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Old 5th January 2010, 11:22   #46
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Default Chapter 6 (Jammu-Srinagar Drive and Tangmarg & Gulmarg)

Ill rest my narration for a while and let the pics talk now

Drive to Srinagar.




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What we see next is mindblowing
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Old 5th January 2010, 11:26   #47
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Rahul hold on for a while... everybody have fixed their eyes towards Auto Expo .
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Great Rahul. Good pictures with great description.
waiting for more !!
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Old 5th January 2010, 12:41   #49
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Amazing post, it really takes courage to drive down there with a family.
Keep it flowing.
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amazing pics !! must have been truly out of the world experience !!
keep it coming..just can wait to see the next set !!
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Where is update sirji. You know this post is addicting and keeping us waiting
result in withdrawl symptoms, none of which are pleasant.

The fog is terrible here in this season and you can do nothing about it.
The dangerous aspect is the road side parked vehicles. You can just make them out
only when they are at 10 feet distance.

2 yrs back had encountered similar situation with parents. The whole journey of 100km took five hours
with two close shaves with parked trucks and jaywalkers.

The pics are simply superb. Post others soon.
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Old 5th January 2010, 23:36   #52
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Cool Chapter 6 (Tangmarg) contd.

Finally we are crossing the famed jawar tunnel. Lots of efforts are put in to keep it functional. KUDO's to guys who maintain all of em.

"What..!!! no snow :(.." Oh common !

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But wait, my wife hums "Kitni sunder yeh tasveer hai..Yeh kashmir hai...."
I park on the shoulder, click away few good pics grining widely

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Titanic View Point

Beautiful Kashmir Valley in background.

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A small video


Ignore the naive chat


We stop around 3-4 ish at QAZIGUND, to have the famous Namkeen Chai and Namkeen Roti. A empty stomach manages to eat 4-5 of em

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Namkeen Roti in making

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We buy bananas @50 a dozen :( wow

As soon as we finish, I get a SMS telling me to leave asap and get to the destination. As I pay the bill, the dukanwala also suggests us to make a move quickly. They are shutting down.

We make a quick dart to destination managing to touch 120 on empty streches of the valley. Now, why that great escape ?

We see the famous Shopian sign board as well on the way.

We pass by the empty "World's greatest saffrons are grown here" sign board as well". I rather didnt click anything there.

Every tourist vehicle is moving fast towards Srinagar now an I start to tail a scorpio.

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We take the srinagar bypass and head towards Tangmarg now. The roads are really well tarred. A cop asks for a lift, and we chat for a few minutes knowing about situation. Then we come to know, that a madman(T) had managed to martyr 2 cops in pulwama in afternoon.




Finally we reach our detination for the trip . I manage to click a few pics and this turned out to be the best as I was shivering. Really cold i said.


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W hat does that mountain holds was in my mind all night

Little did I know that, the night would be somewhere in range of -4 degree cel.


Its one degree now.Its biting cold. It snowed 2 days back and since yesteray it melted. Thats why its biting cold.

The hotel staff greets us and prepares the room with a gas based room heater. Optimum temperature reached, we have dinner and then call it a day.
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Tommorow we go to Gulmarg..Yea..



Does the steed start in 0 degree conditions next morning ??

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awesome going on here, enjoying every bit, please continue..
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Rahul, did you try the Dosa at Titanic Point. The shack operator is from Madurai and makes amazing dosa's. Also where was this Namkeen Paratha shop. During our trip, even though there was no untoward incident,because of Military and Police Presence coupled with a troubled car, made sure that we didn't enjoy the scenery enroute to Srinagar
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Rahul, did you try the Dosa at Titanic Point. The shack operator is from Madurai and makes amazing dosa's. Also where was this Namkeen Paratha shop. During our trip, even though there was no untoward incident,because of Military and Police Presence coupled with a troubled car, made sure that we didn't enjoy the scenery enroute to Srinagar
Nope.. no dosa as it was taking time and we were freezing

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We stop around 3-4 ish at QAZIGUND, to have the famous Namkeen Chai and Namkeen Roti.
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Excellent Travelogue. Enjoying it as Namkeen Chai and Namkeen Roti. Keep going...
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Fantastic travel story Rahul, surely following this closely as it unfolds.

Gulmarg at the correct time and season.
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Kashmir is truly heaven on earth. I m glad I m able to see it through your pics and narration. Keep it up.
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Excellent Travelogue. Enjoying it as Namkeen Chai and Namkeen Roti. Keep going...
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Fantastic travel story Rahul, surely following this closely as it unfolds.

Gulmarg at the correct time and season.
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Kashmir is truly heaven on earth. I m glad I m able to see it through your pics and narration. Keep it up.

Thank You, Thank You & Thank You...

On insistance of my wife, I must say here

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We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed were AWESOME
Together we drove on hills and snow
Learned of love and abc's


Gulmarg update coming soon

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Great writeup and pictures. I am hooked.

Keep it up(and don't stop).
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