Visiting Gulmarg was the pièce de résistance for us. After visiting Sonamarg, we were told that Gulmarg held more promises – beautiful mountains that is aptly called as the Switzerland of India. Our interest was not as much in the skiing as we can’t even play the sport, but more due to its proximity to the neighbouring country, and the cable cars, which are aptly called the Gondolas. Gulmarg boasts of Asia’s highest and longest cable car project, the Gulmarg Gondola. The two-stage rope way ferries about 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain, a shoulder of nearby Afarwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft)). The idea of going up to 13,780 feet by rope way was a very exciting thought for us. Therefore armed with a one night hotel booking at the famous Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, we reached Gulmarg around 11 in the morning. It took us approximately 2.5 hours from Srinagar. The road was beautiful, the weather was
I was talking to a friend of mine over the phone the other day. She is in her mid thirties and recently became the proud mother of a beautiful baby girl. Over the phone, she was telling me about her parents move from one city to the other and how this move, in her opinion, would bring about some definitive changes in her parents’ lives. While discussing all these, she also told me about her expectation from the elderly, and she said this: “I did not know that I expected the elderly to be spectac-ular” and she later went on to explain that this means that they ought to take good care of their health, have a sound and intelligent state of mind, be enthusiastic about life, maintain good relationship with everyone, be worldly wise and have sound financial wherewithal. She also said, how unrealistic does this sound, to herself, and she wondered what brings about these expectations in her.