The year 2017 has been filled with lots of ups & downs for me. With every joy there was a pinch of pain. Like two sides of the same coin, the happiness & sadness have been together. The pain may be from lose of a loved one or a disappointment in job. No pain is small. At the end of the day what matters is your victory over pain.
“Tough times never last, but tough people do!” – That should be the mantra of our lives. I could have succumbed to the feeling of pain, but eventually I overcame it. It’s not easy but you have to try. Try & try until you succeed.
You might be fighting your biggest battle of life, but remember it’s your story. You can write it as you want. To be a winner or not is in your hands. If you are feeling low, then reorganize yourself & strike the pain again. Hit it until it loses. And, trust me it will.
If you find yourself alone, then talk to your family or friends. At least one of them would stand by you. It’s not necessary to take on everything single-handedly. A team that supports you is always an advantage. Do not hesitate to initiate. Just take a small step, others will take you forward.
I might sound to be self-boasting right now, but I am not. I just want you to know that you are not alone. We are here with you & the pain will subside eventually.
If you would like to talk about your pain, then do share. We are just a click away. Hope you have a good day! 🙂
I had spent around a week in Kashmir & each day was beautiful than the previous. The weather, rivers and mountains – all have a rhythm of their own. After our wonderful stay in Pahalgam, we returned to spend days in Srinagar.
Day 4 Srinagar
We spent our day visiting the gardens & Shankaracharya Hill Temple.
It is the second largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir with twelve terraces. There are mountains in the background & splendid view of the lake in front. It was a sunny day & there families were enjoying picnic in the garden. The garden has a lot of variety to offer to the visitors & you are kind-of awe-struck!
The largest of all Mughal Gardens in Kashmir. It is another wonder of the Mughal Empire built by Jahangir to please his wife. All the gardens look similar, but it was disappointing as the fountains here were not working.
This garden is famous for the story of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru getting the spring water to Delhi for his personal use. There is a fresh water spring which flows through the center of garden. It is believed to have medicinal properties. The people were collecting water in containers. It might have once been a source of pure water, but how can we be sure of it at present day!
It is located near to Chashme Shahi. The place is not too crowded. If you are interested in historical monuments, then the place would please you. It is inspired by Islamic architecture. You can get a bird’s-eye view for the valley from here.
The temple is located on a hill-top & you need to climb approx 250 stairs to reach the top. Camera & cell phones are not allowed and it is guarded by Army personnel. Interesting fact about the temple is that it also has some Persian inscriptions. Also, the temple is sacred to Buddhists. That’s what I like about historical places; they are amalgamation of different cultures.
After spending the day exploring the city of Srinagar, we had done shopping for handicrafts in the local market. The whole day excursion was tiring we had dozed off to sleep soon.
Have you visited Mughal Gardens in Srinagar? Which one did you like the most? Do share your travel tales! 🙂
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Travel – is the food for my soul. A thing of joy which knows no bound. Given a choice, I am sure every one of us would be a traveler. Travelling gives you a global perspective to the meaning of life. What’s common here, might be bizarre there.
My first memory of travel is when I as a child I travelled to my hometown for summer vacations. For me, it was no less than a festive occasion, where I would get to meet my grandparents. The train rides were exciting – buying comics & snacks. Trains passing through the serpentine rows of trees & paddy fields. occasional whistle blowing to alarm every one of the incoming train. These memories are forever etched into my brain.
The first plane ride is also equally special to me. The excitement of flying amidst the clouds, which looked like cotton candy spread across hectares of area. 🙂
My parents are travel enthusiast so there was never an end to exploring new places. As an adult, I have visited many of those place again. Travelling with friends or solo has added new twists to my travel experiences. Some funny experiences, some scary – but all of these has taught something new.
I have this idea of travelling across the length & breadth of India solo. Awaiting when I would be doing it. Maybe this year or next. But, still plans our underway for it. Idea is to travel afar to new places & meet random strangers. Learn their life stories & share some of mine.
Do you have some travel plans which are yet to fulfilled? What motivates you to travel?
The sun has decided to burn out everything in sight this year. The temperatures are already soaring high & it’s only April yet. It’s a tough job to leave home between 11:00 – 16:00 hr. And for people like me whose office timings are late, its cruelty. I miss my school ‘s summer vacations when I could laze around whole day. 🙁
Actually, I am jealous of kids as of now, they get to enjoy summer vacations. But, what about us adults, we also need a summer break. Someone please go tell it to all the companies. It was fun being a kid. You could wake up late, sit & do nothing. Those summer camps where we used to enjoy with our friends. Why did I grow up?
My favorite part of summer vacation was enjoying mango delicacies. Eating the king of fruits in all it’s glory. The chirpy evenings were we used to roam around on our bicycles or visit friends at their home. And, the endless binge watching cartoon sessions Tom & Jerry, Flintstones,Popeye, etc, etc…
Our two months vacations were spent visiting new places. My dad being an avid traveller always had a plan ready for a summer trip. That’s how I got my travel bug. 😉
The only thing which I disliked about vacations was the holiday homework. I used to forget about it till the last week of vacations. The one week before joining school was busy catching up on the assignments & projects. Thanks to my mother & sister I could complete them on time. 🙂
Somewhere along the lines we all grew up and the kid is us lost its way. Let’s decide to be kids again – the innocent & carefree souls who get to enjoy summer vacations!
Do you miss being a kid? How did you spend your summer vacations? Eagerly waiting to hear your summer tales.
“The mountains are calling and I must go…” -John Muir
Pahalgam is located on the banks of Lidder River. On my visit to Kashmir, I had stayed in Pahalgam for two days. This post is in continuation of the Kashmir trip series, you can enjoy the last post here.
Day 3 Pahalgam-
We woke up with the first ray of sun shining on the mountains & giving them the golden touch. After having breakfast were set for the day.
First stop for the day was Betaab Valley. The valley is famous for the shooting of Bollywood movie Betaab. It was earlier known as ‘Hajan Valley’. It is spread across a large area with a river flowing in the center. The snow-capped mountains in the background give it a picturesque view. For the crazy camera lovers, it’s the place to be!
You can imagine actors running around in the valley and starting impromptu dance like in the Bollywood movies. Maybe I have a too filmy imagination. 😉
Our next stop for the day was Chandanwari. It is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra. Even in summers it was covered with snow. There are shops nearby where you can get jackets & boots on rent if required. You can also enjoy sledging here. The prices are decided upfront depending on the number of point you cover. But be sure to bargain as the prices are negotiable. And, also there are shops serving my favorite Maggi. I have an old addiction of eating Maggi whenever on mountains & it can be reaffirmed by this post.
We had also visited Aru Valley. The beauty of the place lies in the snow-covered mountains & the curved road surrounded by trees. The drive to the valley itself is exhilarating. The slopes are not too steep. We also enjoyed horse rides here. Keep soothing songs on repeat mode & be lost in the magical world of mountains.
By evening we were back in hotel room covered with blankets and sipping Kahwah. The night temperature was low as compared to Srinagar.
Have you visited Pahalgam or similar places? Do share your travel stories. I would love to hear them…
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