Journey to heaven - Kashmir

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Amidst heaven

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Trek from Phase 1 to Phase 2

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Trek to the Lidder river

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

With the locals :)

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

At Farah's Homestay

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Farah & her husband cooked the most delicious dinner!

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Farah's adorable daughter, Farah

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Dinner at Farah's

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Stroll to a nearby village

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Our cottage at Farah homestay

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Sledging in Sonmarg

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Delectable lunch organized by Gulzar ji in his shamiyana at Butt's Claremont hou

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Wazwan, kashmiri cuisine served at Butt's Claremont houseboat

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Stayed in luxury for a night

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Shikhara ride from the serene upper dal lake

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Kashmiri girl-me!

Photo of Journey to heaven - Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”- Mark Twain

My week in Kashmir was spent in the lap of nature soaking in the sheer bliss & solitude of the paradise called Kashmir.

This trip was my first ever real adventure, combining so many personal firsts – climbing a glacier, witnessing snow, sledging, wandering off-trail, staying in homestays, riding a shikara, watching shepherds herd droves of huge goats on narrow mountain paths.

Whether it was trekking to the top of the glacier in Gulmarg; or going off trail amidst pine trees and stumbling upon meadows with horses and shepherds in Pahalgam; or gazing at the vastness of night sky spread with constellations of stars in Sonmarg; or being overwhelmed by the hospitality of the wonderful people at the homestay & houseboats; I counted my blessings throughout.

The highlight of my Kashmir adventure was definitely trekking up a glacier. I climbed Mount Kongdoori at roughly 13,000ft above sea level from a height of about 10,000ft. There are two phases in Gulmarg to reach the mountain. Phase 1 is at a height of 3,080meters and Phase 2 reaches 3,950meters. Tourists usually take a Gondola ride till Phase 2. Despite having a gondola pass for both phases, I challenged myself and with a few fellow travelers decided to climb up the glacier which beckoned me from afar.  As this was going to be my first time witnessing real time snow, I decided to earn it than having it come easy to me. This ‘death march,’ as one of my fellow travelers rightly termed it, as was by far the most exhilarating experience of my life where I have not felt this close to death nor so close to being alive. Anything that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! As Albert Einstein rightly quoted, “A ship is always safe at shore but that’s not what it’s built for.”

Travel is the only experience that makes you richer. Through travel you become more experienced, grow wiser, learn to take risks, let go of inhibitions, embrace life, become kinder, learn to be more trusting, become truly appreciative of life and the people who fill it, and believe more strongly in humanity and in yourself. I felt alive, in awe, proud, full of gratitude & inspired.

Brief itinerary: 

Day 1: Srinagar Arrival. Transfer to Hotel (Overnight in Srinagar)

Day 2: Day Trip from Srinagar to Gulmarg (Overnight in Srinagar)

Day 3: Srinagar to Sonmarg (Overnight in Sonmarg)

Day 4: Sonmarg to Pahalgam (Overnight in Pahalgam)

Day 5: Pahalgam (Overnight in Pahalgam)

Day 6: Pahalgam to Srinagar

In Sonmarg, stay at Farah’s Homestay for their warm hospitality & in Srinagar, visit Butt’s Clermont in Upper Dal Lake

Bon Voyage!

Trek to the Lidder river

Photo of Ari Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Ari Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Ari Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Ari Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Aru Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Aru Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Aru Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Aru Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Aru Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Aru Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Aru Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati

Stroll to a nearby village

Photo of Aru Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Aru Valley, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati

Stayed in luxury for a night

Photo of Butt's Clermont Houseboats, Naseem Bagh, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir by Gopika Gulati

Shikhara ride from the serene upper dal lake

Photo of Butt's Clermont Houseboats, Naseem Bagh, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Butt's Clermont Houseboats, Naseem Bagh, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Dal Lake, Dal Lake, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Dal Lake, Dal Lake, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati

Farah & her husband cooked the most delicious dinner!

Photo of Farah's Homestay, Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati

Farah's adorable daughter, Farah

Photo of Farah's Homestay, Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Gulmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Gulmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Gulmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Gulmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Gulmarg Gondola, District Baramulla, Alambal Road, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir 193403 by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Gulmarg trek by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Gulmarg, Gulmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of In the flight to Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Lidder river, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati

Amidst heaven

Photo of Mount Affarwat, Gulmarg by Gopika Gulati

Trek from Phase 1 to Phase 2

Photo of Mt. Affarwat, Gulmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Mughal Garden, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Mughal Gardens, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati

Kashmiri girl-me!

Photo of Mughal Gardens, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati

With the locals :)

Photo of Pahalgam, Pahalgam by Gopika Gulati

At Farah's Homestay

Photo of Sonamarg, Sonamarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonamarg, Sonamarg by Gopika Gulati

Dinner at Farah's

Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati

Our cottage at Farah homestay

Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Sonmarg by Gopika Gulati

Delectable lunch organized by Gulzar ji in his shamiyana at Butt's Claremont hou

Photo of Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Srinagar by Gopika Gulati

Wazwan, kashmiri cuisine served at Butt's Claremont houseboat

Photo of Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Upper dal lake, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Upper dal lake, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Upper dal lake, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Upper dal lake, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Upper dal lake, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Upper dal lake, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
Photo of Upper dal lake, Srinagar by Gopika Gulati
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