Saturday, September 17, 2011

A few things in Srinagar

In Srinagar, there is the Dal Lake. There are houseboats on it. I am staying in one now.

There are also Mughal gardens, like this one. They are very symmetrical.

Anyway, so when we left off I was in Pahalgam. The next morning I was going to hike more but it rained, so we went back to Srinagar. Then today I went to Gulmarg. Pictures of all this will be coming up. Tomorrow I'm on another long bus to Amritsar via Jammu; I actually am looking forward to getting out of Kashmir. It's pretty but expensive (burn rate ~$75/day, but that was because I booked this driver half-accidentally) and kind of isolated. My phone doesn't work, the internet cafes are few and far between, I don't know how to meet other travelers, and I have to ask my houseboat operator whenever I want to go to land. In addition, everyone wants to plan your whole trip for you, and this is frustrating. When I ask "how do you do X?" the answer is always "okay, I'll do X for you." (and then ask you to pay for it after it's done.) Finally, everyone's always asking for more money, tips, etc; welcome to touristy parts of India, I guess.

It has not been awesome! But there have been awesome parts. More later about those.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Dan! It's Grampa's birthday. He says the mountains there look like Switzerland.
    Nice pictures!

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  2. It's breathtakingly beautiful! OMG! Is that sunrise or sunset on the water? Either way it looks like an awesome place to meditate I bet. Did u try it out? I'm sorry to hear that you're having a hard time with the supposed *guides*. Thanks to you though, I'm able to appreciate these wonderful places. Oh and Happy Birthday to your Grampa :-) Mine is tomorrow :-) Varsha

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  3. Happy birthday Grandpa! (and Varsha)

    I mean, it wasn't really all that peaceful, probably because of my rushed schedule and all the additional hassles.

    They do call it the "Switzerland of India", though, numerous times! I think I'd rather go to Switzerland. They're similar: beautiful, mountainous, expensive! Instead of chocolate, though, you have Kashmiri food. (...which actually is really good and I should write a bit about that.)

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