Srinagar, Kashmir - Paradise on Earth!Thursday, March 25, 2010
Date of Journey : 17 May 2008>> Gulmarg - Jammu & Kashmir
My very first and strong memories of Kashmir were from the lines of my Telugu prose chapter called Kashmira Darsanam of class Vll. Neither do I remember the author nor his/her agenda in the chapter but all that remained in the years to follow was his/her description of our own paradise on earth. The lure of the pristine and lofty snow covered mountains was always there only to be fueled by its appearance in the popular media, for instance movies like Kashmir ki Kali or Roja. While the former showed the beauty of the valley in a lighter tone, the latter showed the crisis of militancy that was ripping the state apart. I was still in school and I used to wonder if matters would ever turn for good and if I’d ever get a chance to go to Kashmir. Let’s fast forward 15 years, it is 2008 and right now I am sitting in a nondescript cubicle trying to earn my living – dreams of Kashmir all forgotten.
Date of Journey : 20 May 2008
When did we visit - May 17 2008.
How was the weather - Pleasant, can make do with a sweater or shawl.
Where did we stay - Hotel Pine, Ph. No- 2476868
How was the hotel - Decent Budget Accommodation. Located very close to Tourism Reception Center, Taxi/Bus Stand and J&K Bank.