Srinagar is warm in many ways, the people – they not only say it but carry Kashmiriyat in them. Warmth is all you feel in their postures, language, eyes. Then of course Dal Lake and Shakira make Srinagar more beautiful. We booked houseboat which built 50 years ago using walnut tree woods. The host and houseboat both were so warm to let all the fatigue of journey to take away. We planned the day to visit Sonmarg. We hired a to and fro taxi for same.
Sonmarg have its own beauty. Rocky Mountains covered with snow. The angle of hills crossing each feel like all the hills are just surround you. Its 2.5 hours one side journey from Srinagar to Sonmarg. In Sonmarg we had traditional Kahwa to get away the chilly feel. We hired a snow mobile to take us further. Negotiate best with sledge and snow mobile as they overcharge. We spend some 2 hours on top when it started snowing. It was mildly scary as means of going back on snow mobile were less as compared to people around. We had dinner with
Tip: Sit outside houseboats early morning to see beautiful sunrise and Shikaras. Wear enough clothes and carry an extra pair for single day incursion.
Activities: Sonmarg incursion, Shikara in morning, sunrise
Weather: hot in Srinagar, chilly in Sonmarg.
It was kept a relaxing day and Srinagar Sightseeing. We kept this day to relax and get the sovienger from Srinagar. We visited Tulip garden, nishat and Shalimar garden. Tulip Garden is opened only from 20 days. This trip was planned in such a way to include this duration. Srinagar is mainly gardens and Shikaras. We spent day in less sightseeing but in dal lake houseboat.
Tip: Check the traffic and VIP movement before planning day in Srinagar
Activities: Shikara, Tulip garden