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... make it to the airport by any means possible. We told them what we knew and then we were told that there might be a way to get some satellite communication through NDTV who is stationned at the Srinagar University. We headed that way but learned very little, other than some high ranking civilians tried to make it to the airport but against public outcry, they had to turn around. Apparently, about 70% of flights are coming in and out but with no ...
... to the mountains on one side and the lake on the other. And this was the day; swimming, playing card games, lunch at the hotel restaurant and more swimming until the sun went down. Susheel picked us up to take us into town for our last Kashmiri dinner. On the way, we stopped at the Lalit Hotel - a former Maharajas palace and a very beautiful property. And then dinner, a stroll and back to the Taj for our last real holiday night for tomorrow we begin the trip ...
... away. We paddled past floating carpets of water lilies and lotus flowers. We stopped at a man made island where we were served beautiful, sweet saffron tea made with cinnamon, cardamon and sliced almonds from a boat. We marvelled at the view, feeling like royalty as our drivers did the heavy paddling. The whole experience was incredibly relaxing and we all felt so calm. Along the way, other Shikaras selling jewellery pulled up along sides and we had the ...
... buckets of water over the fire. In the middle of all this th police boat arrived with sirens blazing an did nothing. Amazingly the fire was under control before it spread to the next house and then the fire brigade arrived. Ashraf came back and reported that the fire was caused by a leaking gas cylinder in the kitchen between the houseboat and the house. They saved the houseboat by moving it. The only damage was to the kitchen ...
... our car was surrounded by eager touts who would have loved to see us on one of those horses. Instead we lunched and people watched.
Our drive passed into an area famous for its basmati rice. Harvest was in full swing and an idle person was hard to spot.
DESCRIBE SRINAGAR IN ONE WORD
---Dave's answer: Murky
We had high ...