Table of contents for Meri Kashmir Yatra
- Kitni Khubsurat Yeh Tasveer hai…. (part 1)
- Aadmi Musafir Hai (part 2)
- Boomro Boomro, Shyam Rang Boomro… (Meri Kashmir Yatra – Part 3)
- Taarif Karoon Kya Uss Kee… Meri Kashmir Yatra (Part 4)
- Yeh Dekh Ke Dil Jhooma… Meri Kashmir Yatra (Part 5)
- Baagon Mein Bahaar Hai… Meri Kashmir Yatra (Part 6)
- THANDI HAWAYEN LEHRA KE AYYEN… Meri Kashmir Yatra Part 7
- Jai Jai Shiv Shankar… Meri Kashmir Yatra (Part 8)
- SIMPLY AWESOME YOUSMARG…. Meri Kashmir Yatra Part 9
It was the third day for us in Kashmir, a lovely morning and still undecided which part of Kashmir was to be explored that day. I got a chance to talk with a senior member of another tourist party staying in the same guest house who incidentally were leaving that day only for Delhi. Knowing that we were planning to go to Gulmarg or Pahalgam that day , the Gentleman suggested that though these were popular tourist destinations and almost everyone visited there but if we were going to see snow then it would be useless to go and he suggested further to go to Sonamarg instead where we could feel chilly winds, huge tracts of Snow on THAJIWAS glacier at Sonamarg. I presented the summary of this chat to my family members and it was decided unanimously that… Barf to Dekhni Hi Hai…… so no Gulmarg and Pahalgam at least for that day and everyone was ready for Sonamarg. Though our woolens were still packed as Srinagar was not so cold but that Gentleman suggested that we would need our woolens at Sonamarg for sure.A light breakfast and all were ready to go by 9.30 A.M. I especially instructed the driver of our vehicle to check the tyres and other basic things of the vehicle as we had to go about 90 km from Srinagar.
Sonamarg is on the way from Srinagar to Leh road and is a popular destination to visit. Road condition somewhere is good but at some places the condition of road is very bad. We passed through 2 check posts out of which one was of Rashtriya Rifles. On the way to Sonamarg one can see a lot of army people, reason perhaps at that time was that Yatra to Sri Amarnath was about to start in a few days and security had been enhanced, may be. After travelling about 40 km, river Indus becomes your companion and one can just soak into the beauty of clear and very fast flowing water of this river. While we were observing the beauty of river Indus, the news from Mr. Bhajji (our driver) that one of the tyres had got puncture came as a bolt from blue. Luckily the puncture shop was near the point where tourists stop for some time to gauge the beauty of river Indus. So this came as a breather for us also and we got about half an hour to stop by on the bank of this majestic river whose water was as clear as purity.