Glimpses of Kashmir valley's beauty- Drive from Srinagar to Gagangir Village (near Sonmarg)

One of the biggest advantages of visiting a tourist destination high up the mountains is the clean air and the minimal presence of dust. The tall mountains with streams flowing down in the valleys between them add to the beauty. Throw in near clean skies in the back drop, paste the slopes green with hundreds of thousands of trees, crown the mountain peaks with pure white snow, dot the entire landscape with pretty little villages and prettier end up having the vale of Kashmir. 

The beauty of Kashmir valley elevates photography to another level. I had my share of indulgence when I flew into Srinagar and drove to Sonmarg hill station on the way to Kargil town via Zo Jilla pass. This was in June last year (2009) when I was there to witness WWF-India's Snow Leopard work. Fortunately I took time off on the weekend to process some of the images. Below are the ones of my drive from Srinagar to Sonmarg, which is a part of the Srinagar - Leh national highway. Some of these images were taken from the moving four wheeler including the fornt wind-shield.

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A community amidst paddy fields
One of the many streams found along the drive
The human population decreases mid-way, from Srinagar to Sonmarg
A road being repaired besides a stream
Picturesque houses dot the hill slopes
Crossing pine forests and approaching glaciers
A 'picture perfect' village
There's snow even in peak summer
It seems even the rivers are smiling...
A glacier fed stream and a village below it 
The mountain passes welcome as if with open arms as one nears Sonmarg
The gushing waters besides the highway
One of the many mountain stream islands
The boys seem to be thinking 'Only pictures? No money?'
The Border Roads Organisation takes great pains to maintain the roads. And they do a decent job in ensuring the tourists have good roads to drive on.
This journey was a part of the road trip that I got to make from Srinagar to the Drang Drung Glacier via Kargil Town through my previous work, in July 2009. Click here to view and read the next part of this journey


  1. no wonder kashmir is called paradise on earth... your pics just proved it once more

  2. Lovly photos, thanks for sharing.

  3. Great pics!!! thanks for a visual tour... post pics of the WWF project too, if u have any....


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