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Professional Travel Blogger and founder of The Ghumakkads. Bhawna Mohinani is graduate in Mass Communication & Postgraduate in Travel and Tourism Management.

How to book cheap flights and hotels?

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Your destination could be far but pocket-friendly travel is not far now. Here to my traveling fellows, no need to wait for discounts and sales. Stop wasting your time waiting and checking for good fake deals from various websites and sellers. Get up smarter and look up for these few tips. Because your vacationing need not stop. So If you want to know how to book cheap flights and hotels you are at the right place.

• Stop yelling! Your search should be your new secret.

Always when you search for flights, your cookies and server details are automatically saved. This result in higher price every next time you will search for the same. They use the scary marketing method to make you book early. Do not panic and act smartly as them. Always use private browsing or incognito mode while you are searching for flight booking through Chrome or Safari. Open a new incognito window for all your searches. Do not let the sellers know about Skyscannert your repetitive searches and get the best prices at your time.

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• Make it fast. Book soon.

This could be irony to my first point. But yes, book early to get best prices. Booking in advance will always result in good discounted rates. Book your hotels and flights as soon as you confirm with your travel plans.

 

5 reasons to pack up for your trip to Kashmir Ki Waadis.

• Book in the mid weekdays.

You will always get a difference in airfares and hotel rates when you search and book on Tuesdays, Wednesdays while that too on Saturdays and Sundays. And the same goes for the dates of traveling and staying too. Thus you need to look for the correct time of booking and traveling. Flexibility with days can leave you lot of money.

• Try booking hotel directly.

The mid working websites may give you great deals but for sure must be earning some profits for themselves. Thus, to save your pocket, directly search and contact to hotels for booking. Ask for best discounts and pay directly. Even try the direct website booking in case of flights too.

Stay Flexible with dates

• Stay flexible with dates.

Always search for the rates with flexible dates. Or look for the rates selecting the dates of the whole month in preference. This will help you in comparing and searching for best prices.

• Compare before booking.

Comparison before final booking is a must. Go and search through various websites and confirm. There are now websites like Trivago and Skyscanner which makes comparison easier. Look for all deals together and compare for the best one according to your choices.

 

Also If you are looking for some other ways to save money while traveling, you should definitely read our post Working: Creative ways to save money while traveling

Happy Wandering!!

How to become tourist guide in India?

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How to Become a Tourist Guide in India

The job of a tourist guide always sounds to be interesting and fun. Yes, it might be one but not that easy. Roaming different places every day, interacting with new groups, new languages, new tradition and many more need hard work too. The job may look cool in today’s office culture but it is not. I won’t burn your desires to be a tourist guide, you will surely love this profession if understood the work culture and polish yourself, being one. You need to work hard for this too. Sorry for showing it not much easy but will not shatter your dreams. To become a tourist guide is of course fun and full of experiences. We try to provide the help you need to be the tourist guide in India. Here are answers to your questions on the way to how to become a tour guide in India.

Qualifications required to become tourist guide:

The job of tourist guide is very challenging and needs preparation. There are many institutes and universities which run certificate and diploma courses for tourist guide. These courses provide you all the knowledge about sites, historical monuments and destinations with the facts the places hold. Also, the course includes practical knowledge to enter the market. But now most of the companies and several states of India have made it mandatory to own the license approved by Ministry of Tourism to work officially and permanently as a tourist guide. The government provides the license to regional level tourist guide and also runs Regional Level Guide Training Program (RLGTP). These programs and training sessions are conducted under the guidance of Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM) or other government recognized institutes. The course trains the person about the knowledge of places and regions, management ethics for the group, aspects of handling challenges and knowledge of policies.

Source: Ministry Of Tourism

Eligibility to apply for the tourist guide course:

Fluency in English speaking, graduates in any discipline. The degree and diploma in travel, hospitality and archaeology is an add-on. Also, preference is given to those with the knowledge of any foreign language. The course requires the minimum age of 20 years.

A written test is conducted for selection, which comprises:

  • General Knowledge
  • History
  • Knowledge of tourist destination, monuments and sites.

