We reached Jammu via Chandigarh, Pathankot (Jammu - Srinagar highway) around 10am and took a break of two hours from our 565km journey. As the road was smooth we could sleep bump free on the way. From Jammu we started with our new companion Mahindra Thar 4x4. An hour or so into the drive with two more folks, we’re crossing a town with small shops and houses on either side. We crossed the new katra railway track construction on our way. The roads were smooth with multiple tunnels on the way. The tale of Kashmir will always start with the cold breeze that hits your face as soon as one enter the terrain and beautiful scenery in either of your sides. Talk of the beauty of the land – of the omnipresence of the Himalayas in every frame. Due to our multiple stops we got delayed and reached Srinagar at 10.30pm, where we had our beautifully decorated boat house booked on the serene Dal lake.