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... and distinctly different to that experienced in the more southern areas of India. I encourage you to view the photos in the gallery. The mostly timber construction is slowly being overrun with concrete.
On the day we left (a Friday - the day of Muslim prayer), many groups were seen praying in the streets with Mosques well attended and broadcasting. Noises (call to pray) across our lakeside residence started prior to sunrise on that ...
... I like the canoes which sit just above the water. People sell stuff from the canoes, like a flower boat and the post came round. Here everyone gets everywhere by canoe and visit eachother by canoe and it is really nice and peaceful on the canal where the houseboat is and life here seems simple in a nice way bar the flood. Many of the shops around the canals were damaged and shut, we were constantly reminded we were in a place of turmoil. After the canoe ride we felt happy and ...
... cigarettes (which he only carries to expedite his morning digestive conclusion). We tell the security screener to take them. He says he doesn't smoke and Steve assures him that these will help him start. He is our bud.
Battery and cigarette free we wait. Steve is making notes in his journal (shout out to Steve Marks; indispensable my brotha!) when security dude comes over to chat. No malice, just hanging with the funny Americans. Even the ...
... etc are so incredibly unique to it. After quizzing a few people we chatted to in restaurants, taxis etc it seems as though about 60 % of Cashmiri's align themselves with India, 15% Pakistan and the rest want independence. In all frankness, the notion of independence seems crazy given that they are not self sustainable at all. With limited agricultural production (farming can only happen for half the year given the climate), and no other major industry to write home about ...
... on and relax.
The old man that was paddling it, was 85, he was a real character.
The river was absolutely stunning with all the house boats turning their lights on as the sun set.
The water was very still.
Srinagar is a very nice place. it would be a good place to spend a few more days here on the Houseboat.
We walked back to our houseboat in the dark as the celebrations continued and got ready for and early start driving towards Leh.