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Imagine a smooth ceramic bowl of white edged with jade green. Being surrounded by snow-covered peaks as far as the eye can see – an endless realm of pure white magic. The thrill of speeding downhill, which is as close as you come to flying without wings. Getting in touch with your childhood by making a snowman or indulging in snowball fights. A trip to Gulmarg offers it all and then some. This incredible place will give you a taste of different seasons all in a day – going from bright sunshine to pouring rain, a chill in the air and snowfall in the course of 24 hours. Words fall short to describe this huge meadow ringed by fir trees and snowy peaks, bestowed with mountain fresh air, nature trails, ski slopes, and a host of fun activities –gondola ride, sledging, golfing and snow scooters. A trip to Gulmarg will…

I stepped my foot on the greenest grass, the sky overhead the colour of the finest blue eyes and mountain peaks wrapped in a blanket of snow. The air was cold and also the freshest I have ever breathed. Where was I? You bet I was in heaven indeed. No, it was not a dream. It was a trip to Kashmir. I didn’t need to pinch myself to believe so, for I have never felt more awake. I can never forget the moment I first stepped foot in this land of mesmerising beauty. As we ventured out, there was a nagging sense of fear somewhere in the mind, given the ground-reality of the place which is a striking contrast to its pristine beauty. I kept the windows rolled up and covered and even dressed like the locals with the hope of fitting in. My fears didn’t stand a chance to survive in…