Kashmir Diaries – Part II

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Hey everyone.. Hope you enjoyed the 1st part of my Kashmir Diaries. I am back from the Winter Wonderland but trust me my heart still lies in those beautiful mountains of Kashmir. For those of you who want to know whether its safe to go there I would be honest that we didn’t face any problems. The people are very kind and helpful especially to the tourists. Unfortunately there could be curfew at any point of time in the state and it happened while we were there. At that time its safe to stay put in the hotel and consult the travel desk. We thoroughly enjoyed going around the place first 2 days however had to cancel our trip to Pehalgam on the 3rd day due to the curfew so we stayed inside the whole day and enjoyed the property of Taj Vivanta.
The most beautiful area of Srinagar is the Boulevard Road that surrounds the most important landmark of Srinagar – Dal lake. The lake covers an area of 18Sqkm. In summers you could see Lotus flowers blossom in the lake. It’s a beautiful sight. The iconic Shikaras are the cultural symbol of Srinagar and one must and absolutely must take a ride in it. Remember Shammi Kapoor singing “Tareef karoon kya uski” in the Shikara while wooing Sharmila Tagore in Kashmir Ki Kali. Well, you can’t help but remember that song while in the boat. I had it on full blast on my IPOD :-)))
Since it was a non tourist season, the lake was pretty much deserted but that was the fun. It was indeed a pleasure cos you could experience the absolute tranquility and let go of your worries. We took a ride till Char Chinar which is a small island in the middle of the lake. It houses majestic Chinar trees on the 4 corners of the land and are a beautiful sight especially during fall season. Dal is surrounded by Moghul gardens Nishat & Shalimar which are fun to visit during summers. The other great places to visit in Srinagar are Chashme shahi gardens, Shankracharya temple and Pari Mahal.
The snowfall had stopped and the sun was out so it was a perfectly beautiful day to go around Srinagar and visit these places. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Pari Mahal

Chashme shahi gardens

I wish I could go around a little more and bring you some more pictures but we had to cut short due to unforeseen circumstances. However there is always a next time. Hope you enjoyed and if you haven’t been to Kashmir then you totally must. I highly recommend. For the Non vegetarian eaters Kashmiri delicacies are a delight. You could feast on some Yakhani, Roganjosh, Kabargah, Gushtaba and what not. It’s a foodie’s delight.
I love my Kashmir :-) Hope one day the peace is restored and it goes back to its former glory but even in its current form its a Paradise on Earth.
Lots of Love
xxx

 

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