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... hats, gloves and socks at one of the stands. The items were knit by hand by girls as young as 11. We can't say how long each piece took them but the items averaged out to $1.50 each USD. Next we hit the Alpine Lodge, a half-finished, as yet not officially opened bar and restaurant (actually the restaurant might already be functioning, but bars in Muslim counties never officially open... ) for a bite and a cocktail. Apparently Michael and Yvette have ...
... winter, with people taking up even sports in the icy lake, the scorching sun today still sent invitations to us, to spend our time on the lake.
The lake is a natural wetland, including the floating gardens (lotus).
We finally reached the lake, and with our guide interacting with the agents, we soon got into a Shikhara, a small paddled wooden taxi boat. The Shikhara is a non-detachable symbol of Kashmir, and would give tourists not just a ...
"Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dreams,
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been,
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen,
They talk of days for which they sit and wait, and all will be revealed"
- "Kashmir" by Led Zepellin
Kashmir just sounds exotic and sometimes its worth going to a place just to find out if it lives up to its name. And I'm not the only ...
... Hotel jackpot in places but we were also aware that we would miss that jackpot as well!!! And believe you me, this was where we were off target! It was a wooden building which lay at an angle – and it felt as if it was going to topple over any minute. Our room did have a stunning view over the trees to the snow capped mountains. This where we all sat and ordered cups of tea. Our bath had pieces of hard stuff stuck to it like concrete ...
... and (c)to leave the area. It was a public road and none of them had any authority but our guide became twitchy. So we went to the Mosque on the banks of Dal Lake which has a strand of hair from the Prophet Mohammed. Kashmiris were only converted about 600 years ago to Islam by Sufi mystic Shah Hamdam. At Jamil Mosque we talked with a cleric. “Sit for a while” he said. He was adamant that Jesus went to heaven, “body and all”. That Mosque ...
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