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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar June 1st 2011

Got up at 4 am and went to Krishna temple and attended arathi. After aarathi left Udhampur ISKCON at 6:30am enroute to Srinagar. At about 8 am reached Patnikot hill top and sat there and had breakfast which was given to us by ISKCON. After breakfast started riding and within about 30 minutes it started raining and we had to ride with our rain coats on. The entire route was very picturesque with lot of colourful flowers adjacent to the road and in the valleys. The valley along the road was more friendly as compared to the frightening valleys of dharmshala and dalhousie. There were huge rivers in the valleys flowing with water real force and a couple of waterfalls like Anukhee and sharmeele. Though there were a lot of scenic views we couldn’t take much ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar April 6th 2011

"Please cancel the trip, Ju." My best friend, Min, was begging me 8 hours before I flew to India for a 10-day-trip by myself. "What has it got there?!", she kept trying. "I don't know but well, it's too late Min Sorry." I replied. The show must go on! After day 10, I remembered myself crying for about an hour when the plane was taking off from Delhi to Bangkok. "What has it got there?!" ......It has got 'things' that you have to see with your own eyes. ......It has got the 'things' that I could not find from where I was from. ......It has got the 'things' that I cried for because I didn't want to leave them. ...And until now, it has been a month already, I still have dreams almost every night about ... read more
Sonamarg - Golden Place
Trekking on Sonamarg
Mustard Field

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar June 14th 2010

Really been neck-deep in work, but I will emerge alive, insyaAllah. Hard to believe that I was in India last December. And oh yes, friends, I will be in Vietnam end of July till end of August, so yes, fantastic entries are underway! So, the previous entry saw us going through Agra, the place which held one of the greatest symbols of love, the Taj Mahal. It's been an eye-opening experience, just one that I know is simply so amazing that I don't think I can ever forget in this lifetime, or in the next, for that matter. I've also chronicled my journey through Jaipur the Pink City, and guess what friends? We are going through Kashmir today, yay to that! Before I left for India, I was initially very skeptical of the various 'dangers' that ... read more
Chinar Tree
Notice outside Jamia Mosque
Jamia Mosque

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar June 3rd 2010

Waking up with a mild hangover in near volcanic heat was not the best introduction to the day but there was no time to dwell on this as I had to be on my way. It was first back to Saja's office to get my documents for my trip. As with all Indian establishments I had seen, Saja's office seemed to also be a local hang-out for a large group of friends and colleagues of sorts. Today was no different and I was quickly introduced to an enthusiastic and chatty driver who made me my first business proposition and introduced me to what India seems to work on entirely, commission. The brief was simple. He drives me to two shops where I have a good look around for which he gets a little bonus for, regardless ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar May 20th 2010

Der Eintrag kommt nicht so bald! Hab keine Lust mich weiteres mit Kashmir zu beschäftigen. Bin froh erstmal, dass es vorbei ist und möchte es nicht im Kopf, bzw. in Bildern vor Augen, haben.....!... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar April 24th 2010

Kashmir gets a bad press. A bone of contention between India and Pakistan since partition; Bill Clinton called it the most dangerous place on earth. The reality is somewhat different. The way of life on Dal Lake seems to be one that has remained unchanged for centuries, beautiful and serene; life on the lake encourages a state of lethargic bliss. Far from feeling under threat, we felt cosseted, comfortable and completely safe. Visiting Srinigar without staying on a houseboat would be like going to Agra without seeing the Taj Mahal. Ayub, owner of the Snow Goose bumped into us as we stepped out of the sumo at the bazaar. We agreed to take a look at his floating villa, and from the moment we saw it we were lost. We stepped into the living room via ... read more
Shakiras.
Hard Work.
Still Working.

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar January 10th 2010

Strange Srinagar We visited Srinagar and Gulmarg in Dec 2009 end, against some trepidation - everyone thought we were crazy - why Kashmir... its not safe - go to a balmy weather place like Goa... etc... but my son wanted to see Kashmir - its always been a part of India which most teenagers in Mumbai would have never experienced - given that by the time they were born, insurgency had already started. Srinagar was cold, bare, dirty - the Dal Lake too is dirty. Validates the fact that the local government has other pressing needs on their minds. And that Kashmir is the 2nd most corrupt state in India - after Bihar I think. I was not surprised. On some days, in and some areas, there was more military personnel than locals. But in most ... read more
The local contraption for public transport in Srinagar
Clothes, sweaters, shoes, plastics, socks, pants...you name it..
Bright colors in an otherwise bland area of Srinagar

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar November 14th 2009

Roller Coaster - one minute I am enjoying myself and the next the whole thing feels a disaster! In spite of telling the bank our plans our debit card failed to work on our last morning in Delhi. Panic! Many hours and a flight later having spoken to our contact in Kashmir who tells us he will see that we can get to a phone to call the bank tomorrow we feel a little better. Then we worry that we are going way over budget. Then we calm ourselves down. Well - we wanted to get out of our comfort zone and we certainly have! We flew to the Himalayas. The last 20 minutes of the flight was over the mountains. I have now seen K2. I do not want to climb it. Landing at Srinagar ... read more
Soaring above our heads is a mountain
Tim and Shaleem
Old Style Comfort

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar October 28th 2009

Kashmir ~ Paradise on Earth. One of our business associates opened a hotel in Srinagar recently and I had the golden opportunity to attend the inauguration and visit Kashmir, a place I would otherwise never visit on my own. I can now say confidently that this lovely place is safe to travel and the reason why it is out of the tourism radar is simply because of the media. Cops and armed forces are everywhere, thus making it very safe for tourist. I went around the city on an auto and not even for a second, did I feel threatened or intimidated . Srinagar The summer capital is a small city with very few interest points for tourists. It lacks history but is made up for it by its natural beauty. It is hard to ... read more
Money Garland
Kangri or portable heating pot

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar October 24th 2009

I arrived in Delhi on October 13th, at about 4 in the morning, I wasn't able to sleep so I hit streets and took some pictures. The first few days in Delhi we're so overwhelming, all the horns, people, animals, and smells left me needing to get the hell out of Delhi. So after 3 days in Delhi, I took a flight to Srinagar, in Jammu and Kashmir, where it was much calmer. In Srinagar I was staying on a houseboat on a lake, very beautiful and very relaxing, Once I had some time to reflect on what was happening I started to feel homesick, and really feel the culture shock. Early one morning, I went for a shikara ride out on the lake where you can hear all the muslim prayers echoing across the lake, ... read more




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