"Just after leaving the Congress party office (at M A Road ) for airport, Rahul ji expressed a desire to visit Lal Chowk, so the cavalcade made a u turn at Jehangir Chowk and halted at Maisuma Chowk (near Lal Chowk)," Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G A Mir said.
At Maisuma, which is the bastion of separatist leader and JKLF chairman Yasin Malik, Rahul walked up to a local vendor at the busy market place, sending his security team into frenzy.

"Rahul had tea, pakoras (snacks) and Bakirkhani (local bread) at the vendor. He also bought potato chips and 'nadrumunj' (the famous Kashmiri snacks made from lotus stems) from the vendor and took them home," Mir said.
Earlier, the congress vice president visited many religious places in the Valley including the revered shrines of Kheer Bhawani and Hazratbal.
"Rahul paid obeisance at the temple of Kheer Bhawani (in Ganderbal district), at Hazratbal Shrine (on the banks of the famous Dal Lake here) and at a temple in Ishber Nishat," Mir said. He said Rahul also wanted to visit the shrine of Makhdoom sahib atop the Hariparbat hillock in downtown Srinagar. "However, the security agencies did not allow the visit at such a short notice," Mir said.


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