Personal Characteristics required for tourist guide:

Not only knowledge works every time, the job of tourist guide demands more than that. This follows:

  • Pleasing, positive personality.
  • Good communication skills with a narrative way of explaining things.
  • Always updated and keen to know more.
  • Extrovert and friendly nature.
  • The ability of problem-solving and helpful nature.
  • Physically fit and must have basic knowledge of first- aid.

Also Read: Working: Creative ways to save money while traveling

Other aspects of tourism jobs:

If anyhow you fail to become a tourist guide, do not bother. If your heart connects to tourism and you need to be in touch with traveling, your door does not close after tourist guide. There are many more options for jobs in the field of tourism.

Here is a quick look at the list of tourism jobs:

Travel Agent:

Do not only travel alone, make the world travel with you. You can be the middleman. Arrange the travel facilities like airlines, hotels, car rentals, etc. to the public on behalf of service providers.

Tour Operator:

Take challenges and earn experience in the travel field. Come out as an entrepreneur. Become a tour operator. Own the services for the betterment of tourists.

Hospitality:

It is a large field of the carrier in itself. Try your hand out in hotels and restaurants.
Airlines: If not only land, you want to conquer the skies then this is your world. There are many job opportunities in airlines too.

These are the few options that will keep you in the world of travel, keeping you in touch with your desire of traveling from time to time. Stay tuned to know more and let us know your queries, further in such fields. We answer to them too.

Review: Adventure course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering- A must on your list.

Working: Creative ways to save money while traveling

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Creative ways to save money while traveling

Traveling to new places is forever yes! But dad’s pocket is not always loving and friendly supporting you in all your plans. We need to look for some healthy creative ways to save money while traveling. You do not always need to postpone your plans being short of money. It is how smartly you conquer the problem of saving money to travel. You actually need to be smart enough to travel and not only wallets full of money. We have some ideas to lend you on how to save money to travel. Take a look:

Saving demands committed relationship.

If your love for traveling is really true. Show it. Save money is the foremost option. Saving is difficult. Of course but will give you richer results, when you come back from your lately planned trip. I bet it will shower much more love than your commitment with all your girlfriends! Earn extra, reduce your expenses, kill your demands, save
shamefully. Coz goddamn! You gonna chill with that money.

Budget your life and your trip.

To save money we have some steps too. Keep an eye on your lifestyle. Note it and know your expenses. Cut out yourself from your worthless expenses. Later know the plan of your trip and budget it accordingly. Plan your trip wisely. Know your expense. Start savings according to the required budget of your trip.

Connect with locals and turn local.

Try to be in contact and friend with locals. They will help you out with cheaper ways for all. Also, they are a great source of knowledge of the place. Travel like locals. Use public transports. Not only, will save money. It will also share authenticity to your travel experience.

Also Read: What is your traveling activity

Find Travel Partner.

Your partner can be your savior. This idea will help you out in money shares at places while traveling. Food, transport, accommodation all expense could be lesser because of your handful partner.

Overnight Journeys are a great idea too.

This will help you save some pocket in accommodation expense. Sleep while you are traveling through transports. This will save your time and expenses too.

Look for offers and discount coupons.

Travel when no one is traveling. This will give you all offers and discounts to get more. This needs searches and mind to look for the real profit you are actually getting out of it. Do not rely on every offer coz it could be a hoax. And try to book most of the things directly on your own. Depending on the third party will cut your pocket.

Go for cheap stay ideas.

There are hostels, guesthouses which can accommodate cheaper rates. Also do not book it in advance, if not going on a rush place. Sometimes you may get cheaper rates on instant bookings. You can look for Couchsurfing too. It is to stay with locals. This adds-on for the authentic and more knowledgeable trip. Or another good option is to go camping if you have stuff.

Try to earn while traveling.

Based on your skills try to look for ways of earning while traveling too. This will act as helping hand at tours. Check out and think of such ideas. Earn extra and travel better.

Do not give up on your dream of traveling.

Yes, this is the most important factor. It may be a long, difficult journey before you actually go for your awaited trip. But make it sure, this will be worth of all your sacrifices you do. Stay focused on your dream to travel. Dream more to achieve more.

