The Canals of Kashmir

The Kashmir Valley in northern India is a fascinating place. Rocked by 20 years of violent unrest in an often bitter territorial tug-of-war between India and Pakistan, peace and prosperity is now slowly starting to burgeon in this enchantingly beautiful land.

The regional capital of Sri Nagar straddles Dal Lake, where small paddle-rowed sikkaras weave their way through a myriad of lush canals to stilted shops, hidden gardens, floating markets and old colonial houseboats…

Comments (5)

NajahAugust 13th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Hands down, the most beautiful place in the world……… Score any fine rugs?? 😉

Chris BeckleyAugust 14th, 2009 at 7:18 am

How in God’s name did you ever end up in Kashmir???

Gabriel OpenshawAugust 14th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Chris, you would totally love Kashmir. The valley is gorgeous and some of the mountain trekking options in the area are just incredible.

Najah, next time you go to Kashmir let me know and I’ll take you rug-shopping. 😛

Leo (evanston boxing gym)August 14th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

dude, no way! first time i looked @ your blog since you started and you’re in the one place that started all my troubles in life, hahaaha
If you’re still there go see Abdul “kaka” Khalik, my adopted, soot faced, hookah smoking ex British military uncle.
and stop by the Shangrila house boat and meet Wahid Dangola my old friend.
and tell the fucking bank of Jammu and Kashmir that i want my fucking money transfer …..hahahah

Gabriel OpenshawAugust 15th, 2009 at 1:47 am

Hey Leo! Had no idea that you’d also visited Kashmir–very cool! When were you there? I sense some good stories here, hehe! We’ll definitely have to catch up when I get back.

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