If you’ve always dreamed of walking on clouds, surrounded by beautifully intimidating mountains, then Kashmir should be your next holiday destination. And we’re very approving of the fact that a picture speaks a thousand words. So when there’s more than one picture, you can only imagine how magnificent it must really be. If you earlier didn’t believe that Kashmir was really heaven on earth, perhaps now you will.

One of the seven lakes along the route between Sonmarg and Narnag. The color of the reflection changes depending on the time of the day.

One of the seven lakes along the route between Sonmarg and Narnag. The color of the reflection changes depending on the time of the day.

The only sign of civilization along the route are a few shepherd's along the way. They herd hundreds of sheep alone with the help of a dog.

The only sign of civilization along the route are a few shepherd’s along the way. They herd hundreds of sheep alone with the help of a dog.

The view from the top of Zach pass.

The view from the top of Zach pass.

Camping under a starry sky is surreal. Everything dissolves into the present. You wonder how insignificant most of your troubles are.

Camping under a starry sky is surreal. Everything dissolves into the present. You wonder how insignificant most of your troubles are.

Horses are such gentle, hard-working creatures. At the edge of passes, they halt and let others pass before they move ahead.

Horses are such gentle, hard-working creatures. At the edge of passes, they halt and let others pass before they move ahead.

When in the midst of nature..even death is a beautiful work of art. It's a quiet reminder that the passage of time spares none.

When in the midst of nature..even death is a beautiful work of art. It’s a quiet reminder that the passage of time spares none.

They say man has conquered mountains. What mountains really do is make you feel small. Very small.

They say man has conquered mountains. What mountains really do is make you feel small. Very small.

The landscape changes drastically between days. One day you could be climbing a high pass, the next day you're walking on blooming meadows.

The landscape changes drastically between days. One day you could be climbing a high pass, the next day you’re walking on blooming meadows.

Temperatures go to such extremes during winters that even the army desert their posts. Shepherd's head to lower plains as well.

Temperatures go to such extremes during winters that even the army desert their posts. Shepherd’s head to lower plains as well.

Raju, the horse served as an ambulance on the trail, ferrying trekker's who might be suffering from AMS. Funnily, the rides always worked.

Raju, the horse served as an ambulance on the trail, ferrying trekker’s who might be suffering from AMS. Funnily, the rides always worked.

All the images by Mayank Susngi.

This photo-essay first appeared in Campus Diaries.