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This was like a childhood dream coming true. A trip to Kashmir was long awaited.I had my air tickets booked via Air Asia but due to the unrest situation in Kashmir the plan was hazy. I was disheartened.I decided that I had to go and the day came when I picked my bags up and left for Kashmir.I booked my first night stay through Air BNB as it was comparatively cheaper than other hotels. The house owner came to pick me up at Srinagar Airport. I reached at his place, got myself freshen up and went off to roam around Srinagar.To be very frank, at first I felt that the Kashmir I have heard about and seen in movies is not what it looks in real. Srinagar was a little disappointing against my expectations.
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The Zanskar mountain range covers an area of 7000 sq. kms and is without a doubt, one of the most desolate places in the Himalayan range. Zanskar is known for its awesome scale. The tributaries of the Zanskar River are famous for seasonal white river rafting. Deep gorges, snow glaciers and a number of small religious spots dot the Zanskar valley. Be careful of the time of the year you choose to visit Zanskar. It’s closed for a significant time due to extreme snowfall and winter.
One of the underrated and untouched beauty in Kashmir. The best part about this place is that it is not commercialised yet.The place was used by Indian Army for firearms testing.Now it has been evacuated and tourists have started pouring in.Doodhpathri is more or less 40 km away from Srinagar. From Srinagar you have to reach Budgam district. From Budgam you will reach Khansahib and then Doodhpathri.The road from Srinagar to Doodhpathri is not so smooth. Though it is motorable but a little tiresome ride.Entry fees in Doodhpathri was 20 INR per person.The moment I went through the gates, it was a different world altogether. Green meadows, rearing herds of sheep, clean blue sky. Trust me, I can't describe it in words.We spent the whole day roaming around the place. We did our lunch at a restaurant inside Doodhpathri. Clicked some picturesque photographs. After a few minutes of riding, we parked our bikes and halted near the river.I can wager one can't keep his/her legs for more than 30 seconds in that flowing water, it was chilling. From that point you can go for some treks further but it was not in our itinerary, we had different plans. We wrapped up from Doodhpathri, clicked amazingly beautiful pictures and rode back to Srinagar by the evening.Tip: Avoid travelling after dark. The place is entirely safe but one should avoid unnecessary risk of getting into trouble.Doodhpathri is a beautiful place to visit but the meadows are more or less same to Gulmarg. You can trek to further up the mountains from Doodhpathri. Contact a guide for that place in case you are planning to hike.