Arrival In Kashmir - Second Week

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House boats on Dal lake

On Sunday morning we flew into Srinagar - that has got to be rated as one of the best flights with views! Flying over the Himalayas is spectacular, what a beautiful view!

I arrived at Dal Lake in the afternoon, and was dropped off at the house boat I would be staying on. It was fab, lovely wood carvings, not something like I have ever seen before. I spent a lot of time seeing the market, the floating market, the botancial gardens, Srinagar town etc and the Kasmiri people are very handsome/pretty. It was lovely to wake up to hearing prayer being called from the mosques all around the lake, and the night markets are fantastic, all lit up with lanterns at night.

I had a visit from the spice man who called by on his boat, so bought some Kashmiri tea, spices and some other herbs.

Dal lake
On the third day I spent time with a family. We had a fab meal cooked, and sadly got my first case of food poisoning. When I was told that the water was filtered, I was happy. But not when I saw what they meant - that basically an old sock had been tied over the tap, that took the water from the lake!! The same lake that people showers and toilets are being emptied into!!

On Thursday I caught the bus to Jammu, not good when you are not well. It was a hair raising adventure to say the least. The sights were worth the trip, but I was terrified the whole time. 12 hours on a bus that was hurtling around the corners of mountains with 1,000ft drops!! Aargh.. We got held up by an electoral demonstration - that took 4 hours before the police cleared the roads with water cannons.

Srinagar
Udamphur is an interesting place, stopped for food and drinks there.

Finally made it to Jammu, what a temperature difference! Found Jammu to be hot and clammy, very humid. However was relieved to get medical help, 2 courses oif antibiotics over the next 2 weeks cleared up the Giardia and Amoebic Dysentry!! Nice! I don't have much to say about Jammu - I spent three days there when i was ill, and hope i don't need to go back there again. There is an open sewage system running through the city, and flies everywhere. The people are lovely and very helpful, but I didn't eat for 2 days as the nowhere looked clean enough (flies all over the food), so best advice is to catch a taxi to the business district called Bahu Plaza at Ganeli Najero where they have a pizza place lol.

Left Saturday 14th  to catch the bus to Dharamsala, and another 7.5 hour journey, again lovey views, and you get to meet some really nice people on public transport that would miss by flying! Life is never boring in India!!

 

rotorhead85 says:
I rode that bus once in 1976 after eating half a jar of Modern brand peanut butter on bread the night before - big mistake...
Posted on: Nov 01, 2009
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House boats on Dal lake
House boats on Dal lake
Dal lake
Dal lake
Srinagar
Srinagar
Dal lake
Dal lake
Views from my house boat on Dal la…
Views from my house boat on Dal l…
Botanical Gardens in Srinagar
Botanical Gardens in Srinagar
School children in the botanical g…
School children in the botanical …
School children in the botanical g…
School children in the botanical …
An eagle (Garur) sitting at Dal La…
An eagle (Garur) sitting at Dal L…
Military outpost Srinagar
Military outpost Srinagar
Soldier patrolling the Saffron fie…
Soldier patrolling the Saffron fi…
The crazy roads that skim the edge…
The crazy roads that skim the edg…
The drop, from the road looking do…
The drop, from the road looking d…
Views of the valleys in Kashmir, b…
Views of the valleys in Kashmir, …
Bus journey views from Srinagar to…
Bus journey views from Srinagar t…
An election demonstration that blo…
An election demonstration that bl…
Himalayan mountains, seen on bus j…
Himalayan mountains, seen on bus …
Charas - growing freely in Jammu
Charas - growing freely in Jammu
The river at Jammu brige, sunset
The river at Jammu brige, sunset
Srinagar
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