The view of the Dal Lake and the house-boats

madugundurukmini By madugundurukmini, 6th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/28uu9er2/
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The view of the Dal Lake and the house-boats from our room was picture perfect, especially at night, when an eerie calm had settled over the place and everything was still.

The beautiful Vale of Kashmir

The wave of cold air was a pleasant change from the scorching heat of southern India.
But it is the bus journey from Jammu to Kashmir that will stun you, provided you are not prone to altitude sickness. Luckily for me, it was just what I needed to clear my head. The Chenab River, a major river flowing through Kashmir was an unbelievable vision of blue which held me rapt in amazement through. One place I recall stopping at was a small tea- stall along the highway and with the clod reaching my bones, I was never more grateful for a cup of hot ginger tea and a plate of steaming rice and Rajmacurry than I was then. For what seemed like forever after that, crossing a 2.5 km long tunnel finally brought us to the beautiful `Vale of Kashmir'.

The cold now unbearable and everyone too tired to climb up

We reached our hotel in Srinagar around midnight, the cold now unbearable and everyone too tired to climb up three floors with large suit cases in tow.
The view of the Dal Lake and the house-boats from our room was picture perfect, especially at night, when an eerie calm had settled over the place and everything was still. But despite the many layers I wore that night I almost froze.

The air was freezing, just short of zero degree Celsius

Given the long journey we'd had the previous day, we were given the morning off to do what we wanted, so after a good breakfast, a couple of girls and i stepped out for a walk along the Dal Lake. It was a morning like one could never experience in Bangalore. The air was freezing, just short of zero degree Celsius but the locals went about their business like it was nothing.

I was more amazed by the eye candy all round me

I have to confess that the biting cold was the least of my concerns right then; I was more amazed by the eye candy all round me. Let me add that the surprise does not wear off till after you leave the valley and enter Jammu. So bearing that spirit of adventure, we hopped on a a local bus to Lal Chowk, a well- known market place to do our shopping and returned to the hotel by noon.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Jul 2013 (#)

Looks like a great place for a vacation.

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author avatar Indian Chef
8th Jul 2013 (#)

Very beautiful Picture. I know dal lake is like paradise on earth.

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