Kashmir to Ladakh: On The Old Central Asia Trade Route

I knew I couldn’t hack a 14-hour road trip and considering past experience with higher altitudes, it made sense to break the journey with a recommended night stopover in Kargil. However I realized the next day was Eid and it was possible that the dominantly Muslim town would be closed down and I wouldn’t get…

Marketing on Dal Lake

If there is one thing I would recommend to a fellow traveler to do in Srinagar, is to wake up at 4.00am and go see the vegetable markets on Dal Lake. Farmers from the surrounding areas come down through the boat channels on the lake early morning with their produce to sell and buy. It’s…

Floating in Kashmir

The next thing on the ‘list’ was to do upper India. Sringar; capital of Kashmir happens to be one of the few entry ports to start into that territory hence I flew out to Srinagar from Delhi on a cheap Spicejet flight. Three things come to mind when Kashmir is mentioned 1. Apparently it’s Heaven…