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Today was supposed to be more organised because the Kiwis had taken control. We had a briefing at the start, saying no one passes the leader and that S* (a Kiwi originally from India who runs 5 restaurants in NZ with his brother D, also on the tour) would lead the ride in tandem with Manoj, the deposed tour leader. Hilariously, Manoj managed to hit the deck twice with S on the back! They were riding in mud so it's somewhat forgivable plus Manoj has short legs. ...
... celebrating our efforts with some chai another storm passed us and we were treated to a truly spectacular lightning show, easily one of the best I've ever seen.
The next day I took a train 30km out of town for another experience that 'weird' just doesn't seem to quite sum up. I went to a temple (standard) that was filled with rats (much less standard). There are something like 20,000 rats living in this temple and it is considered auspicious to eat food that a rat has ...
... onlooker as you and all the other tourists queue on the market edge to enjoy the interactions.
We climbed Shankaracharya Hill to reach a small Shiva Temple on top. The hill is thickly forested, and the drive up is wonderfully beautiful as you catch quick glimpses of the town and experience the ad hoc sun patches as the light comes through the leaves. The temple is disappointing, but this setting is a great way to get a birds-eye-view of Srinagrar and better understand how ...
... of some twenty students to India. It was good to chat with a westerner after weeks of seeing no other foreigners. The teacher explained that the students had participated the evening before in the Sikh Golden Temple's daily provision of free meals for the poor. The process had involved a lengthy queue to enter the temple and the fatigued students had suffered considerably from the heat. This confirmed our decision not to queue up to enter the temple and we were ...
Our Spice Jet Flight from Bangalore left on time and reached srinagar 20 minutes before time !
We had our return Bangalore Srinagar ticket for Rs 10200! A Fantastic Deal. The Flight was good and comfortable. After reaching Airport we enquired for Taxi to Kargil so that we can have night halt there and proceed to Leh the Next day.None of taxi drivers agreed to come as they were scared of police check post not allowing ahead of ...