Visitors can also indulge in activities like trekking, skiing and pony riding. Pony rides can cost you anything between Rs 1000 to Rs 1700 per person and there is a board mentioning the various trekking points with their corresponding costs which made it easier for us to make choices without having to bargain. A must see destination. It was similar to our experience in the Swiss Alps many years ago. The locals here are very poor and earn only from tourists. We were overwhelmed by their warmth and courtesy and lack of greed.Day 3: Srinagar to Pahalgam. (Two nights at Pahalgam)On the third day we had an early breakfast, we checked out of our hotel and left for Pahalgam which is at a distance of 92 kms from Srinagar, approx. 3 hrs drive. On the way we visited the Martand temple and Gurudwara. Later we visited the bat factory.The cricket and baseball bats made from local willow trees are also exported. The next stop was Avantipur ruins, the ancient part of Kashmir. Lying in ruins are temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Avantiswami. The backdrop of the ruins is scenic, with mountains and fraess't trees.We sauntered around listening to the guide who was enthusiastically relating the history of these ruins. Later we drove through Pampore which is famous for its saffron and has acres of saffron fields which one must visit in the saffron season i.e. September. The best time to visit Kashmir is the month of September when the saffron fields are blooming with flowers and the apple orchards are aden with the best juicy apples, the landscape has an autumn look with varied colors of the rainbow. Marriages are also held in this month and exotic dish Wazwan spreads its aroma in the valley.As we passed through Anantnag, locally known as Islamabad, we saw apple orchards with apple trees blooming with flowers.
Avantiswami Temple Ruins
A centuries old ruins symbolizing the history of Hindu culture in the region. There are guides who will show you around. There is not a lot to see, but without someone telling you what you are looking at, you will probably be at a loss to understand the significance of the place.
We make our way to the beautiful Doodhpathri Valley today which off the tourist map and a well kept tourist secret. Doodhpathri will charm you with its carpet like meadows, wild alpine flowers and rolling grasslands. You won’t find a better setting for a perfect picnic. Meals: Breakfast Experience: A picnic in the meadows of Doodhpathri