The Mughal Emperor Jahangir is said to have once written about Kashmir, Gar firdaus bar rue zamin ast hamin ast, hamin ast, hamin ast! ("If there is paradise on the face of the earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!"). He was writing about Kashmir, a land divided between the northern half of the northern-most state of India, Jammu and Kashmir and the district of Kashmir in Pakistan. Torn by war, terrorism and violence since 1948, this beautiful valley has long been considered a dangerous place to go to, but tourism is slowly coming back to the valley as kidnapping, explosions and terrorism is slowly dropping.
The most commonly spoken language in the Vale of Kashmir is Kashmiri (or Kashur). The younger generation speaks English quite well. Most of the sign-boards and directions are written in English. English is one of the official languages of the government apart from Kashmiri, Urdu, Gojri and Dogri.
Almost all the domestic airlines in India fly from New-Delhi to Srinagar Airport. You can also hire a Taxi or take a bus form New Delhi. The Travel time by road is about 20 Hrs.
The best way to travel across the known destinations in Kashmir is to hire a Taxi for about $60 a day. If you want to visit high altitude lakes and mountaineering destinations you can hire a horse to carry your stuff up the mountains. The tourism department also provides guides, maps and equipment to mountaineers and takers.
The list of things to do is long, however this is the brief.
Kashmiri Wazwaan. The royal cuisine of Kashmir, its a preparation of a number of meat dishes served with rice by professional chefs called Waza.
Kashmir being a Muslim society does not have drinking as a part of her culture. However, most hotels in Srinagar server liquor and other alcoholic beverages
The past decade of turmoil has left traces in the Valley. Its important that you get yourself registered with the Foreigners’ Registration unit of Tourism Department. The registration counters are at Tourist Reception centers at Srinagar Airport, Srinagar City, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Phalgam and other places. Incase of an emergency you can contact the nearest tourist police office or police station. The emergency number of Police Control Room is 100.