Shahenshah Palace Hotel
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... loved it!!!!!
We were given a sparking (non-alcoholic, we are in the Muslim area of India!) fruit drink in champagne glasses. We walked around and fell in love with this place!!! The woodwork was all hand-carved! The rugs, the chandelier, the décor … were all awesome. Kim was ready to go home after the driving and high altitude. Now, she was ready to stay!! She even wished that we could stay a little longer. We met the house boy who would be taking care of us. He was making ...
... to Akbar's and we meet them at the houseboat. Soon after we arrive a couple of Akbars friends come to join us. Akbar has explained that his is an old and well-known family. There was a time when they held much more wealth, though their possession of the some 30 floating rooms on an array of boats still places them relatively high in terms of station. Our meeting his two friends, both very fluent in English, both very successful and well turned out, substantiates his ...
... 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) ...
... a self-destructive trade-off between the military presence and tourism. Our friend in the taxi explained how Sri****r has suffered especially, with every new headline causing a flood of cancellations that continuously jeopardise livelihoods.
India, however, seems to be looking after this region well. Every few kilometers we are greeted by a cheery yellow sign on behalf of the Border Roads Organisation, affectionately abbreviated to BRO. Mountain driving advice ...
... 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.