Swiss Hotel Kashmir
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... exploring the Himalayan valleys and mountains, tulip fields and and saffron farms. It all depends on the weather though as we are a couple of weeks too early and the road to the next place we want to go is still closed due to the snow. We went from 38 degrees to 15 in the space of one day so I'm also going to have to buy some new clothes. The internet access is sporadic here and I may be out of touch for a couple of weeks. One thing is for certain though - it's going to be a fun adventure here!
This morning we packed up our bags and reloaded them onto our Shikara, said goodbye to the Cherry Ripe and met Susheel on the other side of the lake with our driver Bashir. They took us directly to the Taj Hotel - built into the mountain across the lake from where we had been staying. The Taj is lovely with a panoramic view so stunning, it's like a backdrop from a movie. We took little time getting into bathers and heading for the 28-degree pool which ...
... ear of corn put on coals by the fire) and the kids are always enthralled to see white people. The earthen houses are very simple affairs. You hunch down under the entrance, and to the right is the communal bedroom / living room / and kitchen. Ahead, and separated by some logs and earth, is the space for the cow or other large animal. And to the left is the room for additional livestock. This way everything stays warm by the fire (at this time of year it was already in the ...
What a difference! Our new driver was calm, friendly and an excellent driver. On the way we stopped at the Dras war memorial. Very well done and like all very sad. Scenery superb and we could take it in more calmly. Definitely a good decision to change drivers and well worth the money. As we got closer to Srinagar it was getting hot and uncomfortable. We phoned the houseboat when we got close and by the time ...
... by hundreds of houseboats and the endless array of brightly coloured shikaras.
Srinagar's signature houseboats first appeared in colonial times when the British were prohibited from purchasing land in India. As Kashmir was a favourite summer destination to escape the heat, a solution to accommodate themselves was to build opulent houseboats on Dal Lake.
We were staggered by the number of houseboats - apparently there are over one thousand, four hundred ...