• Mansi Agarwal

Follow Your Heart to Kashmir

Like a lot of people, I am also exhausted of making and cancelling travel plans with friends and family because of someone’s unavailability or too many suggestions. Well, I see solo-traveling as the only solution for now! However scary at first, as you travel solo being entirely responsible for yourself, you will discover exactly how capable you are. The hardest part about solo travelling is the beginning. Once you are on it, there is no going back!

Nowadays, people have come out boldly and encouraged with solo travelling, brushing away the myths of solo being too risky and unsafe. It not always a ‘follow your heart’ journey. One must understand the value of planning in advance to have smooth travel, a safe stay or at least be little prepared for the worst case by researching places to visit, things to carry, read reviews, download maps etc.

I find beauty in all things natural, mountains are my soul and adventure is my passion. I hate being stagnant and my mind feeds on problems. I travel because I believe that change is the only constant in this universe. So embrace it, love it and celebrate it!

So, I welcome you all solo travellers to the beautiful valleys of Jammu and Kashmir. If you would like to make a trip as a solo female traveler or a women only trip, I would be happy to take care of you and guide you together with wovoyage.

Here is a list of things you can do to make your travel much more adventurous and memorable.

❁ Feel at home with Kashmiri families and experience the most loving hospitality ever.

❁ Meet the locals, play with children and breathe in a wholesome positivity of nature.

❁ Take an introspective ride in a Shikara at Dal Lake, visit Char Chinar and early morning flower and vegetable floating market. 

❁ Fond of views? Visit Taj Vivanta in Srinagar to look at the most magnificent panorama of Dal Lake.

❁ Board a houseboat. Witness the wonderful wooden carving interiors and let the sunlight caress you.

❁ Detangle your thoughts in the peace of Mughal Gardens in Srinagar.

❁ Talk to the nature in the intense beauty of Jamia Masjid, Srinagar.

❁ Gather heritage stories of Kashmir from the locals over a cup of salted noon chai (a pink tea).

❁ Live your Bollywood movie moment in Tulip Garden, Srinagar which is seasonal across April and May.

❁ Unravel the mysteries of Kashmir, visit downtown Srinagar with a visit of some shrines and mosques.

❁ Feel the warmth of earth, cold of water and density of air in the Lidder river of Pahalgam.

❁ Walk the grass at Doodhpathri to feel the dew drops as they absorb in your spirit through happy feet.

❁ Explore Kashmir's own Niagara Falls, Aharbal with magical picturesque and blue water.

Tips for Traveling in Kashmir:

1. Kashmiriyat is the social consciousness and cultural values of the Kashmiri people. 2. Stay near picturesque and safe Dal Lake.  3. Due to the volatile situation, always take updates from the tourism department.  4. The best months to travel are April to October when the weather is mild and pleasant.

Say yes to adventure by jumping on a Women Special Tour to Kashmir designed for female travellers and observe the world up close. The itinerary will walk you through the magnificent Dal Lake, charming streets of Leh and other picturesque places.

Join me for Women Special Tour to Kashmir on 4th - 10th August with wovoyage!

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