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... 3 hours, but time was immaterial, as we were immersed in the un-paralleled beauty of the passing by rivers, valleys and snow capped mountains. Kashmir is truly blessed with nature's picturesque moments.
We had a couple of stops in between to snack, but one final stop before Gulmarg, was to get snow boots (a misnomer, as these were just gum boots in disguise).
We reached Gulmarg (about 2730 mts above sea level), the Meadow of Flowers, when ...
... jam around the ticket station - human jam !!!! Worst
Alas tickets were sold out and we went for our picnic lunch instead. Picnic among the pony dungs !!! It was so cold brrrr.....my 2nd time picnicking in the cold. Lucky the sun was out.
Then it was toilet break ... Went to the park and trekked up a slope for the WC... Turn out it was
2 small brown hut and one of them could not even be opened. This was our first encounter with the public ...
... that spoke English well enough and were educated enough to know that what they were saying wasn't going to be received well by us. I felt like asking them what their boy, Osama, would have thought of the booze they were guzzling but there wasn't any point. It may have been a case where a drunk man says what a sober man thinks and its certainly possible that there is a widespread respect for Bin Laden among Kashmiris that they keep to themselves when ...
... evening, I was so ****** off by this lying ******* and his lying sons that I could’ve torn their freaking houseboat apart, grab the first shikara I laid my eyes on and get the **** out of there. After much arguing and persuading we finally got Mr. Aii to agree to take us to the main land so that we could get a rickshaw from there to the bus stand. he wanted us to go inside the houseboat until he was ready but we had no such plans and told him we’d sit were we sat until he ...
... that a westerner couldn't afford some 3 grand for 4 days in the mountains baffled him. Obviously he had seen it before, but he played stupid. Why else would he have waited so long to tell us the prices. We argued back and forth and of course I didn't budge. It wasn't even a budge-able issue. $3,000 is a huge amount of money... and basically the budget for some 3 months. I got up and went outside. I didn't come to Kashmir to argue.
When I got outside he ...
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