit Gulmarg and engage in some skiing, mountain biking and trekking. Go to the golden meadows of Sonmarg and take some nature walks with your family.
Getting around - The most convenient way to explore Kashmir would be to hop on to the minibuses and taxis available. If you want to engage in some sightseeing, do so in the state luxury buses operated by J&K Tourism Development Corporation. Hire a tourist taxi if you wish to go on trips and excursions.
Some food specialities of Kashmir include Modur Pulav, Yakhni (yoghurt lamb curry), Dum Olav and Kashmiri Muji Gaad.
Do take some time out to take a piece of this paradise home. Buy pashmina shawls, vintage maps of Kashmir and red Kashmiri chillies.
Tipping - It is not really necessary to tip the waiters in Kashmir. However, it is almost always appreciated. 10% of a bill is considered to be acceptable.
Cost of living in Kashmir
Please note that these costs are only indicative and are subject to change.
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