And this was my escape from Diwali and Delhi.
Now I think it was the best decision I have made lately.
I took a early morning flight so my day doesn't get wasted in traveling. So excited I was and also to see the local life by own eyes. I anyway do not believe all the things shown in media but my Parents were pretty worried and excited at the same time. They were giving a hell lot of advices about traveling solo to kashmir. Whoever I told about my trip was equally terrified and excited.
Tip 1- take a window seat while flying to srinagar for great Himalayan view.
We heard Captain announcing we have landed in Srinagar and it is 6°c outside, my inner child got really happy. And my first step outside plain and the thin air hit me like anything. For a minute, I started breathing heavily. After few minutes, it was like I am breathing in real oxygen. I decided not to take cab directly to hotel, instead I took a bus to TRC and then went to Old Srinagar. It was cost effective too, as cab charges were INR 980/- where as I spent only 300 and changed two cabs in between.
What else be better to have some local delicacy first thing in city. Went to Creme and had some amazingly tasty pastries and Mutton puff.
After strolling in old Srinagar lane, I left for my place to stay (Zostel, Srinagar). Reached there around 3 pm, had kahwa to start with. Host Suhail gave a showround of property and given my room. I chose to stay at hotel's lawn to soak in some sun. Went to Zostel's terrace, for a beautiful view.
It was going to be sunset, I walked down till Dal Lake and believe me I was mesmerized by colors the lake and sky had to offer. It was beautiful, felt like I have time travelled to Moughal era and everything seemed too perfect. I left when it was dark as people advise not to roam around at night alone. I decided to go back to hostel, at hostel we celebrated a subtle diwali by sitting around bonfire and singing some songs.
Here Zostel helps us organize trip next day, We made a trip to Manasbal Lake and Kheer bhawani, Wullar lake with few hostellers.
Day ended with having Aloo Dum and Kashmiri pulao at Zostel cafe.