Tag Archives: Kashmir

Kashmir’s Shalimar Gardens – a piece of heaven before the storm

Photo courtesy: Hans Nelisse — Wikimedia Commons

Because I wasn’t a climber, I kept my distance from the mountains. Instead, I hired a shikara to travel past water lilies floating on Dal Lake to the Shalimar Gardens. Continue reading Kashmir’s Shalimar Gardens – a piece of heaven before the storm

Everyone loves a houseboat in Kashmir

Photo courtesy: Nicor — Wikimedia Commons

Staying on a houseboat was like living in a small house after squeezing into hotel rooms. The water lapped on all sides and the soft sound of paddlers cruising past was a melody that slowed heart beats. Continue reading Everyone loves a houseboat in Kashmir

To the heights of Kashmir

I left the Sikh driver after his mysterious race, relieved to be on stable ground.

On the one hand, Srinagar was disappointing. The town had the all too familiar neglected appearance, and the food was different from anywhere else I’d been in India. Continue reading To the heights of Kashmir

Introduction to the luxuries of Indian toilets (or not) on the way to Kashmir

Photo courtesy: Owais Khursheed — Wikimedia Commons

The crazy driving wasn’t the only experience of the never to be forgotten bus ride. The driver pulled up in a forgotten town (possibly Banihal) where locals hovered near the bus exit, desperate for a sale. All I wanted was a bathroom. Continue reading Introduction to the luxuries of Indian toilets (or not) on the way to Kashmir

Roller coaster ride to Kashmir

Jammu to Kashmir Highway — Photo courtesy: Steve Evans — Wikimedia Commons

Kashmir’s hasn’t been a safe visit in years. Just this week there were people killed on both sides of the border from shelling by the Indian and Pakistani governments. But when I travelled north from Jaipur to Jammu, all was quiet on the northern front. Continue reading Roller coaster ride to Kashmir