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dal lake June 2023

9 Mistakes to avoid while travelling across Kashmir 

While Kashmir is a beautiful and welcoming destination, there are some things that visitors should avoid to ensure a safe and respectful trip. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Avoid travelling to areas with high security risks:

It is advisable to stay updated on the current security situation in Kashmir and avoid traveling to areas that are known to be volatile or have a high risk of conflict or unrest. Stay informed and follow the advice of local authorities and tour operators.

Dal lake Kashmir

2. Don’t disrespect local customs and traditions:

Kashmir has a rich cultural heritage and locals are proud of their traditions. It is important to respect their customs and traditions, such as dressing modestly while visiting religious sites and seeking permission before taking photographs of people.

3. Avoid discussing sensitive political matters:

Kashmir has been a region of conflict, and discussing sensitive political matters with locals or engaging in political debates can sometimes be polarising. It is advisable to be respectful and avoid any potential conflicts or misunderstandings.

4. Don’t ignore safety precautions:

Like any other place, it is important to take necessary safety precautions while visiting Kashmir. Avoid walking alone during late hours, be cautious of your belongings, and follow travel advisories and guidelines provided by local authorities or your tour operator.

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5. Don’t engage in illegal activities:

Engaging in any form of illegal activities, such as drug use or trafficking, can have severe consequences. It is important to abide by local laws and regulations and respect the legal boundaries of the destination.

6. Avoid overt displays of affection:

While Kashmir is a tourist-friendly destination, it is advisable to be mindful of local cultural norms. Public displays of affection, such as kissing or hugging, may be considered inappropriate in certain settings and can cause discomfort for locals.

7. Don’t litter or harm the environment:

Kashmir is known for its natural beauty, and it is important to help preserve and protect the environment. Avoid littering, use designated trash bins, and be mindful of your impact on the surroundings. Follow eco-friendly practices and leave no trace behind.

8. Don’t be rude to a local in Kashmir: 

This is a golden rule while in Kashmir that you never act smart or behave rude or with arrogance while communicating with the locals. It’s a place where everyone will treat you with respect. It’s best you treat them back with respect.  

9. Do not litter: 

The Himalayas are a very fragile eco system and leaving behind plastic or other non degradable waste will affect the eco system of the place. Which will in return cause harzards to the environment. It’s advisable to carry a water bottle along and refill it rather than buying a plastic package water bottle on a daily basis.  This will go a long way in protecting the environment. 

Remember, being a responsible and respectful traveler can contribute to a positive and enjoyable experience for both you and the local community.

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