Kashmir Itinerary Essentials: Avoid These 10 Travel Mistakes
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10 Mistakes to Steer Clear of in Your Kashmir Itinerary

Oct 6th, 2023

Are you planning a trip to the breathtakingly beautiful region of Kashmir? Known as the "Paradise on Earth", Kashmir is a traveler's delight, with snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys, and crystal-clear lakes. With its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, it's no surprise that Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. However, there are some common mistakes that travelers make while planning their Kashmir itinerary that can ruin their experience. Let’s dive into the top 10 mistakes that travelers to Kashmir often make, so that you can avoid them and make the most of your trip.
1. Not obtaining the necessary permits: If you plan to visit certain restricted areas in your Kashmir itinerary, such as some regions near the Line of Control or areas close to the international borders, you may need special permits. Check with local authorities or your tour operator about the permit requirements to access these areas. Example: Gurez and Bangus valley.

2. Not choosing the right time to visit: Kashmir experiences distinct seasons. The summer months (May to August) are generally pleasant, while winters (December to February) can be quite cold, with heavy snowfall. The spring and autumn seasons also offer beautiful landscapes. Consider your preferences and activities you want to indulge in when choosing the best time to visit Kashmir. The connectivity also depends on the season, as during winter, the road remains closed for a couple of days, so be informed about the traffic flow before stepping out from homes.


Photo:  Sonamarg, Kashmir
3. Not packing the appropriate clothing: Depending on the time of your visit, pack clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Summers may require light clothing, while winters demand heavy woolens. Don't forget to carry a good pair of walking shoes for exploring the scenic places.


Photo:  Tulip Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir
4. Not respecting local customs and traditions: Kashmiri culture is deeply rooted in traditions, and the people are very proud of their heritage. Respect their customs and religious practices. It's advisable to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. It is not necessary to respect the customs of Kashmir but wherever you go we should respect the customs of the region.


Photo:  Kahwa Tea, Kashmir
5. Not bargaining wisely: If you plan to shop in local markets, be prepared to bargain. Bargaining is a common practice in the region, but do it respectfully and with a smile. You will get the heavy discounts if bargained happily.
6. Not respecting the environment: Kashmir's natural beauty is its most significant attraction. Help preserve it by not littering and being responsible for your waste disposal. As we have the most famous Kashmiri proverb “ANN POUSH TELLI YELLI WANN POUSH '' which means flowers will be, when there are forests.
 
Photo:  Dal Lake, Kashmir
7. Not booking in advance: Since Kashmir is one of the most beautiful and scenic locations for the tourists in India hence it gets sold out quickly, so it's always advisable to book the accommodation, transport, Gondola tickets in advance, just to make your journey hassle free. Besides, when you don’t book in advance you’re more likely to overlook small details you would notice if you had more time.


Photo:  Gondola Ride, Gulmarg, Kashmir
9. Underestimating Altitude Sickness: Srinagar is located at a high altitude, and some travelers may experience altitude sickness, especially if they are arriving from low-lying areas. Take it easy during the first couple of days to acclimatize and stay hydrated. Avoid strenuous activities until you feel comfortable with the altitude.


Photo:  Surmarg, Kashmir
10. Not Going for Shopping: One mistake to avoid when visiting Srinagar is not indulging in the vibrant shopping scene. The city is famous for its exquisite handicrafts, including intricately woven Kashmiri shawls, Paper Mache, handcrafted wooden items, and delicate Pashmina garments. Don't miss the opportunity to explore local markets like Lal Chowk and Residency Road, where you can find a treasure trove of unique souvenirs and traditional Kashmiri products.


If you are looking for assistance in planning your perfect Kashmir itinerary, we have the perfect solution for you. Meet Muzaffar Bhat, a seasoned local tour expert based in Srinagar, who can help curate a memorable Kashmir holiday just for you. At OurGuest, we understand the importance of personalized travel experiences, and with Muzaffar's expertise, we ensure that your trip to Kashmir is everything you dreamed of and more. Don't hesitate to reach out to us and let us help you create the perfect Kashmir itinerary.

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