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Review: Adventure course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering- A must on your list.

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is known to be the most prestigious mountaineering institute in our country and around the world. Keeping an eye to the view of promoting mountaineering and adventure sports amongst the young generation with the thought of environment conservation, the institute is a great initiative from Government. It is the first mountaineering institute following to presently many private and government-controlled institutes with the same motive. Established on 14th November 1965 in Uttarkashi, on the name of first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, to pay honor to his love for mountains and nature.

About adventure course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering:

Although the institute runs various courses related to mountains with a high level of technicality and expertise. The adventure course at NIM is bliss amongst all of them to show your love for mountains. It’s a 15-day package of activities and training. Helps to learn and know more about mountains filled with a bag full of adventure activities. Adventure course will provide you with the basic knowledge regarding the maximum activities. Comes in this list are

  • rappelling
  • rock climbing
  • trekking
  • river crossing
  • bush crafting
  • a map locating in mountains and forests
  • camping

and many more to catch your excitement to learn and know all 15 days. Not only a hand in activities but with all the basic theoretical and technical knowledge to live in mountains. Also, the campus has various activities areas. Oh yeah! You will also get movie sessions.

 

Also Read: What is your travelling activity

How to apply for Adventure Course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering?

Certificate : Adventure Course at NIM
Certificate: Adventure Course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering

The course runs in various batches for men, women and mixed too between the age of 14- 40 years in good health. The course can be easily applied through institute’s official website. The website is very user- friendly. Which provide you with the course details and schedule of batches on yearly basis. To apply for the course, there are two forms. First is the application form and other the medical form. The medical form is a time taking process. The adventure course runs on a fee of just INR 4000/-. Which includes

  • Staying at hostel and camps from Institute for 15 days,
  • Transportation expense within the course
  • Meals for 15 days,
  • Technical equipment required

and many more on the list with great training under friendly staffs building a good sense of discipline. Also, the courses at NIM are very demanding and works at limited times a year. Thus you might get waiting list when you try. But have patience man! Coz it would gonna be worthwhile all your wait. But then you have options of other institutes too for the same course.

Badge ceremony: Adventure ceremony at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering
Badge ceremony: Adventure ceremony at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering

Why a must on everyone’s list?

Adventure course is those best 15 days which will give you positive, new reasons for your life. Mountains and nature always turn to be great in bringing positivity and course help you provide that with an add-on to your desire of indulging in adventure activities. The campus itself has a lot of man- built activities and also they take you in the real world for natural ways of experiencing. It is the place where you come above your fear, be it in any way within you. Also with the group of trainees who will come up to be in your batch will become your new family giving you lots of memories and friends for your lifetime.

 

The course will not only help you get the best of knowledge in adventure activities but also provide you life- lessons of moral, ethics, discipline and for sure increase your love for nature if you already have. And if you do it after your school and college life being busy in your work stress, this course will be the moment to cherish your life back from those days. Although being from my part of experience it could be best to do to get a whole lot of things on a single door and that too, on a very affordable price. The campus is well built in the laps of mountains.

 

Clean environment and about food, what to say, you may get tired of eating but they won’t get tired of providing and serving best meals, every time. Also, the campus has a friend zoned canteen too, to hang- out with your new friends. This was all I could share my experience on the course in a minimum of words I could try but I am sure it won’t go wrong in your experience too. I could still feel best from my heart thinking of those days.

 

Also Read: How to become a Tourist Guide In India?

Ratings:

Through my experience looking for overall I received from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, it will be 4.5*/5* and I leave this 0.5* in the ways how you come back from there. A very budget- friendly trip with adventure, fun, friends and love for nature and mountains.

9 reasons why Pushkar Mela is must visit once a lifetime

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The very known Pushkar Mela is celebrated every year in the month of October- November, around full moon night of Hindu month Kartik or the Kartik Purnima. The seven day long fair is a preparation of months and attracts masses of tourists from all around the world.

Pushkar Mela has various reasons that make it world famous.

