28th july 2019, sunday
Today is the day when our track will began, but luck wasn't in our favour (or may be it was in our favour) and it was raining from night.
So yatra was postponed for a day due to bad weather as it is risky for yatries to start yatra in this rain.
Now again we had full day at our disposal.
So we went to a shop near by where we all had glass of hot tea and bread butter.
There were this round breads(similar to naan in delhi region just the size of bread) which they buttered.
While having tea we decided, let's visit an apple farm, as I and some of my friends haven't seen an apple farm ever in our lives.
We had quiet some fun in apple farm clicking pictures with trees full of apples.
As it was raining we didn't spent much time in the farm and returned to hotel.
Fun part was pheren which I purchased from local market yesterday, and wearing it today, so many locals confused as kashmiri and while I was having fun at that, army was extra strict at me due to costume, while my friends passed easily the checkpoints, I had to answer the questions of security officers like
army man: aae pheren kidhar?
Me: I am a tourist sir.
Army man: kidhar sae?
Me: delhi sae.
Army man: kya kaam karta hai?
Me: I am a businessman.
Army man: kis cheez ka business?
Me: sir spices ka.
Army man: kidhar jayaega?
Me: amarnath yatra par hoon.
Army man: pheren kyun phena hai?, kashmiri lagta hai.
Me: sir aacha lag reha tha isliyae lae liya.
Army man: Kahan sae liya?
Me: sir yahin market sae.
Army man: kitnae ka liya?
Me: sir rs 1200 ka.
Army man: ok chalo jao.
These type of conversations happens many time after wearing that dress.
But it was fun.
It was only 11 am so after returning to hotel we decided to have some local authentic Kashmiri food.
So we asked some locals about where to get authentic Kashmiri food and they were clueless.
They either tell us some restuarant name where we can have Kashmiri food but it wasn't authentic as it was made for the taste of tourists.
Authentic food can be eaten only in local Kashmiri home.
But that was difficult to arrange as we are on yatra so we want only vegetarian food.
And Kashmiri food is mostly non veg which is authentic.
So after some searching with locals and some googleing came to conclusion that if we have to eat anywhere near to authentic Kashmiri than there is only one place in pahalgam where we can get it.
It was pine and peak hotel.
So we went there and ordered food.
Till the time food was prepared we had some photoshoot of ourselves with background as this beautiful hotel.
Finally food arrived.
1 tarami e lolaab rs 1450( some paneer dish locally prepared with some rice and a vegetable kabab, I personally didn't liked that much, but my friends liked it very much.)
2 haak saag rs 600( it was made up of some leafy vegetable which is indigenous to kashmir or Himalayan regions. Something similar to palak but it has some taste of saur, overall tasty and healthy, I liked it)
3 Kashmiri dum aloo rs 675( it was one of the best dish on table with proper balance of spices properly cooked and very tasty, every body liked it)
4 Gucchi matar mushroom rs 1200( it was the best dish on table. Gucchi is a sponge type mushroom growing in higher regions of Himalayas, very costly ranging from rs 25000 to 30000 per kg, had medicinal properties and good for heart. Every body liked the dish very much, although tasted somewhat like dry dates but very tasty.)
5 Nadru yakani rs 675 ( it was kamal gatta vegetable prepared in some white sauce, tasted some what like pasta, least tastiest of all dishes).
6 briyani baag e bahar rs 600( good old rice well cooked tastes good, just like rice)
7 laccha paratha rs175 per paratha ( tastes like normal paratha which everyone moms cookes at home).
8 tandoori roti and tawa roti rs 150 per roti( in rs 150 one can buy 5 kgs of wheat flour, so roties were very small, tastes like average roties)
9 zafrani phirini rs375 ( one plate was complementary and second plate we purchased. Well prepared sweet dish, very nice in taste, tastes like kheer made up of suji).
Plus gst rs1341
Total bill rs 8791
Approx rs 1500 per person cost.
In all good food and to some extent authentic Kashmiri food cravings fulfilled.
After that fulfilling lunch another round of photography.
We literally can't stop ourselves from capturing pahalgam on camera as it was so beautiful.
It was rightly said by someone that Kashmir is heaven on earth.
We reached back hotel at around 4pm.
Went to sleep as every one was tired.
Photos of day 3 are here.