I still remember the very first time when I landed in Kashmir in 2011. I was completely blown away by the beauty of the place. It was a family trip back then and we tried to cover as many places we could. Though this time around it was more of a luxurious and relaxing trip.
Gulmarg was blanketed with a fresh layer of snow and looked straight out of a winter wonderland. When I posted photos on my Instagram and Facebook page many could not fathom that it was our very own India.
Here is the picture that I had posted on my Instagram account.
I had always wanted to revisit Kashmir. Sam and I were supposed to travel to Gulmarg, last year in March, but we had to cancel our trip due to the unrest in the valley. Then again in August, we were supposed to fly but that trip had to be canceled as well.
So finally, when last month I got an invite from The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa to visit Gulmarg in April, I could not pass on the opportunity and I am glad that I didn’t. Though until the last minute we were a bit skeptical about the situation as it was election time and the news of constant pelting of stones in Srinagar, was doing the rounds on national media. All this news led to more confusion with our planning. Even a strike was called on the day we were traveling. My parents were not that keen on me visiting Kashmir. But I was a bit adamant as I had always wanted to visit Gulmarg during winter and the recent snowfall pictures floating around the internet were enough to fuel my wanderlust.
In fact, after revisiting Kashmir and returning safely, I can say for sure that Kashmir is safe for tourists and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many tourists. The stories that the media portrays is actually not the real picture. I don’t deny the fact that there is no unrest in the valley but it is limited to certain areas only.
Coming to the packing scene, I did pack my winter coats, beanies but fortunately, it was not freezing. Evenings were definitely cold but days were warm and pleasant.
Packing for Kashmir changes with every season.
Pack all your winter clothing if you are visiting during winter months. Post-April, pack a winter jacket for evenings and snow boots especially if you are visiting Gondola and Sonamarg -Thajiwas Glacier.
( Read: Ultimate Guide for Packing for Winter )
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