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... and from this area, we passed through rather fragmented rice padi and vegetable farms. Given the somewhat alpine climate, a short growing season limits output. Roads (particularly closer to Srinagar) were congested and somewhat poor: this limiting us attaining the 40kph speed limit !! On our return journey, Fred and Northern were able ...
... 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 ...
... over a high mountain range, (although apparently they had waited until summer which sounded sensible!) Then to our delight it started snowing, and we drove up to the highest bit of the pass where the road had basically been bulldozed through 15ft high snow drifts. It was at this ridiculous point that one of the jeeps we were with decided to have a puncture... It did however give us the opportunity to get out and take some photos and mess around in the snow like kids :-) We ...
... 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 ...