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Thread: Gulmarg 2008 TR (1/3)
03-25-2008, 09:38 AM #1
Gulmarg 2008 TR (1/3)
Part 1 – Around Town/nightlife
Part 2 – Storm Days
Part 3 – When it goes blue
This place is awesome. I didn’t get shot, or blown up, or feel unsafe at any time. The Kashmiri people are super friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. That said, some of them want something in return, but most are just glad your there providing them with tourist dollars
I stayed at the Green Heights, and I would recommend it to anyone. Great staff, great location, nice rooms, and cheap.
My room. Smaller is better because the wood stoves(bakari) are pieces of shit
These little bastards wake you up by running across the tin roof
Looking from the Green Heights towards the gondola(center big building)
Beer and liquor are available and not expensive, but not exactly of the highest quality. The best beer available is Kingfisher and be wary of Godfather…
All the beer is marked, “between 5-8% alcohol” but the general consensus is that it a lot closer to 8% then 5%.
While getting drunk is an option, something else is much easier(and cheaper) to get
Who can identify this man? Some hints: he cannot read or write, was a Mujahideen in Afganistan, makes the best tea, smokes 50 joints a day, and will entertain you for hours with the most ridiculous stories?(also note the stickers behind his head)
Gulmarg is fairly spread out. Most hotels are close to the Gondola, but some are close to the bus stop about 750m away from the gondola. Everything is still close enough that you can walk everywhere though. It’s a quite town, but some of us conspired to make it more like a skiing town found in Europe or the States. Every Tuesday night @7 there was an avalanche awareness seminar put on by the two snow safety professionals(one was Brian Newman from Snowbasin). This would wrap up around 8ish and we would stay and drink. The other place was Friday nights at Bakshi’s restaurant(the best place to eat hands down as well). The party was put on by an aussi named Stewart and it was called, “Just a Little Bit Loose”
Bakshi’s is a common hangout for a lot of people at night, and on Fridays it’s packed and there is always some source of entertainment
An amazing Elvis impression
One window at Bakshi’s
Guns are very prevalent, but you really get used to them and don’t give them a second glance after a while. Now, what do you notice that is interesting in this picture?
I never did get a proper explanation of why there was a picture of the last supper on the wall.
Since most locals are still stuck back in the 70’s and 80’s for skis and clothes, the local ski gear is well suited to gaper days…we decided to use this to our advantage. Towards the end of Feb it was decided to have a Chinese downhill/one-piece suit day. This idea took off, but those photos will be later. Pre-race day was the last true party before most of us left Gulmarg, and most of us showed up in out suits…
Our computer DJs at the last party
I feel that these people would fit in well on TGR. I’m furthest right…
Make no mistake, you don’t come to Gulmarg for the nightlife, you come for the skiing.
Did I mention that it snows a little there?
It’s a crazy place, but once you get used to it it’s your own little slice of heaven
Last edited by mc_roon; 10-27-2008 at 01:15 AM.
03-25-2008, 09:46 AM #2
03-25-2008, 09:53 AM #3
How long are u there for?
03-25-2008, 09:53 AM #4
I got offered to come ski patrol there this winter. I wish I had been in a position to accept. That looks like a place that would have been really cool to have been a patroller at!!!!The pacifists always lose, because the anti-pacifists kill them.
03-25-2008, 10:12 AM #5
you know, I was going to post in one of your other threads it was high time for a TR from you. fucking amazing adventure man, I can't wait for more.
03-25-2008, 10:21 AM #6Registered User
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FKNA! Keep it coming I'm hoping to head there next year and want more to whet my appetite!
03-25-2008, 10:39 AM #7
This dude looks like a lady. A pretty one at that. Unpossible.
03-25-2008, 10:58 AM #8
03-25-2008, 11:02 AM #9
03-25-2008, 11:05 AM #10
cool, can't wait for the rest!
03-25-2008, 11:09 AM #11
03-25-2008, 11:10 AM #12
holy crap. im inspired already.A good traveler has no plans and is not intent on arriving...
Ski blog: www.snowwander.blogspot.com
03-25-2008, 11:10 AM #13....................
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Nice start, Kash!
03-25-2008, 11:56 AM #14...And the greatest ice must crumble when it's flower's time to grow.
03-25-2008, 12:06 PM #15
Wow, can't wait to see more.
03-25-2008, 12:28 PM #16Registered User
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I love that place
Such a special place! The Himalaya is known for the most snowfall in the world and Gulmarg is the best place to enjoy the fruits of our lifestyle. At times I get concerned about our presence there and hope that those who understand how special Kashmir is will help maintain its beauty.Lets see some ski shots!
03-25-2008, 12:29 PM #17
03-25-2008, 02:27 PM #18
FKNA. Can't wait for 2 and 3. Looks sick.
03-25-2008, 03:11 PM #19
hey...wasnt there another maggot that went to Gulmarg as well this season? I think it was boltonoutlaw. did you guys meet up?
cant wait for parts 2 and 3.
03-25-2008, 03:36 PM #20
03-26-2008, 09:54 AM #21
some questions answered
- i was in Gulmarg from mid-jan through early march
- the patrollers had their work cut out for them, and not just on the mountain.(further explanation in part 3) That said, they had a great time and were the best ski patrol EVER. you would have loved it
03-26-2008, 10:19 AM #22
I'm took this morning off from anything resembling productivity in order to catch up a little at TGR. Best read yet!
Excellent. On the edge of my seat.
03-26-2008, 10:26 AM #23
Great lifestyle shots. Should be a well rounded TR.
So whats special about the photo? Is it the llama blowin itself?So local it hurts...
03-26-2008, 10:37 AM #24
how about why is there a picture of a llama in Gulmarg? don't llamas live in the andies?
though the fact that it's sucking itself off, makes it all the more strange
anyone notice the "ski the east", "meathead films", and stowe stickers in this one?
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