The good news is that now the wait is finally over, and this
staggeringly beautiful part of India is back on the holiday agenda
for the first time in a generation. Even better, for avid
Indo-philes the region is best explored in European summertime when
Kashmir's meadows and valleys are at their most picture perfect,
making the sub-continent a truly all-year round luxury holiday
So what's so special about this mysterious mountain region?
Well, we've been banging the drum and blowing the prayer horns for
the extraordinary high altitude deserts of Ladakh, home to ancient
Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, for a while now (we love it so much,
in fact, that we've given it it's own page), but other parts of
Kashmir warrant immediate inspection.
Pick of the bunch is dreamy Dal Lake, home to houseboats since a
19th century Maharajah of the region gave the British permission to
build waterborne residences to escape the searing summer heat of
plains India. We only work with the finest of these houseboats,
which come complete with the finest creature comforts.
More energetic but no less enjoyable is a trek through the many
dramatic and stunning Kashmiri valleys that sound like Game of
Thrones locations - Aru, Dodhpather and Marg-Drass - staying each
night in luxury tented camps and retracing in reverse the route of
the Mughals, the nomadic tribesmen from wider Turkestan who went on
to rule most of northern India and create such architectural
wonders as the Taj Mahal.
Additional glamping is possible at Ladakh's beautiful Tsomoriri
Lake, complete with dome tents, African-style bush showers and six
inch sprung mattresses.
We hope this all sounds suitably alluring, but one last
attempted persuader - Kashmir is famous for its sophisticated
cuisine; a perfectly pitched blend of Persian and Indian
Sales pitch over. See you there.