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A Visit to Kashmir is Never Complete Without a Ride on The Shikara

The very next morning, we set out for Amritsar that was ion the itinerary of the places to see.

A visit to Kashmir is never complete without a ride on the Shikara, so after a heavy lunch we were directed to the Dal Lake for a Shikararide which was the highlight of the day. Noor Kaka, our boatman was a friendly old man who kept us entertained with little known facts and stories about the Lake and its people.

However, the visit to Gulmarg the next day was a major disappointment as the Gondola was shut for repairs bu the pony ride, snow and picturesque view of the snow clad moutains were the saving grace. The blues had set in on our last day when we visited Shankaracharya temple, Shalimar garden, NishhatBagh, and Chasmeshahi garden, all beautiful places with a rich history to each of them. The very next morning, we set out for Amritsar that was ion the itinerary of the places to see. The long journey back hardly gave us any time; we crammed a visit to JalianwalaBagh, then WagahBoder where emotions ran high and the Golden temple where we scrambled from start to finish for want of time but all of it was well worth the trouble of having gone that far.

We were back in Delhi before we knew it and spent a day shopping and travelling on our own in the Capital. The very next morning, we set out for Bangalore. It’s been a while since those three days in Kashmir but I’ll never forget the wonderful time I had there. Contrary to popular belief, Kashmiris are warm and generous people who lead simple lives and are always happy to welcome tourists into their homes. Their poignant past and fight for freedom will move you to tears. A visit to this ravaged paradise is sure to leave lasting impressions, perhaps enough for a lifetime.

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