Hotel Shaneel Residency
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... not pay the additional "fee" to play. I did try my hand at buying some Kashmiri carpets. But, one, my knowledge is entirely theoretical from reading up on the old Silk Road and my old roommate Jen (best roommate ever of course), so I had no real ability to apply it to what the man was showing me. And two, the costs would more than cover at least a month of my travels in India and Asia. After that, I had a relaxing evening on a houseboat and would be off to Ladakh, Little Tibet, the next ...
... 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 ...
... maintained and the flower gardens underwhelming. And they would have been underwhelming even if they were in their best bloom. But it was a peaceful stroll away from the hectic traffic outside the gate.
Next we stopped at the Shalimar Bagh Moghul Garden, which again made for a nice stroll. Neither of these 'famous’ gardens hold a candle to Gardens in my native ...
... the elements?
So who's up for a swim? The clear blue lake is icy-cold but utterly refreshing. Bordered by a giant cliff, on which a huge glacier is gradually melting, the waters tumble down into the clear blue calm surface below. A turbulent torrent tumbles over a rocky bed connecting the waters upper and lower - dramatic scenes all around.
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... killings are still concerningly commonplace.
Mr Butt had explained the evening before that tourism in Srinagar had been virtually nil for the last sixteen years due to the continuing deadly conflict. His proud face saddened and with moist eyes he told us about the terrifying conflict between the Indian army and separatist factions. One night during the conflict several militant separatists came to his home demanding money. Mr Butt told them that he had ...