Part 2 of Kashmir: Himalayan Kush (kinda, not really)March 22, 2017
You'd possibly impicture a Tibetan Buddhist experience on a trip to Dharamshal. Ya, me too. But that shit didn't happen.
I'd say unfortunately, but my time there was awesome. Dharamshala is surprisingly western place. Just a short drive from Dharamshala-proper there are a couple or a few "modern-hippy" places.
The video below can give more justice to this great locale than my words can. Give it a look:
A story of Kashmir:
It was by an unexpected turn of events that I found myself in Kashmir, but that's neither here nor there. What is important is that the trip was split into two areas:
- Srinigar, Kashmir's largest city.
- And Pahalgam, a beautiful, natural town.
The first few days of the journey were spent on a houseboat in Srinigar. I'd spend my days working online, sipping tea and smoking hashish when I could.
Here you can see me outside the houseboat doing some freelance work for a marketing client.
Here's the very nice owner of the houseboat, Muzaffar.
Those are the Himalayas in the background.
A panoramic view that our residence gave us.
Walking around the houseboat complex.
I was surprisingly bad at rowing this boat. Like I couldn't get it to go straight :(
A story of Kashmir:
Now it's time to enter into nature, but first let me ask you a question:
Would you travel to where this guy lives... to a place where many people look like this?
A local herdsman whose path we crossed in Pahalgam.
Our media would lead any sensible person to believe that we have something to fear from people who look like this, but it's simply not true.
Kashmir is heavily Muslim, like over 90% Muslim. Men and women wear traditional garb, and men who look like the man above are common in Pahalgam. In my time in Kashmir and in India I've only had pleasant or neutral experiences with Muslim people. In fact, a child I sponsor and visit somewhat frequently is Muslim.
For pictures of Pahalgam and to continue this journey, click the button below: