Discussion in 'Travelogues' started by Vargis Khan, Oct 23, 2018.
Met this beautiful child. No matter how hard we tried, he just wouldn't smile for the camera.
Peer Baba Mazaar at Razdan Pass
Sunset View from Pari Mahal
We finally made it back to our hotel in Srinagar at around 4 PM. Our agenda that evening was to roam around in Srinagar and enjoy some local places. The first one on our list was Pari Mahal. I was told that it was one of the best places to catch a sunset view in Srinagar. So after resting for a while, that is where we first went to watch the sun go down.
Sunset Views from Pari Mahal
Night View of Dal Lake
Challi Point, Srinagar
Next stop was Challi point near Dal Lake; where we enjoyed some delicious Kababs. This place is like the central kabab point in entire Srinagar and I will highly recommend eating out here on one of the evenings.
After that we just rode around Dal Lake looking for something to buy; small souvenirs that we could bring back home. On advice of a local, we went to Dal Gate and bought some items from a pedlar there. After shopping, we just sat around the lake for a little longer and arrived back at the hotel. This was finally going to be our last night in Srinagar and end of a remarkable trip; one that was going to remained etched in memories forever. Tomorrow, we were to catch our flight back home.
Trip to Kashmir – A Journey to Forever Remember
We all woke up that morning with a common feeling. I wouldn’t really call it sadness but our hearts felt heavy. Why is it so always that good times fly by so fast? It all gets over before you even had time to properly enjoy it. The last 8 days were probably among the best of our lives. We truly enjoyed every moment of it; lived life to its fullest. But as all good things come to an end, so did our trip. Today was our last day of a memorable journey. Today we were to end our trip to Kashmir and catch a fight home.
Not much to write about this day really. Lavish and I woke up first and went out for a cup of tea and short walk. Our flight was at 11 AM so we had a bit of time to enjoy our last morning of this trip in Srinagar.
Ride to the Airport
Faisal arrived at around 9 AM to pick us up. I really do not have words for the hospitality of the gentleman. He proved to be more than a friend, a brother in fact. He arranged the entire trip for us; our itinerary, cab, stay in Srinagar, motorcycles; and even came to drive us to the airport himself. It is hard to believe that someone who I met for the first time on this trip would really do so much. If this is not really a shining example of “Kashmiri Mehmaan Nawazi” then I am not really sure what is.
With heavy hearts, we left the hotel which was our home in fact for last 8 days. Our host was the most gracious one and treated us like family. There is nowhere else I would rather stay in Srinagar if not for Hotel Grand Valley Inn. It has now become like my second home there. No matter how many times I visit Kashmir again, I know now where my stay is going to be.
Kashmir airport is a small one and even the town is not that large. But the road and the police checking causes a lot of slow traffic. We too almost missed our flight because of the long line of cars in front of us. Actually we stepped out of the car and ran the last couple of kilometers. If we hadn’t ran then I am sure we would have missed the flight.
So a word of advice would be to ensure that you get at least a 3 hours start from your hotel before the flight. Do not think that you can make it in last hour or so because you definitely won’t. Our flights were on time and by 2 PM we were all back home. The only last minute drama that happened with me was that I lost the keys to my home and had to break the lock open.
And this is it. That was our trip to Kashmir; the one that is going to remained etched in our memories all our lives. There are so many other places in Kashmir that we weren’t able to cover. There is so much to see, so much to explore and I will be back there again soon.
Shah Jahan once called Kashmir as heaven on earth and he wasn’t wrong. This place in every way is a paradise and I am about to book tickets for my next trip there in a couple of months.
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