The Silk Road in Kashmir is a path that people from all walks of life, from craftsmen to monks and merchants to soldiers have tread. The road takes travellers across a region in the high mountains, which is known as the land of death according to local legends. Cutting across varied landscapes from cold desert at one point to lush green vegetation at another, it is one of the oldest trade routes known to human civilisation. Visiting this legendary path can be one of the most memorable experiences for people planning to go on Kashmir holidays.
Silk Road, a connector of West and East from times well before Christ, is a collection of multiple interconnected routes along which trade has flourished for thousands of years. The cultural exchange that has taken place due to the existence of this route has played an important part in connecting this region with the rest of the world.
Remnants of the Road
After boundaries of the modern world came into existence, this path was out of bounds for common people, but international trade still thrives along the established routes. Only a portion of the path that lies in each respective country is available for leisure travellers to visit. This path connects Europe to Asia through Turkey and reaches the Nubra Valley in India from Kashgar in China. From there, it carries on downwards to the overwhelmingly beautiful district of Leh. Next stop is Kargil, a town that shares the Indian border with Pakistan, and finally Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. Any self professed travel lover looking for holiday packages India would do himself a real favor by making a pilgrimage to this legendary path.
A trip along the Silk Road has plenty of places to see and even more things to do. A shikara ride or floating on a houseboat for a night on the famous Dal Lake are sure to bring flashbacks from favourite Bollywood movies. Beyond the Zozila Pass, one of the many almost vertical mountain passes along the way, lies the historic town of Kargil from where many Silk Route traders hailed. Descendants of these traders have converted their houses into small museums, where artefacts such as pashmina clothing, ornaments, utensils and weapons that were once bartered are displayed.
The route from Kargil to Leh draws gasps and cries of amazement. Leh Valley is a trip in itself complete with epic landmarks like Khardung La, which is the highest motorable road in the world and Pangong Tso, an azure salt water lake that lies across the boundaries of two nations. Nubra Valley, beyond Leh, is completely cut off from the rest of the world for most part of the year. The sight of double hump-backed camels and yaks gives the feeling of having been transported to a different place.