1. Largest camel trading fair in the world:

Pushkar Mela: Largest camel trading fair in the world:
Pushkar Mela: Largest camel trading fair in the world:

Nomads, herders and visitors come together here in large numbers for buying and selling livestock. Not only camel but it is the market for the trading of all kinds of livestock. This would be the only one-time experience to see thousands of camels and cattle together at a place like this.

2. Dive into different colors of hot air balloons:

hot air balloons in Pushkar Mela
hot air balloons in Pushkar Mela

Numbers and vibrant colors of hot air balloons will give your eyes an amazing view in both the ways, either while flying in one or viewing it all on the deserts of Pushkar city. It is great to have a panoramic view of that pretty cultural crowd from one of those balloons. Also a must activity to collect wonders in your camera.

3. Unusual and bizarre competitions:

Unusual and bizarre competitions in pushkar mela

You will feel weird about yourself knowing about the competitions that take place here at Pushkar Mela. The longest mustaches competition, turban tying, ‘matki phod’ are some of them. These will gift you unforgetful memories for your lifetime.

4. Collection of some new items for shopaholics:

new items to shop at pushkar mela

The place is enormous for buying and filling your bags with colorful Rajasthani souvenirs. Those colored ‘ghagra –choli’, ‘pagdis’ and ‘juttis’ will definitely catch your eyes and help you prepare for the coming festive seasons.

5. Fusions of band performances:

Fusions of band performances at pushkar mela

Hey there all music lovers, the place can surprise you with many world famous band performers, performing with cultural fusion here. Well-known artists and performers from all corners of the world reach out at Pushkar Fair for live band shows with full on fusions.

( Also Read: 10 Destinations to Visit in India for your bachelor Trip. )

6. Camel- cart ride:

Camel-cart ride at pushkar mela

Do go for a camel ride or beautifully decorated camel- cart ride here. It will give you the touch of kings and queens from ancient. And the camel ride in deserts is never a ‘no’.

7. Finest Rajasthani Cuisine:

Finest Rajasthani Cuisine at pushkar mela

Also not a disappointment for the ‘foodie’ inside you. This is a one hand opportunity for you to please your taste buds with all sorts of Rajasthani cuisine. Kachori, Churma and many more are must try at the fair.

8. Desert Camping:

Desert camping at pushkar mela

Camping is a forever fun and then night under the stars on the cold dusky desert is an ad on for enjoyment. Groups dancing, singing and staying together will be everlasting in your hearts.

9. A composition of Culture:

Composition of Culture at pushkar mela

Rajasthan is full of immense pleasurable activities and the Pushkar Mela is the place where it comes all together. Puppet shows, ‘kalbeliyas’, desert kite flying and many more. You get chance here to be the part of it. It is the event you can touch the originality of Rajasthan.

So if this is your first trip, do read our article “Tips, Advice & Plannings for your first trip

Tips, Advice & Plannings for your first trip

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Traveling every time comes with a lesson. With lots of memories and fun the place always leaves its mark of experience. Although it is always your attitude how you carry things, but a little help while trying something new is never no. Here’s a small effort from our end to make your trip better to best.

Look for the quick hot short tips for your first trip:

1. Do not over book!!

Yes, everybody knows that traveling to a new place could be a challenge without things be pre- planned, but do keep some space to change your itinerary according to the situations there. Book for the big things or for the initials. But further leave chance of flexibility to experience better.

2. Decide your destination and research:

While deciding to head for a holiday, be sure with the destination you choose. Also move up with some research of a place you are traveling to. The weather, area, safety and many on the list can make or break the reason of your fun. So do know about the destination of your travel.

3. Always travel with handy medical kit and insurance.

Consult your doctor before leaving for a new place with a prescription of medical kit to carry. It is always good to be loaded with the utilities at a new place. Travel insurance is a help regarding any losses you face in a new place. But do make sure to know the activities and purpose of the insurance you are buying from the company because all travel insurance does not serve every case of travel loss.

4. Make challenges to yourself:

Do not make the trip boring and all smooth. Enhance your travelling experience by challenging yourself. Go for adventure, try the locals, get erotic, taste the originality. Roam out of your comfort zones, stretch yourself for making it worth for your lifetime.

