Road-trip to URI

This is in continuation of our travelogue from Bangalore - Srinagar - Gulmarg. If you wish to read to read the previous travelogues, you can visit here

Day 8 - Gulmarg - URI - Baramulla

This was the day when we wanted to actually start the drive to the terrain and places we actually came for. I mean we were never interested to do any tourist places but we just wanted to tick box Gulmarg from our list of visited places as we heard lot of good reviews about it. We weren’t disappointed but weren’t too appreciative of the tourist traps out there which make your whole trip very memorable but with bad taste 😜. Anyway so we woke up early to start early around 6am. We knew that we won’t get anything to eat much at that time at the hotel, so we just made coffee had some cookies to start the day. The checkout process was pretty straight and didn’t take any time. We thanked the staff, loaded our luggage and started our journey to next destination which was URI and Baramulla.

After checking out, we went straight to the market to try our luck with some breakfast and we were lucky to see couple of shops opening up and setting up their stalls. So we decided to eat here as we didn’t wanted to starve all day and were not sure of availability of food on the way to URI.

So we had breakfast at this place and the breakfast was pretty good. We finished the breakfast with a lovely cup of hot tea and Kahwa to stay awake and refreshed and continued the drive to URI.

The Gulmarg special omelette bread bun

Yummmmm .... Pao bhaji

The route to URI was pretty scenic with lovely landscapes and villages in between. We were recommended to take the route via Baba Reshi instead of Tangmarg from where we came and it was a good suggestion. We truly enjoyed the drive to Baba Reshi dargah as the roads were pretty good up to a certain point .. say 12-14kms and then deteriorated till we reached the main highway. On our way, we thought to visit the dargah which is pretty famous in that circuit but somehow we missed the place as we were busy driving and enjoying the drive and landscapes. The breathtaking beauty of this valley just makes you so engaged that you just forget everything else and that’s what exactly happened with us. After about 90mins drive, we arrived at the highway and drove towards URI, the last town of India that became very famous for the battle that happened few years back.

Lovely roads en-route

Local horse riders climbing up the mountain

The route to Baba Reshi dargah

Mobile toilets

Local eateries serving local dishes .. Lakhmi Parontha and some Halwa I guess

Kashmiri Galiyan

Look at those roots

Awesome Views all the way..

and the traffic jams caused by the local sheeps :)

bechara .. latak gaya na :(

again ...

Wonderful views .. aren't they?

Wonderful views .. aren't they?

Winding roads and lovely beautiful and green surroundings

Kids going to school.. well done kids

the color coded sheep

felt like offroading here but then we opted out of it as was a bit risky

Walnut trees all the way here

River in full gushing water

Awesome views

and the town views from the hill .. lovely it was .. the scotland of india

my beast (Raakshas) posing here

Lovely Valley views

Lovely Valley views

Lovely Valley views