Kashmir is the northernmost region of India with strong cultural links woven into its textiles and crafts. This unique six-day journey will lead you through a world of saffron fields, apple orchards, and authentic craft production, art, food, and culture that is the beating heart of Kashmir’s rich history and cultural heritage.
Spend your days exploring the city and beyond with your local guide. Watch as expert weavers work their magic to create impossibly delicate Pashmina fabrics, and gain a deep appreciation of the skill and patience necessary to practice traditional kani hand-weaving. Watch embroiderers work with silk skeins on Jamavaar shawls, and learn why Sufi mystics found the practice perfectly suited to divine meditative practice.
Witness the elaborate carvings out of gape and walnut to produce elegant and elaborate artworks. Walk through history at Zaina Kadal, and through narrow streets into the Jama Masjid, and Shah-e-Hamdaan. Meander through old bazaars overflowing with dry fruits, silks, spices and much more. Work up the appetite to feast on Wazwan, a traditional Kashmiri banquet.
Enjoy a trip to Aru, a small hamlet in a wildlife reserve. Trek amidst fragrant pines, dip your toes in glacier streams, fish for trout and greet the Gujjars, a nomadic community that calls the valley home. The motifs and stitches of this tribe’s free-form embroidery are an amalgamation of the various cultures the community has been exposed to during their centuries old migration.
This is a perfect journey for travelers who want city and cultural history with insight into rural life and time in the region’s natural beauty.
2 Nights – Srinigar
2 Nights – Aru
1 Night – Srinigar
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