'Heaven on Earth' is how people describe Kashmir and they aren't wrong at all. I explored this 'heavenly' place on a pretty decent budget and still managed to be enthralled at every step of the way.
Day 1 and 2 | Srinagar
Srinagar is beautiful and provides a complete sightseeing experience, especially the lake area. Topping my list of places to visit was the Dal Lake. We headed out straight for the Shikara ride in the wee hours of the morning. Right adjacent to the Hazratbal Mosque is the impressive Nishat Bagh. This garden of bliss commands a magnificent view of the lake and the snowcapped Pir Panjal range.
Day 3 | Gulmarg
Our excitement levels pumped high as we made our way up towards Gulmarg- it was all white! The whole path is covered with snow capped mountains. After reaching Gulmarg, you will find a number of sledge cart helpers attired traditionally, in firans, a few of them puffing away hookah/sheesha to keep them warm. Instead of taking guides we decided to explore the place snow-trekking, climbing the mountains all by ourselves. Gondola ride was also one of most memorable experiences of my life, giving a perfect view of the snow capped mountains and its surroundings once the cable car advances to the top of the summit. The one at Gulmarg is the highest Gondola ride in all of Asia
Day 4 | Sonamarg
Blessed with exceptional Himalayan beauty, we then geared up towards Sonmarg- also known as ‘Golden Meadow’. It is home to Thajiwas Glacier that connects Kashmir to Ladakh region and is renowned for high altitude trekking too.
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