My Trip to India: Kashmir – Srinagar
June 21, 2011
June 21, 2011
Fields of red Safron and yellow Mustard are what we were seeing for couple of hours on the road from Palagam to Srinagar beside blue sky and high mountains topped with ice. A magnificent combination of green, red, yellow, blue, white and rocky grey. The 2 hours just passed by quickly as we were watching the simple life of Kashmir’s people on the road where their schools, markets, houses and farms lay on.
We reached Srinagar, the Summer Capital of Kashmir. It wasn’t like those touristic Indian cities. You feel like it is war, although it was very safe. Indian army was in every corner, in my opinion it was politics. We started to look for a good place to stay in since we were planning to stay there for 3 nights and make Srinagar our Hub to the next door villages. We checked the famous Kashmiri House Boats in Dal Lake but unfortunately we did not like it. After we checked in in a hotel we went for a walk on dal lake and we took a ride with the Shikara, wooden boat found on Dal Lake and other water bodies of Srinagar. After Maghreb prayer we went to their markets for some famous Kashmiri goodies. As always we slept early getting ready for tomorrow. I haven’t been such a good boy as i were in that trip, sleeping early every night, waking up early everyday and have 3 meals a day.
Srinagar means the city of wealth and abundance. A 2300 years old beautiful city around a lake and completely surrounded by high mountains topped with ice with a small hill just in the middle of the city topped with huge old fort. Srinagar is famous for its Mughal gardens since it was the Mughal Emperors summer destination. Other Attractions are Hazratbal Shrine and Jama Masjid. If you are a ski lover, Gulmarg is one of the top 5 ski resort in Asia and has the highest gondola ski lift in the world and it is only an hour drive from Srinagar. And an eye-popping trip to Sonamarg is highly recomended by me.
We dedicated 3 nights/3 days to Srinagar, half day for Gulmarg and another half for Sonamarg when the other half was for Srinagar site seeing. Yes it needs more time so you can enjoy it more but for me it was just enough. That was for day 1.
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