After reporting our presence to several local authority figures we are finally cleared to continue our journey to Gulmarg, India's gateway to the Himalaya's.
Our jeep with skis and snowboards provisionally tied to the roof leaves the airport through multiple army checkpoints, swerving around barbed wire encrusted barricades and then heads out through the dusty and dirt-poor villages.

The dirt, as a result of a two month dry spell, irritates our eyes.