De-Laila Group of House Boats
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We had a quick layover in Sri****r, India. Three weeks earlier,they had a devestating flash flood that killed two hundred people and misplaced about ten thousand people who lost their homes. Srinegar is located in the far northeastern part of India in Kashmir near the Pakistan border. It was closed to foreign visitors up to two years ago.There is a lot of tension there. In Fact we ...
Today was supposed to be more organised because the Kiwis had taken control. We had a briefing at the start, saying no one passes the leader and that S* (a Kiwi originally from India who runs 5 restaurants in NZ with his brother D, also on the tour) would lead the ride in tandem with Manoj, the deposed tour leader. Hilariously, Manoj managed to hit the deck twice with S on the back! They were riding in mud so it's somewhat forgivable plus Manoj has short legs. ...
... By now, the cold morning had warmed up to another stunning, hot (but not blistering) day and we got in a van to drive around the old city of Srinagar. All around are stone houses which formerly (prior to 1990) belonged to wealthy Hindus who were forced to flee after the Pakistani insurgency. They now lie abandoned and in a sad state of disrepair, just a shadow of their former grandeur. The city lies across both sides of Jhelum river - ...
... the weather and the air around us, getting colder, as we get deeper into the valleys, and inturn the Himalayas, the group was getting increasingly excited and anxious of every turn on the road, every peak around the corner and every glimmer of roaring streams or waterfalls that we pass.
We reached Sonamar just before noon, and found ourselves nestled within the peaks. Though we were going to stay here only for a night, we knew in our hearts, that ...
... cover our heads. In between there was shopping of course. Four of us wondered off through a couple of back streets, which were really pleasant, clean and quiet. We also had a look at New Srinegar city centre. Very busy, but clean with smart almost western looking shops. We even sighted a traffic policeman directing traffic at an intersection there. The only one we've seen since arriving in India. In the early evening we had a terrific thunder storm with spectacular ...