On the last day of my trip to Kashmir, I went to Gulmarg to enjoy famous Gulmarg Gondola & was wonder struck by the sheer beauty of the meadows on the way.
Day 5 Gulmarg
Gulmarg Gondola has two-step ropeway ferries. There is a huge line for entry onto the ropeway ferries & advisable to reach here early in the day. Gulmarg is also famous for the Skiing in winters.
The drive from Srinagar to Gulmarg passed through meadows with pine trees on the roadsides. You can enjoy horse rides too or stroll in the Golf course, which is the highest golf course in the world.
The view from cable cars is astounding & you can see small huts on the mountains. Once, you reach the highest point there are only snow-capped mountains visible as far as you can see.
After returning from Gulmarg we went to the Dal Lake for a last Shikara ride & to enjoy Kahwah.
Day 6 Vacation ends
After a relaxing week filled with adventures, it was time to return. To be honest, we might had returned but our thoughts were still enjoying the mountains! 🙂
You can also visit my previous blog post about Kashmir travel here.
How do you feel when your vacation ends? Do share your thoughts! 🙂
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.
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!
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 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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One fine summer, I had visited the paradise of Kashmir and smitten by it. I have shared a photo blog about my Kashmir trip earlier here. This post is in continuation of the Kashmir travel tale series.
I had taken a flight from Delhi to Srinagar and stayed there for 6 days.
Day 1 – Srinagar
For the first day of our trip we had stayed in a houseboat on Dal Lake. Our houseboat had intricate wooden carvings and an astounding view of the mountains in background. The houseboats are well equipped with all the bare necessities & the luxuries.
We were welcomed with sumptuous meal & cup of customary Kahwah (Kashmiri tea). Each sip leaves you rejuvenated. To be honest, I had bought several packages of the Kahwah & also visited shops back home for the same taste. But nothing matches the tea I had in Kashmir.
Unlike, the Kerela houseboats, these boats stay stationary. In the evening the lake buzzes with activity of the local market and we had taken a trip in the lake to visit the floating market. I was amazed by the variety that the market offers jewellery, food,photo studios, clothes and the list is endless.
The day was well spent on the houseboat & enjoying the breathtaking views.
Day 2 – Enroute to Pahalgam
On the second day we had planned to visit Pahalgam. It was approximately 2.5 hours drive. In between we had also visited ruins of Awantipura. It has ruins of ancient Hindu temples and maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. Awantipura temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One can only wonder how such massive beautiful architectures were created in old times.
The evening in Pahalgam was relaxed and we did not wander out much for the day. Be sure to tune in to the blog tomorrow to continue with my Kashmir travel.
If you have visited Kashmir, then do share your travel experiences about it! 🙂