Things not to do in Kashmir...
Stay in one place. Although life on the borders with Pakistan is probably never going to be all peace and love there’s still much to be said for travelling to Kashmir from Delhi or making the epic journey from Mumbai. Once you’ve arrived you’ll find numerous other travel options with the regions of Jammu, Kashmir Valley and the former Silk Road capital of Ladakh all offering an intrinsically different perspective of life in the Himalayas, as well as access to the legendary landscapes of Tibet.
Forget the past. You may never have heard of the Magic Bus that blazed a near permanent plume of smoke from Europe to India or the Silk Road caravans that transported silks, spices and ceramics in the other direction; however, no trip to Kashmir is complete without delving into the travel stories of the past. From Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great to The Beatles and the Dalai Lama; discovering the history of Kashmir provides a beguiling back-story to accompany an eclectic two week tour.
Ignore government warnings. Due to disputed territories with Pakistan and China, Kashmir, especially close to the borders and within tourist areas, such as Srinagar, Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, should be approached with caution and ignoring government warnings is not something that we’d advise our responsible travellers. Although disputes are historic they’re also all too recent so for the foreseeable future check with your country’s foreign office before travelling to Kashmir – your holiday company will also have up to date information.