If you fall in the following categories of people:
The first stop was Gulmarg, which is a small town about 50 kms from Srinagar. This place is famous for its high skiing point and Gondola (cable car rides). Luckily, it snowed a day before we arrived, so it was all white when we arrived.
Now, if you ever plan to go to Kashmir, brace yourself for unplanned and spontaneous curfews. On the night before the day we were supposed to leave Gulmarg for Pahalgam, we were informed that a curfew has been declared because of an unrest the courtesy of which should be given to Modi Ji (he had visited Srinagar the day before). Anyway, we left for Pahalgam at 4am, before the curfew started.
To my utter disappointment, there was no snow in this area, but the view was no less. This town is allowed to take pride in the fact that it possibly is one of the most beautiful place in the entire country (not that I have been to all the towns and cities in the country, but yeah)
Moving on, the last 3 days of the trip were spent in the city of Srinagar. This is where I get serious. The city, as beautiful as it is, lacks something very important. Development. The city still lives in its’ days of sheer underdevelopment. Why is it lacking behind with no investment or prospects of a better life when compared to other states of India?There exists something called Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. According to this article, except for defense, foreign affairs, finance and communications, Parliament needs the state government’s concurrence for applying all other laws. Thus the state’s residents live under a separate set of laws, including those related to citizenship, ownership of property, and fundamental rights, as compared to other Indians. As a result of this provision, Indian citizens from other states cannot purchase land or property in Jammu & Kashmir. Under Article 370, the Centre has no power to declare financial emergency under Article 360 in the state. It can declare emergency in the state only in case of war or external aggression. The Union government can therefore not declare emergency on grounds of internal disturbance or imminent danger unless it is made at the request or with the concurrence of the state government.
Hence, with no means for an outsider to invest in the vast potential of the land, it is in a sorry state.
Getting out of my serious zone, this city has 3 famous Mughal gardens and a wildlife sanctuary to attract tourists.
Can a trip to Srinager be complete without a Shikara ride on the Dal lake?
Remember the time when I said that you should be prepared for a curfew whenever in Kashmir? Well, the last day of the trip ended up in a lock down because of the death of a 22 year old engineering student who was killed by the shell of the tear gas that was allegedly thrown on him by the CRPF.(http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/jk-one-killed-many-injured-in-protests-after-pm-modi-leaves/)
To the land of gorgeous views.
To the land of amazing food.
To the land of pure air.
To the land with the most beautiful people walking on its soil.
To the land I wish to visit over and over again.
Ps. I suggest that you never go to this place if you are in an exclusive or committed relationship because you will fall in love way too many times.