• In Pahalgam as well, once your vehicle drops you at the parking, to see anything beyond that point i.e. to go up to the mountain, one needs to take the pony rides. Based on the places you select; the rates may differ. But here the rates are fixed. There are options to visit Baisaran, kashmir valley, Dabian valley and Kanimarg. The pony rides to these locations may range from somewhere between Rs. 600 to 1200 per head. The best location in Pahalgam is the Tulian Lake which is at a height of 12000 ft. and is visible only in the period of July-September i.e. in summers, other times its frozen. Tulian lake pony ride will cost around 3000 per head.
• Apart from all these sightseeing and activities, one will definitely want to indulge is the awesome local cuisines and restaurants here may cost you similar to any metros. Do keep some budget aside for shopping shawls, clothes, artifacts unique to Kashmir but be aware of fake products. Anything told as Pashmina is not one, they try to fool people. Listen to guides if they have accompanied you. Do not miss taking home lots of dry fruits, saffron products, Himalayan garlic and rock salt which are very cheap and tastier here.
One common observation is, in most locations there are unions of Pony owners who do not allow vehicles after a certain point and force you to take a pony even though some part of the route may be motor able or even walkable. Older tourists must definitely think twice before these pony rides based on your fitness level as most routes are uneven although they try to convince they are smooth rides. It would be much better if people could walk their ways to the destination.
A good tip is to visit Kashmir in a group which will help you save a lot. Also keep bargaining where ever possible although its annoying at times when they keep coming behind you creating a chaos.
You can tour Kashmir on a budget as well as have a luxurious experience, so only you decide how much to spend.
Nonetheless, enjoy to the fullest and make the best of your holidays. Happy touring!
**Note: All rates mentioned are as per our tour in April,2018.
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Kashmir - You will never miss an experience until you have experienced it