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Old 23rd June 2013, 12:32   #1
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Default Kashmir - Heaven, where you live to experience it

With Nandini's summer vacation this year, we started planning for another trip to some place. Ladakh and Spiti was on the top of the list but I always wanted to do it in September as its much better and safer. On the other hand office was just too hectic and going to a place without connectivity was not possible.

Off-course Shimla/Manali/Nanital never even come last in our to do list. Kashmir was in mind for quite some time, but in June its always flooded with tourist. I was highly irritated at the crowd at Dal during our June 2010 Ladakh trip. But there are many places in Kashmir still untouched and unexplored, and that's where we started looking at.

With only 10 days from home to home, we did lots of permutations and combination and finally focused on south kashmir, but we kept our plans open. Things change while you are on the road, and indeed it did.

So we had a tentative plan initially : Gurgaon - Kud - Sinthan Top - Daksum - Inshaan - Ananthag - Aru - Aharbal - Srinagar - Lolab - Kud - Srinagar.

which finally converted to : Gurgaon - Kud - Sinthan Top - Daksum - Ananthag - Aru - Gaganpatri/Arampatri - Srinagar - Dudhpatri - Yousmarg - Jammu - Gurgaon

For now, enjoy the bulk of pics, will start the details soon:

Lovely Sinthan Top
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Night Views at Daksum
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Daksum JKTDC
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Sheep breeding farm at Daksum
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We found a wonderful spot at Daksum, and decided to spend rest of the day there
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Kokernag Garden
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Meadows of Aru
Our camps
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On the way to our trek at Gaganpatri
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LOvely people we met
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Meadows of Gaganpatri
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What a place for camping
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Meadows of Arampatri
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Aru Eco Resort
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Nandini made some cute friends
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Dal Lake
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Old 23rd June 2013, 12:40   #2
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More Dal Lake

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Town of Charar-E-Sharif
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Towards Dudhpatri
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Absolute wonderful meadows of Dudhpatri
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Wonderful Yousmarg
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Yours Truly
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Awesome clicks rkbharat.

Arampatri does seem an awesome place for camping and no doubt you enjoyed your time.

Waiting for the details now.
Completely glued to it.
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And for all those foodies out there, Full course meal in the middle of nature :P

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Brilliant pics.
I miss trekking in the Himalayas so badly now.
Want to go for it as soon as possible!!

And did I just see a small pool of water in the shape of a Heart ?
Utterly beautiful and serene.

-Bhargav
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Those are some breathtaking captures Rajiv bhai. Most people say, its tough to showcase the beauty of Ladakh/Kashmir but you make it happen. Your pics inspired me to do Zanskar last year. Eagerly waiting for more. 5*

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Beautiful pictures! Perfect lighting and nicely processed! SX4 is serving as faithfully as ever !
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Some awesome shots Rajiv. The shots of Aru Eco Resort and Dal lake reminded of our Leh trip. Clouds gives altogether a different dimension to photographs.

WOW. I am hooked to the TL.
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WOW! Absolutely refreshing pics man! Superb place, superb snaps
I bet you had a cracker of a time in those meadows admiring the Mother Nature. I can feel the freshness of the air just by looking at these photographs. Keep them coming
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Started my Monday with this post! I must say I am feeling pretty good after reading and seeing the pictures! Good stuff! Thanks for sharing.
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one of the best in this forum i would say. thanks for sharing it. The pics are lovely and framed well. I love the collage of the people you had met.
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yearning for more visuals...and narrative on how SX4 performed.
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Wonderful pics rkbharat. I have to congratulate you on the above pic for the Heart shaped puddle reflecting the sky. Perfect picture symbolizing your loved ones next to it.
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Hey! Good to see the log up.
We bumped into you in the Aru Eco Resort.
Wished for a longer conversation over the bonfire, but my stomach was misfiring badly
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RK, awesome pictures. Just looking at them soothes the eyes & the heart. Was that the 70~200 that I spied?
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