Ladakh in May 2015 - A dream fulfilled

Chetan Kulkarni

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Operation Vijay

The return to Srinagar was frankly a blur. The journey from Leh to Kargil was a quick one. The only regret was that we could not see the gompas on the way back since vehicles registered in Srinagar could not enter the routes for the monasteries :(

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The beautiful roads and rivers gave us company all the way.

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The one thing that stood out in our memory is the Kargil War Memorial. We reached there at 7 am and just going through the experience and seeing the challenges which our soldiers filled us with pride.

On this day of Vijay Diwas I once again salute our brave soldiers.

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The road through Zozila was totally unlike the longest day we had seen on our onward journey. Snow had melted and where we had seen all white we were now seeing greens.

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Yes snow capped peaks gave us company and we were glad to see them all the way.

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We reached Sonamarg at 11 am.

And we were greeted by about 25000 people and probably 1,00,000 horses.:-x:-x:-x The place is a total mess and a sad story.

We moved ahead and proceeded to Srinagar.

Unlike last time I had booked a houseboat in the Nigeen Lake. The New Jacqueline Heritage Houseboat was really a great experience. From the owner who was great to interact with to the caretakers this was a place setup to give a relaxing experience.

And the lake itself is unlike the mess at Dal Lake. It is relatively calm and relaxed and the guys on shikaras don't disturb you often.

A few images of the interiors.

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And a view from the deck

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A 10 shot panorama seen from the houseboat

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Our plan was to relax for the next day and not do anything :)

We relaxed on the boat as the sun went down relishing the last few days of this trip.

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