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Nov 13, 2010 - Still in Srinagar

I couldn't get a flight out today because of the big Eid (don't ask me what it is I have no idea. I know they kill a lot of sheep, and some people eat sheep brain curry.) festival coming up. So Hopefully I will get out of here tomorrow. Here is a run down of my trip so far: Day 1 1. There were two elephants walking down the road on my way from the airport to the hotel. I knew I was definitely in India then. 2. My taxi driver graciously offered to drop me off anywhere on the road that my hotel was on at 3:00 in the morning. I very politely...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Nov 7, 2010 - Plans Change

I did absolutely nothing I planned to do in Delhi. Instead I met Rohit, a Nepalese man who wanted to give me a free Ayurvedic message. I declined naturally. Then, right afterwards I met Dahdoo and Mikee (Wasim). They are two very nice young men from South Delhi. We talked for a while and then went to a travel agency. There I met a host of other Delhites and somehow arranged to fly to Srinagar which is in Jammu and Kashmir. I flew out yesterday and when I arrived it was very warm. I was met by a driver who drove me to Dal Lake, and there I...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Jul 22, 2009 - Good-bye India!

More than 4 months after my arrival in Mumbai (Bombay), we are leaving India this evening on a redeye flight from Chennai (Madras) to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia and a gateway city to much of Southeast Asia. We are currently at the airport in Chennai (Madras), but we have already taken two other flights in India today just to get to our final flight out of India: Srinagar to Delhi and Delhi to Chennai (Madras). And now we have to catch an overnight flight. Quite a long time in the air and in transit at airports! Just getting...

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Break From the Law

Jul 21, 2009 - Dawn 'till Dusk in Srinagar

Well, it is around 10 in the evening. As we fly out of Srinagar tomorrow, this is the last night I have to enjoy the comfort of the veranda here on The Mount View houseboat on Lake Nagin, so I am doing just that now. It is peaceful and quiet here on the water now, though the song-like calls of muezzins from the minarets of several local mosques continue to pierce the night air occasionally. We've had a great couple of days in Srinagar, but I am also looking forward to our impending change of venue. Today we packed quite a bit into our...

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Jul 20, 2009 - Checking out Srinagar

Dé·jà vu… Once I again I find myself sitting out on the veranda of The Mount View houseboat. It is only around 6 o'clock as opposed to the far later hour last night, but the sensation is the same. This veranda is a soothing place with its congenial atmosphere and comfortable chairs. An added plus: the houseboat’s owner Ayub stocks Kingfisher beer, so i’m nursing one of those as I write this. All in all, really cool... Today we chartered a jeep with a driver as well as a guide - well, referring to _______ as a “guide” is probably a...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Arrival in Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley

It is late in the evening. I am sitting on the covered veranda of the beautiful houseboat - The Mount View - where we are staying here on the shore of Lake Nagin in Srinagar, the main city in the Kashmir Valley. It has been a very long day. While i'm tired, it feels great to be here. The Kashmir Valley - occasionally still referred to by its somewhat antiquated name of the “Vale of Kashmir” - is world famous for its scenic beauty, but is even more infamous as the primary source of the ongoing 60-plus year bitter dispute between Pakistan...

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Break From the Law

Oct 28, 2008 - Srinagar

UPDATE: 8July2017 See Photo also! Kashmir in Crisis-World Kept in the Dark Walked to bus station & altho jeep drivers were constantly tempting us w/ rides for 200 r. we forged ahead to the bus ticket window - ordinary, state run buses - to Srinagar which cost 187 r. ea and left right on time 8 am but w/ only 7 of us on board! We had most of the bus to ourselves the whole way, no new passengers got on until we were w/in 30 km of Srinagar when we were transferred to another bus which was mostly full and took us into town! Great ride of 10...

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