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... spot causing a huge cloud of dust and a very close call for some of the onlookers. Once the rubble had been cleared, we started on our way again and made good time for the rest of the journey.
Srinagar is in the state of Jammu & Kashmir but it's often referred to as just Kashmir. Srinagar is known as "the city of lakes" and the done thing when here, is to stay in a house boat on the most famous lake of all, the Dal Lake, which is exactly what i did. ...
... ok but we both had the odd moment when we felt we had made a mistake and this was a bad idea. The next day Today in the morning we went to go to an internet cafe but the family insisted we go with Sahid. We have not left the boat without him which is a bit annoying and makes us wonder if it is really safe here for us. We had only seen one other tourist. Today I also realised that in his guestbook no one had mentioned trekking which seemed odd. Also the story about the tourist attacking ...
... head for the gate, bags in tow. We slip our escort a little somethin somethin. It turns out he did work for the airport. We'll assume his job title was White Flight Facilitator. Hey, what's this at the gate? Another security check! Oh the avocados are ripe! The young guy operating the X-ray is very bright and Julie charms him. The bags are then dissected by a pair of serious inspectors, one a bearded Sikh. They don't like our titanium AA batteries or ...
... on to Srinagrar. This road is completely snowed under from November to March.
I want to set the scene of the Kashmir Valley and Srinagar and its political past to give some context to its instability. In 1947 after independence was obtained by India there was a debate about two regions and who they would "belong to": Bangladesh, who was made independent, and Kashmir, who belongs to India. Its not hard to see why this region was considered for independence. The food, language, ...
... going off all around, lit by kids celebrating Eid, which kept us on our toes as it sounds very similar to gunfire and in this place with tensions high and soldiers everywhere you never quite know, so it makes it a little nerve racking.
We ate some more dal and naan bread for dinner and then took a shikara ride along the river/ lake. A shikara is basically a long paddle boat that is beautifully decorated with carpets and colourful pillows ...