Srinagar the capital city of Kashmir valley in India boasts of the flow of tourists from all over the world, often called the heaven on earth.Kashmir offers diverse experiences to all travelers this mountainous valley becomes very harsh and cold in winters the lashing winds and gusts of white fluffy clouds which burst in powdery snow, in summers tulips are irrigated with spring water and the breeze ripples the water in lake carrying the scent of lavender from the nearby meadows. the stars gleam among the mountains & surface of the lake shimmers in the evening, For the people who want to have an amazing experience in Kashmir they can spend few bucks to relish these experiences & have a great time in the valley of mountains. see below things to do for less than 20$ a day in Srinagar, Kashmir. yes for less than 20 dollars.
*Eating Barbeque at shera’s cafe
Shera a sturdy old man wearing a skull cap stands in front of his barbecue & grill shop at Khayyam. The smell of hot spices & coriander flows out from his shop and straight away enters in your nostrils. Shera in childhood days had visited Peshawar Pakistan and from there he inherited the art of making barbecue. his barbecue is the best in whole area. he says he has been making the barbecue since forty years. when he came back from Peshawar he opened a grill shop in Mumbai where many Bollywood stars became his customers. then he had to come to kashmir to look after his family. so he opened a shop at Khayyam and began to make famous barbecue. shera is veteran in making a barbecue or seek tujj called in kashmiri language. we will take you to his shop & you will be delighted by shera’s craft of mixing the right kind of spices & yogurt to make a perfect hand licking & mouth watering barbecue for you. the cost of a Skewer stick is less than 2 dollars.
* Shikara ride in dallake. every tourist coming to Dal lake enjoy this experience on the lake, a shikara ride can be very soothing experience, you pass by lotus pads floating market and small vegetable gardens which grow on the backwaters of the lake. relish on kashmiri tea as you pass through the houses, schools, & stores for a incredible experience. a shikara ride cost less than 20 dollars per person, it lasts for 3 hours. the perfect time to take a shikara is in evening (don’t forget to take a camera along with you)
* Guided old city tour: A guided walking tour through the alleys of Srinagar will take you along the jehlum which provided a backbone for the civilization of the people and the religions prospered where Hindu temples & Muslim shrines were build together. you will visit jamai masjid and some other shrines then later board in a shikara in jehlum to see the old city. this tour costs less than 20 dollars a day per person.
* visit to carpet factory & mughal gardens: The mughal gardens are located on the banks of dallake. you will visit shalimaar garden where fountains and water streams pass through the flower beds which are arranged neatly amid the sprawling lawns. the mighty chinars provide shades and in autumn shed their leaves in heaps.Nishat bagh has terraced gardens every terrace has got beautiful trees lined with flower beds, where marigolds, pansies and roses grow. the beautiful sunset in Dal lake can be seen from here.We will also visit carpet loom where the kashmiri craftsmen make hand made carpets. these carpets are 100% hand made with silk & wool. this full day tour costs less than 20$ per person.
*Dinner in a private house: If you want to end your Kashmir tour on a high note this is most recommended. A dinner in a private house with sprawling garden and music. a complete solitary place where you can spend beautiful time with your loved ones among the peaceful atmosphere & serenity. the dinner costs less than 20$ for a person.
*riding a tuktuk around the dallake: A tuk tuk ride saves a lot of time in the traffic. Kashmir use tuk tuk as local transport. take a tuktuk ride around the dallake & then this humble machine will take you to shankracharya temple. stop on the ways at various spots for photography. we will also hitchhike local women,men & old people who can share the ride & share their stories with us. this experience costs less than 20 dollars per person.
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