While spending time in Srinagar I am always jittery. My idea of a holiday doesn’t mean being worried all day with the military presence. Therefore escaping to the countryside in relatively unexplored Kashmir is my perfect idea of connecting with nature without spotting any tourists and knowing the local way of life. And thats perfectly where the Tarsar Marsar trek came into the picture! 

Part I of the Photo Story of Tarsar Marsar Trek in Kashmir

Where else would you find a combination of unadulterated nature? Horses graze and run around with a shepherd’s hut nearby.
Look at that! Its just so quiet and tranquil and there is hardly any mobile network to wake you up from your reverie.
And then out of nowhere when you are least expecting it; there will be some cute kids with the most priceless expressions ever.
Kashmir is not only wars and troubles. This is REAL KASHMIR.

There is little by way of development in Kashmir and that really makes it the paradise that poets have been talking about all along. 

Picture perfect azure blue skies, greenery to make you rub your eyes in disbelief and the crystal clear waters of a river flowing … Para para paradiseeeeee

Nomads wander with their cattle and herds of sheep. Temporary homes of Bakarwals and Gujjars are scattered across the never ending grasslands.

Sheep rearing is a one of the businesses of Bakarwals and Gujjars. Their wool is highly prized and sold to the highest bidder.

A trekker makes his way past the sheep, Kashmir is the perfect place for a beginners trek. The altitude is manageable and the lush greens ensure oxygen is aplenty.

There is a little home in the mountains and the clouds have taken it away; do you want to find it?

Kashmiri kids who play simple games and are happy to have visitors. They welcome everyone to their homes for some nun-chai (salt tea) & chapati.

If life was meant to be lived to be in one place, we would have roots instead of feet.
Stunning milky waters of the pristine Lidder river
A lone horse against the backdrop of a mountain covered with pine trees, the sweet aroma of nature.

Crossing the Lidder on creaky bridges made using sturdy barks of trees, you can actually hear ‘The sound of silence’ in the serene din of the river. 

Noble steed run around in gay abandon even as a famous photographer tries to go around them clicking pictures.

Now that is a forest rest house to remember! Ask me where it is!!!

Spectacular scenery in the lush greenery everywhere in Kashmir. Just leave the main highways, get off the road and walk. Your eyes are in for a feast.

The horses look so puny beneath the towering pine trees. The unhindered joy of being in nature. I want to explore more of Kashmir.

The friendliest locals you will ever meet. They will tell you folktales and stories of the ‘lost paradise’ of Kashmir. 

Read : Trekking in Kashmir : The twin lakes of Tarsar Marsar

We had climbed a ridge and suddenly we felt we had been lifted into heaven. It was beautiful.
A sneak peek into what lies ahead in Part – 2; the Great Lakes of Kashmir!

Hear the call of your soul in the wilderness of nature. Tune in to life.

A couplet to try and add an artistic touch to this post.

Sham-e-firaaq ab naa pooch, aayi aur aa ke tal gayi,
 Dil thaa ke phir bahal gaya, jaan thi ke phir sambhal gayi 


Of that broken evening, don’t ask
. It came and it was gone
. The heart finds distractions anew
. Life finds a way to move on

~ Faiz

Read : Stunning beauty of Kashmir, in pictures – Part II

Will you be going to Kashmir this summer? Tell me in the comments below.

29 responses to “Tarsar Marsar Trek in Kashmir, in pictures – Part I”

  1. arv! Avatar

    beautiful pictures. perfect for for posters and calendars!
    If I’m not mistaken, some of these picture seems to be from Aru valley!

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      Hey! Thanks Arvind bhai. Hehe, good guess. I’ll keep the posters and calendars thing in mind.

      1. arv! Avatar

        Start planning… one picture a month! 😉

  2. SandeepaChetan Avatar

    We exactly know what you meant about the Kashmir you’ve seen. Looks like you’ve intentionally not mentioned names of any places here.

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      How glad I am to know that. Yes, let the magic remain! 😉

  3. quirkywanderer Avatar

    Magical pictures! Truly! 🙂 I so want to go! <3

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      Yay. Kashmir in May again this year, methinks. 😉

  4. driftingvoyage Avatar

    Beautiful pictures!

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      Thanks much for the appreciation! 🙂

  5. Sumana Roy Avatar

    So serene and tranquil…when were the photos taken? Been to Kashmir recently and the beautiful Pahalgam was blanketed in snow…we missed such greenery there…

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      Thanks Sumana. These photos were taken in August and quite far away from Pahalgam. It must have been pretty in snow too, I am sure. 🙂

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  7. Poonam Avatar

    Beautiful pictures. Nice capture of the unadulterated beauty. I have been there twice in the same year and every time my craving to explore this place has increased. Someone has said, you need to visit Kashmir again and again to feel it. The more I see, more I read, I fall in love with the place again and again. Yes, tourists are safe there. Have been there on 26 the Jan and remember how our driver had put extra effort to ensure our safety and comfort.

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      Loved reading that heartfelt comment Poonam. Kashmir is indeed like slow love, as you have described so aptly.

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  9. Nature on the Edge Avatar

    Your photos speak of “scale” grand scale; high mountains, deep valleys; a fascinating landscape. Beautiful work.

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      Thank you so much for the appreciation 🙂

  10. Katie Featherstone Avatar

    I’ve read so much about Kashmir, it’s almost like a mystical place in my head now, your photos kind of reaffirm that for me! It looks beautiful!

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      Many thanks Katie !! You must visit it soon 😀

  11. batobatomein Avatar

    Hi …. I stumbled upon your blog in my pursuit to find people who have gone to Kashmir recently.. I am planning a trekking trip to Kashmir. I was so excited and thrilled when I saw the pictures of Kashmir.. the paths and road which has been walked by saints of yester years… place of my dreams. I wanted to walk and see that magic.. but then the negativeness and fear crept in. Kashmir..terror..terrorists.. soldiers.. loneliness.. lost.. ..do I enough courage.. Will I be able to do it … Confusion and what not !! I just wanted to talk to somebody who has experienced this place… experienced what it is to follow your deepest desire. Any insight would help.. any advice would help.


    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      Thank you Anisa for such a heartfelt comment. Which trek are you planning for? Don’t let the negativity and fear trouble you. Happy travels 🙂

  12. Yatramantra Avatar

    Good post…informative…… good for travellers

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      Thanks for checking it out 🙂 Glad you like it.

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  15. […] last experience with one of them had not been good; almost 13 years ago we were holidaying in Kashmir in May and after a sudden snowfall, traveller no. 1 had been spotted to be unconscious. He had […]

  16. Laagan Kaayo Avatar

    hi. May I ask what month did you visit? and also.. you encountered a lot of locals.. do they speak English? how did you communicate with them? super curious.. ill visit Srinagar this November..

    1. shubhammansingka Avatar

      This was in August. The locals here speak hindi 🙂 Happy travels.

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