It was a year ago that a few of my friends requested me to plan a trip to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh. I had planned this trip for a group of 6 to 8 members, but when it was announced I was quite taken aback by the response. More than 20 eager persons signed up.
Tickets were booked in early February . We were fortunate to get Mumbai – Srinagar return tickets for Rs.7600/- on Jet lite. We were a group of 20, departing from Mumbai on Sunday, 19th August 2012 & returning on Sunday,2nd September 2012.
There was a lull till June. Then we held a meeting and an itinerary was put in place, we also started surfing the net in search of good deals, we met travel agents to help us, but in the end I decided there has to be an advance team to make arrangements. I and Ganesh booked tickets to Srinagar for the 7th of August.
Going as an advance team to make bookings was an eye opener and a fabulous learning experience. Biggest lesson was no number of contacts can give you the advantage you have by being physically present at ground zero.
In my next post I will take you through the experiences and the learning process of arranging a safari tour.