They say, “If there was heaven on earth – it is here, it is here”. We had heard so much about Kashmir-the jewel in India’s crown that we were very eager to visit this paradise. So, we looked up various options and finally decided to book with Kesari tour to Kashmir this year.
There are no words to describe the excitement we felt and the day was finally here. We landed in Srinagar all gung-ho about beginning our sojourn. Our first pit stop was Hotel Akbar. The scenic road, fantastic climate, and the beautiful Dal Lake enthralled us with their beauty. We had really begun our journey on a good note.
Day 1: We reached our hotel and were taken to our rooms. In the evening, we were taken on a shikhara ride on the majestic Dal Lake, where we met the friendly and polite shikhara owner, Mr. Yusuf. The ride was fascinating. We purchased artistic Kashmiri jewelry from other houseboats moving around the lake.Day 2: After a lavish and sumptuous breakfast, we were off to Sonmarg. Wow! There are undeniably no words to describe the view of majestic snowcapped mountains. We felt like minions out on a stroll. We had fun and how can we forget an amazing photo session. Though tired we were happy with the visit and dinner was super tasty.
Day 3: We set out for Gulmarg from Srinagar. The view at Gulmarg was enchanting. We went a little crazy with all the snow around. We were put up at the #HotelGrandMumtazResort. You must stay at the hotel for its amazing hospitality, lip-smacking food, and incredible scenic views. The Gondola ride was magnificent and is a must try when you visit.We visited Pahalgam early in the morning on the last day of our trip and got a chance to visit an apple orchard. Though we did not find apples, the beauty, peace and lush surroundings made up for it.
And then it was time to go back home. What a wonderful trip with Kesari! We are sure to book again for our next trip around.Thank you Kesari for this wonderful and a memorable experience, We Love Kashmir!