Day 4 : Banihal to Srinagar and back upto Batote
Started for Srinagar at 7.00 a.m. and due to heavy tourist rush on the highway, could reach Srinagar at around 10.30 a.m. Hence we had only few hours to spend at Srinagar as I had planned to return the same day. But, I must say that my daughter enjoyed every second of the time spent in Srinagar and the local Kashmiris were amazed to see us on a small bike having come all the way from Delhi. They wished us good luck for our return journey.
The stay in Srinagar can be best expressed in picturial form :
Coffee time at Cafe Coffee Day, Srinagar :
Now the shots of famous Dull Lake :
Boating in Shikaras (it was quite cheap as we paid only Rs. 400 for two persons for 3 hours)
If we had enough time and reached the day before, we would have stayed in these Houseboats. The room rent ranged between Rs. 1500 and 3000 which was cheap in comparison to the exhorbitant rent for small, filthy, unhygienic and filthy rooms being asked at Katra (1000 to 1800) for a few hours stay at night as we had to leave early at around 6.00 a.m. for Darshan at Vaishno Devi Darbar.
Floating shops !!
Gul, Gulshan Gulfaam serial was shot here :
Photo shoot out time in traditional Kashmiri Dress !!!!! It costed just Rs. 50 for the dress.
Bubbling with joy !!!
Water skating costed only Rs. 300/- for a big round and it was thrilling and my daughter enjoyed it the most in this trip.
Floating shops selling all types of wares and traditional and fancy cloathes in Dal Lake :
Floating Gardens and fields in Dal Lake !!! Is it not amazing. The locals relocate these gardens and fields to any place of their choice whenever they decide.
The famous Kangri of Kashmir :
There were hundreds of such shops selling Zaffron on the Highway: