Other than Dal lake, there Shankarachrya Temple and Hazratbal Mosque to be visited. Since it was already evening I finished with my dinner and headed back to my hotel. Opposite gate 9 there is a restaurant Lhasa.
Day 2, headed to Sonamarg. August is summers of Kashmir, it was pretty hot. Sonamarg is such a beautiful place, should have spent overnight there with river flowing next to cottages and snow capped mountains all around. However, had booking in Srinagar so had to go back. Here you can visit Thajivas glacier where snow is very less during this time of the year. Need to hire a pony to go ahead. They would lure you in to 5 points site seeing which is basically Zojila pass nothing more, best thing about it is its terrain completely different from Sonamarg.
Day 3, Headed to Pahalgam from Srinagar. Some of the finest cricket bats are made in Pahalgam region. Pahalgam is again very different region. Apple orchids on the way. Did thought of plucking some but they were still unrip and not fair with farmers if all the tourists did that.
Beetab valley gets it's name from a movie 'Beetab' shot there. Locals picnic here, it's huge lush green meadows, snow capped mountains and other end you see some women harvesting and shepherd grazing his cattle and far away you can spot a military bunker.
Around Dal lake there are lot of shops and eateries to explore around. I was staying bit away from this main commercial area so took lift from a friendly Kashmiri couple in their car.
It was pretty late by completing so many view points in one day.
Next off to Srinagar, lets go home with beautiful memories. Some images are captured so well by the eyes that even camera cannot justify them. It should be experienced once in life time.
Sunset at Pahalgam
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