Trip Dates : December 28, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Trip Cost : INR 26,000
This trip is going to be very different from the usual trips. We are going to see a state that is arguably India’s prettiest, visually.We are going to Srinagar, Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam in this trip, and we shall try visit the most beautiful locations in all these places. We shall be seeing a village that only makes cricket bats, we will be going up the highest gondola in the world, we will be doing some beginner skiing if we want to, we will be riding on shikaras in the beautiful Dal lake, we will be sitting around bonfires at night and seeing a thousand stars in the night sky. We will be sauntering in pretty valleys and we will visit India’s best skiing destination as well.
And we are going to see it in winter. When it is at is purest, when the Himalayan mountains have powder white snow, when the trees – the leaves and branches of the Chinars and the Deodars have a whitish silvery tinge, the meadows are carpeted green and white – making Kashmir look like a magical fairyland.
Unlike summers, there will hardly be many tourists in this season. This trip is not about dancing in bars and clubs. Of course we will party, for Christmas and New Years have to be celebrated with much enthusiasm, but we will probably be doing it in big rooms in our cottages, or around bonfires on cold nights and a thousand stars smiling upon us from the sky.
This trip is about letting go of all of 2019, and spending the last week of this year with yourself. Wake up to the Kashmiri kahwa tea, take in the morning sun, and later road trip with your new friends. This trip is about playing in the snow, about sitting on mountains and taking in the incredibly gorgeous panoramas, sitting by bristling icy rivers, making new friends, and spending time with yourself.
Note: During winters, most roads are open in Kashmir because a lot of foreign tourists come in for skiing in Gulmarg, but in case some roads get closed abruptly because of snowfall, we shall improvize and change the day’s plan according to the situation then.
The temperatures will be in single digits and if its a very cold winter, maybe a couple of days temperatures will be in minus degrees in the night, but we will have warm rooms, cozy blankets, bonfires, and the nice big bunch of trippers all huddling close and talking till the wee hours of the night.
I think this trip is basically for travellers who love the mountains, who love snow, who love the peace and tranquility of nature, who are not looking for a wild end to 2019 but a beautiful as well as relaxed one.
As for me, the sky is going to be so incredibly clear that I can’t wait to stare at the stars!