Valley Group Of Houseboats
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... the lake is lined with over 1300 of them. This is apperently not true, according to the locals, house boats have always been a part of the area and culture here. The boats range in quality and size but most have the same basic design. The all have rooms for tourists and most are family run. Staying on one of these boats is a unique experience, I don't suggest swimming though. This is India after ...
... Lake (where we are staying) is on one side. We stopped at the Mosque of Shah Hamadan - a typically Kashmiri mosque built of carved wood with a sort of Japanese-style roof and steeple instead of a done. This one can hold 40-thousand people at a time, and I felt creepy knowing this was the site the Pakistanis had hidden before holding the Hindus and Christians of the city to ransom. Susheel then took us on a tour of the city and its ...
... more non Indian tourists than the whole time we've been here. Americans, Taiwanese, Israelis, Russians and now Koreans. In the afternoon we visited a papier mâché workshop and a wood carving/ furniture establishment. The papier mâché process was fascinating and the showroom like Aladdin's cave. The wood carvings were intricate and beautiful. I am very much tempted to buy a nested set of ...
... His legs were not fully developed and he stood about a meter tall. His hands and brain work fine and having this job is much better than begging on the street.
This huge congregational mosque was originally built in the 1400's but has burned and been rebuilt three times. 372 tall wooden pillars support the roof, each made from a single tree trunk, is a unique feature of this Mosque. The view ...
... Shalimar Mughal Gardens (Shalimar Bargh) were the first gardens we visited. Built in 1619 by Mughal Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan, the gardens are located on the north-eastern side of Dal Lake.The layout of the Mughal gardens reflect a strong Persian influence and indeed were very reminiscent of those we saw during our trip to Iran in 2011. Most of the gardens have a similar design with terraced lawns, fountains, pools and cascades, interspersed with flower ...