Paradise regained : Day 7, 8 & 9

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It was 4.30 AM and hot tea was waiting for us. By the time we left Pahalgam it was 5.30 AM. Katra is a good 280 KMs away. We stopped around 8.30 AM for breakfast. A warm welcome was given to the hot paranthas. It is a shame that we did not get to taste the popular local “Rajma Chawal” during our trip.

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Kashmir- Paradise regained : Day 5 & 6

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We had a fantastic morning in store for us. We assembled at a small pier. At Rs. 300 per head many of us had a go at water surfing. We have to stand atop a small plank which is tied to a pair of ropes. This will be pulled by a motor boat taking us for a spin around the lake. With no safety gear it was a risk… but that’s the fun part.

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Paradise Regained :Day 3 & 4

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Our next stop was Sonamarg, around 83 KMs from Srinanagar. Sonmarg is situated in the Sindh valley at a height of 8950 feet. The snow clad mountains over the horizon that we got used to by now was like the clouds in the sky. Something that you could see but not touch!

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Paradise Regained: Day 1 & 2

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Some of us decided to pursue air route while some others took a more adventurous route of going by train and road to reach Srinagar. While waiting to board the flight at Delhi for Srinagar we heard “choice” words being used against Air India. Looked like some others had tasted the same medicine I had! I found out that they were also taking the tour through Sachin and were part of our larger group. I joined the group to vent out my feelings against AI. Ahh… felt good … Now I was ready for the “Paradise on Earth”.

As the plane made its descent in Srinagar, green carpeted land embraced by the beautiful Himalayas greeted us. As the plane made its final descent little cottages and the dotted cattle idly grazing on nature’s carpet came to focus. The snow on the hills was literally the icing! If my camera had “emotion feature” built-in it could have probably done justice to the scenery. I was yanked back to reality by the “ooohs” and the “ahhs”, excited voices of the children and the swaying of the necks of the passengers from one side of the plane to the other.

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Ancient Aurangabad

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Historical sites often reflect the richness of a society’s culture. India is blessed with numerous well-preserved historical sites that can transport its visitors through…

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New Palace

Pristine Panhala

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Around 17 km from Kolhapur is Kaneri Math. To reach there one has to travel roughly 12 Kms on the Bangalore Highway (NH4) and take right from Gokul Shirgaon Junction. From here, we drove for 4-5 km on a semi-developed road leading to Kaneri village. There is ample space for parking. The Math houses a Shiva temple and a large Shiva statue. The attraction here is the Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum.

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Winch at Palani

Munnar Magic

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Munnar had been beckoning me for some time. I did lot of legwork on the web to plan my trip. I came across Ghumakkar…

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