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Wonderstruck at Gulmarg, Kashmir. #AtoZChallenge

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! 🙂

Unending beauty of Kashmir #AtoZChallenge

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.

  • Nishat Bagh

    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!

  • Shalimar Bagh

    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.

  • Chashme Shahi

    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!

  • Pari Mahal

    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.

  • Shankaracharya Temple

    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! 🙂

Rejuvenating Pahalgam, Kashmir #AtoZChallenge

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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Paradise tales – Visit to Kashmir! #AtoZChallenge

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! 🙂

Kashmir – the paradise on Earth(Photo Blog) #AtoZChallenge

‘Agar Firdaus bar rōy-e zamin ast, hamin ast-o hamin ast-o hamin ast.’                                                                                                                        –  Amir Khusrau

‘If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.’                                                                                                                                      –  Amir Khusrau

I had visited Kashmir in summers and it truly is Heavan on Earth. Stay tuned for upcoming posts about how I fell in love with Kashmir.

Have you visited Kashmir ? Do share your experiences..eagerly waiting to hear about it. 🙂