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Think eating out in Kashmir, and you think of cosy restaurants with carpeted flooring, wood panelling and a sumptuous wazwan spread. A fantasy-themed cafe – one dedicated to the iconic Game of Thrones, no less – is a clear break-away from this norm. This is what makes the Winterfell Cafe on Boulevard Road by the Dal Lake an exciting new attraction on Srinagar’s map. Set up by two friends, Kamran Nisar and Ummar, Winterfell Cafe Srinagar is not just a tribute to the most legendary TV series of our times but also a glimpse into the refreshing new outlook of Kashmir’s youth or at least a section of it. I had first learnt about this GoT-inspired cafe while researching an article on fantasy-themed restaurants in India, and it had been on my radar since. So when a trip to Kashmir materialised, a meal at Winterfell Cafe Srinagar went right at…

Twelve days to go (13 for fans in India) until the final battle for the Iron Throne begins. Everyone who has revered and loved the fantasy magnum opus that Game of Thrones is (and that’s everyone who’s ever seen the show, be it early birds who caught the first season when it aired in 2011 or those who joined the party late and binged on all seven seasons within a fortnight) is gearing up for the final season with a trip down memory lane in their own way. Think re-watching all the seasons before season 8 premieres, coaxing spouses, best friends and siblings to get on the bandwagon, sourcing GoT inspired memorabilia and revisiting the pages of George RR Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice. We thought of stirring up the nostalgia just a notch higher with these real Game of Thrones filming locations snapped and screenframed by Germany-based…