Today was the 8th day of our trip and we had to reach the city of Jammu which was another 479.3 km ,approx 13 h 44 min.Likewise this trip was getting over as we headed back to Delhi ,and our boys were so much tired and exahusted,as we were continuosly riding for the 8th day.But ,despite being tired we still had some of the excitement left as we were about to enter the magnificent Valley of Sonmarg (Gateway of Amarnath yatra) ,also the marvellous Dal lake,srinagar.Encouraging one another ,we started the day riding our bikes.Crossing Drass sector as it said that Drass is the second coldest inhabited place on earth. The temperature can dip to -45 degree Celsius in winter. We crossed the Mighty Zojila pass which is a rugged road on a steep rocky mountain and is one of the most narrow and difficult passes in India.From the top you could see the Amarnath Yatra camp spread out all over the valley.As we entered the Valley of Sonmarg ( distance 123 km ,3 h 22 min from Kargil ),we were excited to ride along beautiful and exotic landscapes .From there onwards, the road is much better as we entered into the valley and it was like a great relief. Sonamarg is the last town with decent vegetation. From here on the green mountain gives way to orange and red Rocky mountains occasionally tipped with snow.We reached Srinagar around 1500 hrs,so we had got time to enjoy the Shikara ride in Dal lake.There is no better way to admire the Dal Lake than on a Shikara ride. An hour long ride will cost somewhere around Rs. 300 approx.As we had a guitar with us ,our shikara man was singing along with us and sharing the stories of the lake ,and the feeling was just awesome.Also you will ride across the floating market where you can buy eatable stuffs and the local goods.
After that we proceeded towards Jammu without wasting the time.Even though it was a long ride ,the restless shikara ride ,and the view of green valleys of Sonmarg boosted us to ride further ,Keeping the time left with us.The distance between Srinagar to jammu was 266 km .Piercing through the inner Himalayas "Chenani-Nashri Tunnel"reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 30 km and travel time by two hours, also some new Banihal road tunnel and other small tunnels. We reached Jammu by midnight .Half of the city was almost slept,but,luckily we got a hotel to stay.As we already had our dinner on the way ,so we jumped straight in the beds,Sound sleep.