Srinagar for the second time

7 Oct

I always believe on traveling on your own rather than with tour because it would definitely make it more real, the experience of the place.

This is my second visit to srinagar and it felt so different; perhaps because the city has evolved or even because we did things differently. On my first visit, we had a guide who spoke to us in English and was the ‘barrier’ between us and the locals. He looked after us well. We lived in a beautiful, antique looking boat house. We travelled up to Gulmarg. We stopped for fresh strawberries on the way up. We ate hot parathas before embarking up the mountain. It was fun!

This time, we toured in srinagar and visited Sonmarg instead. We didnt really enjoy very good food but it was nice and relaxing the way i planned the whole trip. Totally against my wishing. I yearn for adventure and fun on most trips. We had our fair share of adventure on Delhi so i guess the level of fun we had dwindled down but the amazing sights made up for it.

We arranged with an auto driver to bring us to a few places and to bring us to a place for lunch and negotiated for Rs600. I really wanted to see the tulip garden which is rows and rows of beautiful tulips but I guess its not in season so we went to this other garden which is quite normal. Followed by Hazratbal Mosque. He didn’t know where to bring us for lunch so we ended up at this resort where there is no other guests and we had super expensive lunch for Rs800. The auto driver, Fayyaz actually wanted us to pay him more when he dropped us off but we told him its not fair to ask more when the price was pre-agreed. This experiences upset me because we might come from Singapore but it really doesn’t mean we are rich and we bathe is cash! We also have budget and we need holidays because it’s so stressful working and living in such an expensive place like singapore.

We had dinner at Mughal Darbar, a place which i’ve heard about that serves good food and we could actually walk there from our hotel. The restaurant was a little dirty though. Food was pretty ok. Not that good.

Dal lake where most boathouses are in Srinagar and also what it is known for.

This was one of the gardens we visited. I wanted to visit the Tulip garden only but it was not in season, guess i should have checked properly. Husband said he will bring me to see the Tulip garden one day, not in Srinagar though. Yay! 🙂 I think gardens all over the world are quite similar and yea beautiful but i wanted to see rows and rows of tulips or other flowers.

The shikara which locals used. The tourists’ shikara (little boat) are much more decorated and beautiful.

Hazratbal Mosque – it is under renovation so didnt look so pretty but it was nice and peaceful to have a picnic at the area behind the moque. The mosque compound is huge.


Even more pigeons! I caught them in action and no we didnt feed them.

Ahh, such beauty! We were walking along the bridge…we walked alot in srinagar. It was nice and cold so it didnt matter very much. I even had ice cream even though it was cooling.


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