Wednesday, 3 June 2015

I’M Finally Going To My ‘Dream’ Destination!

Kashmir Photo sources: Pinterest, dailytravelphotos & Travelchacha

I have been plotting and planning to set foot in Kashmir for quite a while now. I wanted to tick it off last year when I was travelling in Sikkim. I even had my accommodation sorted out, but I had to cancel the trip eventually due to no train reservations available. Of course, I was disappointed. But, I was also determined to make it there the next year, which is now!

And even this time it hasn’t been a smooth ride. My original flight to Srinagar got cancelled. So, I had to get an alternate booking done, which is weird – I’ll be flying from Hyderabad to Bangalore, and then from Bangalore to Delhi, and finally Delhi to Srinagar. Well, I’m taking it as a dash of thrill before the curtain raises (i.e. before I reach Srinagar).

I’m penning this post from the airport, where I have a toddler prancing around me and making my life miserable with his shrill wailing. But, I’m okay! I’m looking forward to landing in Kashmir!

So what am I hoping to do in Kashmir –

Gaze the mountains

I have no fixed itinerary or sightseeing places listed out. Though I’d like to visit towns like Sonmarg, Gulmarg and also a few lesser-known ones, my primary aim of visiting Kashmir is to gaze the mountains. I don’t think I want to do anything else. I mean nothing else really matters. I want to witness the sheer divinity of the Himalayas and just get numbed by it.

Photo source: National Geographic India

Take lots of photos

I’m ferociously looking forward to taking photos in Kashmir. I want to do my best to capture its beauty. However, I’m also a bit concerned about whether I’d be able to roam around freely and take photos as and when I feel like or I’d need to have a local accompany me everywhere.

Taste some great Kashmiri food   

I would like to try out some old authentic dishes of Kashmir, explore the bakeries and of course, drink Kahwah (the traditional Kashmiri chai). I’d like to enjoy the spontaneity of discovering random places to eat, and then maybe frequenting them every day till I’m in Srinagar.  
Photo sources: Pinterest, dailytravelphotos & Travelchacha

Get acquainted to the people of Kashmir

I really hope to strike some fabulous conversations with the locals, know about their lives and quirks. I’m curious to know the ‘real’ or normal side of Kashmir rather than what it is perceived to be.

That’s about it.

By the time you’d be reading this post, I’d have already landed in Srinagar.

Have you been to Kashmir? What tips do you have for me?

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32 comments:

  1. Keep yusmarg in your itinerary. It's a wonderful place!

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    1. Thanks Neha! Yeah, I will consider going there. :-)

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  2. Yay! It's always amazing to actually make your travel dreams come true. I can't wait to see all of the amazing photos I know you're going to take :)

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    1. Yeah, even I can't wait to take photos of Kashmir. :-)

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  3. Bon Voyage! Can't wait to read about your experiences. :)

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    1. Thanks Priya :-) Yeah, even I'm so excited and curious about what I'm going to discover in Kashmir.

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  4. Renuka ji,

    You are very fast learning and becoming excellent photographer. Great photos.
    Wishing to meet you someday for sure. Keep traveling, Keep writing.

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    1. Thanks Tushar! By the way, the above photos are not taken by me. They are sourced as mentioned. It's only been a day in Kashmir and it's raining so far. So, you will have to wait to see my photos.

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  5. Try out Kashmiri Wazwan at the Ahdoos restaurant...

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    1. Sure, I'll try. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  6. Wish you a wonderful, happy and safe journey.waiting for valley clicks...

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    1. It's been raining for the past two days...I'm waiting for the sun to pop out of the clouds...so that I can go around taking pictures. :-)

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  7. Wow.... Kashmir, there can't be a better place in India.

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  8. Enjoy lady... Relish Kashmiri cuisines as well as the beauty scattered around and in the meanwhile, do not forget to shop a lot. :)

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    1. I will shop if I have some money left at the end of the trip. ;-) By the way, thank you for advising me to postpone my trip to this year.

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  9. Kashmir is like a haven on Earth.
    And it is always on my bucket list...
    I simply loved to read your insights...

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    1. Even I'm waiting to share my insights soon!

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  10. Have a good time there! I wish to go there someday.

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  11. Yeah, I'm having a good time! Hope you too make it here soon!

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  12. Enjoy your journey into the beautiful Kashmir, and I will wait for your stories!

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    1. Thanks Anu :-) I'm going to Sonmarg tomorrow. So excited!

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  13. Hope you are having a wonderful tour of your dream destination... Kashmir is my dream too :)

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    1. Yes, I'm having a lovely time here. :-) Hope you make it there soon!

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  14. Kashmir has long been in my GO TO list

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