Shahenshah Palace Hotel
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... paying guest was on August 17th. It was to hold five bedrooms; four on the main deck and one on the top deck.
Now, I should take a little time to talk about the houseboats. Yes, it is true that they are floating. However, they are tightly moored to land and cannot move. Probably the only time they move is when they need to be towed to get some maintenance. Most of the houseboats have satellite dishes on them, so they cannot move at all to keep a signal.
... requested and shared. It's the first time since we have arrived in Kashmir that we are aligned in any way with the enemy. In this case it is dropped in conversation that we are aligned with the Pakistanis to foment internal chaos on Kashmir. The common belief is that the terror attacks in Kashmir are the work of either the Indian government itself justifying military spending, freedom fighters who dream of an independent Kashmiri state, or the Taliban coming in ...
... and tents to follow, Max and I decided to off-load our bags onto the horses for Rs200 (just over R30) a day when given the option. Seemed like a steal. We were set. It was after this that we met our Bangalore-based American tent mate, Wendie. She was a very sweet and considerate woman venturing on the trek alone. We were lucky to nab her in our tent.
We went to sleep nervous and on an uneven rocky surface. I guess we needed to man up now or never. Day 2: Sonamarg (7800ft) ...
... hours brought us additional joy as our friend explains with great gravity that this dangerous occurrence was the fault of a Thunderbird. "A thunderstorm?" we offer, but no - "a very big thunderbird" he remains adamant. Unfortunately, just as we manage to stop giggling he then swivels around again and informs us that this area is very good for seeing Snow Leopards in the spring as they come down off the higher slopes to hatch.
Pulling into Srinagar around 6am, we ...
... in anticipation of a view that is worth the energy spent.
We did stop multiple times in between, to ensure that Chell and Vijaya catch their breaths, and enjoy the journey also, on our way to the destination.
We finally reached the heart of the Thajiwas glacier, where the stream was gushing past us with verocious ferocity, and the freezing sweet pure water, quenched our thirst, with myself and Prakash filling our bottles afresh.