Forbidden paradise is what I was calling it before the trip actually. My thoughts of Kashmir were the same like rest of the world. The very idea of visiting Kashmir makes people nervous and it did the same with me. But then things changed when I went and spent some time there; rode through its valleys and got talking to its people. My trip to Kashmir was much more than enjoying the lush green mountains and clicking numerous photos. It was a learning to be honest; about the struggles of both a common man of Kashmir and a soldier of Indian Army. While writing this Kashmir Travelogue, I am really hoping to give you a true picture on how you can plan a trip here; things you should keep in mind; places you must explore and experiences that you must gain. The first time I landed in Srinagar was about a decade ago while returning from Ladakh. Was I nervous back then? Yes definitely. I stayed in the city for a night and got out the first thing next morning. Same routine followed in coming years as well. Then I finally made friends with a local from Srinagar city; a gem of a person called Faisal. He runs his own motorcycle rental firm there and that is how I got talking to him. After more than a year of remaining in touch and discussing Kashmir, my perspective of the state started to change. That is when I started to consider visiting and exploring the valleys of Kashmir. Faisal helped in two ways. First was the assurance that Kashmir is as safe as any other part of the country; and secondly a list of offbeat places that I must see.