Jannat-e-Kashmir Part Deux
2. Pahalgam is also the place which has a huge number of settlers from other parts of India coming and settling their business establishments there, and truth be told, they are not even half as professional and hospitable as the local Kashmiris. I got into a row with a chai wala who refused to serve me chai at 5.30 in the evening, and I was, not so humbly, told, "Bol diya na nahi hai, matlab nahi hai." It was my fourth day in Kashmir, and I've been treated so well up until then, that this incident really went down as a blot in the trip.
3. But the worst part was that due to the influx of yatris, Chandanwari (one of the most popular spots in Pahalgam) was closed to tourists. That was the one time I really, really wanted to become a pilgrim. But alas, neither did I have a permit, nor a certified medical clean chit.
here). We came to Pahalgam after a couple of days' stay in Srinagar. And Srinagar did give a run for its money to Delhi when it came to the blistering heat. The fruit sellers had convinced us through and through that our cherries would stay hale and hearty at any weather condition for as much as 100 (happy?) days. Fools that we were we got truckloads of fruits. The plums and apricots survived but the cherries...oh the cherries...if I could salvage even 500 gm of the 4 odd kilos I bought, I would have treated you to cherry ice cream. But alas. :(