We reached back city after visiting from Sonamarg in just three hours. We were free for the entire day. Packing was almost done so we were in no hurry to return hotel. Hence we decided to go for local sightseeing.
The to-do list was long and time was less. Hence we decided to skip few and visit just the famous ones.
We started with Nishat Garden that didn’t have any blooming roses as it was not the season. We quickly walked around the park, clicked some beautiful pictures with Dal Lake in the background and came back. Same happened in Shalimar Garden which was also in dull mood, thanks to the extreme cold.
Post this, we headed towards Shankracharya Temple, which is one of the biggest religious landmarks in Srinagar city. It is located at a height and has very strict security. No mobile phones, leather articles are allowed inside the temple premises.
There are almost 85 stairs that you need to climb to reach the temple. We took almost 20 minutes to reach at the top, which is pretty normal. There is an army base here which keeps an eye on anti-social deeds, a perfect place to keep note of notorious elements
We spent good 60 minutes here, chit chatting with army personals who were delighted to know that we are from Delhi and its Kejriwal who is going to form government. The view from here was as marvellous as you can imagine. What we can see was just the beautiful Dal Lake
Post Shankracharya temple, we moved to Dal Lake for Shikara Ride. As I have already mentioned it was not peak season, we managed to crack the deal in just Rs 300 for three hours which included few landmarks.
From Meena Bazaar to Jawahar Park, Dal Lake was full of delights that one could ever think of. However, littering is strictly prohibited here. Hence, make sure you do not get involve in such deeds.
We spent good three hours at Dal Lake. What added to our excitement was the beautiful sunset which took our heart away and made us felt that visiting Kashmir was actually worth it.
We reached back to our hotel after having quick dinner at eight. Since we had to leave early morning to catch our train from Jammu at 9pm, we made a point that we should start early. And as planned, we left the hotel sharp at 5 am as there were chances of snowfall during which Srinagar highway gets shut.
Luckily we were saved from such hassles and we reached Jammu city just on time. So you see how important is planning. If you too are planning Kashmir trip with your family, check out more posts on right panel to discover more about Kashmir.