Hotel Zahgeer Continental
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... meets the Dal lake - or at least it used to before the road was built. Even though it was 5 miles north of where i was staying, the Dal lake was still the main feature of the landscape and makes you appreciate its size. At 22 kmē, it's the second largest lake in Kashmir, the first being Wular lake which is also one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia.
With all these snow capped mountains in view, i decided on a day trip to Gulmarg, part of the ...
... to go if it will cause offence etc. He really wanted to take us, another mosque is in our guide book and we had stupidly mentioned it. He said it wouldn't cause offence and was fine as long as we wear the headdress and really wanted to take us. It was not a good idea, firstly we felt horrendously uncomfortable, it was not a architectural masterpiece you would expect tourists to visit so what the hell was I doing in a mosque. Secondly it did cause offence. People outside were arguing ...
... has been delayed.
A charming army Col. name Sangeeve introduces himself and we launch into a long chat. Indians like to talk about how much they make (if they make at all) and we learn that on his Colonel's salary of $28k he can live in a fine home, have his own valet (seriously), put two kids in school, and have a maid and a chef. Much of the housing costs are offset by the military. One theory we heard in Srinagar was that the terror ...
... India and lay claim on the largely unprotected Kashmir Valley. Nehru, a Kashmiri Hindu himself was outraged and flew in Indian troops to protect the region from the invasion. This sparked the first war.
Eventually, K&J was placed under direct rule from Delhi in 1990, triggering the bloodiest years of unrest as new leadership tried to stamp their authority. In 1998 Pakistanis nuclear weapon tests brought regional tensions to breaking point causing the ' Kargil war' to break out ...
... itself but looks forward to our wild camping mountain experience (and is officially no longer a shewee virgin). Of course, as usual driving is an extreme sport in the town centre but we're still not going to miss the constant honking! We both agree its been great meeting new people both in our current guesthouse and on the tracking trip. A guy from Australia, another from Israel, one French girl ...