And we’r back 🙂 After probably the best trip of my life – bounty of nature, ample time with the jawans, sewa projects in the most sensitive and remote areas of J&K – just could not have asked for more 🙂
Since I will take some more time to put those 1500ish pics of ours in order, I thought I will share the highlights from each day for now 🙂 Memories that we will cherish for a lifetime and more!
ETA: Updated with links to respective detailed posts.
20thJuly – The journey begins – Hyderabad to Delhi – Train journeys are so much fun, esp. with a like-minded gang of friends.
22ndJuly – Delhi to Leh. I have not seen and probably will never see a more beautiful scene before landing. ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ – THE PARADISE on earth!
23rdJuly – First day of sight seeing in Leh, the Museum of Ladakh culture and Military heritage being the highlight. I was bowled over by tales from the lives of our dedicated Jawans yet again.
24th July – Visited the beautifullllll Pangong Tso lake, where the last scene from 3Idiots was shot! Splendid.
25th July – The journey from Leh to Kargil – If you really want to see the best of nature, it is here that you have to be! Marvellous! Mountains and rivers and meadows and Moonlands – a place which looks like the surface of the moon!
26th July – Kargil to Dras – The day we actually made the trip for. Celebrated Vijay Diwas with the Jawans in Dras, spent the entire day with them, rubbing shoulders with people who actually fought the Kargil War at the point where they did it, and camping with the Jawans in their tents at night 🙂
27thJuly – Dras to Srinagar – One amazing route yet again. Nature amazes you with all that diversity she offers! India’s beauty is unparallaled! Also got to meet young Kashmiri Muslim women serving the society in the remotest areas around Srinagar.
28thJuly – Srinagar to Katra – Shikara ride on the Dal lake – a dream I had cherished from when I had read about it in Class2, stopping for food and dancing at a Langar on the highway at 10 in the night – seeing the real India rich in cultural heritage.
29thJuly – Stay at Disha, a shelter for children of war martyrs and victims of floods, cloud bursts etc.. Highly talented children, and highly dedicated staff who look after them like family. An unplanned visit to Vaishno Devi – we had thought time would not permit us to do so; wonder how we had forgotten that she could do anything – Maa ka Bulawa.
30thJuly – Katra to Jammu to Delhi – Visited some more sewa projects in Jammu, met some more inspiring people and were on our way back to Delhi.
31stJuly – Delhi to Hyderabad
More to come soon 🙂 All I would like to say is these are places all of you should see atleast once in your lifetime. And ofcourse, you are very safe in the hands of our Jawans there 🙂 So, how are you all doing? I will slowly but surely tackle the reader too 😉 Till then, ciao!