Bangalore - Srinagar - Sonmarg
This was my first ever bike ride and I wanted to make it count, so I chose to conquer the world's highest motorable pass "Khardung La".
After everything was finalized, on the D Day, there we were – Me and Anoop with our bags packed, ready to hit the roads. We boarded the airport bus from Silk Board at 11:45PM and reached Kempegowda International Airport at 12:30AM, earlier than anticipated in Bengaluru traffic!
The next question was what we do until 05:30AM, as that was the time of our flight! We decided to drop the baggage and loaf around, but the counter was closed till 02:30AM. So we ended up sleeping in the beautiful lounge, only with that jitter in my stomach due to the excitement of what laid ahead of us. While waiting in the lounge after dropping the baggage, we met other rides who were heading the same way. We reached Srinagar around 12:00PM but had to wait to collect the baggage of another rider. The baggage was stuck in Bengaluru Airport as there was a power bank in it! (I reminded myself to be careful about this). We then met our tour guides.
As we could not contain the excitement of finally being in Srinagar, while waiting for others to join, we went to sightsee, as cheesy tourists call it! We saw the beautiful Dal Lake, Botanical Garden and amazing Floating Markets. After this, went back to the airport and left to Sonmarg. We reached Sonmarg at around 11PM and were accommodated at Akbar Hotel.
KIA buses: www.ewebbuddy.com/bangalore-airport-bus-vayu-vajra-bial/
Flight: Book through ixigo (Suggestion!)
Feeling hungry: I just munched on the subs at Subway (Healthy and tickles my taste buds)
Transport at Srinagar: Prepaid taxi services outside airport (Reasonable price)
Botanical Garden entry fee: Adults: Rs.10, Child: Rs.5
Shikara Charges: Rs.800/ boat (4 persons)