Kashmir trip August-2104

#1 Aug 24th, 2014, 20:05
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Hi ,
This is my first travelogue . Our first trip after marriage was kashmir .
We had planned this your little too early around April it was . I started planning with the help of tavelogues from internet , the one which helped me the most was from mehargags . Could plan the itenary ,budget almost with 80-90% accuracy . Thanks Mehargags for that .
Ours was 4 days 3 nights trip to Kashmir .so briefly ,
12th -> night was flight from Bangalore to Delhi
13th - early morning Delhi-Srinagar .
14th-> Sonmarg
16th ->srinagar and Return Back to Delhi
17th -> Delhi to Agra
18th->Delhi Sight seeing and night we had train booked to Bangalore .

1.13th : Reached Srinagar around 10:30 . From airport we had JKSRTC Mini bus , from there it took us till TRC(70 Rs ) and from there by Auto we reached Ghat 9 (50 RS ) . Actually it will cost only 30 RS , but since we were not sure we gave 50 he asked 70 . We had not booked our Hotel . We saw some nearby hotels like Marjaun , Pine Groove and some more . we did not like any of them , because we did not see any tourist over there , it was very silent and almost we felt the Hotels we empty . felt scared , we thought we will serach some hotel on the main road ,Then asked some hotels , it was the same plight as earlier . FInally we were tired , so took One room in One of the Hotels , the one in the reception spoke good and there were some cars parked infront of Hotel , so thought may be some tourist are staying there . It was backside room the one which ws not facing Dal lke , it 2250 per night and 2500 for the Rooms which face Dal Lake . So we stayed in 2250 wala Room . Freshed and got ready by 2.30 . We hired an auto for Rs 950 to show us Chashme shahi , Pari Mahal , tulip Garden , Shailamar , Hazrat e dargah , Gurudwar and had Nageen lake view on the route . Evrything was smooth . One thing to be careful is that the places which u want to see , u have to tell to autowallah 2-3 times and then get confirmed with ur price . For us it was like HaZrat-E_dargah and Gurudwara were on the other side , so he did not agree easily for the same price to show us those places . One thing I would say I personally didnt feel anything special about Dargah and Gurudwara , we felt nothing over there . Its just crowded on the side of Dargah is Dal lake and very unclean .Finally he dropped us on same Ghat No 7 , and actually took 1050 Rs .We finally felt it was expensive . We spoke some other tourist while roaming around Dal lake and found that going to Gulmaarg next day would be waste and they said there was no snow over there , we planned to sonmarg the next day . and also we got one Housebat booked for then next day . We were feeling Hotel was too costly for us .

14th :
Initially we shifted from Hotel to HB . It was Dar Palace HB . 1000 per night .Didnt like it much mainly because of ventilation and HB as such was clean , but Dal lake where we were staying felt was not clean . But was Ok . and Started early to Sonamarg . We went by Taxi , it was of that HB owner's brother's taxi . 1800 Rs He charged us . In sonmarg , we took pony to reach to the top it was 800 Rs and sledging he took 500 Rs for some 5 points.
Finished all that at sonamarg and returned to Srinagar around 7:00 PM

15th :
Today's plan was pahalgam . But we decided to go by JKSRTC . Enquired there , since it was Aug 15th , JKSRTC was not there . One person over ther suggested us to go by shared Taxi , first from srinagar to Anantnag and from there to pahalgam . Over all it costs us 160Rs(80+80) .There also same thing we took pony , he showed us some points like switzerland , kashmir valley view and some more points . He took 600 Rs . Initially he had started with 2000 Rs . we said we dont need and we started to climb on our own , then he finally came down to 600 Rs . There were some people who were walking . I feel like even we can walk and go , see places on our own and stop and enjoy at the places which we like more . and Finally we roamed around local market and came back by same route by shared taxi .

16th August :
Early morning we had shikara ride for 700Rs . He showed us vegetable market , Meena bazar , village in Dal lake , farming in there , golden lake and some more points like saraswati lake and some HB's where Mission kashmir and Gul Gulshan Gulfaam was shot . We did shopping in Meena Bazaar , I felt it was costly . shouldn't have done over there. But then we gave the shikara Guy 1000 Rs , he was an old man , it was drizzling , he was the only one waiting for tourist for shikara . His name I asked when finally getting out of shikara , he told he was Gulam chacha , I remembered Mehergags . After that we went to HB , took bath freshed up and then went to Shankaracharya Temple . We went by Auto , he took 250 Rs overall , like from Ghat No 7 to Shankaracharya temple and then to drop us to TRC . But we did not get any bus from TRC to airport as it seems 12.30 is last bus from TRC to airport .we went by auto , he took 200 Rs .

Some points to mention
1. Only postpaid sims work in Srinagar . we had all prepaid . And we tried to take a new sim , it seems sims are available only near Dal gate shops and nowhere else , and they ask local refernce while giving sim cards . So always carry postpaid sims over there .
2. August mid I felt it was summer , it had to actually rain and this year rains were delayed . It started rain from August 15th . and we did not get that amount of burf as we expected . we went in little off season I felt . Locals said it will be usually April ,May , June and July are seasons of visit .

3. As Mehergags mentioned , for Pony, Auto , Taxi if ur taking ask half the price of which they are mentioning . Go by JKSRTC , I feel that better means of travel for places like Gulmaarg , sonmarg and pahalgam .

4 . Dont eat at one Hotel called Pincer Hotel .He charged us nicely , but he refused give sabji with parotha , when we demaned strongly only then he gave some curd . Instead , Delhi and Panjabi Rasoin which are on the main road are quite good .
#2 Aug 24th, 2014, 20:10
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Sorry its Kashmir trip in August 2014 .

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