Kashmir, Agra, and Varanasi
Kashmir, Agra, and Varanasi Reviews
Aug 16, 2007
For only three weeks in India I would strongly suggest Kashmir if the problems there allow (check the current status of the situation there before traveling beyond Jammu.) Kashmir is absolutely beautiful! The lake, the houseboats, the mountains are all very scenic; and the people,fantastic. And the food, like India's, is excellent. In fact, the food seemed to be one of the few things even in common with India. It's truly a whole different world up there. Houseboats can be rather expensive (by my low-budget) but most have small economic huts as well.
And while up there (in Srinegar) try to make the short trip to Gulmarg which is higher in the nearby mountains. Ride a pack horse up the mountain from Tangmarg. Gulmarg is small, remote, and beautiful town with alot of pine forests and spectacular views of the Kashmir valley. It is also home to the world's highest golf course. You can hike off the mountain from there back to Tangmarg in less than two hours and catch a bus back to Srinegar.
Agra is a must for any trip to India and is conveniently located if you fly into New Delhi; only a two hour train ride (if I remember correctly). Try to time an Agra visit to coincide with a full moon since the Taj Mahal has no lighting.
Varanasi is the holiest of all Hindu cities and situated on the Ganges River. Enjoy a (row)boat ride along the bustling Darashwamed Ghat, visit timeless temples, and be forever moved by the Hindu cremations at the burning ghats. Varanasi seemed like the heartbeat of all India.
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