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... past. We will see. It would be easier if this part of the country was Pakistan but that is not the case. The city of Sri****r is a tourism hub for domestic tourists and an amazing place. Sri****r sits on the banks of Dal lake and the main draw here is the house boats. The guide books say when the British colonized this area they weren't allowed to own land. They build these extravigant house ...
... 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 - ...
It rained most of the night and we awoke to more rain, wind and cold. What a wonderful change from the heat we experienced since arriving in India. Despite the rain the boats with the traders appeared again. Jewels, sweaters, fabrics and shawls galore. Not a bad way to spend a rainy morning. We also had some new guests staying in a room at the back of Ashraf's house. Three young Korean backpackers. In fact today ...
... white dome Muslim shrine. We hesitated entering the shrine and had doubts about how well Americans would be received. The security guard came over and asked where we came from then welcomed us inside. The mosque hall of the shrine was being remodeled so we didn’t go inside.
We drove to the ‘Old City’ and Jama Masjid was the next stop. A small invalid there gave us our ...
... during one of the days we were in Srinagar. It was the third such shooting incident in Kashmir over a five day period, resulting in a total of nine deaths.
With its mild summers Srinagar in its past hey days was well loved also by Indian locals to escape the blistering heat of the southern areas. Mushtaq told us that the past few days had been unusually hot. And this day was very hot; too hot in fact to comfortably walk around the gardens and mosques.