5. Stay patient:

Hold on and take a deep breath. There could be problems and situations of panic. You can get robbed or miss a bus or a train. Whatever the situation come, handle it patiently. It is not always good to be annoyed and angry. These will give you much more to experience for.

6. Oh yeah!! Carry etiquettes. Its mandatory!!

Wherever you go all through the world, respect is what works everywhere. Do not lose your manners being on holiday. Your behavior works, use them. Positive attitude and manner does not have language or space barrier so make it right to get right.

7. Go local:

You will get to know more about a place by interacting with locals. None of google can be much more authentic than the locals. Trust them, learn local words, make new friends. Knowing locals is to know more about a place. It will make your experience rich.

There is always much to learn and it can head to a long list but staying positive and excited is the only tip that will work forever. I am sure your experience can come with something new to learn in tip count. Thus, travel more, learn more!!

 

Traveling might go tough sometimes bringing you in difficulties. To make a new place up to your comfort level you can also look for some travel safety tips for your first successful travel.

5 Best Water Sports Destination in India

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Water Sports Destinations in India: When summers on the door, water is the only source and then it’s a big yes if comes to adventure mixed with water. India has made a remarkable growth in water adventure sports in coming years. Few destinations have increased its tourism market by coming into the list of water sports destinations. Check it out which is still to cover in your travelling list with the sports left:

1.White Water Rafting in Rishikesh

Source: Google

The renowned destination for white water rafting in India is Rishikesh. Although there are many more in the list but Ganga River giving the natural bumps and cliffs at Rishikesh is still the best case of adventure. Get some splash of water there.

2. Water Sports in Goa

Source: Google

Known to be the water sport capital of India. Majorily every water fun could be caught in Goa attracting large mass of tourists all through the year. Water scooter, banana ride, bumper ride for the thrill or under water trips through snorkeling and diving. Even rafting is not left here, check it out at Mhadei River. You can also try kayaking, sailing, surfing, etc according to your grades of training and experiences.

3. Surfing in Kanyakumari

Source: Google

It is the most recommended destination for surfing in India. The good waves make Kanyakumari best for surfing. Shake up yourself in the hides of tides. Being the beach side destination, it is also place to snorkeling and scuba diving.

4. Bamboo Rafting Wayanad

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Tried rafting? Now try it out in newer way. Wayanad is known for its unique style bamboo rafting for pleasant and spectacular views through calm river stretch. Make it once for a soothing and relaxing experience.

5. Snorkeling & Scuba diving Andaman Island

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Another hub for the water sport activities is here. From snorkeling and scuba diving to how about a walk under water?? You can get everything here..!! It gives water activities a newer turn. Andaman is the only place in India where you can visit under water through a semi submarine. Also glass bottom boat is another good form of visiting underwater without getting wet.

Mumbai Street Food: 8 best things to eat in Mumbai

Aamchi Mumbai, the city of dreams is not only busy with fast running lives of people there. Ever tried to look it from the other side? Take out time for small deep breath coz this city is always busy working and check out the yum side of ‘Mumbaikars’.

The red bull for people of Bombay lies in its food story. Check it out with this picture story. Let’s see can you resist your tastebuds looking at it or will run on any of its stall.

8 best street food to eat in Mumbai

1. Vada Pav: Lifeline of Mumbai.

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2. Pav Bhaji & Tawa Pulao: Make your drives mouth- watering.

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3. Ice Gola: Not only the old Kala- Khatta and Red Juice. Try new milk- malai golas in chocolate, ice- blue, strawberry and many more flavours.

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4. Bhajia: Kanda Bhajia and Tea makes the perfect evening here

5. Bhelpuri-Sevpuri: Beach side walk at juhu and then chatak bhel puri and sev puri… ahaa!! Life is wonderful because of food.

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6. Ragda Pattice: Combination of soft and spicy pattice. Mumbai streets are rich with flavours.

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7. Bombay Sandwich: Now can be found everywhere with the same name. Must try at the place of its origin.

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8. Falooda: Kuch meetha ho jae se meetha hona jaruri hai when its glass of falooda.

