Kashmir is the heaven of India. Since childhood I always found myself surrounded by the heresy of such statements and other synonyms such as paradise used to describe Kashmir. It intrigued me immensely that what was so paradisiacal about this state that left the tourists awestruck when they narrated their journeys. They always stuck to a point that one can never get enough of Kashmir and its beautiful valleys. In the month of June this very year I took a break from the urban quotidian life of Delhi and left for the lofty valleys of Kashmir. Experiencing the beautiful locales of Srinagar, and Gulmarg brought across the scenic beauty of Kashmir in its true essence.
I landed at the Kashmir airport on the 10th of June. I was putting up at the CRPF guest houses owing to personal contacts. My itinerary was fixed. As I had a few days in my hand and I had to get the taste of Kashmiri culture, I mapped out three places to visit. I visited Dal Lake, Lal Chowk and Gulmarg in the following days
The true beauty of Kashmir does not just lie in the numerous popular tourist destinations as designated by the tourist department of the state, but a simple ride to these places itself left me enamored. Driving past the Dal Lake, the cool breeze blowing my hair, the sight of the numerous beautifully decorated shikaras and all these in the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains left me breathless. From the boat ride on Dal Lake to the Gondola ride in Gulmarg everything was a virtual delight. Hence, Kashmir was successful in providing me with peaceful recluse from the humdrum city life in its cocooned beauty.