Swiss Hotel Kashmir
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... that these boats haven't been given the tender loving care that is necessary to keep them in top condition. But we are enchanted with the boatmen who are eager to please, and the setting which includes flowering lily pads out the front of the boat, and lovely mountains in the background. After a delicious lunch we sort out laundry to be done and then take off for a placid ride on a small boat on the lake. The clouds are black on the far mountains, and ...
... a bit of reading I was convinced - everything about Kashmir sounded like much more of an adventure! Ironically I had told my dad just a couple of days before that I wouldn't be going to Kashmir (and hence couldn't buy him a safire...) as the foreign office said that tourists shouldn't go. On reading though, there hadn't been any troubles for a while and it seemed safe enough... And so further north we went!
We first took the most uncomfortable bus I have ever been on - ...
... for northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. And Pakistan and India have been fighting over Kashmir, to say nothing of the several decades of separatist violence. The locals of course also speak Kashmiri and you have a smattering of Hindi, mostly from southern Indian tourists who even use English when talking with the local Kashmiris. And like most extremely conservative Muslim areas, getting alcohol is extremely difficult, but hash is plentiful and there are no end to ...
... the jeweller and the tailor. I am so weak, managed to give in to the jeweller and the tailor. Had to change my last $100AUD to be able to pay for it. Around 3pm the others returned all happy from their trip to Sonamarg. They had a great trip. While on the trip they got a newspaper and so knew all about the attack on the army ...
... carved wooden boat moored right next to the pretty Mughal Garden. Inside were two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a splendid sitting and dining room adorned with ornate cedar panelling and Kashmiri carpets, lit by a huge central chandelier. The highly polished rosewood dining table was covered with an immaculate stiff white tablecloth and formally set for our evening dinner with cut glass and starched napkins.
Our afternoon was spent exploring Dal Lake with Mushtaq on ...