Day 07 - Pahalgam, Pahalgam, Pahalgam!
Trip Start Sep 02, 2011
53Trip End Nov 25, 2011
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We had to walk towards the main road now because our original transport had been all: "I’m too old for kids." On the way we were as always invited for tea by a good friend of Moin. In this case the mayor of the village. Later that day we arrive at the main road where a car is waiting for us, some hardier stuffing ensued and we were on the road again, towards Pahalgam.
We’re dropped in the city to do some hat-shopping and snoop around for a while. The appropriate ‘hats-only’ shop is found on an otherwise empty roof without any signage. It’s quite elitist. Snooped some more and went back to the car that crawled us to the bus/jeep terminal.
Finding the right jeep for you is a matter of listening to the drivers. They will, every once in a while, call out the name of their destination three times in a row. Whether this is a for clarity or just a universal speech impediment is not clear since it also happens in regular conversation:
AVERAGE DUDE: Where are you going?
DRIVER: Pahalgam, Pahalgam, Pahalgam.
We cramped into our jeep with our luggage living large up top and start the journey to Pahalgam, Pahalgam, Pahalgam. The road runs along a river of glacier water that we followed upstream all the way into town.
Last thing to do was a modest 3 hour walk around the area. We had some food in fly city before taking a bus halfway up a mountain and walk down again by a different route. It was raining most of the time, which is impossible since it never rains in Kashmir (so sayeth Moin). So it probably didn’t rain after all. Back to Brown Palace.
On a side note, was one of the dwarfs in The Hobbit called Moin?