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Jun 27, 2015 - 23 June - Srinigar

After an overnight stop in Shargol yesterday, our 6 hour journey today became a 10 hour trip along a very narrow, windy, dirt mountain road. We have noticed the difference in our surroundings - this area is very Muslim and has a totally different feel to the other areas we have travelled in. We were stopped on the road and told we could not proceed till 3pm due to road works - our guides used all their persuasive skills and eventually we managed to get through straight away and headed up the road with a sheer drop on one side and raging...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Bus to Srinigar

Wiki Info Srinagar 6-18 We walked the few blocks back to our old stomping ground hotel, Dhum Dhum. Due to the big difference in cost from 3+ years ago (3X), we decided to attempt a 2 nite stand and cover places we missed back then and move on! 6-19 Places...Pahalgam via Islamabad- Anantag, ruins in AWANTIPORA, then Jesus' tomb via Childress. Stay in our old stomping grounds Dham Dham Hotel. The Lidder Valley was fabulous especially given the ride we had.... We had planned to go to Awantipora and the Avantisvara Temple and Avantiswamin...

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Mar 15, 2012 - India

Hey its been awhile and now I'm in Srinagar, Jammu And Kashmir, India. Like South Africa their families are up to 4-5 people with reletives. THe people here are vary into god and dont like the wars going on in other countries. The housing here is small and mainly has one room, rarely two. The economy is mostly an agriultural one. Also the major food sources are peanuts, rice and also chesse. The land is 1,269,219 square miles and the climate is warm, rainy, and cooled through out the months. Well today I've already seen reluctent giving...

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Jun 23, 2007 - Kashmir-Escape From House Arrest!

I started writing this and the power went out! It does that a lot here, sometimes up to six times a day. Other times it only goes out the once but that can be for 24 hours. I don't know whether to laugh or cry since it's taken me three weeks to muster the energy to put pen to paper in between bone jarring bus rides. In Mumbai I read that the reason for so many power failures was that the bulk of it (62%) was stolen from poles and wires. I digress. Remember that train that left before I got here? I caught the first local bus and train and...

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Jun 5, 2007 - Srinigar, Kashmir: Military, houseboats, hiking, mutton, sun temples, and boat rides

As we (Tammy, Teri, and I) flew into Srinager, you could see snow capped mountains. Immediately, you notice a heavy military presence. There is military housing, several military check points on the road, and many officers on the street. We also immediately appreciate the mountainous feel to the town, the chirping of birds, and the clean air. We get to the India Palace houseboat just in time for Kashmiri tea, called "Kawa", and macaroons. Kawa is soon becoming my favorite tea. It is a light green tea with spices and honey. To make it, you...

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Sep 16, 2006 - Kashmir

I had no doubts that Kashmir would be a great experience despite all the stories you hear and all the bad news that comes out of the area. One thing I didn't realize about the region was that fact that there are 2 military personel for every civilian in Kashmir! At first this sounds scary, but then when you realize how friendly most of the soldiers are and that they are there for your protection then its not so bad. I think most people are intimidated by soldiers in uniform with big guns, but they were the friendliest people we met in...

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Oct 16, 2005 - Srinagar - the War Zone

Arrived at the airport and collecting our bags we were greated not by the usual mob, but lots of armed soldiers. The security was the strictest we have seen, everyone coming into and out of the airport got checked. We were met by our rep and taken in private jeap to our house-boat (home for the next 4 nights). It's cold and wet - what are we doing here? The sleaziest manager arrived and sold us RS 30000 worth of tours that worked out around 1000$. We had a man servent Jimmy for the duration of our stay who made the most delicious tea. Food...

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Tripping 2005/06

Sep 23, 2005 - Ladakh continued

Back to Leh we plan another day trip with Wangel, this time to visit the important gompas reaching west of Leh. But before, we hear of some amazing news, the Dalai Lama is in Ladakh and is going to give three days of Teaching. We were unlucky not to find Him in Dharamsala and now, unexpectedly, we are going to see Him here, in Ladakh, the closest region to His homeland Tibet. Without hesitation we extend our stay in Ladakh to not miss this wonderous occasion. To be in the presence of somebody with the carisma of the Dalai Lama, in such a...

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Oct 16, 2004 - Kashmir

Oct 16-18, 2004 It is now the 18th and I have been trying to send this 'entire' message for 2 days now. This is only a portion of what I wrote. The Internet went down on the 16th so I saved everything I wrote on a word doc. The 17th was Sunday (Everything closed) and today the power was out in the neighborhood where the Internet place is that I saved my original doc. I will go there later to retrieve and post. Oct 19, 2004 FINNALLY: Let me tell you, it took me along time to get to Srinagar from Chamba. Around 5:30 PM on day one I had...

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