Arrival In Kashmir - Second Week
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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.
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.
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!!