Kashmir- & Canon 5D Mk3 27 Dec 17 to 03 Jan 2018

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  1. rameshtahlan

    rameshtahlan Super User

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    I had done an AUTUMN KASHMIR just last month from 31 Oct 17 to 15 Nov 17, a 16 day road trip.
    But the haze screwed up the images,
    so i had to concentrate on closer stuff to try to keep the haze out.
    but some images do need the background otherwise the story is not complete.

    So the thirst did not die out. AND that is why this December trip.
    AND IF THIS DEC TRIP IS A WASHOUT CAUSE OF SNOWING ON ALL 4 DAYS THAT WE ARE THERE, THEN I JUST HAVE TO PLAN AGAIN IN FEB OR MAR,

    For past month spent time trying to get another 3 guys to come with me
    most if not all had already made planes for Dec,
    But another BCMTian, Raman, form Gurgaon, was game,
    So i finally had one on board.
    with all other attempts failing, Raman managed to get his cousin to come along
    So finally we had three on board.

    Now with just 3 day away form turning the ignition key,
    looks like it will be 3. Fair enough,
    Even with 3 guys, sharing of fuel does come down quite a bit.

    Best of all our stay is free at a BCMTians home in Srinagar, who had invited me over.
    his family is away for holidays, and he is alone.
    NOW that is one opportunity that cannot be missed.
    And so the flexibility of dates was there, otherwise mid to end Jan would also have been good.
    but looking at the weather, i think these dates we have planned should be good.
    haze is gone, and backgrounds will bring out the true beauty of Kashmir.

    Checking all stuff starts today,
    taking snow chains along, just in case on the day we at Gulmarg, and unexpected snowfall takes place, don't want to be stuck, cause out plan is to make Srinagar our camp site,
    and visit Gulmarg, Sonmarg, and Pahalgam, one each day,
    and always get back to Srinagar for the night.
    And keep one day for local Srinagar, cause i need loads of clicks with the beauty of the Valley in my camera.

    weather wise, i can only see 4 days in advance, so since we enter the valley on the evening of 28 Dec, and today is 23 Dec, I can see forecast only up to 26. Which means only from 25th onwards will start to see weather forecast of 28th, But it does appear that the mountains tops around the valley will get a sprinkling of snow every other day, at least i hope so. I am hoping it snows at night, and sun comes out during the day, with puffs of clouds here and there. Perfect. Fingers crossed.

    Today being Sat, 23 Dec 17, all items of travel are being checked,

    Fortuner Serviced, oil changed, new gyres installed in Nov after hitting 80,000 km
    Started charging batt, basically pencil cells for gadgets, and canon batt for cameras and GPS logger.
    Canon 5D Mk3
    Canon 7D
    GoPro Hero 3 Black
    Canon 17-40 f4 L
    Canon 24-105 f4 L
    Canon 100-400 f4 L
    Samyang 14 f2.8
    Sigma 24mm f1.4
    Tripod
    360VR Head for tripod.
    Edelkrone Slider

    Snow chains for all 4 tyres
    Kero heater
    Camping stove
    Camping utensils
    Kerosene
    12v pump
    Led Torch
    Charger for pencil cells
    30,000 mAh power bank.
    Down Feather Jacket
    gloves
    head cap
    8 undies, one per day for 8 day
    8 vests, one per day
    8 socks, one per day
    8 shirts, one per day
    2 Cargo pants, 1 per 4 days
    Sleeping Bag
    Soap. ? NO SOAP, occupies too much space, last bath on 26 Dec, next bath on 4 Jan 2018, who the hell has a bath in winters in the valley when temp drop below zero at night. I have no intention of falling sick, and i have not found anyone fall sick by not having a bath.

    Seeing todays forecast, it appears that Gulmarg and surrounding mountains will get snowfall,
    that will be great. Just before we reach, snowfall, and sunshine when we reach,

    We are there for just 4 days, and if it starts to snow, there will be no beautiful sceneries to click.

    When you see this image of my Autumn trip this Nov, and the first view I got of the Valley, after you enter from Banihal Tunnel.
    my heart sank,
    here take a look.
    I hope to click from this very spot again on 28 Dec

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  2. Shekhar Surve

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    Happy Journey. Stay safe & warm. Expecting hell lot of good pics....
     
  3. rameshtahlan

    rameshtahlan Super User

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    Thank you very much,
    hope i get the sceneries of beauty of Kashmir,
    OR
    I will have to go in Feb again. hahaha.

    happy landings
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  4. umeshparikh

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    HAPPY HOLIDAYS RAMESHSIR...
    I am sure we will have loads of pictures which will really be a treat to the eyes...
    To the best of my limited knowledge, APRIL is a better option than FEBRUARY with TULIPS in full bloom and also a little more greenery...
     
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    rameshtahlan Super User

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    Thank Bro.

    happy landings
    RT
     
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    rameshtahlan Super User

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    Packing started,
    4 white shirts,
    4 black shirts.
    1 per day for 8 days

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    Great !!
     
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    adsatinder I am SATINDER at Delhi

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    Great Plan !
    Great Efforts !
     
  10. Arpit Jain

    Arpit Jain JainShaab!

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    Seriously no one falls sick if he won't have bath!! Cheers...Good luck...=D>=D>=D>=D>=D>
     
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