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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Back from Kashmir


Glad to be back safely from Kashmir. I can now proudly say that I have seen Kashmir as well.

My first impression on Kashmir : It is beautiful and unique destination in India. But ceratinly not the so called 'Heaven on Earth'. In the seven days of travel we had faced all kind of weather there -- bright sunshine to snowfall to rain. In fact rain had played spoilsport for a day and we had to stay an extra night at Srinagar. It continued to snow incessently for the two days we spent at Gulmarg. Yes it snowed for 2 full days -- that too in April! We went there expecting to see snow, but not snowfall. We had to cancel the trip to Sonamarg because of road blockage from excessive snowfall. The last day was spent at Pahalgam.

Back in Delhi, we got a thermal shock. Temp. had gone up by several degrees since we had left. For the entire week in Kashmir, we had struggled to keep us warm in biting cold. Now back in the power center of India which is feeling the heat of the forthcoming general elections, we are trying to adjust to the rising mercury.

Lots of work pending due to my 10 days break. It will be some time before I pen my trip in details.

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