Trekking in Himalayas has been in my diary from my childhood, when my father first showed me the paradise one enters while walking in these giant, exotic structures. Till then I could never come out of this precious hallucination and thrive for feeling the load on my shoulders, cramping the feet and see the hidden beauties of these mountains.
Having read and heard so much about Kashmir before, I could admire the jaw dropping beauty of this place through photographs. And then I planned for the Kashmir Great Lakes (KGL) trek on July 2015. This along with Tarsar-Marsar trek is the main two routes one can opt for in the Kashmir Valley.
KGL trek is considered moderate to difficult in its level compared to other famous treks in the mountains. It is called great lakes because the route connects some of the high altitude lakes in the Kashmir valley. I booked for the second batch of the start of the season in 2015 and waited patiently till the day arrives for the journey.
Being a student I chose the most economical conveyance mode to reach Srinagar. I went to Delhi by train from Kolkata. I took another train from Delhi to reach Udhampur. From Udhampur by share taxi I reached Banihal from where local trains are available till Srinagar and Baramullah. Although economical but the mode is very time consuming because of obvious reasons. However the Pir-Panjal railway from Banihal to Srinagar has its own charm and it was worth spending time for such journey.
I arrived Srinagar at the evening (4th July, 2015) and next day we were supposed to leave for Sonmarg which is the first base camp for the trek. I spent the first half of the next day sight seeing some of the worth watching places of Srinagar and roaming around the streets of the city.