The ancient crossroads of the Silk Road, the landscape of Kashmir is a rich tapestry of human history. Worship of Shiva goes as far back as 3000 BC, the oldest evidence of Shaivism in India. It is here where the historical Buddhist conference was held, marking the first split of Mahayana and Hinayana sects. Buddhism found its way to the East by way of Kashmir, traveling onward to China, Tibet, and Japan. Even Christ and Moses are believed to have found solace in this valley, believed to be the final resting place of the Lost Tribe of Israelites.
Today's Kashmir is known worldwide for its rich living culture of Islamic mystical traditions and artwork. The medieval era brought a lasting Persian influence through the Silk Road. Sufism, the mystical path of Islam, has made a lasting impact in Kashmir, a favored home for the tradition's greatest teachers and poets. Empires of the Mughals and Sikhs made home here, all leaving their impressions in the valley's people and architecture.
All of this history can be experienced today in the Kashmir valley's unique synthesis of culture, evident in its architecture, craft work, and people. Kashmir Caravans endeavors to bring forth the true spirit and romance of Kashmir, its eternal beauty. Join us to rediscover paradise!