Tanya Dalton, PR director, Greaves Travel.
What’s the attraction?
“This November the Foreign Office relaxed the advice allowing travel to Srinagar and Jammu, once the most popular tourist destination in India. The return of Kashmir on the tourist map is set to have numbers skyrocketing in 2013. Not only a heavenly paradise of shimmering lakes, soaring peaks and floating worlds, Kashmir also helps promote India as a year-round destination with the best travel times occurring from April to September. With several new hotels opening too, this really is a great time to go.”
See for yourself
A nine-night itinerary to Kashmir with Greaves (020-7487 9111; greavesindia.co.uk) costs from £2,250pp, including all flights, full-board on a houseboat and B&B at Vivanta by Taj, Dal View in Srinagar, Highland Park in Gulmarg, and The Oberoi in New Delhi, plus sightseeing, guides and all transfers.
Not that relaxed. “Foreigners remain vulnerable in rural districts and outside the main population centres and tourist areas, and there is a risk of unpredictable violence,” says the Foreign Office. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful and compelling corner of India.