The Himalayan Hangover

So I’m back from my long awaited trip and trying to catch up with life now… With the appraisal process just round the corner, I needed this trip to be better armed to face the bullets..

I went to Gulmarg, and I can now safely say that it does full justice to its title of “heaven on earth”…for the uninformed, Gulmarg is a town, in the Baramula district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. There goes a tick on my bucket list…

Days spent there went in a daze…literally…since the weather was pleasantly unpredictable. From snow biking to digging my feet in the knee deep snow of the Himalayas to walking aimlessly in the most scenic views of the snow-capped mountains, Gulmarg had all the fodder for my soul! The best thing was that there was barely any connectivity and the bad network gave way to deeper enriching conversations.

Sharing a few glimpses of the trip…


Tulip Gardens


A Brook in Gulmarg

No clue what it is…except that it’s BEAUTIFUL

Pine trees as high as you can see

Not sure if the mountains are trying to stretch their necks, or the clouds bending down!

The biggest benefit of this trip was that it led to bursting a few very strong misconceptions about the place. When anyone (that includes me) hears the word “Kashmir”, the first thought is that of violence, tension, danger, etc. None of it is true. What I realized after spending time interacting with the locals, is that they are craving for a normal life as much as we do. The place that could be thriving way more than it is currently, based on tourism, is restricted to some extent because of the perception of people towards it.

No, the place is not dangerous. No, there isn’t violence every time you step out of the house. Yes, they are the most polite people you will ever find in the entire world. And finally, Yes you must all visit it once in this lifetime to feel closer to yourselves if not anything else!



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51 Responses to The Himalayan Hangover

  1. gcmediain says:

    We are so mesmerised by the pictures of valley you had posted here,that we too want to book our tickets right now & fly to this place. Yet we are here, work life you know ! You did a great job in compiling this blog. Keep on posting the good stuff.

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  2. Prajakta says:

    This must have refreshed your mind before the onslaught of appraisal and bad weather 🙂

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  3. Ralph says:

    Lovely photos of you Anisha 🙂

    The seed head photo is of a dandelion

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  4. daneelyunus says:

    very nice pics and Gulmarg is a good tourist place

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  5. theonlysup says:

    I’m simply in love with Himalayas.. Wonderful clicks ..

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  6. Jim says:

    beautiful pics!

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  7. Dave says:

    Phenomenal pictures.
    First ‘Arthurs Seat’ now the Himalayas, what next ?

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  8. Ron Walker says:

    Awesome photos, It is so beautiful. Makes you just want to step through the monitor and stand there.

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    • Anisha says:

      Trust me Ron, the photos aren’t even half as good as it actually was… You must surely visit someday! I have almost become the brand ambassador for Kashmir 😀😀


  9. arv! says:

    Lovely pictures. Reminds me of my Kashmir trip, which I took few years ago.

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  10. Beautiful pictures. Reminds me of my Kasmir trip exect an year back. ❤

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  11. Beautiful pictures with a beautiful lady is always a good way to see the beauty of Nature in a variety of way.

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  12. That’s lovely post, Anisha. 🙂 It pricks me that I’ve not explored Kashmir yet. Haminastu!

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  13. Lovely pics Anisha…
    I guess you’d have had one of the most memorable trips of your life…

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  14. Lovely pictures. Love visiting the Himalayas. Nothing like it. 🙂

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  15. Mesmerizing…The byword for The Himalaya would be The Beauty.

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  16. This looks so stunning. Wish to visit Gulmarg soon ! Eloquently expressed in words as well as pictures !

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  17. Rajiv says:

    Looks nice. I have never been to Gulmarg!

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  18. Lovely expressed and lovely place

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  19. S. Ravikumar says:

    Wonderful post. Similarly beautiful and inspiring photos. God bless you.

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