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Tungnath-Chandrashila Trek: Pack up for the peak

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Recent visit for the Tungnath-Chandrashila trek summit guided me with the newer phase of trekking. Always read and heard of weather disturbing the routes and resulting in unfulfilled plans, but this time I got to know it deeper. The pretty beautiful rain and hails on heights might give us the pleasure of cold but could be exactly very dangerous on our walkways. But I will not deny with the fact that despite of heavy rains the little hope of sunshine always brightened the day once. We walked our ways cheering up with the blooming spring through the forest ways from Deoriatal to Chopta. Routes of Chandrashila connect up with the hindu pilgrimage spot of Lord Shiva.

Tungnath Temple

Tungnath Temple

It is termed to be the highest Shiva temple in the country. According to mythology the temple is known as the ‘Tritiya Panch Kedar’ depicting the story of Pandavas from Mahabharata, searching for Lord Shiva to convince him for the guilt of killing their brothers, Kauravas.

Route Illustration:

Route Illustration to Tungnath-Chandrashila trek

Illustration is actually the perfect term while moving in the laps of mountains because it proves that how beautifully the nature has illustrated itself. Curves, streams, mountains surrounding rich vegetation, birds and flora, it is a wholesome package. The trek to Chandrashila is via Deoriatal, Chopta between the lush green forests, best in springs with pink beauty. Large eagles in the skies flying between mountains giving picturesque view to capture and save it in your memories forever. Moving on to the height look for the clouds coming on your way with you and let you feel for the breezers around you. Ahh!! How can I go forward without sharing about Himalayan Magpies near my campsite, one pretty evening. Such a beauty it was with the vibrant colours. Every time I visit such places, help me prove that nature is the answer to all the stress of our lives.

Unfulfilled Trek:

Heavy Rainfall during Tungnath-Chandrashila trek

Heavy rainfall and bad weather conditions with all white out and hail could not support us for the summit to the Chandrashila Peak. We did it till Tungnath Temple (12,073ft.) from where it was just the distance of 1km left to reach the top of Chandrashila but decided to get back from there. The peak is of 13,000ft but still we could not win it. This is the story of mountains, you cannot ever conquer them until the mountain itself want you to do that. Although I left with the summit this time, but I returned with the rich, healthy experience for my lifetime.

5 reasons to pack up for your trip to Kashmir Ki Waadis.

Kashmir, The title of story is in itself magical. As we read out this place or think of it, brings the glimpse of Kashmir being the only heaven on Earth. But not only the views and weather there, the city will leave you with many reasons to fall in love. Every season has something different to offer you. We will give you reasons to pack up for your trip to Kashmir Ki Waadis.

Check out the list of varieties you get there:

1. Skiing:

May be the most common reason to visit Kashmir will be skiing. The best ski- resort in India is at the terrains of Gulmarg, giving you the extra- ordinary feeling of fun with snow. You can get various ski- packages in Gulmarg.

Best time: Mid January to Mid March.

2. Mountaineering:

Trekking, rock- climbing, rappelling or be it any of those mountain activities are forever a chance from Kashmir, being close to mountains from all the sides. Kashmir has various peaks of Pir Panjal Ranges and Himalayas to experience the flavor of climbing in Kashmir.

Best Time: April to June

3. Tulip Festival:

This time will prove the beauty of Kashmir flaunting in different colors. The festival welcomes the blooming season of tulip at the Siraj Garden, the largest tulip garden in Asia. The place at the right time will leave you mesmerized for the lifetime. It is generally a 15 day festival when the tulips are in best of their views.
Best time: Spring Season generally between Mid March to April.

4. Golfing:

Kashmir offers the most scenic golf course in the valleys of Gulmarg and Srinagar. Golf within the shades of Chinar and Pine, leave the golf lovers mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty and weather surrounding the sport. Golf course in Kashmir feels like icing on the cake.

Best time: April to November

5. Rafting and Shikara Ride:

Water bodies too have something to gift you on the tour of valleys in Kashmir. Shikara Ride at Dal Lake is unique experience leaving you in the laps of nature. While rafting at River Lidder in Pahalgam will give you goose bumps of cold chilled out weather which will be a speechless experience for your lifetime.

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