Dec 21, 2011
I started my journey from Delhi on 13 January 2011 at 06:30pm towards the much awaited destiny .Yaa you are right I am telling about Kashmir (the paradise on Earth) .Once JEHNGIR the famous Mugal emperior visited Kashmir and the beauty of Kashmir made him to utter that
If there is paradise on Earth
It is here it is here and it is here
The urge also made me so crazy about the place that during my journey from Delhi to Jammu i asked driver many times that “ustaad abhi kitna door ha Kashmir”.He said hold your breath first Jammu will come then you can go to Kashmir…………..oh noo how much to wait .Finally I reached Jammu at morning 8:27am having some coffee then i board for Kashmir in Scorpio yaa . I can’t hold my nerve now that is why I didn’t waste a single minute in jammu .
From jammu stand now the eagerness start going up and my heart rate also start going up because the road ahead i,e Jammu-srinagar highway is full of thrill and excitement .It will take 9 hours if driver drives carefully and smoothly because the road is very danger and there are so many blind curves .why should I afraid man it is going to note worthy to see such a charismatic experience .while crossing Udampur now it is time to go up to Patnitop ,first going up then coming slowly down it is unique only in Kashmir .Don’t see outside the windows ….. oh I my scared, man all is well say to yourself .After that Ramban ,Batote ,kud (hey don’t forget to buys sweets from kud pure desi ghee is used still water is coming in my mouth .So many memories are still very fresh in my mind of that journey I will never forget that .Finally at 5:45pm I reached Srinagar , ya capital of j&k .It is very cool here ,I am shivering with the cold where to go ,it is already dark here and the traffic is meager where to ……..oh my God help me I my dying with cold ,I have never seen such cold in life .Finally I walked towards a Hotel believe me by foot because there was no lift available , but snow cover was describing something about the beautiful Kashmir . oh my fate the hotel I went is named as Welcome my God , hospitality was superb I never expect such thing from this part of the world .what they give me initially when I was shivering with cold it was a fire port made of thin branches of some tree and something made up of clay ,they used to call it ‘kangiri’ ,after having some food I sleep and morning I wake up at 10:00 am
After getting fresh I book a cab and started my journey towards the famous hill station Gulmarg which is known for ski resorts through out the world .The journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg was full of joy ,thrill and happiness .I reached gulmarg and I booked a hotel named as Hotel Kongposh because seeing the rush of people I think it will be too late to book a room at evening and while having the chill experience last night this time I don’t want to suffer .It was my fortune that I visited when the winter games were going on I start enjoying a lot .i stay their for 4 days and I learn skating and boating very well.
One thing I observe was that this valley is full of natural beauty everywhere and the white carpet of snow was making it extraordinary ,you can’t believe 6 -7 feet snow I love playing with snow balls and the guide who helped me very much and showed me every place in gulmarg like khilanmarg ,doodthpathri ,drung, tangmarg and afarvat . I would like to mention his name besides providing service he was very friendly his name was ‘Jeelani’ .
Besides Gulmarg I visited many places like Dargh Sharief Srinagar ,dal lake which was frozen that time and pahalgam .it was winter so many places I didn’t visit.
Finally I started my journey back towards my Delhi but before leaving Kashmir I had tears in my eyes I didn’t know why? But I think this valley is full of love ,people are simple but the very friendly in nature they love their guests and fof them it doesn’t mean to which religion you belong
I pray for the peace and prosperity of the valley . I love this valley I didn’t want to leave but I have to …………….i tried to control my tears but i can’t ………………………………