Friday, April 20, 2012

A Wisconsinite in Gulmarg

Since we were less than an hour away  from the hill station Gulmarg, we decided to make the journey up the narrow roads.  As we drove upward  in elevation, we began to see patches of snow.  In some places,  delicate tiny yellow flowers had poked through.  Pine trees  dominated the steep hillsides. Parking our car next to a plethora of tourist buses, SUVs, and cars, we stepped out to observe the happenings. Indian tourists appeared giddy with excitement, many of whom were likely seeing snow for the first time.  Bundled warmly with winter jackets and rubber boots (winter wear was available for rent), families happily pulled clunky looking wooden sleighs down the hill towards the area that still had quite a bit of snow. To me, a Wisconsinite,  the already melting snow was hardly ideal for sledding, but no one here seemed to mind. 

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