Kashmir: Au revoir (Day 4 and 5)


Day 4 started at 6:30 a.m. and we went to Shankaracharya temple. The temple is situated on the top of Sulaiman Hill at a height of 1100 ft. above surface level of the city.

We had to leave the vehicle, mobile phones/cameras in our driver’s custody before the security check and trek 300 steps to the temple / cave.  The bird view of Srinagar from the top is spectacular and it is so nice to see the Jhelum (name of river) flow in a zig zag manner.  After coming back from temple, we had a quick breakfast at Lalit and bid goodbye to Srinagar.

Lalit

Now, we were heading to Gulmarg which literally means “Meadow of flowers” – a hill station and a popular skiing destination.  Gulmarg Gondola is among the highest cable cars in the world and the technology of Gondola is none other than French 🙂

2. Gulmarg 3. Snowfall

The Gondola ride took me to a different world where I was surrounded by mountains and snow. The highlight of the day at Gulmarg was having fried Nadru (lotus stem) and warm Kehwa with almond flakes near the skiing area with a spectacular view of the Himalayan range and its snow-covered slopes. You can also indulge in fun sports, mainly skiing and trekking on the thick blanket of snow. You will definitely forget everything and be lost in the beauty of this place.

4. Gondola 5. Fried Nadru 6. Kahwa 7. Samovar

We were staying in The Vintage. The view of snowfall from the room was amazing and the same from the restaurant balcony was magnificent. Lunch was served at The Vintage and post lunch some of my friends went back to their rooms for a siesta.

8. View from room

However, my friends from Hyderabad and I chose to explore Khyber. Khyber has a beautiful property and one must consider staying with them. My friends and I spent the evening at Khyber where they apprised me about their life experiences pre and post marriage :p

9. Khyber 10. Khyber

The Dinner was planned at The Vintage – The Pandit Wazwan was light on my belly as compared to the Muslim Wazwan. Mutton kaliya was my favorite dish that day.

Day 5 we started from Gulmarg and headed towards Srinagar to board our flight in the evening. We had lunch on the way at Krishna Vaishno Dhaba (vegetarian food stall) in Sonawar. The food here is prepared in Jammu style. The Rajma (kidney beans) with rice and curry pakoda was mind blowing!

It is said that Shadow, Dreams and Memories never leave you. Like all good things come to an end, my wonderful trip also came to an end, leaving behind sweet memories with me.

Cheers – Lubna

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